on Wednesday's show...if you want a break from the turkey sandwiches and slumping in front of the tv for the next week or so there's previews for some big new releases in cinemas over the Christmas, chat with Helen Simpson about her latest short story collection "Cockfosters" and Duke Special live in studio
On Friday's show... Sinead Mooney has all the arts news, Sean chats with Donal Ryan, Sophie Gorman reviews Contractions, currently running at Bewley’s Café Theatre in Dublin and Lauren Murphy & Jim Carroll review three new albums
On Thursday's show... Justin McGregor & Brogen Hayes join Sean to review three new films The Program, The Lobster and Pan, a new prequel to JM Barrie’s classic children’s tale Peter Pan. Marlon James takes some time out to chat about winning the Man Booker prize for his novel A Brief History of 7 Killings, and lots more on Arena, Radio 1 at 7pm.
On tonight's programme... Sean speaks to Irish writer John Banville who is due to be presented with the inaugural Imagine Crime Writing Award, in memory of Raymond Chandler, who had strong links to Waterford city. RTÉ's chorus master Mark Hindley joins Sean to talk about Friday's performance of Mahler’s giant 2nd Symphony – also known as the Ressurection . We hear an essay by Lia Mills, and Donald Teskey and Nathan Drake join Sean in studio for more chat and fun. Join us at 7pm on Radio 1.