9 October 2007
The Guests

Columnist and writer Ann Marie Hourihane; broadcaster and Senator David Norris and crime novelist Declan Hughes.

The Series: The Running Mate

'The Running Mate' is a political drama now on TG4 on Wednesday nights. It is based on an idea by Conor McPherson and directed by Declan Recks of 'Pure Mule' fame. Set in Kerry, it's a tale of treachery and intrigue - national, local and domestic - surrounding the decision by a councillor called Vincent Flynn to break from Fianna Fáil and run for a Dáil seat as an independent.

The Play: Long Day's Journey into Night

Put together a pioneering Irish theatre company, one of America's great playwrights and a big, big play and you really should be onto something. Well, the company is Druid, the playwright is Eugene O'Neill and the play is his classic 'Long Day's Journey into Night', directed by Garry Hynes.

The Film: Control

Directed by Anton Corbijn - a photographer well known for his iconic shots of, among others, U2 - 'Control' is a movie based on the life and death of Ian Curtis. He was frontman of the legendary Manchester band Joy Division, best known for songs like 'Transmission' and 'Love will Tear Us Apart'. Those who didn't respond to Joy Division at the time dismissed them as misery merchants, but in truth there really was much actual suffering in the mind of Ian Curtis. And in 1980, at the age of just 23, he took his own life. 'Control', shot in black and white on the streets of Macclesfield, stars Sam Riley as Curtis and Samantha Morton as his wife, Debbie, on whose book the movie is based.

The Book: Zugzwang

'Zugzwang' is the new novel from the Belfast-born writer Ronan Bennett. The title comes from a chess term and, indeed, there is much chess in the book. The novel is set in St Petersburg in 1914, a time and a place of revolutionary plots, security crackdowns and more betrayal than any one society can handle. Even the forthcoming international chess tournament is not what it seems, and soon Spethmann - a Jewish psychoanalyst with no political interest whatsoever - finds himself caught up in a complex plot to kill the Tsar. 'Zugzwang' is published by Bloomsbury.

Tom Murphy Remembered

On tonight's show we pay tribute to the talent that was Tony award-winning actor Tom Murphy, who passed away at the weekend at the untimely age of 39. He was best known for screen roles in 'Adam and Paul' and the drama series 'Pure Mule'.

The Performance: David Geraghty

David Geraghty has taken time out from his day job with Bell X1 to record an album of his own entitled 'Kill Your Darlings'. He is on a national tour this month and next. Tonight he is joined on vocals by Clare Finglass for a performance of the song 'Delgadina'.

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