Miscellany50: The Archives is a theme-inspired series of hour long programmes featuring a selection of short writing first broadcast on Sunday Miscellany on RTÉ Radio 1. Themes include home life, water and the sea, work and character.

The first programme relates to the theme of Character - listen to it above:

-John Ryan's essay on the Dublin Character (1970) followed by the Allegro from Vivaldi’s Concerto Alla Rustica in G Major performed by the Berlin Philharmonic

-The Last Packman by Bill Kelly (1997), followed by The Real Thing by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

-Claire Madden by Catherine Marshall (2007) followed by Trois Gymnopedies (No. 1) by Erik Satie played by Bojan Gorisek

-The Loneliest Jazzman in the 20th Century by Michael Harding (1995) followed by The Entertainer by Scott Joplin, played on guitar by John Williams

-Uncles on New Year’s Days Long Ago by Val Mulkerns (1984) followed by Morning Gallop by Carl Hession performed by the West Ocean String Quartet

-B’é Seán Ó Riordáin an Fear by Liam Ó Muirthile (2007)

Miscellany50: The Archives is part of Miscellany50 - a project marking 50 years of this iconic programme on RTÉ Radio 1 since 1968 - find out more (and listen back) here.