Wednesday 20th November

Live Music - tenor Ben Johnson and classical guitarist Sean Shibe

Ahead of their nationwide Music Network Tour, tenor Ben Johnson and classical guitarist Sean Shibe are performing live and chatting to Seán.

Bank of America Photography Exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland 'Bank of America Collection' photography exhibition opens on Friday. Curator, Sarah McAuliffe explains what to expect including iconic photographs displayed for the first time in Europe.

Rosaleen Linehan does Beckett in 'Endgame'

Director, Gavin Quinn and Rosaleen Linehan join Seán for a chat. Pan Pan present Samuel Beckett's 'Endgame' at Project Art's Centre in Dublin from this Saturday.

Tuesday 19th November

Seamus Murphy's 'A Dog Called Money'

Irish photojournalist, Seamus Murphy discusses his feature film with singer PJ Harvey. 'A Dog Called Money' is released in Ireland this week.

Wallis Bird Singing Live

Irish singer Wallis Bird joins Seán live in studio for a chat and performs two songs from her latest album.

Monday 18th November

Crossing Borders - Eamon Carr

Eamon Carr travelled to Kosovo 20 years ago on an assignment for the Herald newspaper. As part of Festival Of Politics, these black and white photographs will be displayed on Thursday November 21st in Tailor's Hall, Dublin.

'Olive Kitteridge' Elizabeth Strout

The Pulitzer Prize winning author, is chatting to Séan about her latest novel. Olive, Again which is the long awaited follow-up to the much acclaimed, Olive Kitteridge.

'Airneán Árann'

Aodh Ó Coileáin agus Lasairfhíona Ní Chonaola on the event to be held in An Taidhbhearc.

Thursday 14th November

'RHA X' an immersive installation

'RHA X' Fashion designer Roland Mouret and Irish-based visual artist Dragana Jurišic, an immersive installation takes place this weekend at the RHA.

TV preview: 'The Crown' on Netflix

Edel Coffey and Peter O'Brien are previewing season three of 'The Crown' available from Netflix this Sunday.

Film reviews

Yvonne Nolan and Paul Whitington review 'The Report', 'Marriage Story', 'Le Mans '66' and 'Last Christmas'.

Wednesday 13th November

James McKay on PROTEST!

James McKay, talking to us about the exhibition PROTEST!, A retrospective of British artist and filmmaker, Derek Jarman, which will open at IMMA, the Irish Museum of modern Art, from this Friday.

Elliptical Affinities: Irish Women Artists and the Politics of the Body

Joining Seán live in studio are curator Fionna Barber and performance artist Amanda Coogan. Elliptical Affinities is about to open at the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda showcasing 13 artists whose work comes together in a new exhibition.

Tribute to Niall Tóibín

Friends and colleagues, Joe Dowling and Eamon Morrissey pay tribute to the renowned comedian & actor, Niall Tóibín who sadly passed away today.

Tuesday 12th November


Daily arts and popular culture show.

An interview with Marina Warner

Last week, the Irish Humanities Alliance launched a new initiative, By Imagination We Live. This initiative was launched by writer and humanities champion, Marina Warner, author of such groundbreaking work as Alone Of All Her Sex: The Cult Of The Virgin Mary, and Monuments and Maidens: The Allegory Of The Female Form.

Jean-Michel Basquiat Exhibition

Photographer Roland Hagenberg's exclusive exhibition of never seen before photographs in Ireland of the iconic American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat will launch in Dublin 13th November 2019 at Sal Fine Art. Roland joins us live in studio.

Shooting The Darkness

Photographers Alan Lewis, Crispin Rodwell and producer Thomas Kelly from the acclaimed documentary are discussing the new book Shooting The Darkness. They talk about the photographs they took – how they got the shot; what it cost them to take the photograph; and reflect on whether it was worth it.

Monday 11th November

Bill Bryson's Novel 'The Body'

Rick O'Shea has been reading Bill Bryson's new book 'The Body'. Who better than Bill Bryson to take on a subject as ambitious as The Body for his new book? This is the man who explained the UK to us in Notes from a Small Island and who demystified all things scientific in A Short History of Nearly Everything.

Divine Madness

Mairéad Buicke and John Scott, director of Irish Modern Dance Theatre, discussing 'Divine Madness', a mixture of dance and opera. It debuts at the Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, 13 November-16 November.

The Young Offenders Season Two

Rick O'Shea previews The Young Offenders as season two returns to RTÉ 2 tonight at 9.30pm.

Friday 8th November

Album reviews

Alan Corr and Roisin Dwyer are reviewing two Irish album debuts. Sorcha Richardson’s, “First Prize Bravery” and Mango X Mathman’s, “Casual Work”. Also, FKA Twigs, 'Magdalene'.

Bernadine Evaristo Booker Prize Win

Bernadine Evaristo is on the phone to discuss her history making, yet controversial, win of the Booker Prize for her novel 'Girl, Woman, Other'.

Thursday 7th November

Brendan Canty - Christy

Director Brendan Canty, responsible for the hugely successful 'Take Me To Church' video was in studio to chat about his new short film 'Christy' ahead of it's premiere at The Cork Film Festival.

Prince - 'Beautiful Ones' Review

Three years after Prince's death comes 'The Beautiful Ones', a book that is part memoir and part scrapbook, full of personal photos and handwritten lyric sheets. Journalist Lisa Hand was in studio with a review.

Film Reviews with Simon Maher and Roe McDermott

Simon Maher and Roe McDermott were in studio for this week's film reviews where they were discussing 'The Irishman', 'The Aeronauts' and 'The Good Liar'.

Wednesday 6th November

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin - The Mother House

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin has been described ‘as the Vermeer of contemporary poetry. She joined Sean in studio to recite two poems from her latest book The Mother House and give us a bit of an insight into the writing process.

Moira Tierney - 'Down Claiborne'

Moira Tierney's latest film 'Down Claiborne' explores the cultural fractures that exist in one of the most iconic cities in America, New Orleans. She joined Sean in studio to let us a bit more and how she got involved.

Tom Waller / Jim Warny - The Cave

Director Tom Waller and cave diver Jim Warny were in studio to chat about their new film 'The Cave'. The film documents the story of 12 boys who became trapped in a cave system, as monsoon rains had flooded their only means of exit.

Tuesday 5th November

Declan Burke - 'The Lammisters'

As an author, Declan Burke is usually recognised as a crime novelist. However, his latest work 'The Lammisters' is a fast-paced, farcical meta-fiction set in 1920s Hollywood. He joined Sean in the studio to tell us more about this new direction and how it all came about.

Danny Elfman

Danny Elfman is one of the most in-demand and acclaimed composers working in the film industry today. He spoke to Sean about writing the music for The Simpsons and his upcoming performance in Dublin where he'll perform 'The nightmare before Christmas' at the 3Arena.

Monday 4th November

Maser - Atelier Maser

Dublin street artist Maser is bringing his new project to Vue, the National Contemporary Art Fair at the Royal Hibernian Academy this week. He joined Sean in studio to tell us more about what we can expect from the show and the work being shown by his gallery 'Atelier Maser'.

Kevin McAleer - Guru

Comedian Kevin McAleer has a new string to his bow. He is now a mindfulness guru and is bringing his gifts on tour to Ballyshannon in Donegal and to Ballina this month. He joined Sean on the phone to tell us more about his new found knowledge.

Gay Byrne - A Tribute

Following the death of veteran RTE broadcaster Gay Byrne, Sean was joined by a number of guests (Christy Moore / Celine Byrne / John Kindness / Hugh Lenihen / to pay tribute to the man himself.

Friday 1st November

Album reviews

Zara Hedderman and Brian Boyd review 'Kiwanuka' from Michael Kiwanuka, 'Bad Wiring' from Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage and 'New Age Norms 1' from Cold War Kids

'Starve Acre' by Andrew Michael Hurley

Andrew Michael Hurley chats about his latest novel 'Starve Acre' (published by John Murray)

TV preview: 'His Dark Materials' on BBC1

Dave Rudden previews the tv adaptation of 'His Dark Materials' by Philip Pullman

Thursday 31st October

Film reviews

Sarah Taaffe Maguire and Chris Wasser review 'Doctor Sleep', 'Sorry We Missed You' and 'Brittany Runs A Marathon'

Tom MacIntyre RIP

Marina Carr pays tribute to Tom MacIntyre whose death was announced earlier today

Wednesday 30th October

Review: The Exorcist' at the Gaiety Theatre

Arlene Hunt reviews the stage version of 'The Exorcist' at the Gaiety Theatre

'Blood In The Dirt', a play by Rory Gleeson starring Lorcan Cranitch

Lorcan Cranitch and Rory Gleeson chat about their play 'Blood In The Dirt'

'Pale Sister', a play by Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín chats about his latest play 'Pale Sister'

Tuesday 29th October

Review: 'Cilka's Journey' by Heather Morris

Maura McHugh reviews 'Cilka’s Journey' by Heather Morris (published by Zaffre)

'Writing Home: The New Irish Poets' edited by Pat Boran and Chiamaka Enyi-Amad

Pat Boran and Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, editors of the anthology 'Writing Home: The New Irish Poets' (published by Dedalus Press)

'My Romantic History', a play directed by Janet Moran

Janet Moran chats about directing 'My Romantic History' by Verdant Productions

Robert Evans RIP

Michael Doherty on the film career of Hollywood producer Robert Evans, whose death was announced at the weekend

Thursday 24th October

The Late David Turpin chats Romances and The Lodgers

Writer, producer and musician David Turpin chats to Sean about his latest projects including an album and a Netflix movie.

Thursday night movie reviews

Ruth Barton and Darryl Jones this weeks movies. Up for review is Terminator Dark Fate, The Addams Family and By The Grace of God

Dublin's influence on Bram Stoker's novel Dracula

One of the area’s most illustrious former resident of Dublin Inner City is Bram Stoker. He lived on Buckingham Street for most of his teenage years, and as Sinéad Egan has been finding out, the old neighbourhood had a gruesome influence on his most famous novel.

John Creedon at the RTE Folk Awards

John Creedon speaks to Sean ahead of the RTE Folk Awards at Vicar Street

Wednesday 23rd October

Jazz With Airelle Besson

Jazz Musician Airelle Besson  joins Sean for a chat and performance.

Author Neil Hegarty

Author Neil Hegarty joins Sean to chat about his new book  'The Jewel'.

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