Sex Education‘An interesting concoction.’

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As if being a teenager isn’t awkward enough, Otis Milburn’s parents have only one thing on the brain. Sex. Well, it is their job… In the new Netflix series, Sex Education, Asa Butterfield plays Otis, the perennially-mortified son to Gillian Anderson’s Jean Milburn, a sex therapist. Mary McGill gave Arena listeners a first look at Netflix’s latest gambit. One thing that stands out to her is how fluid …

Live in StudioKíla perform ‘Buadán’

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Kíla joined Sean Rocks on Arena to perform ‘Buadán’ and ‘Pota Óir’ this week, ahead of Féile Kíla, a celebration of 30 years on the road. Listen to their other performance and interview here. Share this Post

Legendary designer Peter O’Brien on getting creative with costumes ‘I wanted to bury costumes in the garden and soak them in tea and burn them’

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The legendary lusciousness of Peter O’Brien’s designs has rendered him a major player on the international fashion scene.  From boyhood sketches based on old Hollywood glamour, he has risen through the ranks of Christian Dior, Givenchy, Chloé and beyond and has made a very natural transition to costume designer.  He told Sean Rocks on Arena about an early embellishment on …

A Head full of Dreams‘It’s clear that Coldplay don’t really care what the haters think, and that’s pretty rock n roll’

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Along the road to international stardom, Coldplay discovered that you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, the remnants of which are strewn across a new documentary charting their not uncomplicated rise to the top.  Head Full of Dreams follows them from humble beginnings in a student flat in London’s Camden Town to some of the biggest and …

Being John Lennon ‘It took about some months to get to know John but then he couldn’t have been kinder’

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By many peoples’ standards, Ray Connelly may have landed himself the greatest job on Earth.  As a newbie journalist in 1967, his first assignment was to follow the Beatles in the Magical Mystery Tour Bus from London to Cornwall.  For a Liverpudlian especially, it doesn’t get any bigger than that.  He told Sean Rocks on Arena how he felt heading …

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice’s 30th anniversary‘You just can’t believe that this character exists and you’re kind of wondering what he’s going to do next!’

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“He’s got this mangy kind of grey sticky hair, green all over his face, you know, slime everywhere, bulging eyeballs, rotten teeth,” and thirty years later, we still can’t get enough of him, just don’t say his name out loud three times if you’re not prepared for the consequence.  On the 30th anniversary of Tim Burton’s “calling card” movie ‘Beetlejuice’, …

Writing and the working class ‘I didn’t know I was ‘working class’ you know until somebody called me a working class poet.’

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“I was a bit thrown by it the first time I heard it, to be honest,” said poet and writer Colm Keegan of the title ‘working class’ in relation to his own identity as a writer.  Colm will be hosting ‘This Voice’, an event at the Red Line Book Festival on Wednesday 10th October which explores the relationship between writing and …

Graham Norton's second novel‘The book is full of twists’

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Graham Norton is back with his second novel, ‘A Keeper’, and author and Chief Arts Writer with The Sunday Times Ireland, Eithne Shortall, took a read of it to report back to Sean Rocks on Arena.  Eithne is a big fan of Norton’s previous book ‘Holding’ which she described as “a gorgeous story” with “dark little corners”, so she was …