The Life of Brian



Staying in tonight?

Bones of Contention.

A radio docu drama about Brian O’Nolan/Flann O’Brien/Myles na gCopaleen, in the style of Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There.

Says writer director Marc-Ivan O’Gorman:

Brian O’Nolan once said that “the modern novel should be largely a work of reference”, and in Bones of Contention we honour that philosophy by not only bringing his nom-de-plumes to life and allowing them dictate the story (like his characters in At-Swim-Two-Birds), and inserting a couple of his literary creations, such as Pooka McPhelimy, his wife Miss Corrigan and an anthropomorphic bicycle, but we have, wherever possible, inserted snippets of his writings from across his novels and newspaper columns.

As Flann might have said, for it is in his own words a man best speaks for himself.

Bones Of Contention – the search for Brian O’Nolan, the Lyric Feature, tonight 7pm RTÉ lyric fm

Myles Ahead – the many faces of Flann O’Brien (Marc-Ivan O’Gorman, RTÉ)

Thanks Spaghetti Hoop

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20 thoughts on “The Life of Brian

  1. mildred st. meadowlark

    That sounds great!

    You know, if RTE focused their programming on making quality documentaries on subjects like this, it would be a much better use of resources than the current rake of Don’t Tell the Bride or whatever crap they’ve got on lately.

      1. mildred st. meadowlark

        Oh well that’s different. It’s such an inventive show, packed with originality and…

        I’ve run out of things to say. I can’t lie anymore.

    1. Kieran Nice Young Chap

      Unfortunately not many people watch/listen to them, so they’ve got to balance eyeballs with quality.

      The dreck helps pay for stuff like this.

    2. Spaghetti Hoop

      Actually Mil, RTE Radio is pretty good with documentaries and the arts; e.g. The History Show, Arena, John Bowman, Gareth Daly, John Kelly. Even when I was back home and reluctantly paid that goddamn TV licence fee, I soothed my indignation with the wireless offerings. One thing they don’t do (as on TV) is try and mirror our neighbour’s broadcasts.

      1. mildred st. meadowlark

        I agree with you, as regards radio. Radio output on rte has always been stronger than the tv, and I’ve come across some really great stuff on the radio the years, like yourself. I just wish they’d put as much quality into tv as radio.

        Lyric fm is my fave.

        1. Spaghetti Hoop

          Aye, mine too. I wish they’d bring back Sunday’s Old Time Warp but with a different presenter. It shouldn’t be a Gaybo-only show.

  2. objective

    If the documentary is anything like the blurb above, I’ll give it a miss. It’s a pity Broadsheet doesn’t employ a sub editor.

    1. Sheik Yahbouti

      Objective, I view that as harsh. Any opportunity to showcase or applaud that man’s enormous talent should meet with approval. I’m less impressed with RTE’s attempts to bask in reflected glory, but beggars cannot be choosers, and we must be grateful for what crumbs we can glean. I’d be happy to relive my early youth when one of his newspaper columns could make you sick with laughter.

  3. Brother Barnabas

    Well obviously I’m a fan – if you’ve ever wondered where the moniker comes from

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