Ardal O'Hanlon, Tessa Hadley, The Umbrella Academy
Ardal O'Hanlon on his new stand-up comedy tour, Tessa Hadley on her latest novel, new Netflix series The Umbrella Academy, and favourite romantic works of art.
Irish comedian Ardal O’Hanlon is best-known for roles in Father Ted, My Hero and currently Death in Paradise, but he started out as a stand-up comic in 80s Dublin. As he embarks on a nationwide solo tour, Samira talks to Ardal about the role of politics in his life and work and breaking free from being typecast.
Novelist Tessa Hadley is praised for her psychological insight, her nuance, and her precision. In her new book Late in the Day she turns her sharp eye to the impact of the unexpected death of one man on his family and close friends.
The Umbrella Academy, the new Netflix series about a family of superheroes, stars Ellen Page and Mary J Blige and is written by Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance. Michael Leader from Film4 Online reviews.
And to mark Valentine's Day we discuss favourite romantic works of art.
Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Timothy Prosser
The Showing Off Must Go On, Ardal O'Hanlon's tour of the UK and Ireland starts in Leicester on 24 February 2019 and ends in Southend on 08 December 2019, visiting places like Huddersfield, Barrow in Furness, Lancaster, Bath, Wimborne, Lincoln, Sheffield, High Wycombe, Basingstoke, Cork, Reading, London, Armagh, Derry, Dublin, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Stirling, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Salford, Northampton, Birmingham, Brighton, Portsmouth, St Albans, Cambridge, Limerick, Belfast, Cardiff, Bristol and Yeovil in between.
Images: Main image above, and image to the left: Ardal O'Hanlon
Images credit: Mark Nixon
The Umbrella Academy
The Umbrella Academy is available to download/stream from 15 February 2019 on Netflix.
From Left: Cameron Brodeur, Aidan Gallagher, Blake Talabis, Dante Albidone, Eden Cupid and Ethan Hwang in the Umbrella Academy.
Image credit: Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix