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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

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28 minutes

Ardal O'Hanlon

Ardal O'Hanlon

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

The Umbrella Academy is available to download/stream  from 15 February 2019 on Netflix.

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From Left: Cameron Brodeur, Aidan Gallagher, Blake Talabis, Dante Albidone, Eden Cupid and Ethan Hwang in the Umbrella Academy.

Image credit: Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix

Tessa Hadley

Tessa Hadley

Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley is out now in hardback, and as an audio download and an eBook.

 

Image: Tessa Hadley

Stories for Valentine's Day on BBC Sounds

Stories for Valentine's Day on BBC Sounds

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