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A new ANARCHIC, SURREAL COMEDY from BBC Radio 3's Drama on 3 series.
Your Only Man - first broadcast 31 August 2008.
Born in 1911, Brian O'Nolan – author of The Third Policeman, At Swim Two Birds, The Poor Mouth and countless comic newspaper columns – wrote under the pseudonyms Myles na Gopaleen and Flann O'Brien. He was academically brilliant and, despite an image as a hard-drinking, dissolute genius, held a respectable post in the Irish civil service for most of his adult life, never quite giving up on his faith in the Catholic Church.
Flann O'Brien regarded himself as a failed writer. The Third Policeman wasn't published in his lifetime and his anger at himself and the world was vented in his newspaper columns.
He eventually lost his civil service job in the Fifties, which is when he really started drinking to excess, but still managed to churn out comic journalism until his death in 1966. He made fun of Dublin trendies and religious hypocrisy. A fluent Gaelic speaker, he loathed anything that smacked of the fashionable Celtic revival. He mocked rural stupidity and city snobbery; he hated ignorance and intellectuals with equal venom. Nothing happened in Irish politics that he didn't have a scathing opinion about, but there wasn't much he believed in.
Your Only Man focuses on the crushed and alcoholic Brian (Ardal O'Hanlon) on the day he's fired from his job, wandering Dublin trying to find the courage to tell his wife what's happened. All the time he's arguing and reminiscing with his alter egos – the pub wit and satirist Myles (Dara O'Briain) and the raving, frustrated genius Flann (Dermot Crowley). The three of them, and his wife Evelyn (Pauline MacLynn), look down from the world beyond to see the folly of his life and at last discover the truth of it all.
Brian O'Nolan - Ardal O'Hanlon
Flann O'Brien - Dermot Crowley
Myles na gCopaleen - Dara O'Briain
Evelyn O'Nolan/Miss Fahy - Pauline McLynn
Eddie Fahy, the policeman and everyone else - Lloyd Hutchinson
Written by: Annie Caulfield.
Directed by: Marilyn Imrie.
Produced by: Gordon Kennedy
Running Time: 01:26:39.
File size: 79.34Mb
Sample rate: 44100Hz
Bit rate: 128kbps
Source: BBC Listen Again
StreamRip using: Easy MP3 Sound Recorder
Edited using: Audacity
* Contains some ADULT LANGUAGE.
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