From the blogs: 'Joe Duffy should be on 10 hours a day'
POP LIVES:Brigie De Courcy is the executive producer of Fair City, Ireland’s longest-running soap opera
What are you reading?The Tunnels of Cu Chi by Tom Mangold and John Penycate. A really interesting assessment of the Vietnamese who brought the war with America underground, and the “tunnel rats” who tried to fight them there. I have visited the area, and been shown the trapdoors and the tunnels, and can only imagine how terrifying the entire event was.
Last film you saw and your verdict?52 Pick-Up, directed by John Frankenheimer from an Elmore Leonard novel. It’s tense, atmospheric and beautifully plotted, with fine performances from Roy Scheider and Ann-Margret and especially Robert Trebor. It had poor reviews at the time, but it’s due a reassessment.
What are your most clicked bookmarks?Time-traps: Irish Times, Irish Independent, Media Guardian, RTÉ, Sky News, Stasty, a great food blog. Money-traps: Amazon for books and DVDs, and various Irish holiday sites. We’ve had a couple of weeks in boats on the Shannon and Lough Erne. I keep tempting myself with getting back there.
Do you have a favourite podcast or radio programme?I listen to most of my radio on podcasts. So Playback, Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo, Marian Finucane, Claire Byrne – but the king is Joe Duffy. He should be on 10 hours a day, piped into lifts and buses.
When you fall into a YouTube hole what’s the general subject matter of the videos you’re watching?The usual old music and pandas on trampolines. Lately I’ve been obsessed with Kevin Sorbo in Hercules – Disappointed. Seriously, look it up. It’s the funniest 13 seconds ever.
What song should we listen to right now?Dusty Springfield’s version of You Don’t Own Me. It’s an anthem waiting to happen.
Which boxset/TV series do you have on the go at the moment?Damages with Glenn Close, Ted Danson and, in season three, Martin Short. Some of the best and most complex story-telling I have ever seen. Soap, a neglected sitcom from 1977 to 1981, with the wonderful Katherine Helmond and Richard Mulligan and a young Billy Crystal. It’s still very funny, and casts a rather hilarious glance at the worst soap-opera cliches. Breaking Bad: again, cracking story-telling. I found it slow to get into, but the character development and the increasingly dark situations make it unmissable. It needs more Kevin Sorbo, though. Disappointed!
Last gig/concert you went to and your verdict?I go to a lot more theatre than I do gigs, but the last I was at was Tom Petty, and it was class.
Which app do you use the most?I really like the Guardian Eyewitness. It is simply a single photograph a day selected from all around the world that captures a beautiful or intriguing or challenging image.
Finally, if you watch one TV programme this month, make it . .. Masterchef Ireland. Nick Munier and Dylan McGrath seem to care about the food, rather than hamming it up for the cameras, and it’s beautifully put together.