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Absolute Radio breakfast show host Christian O’Connell shares his culture fix

PUBLISHED: 10:41 07 April 2017

This Dorking dad is used to waking up the nation - if he had his way, phones would be banned from cinemas

This Dorking dad is used to waking up the nation - if he had his way, phones would be banned from cinemas


Stand-up comedian, author, TV presenter and self-confessed “shabby dad”, Absolute Radio breakfast show host Christian O’Connell needs to have his finger firmly on the nation’s cultural post. Here, the Dorking resident tells us about his cinema woes, Dance Floor Dads and learning to understand women…

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine March 2017


If I want to go to the cinema I…

...often wonder when we stopped knowing how to behave properly in them. You really see how selfish we have become when you’re in a cinema. People who cannot be away from Facebook or other social media sites for 90 minutes, the phone illuminating their big face and distracting us all from a key scene. I’ll stop now, as I’m starting to sound like my dad...

The last film I saw was…

La La Land (the throwback musical released in January that has received 14 Oscars nominations). I loved it. I’m happily married but it made me wish I had Ryan Gosling in my life, honking his horn outside my house.

For my theatre fix, I like to…

...take my kids to see musicals. Recently we saw School of Rock in the West End, which we all thought was brilliant. When we went to Matilda I was in tears - my kids were pointing and laughing at me.

I’m currently reading…

The Female Brain by American neuropsychiatrist, Louann Brizendine. I read her book, The Male Brain, which was fascinating, so now I’m reading this. I’ve been married for 19 years to a woman who I love and who is my best friend, but I’m still making the same dumb mistakes! This is helping me. I’ve got two daughters too, so it’s all interesting.

The last time I went to my local library was…

...with my kids last year. My dad would take me every Saturday as a kid. The highlight of my week was getting lost in the worlds of Asterix and Obelisk and The Secret Seven. Magical places to me.

At home, I’m most likely to be listening to…

Podcasts. I listen to them daily. They are long form and can go further and deeper than traditional radio.

In the car, I generally listen to…

Kiss FM. I love music: rock and roll, country, Motown and dance... I’d love to do a radio show for old 40-something ravers like me. I’d call it, Dance Floor Dads.

The TV programme I never miss is…

UFC (editor’s note: the Ultimate Fighting Championship is an American mixed martial arts tournament). It’s the greatest and most exciting show on earth. I also love Game of Thrones, Ray Donovan, This is Us…

• Christian O’Connell recently signed a three-book publishing deal with Harper Collins Children’s Books, The first in the series, Radio Boy (£6.99 paperback), introduces an ordinary boy with an extraordinary secret radio show broadcast from his shed.

• Christian O’Connell presents Absolute Radio’s breakfast show every weekday morning from 6am to 10am.

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