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Dave Fanning Show – 6th February 2016

Dave Fanning Show – 6th February 2016

Literary Characters

Atticus Finch, hero of Harper Lee’s novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, is the most inspiring character in literature, according to a new survey of 2,000 UK adults.  Finch, the lawyer of Lee’s child heroine Scout, topped the list of the most inspiring literary characters for both men and women.  In the novel, Finch defends a black man accused of raping a white woman.  But why is he number one?  Edel Coffee helps us understand why he is number one and also takes a look at some other well loved fictional characters in novels.



There is a lot of talk about the Superbowl this weekend, with Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Beyonce playing the half-time show.  But will anyone in Ireland be watching?  And if they are, will they be watching the for the game or the entertainment?  American Football journalist Cian Fahey discusses Superbowl and Belfast Trojans player, Barry Keil talk about playing the game.


Making a Murderer

By now most of us have seen Making a Murderer.  Anyone who has has their own opinion on Steven Avery and whether or not he killed Teresa Halbach.  One thing we can probably all agree on is that the investigation wasn’t carried out correctly.  We can probably agree also that one person was left out to dry throughout this whole thing – Steven’s nephew Brendan Dassey.  He confessed but later took back his statement and maintains to this day that he is innocent and was forced into confessing by police who used his low IQ against him.  Brendan’s lawyer from the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth talks about Brendan and what is happening for him.


Fan Theories

Most people watch a movie, say whether they liked it or not and leave it at that…  but some become so invested that they create their own theories about what’s actually happening, describing intricate connections between different movies and different characters.  It’s all stuff that’s not obvious to the naked eye but when you hear the reasoning behind these theories you might think.. actually, that’s right…  Brian Lloyd delves into some of the more popular fan theories out there.