Now You're Asking with Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn

Now You're Asking with Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn

By BBC Radio 4

Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn want to solve your problems. Or try, at the very least. Join Marian and Tara as they dig into their own life experience to find advice for all of us. Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million of her books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian, and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their own life experience to help solve your biggest - and smallest - problems. From dilemmas about life, love and grief, to the perils of laundry or knowing what to say at a boring dinner, we'll find out what Marian and Tara would recommend...which might not solve the problem exactly, but will make us all feel a bit better. Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email marianandtara@bbc.co.uk. Now You're Asking with Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn is produced by Steve Doherty. It is a Giddy Goat Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

Episodes

No Limits: Ep 10. Guilty Pleasures

Now that Abba are cool again (what do you mean? They were always cool!) we dedicate a whole episode edition of No Limits to deride the idea of a 'guilty pleasure'. Are you guilty of 'contempt prior to investigation'? We really hope not but Marian and Tara might give you a thing or two to think about, if you are.Each week for this series of 10 mini-podcasts, Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn take one email from a listener to spotlight with, perhaps, a little less diplomacy that they might muster in the full versions of their popular problem-busting podcast, Now You're Asking. It's a hard and fast snapshot of their take on an issue or problem.It's Now You're Asking with a little salt in the caramel - all the more tasty for being bite-sized!Producer: Steve Doherty A Giddy Goat Production
20/02/24·8m 46s

No Limits: Ep 9. Threesome

A female asker's husband has walked in, saw his wife hugging her female best friend, put two and two together ... made five and now all he wants is a threesome. What do Marian and Tara think of the whole business?Each week for this series of 10 mini-podcasts, Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn take one email from a listener to spotlight with, perhaps, a little less diplomacy that they might muster in the full versions of their popular problem-busting podcast, Now You're Asking. It's a hard and fast snapshot of their take on an issue or problem.It's Now You're Asking with a little salt in the caramel - all the more tasty for being bite-sized!Producer: Steve Doherty A Giddy Goat Production
13/02/24·8m 49s

No Limits: Ep 8. Gym Etiquette

Marian and Tara find that Alpha males get everywhere - especially on your nerves. Is someone hogging the gym equipment you want to use? Hey bro! Get off that machine.Each week for this series of 10 mini-podcasts, Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn take one email from a listener to spotlight with, perhaps, a little less diplomacy that they might muster in the full versions of their popular problem-busting podcast, Now You're Asking. It's a hard and fast snapshot of their take on an issue or problem.It's Now You're Asking with a little salt in the caramel - all the more tasty for being bite-sized!Producer: Steve Doherty A Giddy Goat Production
06/02/24·8m 18s

No Limits: Ep 7. Critical Mother

Throughout his life, the asker's mother has found time to criticise - and that all adds up. What can he do to heal those wounds? Marian and Tara bring their words of wisdom.Each week for this series of 10 mini-podcasts, Marian and Tara take one email from a listener to spotlight with, perhaps, a little less diplomacy that they might muster in the full versions of their popular problem-busting podcast, Now You're Asking. It's a hard and fast snapshot of their take on an issue or problem.It's Now You're Asking with a little salt in the caramel - all the more tasty for being bite-sized!Producer: Steve Doherty A Giddy Goat Production
30/01/24·8m 49s

No Limits: Ep 6. Lingerie

Tara hates frilly lingerie and is not afraid to let her feelings be known in this edition of our spin-off podcast, No Limits. If they're scratchy and uncomfortable who exactly are they really for and why should women be expected to wear them as a 'special treat'?Each week for this series of 10 mini-podcasts, Marian and Tara take one email from a listener to spotlight with, perhaps, a little less diplomacy that they might muster in the full versions of their popular problem-busting podcast, Now You're Asking. It's a hard and fast snapshot of their take on an issue or problem.It's Now You're Asking with a little salt in the caramel - all the more tasty for being bite-sized!Producer: Steve Doherty A Giddy Goat Production
23/01/24·8m 0s

No Limits: Ep 5. Farting at pilates

An otherwise enjoyable pilates class is interrupted by an unmistakable smell. All eyes turn on our asker - the only man in the room. Except it wasn't him. He doesn't want to point the finger but neither does he want to take the blame.Each week for this series of 10 mini-podcasts, Marian and Tara take one email from a listener to spotlight with, perhaps, a little less diplomacy that they might muster in the full versions of their popular problem-busting podcast, Now You're Asking. It's a hard and fast snapshot of their take on an issue or problem.It's Now You're Asking with a little salt in the caramel - all the more tasty for being bite-sized!Producer: Steve Doherty A Giddy Goat Production
16/01/24·5m 12s

The Celebrity Selfie Problem

What do you do when a celebrity says no to your polite request for a selfie ... and what are para-social relationships, anyway? You've left your old job and none of your old colleagues have kept in touch ... what should you do? You've spotted a plant you like the look of ... is it really so bad to lean over and take a cutting? In the final episode of this series, Marian and Tara cast an eye over their email inbox and issue a few thoughts and opinions.Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million of her books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve your biggest - and smallest - of things that keep us awake at night.Previous series were welcomed by listeners and critics: "Both are warm and kind enough to not only be funny but also offer genuinely thoughtful, if left-field, advice." (Miranda Sawyer, The Observer) "Keyes and Flynn are my new favourite double-act." (Jane Anderson - Radio Times) "I found their compassion endlessly soothing." (Rachel Cunliffe - The New Statesman)Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
16/01/24·28m 33s

No Limits: Ep 4. Should I strip the bed?

You've stayed overnight at a friend's house, the question is whether or not to strip the bed when it's time to say goodbye.Each week for this series of 10 mini-podcasts, Marian and Tara take one email from a listener to spotlight with, perhaps, a little less diplomacy that they might muster in the full versions of their popular problem-busting podcast, Now You're Asking. It's a hard and fast snapshot of their take on an issue or problem.It's Now You're Asking with a little salt in the caramel - all the more tasty for being bite-sized!Producer: Steve Doherty A Giddy Goat Production
09/01/24·7m 1s

The Middle Fingers Problem

What do you do when you’re bisexual and rejected by your family, a parent worried about your son sucking his fingers, and someone whose friend brings you nothing but problems? These and many others have turned to radio’s warmest voices to get a little help. Rather wonderfully, this episode also includes the phrase ‘weaponised incompetence’ and the lasting image of a television festooned with an abandoned bra...Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million of her books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve your biggest - and smallest - of things that keep us awake at night.Previous series were welcomed by listeners and critics: "Both are warm and kind enough to not only be funny but also offer genuinely thoughtful, if left-field, advice." (Miranda Sawyer, The Observer) "Keyes and Flynn are my new favourite double-act." (Jane Anderson - Radio Times) "I found their compassion endlessly soothing." (Rachel Cunliffe - The New Statesman)Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
09/01/24·28m 30s

No Limits: Ep 3. Rekindled Romance

You're back with your ex after a firework-filled love affair with another man. The problem is, even though he's lovely, the sex is terrible.Each week for this series of 10 mini-podcasts, Marian and Tara take one email from a listener to spotlight with, perhaps, a little less diplomacy that they might muster in the full versions of their popular problem-busting podcast, Now You're Asking. It's a hard and fast snapshot of their take on an issue or problem.It's Now You're Asking with a little salt in the caramel - all the more tasty for being bite-sized!Producer: Steve Doherty A Giddy Goat Production
02/01/24·5m 52s

The Sullen Super Model Problem

All life is truly here, this week with an awkward family Christmas (that needn’t be so bad), a semi-cancelled wedding (which almost certainly wasn’t so bad), and pulling out an under-used dinner service (which definitely isn’t bad). All these conundrums and many more have come in to the Now You’re Asking mailbox for Marian and Tara to do their best to address.Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million of her books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve the biggest - and smallest - of things that keep us awake at night.Previous series were welcomed by listeners and critics: "Both are warm and kind enough to not only be funny but also offer genuinely thoughtful, if left-field, advice." (Miranda Sawyer, The Observer) "Keyes and Flynn are my new favourite double-act." (Jane Anderson - Radio Times) "I found their compassion endlessly soothing." (Rachel Cunliffe - The New Statesman)Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
02/01/24·28m 51s

No Limits: Ep 2. Windsock?

You're an older woman, you're in a new relationship and you're worried that your new partner might be critical of what you describe as 'your windsock'? Step this way.Each week for this series of 10 mini-podcasts, Marian and Tara take one email from a listener to spotlight with, perhaps, a little less diplomacy that they might muster in the full versions of their popular problem-busting podcast, Now You're Asking. It's a hard and fast snapshot of their take on an issue or problem.It's Now You're Asking with a little salt in the caramel - all the more tasty for being bite-sized!Producer: Steve Doherty A Giddy Goat Production
26/12/23·5m 52s

The Moving Problem

From broken bones to moving homes by way of orgasms (or the lack of) and a best friend who undermines your big day for their own ends – the depth and breadth of listener questions continues to amaze us. Marian and Tara unpick, unpack and address the issues from as many different angles as they can think of, calling on their own life experience to guide them. They may not have the answer to everything, but they’ll do their best to find it. Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million of her books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve the biggest - and smallest - of things that keep us awake at night.Previous series were welcomed by listeners and critics: "Both are warm and kind enough to not only be funny but also offer genuinely thoughtful, if left-field, advice." (Miranda Sawyer, The Observer) "Keyes and Flynn are my new favourite double-act." (Jane Anderson - Radio Times) "I found their compassion endlessly soothing." (Rachel Cunliffe - The New Statesman)Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
26/12/23·28m 28s

No Limits: Ep 1. The Awful Friend

You have a friend who always manages to turn the conversation around to herself - what should you do? Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn launch their new series of mini-podcasts with some thoughts on dealing with a frankly awful friend.Each week for this series of 10 mini-podcasts, Marian and Tara take one email from a listener to spotlight with, perhaps, a little less diplomacy that they might muster in the full versions of their popular problem-busting podcast, Now You're Asking. It's a hard and fast snapshot of their take on an issue or problem.It's Now You're Asking with a little salt in the caramel - all the more tasty for being bite-sized!Producer: Steve Doherty A Giddy Goat Production
19/12/23·8m 32s

The Thank You Card Problem

So many questions in this week’s instalment: Does the thought of writing a stack of thank you cards fill you with dread? Why does nobody seem to send them, anymore? Can you find a way to a new you after a long-term relationship – especially an abusive one – in the harsh world of modern dating? How can you make amends when you’ve accidentally angered all the old ladies in your apartment block? Can you really make stock from feathers? Pull up a chair at Marian and Tara’s virtual kitchen table and the producer might even pour you a cup of sound effect tea. Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million of her books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve your biggest - and smallest - of the things that keep us awake at night.Previous series were welcomed by listeners and critics: "Both are warm and kind enough to not only be funny but also offer genuinely thoughtful, if left-field, advice." (Miranda Sawyer, The Observer) "Keyes and Flynn are my new favourite double-act." (Jane Anderson - Radio Times) "I found their compassion endlessly soothing." (Rachel Cunliffe - The New Statesman)Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
19/12/23·28m 41s

The Comb Over Problem

Your close friend is doing a bad job at disguising his baldness – people are noticing and making cruel comments… what should you do? You know your relationship is over but, if you leave, your partner’s life might fall apart… what should you do? You’ve been asked to a party and the hosts are now asking you to help pay for it… what should you do? Modern dilemmas tackled with wisdom, grace and trademark good humour by Marian and Tara. All this and... is Marian declaring herself to be running for political office?Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million copies of her books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve your biggest - and smallest - of the things that keep us awake at night.Previous series were welcomed by listeners and critics: "Both are warm and kind enough to not only be funny but also offer genuinely thoughtful, if left-field, advice." (Miranda Sawyer, The Observer) "Keyes and Flynn are my new favourite double-act." (Jane Anderson - Radio Times) "I found their compassion endlessly soothing." (Rachel Cunliffe - The New Statesman)Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
12/12/23·28m 35s

The Good Cup of Tea Problem

Is my son gay? What does it even mean when you’re told to “be kind to yourself”? Should I have a baby because I am lonely? All this and possibly our most controversial response to date when a listener confesses to losing the knack of brewing a good cup of tea. Marian and Tara sit up straight and set to tackling their in-tray of Asks. Marian Keyes is a multi-award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million of her books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve your biggest - and smallest - of the things that keep us awake at night.Previous series were welcomed by listeners and critics: "Both are warm and kind enough to not only be funny but also offer genuinely thoughtful, if left-field, advice." (Miranda Sawyer, The Observer) "Keyes and Flynn are my new favourite double-act." (Jane Anderson - Radio Times) "I found their compassion endlessly soothing." (Rachel Cunliffe - The New Statesman)Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
05/12/23·28m 47s

The Package Holiday Problem

Your new boyfriend wants to go on a package holiday by the sea, but you’d rather be hiking in the mountains – is it time to dump him? Your friends are telling you to make more of an effort but you’re happy in your old clothes – is it time to smarten up? And you’re a working mum of a toddler but you find yourself ‘zoning out’ when he’s in your care – is it time to worry? All this and robbing a bank the middle-aged way are tackled by Marian and Tara.Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million of her books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve the biggest - and smallest - things that keep us awake at night.Previous series were welcomed by listeners and critics: "Both are warm and kind enough to not only be funny but also offer genuinely thoughtful, if left-field, advice." (Miranda Sawyer, The Observer) "Keyes and Flynn are my new favourite double-act." (Jane Anderson - Radio Times) "I found their compassion endlessly soothing." (Rachel Cunliffe - The New Statesman)Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
28/11/23·28m 49s

The Squirrel Problem

Content warning - this show contains rodents! Squirrels, to be precise. What can you do to keep them away? Marian and Tara also tackle dealing with prejudice around autism and what to do if you'd rather not go to another birthday party.Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million of her books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve your biggest - and smallest - of the things that keep us awake at night.Previous series were welcomed by listeners and critics: "Both are warm and kind enough to not only be funny but also offer genuinely thoughtful, if left-field, advice." (Miranda Sawyer, The Observer) "Keyes and Flynn are my new favourite double-act." (Jane Anderson - Radio Times) "I found their compassion endlessly soothing." (Rachel Cunliffe - The New Statesman)Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
21/11/23·28m 55s

The 'Is He the One?' Problem

Is it ever possible to know whether your partner is 'The One'? Can you go to church but avoid drinking the Kool Aid? Should men shave more than the hair on their chin? It's safe to say there is no subject that Marian and Tara won't tackle in their quest to solve their listener's conundrums.Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million of her books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve your biggest - and smallest - of the things that keep us awake at night.Previous series were welcomed by listeners and critics: "Both are warm and kind enough to not only be funny but also offer genuinely thoughtful, if left-field, advice." (Miranda Sawyer, The Observer) "Keyes and Flynn are my new favourite double-act." (Jane Anderson - Radio Times) "I found their compassion endlessly soothing." (Rachel Cunliffe - The New Statesman)Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
14/11/23·28m 47s

Christmas Special

The holiday season is not easy for everyone. Some people love it, some can’t stand it and others want to enjoy some downtime with the family - if only it wasn’t their family, in their house, at this time of the year. Demanding guests arrive - but whose holiday traditions should you follow? A family member monopolises the season - should you head over to her house - again? And what are the ways of coping with the sadness this ‘happy’ time of year can bring? Marian and Tara take listeners’ Christmas questions in their stride. Marian Keyes is a multi-award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve the biggest - and smallest - of their listeners' problems The popular advice podcast continues to be welcomed by listeners and critics. "Both are warm and kind enough to not only be funny but also offer genuinely thoughtful, if left-field, advice." (Miranda Sawyer, The Observer). "Keyes and Flynn are my new favourite double-act." (Jane Anderson - Radio Times). "I found their compassion endlessly soothing." (Rachel Cunliffe - The New Statesman) Producer: Steve Doherty A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
11/12/22·24m 31s

The Bully Father-in-Law Problem

A woman bullied by her father-in-Law, a grieving widow and an anxious midwifery student get help from Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn in the popular advice series. As ever, life is addressed from every angle, with trademark wisdom and good humour, by our hosts.From dilemmas about life, love and grief, to the perils of laundry or knowing what to say at a boring dinner, we’ll find out what Marian and Tara would recommend - which might not solve the problem exactly, but will make us all feel a bit better.Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.
04/12/22·29m 18s

The Workplace Crush Problem

So - you fancy your boss but he wants to keep it casual? You've had second thoughts about joining a book club? You're convinced your dog seems to hate you? Life is addressed from every angle, with their trademark wisdom and good humour, by Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn.From dilemmas about life, love and grief, to the perils of laundry or knowing what to say at a boring dinner, we’ll find out what Marian and Tara would recommend - which might not solve the problem exactly, but will make us all feel a bit better.Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
27/11/22·28m 41s

The Ugly Present Problem

What on earth should you do when your grandparents give you a hideous present? Is my sister subject to controlling behaviour from her new girlfriend? Should our 46-year-old male ‘asker’ get botox? All these questions have been sent in by our listeners and are given the Marian and Tara treatment in the latest instalment of their popular advice podcast.The first series was welcomed by listeners and critics. "Both are warm and kind enough to not only be funny but also offer genuinely thoughtful, if left-field, advice." (Miranda Sawyer, The Observer) "Keyes and Flynn are my new favourite double-act." (Jane Anderson - Radio Times) "I found their compassion endlessly soothing." (Rachel Cunliffe - The New Statesman)Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve the biggest - and smallest - of their listeners' problems.From dilemmas about life, love and grief, to the perils of laundry or knowing what to say at a boring dinner, we’ll find out what Marian and Tara would recommend - which might not solve the problem exactly, but will make us all feel a bit better.Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
20/11/22·29m 11s

The Overburdened Listener Problem

Do your family and friends always seem to bring their problems to you? Why do men so often need telling? You’re a long way from home - should you stay or should you go? All these subjects have been sent in by our listeners and are given the Marian and Tara treatment in the latest instalment of their popular advice podcast.The first series was welcomed by listeners and critics. "Both are warm and kind enough to not only be funny but also offer genuinely thoughtful, if left-field, advice." (Miranda Sawyer, The Observer) "Keyes and Flynn are my new favourite double-act." (Jane Anderson - Radio Times) "I found their compassion endlessly soothing." (Rachel Cunliffe - The New Statesman)Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve the biggest - and smallest - of their listeners' problems.From dilemmas about life, love and grief, to the perils of laundry or knowing what to say at a boring dinner, we’ll find out what Marian and Tara would recommend - which might not solve the problem exactly, but will make us all feel a bit better.Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
13/11/22·28m 32s

The Invisible Sibling Problem

Have you reached an age where it seems everything is beginning to annoy you? What should you do if you’re a sibling who is invisible to your family? How do you deal with a one-night stand who’s now ignoring you at the school gates? All these subjects have been sent in by our listeners and are given the Marian and Tara treatment in the latest instalment of their popular advice podcast.The first series was welcomed by listeners and critics. "Both are warm and kind enough to not only be funny but also offer genuinely thoughtful, if left-field, advice." (Miranda Sawyer, The Observer) "Keyes and Flynn are my new favourite double-act." (Jane Anderson - Radio Times) "I found their compassion endlessly soothing." (Rachel Cunliffe - The New Statesman)Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve the biggest - and smallest - of their listeners' problems.From dilemmas about life, love and grief, to the perils of laundry or knowing what to say at a boring dinner, we’ll find out what Marian and Tara would recommend - which might not solve the problem exactly, but will make us all feel a bit better.Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
06/11/22·28m 33s

The Boring Husband Problem

Has your husband suddenly become boring? What should you do if you’re invited to a swingers party - or, perhaps more pressingly, if you’ve not been invited? Can holiday romances ever work out – even ones in Switzerland? All these subjects have been sent in by our listeners and are given the Marian and Tara treatment in the latest instalment of their popular advice podcast.The first series was welcomed by listeners and critics. "Both are warm and kind enough to not only be funny but also offer genuinely thoughtful, if left-field, advice." (Miranda Sawyer, The Observer) "Keyes and Flynn are my new favourite double-act." (Jane Anderson - Radio Times) "I found their compassion endlessly soothing." (Rachel Cunliffe - The New Statesman)Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve the biggest - and smallest - of their listeners' problems.From dilemmas about life, love and grief, to the perils of laundry or knowing what to say at a boring dinner, we’ll find out what Marian and Tara would recommend - which might not solve the problem exactly, but will make us all feel a bit better.Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
30/10/22·28m 46s

The Love Language Problem

Do you know what ‘love language’ is – and what’s yours? Do you envy people, the homes, lifestyles and careers? Have you experienced strategic untruths on someone’s dating profile? All these subjects have been sent in by our listeners and are given the Marian and Tara treatment in the latest instalment of their popular advice podcast.The first series was welcomed by listeners and critics. "Both are warm and kind enough to not only be funny but also offer genuinely thoughtful, if left-field, advice." (Miranda Sawyer, The Observer) "Keyes and Flynn are my new favourite double-act." (Jane Anderson - Radio Times) "I found their compassion endlessly soothing." (Rachel Cunliffe - The New Statesman)Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve the biggest - and smallest - of their listeners' problems.From dilemmas about life, love and grief, to the perils of laundry or knowing what to say at a boring dinner, we’ll find out what Marian and Tara would recommend - which might not solve the problem exactly, but will make us all feel a bit better.Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
23/10/22·28m 38s

The Pockets Problem

What happens when a neighbour takes your pizza ‘by mistake’? Or you’ve accidentally ended up paying for a friend’s childcare for too long? If your brother brings home an old flame – should you say something? And what should you do if your coat doesn’t have pockets? All these subjects are given the Marian and Tara treatment in the latest instalment of their popular advice podcast.The first series was welcomed by listeners and critics. "Both are warm and kind enough to not only be funny but also offer genuinely thoughtful, if left-field, advice." (Miranda Sawyer, The Observer) "Keyes and Flynn are my new favourite double-act." (Jane Anderson - Radio Times) "I found their compassion endlessly soothing." (Rachel Cunliffe - The New Statesman)Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve the biggest - and smallest - of their listeners' problems.From dilemmas about life, love and grief, to the perils of laundry or knowing what to say at a boring dinner, we’ll find out what Marian and Tara would recommend - which might not solve the problem exactly, but will make us all feel a bit better.Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
16/10/22·28m 22s

The Hot Tub Problem

Does being shown baby pictures in the supermarket drive you up the wall? Has someone given you unsolicited advice about your weight? What should you do if you’re invited to try out a neighbour’s hot tub but you’d really rather not? All these subjects are given the Marian and Tara treatment in the latest instalment of their popular advice podcast.The first series was welcomed by listeners and critics. "Both are warm and kind enough to not only be funny but also offer genuinely thoughtful, if left-field, advice." (Miranda Sawyer, The Observer) "Keyes and Flynn are my new favourite double-act." (Jane Anderson - Radio Times) "I found their compassion endlessly soothing." (Rachel Cunliffe - The New Statesman)Marian Keyes is a multi-award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve the biggest - and smallest - of their listeners' problems.From dilemmas about life, love and grief, to the perils of laundry or knowing what to say at a boring dinner, we’ll find out what Marian and Tara would recommend - which might not solve the problem exactly, but will make us all feel a bit better.Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
09/10/22·29m 0s

The Thong Problem

Thongs, personal grooming, rights of way across fields and 'going non-contact' get the Now You're Asking treatment in the first episode of this new series with Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn addressing real life problems sent in by their listeners. The first series was welcomed by listeners and critics. "Both are warm and kind enough to not only be funny but also offer genuinely thoughtful, if left-field, advice." (Miranda Sawyer, The Observer) "Keyes and Flynn are my new favourite double-act." (Jane Anderson - Radio Times) "I found their compassion endlessly soothing." (Rachel Cunliffe - The New Statesman)Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve the biggest - and smallest - of their listeners' problems.From dilemmas about life, love and grief, to the perils of laundry or knowing what to say at a boring dinner, we’ll find out what Marian and Tara would recommend - which might not solve the problem exactly, but will make us all feel a bit better.Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
02/10/22·28m 39s

The High School Problem

Marian and Tara tackle an over-familiar flatmate, a caustic mother-in-law, love at a distance and high school anxieties with trademark kindness and good humour in the final episode of the series.Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million of her books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve your biggest - and smallest - problems.From dilemmas about life, love and grief, to the perils of laundry or knowing what to say at a boring dinner, we’ll find out what Marian and Tara would recommend - which might not solve the problem exactly, but will make us all feel a bit better.Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve for series 2, which is due in the autumn? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
13/03/22·29m 3s

The Shoplifter Problem

Marian and Tara tackle front-fastening bras, anxiety, conspiracy theorists and a shoplifting mother with trademark kindness and good humour.Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million of her books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve your biggest - and smallest - problems.From dilemmas about life, love and grief, to the perils of laundry or knowing what to say at a boring dinner, we’ll find out what Marian and Tara would recommend - which might not solve the problem exactly, but will make us all feel a bit better.Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
06/03/22·28m 30s

The Co-dependency Problem

Marian and Tara tackle the stresses of IVF, co-dependent relationships, red necks on Zoom and "window shopping" (not the good kind) with trademark kindness and good humour.Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million of her books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve your biggest - and smallest - problems.From dilemmas about life, love and grief, to the perils of laundry or knowing what to say at a boring dinner, we’ll find out what Marian and Tara would recommend…which might not solve the problem exactly, but will make us all feel a bit better.Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
27/02/22·28m 12s

The Cardboard Walls Problem

Marian and Tara tackle listeners’ issues with noisy neighbours, an estranged sister and advise on the merits of wedding extravagance with trademark kindness and good humour.Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million of her books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve your biggest - and smallest - problems.From dilemmas about life, love and grief, to the perils of laundry or knowing what to say at a boring dinner, we’ll find out what Marian and Tara would recommend - which might not solve the problem exactly, but will make us all feel a bit better.Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
20/02/22·29m 0s

The Bacon Sandwich Problem

Marian and Tara tackle listeners’ issues with the menopause, frisky dreams and a troubling bacon sandwich with trademark good humour.Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million of her books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve your biggest - and smallest - of problems.From dilemmas about life, love and grief, to the perils of laundry or knowing what to say at a boring dinner, we’ll find out what Marian and Tara would recommend - which might not solve the problem exactly, but will make us all feel a bit better.Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
13/02/22·28m 35s

The Child Care Problem

Marian and Tara tackle jealousy, code switching, frizzy hair and wandering accents and much more.Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million of her books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve their listeners' biggest - and smallest - problems.From dilemmas about life, love and grief, to the perils of laundry or knowing what to say at a boring dinner, we’ll find out what Marian and Tara would recommend - which might not solve the problem exactly, but will make us all feel a bit better.Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
06/02/22·28m 53s

The Surprise Party Problem

Marian and Tara tackle awkward in-laws, unrequited love and a surprise party, swipe fatigue, ageing parents and much more.Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million of her books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, they have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve your biggest - and smallest - of problems.From dilemmas about life, love and grief, to the perils of laundry or knowing what to say at a boring dinner, we’ll find out what Marian and Tara would recommend - which might not solve the problem exactly, but will make us all feel a bit better.Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
30/01/22·28m 54s

The ‘Resting Bitch Face’ Problem

Marian and Tara discuss serial bad-boy dating, what your face says about you, a missing mojo, personal grooming issues and much more.Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million of her books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve your biggest - and smallest - problems.From dilemmas about life, love and grief, to the perils of laundry or knowing what to say at a boring dinner, we’ll find out what Marian and Tara would recommend - which might not solve the problem exactly, but will make us all feel a bit better.Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
23/01/22·28m 34s

The Badly-Dressed Boyfriend Problem

In this week’s instalment, Marian and Tara tackle a badly-dressed boyfriend, a weighted blanket, the problem with noisy eaters and much more.Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million of her books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve your biggest - and smallest - of their listeners' problems.From dilemmas about life, love and grief, to the perils of laundry or knowing what to say at a boring dinner, we’ll find out what Marian and Tara would recommend…which might not solve the problem exactly, but will make us all feel a bit better.Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
16/01/22·28m 42s

The Pink Flamingo Problem

In their first episode, Marian and Tara tackle a problem pink flamingo, a messy daughter and a contested will.Marian Keyes is a multi-award-winning writer, with a total of over 30 million of her books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their considerable life experience to help solve the biggest - and smallest - of their listeners' problems.From dilemmas about life, love and grief, to the perils of laundry or knowing what to say at a boring dinner, we’ll find out what Marian and Tara would recommend - which might not solve the problem exactly, but will make us all feel a bit better.Recorded in Dublin with emails received from listeners around the world, the hosts invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual kitchen table as they read and digest their inbox.Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email: marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Producer: Steve Doherty. A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
09/01/22·28m 29s

Welcome to Now You’re Asking with Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn

Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn want to solve your problems. Or try, at the very least. Join Marian and Tara as they dig into their own life experience to find advice for all of us.Marian Keyes is a multi award-winning writer, with over 30 million of her books sold to date in 33 languages. Her close friend Tara Flynn is an actress, comedian, and writer. Together, these two friends have been through a lot, and now want to use their own life experience to help solve your biggest - and smallest - problems. From dilemmas about life, love and grief, to the perils of laundry or knowing what to say at a boring dinner, we’ll find out what Marian and Tara would recommend…which might not solve the problem exactly, but will make us all feel a bit better. Got a problem you want Marian and Tara to solve? Email marianandtara@bbc.co.uk.Now You’re Asking with Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn is produced by Steve Doherty. It is a Giddy Goat Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.
04/01/22·1m 17s
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