4/2 - The 21st Century 'It-Boy'

Artist, muse, socialite: when Daniel Lismore visits a nightclub, he charges THEM to host him.

How did this quiet man from the Midlands become a fashion insider with countless celebrity contacts and an outrageous style that's so strongly influenced London clubland?

In this interview with Olly, he discusses how his battle with bulimia, love of Star Trek and savvy use of social media has propelled him from his mum's dressing-up box to fully-fledged 21st Century 'It-Boy'.  

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Daniel's book of extraordinary self-portraits, 'Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken', is out now.

Olly Mann Daniel Lismore

Meanwhile, in The Zeitgeist this week, Ollie Peart considers the Scandinavian approach to social media, the sound production of BBC costume dramas, and the luxury fast food for people with more money than sense. 

And, down The Foxhole, Alix Fox has advice for 'Dry Delila' - a listener whose medication might be drying up her ladybits.

The Foxhole is sponsored by our friends at mycondom.com. Just use the code 'FOXHOLE' to receive an astonishing 15% OFF at Checkout. If you have a question of sex for a future edition of the show, you can send it to Alix here.

Music this week comes from Tom Williams. His song 'Everyone Needs a Home' is out later this year on Caroline Records:

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Posted on February 21, 2017 .

4/1 - CEO At 22

Olly Mann Sanctus

Adventures in entrepreneurial showmanship

Raising $1m in venture capital whilst still at Uni; starting a business seemed like child's play for James Routledge. His start-up attracted 50m page views per month, and his investors believed he could be the next Mark Zuckerberg.

Except, beneath the surface, he felt stressed, isolated and alone - and his business was burning £30,000 per month. In this honest and compelling interview with Olly, he explains what happened next.

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James is co-founder of mental health start-up Sanctus. Read the blog-post that started it all here, and sign up to their weekly newsletter here.

In The Zeitgeist this week, Ollie Peart attempts to explain why teenagers appear to be ever more stylish, reveals how to prevent pregnancy using an app, and highlights the sad retirement of America's top fortune cookie writer, Donald Lau

Meanwhile, Alix Fox clarifies exactly how one goes about moving house when you've got a home full of sex-toys, and advises a 43 year-old virgin who is desperate to lose his virginity, but worries he has missed the boat.

Massive thanks to MyCondom.Com for their continuing sponsorship of The Foxhole this series. Remember, for a staggering 15% OFF their amazing range of condoms, lube and toys, just enter the code FOXHOLE at Checkout. And if you've got a question for the next edition of the Foxhole, just submit it via our Feedback form - you can remain anonymous if you wish.

Music this week comes courtesy of Drangsal, and his new single Allan Align:

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Posted on February 14, 2017 and filed under Season Four.

3/10 - How To Be A Dad, part 3

"You're trying to control everything. I'm just trying to get to bath-time".

Six months after last comparing notes on the joys of fatherhood, Tom Price, Stuart Goldsmith and Olly Mann are all facing up to daddy decisions: how to rescue their respective relationships from a world of 'guilt-tennis', how much TV to allow their sons to watch, and exactly how best to celebrate a one year-old's birthday...

In this funny and frank discussion, they offer up advice on Baby Sign Language, front-facing papooses, and how to make a fiddle-board:

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Thanks to The Bill Murray in Islington for providing space to record the conversation. If you'd like to hear more from Stuart Goldsmith, check out his brilliant podcast The Comedian's Comedian - and you can catch Tom Price every weekend on Magic FM, or his very funny BBC Radio Wales podcast The Leak.

Elsewhere in this season finale, Ollie Peart offers up some trends for 2017 in The Zeitgeist, including disappearing ink tattoos, the re-birth of flares, and the foldable phones of the future. Plus, why velvet curtains could soon be adorning your walls, why robotic chef arms will find their way into your kitchen, and how Amazon is wangling its way into your every conversation.

Meanwhile, down in The Foxhole, Alix Fox helps a lady who wants to get her rocks off whilst considering the environment. Along the way, she uncovers ethical sex toys, eco-friendly condoms, solar-powered vibrators - and poo-inspired dildos. If you have a question of sex for the next series, don't hesitate to send it our way - you can remain anonymous if you wish. The Foxhole is sponsored by our friends at MyCondom.com - just use the code 'FOXHOLE' to get 15% OFF at Checkout!

Finally, our record of the week is the lovely 'Astral Plane' by Valerie June, out now on Sunday Best Records: 

We love showcasing amazing music on The Modern Mann, so we've made a Spotify playlist of all the records we've played in our first thirty episodes here. You're welcome! 

That's it for this series of the show -but we will back on Valentine's Day. In the meantime, why not review the show on iTunes, send us some feedback, or check out Olly's BBC Radio 4 series, The Male Room, on iPlayer.

Remember - we can only keep going with support from listeners like you. If you value what we do, please do donate to the show - every amount counts! You can buy us a beer here.

See you on February 14th.

Posted on January 3, 2017 and filed under How To Be A Dad, Season Three.

3/9 - Mr Panto

Hollywood stars, regional theatres and slapstick comedy - how to make the perfect Panto 

Eric Potts and John Thomson in Aladdin at the Manchester Opera House

Olly Mann and Eric Potts

Pantomime: the most peculiarly British of festive entertainments.

Each year, we Brits gather the family together to watch the same old stories. To cheer at the hero, hiss at the baddies, and watch a bloke in drag doing the same call-and-response routines that have enraptured crowds since the days of music hall. Why? 

Eric Potts is a maestro of the genre. As head writer for First Family Entertainments, he churns out ten panto scripts per year, and even finds time to play the Dame in one of them (this year, Aladdin in Manchester)

In this insightful interview with Olly, he explains why super-producers have duopolized the industry, how they persuade Hollywood stars to come over and tread the boards (it’s not just the money...), and why the key to panto success is not tradition or nostalgia - but ADVENTURE.

(Oh Yes It Is!)

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Also this week: Ollie Peart uses his Instagram account as an experiment in automation, and, after an extended Super Mario Run session, offers up one-handed gaming to The Zeitgeist. Plus, why the pen-and-paper notebook just might be a thing of the past.

And - jingle your balls! - Alix Fox finishes us off with a festive Foxhole for all the Modern Mann family. You’ll learn about ‘the Smith’s Salt N Shake of condoms’, why you should ‘get lusty with leftovers’, and how ‘sex Bisto’ might change your bedroom in a very special XXXmas edition of Alix’s favourite party game, ‘Tip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah!’. The Foxhole is proudly sponsored by our friends at MyCondom.Com - use the discount code ‘FOXHOLE’ to get 15% OFF at Checkout.

Finally, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a good sing-a-long, so do wrap your ears around our song of the week, ‘Honest’, by Martha Gunn

And remember, in this time of goodwill to all Mann, that we are always thrilled to receive your monies in exchange for this humble podcast offering. If you’d like to donate, we’d be ever so grateful, guv. Just click Beer Money.

Merry Christmas one and all - we’ll see you straight after the holidays, for our season finale!

Posted on December 20, 2016 and filed under Season Three.

3/8 - The Queen's Stunt Double

“In my job, fear is a great state of mind”

Gary Connery is a Hollywood stunt-man. He's played them all: Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, Indiana Jones. But it's for his role as Queen Elizabeth II, parachuting out of a helicopter in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, that he will truly go down in history.

In this interview with Olly, he recounts how it felt to be standing on the edge of that helicopter, knowing that more than 40 million people worldwide were about to watch his stunt - live. And he reveals some tricks of the trade he's picked up in his career: how to fall through glass, where to buy your cardboard boxes, and whether or not Tom Cruise really does do his own stunts...

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Also in this week's show, Ollie Peart considers whether we're about to enter a world without dick-holes, a world of fix-it supremacy, or a world of Ugly Food in this week's Zeitgeist.

Meanwhile, down The Foxhole, Alix Fox has news of a Canadian gadget to help circumcised men who fancy regrowing their foreskin, and, as this week's listener question, advises a chap who has been knocked for six by an astonishing encounter with an Italian vixen. Remember if you have a question of sex for Alix, just fill in our Feedback form - you can remain anonymous if you wish. The Foxhole is proudly sponsored by MyCondom.Com - just use the code 'FOXHOLE' at Checkout to nab yourself a stonking 15% OFF.

Finally, music this week comes courtesy of Syd Arthur and his track 'Apricity', out now on Communion Records:

We will return next week for our annual Christmas Spectacular - until then, please do leave us a review on iTunes, send us your feedback and your kind donations...

This week's show is kindly sponsored by our friends at Beer52.Com, who are offering Modern Mann listeners an amazing case of eight delicious bottles of hand-picked craft beer for just £12. Just visit beer52.com/modern52 and for everyone one of you who takes up the offer, Beer52 will send us some beer money too. 

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Posted on December 13, 2016 and filed under Season Three.