Ray D’Arcy is rarely squeamish about the topics he covers – “It’s all about life” is his show’s tagline, after all – but it’s still a bit of a shock to hear him breezily talk about throwing a little girl’s rabbit into an oven. On Wednesday’s programme (the Ray D’Arcy Show, RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays), the host speaks to Catherine, whose two-year-old daughter recently “damaged” her beloved leporine companion, Bunny. “She thought she would warm Bunny up by throwing Bunny on the grandma’s Stanley range,” Catherine explains. For the casual listener, it’s an alarming conversation, though at least being cast as a bunny baker is an upgrade on the misogynistically freighted “bunny boiler”.
Eventually, in response to worried texts, D’Arcy clarifies that the unfortunate rabbit is actually a stuffed toy rather than a pet, with the host sounding a bit sniffy that people hadn’t worked this out by Mary’s talk of Bunny’s fur having been “melted”. Then again, it’s hard to believe a programme on national radio is running an item on repairing a cuddly toy, no matter how cute the tale behind it. The twist is that fixing the burned plaything is more difficult than you’d think: apparently even the nation’s teddy bear hospitals are clogged by waiting lists.