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I have been a fan of podcasts for about 2 years now since getting an ipod. For the unintiated, the podcast is an audio or visual snippet or show which you can download and view/listen to on your MP3 device/PC/ipod whenever you like. They are largely free.
Many podcasts are available from a variety of places but I solely download from iTunes which is a sort-of hub and tend to be the main place that people download/upload to. It is easily searchable and also lists the most downloaded podcasts in a chart as well as presenting listeners reviews and recommendations.
I do not tend to bother to download visual podcasts so will list my favourite audio ones instead.
*Please note that the BBC podcasts are generally only available for download for a week from release, whereas the others are available to download in a collection or individually for a long time afterwards unless otherwise stated.
The audio ones tend to be split into two different categories -
1) Radio podcasts - excerpts/ best bits of an already broadcast radio show but obviously without news/adverts/music
2) 'Off the cuff' podcasts (for want of a better description) - not previously broadcast and largely done off the back of the presenters.
1) Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's Film Reviews
Originally broadcast on FiveLive on Friday afternoons - within about 2 days this is put onto Itunes and the BBC website. By taking out the news, travel and other interruptions this podcast generally runs at a generous 1 hr 20. The original show was so popular that even following Mayo's recent move to Radio 2 he has had to return to Five to record this.
The first half of the show is generally taken up with interviews with directors/actors of new releases - with the onus being on British filmmakers or not run of the mill guests, but not always. For example, Kermode and Mayo had a recent interview with Russell Crowe in which there was a case of mistaken identity and Crowe ended up almost flaying Kermode for a perceived misrepresentation about a film he did 15 years ago!
The second half of the cast revolves around Kermode giving 'pithy' reviews of the TopTen films in the Uk (which end up being anything but pithy!) before launching into the reviews good and proper! Kermode is obviously incredibly intelligent, knowledgeable and passionate about his subject - he has a doctorate in film after all - however he manages to present reviews, even of arthouse films, in such a way that is unpretentious, fair and downright fun. He is not afraid of putting on silly voices to get his point across - witness his Gwyneth Paltrow in Iron Man 'squeaky voice impression' and to make fun of himself as well as argue with comments made by contributing listeners.
Mayo's role is as his foil and the two have a really great 'rib jabbing' chemistry. What other podcast has almost developed its own glossary - eg 'wittertainment,' 'Ikea Knightley,' 'Orloondo Bland' and not to forget 'Kermodian rant'.
The final one refers to Kermode's infamous explosions when he comes across a film that he reall, really does nt like and completely 'goes off on one' for the want of a better expression. Many of these are available on You Tube - I reference you particularly to his reviews of the last Pirates of the Carribean film, Transformers and the SATC movies - and then tune in the following week to hear his dismay when that particular film ends up inevitably at the top of the Uk film charts.
He is definitely not want to go with the grain, if he does not like a critically acclaimed film he will say so, and vice versa, if he really enjoys a film which is not generally considered to be particularly good - he will admit this as well.
All in all, I highly recommend this for pure 'wittertainment' whether you are a film buff or just a casual movie fan.
2) Frank Skinner on Absolute Radio
This is an extract from the show which goes out on the aforementioned radio station on Saturday mornings and typically runs for 40-50 minutes. There is also a podcast released on a Wednesday of unbroadcast material entitled - 'Not The Weekend podcast' which runs for about 20 minutes.
Frank Skinner is joined by stand-up comedian Gareth Richards and In Style deputy editor and 'friend to the stars' Emily Dean. There is not really much to say except that there is a lot of banter between the three of them - Frank and Emily particular, Gareth takes the role of the fall guy largely. There is usually a guest interview ¾ of the way through the show, typically made up of comedians but have also included guests as diverse as Toyah Wilcox and Neil Hannon from the Divine Comedy.
I had never really been a fan of Frank Skinner prior to this, so this really has been a pleasant surprise, long may it continue.
3)The Dave Gorman Podcast
Dave Gorman's radio show, also on Absolute radio, runs on a Sunday morning. The podcast itself is typically about 50 minutes long.
The show/podcast involve Dave interacting with his 'sidekicks' stand-up comics and musicians - Martin White and Danielle Ward. During the course of the show they will share stories and encourage interaction with their listeners. Regulars also include Dave's poetry corner - where he reads the comments pages of websites in response to a particular event of the week in a poetry style over a piece of classical music - sounds odd - is utterly hilarious, as anyone who has read the comments pages of the Daily Mail website will attest to.
Also Danielle contributes "Ward's Weekly Word' - also fantastic , where she reviews entertainment releases in a peppy, upbeat but ultimately scathing style. At the end of the show Martin recaps the show by rapidly performing the events of it through singing and accompanied by his accordion.
It is a really great, fun show populated by people, largely being really nice to each other and extremely funny, which is quite refreshing - *Chris Moyles, take note*
4 Answer Me This!
Usually released once a week. Helen Zaltman, Olly Mann and Martin The Sound Guy answer listeners questions which range from the sublime to the ridiculous which are interspersed with a variety of entertaining jingles.
The whole thing is very, very funny, witty and professional sounding and who knows you might actually learn something!
5 The Collings and Herrin Podcast
Originally started in 2008 during a lull in their careers, comedian Richard Herring and broadcaster/writer Andrew Collins (the floating 'g' in the title is deliberate)release a weekly podcast which is recorded in Herring's attic. The shows have grown in length and now run at just over an hour.
Taking the broad scope of talking about the week's events, in fact it is pretty bawdy - thanks to Herring and definitely not for the easily offended. Although funny, it does go too far sometimes in chasing after offence, adn recently it has been just a mush a place for theim to advertise their upcoming products, tours, TV programmes, books - as anything else so has lost its way over time.
They also tend to do a number of podcasts throughout the year in front of a live audience, particularly at the Edinburgh Festival.
Also worth a mention - The Perfect Ten with Phill and Phil, Daily Bacon, The Ricky Gervais podcast, Women's Hour, Marsha Meets on Xfm, Adam and Joe on Xfm, Robin Ince's Show and Tell/Utter Shambles.
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