Helen Arney from ‘Festival of the Spoken Nerd’ reveals her favourite TV shows

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Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, Festival of the Spoken Nerd are back this autumn with all-new science comedy show, Just For Graphs!

Join stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, experiments maestro Steve Mould and geek songstress Helen Arney for graph-a-minute fun with electrifying live experiments, spectacular songs, mind-bending maths.

Check out the tour dates on their official website.

Helen Arney is also a presenter on BBC Two’s Coast and has appeared on Stewart Lee’s Alternative Comedy Experience, Comedy Central and You Have Been Warned on Discovery.

CultBox caught up with Helen to find out what she likes to watch to relax between shows…


TV show that reminds you of your childhood:

“This has got to be Blue Peter! Like all well-behaved, middle class, nerdy kids I was obsessed with entering every competitions and making every DIY Tracey Island to try and win badges.

“I never got any of them… until last week. Finally, in my 30s, dreams came true and I smashed a wine glass with my voice (and with science) live on Blue Peter. Totally got a badge and everything. Best. Day. Ever.”


TV show that reminds you of being a teenager:

Red Dwarf takes me straight back to being a dorky teenager.

“Living on a deserted mining spaceship for all eternity with just a hologram, superevolved cat, rubber-headed android, depressed computer and sarcastic vending machine for company seemed like a way better option that the tedium of growing up in a home counties village.”


Favourite TV show to cheer you up:

“There’s nothing like a bit of Parks and Recreation for clever, well-crafted, feel-good comedy.”


Favourite TV show to watch before going to sleep:

“During the Edinburgh Fringe this year I would mainline an episode or two of Community to wind down after a late-night show.

“I love catching all the nerdy references in the first few seasons, and my sleep would be full of paintball games, blanket forts and movie references. The dreams got weirder in Seasons 5 and 6 though…”


Favourite “guilty pleasure” TV show:

“Please don’t tell anyone but I’m addicted to TV pathology dramas.

“I have to watch them alone. There are never any witnesses when I watch Silent Witness.” 


Axed TV show that you most wish would return:

Tomorrow’s World, of course! But not with new tech, just all the old stuff. A weekly about Casio wristwatches, fax machines and mobile phones the size of housebricks would be the perfect retro half-hour.”