Welcome to the Podcast Roundup for December 2022 – our favourites in the worlds of CultBox.
Our picks this month, in no particular order, are…
Out to Lunch with Jay Rayner S8, Ep 7 – Al Murray
Jay’s eighth season of podcast lunches have been dropping since October, but his chat with Al Murray caught our attention. The conversation covers the genesis of his infamous Pub Landlord, Phil Collins, politics and not being directly related to David Cameron.
We also loved his chat with comedy legend Meera Syal this month too, which took in Anita and Me becoming a GCSE set text, being cast as Shirley Valentine and, naturally, Goodness Gracious Me.
Celebrity Catch Up: Life After That Thing I Did – S5, Ep 2 – George Takei
Host Genevieve Hassan chats to Star Trek legend George Takei about his role as Sulu, a life of activism and his new musical Allegiance. It’s a fun conversation full of anecdotes from his remarkable life on and off screen. Then the conversation takes a serious turn as he reveals the real life Japanese American experiences which led to the new show.
The ever fascinating Two Shot sees genial host Craig Parkinson talking to Liz White (Life on Mars) about life, leaving the theatre early, children at weddings and more.
Full Disclosure with James O’Brien S2, Ep 114 – Brian Cox
On the promotional trial for his Channel 5 documentary How The Other Half Life, Succession star Brian Cox talks about his upbringing and how it shaped him. Naturally, there’s plenty of Logan Roy chat along the way.
The Doctor Who Show: Alternate Galaxies – Star Wars: Andor
Away from their regular Doctor Who chat, Dave and Rob tackle the first season of Andor. They cover the Star Wars prequel show’s highlights, shortcomings and how it landed with the viewer. We found ourselves nodding in agreement with most of their opinions!
Film Stories with Simon Brew
This month, Simon Brew looked at the Film Stories behind… Labyrinth, Uncharted, Lethal Weapon, Jungle All The Way and The Sum of All Fears with guest star director Phil Alden Robinson.
Additionally, the Film Stories feed has a cracking interview on the subject of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical; screenwriter Dennis Kelly and director Matthew Warchus talk about the development from stage to screen.
So, happy listening… and do let us know if you have any recommendations too.