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The CultBox Podcast Roundup – March 2023

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Welcome to the Podcast Roundup for March 2023 – our favourites in the worlds of CultBox. 

Our picks this month, in no particular order, are…

The Two Shot Podcast S10, Ep18 – Freema Agyeman

Freema is a beacon of thoughtful positivity and her chat with Craig Parkinson is a freewheeling affair. It covers a lot, including her love of celebrations, her school life, auditions and learning on the job. There’s also the differences between working on both sides of the Atlantic and insights into her Doctor Who audition process.

The Two Shot Podcast is always fascinating, but this one is a particular delight. Additionally, for those who prefer it, the interview is also available in vision on YouTube.

If you want more of Freema, she also appeared on the Radio Times podcast this month (although there’s a lot that’s duplicated from the conversation on the Two Shot).

Table Manners S15 Ep 2: Russell T Davies

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RTD joins Jessie and Lennie Ware for a late lunch and some fascinating chat; it takes in It’s a Sin, Nolly and, of course, Doctor Who. Over crab cakes, there’s an insight into Russell’s life growing up, his passion for writing and how he expects to be back with Doctor Who for “years” – stating that William Hartnell’s regeneration into Patrick Troughton is his earliest memory. He also shares some loving memories of his late husband Andrew and how they met, as well as choosing his final meal.

Also this month, Jessie and Lennie hosted Andy Serkis. Out on the promotional trial for Luther: The Fallen Sun, the chat covered his family background and love of the outdoors. Plus, the reason why he always clears his plate!

Something Who Ep72 – Steve Manfred

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Questions posed in review podcasts often go unanswered. Not so in this case as Steve Manfred, friend of Neil Gaiman, offers insights into the creation of two Matt Smith Doctor Who era tales – ‘The Doctor’s Wife’ and ‘Nightmare in Silver’ – prompted by Something Who‘s recent review. Talking to hosts Richard Smith and Giles Sparrow, it’s a fascinating insight into the development of these episodes, their lost or changed moments, and the back and forth between writer and showrunner.

Additionally this month, Something Who dropped an engaging chat with the Doctor Who Am I? documentary makers Matthew Jacobs and Vanessa Yuille. They discuss the film’s long gestation, the nature of fandom and Mathew’s childhood connection with the show.

Real Dictators: Adolf Hitler

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Paul McGann’s history continues, telling the tale of Adolf Hitler and taking us into the Second World War. Dropping three episodes this month, the series now takes a break, but will be back to chronicle Hitler’s downfall later in the year. It remains compelling listening.

Film Stories with Simon Brew

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This month, Simon Brew looked at the fascinating Film Stories behind Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction, Daylight, Sin City, The Fault in Our Stars, John Wick, and It Follows. Plus, he tackles both the 1960s and the 2000s versions of The Italian Job.

So, happy listening… and do let us know if you have any recommendations too.