The CultBox Podcast Roundup – May 2022

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Welcome to the CultBox Podcast Roundup for May 2022. 

Our favourite podcasts this month in the worlds of film and tv have included, in no particular order…

Two-Minute Time Lord #469 – TIME DILATION: The Streaming Future of Doctor Who

Host Chip Sudderth picks the brain of Jason Snell about Doctor Who‘s potential place in the streaming media landscape. It’s an intriguing discussion with food for thought as we look forward to the show’s Bad Wolf produced future.

The Doctor Who Show: Alternate Galaxies – Star Trek Picard (Season 2)

The affable Aussies take a look at the recent second season of Star Trek Picard, weighing up its highs and lows. As ever it’s an entertaining and balanced chat.

Their regular monthly episode on Season One, which takes Doctor Who from ‘An Unearthly Child’ to ‘The Reign of Terror’ is well worth a listen too.

Back to One #202 – Alison Pill

Although it’s not the focus of the discussion, Picard’s Alison Pill gives an in-depth interview with Peter Rinaldi of Filmmaker Magazine on her approach to acting. With her role in Devs, plus new film All My Puny Sorrows considered, the chat takes in sticking to the script vs improvisation, adopting a physicality for her character and the pressure of taking on a role in an already successful play.

Short History Of… and Real Dictators

We still can’t get enough of these bite-sized history lessons from Paul McGann. This month, he concluded the story of Pearl Harbor, before delivering episodes on Henry VIII, Chernobyl and The Terracotta Army. The month ended with the first of two Jubilee episodes looking at the life of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Additionally, Nosier Podcasts’ other McGann fronted show Real Dictators spent three episodes this month detailing the rise and reign and murder of Julius Caesar.

Out to Lunch with Jay Rayner S7, Ep 9 – Amanda Abbington

Jay talks to the Sherlock star about her new play The Unfriend, written by Steven Moffatt which was delayed from 2020. The chat also takes in Twitter bans, shooting James Bond’s gun and her fiancé’s life-altering accident.

Jay’s conversation with Simon Callow which also dropped this month is worth seeking out too.

Hypothetical – The Podcast

Launching off the back of its television iterations, the podcast version of Hypothetical makes James Acaster and Josh Widdicombe the contestants, challenged by a new guest host. So far, they’ve included Ed Gamble, Harriet Kemsley, Ivo Graham, Maisie Adam and Darren Harriot.

It’s full of the usual daft thought experiments – if you enjoy the television show, this is likely to please too.

Film Stories with Simon Brew

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In May, Film Stories looked at tales behind the following movies: The Goonies, Father of the Bride (1991), InterstellarSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the peerless Paddington 2, Mrs Doubtfire, Terminator Salvation, King Ralph, Prisoners and Indecent Proposal.

Additionally, there was an interview with Joseph Kosinski, the director behind the big movie of the moment Top Gun: Maverick. The chat covers the film’s long gestation and then its wait, once made, to launch on the big screen.

BBFC Podcast #110 – Dark Superhero Films

And finally, a new one for us. The British Board of Film Classification podcast offers some insight into the process which grants a film its certificate nd all important age rating. The Batman, Morbius and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness are all considered in the discussion.

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