Zeitgeist Tapes: Limehouse
Zeitgeist Tapes: Vice
This month Emma and Steve are delighted to be joined by Steve Waters, playwrite and author of the recent highly successful play Limehouse.
Limehouse is a fictionalised account of the day the 'Gang of Four' broke away from the Labour Party to form the SDP. Originally performed at the Donmar Warehouse, this play is still very timely, especially after the formation of The Independent Group of MPs.
Zeitgeist Tapes: A Modest Little Man
This month, Steve and Emma are joined by Historian and Screenwriter Alex Von Tunzelmann to discuss Vice.
Telling the story of Dick Cheney this film - from the makers of The Big Short - does it's "fucking best" according to the makers. Do we agree? And if we don’t, does it matter?
Zeitgeist Tapes: Brexit - the Uncivil War
The Zeitgeist Tapes on tour!
This month, Emma has dragged Steve all the way down to 'That London' to a play above a pub in Clapham. But a play about Clement Attlee so very much on brand.
Listen to us chat while our teeth chatter (all will be revealed).
In Pod We Trust
This is a special episode where Emma and Steve have got together to discuss last night's James Graham TV play Brexit: The Uncivil War.
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Dominic Cummings, this covered the ins and outs of the in or out vote in 2016. Largely focussed on the successful leave campaign, we discuss the timeliness or otherwise of the drama, the casting and the baggage that brings and how you decide what to include and what to leave out.
In this special episode of The Zeitgeist Tapes, I made a short documentary about political podcasts. In it I explore who is making them, who is listening to them and why they are taking off.
Interviewees include Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, Nick Robinson, Rt Hon Jacqui Smith, Iain Dale, Matt Chorley, Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush.
A Very English Podcast
This month Emma and Steve are joined by Clangers Expert and writer for Dr Who Magazine Tim Worthington to discuss the politics of The Doctor. Is the Doctor basically a centrist Dad even now she's a woman?
Podland: A World Cup Special
This month, Emma and Steve discuss the recent Russell T Davis penned, real life drama A Very English Scandal. The true story of the leader of the Liberals who tried to have his ex-lover killed.
With barnstorming performances from both Hugh Grant and Ben Wishaw, this drama exposes just how far the establishment will go to protect their own.
In this episode, Professor Steve Fielding and journalist Emma Burnell discuss the novel Heartland by Anthony Cartwright. Set around the 2002 world cup at a time and place of heightened racial and political tensions it tells the story of three contests playing out in the fictions Cinderheath neighbourhood of Dudley.
In this episode, Emma and Steve discuss The Crown - the Netflix series about the life and times of Queen Elizabeth the Second. Gloriously shot, but somewhat overstretched, this drama centres on the least interesting person in the monarchy, but does so in a way that shows the conflicts of duty and regality.
This month Steve and Emma look at recent 'State of the Nation' drama Collateral by Sir David Hare.
Along the way we discover Steve's Doctor Who sidekick preferences, discuss 'hatgate' and wonder whether Sir Dave was better when constrained to shorter plays.