Episode 207: James Dreyfus

Martyn had the great pleasure of spending some time with 90’s sitcom legend, James Dreyfus.

The pair geeked out about 70’s horror movies, James talks about his ambitions and Martyn confesses to a bizarre rule that he still adhears to. 

James Dreyfus is an English actor, most notable for his roles on television sitcoms The Thin Blue Line as Constable Kevin Goody, and Gimme Gimme Gimme as Tom Farrell. More recently, he has moved into voice acting-playing The Master for Big Finish.

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I was a guest on ‘Take your seats’.

In life you’ll find very few people who’ll truly support you-when you find them, you’ve got to keep them close. They encourage and help you to grow.

When Gerrod and I launched Bad Wilf in 2010, one of our very first listeners was Suky Khakh. Over the decade we’ve been been podcasting, Suky has been a constant supporter of ours.

He tweets about every episode and encourages our endeavours both off and on mic. When I was going through a tough patch recently, Suky was there with the words of support and comfort.

After years of talking online, it was an absolute pleasure to put a voice to the face when he joined those fine folks over at Progtor Who.

When he launched his own spin-off podcast, I was honoured that he wanted me to guest. I jumped at the chance. Not only was I getting the chance to talk about one of the greatest films of all time, I was getting the opportunity to give a little pay back to the man whose shown so much love, over the past 10 years.

So, everyone check out this episode of ‘Take your seats’.

Episode 206: Doctor Who spin-off’s

Joining Martyn this week is Chris Walker-Thomson. The pair discuss Doctor Who spin-off’s, ones that have been and ones they would like to see.

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Episode 205: Doctor Who-Dimensions in time (Revisited)

Martyn is joined by returning guest Sam Michael and first time guest, Chris Walker-Thomson. The trio discuss the Doctor Who special ‘Dimensions in Time’.

Dimensions in time was a charity special cross-over, between the British science fiction series Doctor Who and the soap opera EastEnders. The special was shown in two parts on 26 and 27 November 1993.

It was filmed on location at Greenwich and the EastEnders Albert Square set.  It features several of the EastEnders stars of the time. Along with Jon Pertwee (Third Doctor), Tom Baker (Fourth Doctor), Peter Davison (Fifth Doctor, Colin Baker (Sixth Doctor), Sylvester McCoy (Seventh Doctor).

It was Produced for the Children in Need charity, following Doctor Who’s hiatus in 1989 this special was the only dramatisation broadcast in celebration of the show’s 30th anniversary.

But, is it canon? 

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Episode 204: Shaft (2019)

Martyn and Gerrod only had 15mins spare when they recorded this, so here is a very brief review of Shaft (2019).

John Shaft Jr. may be an FBI cyber security expert, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death, he needs an education that only his dad can provide. Absent throughout his childhood, the legendary John Shaft agrees to help his son navigate the heroin-infested underbelly of Harlem, N.Y. Besides, the locked and loaded Shaft has his own score to settle — both professional and personal.

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Episode 203: Alexandra McGuinness Interview

In which Martyn is joined by director/writer Alexandra McGuinness, the pair discuss her new film ‘She’s Missing’.

The film is available from iTunes.

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Review-She’s Missing

This indie drama follows Heidi and her best friend Jane. When Jane vanishes without a trace. Heidi tries to make sense of the situation.

On a personal note, this film really resonated with me. I’ve spent time in small town America and these missing posters are a real life occurrence, especially near towns close to an interstate. People will vanish without a trace. Occasionally these people will re-emerge thousands of miles from home, but more often than not. They’re never found.

She’s missing perfectly captures Heidi’s quiet tedium from her moribund existence and juxtaposes it with Jane’s extremely volatile life. The film shines when it revels in the vastness of its Southwestern setting, which can lead to wide spread oppression and a feeling of utter hopelessness.

Alexandra McGuiness knows how to frame the perfect shot. The entire film felt very David Lynch to me. The back drop would fade from mountains to empty skyline. Accompanied by a somber score, this makes the viewer feel a sense of claustrophobic despondency, which is a stark contrast to the upbeat rodeo setting of the film.

She’s missing is the type of film Hollywood doesn’t really make any more, it’s well worth a watch. The film is a compelling struggle, which I think we can all identify with.

SHE’S MISSING is released on iTunes and On Demand from 1st July on Sky Store, Virgin Media, Google Play, Youtube and Amazon.

Review-The Queen’s Corgi

When the Queen’s favourite dog, Rex, becomes lost, he must make new friends and embrace new adventures in order to find his way back to the palace.

The Queen’s Corgi is clearly trying to emulate the success and charm of The Secret Life of Pets, instead it’s like a dog chasing its own tail.

The humour mostly falls flat, they’ve tried to put in jokes to entertain the parents. But they’ve not got the balance right. Which means it’s full of jokes children won’t relate to and an overly simple plot, that will bore anyone over 3-years old. Avoid at all costs.

Episode 202: In the Octagon

Very quick episode this week, as recording was interuppted by a phone call.

Martyn and Gerrod discuss actors 31 years older than them, that they’d like to fight in the Octagon.

The only research done was typing ’68 year old actors’ into Google and reading what first came up. So it may not be 100% accurate.

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Episode 201:Torchwood-Sargasso

In which Martyn flies solo and brings you a review of the latest Torchwood release by Big Finish.

The seas of planet Earth are choked by plastic. Plastic that no-one has a use for and no-one can get rid of. Rhys Williams finds himself stranded on a container ship in a sea of debris. People on board are dying. Because, luckily, someone’s found a solution to Earth’s polluted waters. The Nestene Consciousness can never have too much plastic.

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Torchwood contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners.

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