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In this episode Emma and Steve discuss one of the most consequential dramatisations of recent years. Described as 'Kafka meets Ealing Comedy' (Copyright Steve) this ITV drama shown between Christmas and New Year 2023/24 had politicians finally scrabbling to respond to the long-running scandal at the Post Office. David Aaaronovich: The Fatal Flaw in…
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This month, Emma and Steve discuss Kenneth Brannagh's turn as Boris Johnson in This England. This drama covers the opening weeks of the Covid crisis and the government's response. They also talk briefly about Triggered - Emma's play, which will be showing in London in November. Tickets here: https://www.whitebeartheatre.co.uk/whatson/Triggered…
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This month (and a bit - sorry about the delay!) Steve and Emma are joined by Professor Marc Stears of the UCL Policy Lab. The writer of Sherwood - James Graham, who regular listeners will be familiar - is a visiting professor at the Lab so Marc came to tell us why and give his thoughts on this fascinating and engrossing drama about the long tail of…
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This month, prompted by events in Ukraine, Emma and Steve watched Katyń - the 2007 Polish film about the massacre in the Katyń Forest. Heartbreaking and bleak this film depicts strong violence and touches on extremely difficult topics. It also looks at the horrors of war crimes and the distortion of truth in propaganda. To donate to the Red Cross a…
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The Founder is based on the true story of how McDonalds became the behemoth it is today. It focuses not on the McDonald brothers - who invented the Speed-E system that revolutionised 'fast food' but on Ray Kroc - the man who franchised the idea to millions. Released in 2016, this film encapsulates the tensions between Main Street and Wall Street - …
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This month, Steve and Emma look at 70s political assassination thriller The Parallax View. While it underperformed in terms of box office, it has had a lasting effect and stands as a classic of the paranoid genre. Even if at times it does look like an episode of Dukes of Hazard. The brainwashing scene can be watched here. Tickets for Emma's play, N…
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This month, Emma and Steve are looking at the David Hare play The Absence of War. Originally set in 1993 (after extraordinary access to the Labour campaign of 1992) the play echoes many themes still discussed by the Labour Party today. Tickets for Emma's play can be bought here: https://app.lineupnow.com/event/no-cure-for-love-camden-fringe?fbclid=…
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Emma and Steve finally discuss The West Wing. We use the double episode 20 Hours in America but take in as much of the show as can be covered in under an hour. Links: Tom Hanks Philadelphia acceptance speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBuDMEpUc8k Lin Manuel Miranda 'What's Next' rap https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TTD5-3fuZE Emma Burnell: Th…
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We're back! This month Emma and Steve look at the 1936 French film The Crime of Monsieur Lange. This morality tale from French auteur Jean Renoir divided us on some of the interpretations of characters. But the film is pacey and enjoyable and ahead of its time in many aspects of sex, gender roles and the evils of capitalists.…
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In this episode, Steve and Emma are joined by journalist Helen Lewis - author of Difficult Women: A History of feminism in 11 fights - to talk about Mrs America. The Series depicts the fight around the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s between two groups of women. The second wave feminists and the backlash from conservative women. It is an incred…
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In this episode, Emma and Steve are joined by the President of the New York chapter of National Action Network - Derek Perkinson - to discuss three seminal Spike Lee films. We cover Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X and BlacKKKlansman. All three speak to the moment we find ourselves in. Lee uses humour and great storytelling to drive home his point, ne…
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Today we are delighted to be joined by playwright James Graham. We interview him on the day that his play This House is due to go online (you can watch it here for free for a week https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vsSHyjEMrg). We talk about his portrayal of both real and fictional political actors from This House through Labour of Love and of course…
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We have a first this month as Emma and Steve are joined by our first guest ever to be portrayed onscreen as a character. Jon Lansman talks about the 1981 Labour Party conference and the battle to change the way the party elects its leader as depicted in a BBC docudrama which can be found here.The Zeitgeist Tapes tarafından oluşturuldu
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As we all find ourselves willing Prisoners reliant on a strong proactive state to keep us healthy, we thought it might be fun to explore an alternative point of view. In this iconic 60s drama, Patrick McGoohan finds himself trapped in the perplexing and frustrating world of The Village. Constantly experimented on and tortured by Number 2, he is num…
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In this election special, Steve and Emma are joined by occasional broadcaster and TV's Clangers expert Tim Worthington to talk about the one-off special of that show: Vote For Froglet. This seven-minute-long slice of surreal seventies stuff has a lot more to tell us about our current political moment than you would think. You can find the whole thi…
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This month, Emma and Steve discuss Netflix original series The Politician. The first season of this show follows the campaign of consummate politician Payton Hobart as he campaigns to be Class President of his high school. A dark comedy in primary colours The Politician is very watchable. But is it at once too cynical and too innocent?…
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This month Emma Burnell and Steve Fielding discuss England, England by Julian Barnes. Written in the late 90s when New Labour was still new and The Referendum Party was just a joke outfit, this prophetic novel shows that our 'little Englander' never really went away. The discussion covers Britpop's role in re-normalising patriotism and why Peter Ma…
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This month, Emma and Steve are joined by Jonn Elledge of the New Statesman to talk about BBC Drama Years and Years. Written by Russell T Davies it's the tale of a dystopian (though sadly plausible) near future. Britain has descended into chaos, the banks crash - again and facism - in the smiling form of Vivienne Rook (Emma Thompson) is on the rise.…
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As a nod to the discussions of sovereignty and independence that have surrounded the EU elections this month Emma and Steve have watched Passport to Pimlico. This Ealing comedy is a pean to the collectivism of the Attlee government. But it's also good at tweaking the nose of bureaucracy.The Zeitgeist Tapes tarafından oluşturuldu
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This month, Emma and Steve interviewed Marlon Soloman about his one-man show Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard's Tale. In it, Marlon unpacks both antisemitism in conspiracy theories and specifically in the Labour Party. It's a fascinating show - full of rich humour and details that will shock. And we talk about the reaction he's had.…
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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…
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New Year - new naming scheme! 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 timelin…
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In this special episode, journalist Emma Burnell has made a short documentary about political podcasts. In it she explores 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.…
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This month, Emma and Steve are joined by Dr Sarah Lonsdale, Author of The Journalist in British Fiction and Film. We talk about 1983's Ploughman's Lunch - a drama about journalists covering the 1982 Argentine War, the Tory Party conference and generally climbing the greasy pole of the establishment. Written by Ian McEwan and directed by Richard Eyr…
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This month, Emma and Steve discuss 2016 film Denial. Based on the true story of a court case between Jewish historian Deborah Lipstadt and holocaust denier David Irving. The film speaks to the Labour Party's current crisis, but equally to the importance not just of remembering, but of not forgetting, which as Emma says are two different things.…
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Seminal dance movie of the 80s, few think of Dirty Dancing as a political film, but it absolutely is. From having women's reproductive rights at it's heart to its critique of middle-class liberalism, politics are at the heart of this classic film. And it makes its point much better by not hammering them home, but dancing around them.…
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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 barnstoming performances from both Hugh Grant and Ben Wishaw, this drama exposes just how far the establishment will go to protect their own.…
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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.…
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