Thursday, June 22, 2023

June 2023 - The Xennial Dome, The Little Dome and The Live Dome

Every episode of The Xennial Dome series 2 is now available online (as is series 1 for that matter, but I don't have a nice graphic for that).

Xennials are those born between 1977 and 1985 and across 10 episodes of our podcast, Esyllt Sears and I spoke to a fascinating group of people about how growing up in the midst of a digital revolution affected them, how they rode out the financial crash and where they were when Diana died. 

It's loads of fun and you can listen even if you're not a Xennial (but you might find yourself googling "Microsoft Encarta" from time to time). 

It was edited by the brilliant Laura Grimshaw, who also managed to find a nice way of displaying 10 images in a square - And, if you're looking at the picture and playing along at home, those guests are: Ria Lina, Thanyia Moore, Grainne Maguire, Steffan Garrero, Rhys Thomas, Sunil Patel, Jess Phillips MP, Anna Jordan, Henry Widdicombe and Stuart Goldsmith - and every single one is a grade-A legend.

Even though the run is over, between series Esyllt and I are presenting "The Xennial Dome's Little Dome" in which we look at key months in Xennial history, starting with June 1997, 2006 and 1984. You should be able to find those episodes, plus all of Series 1 and 2 in the normal podcast feed or on the web-based player above.
And we are also planning a live Xennial Dome show in the London Welsh Centre on 14th July with Elis James plus another guest TBA. Details and tickets are available here.

Talking of podcasts, I have recently been a guest on The Way They Were - GrĂ¡inne Maguire and Chantal Feduchin-Pate's show all about celebrity couples and break-ups, where I spoke about Hattie Jacques and John Le Mesurier. I've also featured on two episodes of The British Broadcasting Century, Paul Kerensa's in-depth take on the history of the broadcasting, where I have twice appeared to bang the drum for Cardiff station manager, and all round eccentric, Major Arthur Corbett-Smith - on episodes 61 and 68).

Away from the mic, I have recently been working as script editor on Lady Bigfoot, a short film written by and starring stand-up star Anna Thomas, directed by Ryan Andrew Hooper and produced by Beastly Media. The film goes out on BBC One Wales at 10.40pm on Tuesday 4 July and will be available on BBC iPlayer afterwards.