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#TSP110 - Ruth Bradley

#TSP110 - Ruth Bradley

January 22, 2020

Greetings pals. How are you keeping? Hope January is treating you all well thus far.
We're back with a lovely episode in the company of Ruth Bradley.
Ruth's been in tons of stuff you'll know. Primeval, Humans, Pursuit, Grabbers, Guilt, Rebellion and loads and loads more. We met her just before Christmas in Soho. We all got a brew, she got a scone, and we got down to it. We talked Dublin, living behind settees, being pregnant and a bunch of other stuff.

This is episode 110 of the Two Shot Podcast with Ruth Bradley. X

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#TSP109 - Simon Neil (Biffy Clyro)

#TSP109 - Simon Neil (Biffy Clyro)

January 2, 2020

Hiyer mates. Welcome to the future. Hope you're well. 
We're gonna be bringing you loads more two shot podcasts this year and we're opening our account with  Simon Neil. Hailing from the West Coast of Scotland, Simon is songwriter, vocalist and guitarist in Biffy Clyro, who he's been making music with for the best part of twenty years, alongside brothers Ben and Jim Johnston. Si is a diamond. His measured demeanour and lilting Ayrshire tone are magnetic. He and Craig talk transcendental meditation, boozing, tour life, processes, Guns n Roses, social media and filtering. We hope you'll love listening in. 

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#TSP108 - Siobhan Finneran

#TSP108 - Siobhan Finneran

December 19, 2019

Season's greetings mates. Hope you're all alright. 
It's our last episode before Christmas and as Craig mentions in the intro, we're going out in style with the total ledge Siobhan Finneran.

We met Shiv in Manchester's Cultureplex, got a coffee and got down to it.
You'll know her from Downton Abbey, Benidorm, Happy Valley, Clocking Off, Coronation Street and the iconic Rita, Sue and Bob Too. We talked about her sporting prowess, changing attitudes to depictions of sex on screen, Lancashire, being confused by the world of drama and acting, being an imposter and tonnes more. She's an incredible woman with steel and humour in equal measures and we're sure you'll love listening in to this episode.

Hope you get a few days of rest and recuperation over the holidays. We'll be back with you in early 2020.

TSP XX

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#TSP107 - Chris Washington

#TSP107 - Chris Washington

December 12, 2019

Happy Thursday everyone. Hope you're all well. Hope you all voted correctly (if you're in the UK). This week we haver the pleasure of the company of standup comic Chris Washington. 
A native of Wigan, Chris has a growing list of accolades and achievements attached to his name. From appearing on big BBC panel TV shows to being scooping the coveted Best Newcomer award at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. 
Chris is in the long lineage of Northern comics who turn the mundane into the hilarious and he can certainly spin a yarn. We sat down with Chris in Cultureplex in Manchester and heard how he juggled his job as a postman with the long haul drives to comedy gigs, how Blackpool holds a romantic place in his heart, his drive and passion as a musician, messing about in school, going from 5 to 10 to 20 to an hour, taking Wiganers to Edinburgh and loads, loads more. 

This is episode 107 of the Two Shot Podcast with Chris Washington. 

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#TSP106 - Sophie Thompson

#TSP106 - Sophie Thompson

December 5, 2019

Hi mates. How's it going? It's December, it's cold outside but we've got a lovely warm episode for you this week. We're back into the swing of things with this week's guest, Sophie Thompson! An Olivier award winner, you'll know Sophie from Four Weddings and A Funeral, Emma, Gosford Park, Harry Potter as well as on the small screen in Eastenders and Corrie as well as hundreds of theatre credits. 
We sat down with Sophie in the basement of Maison Bertaux and got down to it. We talked ageing parents, parenting, self-preservation, frozen Yorkshire puddings and loads of other stuff. 
Sophie is a lovely, warm, considered person with a wonderful voice and an even more wonderful laugh. We're sure you'll enjoy this; episode 106 of the Two Shot Podcast with Sophie Thompson.

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#TSP105 - Joe Tracini

#TSP105 - Joe Tracini

November 28, 2019

Hiyer. How are ya? Well we hope. We've been on a sabbatical as Craig has been moving house and getting a load of other life stuff sorted, but we're back and bringing you a weekly dose of TSP conversational goodness. 
We kick off again with a chat with Joe Tracini. Joe is an actor, magician, presenter and activist who exudes energy and positivity but he's had it pretty tough. Joe talks us through his mental illness, his compulsions, his addiction, his closeness to suicide and the incredible hardships he has come through to be where he is today. 
We met Joe on a chilly winter's day in Soho. We got a couple of coffee's and got down to it. We'd like to thank Joe for his extraordinary candidness and honesty. It's so brave to talk about what is still so stigmatised with such self-reflection and lack of self-pity. 
If anyone is affected by the issues raised in this episode there are plenty of people to talk to. If this is you, please talk to one of the following organisations, or search for someone similar in your country or region;

https://www.samaritans.org
https://www.mind.org.uk
https://www.thecalmzone.net

Thanks - TSP X

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#TSP104 - Art Malik

#TSP104 - Art Malik

October 31, 2019

How you getting on TSP listeners? I hope you're all well and good this week. We've got a recording of a live show for you this week. A couple of weeks back, we went down to the York Theatre Royal and had a wonderful evening with a bunch of lovely people. The night was opened by Salfordian wordsmith JB Barrington and we've picked a few of his poems to open this episode as well (Listener discretion is advised). If you haven't heard JB's two shot podcast episode go back and search out #TSP059 and hear us have a longer chat with JB in his dining room. It's a belter. 
After JB had the crowd suitably warm, we welcomed the legendary Art Malik to the stage.

You might know Art from The Jewel In The Crown, True Lies, The Living Daylights and loads of other stuff. In this episode he talked us through the highs and lows of his career, he told us how straw boaters went down on his walks to school, he told us about Arnold, about dyslexia, about his Father and Mother and about so much more. 
He's a wonderful man and a wonderful raconteur, and we're sure you'll enjoy listening in to this live episode of the Two Shot Podcast with the majestic Art Malik.

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#TSP103 - Dermot O’Leary

#TSP103 - Dermot O’Leary

October 24, 2019

What's happening people. It's ya boyz Two Shot Podcast back with a banger. And this week, we have the pleasure of Dermot O'Leary company. You'll know Dermot from just about everywhere; Big Brother, T4, The X-Factor, BBC Radio 2, Soccer Aid and loads, loads more. He's fast becoming the kind of broadcasting institution he references in his anecdotes of life in the corridors of Radio 2. 
We met Dermot in the basement of Maison Bertaux in Soho and got down to it. You'll hear him and Craig talk about selling his self-published crime fiction novels on his childhood estate, The Howard Cassell performance behind his new People, Just People podcast, Martin Compston: Football Manager, The Smiths, cod roe and chips and so, so much more. 
Dermot is an incredibly interested human being and his warmth and openness is totally infectious. We loved hanging out with him and we're sure you'll enjoy listening in too. 

A couple of links that are mentioned in the podcast;

The Howard Cassell performance

That amazing episode of Desert Island Discs

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#TSP102 - Rakie Ayola

#TSP102 - Rakie Ayola

October 17, 2019

Hiyer. How are ya? It's that Two Shot Podcast time of the week again and we've got a right lovely chat for you with the fabbo Rakie Ayola. 
Rakie is an amazing actor as those who have seen her in the acclaimed On Bear Ridge alongside Rhys Ifans can attest. You may have seen her as Hermione Granger in the West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child or way back on Holby City as nurse Kyla Tyson amongst hundreds of other television and stage roles. 
Rakie has a lovely, warm demeanour but in this chat she tells us of her fiery side and how she isn't afraid to stick up for what's right. She and Craig talk about her childhood desires to live in the Walton's house, what still needs to change in the industry, the implications of having a different surname to your mum, being in rooms when plays are occurring and how brunch time is the perfect time to put the world to rights. 
This is episode 102 of the Two Shot Podcast with Rakie Ayola. 

Get tickets for the live show in York on the 18/10/19 - https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/show/the-two-shot-podcast-live/

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#TSP101 - Laurie Kynaston

#TSP101 - Laurie Kynaston

October 10, 2019

Hi mates. Hope you're all well. 
It's episode 101 time and our guest this week is Laurie Kynaston. Laurie is a brilliant young actor currently wowing audiences in Florian Zeller's 'The Son' in London's West End. You might also have seen him in Cradle to Grave or alongside previous guest Nicola Coughlan in Derry Girls. We meet Laurie in our favourite Soho haunt Maison Bertaux, got a brew in and got down to it. As Craig mentions in his intro, Laurie is an incredibly centred young actor with a real gift of self-understanding. He and Craig talk of the magic of childhood film-making, the meditative benefits of musical minimalism, growing up in a bucolic Welsh countryside and loads more. It's a lovely episode with a lovely person. 
We hope you enjoy this episode of the Two Shot Podcast with Laurie Kynaston.

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