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Episode 50: Aiming at the Shrew
1 Jan 2017 @ 05:18 am

The Natural History Museum – a fine institution full of dusty, dead things. A bit like the House of Lords. Satire.

But how do you get into the Museum's collections? Win a raffle? The X Factor? Who knows?

One man who hopes he does is Douglas Smith. Will he get his shrew past the tough entry criteria? Will he die at the hands of a psychotic doorman? Let's find out!

Tom Thomas – Dan Bond
Douglas Smith – Matt Kirk
Alexander Twitch / Fred – Brian Mackenwells
Lady Elstree Loudmouse – Francesca Richards
Betty Boxer / Market Trader – Anna Trapmore
Billy Block / Doorman – Simon Wilson

Written by Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells

Produced by Dan Booth

Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org and SoundBible.com

Episode 49: Rights and Wrongs
5 Dec 2016 @ 09:03 am

Things haven't always been fair at Christmas. In the old days, before the Snapchat, some people didn't get everything they wanted.

Women. They haven't always had it easy. But there are some who fight for their rights! And there's no better time to do it than when the nights draw in and those shops open that only sell pointless gadgets.

Grab yourself a mince pie, loosen your clothing, punch a reindeer, and listen to this eggy slice of audio fluff. Merry Christmas!

Dr Henry Keys – Jamie Crowther
Annabel – Elena Wright
Elizabeth Thomas – Anna Wilson
Nathaniel Thomas – Brian Mackenwells
Patricia – Rhona Mackenwells
Lydia – Debs Mckenna

Written by Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells

Produced by Dan Booth

Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org

Episode 48: Gibbon Half a Chance
4 Nov 2016 @ 12:04 pm

Ooh be do. I want to be like you. I want to walk like you, talk like you. Ooooh.

Modelling yourself after successful people can have ups and downs. For every “being open to new ideas” there's a “wake every morning at 4am”.

If only King Louie understood that.

Of course this is unrelated to our next episode which is about gibbon hunting. I don't know why. Perhaps they know where the lost treasure of the Sierra Madre is?

Join us! Hear the most convincing gibbon impression you will ever hear! Encounter romance! Feel confused!

Professor Edwards – Dan Bond
Professor Martin – Charlie Vicary
Dr Holt – Georgie Longley
Dr Baxter – Steve Pritchard
Anusha Sharma – Sreya Rao
Alex Thomas – Jack Brougham
Gibbon – Michaela Livingstone-Banks (world's leading gibbon call expert)

Written by Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells

Produced by Dan Booth

Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org

Episode 47: Breaking the Mould
1 Oct 2016 @ 10:54 am

Aaaaaaaachoo! Oof. Sorry about that. I really must stop rubbing my face with things I'm allergic to. Like cats.

Of course scientists are doing their best to cure us of diseases – and to do this they like to stick things in our crevices.

Get ready for international travel! Animals! And lots of hot nose action!

Lie back and think of the bacteria…

Alex – Dan Booth
Scott – Brian Mackenwells
Merlin – Dan Bond

Written by Dan Booth, Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells

Produced by Dan Booth

Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org

Episode 46: Not Very PC
1 Sep 2016 @ 09:59 am

The 1980s. Cool music, solid haircuts, adventurous films and neoliberalism. Everything a decade should be.

And it was when the big, successful computer companies started their rise. And not only the successful ones.

Join us to for a story of the also-rans. The followers. The failures. The Great British computer companies.


Chris Sessions – Brian Mackenwells
Anna Sessions – Rhona Mackenwells
Wendy King – Wendy Bradley
Aaron Spector – Dan Bond
Voice over – Dan Booth

Written by Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells

Produced by Dan Booth

Music:
“1980” by Frank Kleinwächter

Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org

Episode 45: Bullet Time
1 Aug 2016 @ 09:39 am

Guns. Dangerous things. Well, one end is. Really as long as you're not standing in front of the little bit on the front you'll be okay. They never point that out in gun statistics do they? What about all the people who were BEHIND the gun?

Having established that guns are safe, let's use one to fire people to space! Woo! This is a great idea. Nothing can go wrong. Time for a warm audio ear bath. Dive in.

Doc Daring – Dan Bond
Annie Mosey – Francesca Richards
Lady Joyce Gregory – Erin Burns
Professor Ian Locke – Charlie Vicary
Amelia Nelson – Georgie Longley
General Haystack – Steve Pritchard
Nelson – Dan Booth

Written by Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells

Produced by Dan Booth

Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org

Episode 44: Frank and Shine
1 Jul 2016 @ 06:28 am

Scientists. What are they like, eh?

Not content with filling the world with “facts” and “ideas” they're also very fond of weird experiments. One minute you're waiting for the 49 bus, the next you're being attacked by a murderous fog that's escaped from a laboratory.

They also like removing and adding brains to things. And has that ever led to anything good? No. Well, that run is about to continue. Stick your ears right into this pile of noises, my friends.

Dr Giovanni Anzelmo – Brian Mackenwells
Inspector George Parr – Mike Macdonald
Igor – Pamela Linnen
Shoe Shine Mary / Frank – Debs McKenna
Gisella Anzelmo – Wendy Bradley

Written by Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells

Produced by Dan Booth

Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org

Episode 43: The Shamhattan Project
1 Jun 2016 @ 11:53 am

BOOM!

I love mushrooms. They're a tasty and healthy alternative to meat. And they're great fried in butter, like so many things in life.

But what about mushroom clouds? They don't taste so good in garlic and breadcrumbs.

How about an adventure about them though? That's something you'd like isn't it? Well, here you are. Sort of.

Mind the Russian accents. Keep your hands inside the car. Away we go!

Stanley – Dan Bond
Carter – Jamie Crowther
Ms Clarke – Victoria Maskell
Ethel – Elena Wright
Richard / Sheriff / Corporal – Simon Wilson

Written by Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells

Produced by Dan Booth

Music:
Traditional Old Jazz Swing Classics 024 by PremiumMusic

Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org

Episode 42: Crimea River
1 May 2016 @ 09:18 am

Pie charts. Not as fattening as the name suggests. They've been miscommunicating information for a long time now, and baffling people with their unnecessary 3D effects.

Of course the reason we have them at all is down to the ‘lady with the lamp'. She was always working in the dark which explains the bright default colours used on charts in Excel.

Regress with us now as if you're in some fever dream, and experience the horrors of the Crimea war with a little bit of sauciness thrown in. And don't come crying to us when you get trench foot.

Florence Nightingale – Francesca Richards
Anne Hatherley – Debs McKenna
Ethel Lewisham – Anna Griffiths
Dr Hiscox – Dan Booth
Dr Bunting / Private Martin – Brian Mackenwells
Corporal Talks / Clerk – Dan Bond

Written by Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells

Produced by Dan Booth

Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org

Episode 41: Mystery Cubed
4 Apr 2016 @ 12:17 pm

Wait, 2 counter-clockwise turns off the upper-level should… No… 3 clockwise rotations of the left-most sector will… No.

We all hate Rubik's cubes. Hate them completely and utterly. More than life itself. But there are some total weirdos who do like them.

Join some of these fine people as they grapple with lining up little coloured squares, AND some of life's biggest challenges.

Not everything is as it seems…

Buster – Dan Bond
Max / Max2 – Jack Brougham
Anya – Sreya Rao
Charles – Mike Macdonald
Harold – Charlie Vicary
Principal – Dan Booth

Written by Dan Bond & Brian Mackenwells

Produced by Dan Booth

Some sound effects provided by Freesound.org