The Tally Ho – Episode 5: The Schizoid Man

Welcome to The Tally Ho, a new podcast about the classic TV series The Prisoner.

In this episode we look at The Schizoid Man, the fifth episode of The Prisoner. Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) is pitted against his doppelgänger Number 12 who has assumed Number 6’s identity within The Village. Number 2 (Anton Rogers) oversees the elaborate ruse to make Number 6 doubt his own perception of himself and question his identity. Meanwhile, Number 24 (Jane Merrow) is drawn into the web to perpetuate this intricate plan.

Join us as we discuss this expertly plotted tale of bluff and double-bluff, and take a detour into the striking similarities with Dale Cooper’s arc in the recent revival of Twin Peaks, muse on the clever use of Hamlet, and get distracted by the appearance of so many doubles.

We are also joined by the wonderful Jane Merrow to discuss her time working on The Prisoner and her extensive career on stage and screen in both the UK and the US, and her recent foray into independant filmmaking.


Direct download: Episode 5: The Schizoid Man

Jane guest-starred in many classic ITC shows of the 60s, including multiple episodes of Danger Man where she worked with Patrick McGoohan, The Avengers, The Saint, Man in a Suitcase and Randell and Hopkirk (Deceased), as well as many BBC drama productions.

Her role in The Lion in Winter alongside Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn earned her a Golden Globe nomination. In the US she appeared in many cult classics of the 80s including The Incredible Hulk, Magnum, P.I., The Six Million Dollar Man, Airwolf, MacGyver, St. Elsewhere, and Mission: Impossible where she guest-starred with Leonard Nimoy.

More recently, together with Patricia Doyle, Jane has produced a series of short films based on classic horror tales under the banner New Chilling Tales. A teaser trailer for one of our favourites – The Yellow Wallpaper – can be watched below, and more information is available on her website. They are all available on DVD and can also be watched online on Jane’s YouTube Channel.

Jane runs a wonderful blog where she discusses her own career and her thoughts on film and television. She can be found on Twitter @janemerrow. A huge thank you to Jane for joining us for a chat!

We also get a news round-up from Rick Davy of The Unmutual on what’s happening in the world of The Prisoner. More details about the Patrick McGoohan celebration event at Elstree, mentioned by Rick, and organised by The Unmutual Website and Quoit Media can can found here.

To follow our podcast, there are several places to find The Tally Ho. Episodes will be available through our main stream – called Time for Cakes and Ale – from all the usual places including iTunes, Hipcast, Stitcher, TuneIn, Android, or directly via our RSS feed View RSS XML. Updates will be posted on our Twitter and Facebook pages. Of course, our episodes will also be available for direct download on this website.

You can find all of our 2018 Tally Ho episodes, beginning with Arrival, right here! The page is updated with each new edition of the podcast.

If you enjoy our podcast, please subscribe, leave us a review, and let us know what you think by getting in touch on Twitter, Facebook and here on the website. We’d love to hear from you!

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The Tally Ho episodes will run concurrently with our regular Time for Cakes and Ale ones and are available via our main podcast feed. Find out more here.

 

The Tally Ho – Episode 4: Free For All

Welcome to The Tally Ho, a new podcast about the classic TV series The Prisoner.

In this episode we look at Free For All, the fourth episode of The Prisoner. Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) runs against Number 2 (Eric Portman) in the Village election. But a fair and free democracy is incompatible with the aims of the Village, and Number 6 finds himself manipulated into a power grab beyond his control. Join us as we discuss this satirical and surreal take on the relationship between politics and the people.

We are also joined by Alan Stevens, who talks about his interest in the show and his thoughts on Free For All.

Alan is an author of guidebooks to SF television series, plays, audio dramas, and stories. He is the co-author, with Fiona Moore, of Fall Out: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to The Prisoner (Telos Publishing, 2007).

We also get a news round up from Rick Davy of The Unmutual on what’s happening in the world of The Prisoner.


Direct download: Episode 4: Free For All

To follow our podcast, there are several places to find The Tally Ho. Episodes will be available through our main stream – called Time for Cakes and Ale – from all the usual places including iTunes, Hipcast, Stitcher, TuneIn, Android, or directly via our RSS feed View RSS XML. Updates will be posted on our Twitter and Facebook pages. Of course, our episodes will also be available for direct download on this website.

If you enjoy our podcast, please subscribe, leave us a review, and let us know what you think by getting in touch on Twitter, Facebook and here on the website. We’d love to hear from you!

Be seeing you!

The Tally Ho episodes will run concurrently with our regular Time for Cakes and Ale ones and are available via our main podcast feed. Find out more here.

 

The Tally Ho – Episode 3: A, B and C

Welcome to The Tally Ho, a new podcast about the classic TV series The Prisoner.

In this episode we look at A, B, and C, the third episode of The Prisoner. Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) is the subject of a strange experiment overseen by Number 2 (Colin Gordon). In an attempt by The Village to discover the motivations behind his resignation, he is plunged into a dream world populated with figures from his past, induced by an untested drug developed by Number 14 (Sheila Allen). Join us as we discuss the episode, and take a few detours into Chock-a-block and an episode of 1969’s Counterstrike titled Nocturne, which writer Anthony Skene re-purposed from his own The Prisoner script.

If that wasn’t enough, Iain Meadows chats to us about why A, B, and C is one of his favourite episodes. Iain is a writer, broadcaster and sound designer who has worked on many audiodramas for Big Finish including their acclaimed reworking of The Prisoner, and for Spiteful Puppet, which has recently produced an award-winning Robin of Sherwood audiodrama, available here. Iain was a guest last year on our 50th anniversary episodes and you can hear him and Nick Briggs talking all about their work on the Big Finish The Prisoner audiodramas here.

We also get a news round up from Rick Davy of The Unmutual on what’s happening in the world of The Prisoner.


Direct download: Episode 3: A, B, and C

As discussed in this episode, surviving episodes of 80s kids show Chock-a-block can be found on YouTube. A brief clip from Counterstrike episode Nocturne can be found below. Thanks to Andrew Pixley for bringing this to our attention!

To follow our podcast, there are several places to find The Tally Ho. Episodes will be available through our main stream – called Time for Cakes and Ale – from all the usual places including iTunes, Hipcast, Stitcher, TuneIn, Android, or directly via our RSS feed View RSS XML. Updates will be posted on our Twitter and Facebook pages. Of course, our episodes will also be available for direct download on this website.

If you enjoy our podcast, please subscribe, leave us a review, and let us know what you think by getting in touch on Twitter, Facebook and here on the website. We’d love to hear from you!

Be seeing you!

The Tally Ho episodes will run concurrently with our regular Time for Cakes and Ale ones and are available via our main podcast feed. Find out more here.

 

Time for Cherry Pie and Coffee talks to Chris Rodley

It has been a while, but once again, it’s time for cherry pie and coffee, as our Twin Peaks podcast returns! In the second part of our chat with documentary filmmaker and writer Chris Rodley, we turn to the world of legendary artist and filmmaker David Lynch. Chris’ Lynch on Lynch , an extensive collection of interviews with director, remains the most insightful text on David Lynch. Chris talked to us about the book, his interest in Lynch’s body of work and of course, the director’s recent return to Twin Peaks.

This is the second of a two-part interview. In the first installment, found here, Chris joined us for our The Prisoner podcast, The Tally Ho, to discuss his recent documentary In My Mind about Patrick McGoohan and The Prisoner. The episodes have significant thematic overlap, so please check out both parts of the  interview.


Direct download: Time for Cherry Pie and Coffee talks to Chris Rodley

CHRIS RODLEY is an awardwinning documentary film maker with an extensive filmography covering art, film and music with subjects including Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, Johnny Cash, Dirk Bogarde and Donald Cammell. He is also the author of the celebrated interview collections Lynch on Lynch and Cronenberg on Cronenberg (Faber & Faber).

If you enjoy our podcast, please subscribe to the Time for Cakes and Ale podcast, leave us a review, and let us know what you think by getting in touch on Twitter, Facebook and here on the website. We’d love to hear from you!

The Time for Cherry Pie And Coffee episodes will run concurrently with our regular Time for Cakes and Ale ones and are available via our main podcast feed. Find out more here.

The Tally Ho: a podcast all about The Prisoner

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Time for Cherry Pie and Coffee – Another Slice of Pie with Seth Mnookin

Join us for a special episode of Time for Cherry Pie & Coffee! Journalist, writer, MIT professor and Twin Peaks fan Seth Mnookin returns as we discuss Twin Peaks The Return Parts 1-16 and preview the two hour finale. It started as another slice of pie at the RR but we ended up ordering the whole pie and staying until closing time. We cover everything about The Return, from theories, highs and lows, to its impact and influence. Thanks for joining us Seth!

Contains big spoilers for Parts 1-16 and the Twin Peaks canon.

Follow Seth on Twitter @sethmnookin and find out more about his work on his website!

Join us on Twitter @TFCAA and don’t forget to cast your vote in our newest #PollFromCole. Thanks to everyone who has voted, liked and shared these so far!


Direct download: Another Slice of Pie

The Time for Cherry Pie And Coffee episodes will run concurrently with our regular Time for Cakes and Ale ones and are available via our main podcast feed. Find out more here.

Time for Cherry Pie and Coffee – A Slice of Pie at Worldcon 75

Join us for a second special episode of Time for Cherry Pie & Coffee as we share “A Slice of Pie” with authors Chris Butler and Neil Williamson at Worldcon 75. We discuss how they feel about Twin Peaks coming back after so long, how new and old characters are being handled, and the unusual pacing and plot structure of the show.  Thanks for joining us, Chris and Neil!

Contains big spoilers for Parts 1-13 and the Twin Peaks canon.

Follow Chris on Twitter @cbutlerwrites and Neil at @neilwilliamson. Chris is the author of The Flight of the Ravens and Any Time Now, and you can find out more about his fiction on his website. Neil Williamson is the author of The Moon King, Secret Language and The Memoirist, and you can find out more about him and his work at his website.

Join us on Twitter @TFCAA and don’t forget to cast your vote in our newest #PollFromCole. Thanks to everyone who has voted, liked and shared these so far!


Direct download: A Slice of Pie

The Time for Cherry Pie And Coffee episodes will run concurrently with our regular Time for Cakes and Ale ones and are available via our main podcast feed. Find out more here.

Time for Cherry Pie and Coffee – A Slice of Pie with Seth Mnookin

Join us for a special episode of Time for Cherry Pie & Coffee as we share “A Slice of Pie” with journalist, writer, MIT professor and Twin Peaks fan Seth Mnookin. We discuss his feelings about The Return, favourite moments and delve into a few theories about what is going on. Thanks for joining us Seth!

Contains big spoilers for Parts 1-13 and the Twin Peaks canon.

Follow Seth on Twitter @sethmnookin and find out more about his work on his website!

Join us on Twitter @TFCAA and don’t forget to cast your vote in our newest #PollFromCole. Thanks to everyone who has voted, liked and shared these so far!


Direct download: A Slice of Pie

The Time for Cherry Pie And Coffee episodes will run concurrently with our regular Time for Cakes and Ale ones and are available via our main podcast feed. Find out more here.

Episode 18 – Small Press Day

We’re celebrating Small Press Day on 8 July by interviewing the people behind some of our favourite small press publishers. We spoke with Mark Toner, co-founder and art director of Shoreline of Infinity about running a genre magazine and putting on live sci-fi cabaret events. We met up with Ian Whates, founder and editor at NewCon Press to talk about how he went from publishing a single anthology to building a small press that plays a vital role in giving a voice to new talent. And we chatted with Nigel Twumasi, co-founder of British Manga brand Mayamada to hear how a university t-shirt enterprise between friends gave rise to a whole universe of characters and stories. Happy Small Press Day!

Direct download: Episode 18

On a related note, check out recent post on where to find genre SF&F short fiction here which features information about several fanastic small press publishers.

 

Episode 16 – Guardians of the Galaxy, the universe and everything!

With the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, we invited film buff Dave Riley on to chat about the movie. Several cakes, and ales later, we had rambled on about the Marvel Universe, The Dark Tower trailer (Dave is a huuuge fan!), what comics should be adapted on screen, what old properties could be refreshed, and an unnecessary amount about Tango & Cash. We’ve edited our musings into this beast of an episode. Also features a guest background appearance from the pizza delivery guy and a special message for some bloke called Ian at the end.

Direct download: Episode 16