You know me, I like to share what I like . . .
Wittertainment, in case you don’t know, is the Twitter handle for the radio programme, Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review. It is heard on BBC Radio 5 live or, as a podcast, for those of a tech bent. (which I am, to those over the age of 75) I have listened to the programme since about 2009.
Those who know me well, are aware that I am film fanatic. I think I draw cartoons only to distract me from this borderline obsession of mine. Film discussion is another pleasure of mine. Those who know me, know I can ‘witter’ on for hours on the subject.
The format consists of, well, a lot of wittering. Embedded within the word witter is, of course, ‘wit‘, and there is much of that. It is this that elevates this above the standard fare from North America, through NPR and other long established film podcasts. (Filmspotting, Film Junk are my favourites)
They do snag interviews with A-listers like all the Toms (Cruise, Hardy, Hanks) Scarlett, all the Natalies and Emmas.
Every episode contains not only their own film reviews, but reviews of the public at large. People just like us, with mortgages, toothaches, and cars with pending maintenance issues. These keep the show grounded and accessible, though if you are not English, a few of the references will not make sense. Or a kind of annoying sense.
Highly recommended listening, just enter Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review into your podcatcher. They have been together so long that there is a sublime chemistry between them.