Press Gang - The School's Out Edition (Part 2)
Press Gang was highly regarded as the best British children's television of all time: never disrespectful, never patronising. First-time writer Steven Moffat engineered a way to take the aging cast out of the school-yard and into the working world, producing some of the show's best episodes yet. Occupied author Andy Luke's special edition features deep dives into episodes and trivia from series 3-5 along with insights into proposed spin-offs. There's also meaty correspondence on the renowned comedy-drama from authors Tristan Sargent and Philip Henry and illustrator Simon Hodgkiss-Rogers.
May 06, 2022
May 01, 2022
Press Gang - The School Edition (Part 1)
Comedy-drama Press Gang was widely hailed as one of the best YA telly series ever, attracting critical acclaim and industry awards. As well as featuring some of the best names in the business it launched a dozen careers including those of Steven Moffat, Julia Sawalha, Dexter Fletcher, Lee Ross, Paul Reynolds, Gabrielle Anwar and Lucy Benjamin. Occupied author Andy Luke's feature presentation includes character studies and reviews of ten episodes from Series 1-2. You'll also hear from roving reporters Ian Lawther, author Tristan Sargent and comics artists Simon Hodgkiss-Rogers and Peter Bangs.
April 02, 2022
Hardwicke House - Banned TV
Hardwicke House was a highly promoted prime-time ITV comedy screened in 1987 fronted by Roy Kinnear and a stellar cast. It was to be a no-holds barred series tackling the UK's under-funded and brutal school culture. However upon transmission, it was met with anything but an expected response. Occupied author Andy Luke reviews Hardwicke's unscreened episodes and wonders if perhaps this edgy comedy should have been left in the past. There's also contributions from Jay Eales and Selina Lock (Factor Fiction), Simon Hodgkiss-Rogers (Spacewarp) and Peter Bangs (Immigrant Child) Occupied on Amazon at https://is.gd/occupybook Continue the discussion at https://nerdgeist.com Support the artist at https://ko-fi.com/andyluke
February 24, 2022
The Lost Light - A Socio Sci-Fi Magnum Opus feat. Transformers
In which we celebrate two anniversaries of James Roberts game-changing Lost Light stories: a hard SF epic of post-conflict rehabilitation and redemption, romance and loss, identity, gender, labour, philosophy, crime and punishment; but mostly relationships, all told with wit and poignancy and Transformers. Occupied author and host Andy Luke talks about his favourite storylines and characters. A reader's cherry is broken as Simon Hodgkiss-Rodgers extols the virtues of the story's ease of access and freshness and Ciaran Flanagan talks musical direction. There's also an exclusive update from James towards the end, so look out for that! Occupied on Amazon at https://is.gd/occupybook Continue the discussion at https://nerdgeist.com Support the artist at https://ko-fi.com/andyluke
January 11, 2022
Justice League 1987 - Reinventing Superheroes
Step off, Snyder, the real Justice League are here! Earth's Mightiest bromance; The Dick Knight; Green Lantern Cretin: the sitcom of comics may not have changed the cultural landscape of 'super' comics content, but it will. This pod is mostly spoiler-free with critical commentary for old hand fans. Occupied author Andy Luke returns to the ground-breaking popular favourite JLI Bwah-ha-ha series by Giffen, DeMatteis, Maguire and others. Andy casts two eyes 'n' lips over the cult success, themes and storytelling. Also talking about the passion are Ciaran Flanagan, Ian Lawther, Gavin Luke and author James Roberts. You won't want to believe you missed it. Occupied on Amazon at https://is.gd/occupybook Continue the discussion at https://nerdgeist.com Support the artist at https://patreon.com/andyluke
November 15, 2021
Chaos Magic poetry, and Occupy Friendships with Ekaterina Kiselyova
Andy Luke's 'Chaos Magic' uses poetry to explore memoir, nature, dreaming and politics, with sigil motifs of surreal pop culture tangents. In 'Occupied' a literary novel charts the lives, loves and laughs of protest campers in Belfast, 2011. Ekaterina Kiselyova guest hosts over two short interviews with your award-winning regular host. They chat about influences and the evolution of ideas to re-drafts, technical and passionate writing methods, inclusivity, the relationship between politics and friendship and the impact of small gestures. There's also a reading of fan favourite verse, 'Oysters out of Water'. It's a good one. Chaos Magic on Amazon at https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08TYL4TVP Pre-order Occupied on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Occupied-Andy-Luke-ebook/dp/B09FZVXR7P Continue the discussion at https://nerdgeist.com Support the artist at https://patreon.com/andyluke
September 18, 2021
Nuke Me With The New: 35 years in Marvel's New (New) Universe (Pt. 2)
Marvel's super-powered realist imprint, the New Universe, was considered a failure by the end of its first year. However a clear vision was forming because of experienced and talented new creators teamed with attentive editors. In the second of a two part series, Chaos Magic author Andy Luke revisits the New U imprint and the talents behind it - Mark Gruenwald and Paul Ryan; Fabian Nicieza, Ron Lim and Rodney Ramos; John Byrne; Peter David and Lee Weeks - in this celebratory look at an unjustly derided imprint. This is the story of the New New Universe, and why it's brilliant. Featuring contributions from Bob Hall, Josh Deck and Fabian Nicezia, with Hardatak as Ronald Reagan.
August 15, 2021
The White Event - 35 Years of Marvel's New Universe Pt 1
July 22, 1986 saw the birth of Marvel's New Universe: eight comics created for the company's 25th anniversary, separate from the MCU and free of the baggage of continuity. Despite personality clashes, corporate machinations and critical panning, comics' brightest stars persevered to create some quite good stories. In the first of a two part series, Chaos Magic author Andy Luke revisits the New U imprint and the talents behind it - Jim Shooter, Archie Goodwin, Mark Gruenwald, Bob Hall, Peter David, Doug Murray and many many others - in a celebratory look at an unfairly derided imprint.
July 22, 2021
The Shield pt3 - The Fall of Vic Mackey
The net is closing in on dirty cop Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis). His ex-partner Shane Vendrell (Walton Goggins) wants him dead. Farmington's new captain Claudette Wyms (CCH Pounder) wants both men brought to justice although federal agent Olivia Murray (Laurie Holden) may present a way out. Storyteller Andy Luke and very special guest Ian Lawther (USS Caroline) talk through the critically acclaimed last two seasons of The Shield. This episode includes discussion of sexual abuse and graphic violence. It is not spoiler-free. Support the author on http://patreon.com/andyluke and say hi at @andrewluke Reach out to our guest at USS Caroline https://www.facebook.com/groups/usscaroline
July 03, 2021
The Shield pt2 - Faustian Bargain
In Farmington PD, amoral Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) and his crooked Strike Team cops are cleaned up by reforming Captain Monica Rawling (Glenn Close), and torn apart by unpredictable investigator Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh (Forest Whitaker) Storyteller Andy Luke and very special guest Ian Lawther (USS Caroline) talk through critically acclaimed seasons 4-5 of The Shield. This episode includes discussion of sexual abuse and graphic violence. It is not spoiler-free. Support the author on http://patreon.com/andyluke and say hi at @andrewluke Reach out to our guest at USS Caroline https://www.facebook.com/groups/usscaroline Thanks to our sponsors at http://nerdgeist.com
June 19, 2021
Anarchy in the OINK
In 1986 British children's comic Oink! debuted with jokes about pigs, poo, plop and puke. It's mission of deep fun and challenge to accepted morality quickly drew questions from the British Press Council, England's largest retailer WH Smiths and eventually, the House of Commons. However, Oink! was an instant hit, a cult juggernaut, with no intention of slowing down. On Oink's 35th anniversary, Andy is joined by expert blogger Phil Boyce discussing the punk aesthetic in editorial, the multi-disciplinary artists, and their iconic characters. Though less known than its contemporaries, Oink!'s legacy continues to affect modern culture today. Check out Phil Boyce's live http://oink.blog Support the podcast at http://patreon.com/andyluke Thanks to our sponsors at http://nerdgeist.com
May 03, 2021
The Shield: Difficult Men (pt1)
In FX's The Shield, the officers of Farmington work to reduce gang and drug related crimes. Among them is The Strike Team, crooked cops operating behind closed doors led by the amoral Vic Mackey. Andy Luke is joined by guest Ian Lawther in a detailed reflection on seasons 1-3 of the groundbreaking series. Trigger warning: this episode includes discussion of sexual abuse and graphic violence.
April 12, 2021
Sociological Fiction: New Politics, New Stories
From The Wire to Game of Thrones and onwards, social storytelling is the new approach to building worlds and characters, reflecting the vast detail which readers see in their own lives.This special podcast explores how individualistic styles of yarn-spinning are being replaced by a new realism. Author and social sciences tutor Andy Luke breaks down studies which suggest new opportunities for writers and readers. There are new stories.
March 17, 2021
Teachers - 30 Kids and a Hangover
Led by Andrew Lincoln, a half dozen recently qualified teachers brave the pupils of Bristol's Summerdown Comprehensive: small beans when compared to their own chaotic lives which are riddled with neuroses.Celebrating 20 years of Channel 4's fantasy/comedy series the pod has an exclusive interview with series creator Tim Loane. Poet/Cartoonist Andy Luke presents a full course review of kill-marry-shag, donkeys and bowling.
February 20, 2021
Belfast: City of Light (with Bronagh Lawson)
Visiting a different church each week over a decade, Belfast artist Bronagh Lawson collected her findings in Belfast: City of Light, exploring the opportunities for community, communication and spirituality in the troubled city.Bronagh chats with novelist/poet, Andy Luke, about her odyssey into religious culture as well as how it's related to her art practice and the city's art festivals. They also discuss reprogramming the mind, a year of coronavirus, and how churches adapt to the internet of things.https://www.instagram.com/bronaghlawsonhttps://twitter.com/CreativchangeNIBuy Belfast: City of LightLulu: https://www.lulu.com/search?adult_audience_rating=00&contributor=Bronagh+Lawson&page=1&pageSize=10Amazon: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Belfast-City-Light-Looking-Listening/dp/1916308902Andy on Patreon: https://patreon.com/andylukeAndy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/andrewlukeAbsence: a comic about epilepsy https://absencecomic.comFour Corners Festival: https://https://4cornersfestival.com/The River Mill https://www.the-river-mill.co.uk/Sascon 2021, 27th-28th February https://sascon.onlinePodcast affiliate Nerdgeist: http://nerdgeist.com
January 19, 2021
Baywatch Nights: X-Files and Y-Fronts
Think you know Baywatch? Lifeguard Mitch Buchannon and P.I. Ryan McBride thought so; but after the sun goes down, they realise Baywatch is a Bermuda Triangle of poltergeists, sorcerers, chaos gods, time portals, and Illuminati agents.In the first co-hosted Drew and Look Podcast, Andy Luke teams with Ian Lawther, Neill Stringer and Jonny Porter, (from Caroline Comms and Chat Schmat), to investigate the very unexplained world of Baywatch Nights, Season 2.
December 01, 2020
Angel: Not Fade Away
Working within the system of a devilish law firm, Angel Investigations bites off death in their ranks, a powerful king of demons, the fabrication of reality and the secret society spinning the ongoing apocalypse.This special Halloween pod looks at the final eight dramatic episodes of Whedon and Greenwalt's Angel Series 5. Writer / cartoonist Andy Luke gets full-on academic, considers heavy moral dilemnas, and plays some Crash Bandicoot.
October 31, 2020
Angel: In the Belly of the Beast
A group of street level heroes are handed the keys to a law firm which is the earthly embodiment of Hell. Managing Wolfram and Hart poses the heroes new questions: shut everything down, exert their own brand of compromise, or get swallowed by evil incarnate?Fantasy author Andrew Luke measures the differing approaches of stand-alone against story arc writing in the opening half of Angel series 5, a 'fresh start' show which challenges convention of genre.Ready for distribution, subscriptions appreciated: man's gotta stay focused on profit margins and power lunches.All contents c. respective creators.Twitter: @andrewluke @NGeistOfficialPatreon: https://patreon.com/andyluke
September 30, 2020
Serenity: Blueprint for a Revolution
The lives of the crew of Serenity, smugglers and cargo-runners, are interrupted by a psychic passenger who harbors a dangerous secret, and an assassin sent to recapture her.Join cartoonist and novelist Andrew Luke in exploring the stand-alone Firefly sequel, Serenity, and how resistance and activism makes for great narrative.We appreciate your support sharing it. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy, like no power in the verse can stop you.All contents c. respective creators. Twitter: @andrewluke @NGeistOfficialPatreon: https://patreon.com/andyluke
September 01, 2020
Always Sunny: Friends for the 21st Century
On the 15th anniversary of It’s Always Sunny, Andrew Luke reviews the television comedy juggernaut, its personal significance and cultural impact, for newbs to the cult and old jabronis.Additional credits: Logos designed by Chris McAuley. Post production by Richard Phillips. End tag by Art Knipe and Greg Davidson. Sunny excerpts ©FX Network, the rest ©respective creators.
August 03, 2020