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UK Podcaster Awards 2016

Oh, yes, I know. I don’t mean to impose. Far be it from me to tell you what to do with your life. It is indeed a free country, you’re quite right. Nope, I don’t have any authority and no the UK isn’t a dictatorship. I just– it’s only that– I’d like to– yes, but– if you’d just let me speak!


Nominating your own podcast for an award in the hope that people will vote for it seems a frightfully self-obssessed and ultimately worthless exercise in egotistical hubris. You scratch my back, and I’ll continue to use both of my hands to keep scratching my front thanks to this particularly arrogant strain of …shingles?… that I appear to have contracted.

I’d like to think I’m self aware enough to know that as weird as it is for me to put my own podcast forward for an award, quite honestly, you don’t podcast every week for four years unless you like the attention and recognition that comes with it – even if it’s just a smidge.

Being squished in between Kermode Uncut and the Barbican Film Podcast on iTunes’ Film Fanatics list is pretty cool, though. Making it to the iTunes front page recently is even cooler. But still, I selfishly want more.

Rather than be professional about all of this and wait until somebody else considers the show good enough to nominate it themselves, I added it to the list of nominees for you. No need to thank me. If you want to vote for the Failed Critics Podcast in the New Media Europe Awards 2016, then please vote via this Facebook poll before the 29th May.

If you haven’t heard of the UK Podcaster Awards before – don’t worry. It’s not just you. There’s a huge and engaging community of UK Podcasters on Facebook, which is updated all the time with useful bits and bobs. People share their expertise and experiences; most are even happy to chat off the main group too.

In fact, that’s what I did last year, which led to me interviewing co-creator of New Media Europe and the UK Podcaster Awards, Izabela Russell.

Inspired by their experiences of how podcasting and new media is treated in the US, Izabela and Mike Russell set up a smaller scale meet-up for UK Podcasters in March 2014 upon their return home.

Their very first event rather impressively had just slightly under 30 people pop along. Shortly afterwards, the larger UK Pod 14 was set up as a 1 day event, which around 100 people attended.

I spoke to Izabela Russell back in November 2015 for a news story I was working on about Wikishuffle, the winners of the inaugural Best Comedy Podcast award last year, who described the original event as “incredible”.

“We thought this is it. This is great,” she said.

“We are making friends the same way we made friends back in the US – and most of all, it’s great to see all of the podcasters that are out there, and they are very serious about podasting. This is definitely a growing niche.”

The success of UK Pod 14 led to the event doubling in size the following year, with the inception of New Media Europe expanding to encompass more than just podcasting. Over 200 podcast and other media enthusiasts and professionals attended the now 2-day long event. The third conference – and importantly for us, the awards ceremony – will be held in just over a month’s time on the 18th of June.

Aggressively going after votes in awards has never been a thing for us; excusing our own end of year awards, of course. Although we have (what I would consider to be) a healthy number of subscribers and downloads for each episode of the Failed Critics Podcast, it’s not necessarily the reason why Steve and I turn up every week. We treat the show as just a relaxed chat amongst pals about whatever films we’ve seen lately and would probably still do it even if we didn’t hit the record button.

But if I denied that even a little part of me wasn’t interested in winning or being nominated for an award at some point, I would be lying. I guess you could call it an ambivalent ambition? If it happens, great. If not, oh well.

This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about this. But I do feel proud to be a part of the indie UK podcast scene at the moment that is rife with talent. Black Hole Media, The Explosive Alan Podcast, Cinematic Dramatic, Podcasts from the Pub, Retro Asylum, Futhead, and they’re just some of the ones not nominated yet!

If you’d like to nominate a podcast or vote for Failed Critics, just visit our Facebook Page on the link below.

Failed Critics Podcast: Five Brookside’s Out Of Five

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Welcome to this week’s Failed Critics Podcast. What’re the names of our hosts and guests on this episode..?

Shh! Don’t tell ’em, Steve Norman, Owen Hughes, Brian Plank and Chris Wallace…


Yes, that was a tedious set-up to reveal that on this podcast we’ll be discussing the Dad’s Army movie in our new release section. We’ve also got reviews for you of: heist-thriller Triple 9; a comedy sequel 15 years in the making in Zoolander 2; and the Bryan Cranston starring Trumbo.

In the news this week, the team sat down and watched every single film trailer shown at Super Bowl 50. From a Deadpool teaser to the latest look at Jungle Book, a new Bourne movie and even TMNT2. Yeah – don’t get your hopes up for that last one is all we’ll say right now. More importantly, perhaps, we also try to work out just what the hell is going on lately with Netflix stepping up their attempts to block users accessing multi-regions.

In ‘What We’ve Been Watching’: Owen comes to a conclusion about Woody Harrelson; Brian gets somewhat uncomfortable whilst watching the 70’s Paul Newman classic Slapshot; having only just now finished watching The Wire (for some unfathomable reason) Chris awards it five Brookside‘s out of five; and Steve undertakes a Nic Cage experiment to see if Left Behind is worse than Knowing.

Join us again next week for our full review of Deadpool and our Oscar’s Preview special!



NB: Apologies for the appallingly lazy editing job on this week’s episode. But, in my defence… TTTHHWWPPPTTTTT

Failed Critics Podcast: The Hateful Bolshoi Bowie Overdogs


With the tragic passing of one of British music’s most iconic people earlier this week, our latest episode features a touching tribute to the pioneer that was the Thin White Duke, Ziggy Stardust, Jareth the Goblin King or just simply ‘David Bowie’. Failed Critics founder and Bowie super-fan, James Diamond, returns for a short emotional farewell to one of the most inspirational figures of this and last century.

We even dug up a clip from an episode we recorded back in 2012 when James went to the inaugural Bowiefest in London and have edited into the post-credits of this week’s podcast.

Elsewhere, Steve Norman hosts with Owen Hughes, Andrew Brooker and Matt Lambourne back for reviews of Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, The Hateful Eight, starring Kurt Russell, Samuel L Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and more. Loads more. More than eight others.

Owen also reviews the fly-on-the-wall documentary Bolshoi Babylon, from the producer of Man On Wire and Searching for Sugarman, about the historic ballet theatre company in Moscow and all of its recent scandals. Meanwhile, Brooker indulges himself with the surfer-cop-classic Point Break in preparation for the imminent remake’s release.

We even took a few minutes to scratch our heads over the Golden Globe categories, never-mind the winners that were announced this past weekend.

Join us again next week for reviews of Creed, Room and The Revenant.




Failed Critics Podcast: Star Wars – The Force Awakens

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

Owen Hughes has vanished. In his absence, the sinister Steve Norman has risen from the ashes of the Failed Critics Podcast and will not rest until he has reviewed Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

With the help of Paul Field and Dave Valentine, Steve leads a brave effort to restore order to the podcast..

OK, enough of that. You get the idea with our opening crawl. It’s a Star Wars special episode that celebrates the iconic movie series, from the original trilogy all the way through to JJ Abrams smash hit Episode 7 – The Force Awakens, released in UK cinemas yesterday.

As Owen has been kicked off the podcast this week, it’s up to Steve to host on his lonesome, with support from Underground Nights‘ very own Paul Field, and making his debut on Failed Critics, Dave Valentine. All of whom have been huge fans of the sci-fi fantasy saga from a young age and share their nostalgic experiences and how it may or may not have impacted on their enjoyment of the latest release in the franchise.

If, like Steve, Paul and Dave, you too had been avoiding spoilers like the plague, then don’t worry. We have a main review that is as spoiler free as is humanly possible for a film review, keeping the nitty gritty to a separate ‘spoiler alert’ section after the end credits, with plenty of warning in advance!

Don’t forget to take the time to vote in our Failed Critics Awards if the force is strong enough to break your top 10 films of the year.

Join us again next week for our rather festive Christmas episode!



Failed Critics Podcast: In SPECTRE, It’s Columbo


The name’s Critics. Failed Critics. Should you expect us to die during our James Bond special episode? No, you should expect us to talk!

And that’s exactly what we do for about 90 minutes, as hosts Steve Norman and Owen Hughes are joined by special guests Tony Black (from Pick A Flick) and Brian Plank. The main review this week is of course the latest adventures of Britain’s (worst kept) secret agent in SPECTRE. Sam Mendes is back in the director’s seat after his record breaking success with Skyfall, and Daniel Craig faces yet more peril with the rise of a shady organisation threatening the safety of the British people.

To tie into the release of SPECTRE, we have a miniature version of our Corridor of Praise episodes as we induct 007 himself. Starting with Ian Fleming’s original novels, right through to Daniel Craig emerging from the sea in Speedo swimming trunks, we cover the character’s history from beginning to the modern day.

There’s also time for us to squeeze in Owen’s review of the Columbo TV movie that Steve made him watch after last week’s quiz, before this weeks Bond-themed quiz takes place. We also react to a few news items that have crossed our paths over the last seven days, including: Indiana Jones 5 and potential re-casting issues; why the Steve Jobs movie is tanking in the US; and one of Hollywood’s Golden Age actresses, Maureen O’Hara, passing away.

Join us again next week where we’ll have more guests, more films and less Columbo.