Failed Critics Podcast

New LogoThe Failed Critics Podcast is the first and original show produced under the Failed Media network of podcasts.

Each week, Steve Norman (Host) and Owen Hughes (Producer) invite a variety of guests onto the show to review the latest cinema release, talk about what else they’ve been watching in the past seven days and discuss news from the film world (if it happens to have crossed their Twitter feeds prior to recording). That is when they’re not picking three movies each to fit a themed Triple Bill episode, or pitting their wits in a short quiz.

If you want in depth reviews of the key components that make an individual movie good or bad, then you’re looking in the wrong place. If you want to listen to a group of people chat about film and be occasionally humorous with it, then that’s what the Failed Critics Podcast is all about. They pride themselves on being slightly shambolic. Think of it as a podcast about films, rather than a film podcast.

Created by James Diamond

Episodes produced by Owen Hughes

Hosted by Steve Norman

Contributions from: Gerry McAuley, Carole Petts, Matt Lambourne, Callum Petch, Andrew Brooker, Mike Shawcross, Brian Plank, James Diamond and loads more.

Special guest appearances by other podcasts: Black Hole Cinema (Tony Black), The Bottle Episode (Matt Latham), Wikishuffle (Jack Stewart, Chris Wallace and Phil Sharman), The Punch Up (Nicholas Lay), Underground Nights (Paul Field and James Mullinger)

All music by Kevin MacLeod of (remixed by James Yuill from episode 150 onwards)

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If you’re new to the Failed Critics Podcast and aren’t sure where to join in from, then the latest episode is always the best. We hardly ever have in-jokes or call backs to podcasts older than maybe one or two weeks, so hopefully you won’t feel left out! Just take a look at the home page of our website to find the most recent episode. Check out our trailer for the podcast below:

Alternatively, you can try some of these classic ‘new-release review’ or ‘triple bill’ podcasts:


  • The Failedastic FourFantastic Four, Inside Out & Diary of a Teenage Girl (Steve Norman, Owen Hughes, Carole Petts and Brian Plank) – 11 Aug 2015
  • TV Special (S3, Ep2)After discussing the forthcoming Emmy Awards in part one, part two focusses on current TV shows (Owen Hughes, James Diamond and Matt Latham) – 31 Jul 2015
  • Spooks, Britishness and Bad ImpressionsBritishness in film triple bill + listener questions (Steve Norman, Owen Hughes, Matt Lambourne) – 13 May 2015
  • Age of Ultron and our Avengers MinisodesAge of Ultron review + ten additional short individual podcast reviews of each of the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far (Steve Norman, Owen Hughes, Matt Lambourne and Carole Petts) – 29 Apr 2015
  • The Failed Black Wikishuffle Hole QuizcastA fun quiz-only episode (Steve Norman, Owen Hughes, Matt Lambourne, Wikishuffle (Jack Stewart, Chris Wallace, Phil Sharman), Black Hole Cinema (Tony Black, Matt Latham)) – 20 Apr 2015
  • Episode 150 And As Shambolic As EverAn extra long (5 hours to be precise) triple-triple bill podcast (Steve Norman, Owen Hughes, Matt Lambourne, Paul Field and Andrew Brooker) – 3 Apr 2015
  • Your Unconventional Desire Predestination, Focus & 50 Shades of Grey (Steve Norman, Owen Hughes, Matt Lambourne and Paul Field) – 19 Feb 2015
  • The Pod in the MachineA.I. triple bill, Ex Machina (Steve Norman, Owen Hughes and Matt Lambourne) – 30 Jan 2015




  • Skyfall and our Bond Triple Bill specialSkyfall + other Bond movies (Steve Norman, Owen Hughes and James Diamond) – 30 Oct & 4 Nov 2012
  • Paranormal Activity 4Paranormal Activity 4, Safety Not Guaranteed, Speed Racer, Holy Motors (Steve Norman, Owen Hughes, Gerry McAuley and James Diamond) – 25 Oct 2012
  • The Dark Knight Rises BATMAN SPECIALThe Dark Knight Rises + other Batman movies (Steve Norman, Owen Hughes, Gerry McAuley and James Diamond) – 22 Jul 2012
  • Episode 1The very first episode of the podcast, Cabin in the Woods (Steve Norman, Gerry McAuley and James Diamond) – 25 Apr 2012

If you’re looking for something a little more specific, you could try one of our Corridor of Praise episodes, where we induct actors, directors and studios who have been cruelly overlooked by the Academy into the highly coveted Failed Critics echelons of prestige:

  • 1. Harrison Ford (Steve Norman, Owen Hughes, Gerry McAuley and James Diamond) – 4 Dec 2012
  • 2. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Steve Norman, Owen Hughes, Gerry McAuley and James Diamond) – 29 Jan 2013
  • 3. Stanley Kubrick (Steve Norman, Owen Hughes, Gerry McAuley and James Diamond) – 28 Mar 2013
  • 4. Studio Ghibli (James Diamond, Owen Hughes and Gerry McAuley) – 13 Oct 2013
  • 5. Paul Verhoeven (Steve Norman, Owen Hughes and Matt Lambourne) – 4 May 2014
  • 6. Jean-Claude Van Damme (Steve Norman, Owen Hughes, Hollie and Richard Trondsen) – 16 Apr 2015
  • 7. Danny Dyer (Steve Norman, Owen Hughes, Paul Field, James Mullinger and Jonathan Sothcott) – 26 Aug 2015
  • 8. James Bond (Steve Norman, Owen Hughes, Tony Black and Brian Plank) – 29 Oct 2015


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  6. Hellowww…my fucking ears!!!

    Please, please, please and please do something about your lack of “Wikihowing” the general usage of standard microphone usage. In this day and age it is not impossible to recreate and broadcast the human voice on a smoother level. The last episode sounded like you might have been speaking through fucking kazoos.

    Enjoy the chat; fix the sound!

    All the merry best,

    Andy Mac 😉

    • Hi Andy,

      First of all… apologies for the terrible sound quality of our recent podcasts. It’s really, really annoying because we can’t identify what seems to be causing the issue. Without going into too much boring detail about our set up, the audio issues seem to come about between the final edit (of which the sound quality is publishable) and actually publishing (at which point something is being compressed and results in the horrendous screeching/distortion you’ve experienced).

      Secondly, we’re a bit fed up with it too! We’re on a hiatus this week, we have some ideas to try out for our next pod and so hopefully that’ll be the end of it and everything will be back to normal from then on. 🙂

      Thanks for the feedback though and glad to hear you enjoy the chat at least (when you can actually hear it of course!)


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