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Thursday 11th January 2018

The RHLSTP with Johann Hari is available in the usual places. I had forgotten that I’d talked about being an educational tool in Korea in the intro. I guess it beats being just a tool in the UK.
The podcast has been greeted with about equal love and hate. Obviously Hari is giving his own opinion about depression and anti-depressants. If you read his book I think you will agree there are some interesting arguments. I wasn’t convinced by all of it, but also suspect that many people’s opinions are coloured by Hari’s own history. I wouldn’t defend his plagiarism or the other weird, though human things he got up to a few years back, but I also don’t like the current trend of never forgiving people’s mistakes. I think we all deserve a second chance. Even those of us who have never made mistakes (or let’s face it, have made mistakes and got away with them).

The difficult and time consuming job of booking guests for RHLSTP is bearing fruit. There are some great potential guests for the new series which starts recording on 5th February, and the confirmed ones aren’t bad either. Here’s what I’ve managed to scrape together over the last few days.
February 5th Adam Kay
February 12th Elis James and John Robins
February 19th Trevor and Simon
February 26th Mackenzie Crook and Rachel Fairburn and Kiri  Pritchard- Mclean form the All Killa, No Filla Podcast
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Here’s the latest newsletter with ticket links for the podcast and the tour. The podcasts are already selling well and not many tickets left for the first two (and suspect the next two will also sell well once those names are out).

The day slipped away as I sat by the fire sorting out the above and other bits of admin. I decided to watch this week’s Inside Number 9 for a second time. It’s a brilliant and moving piece with writing and performances spot on and actually more impressive when you know the twist. It’s about a washed up double act, but I don’t think that’s why it resonated. Well maybe a little bit. But it’s more about there previous generation of entertainment to mine and as I knew when I tried to write my own double act comedy drama, a comedy duo is just like any friendship or family relationship: filled with a mixture of affection and resentment. This was a story of two middle-aged men who had fallen out of touch, but still had an inescapable past history and who had been reunited somewhat reluctantly. That’s not exclusive to show business. 
Inside Number 9 has been consistently strong since it began, but it feels like it is somehow stepping up a gear this series - both the first two episodes have been quite light and gentle, but I am sure this is the calm before the storm. Reece and Steve managed to take the piss out of a previous generation of comedians and themselves with proper affection. Their song and dance number and the transformation of Reece from serious cynic, back to the unaffected and smiling performance is just wonderful. No spoilers. But watch it twice.
I may have cried. For myself and the double act I was once in or for basic human relationships? Who knows?

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