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Blank Podcast with Giles Paley-Phillips & Jim Daly

Blank Podcast with Giles Paley-Phillips & Jim Daly

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Do you ever have a blank moment? Each week Giles and Jim talked to well known people about those difficult times in life. From public failure to impostor syndrome, grief, social anxiety and fear this insightful and gentle long form interview podcast tries to shine a light on all these issues and more, that often lead us to go blank.

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John Sweeney

John Sweeney

2020-06-0101:20:23

John Sweeney is a British investigative journalist and author. During his time at the BBC he worked on shows such as Panorama and Newsnight where his combative and bold style have seen him doorstep Putin, go undercover in North Korea, challenge Trump on his association to the mob and most infamously the time he yelled at scientologists. We caught up with John on what was VE Day and started our conversation by discussing the new normal, what we miss and what things we like about lockdown in the UK. John tells us about his journey into journalism and his time working at The Observer, the subsequent move into broadcasting at the BBC and the darker moments he has experienced personally, since leaving the corporation after an investigation he was doing on Tommy Robinson saw him land in hot water. John is wonderful company, with so many amazing stories from what is an incredible career spanning several decades and we hope this won't be the last time we talk.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Best of Blank Vol.2

Best of Blank Vol.2

2020-04-2301:18:21

It's the Spring break, so we though we'd put together a little selection of clips from some of our favourite episodes from last year to keep you going till we return in a few weeks time with some amazing new episodes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Fiona Murden

Fiona Murden

2020-04-2001:25:56

Fiona Murden is a leadership psychologist and author of several books, including Defining You, that looks at the process of psychological profiling and fulfilling your potential. We've been wanting to speak to Fiona for quite some time to look at a bit deeper at some of the science behind what Blank moments occur and what is most effective in combatting them. We started off by chatting about the full out from the coronavirus pandemic and how it will affect people's mental health in the longterm. Fiona tells us about her work with big business leaders and what goes into doing a successful psychological profile of potential employees. We discuss sleeping habits and the many themes we hear each week on the podcast from public failure to imposter syndrome.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Paul Pilot

Paul Pilot

2020-04-1301:14:26

Paul Pilot aka Paul Wilkinson is musician, composer and producer from Northern Ireland. Best known for his band The Amazing Pilots and his recent film scores on documentaries like Finding Oscar and Netflix production The Final Cut for Orson, Paul has been a producer and sound engineer on works by Duke Special, Athlete, Rue Royale and All the Luck in the World. He is also the composer of our very own Blank Podcast title music. Paul is based in Berlin and so meeting up to record had always been difficult to arrange so, a remote recording was always on the cards. We started our chat by talking about expensive microphones and how much of a difference they make to the fine margins in vocal recordings. Paul tells about his own creative process and how we often find it hard to be satisfied with what we've made. We discussed his time as a kid growing up in Northern Ireland during the troubles and his desire to eventually seek a career in music by moving away. Paul tells us about collaboration and what it is like to be in a band with your brother.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In a special bonus episode (which we've been thinking of doing for quite sometime) Giles and Jim chat with each other about all number of subjects from minecraft and cult novels to creativity, daily stress, and of course the current news around coronavirus and how we are both dealing with isolation. A special thanks to Dominique White for a beautiful piece she emailed to us which is read out at the end of this episode. We'll resume normal transition next week when our guest is the amazing Paul Pilot  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Marcus Brigstocke

Marcus Brigstocke

2020-04-0601:22:08

Marcus Brigstocke is a comedian, writer and actor. Known for satirical stand-up, musical theatre and radio broadcasting on stations such as Jazz FM. We met up Marcus a couple of months back, to discuss all manner of stuff, starting with all of our passions for the arts, particularly music, each of us talking about our first albums. Marcus tells us about his passion for cheese and the poignant moment in his life this passion stems from. The chat moved on to mental health and how Marcus makes a gratitude list each morning to help him stay level. We thought we'd give you all a little extra this week and have put together a little Spotify playlist to accompany this episode, see if you can spot the songs from our first albums https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3icMfrPwid1Stu2l9DTUsI  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Chris Addison

Chris Addison

2020-03-3001:09:411

Chris Addison is a comedian, actor, writer and director. Starting in Stand-up Chris made his name touring the UK and playing high profile slots at Edinburgh Festival before moving into acting with his role in the multiple award-winning The Thick of It. Further acting roles and regular appearances on panel shows like Mock the Week have propelled Chris to being one of the UK's most loved performers. He has recently taken up directing with his feature debut The Hustle starring Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway. With the ongoing difficulties due to the outbreak of coronavirus, we have had to adapt to how we do things a little. It has always been our intention with Blank to sit down in the real world with our guests, we feel that physical connection is truly key in making sure we have the most authentic, natural and relaxed conversations, however with social distancing now being imposed we had to decide whether to have a break from podding for a while or to try some different approaches, so we've gone with the latter, because most of all, we want to continue to bring you the show, and we hope that it might give all of our wonderful listeners a little respite from the very challenging situation we currently find all ourselves in. The Pod MUST go on So Jim and Giles sat down in our respective homes, in Amersham and Seaford, to record with the brilliant Chris Addison in London. We'd arranged to pod with Chris some time ago, but his work schedule had intervened, but with work going into shutdown, Chris messaged to say let's do a podcast. We started off by chatting about messy workspaces and how this might be a good time to address it, or not as the case may be. Chris talked about those difficult years directly after university and how people can often feel adrift and not know where their path will lead, for Chris it was dreams of theatre directing, but soon became a career in stand-up comedy. We talked to Chris about his move into directing and how much of it is down to the inspiration and mentorship of people like Armando Innaucci who took a chance on Chris whilst making The Thick of It.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Isy Suttie

Isy Suttie

2020-03-2401:27:34

Isy Suttie is an actress, musician, comedian and writer. Best known for role as Dobby in the multi-award winning Peep Show, Isy is also a hugely successful stand-up and is the author of the brilliant The Actual One. We met up with Isy a few weeks back, but Coronavirus was very much on all of our minds and was the basis of our conversation. The chat soon shifted to Isy's childhood in Derbyshire and her teen years experimenting with Quija boards and how she was the go to person at parties. We discussed creativity and when it isn't quite working, Isy reveals to us her favourite pastime of looking around derelict buildings and we talk about the destructive nature of social media.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mark Watson

Mark Watson

2020-03-1701:12:17

Mark Watson is a British comedian and novelist, originally from Bristol, Mark has been a mainstay of the UK stand-up scene and has had several fiction titles published including Eleven and Hotel Alpha. We met with Mark down at Nordic Bar on what was an incredibly soggy day in London. We started our chat by talking about Seasonal affective disorder and how much the weather changes our moods. Mark told us about his early days doing stand-up and having adopted a Welsh accent, he explained the process of moving away from that and doing his own voice. We soon moved onto our online lives and negotiating social media and what are the best ways to stay being creative.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Layla Anna-Lee

Layla Anna-Lee

2020-03-1001:31:17

Layla Anna-Lee is a television presenter best known for fronting live MMA action and interviewing the best footballers on the planet. She sat down with Giles and Jim at Nordic Bar in central London to talk about moments on live TV when things went wrong, dealing with social media trolls and the pressures of being a presenter. She also brought donuts to the pod, the first guest to do so, and the three of us rated an reviewed the treats she brought because why not?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Stephen Mangan

Stephen Mangan

2020-03-0301:18:141

Stephen Mangan is an actor and writer. Born in London in 1968, Mangan began his acting career in theatre before moving in TV working with the likes of Armando Iannucci, Steve Coogan and in the Multi-Award winning Green Wing. In more recent years Stephen has moved away from more comedy roles to concentrate on drama, and has recently been in BBC One's The Split alongside Nicola Walker. We met with Stephen down in South London on a very brisk February morning. We began by talking about Stephen's early life as a young lad from a large catholic family, something that really resonated with Jim, who also came from similar beginnings. Stephen told us how he got into acting the loss of his mother at a young age was a pivotal moment in him pursuing his career.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Alastair Humphrey

Alastair Humphrey

2020-02-2501:23:28

Alastair Humphrey is an adventurer, author and public speaker, who has been National Geographic's Adventurer of the Year. Alastair has cycled the globe, busked through Spain and created a new movement of micro adventures. We started our chat with Alastair about his epic journey around the world, where he cycled some 46,000 miles over four years, we find out the darker times along the way, when Alastair thought he might give up, and also the experiences of kindness and seeing the best sides of humanity. Alastair brought along his violin for a short recital at the end of the pod and tells us how he achieved a journey across Spain by busking with it every day. Alastair is an adventurer through and through and it was a truly memorable interview for us.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Simon Brodkin

Simon Brodkin

2020-02-1856:395

Simon Brodkin is a comedian, performer and renowned prankster. Best known for his character Lee Nelson, which had several series broadcast on BBC 2, and more recently his high profile stunts which has seen Simon give Theresa May a P45 and gatecrash a Fifa press conference to throw money at Sepp Blatter. We met with Simon in Old Street a day or two ahead of his new stand-up tour, his first as himself. We discussed the process and differences this has been to doing character comedy shows and how it has been a freeing experience. Simon tells us about those times in the early days when playing tricks didn't always go to plan and his years working as a junior doctor before launching a career in comedy. Simon was on top form and sharply dissected Giles and Jim's patter throughout, leaving us, quite rightly, flustered and in fits of laughter.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Emily Dean

Emily Dean

2020-02-1101:05:496

Emily Dean is a writer and presenter, well known for her role alongside Frank Skinner on Absolute radio, she also presents the amazing Times podcast Walking the Dog and is the author of the incredible memoir 'Everybody died, so I got a dog' We met up with Emily on a dreary winter's day in London, and started our conversation by talking about how we cope in a crowd, and are we performing and analysing what we say afterwards, and the perceptions we create about ourselves from the others point of view. Emily tells us about her Bohemian upbringing and the desire to have the life of the various 'Dog families' she encountered, who had more settled and less chaotic lives. We discuss Emily's brilliant book and the many aspects of grief she has experienced, and continues to experience and what led her to get a dog and how Raymond has changed her life.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jake Humphrey

Jake Humphrey

2020-02-0401:19:125

Jake Humphrey is a sports broadcaster and presenter. Originally from Norfolk, Jake started in Local TV before joining CBBC as a presenter. He's best known for presenting Formula One coverage and more recently BT Sports coverage of the Premier League. We headed down to Frequency Cafe near King's Cross to sit down for a natter with Jake over a very nice cup of coffee. Jake spoke to us about his upbringing and the encouragement and empathy he received from his parents, particularly during some challenging times at school due to be bullied. Jake explained his move into TV after failing his A-Levels and his subsequent rise to where he is now as a leading sports presenter. We discuss the many pitfalls of working in the football industry, with it's divisions of opinion and how Jake is trying to be a more positive and kind presence on social media, especially in light of Jake's own experiences with mental health in his early 20's  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Kerry Godliman

Kerry Godliman

2020-01-2801:22:126

Kerry Godliman is a comedian and actress, best known for her roles alongside Ricky Gervais in Derek and After Life. She is a regular on BBC Two's Mock the Week and has toured extensively doing stand up for around 20 years. Giles and Jim travelled down to West London to meet up with Kerry just before Christmas. We started by chatting about politics and Kerry having to do extensive research for her role on Mock the Week, before diving into growing up and getting into drama at school. Kerry talks about why she doesn't believe in luck, how her love of acting has helped her craft her stand up and it's difficult to make people laugh when you're feeling sad.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dame Kelly Holmes

Dame Kelly Holmes

2020-01-2101:22:204

Dame Kelly Holmes is a one of Britain's best loved and most high decorated athletes and what better person to help celebrate our 50th Episode. We met up with Dame Kelly at Acast Studios to chat about all things Blank, she talked about her time in the army and how the levels of discipline helped her when competing as an athlete. We discussed the difficult moments that come when form dips and how one such period became incredible challenging. Kelly also opens up on how she has been affected by grief in recent years, about being her own person and the power of 'Come ON!"  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
David Baddiel

David Baddiel

2020-01-1401:20:236

David Baddiel is a comedian and writer from London. He is very well known for his work on The Mary Whitehouse Experience, Newman and Baddiel in Pieces and his work alongside Frank Skinner on Fantasy Football. In recent years he has branch into writing books for children and his sold out tours and recent play God's Dice have been highly acclaimed. We met David on a very cold General Election Day in London, we tried to avoid politics, but could only hold back for a couple of minutes before diving in on the current political landscape. Thoughts soon changed to dealing with insomnia and David's early life growing up in North London, and his early love of music and trying and failing to be in a band. We discussed getting into comedy, forming collaborations with others and how that has sometimes not always been the easiest way of working. David tells us about his blank moments, which often manifest in his anxiety around health and mortality, that often been exacerbated by caring for his Dad, who had dementia  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ben Miller

Ben Miller

2020-01-0701:21:424

Ben Miller is a comedian, actor, and writer who is known for the award-winning The Armstrong and Miller Show and his acting roles in Death in Paradise and The Worst Week of My Life. In recent years Ben has appeared in many films including Paddington 2 and as well as publishing two highly acclaimed books for children. We met up with Ben at Nordic Bar and began our conversation by discussing Vikings and their true motives back in the day. Ben told us about his life at school and being an academic before discovering comedy and pledging himself to the craft. We discussed being writers, how sometimes that gets forgotten as performing becomes more prominent and being away from home filming can be very challenging.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Rufus Hound

Rufus Hound

2019-12-1301:27:234

Rufus Hound is an actor, comedian and presenter. He is best known for his regular stints on shows like Celebrity Juice and hosting coverage of Glastonbury and Top of the Pops. More recently he has been receiving critical acclaim for his acting roles in a number of stage productions including most recently The Boy in the Dress at the RSC. We met up with Rufus in Stratford Upon Avon at the Royal Shakespeare Company, where we is currently performing in The Boy in the Dress, the new musical based on the book of the same name by David Walliams with music by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers. We headed up to the 'Quiet Room' at the top of the building to chat about moving away from comedy, but still feeling like a comedian. The difficult moments at being away from home for long periods of time for work, being an absurdist and how disconnected we have become as a society.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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MsBuff5

Top podcast. Great hosts with great guests! Love these

Feb 13th
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emma wilson

liking it xx

Jan 29th
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CornishDarren

Blank is a life affirming podcast that never fails to provide me with an uplift every Wednesday.

Jul 24th
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Lorraine Bridges

the show with Louis Theroux is an absolute cracker. v funny

Jul 6th
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Kerry Fleming

Brilliant podcasts! Love Mark Gattis - Leage of Gentlemen is the best television programme ever made!!

Jun 28th
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Steven Lawley

Brilliant Pod. Looking forward to the next one.

Jun 27th
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Hannah Morgan

Thanks for the recommendation Giles, very interesting podcast with a great guest.

May 13th
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