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Off Menu's 200th episode, saving After the Tone and more live shows for Pilot TV and Holyrood Sources.

10:45 AM GMT+1 on August 13, 2023

    Let’s start with a roundup of news from podcast land. And Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster is celebrating their 200th episode this week, with special guest Rylan Clarke. You can read more about it on our new Podcast Rex website.

    After The Tone has also launched a new fundraising drive. The podcast has a simple yet compelling format, where the artist and actor Scottee interacts with answerphone messages sent in by listeners. The show is particularly popular with both the LGBTQ+ and neurodivergent community, but the true joy is that anyone is welcome.

    On Twitter, Scottee wrote: “Show me another queer led podcast whose audience is lonely mums, mental queers and angry commoners. Listened to in over 45 countries, 10% trans audience, independent and not a Love Islander insight!” The podcast needs several thousand to keep going and has now launched a Patreon, which you can contribute to here.

    A few weeks ago in this newsletter we featured podcasts that were doing live shows. Since then there have been a few more to get stuck into. Restless Natives, reflecting the friendship of actor Martin Compston and broadcaster Gordon Smart, did a live show in front of 800 people last week. There’s a two-parter on their podcast feed, reflecting the before and after

    Pilot TV Podcast has also announced that, as part of their 250th episode celebrations, they will have special guests including Tom Davis. And next week the Holyrood Sources podcast, which as you can expect from its name explores Scottish politics, will be featuring an interview with First Minister Humza Yousaf. It will surely be an interesting listen after an interesting few months for the SNP.

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