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April 2018 – Latest Updates

LATEST UPDATES (April 2018)

I’ve agreed a deadline with my publisher for the book I have been writing about Quatermass, which means I’ll be keeping my head down for a bit whilst I get the donkey work done on that. I have interviewed Toyah Wilcox, Jason Flemyng and Annabel Lanyon all within the space of a week! I’m on fire!

There’s still room for some live gigs – I’m doing Bury Met on 5th, Nantwich Civic Hall on 6th and The Boo in Rossendale on the 7th. The following weekend finds me at the Manchester Comedy Store from Thursday through Saturday (2 shows on Saturday). And as usual I’ll be at XS Malarkey on Tuesdays, the 99 Club Leicester square on Wednesdays and the Manchester Comedy Store every other Sunday for New Stuff.

I had another obituary for Dorka Nieradzik published, this one was in the Herald. You can read it here.

 

Elf Lyons who makes her XS debut this month

This month at XS Malarkey the headliners whom I will be introducing will be the fabulous Michael Legge, the ludicrous George Egg, brilliant XS debutant Elf Lyons and lugubrious local Mike Newall. More details at the XS Malarkey Website.

Ongoing news but good news …

My dramatisation of Nigel Kneale’s famous lost television play, The Road, for Radio 4 was recorded in Maida Vale at the beginning of February. The cast is phenomenal : Mark Gatiss, Adrian Scarborough, Hattie Morahan, Colin McFarlane, Susan Wokoma, Francis Magee and Ralph Ineson.  It will be the Halloween Fright Night production for BBC Radio 4 on October 27th.  It is one of my proudest achievements.

The current DVD release of The Enemy of the World has an hour long documentary produced by Ed Stradling in which I try to find out some brand new facts about the making of this once lost Doctor Who serial. I interview some hitherto unheard from folks, and get some insights into the leading man who, in this story, plays a dual role.

I have also contributed to the new Season 12 Blu-Ray set which is out in the middle of the year: I wear a cravat and talk about – among other things – Glyn Jones, Sonatrans and a wobbly android.

Latest Updates March 2018

LATEST UPDATES (March 2018)

I’m presenting the 7th Dimension again on BBC Radio 4 Extra for three weekends commencing on March 17th. There’s plenty of fabulous stuff for me to chat in between, including a Daphne du Maurier play with Maureen O’Brien and Dinsdale Landen and a horror story involving something being found during the digging of a tube extension (sound familiar…?). Unfortunately my links will not be on iPlayer so you’ll need to listen live!

My forthcoming book on Quatermass benefitted this month from a lengthy interview with – and the seal of approval of – Nigel Kneale’s widow Judith Kerr (who wrote The Tiger Who Came To Tea and the Mog books). She provided some fascinating insights which will doubtless delight my very patient publisher Matt West at  Miwk. I’ll be a bit quiet over the next few months whilst I crack on with the book which I’d like to finish this year.

With the wonderful Judith Kerr.

Two Interviewees from my Who’s Round podcast have died recently. It’s very sad to hear of their passing but fortunately I managed to supply obituaries for them (click on their names for their podcast, and on the paper’s name for the obituary): make-up designer Dorka Nieradzik was remembered in The Guardian and that wonderful actor Peter Miles gets an appreciation in The Herald.

I interviewed the late Dorka Nieradzik (right) and her good friend June Hudson together when they featured on my Who’s Round podcast.

I might just have had a little something to do with the latest Take Back Theatre project Ten Takes On Shelter. It’s all under wraps at the moment (appropriately, because it’s very cold) but worth getting tickets for here.

I play a 9ft tall solar space bear called Oscar McLeod in The Skies of New Earth, part of Big Finish’s Tales from New Earth boxed set which is rather fabulous. It’s a great fun part and I get some marvellous lines and the cherishable character description “ostentatiously belligerent”. I play other bits and bobs too, including the overarching alien baddie and a fellow called Dobtcheff (I know! What’s not to love?). It’s well worth your time and available here. I’m sticking a couple of reviews down here too:

“Toby Hadoke steals the show – Oscar is likely to go down as a fan favourite and will be a perfectly fine reason to start listening”
– Blogtor Who

“A shout out to Toby Hadoke who plays a plethora of parts. I instantly recognised his voice as the debate moderator. But even though I have interviewed him and met him a few times, I would never have guessed him as the Scandinavian Silver haired bear Oscar. A man of many talents indeed and a stand-out character to a lead in any future sets.”  
– Doctor Squee, indiemacuser.co.uk

The fabulous, thought provoking and brutally funny Sean McLoughlin

I’m MCing at the Frog and Bucket on 16/17th March, plus my usual stints at the 99 Club and the Comedy Store. This month at XS Malarkey the headliners whom I will be introducing will be the erudite Matt Stellingwerf, the brutally honest and sometimes dark Sean McLoughlin and the smart and likeable Glenn Moore : rare talents all. More details at the XS Malarkey Website. 

NOVEMBER 2017 UPDATES

I’ve been so busy I’ve neglected this blog, so at least I can start doing monthly updates with general info. I hope some of what is below is useful:

LATEST UPDATES (November 2017)

I’m delighted to announce that I have been commissioned to dramatise Nigel Kneale’s famous lost television play, The Road, for Radio 4. Transmission is not until late next year but there will be plenty of exciting updates between now and then.

I have been part of the team behind a new initiative to help psoriasis patients. The See Psoriasis, Look Deeper campaign has launched the Small Steps programme: more details here.

I pop up in the first episode of Dave Gorman’s new series of Modern Life is Good(ish) which can be seen here if you missed it.

On November 11th I will be giving a comedy writing workshop for Script Yorkshire. It has sold out. There is still space in the evening, however, for an event at the Carriageworks Theatre called Page to Stage in which new scripts are performed to professional feedback from panelists including myself and Eastenders writer Christopher Reason. Tickets are here.

My obituaries for Trevor Martin (Herald) and Suzan Farmer (The Guardian) have recently gone online and in print. Sad losses both.

Headliners at my comedy club XS Malarkey this month are:

Javier Jarquin

Tuesday 7 November @ 7:00 pm10:30 pm

Lost Voice Guy

Tuesday 14 November @ 7:00 pm10:30 pm

Seymour Mace

Tuesday 21 November @ 7:00 pm10:30 pm

TBC

Tuesday 28 November @ 7:00 pm10:30 pm

Come and see them at The Bread Shed, Grosvenor St, Manchester.

 

Thought for the Day

First they came for the Socialists, and I Tweeted my disapproval.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I linked to a clever article by someone else that I had skim read.

Then they came for the Jews, and I posted a video on my Facebook page and attached a furious emoji.

Then they came for me—and no one gave a toss because, well, funny cat video!

Award Nomination For Radio Play

The Dad Who Fell Onto A Shortlist…

The Dad Who Fell To Earth has been nominated for a prestigious BBC Audio Drama Award. It made the initial shortlist of six, which was to be boiled down to three on January 5th 2016. Rather delightfully, it stayed on, alongside the acclaimed Cabin Pressure by John Finnemore and In And Out Of The Kitchen by Justin Edwards who is an old friend from university days. So it’s stiff competition but also splendid, flattering company to be in.

The ceremony is on January 31st at Broadcasting House and will be presented by Lenny Henry. I have everything crossed, which is going to make a call of nature somewhat more difficult to answer than usual.

THE TOMORROW PEOPLE – HITLER’S LAST SECRET, TWITTER VIEW

135973I hadn’t planned for this to be a thing. I’d simply had The Tomorrow People languishing on disc upstairs and had read so much about it that I thought I should go beyond the first season and a half that I had watched and have a butcher’s at some of the later episodes. And where else to start than the one with Hitler in it?

I quite enjoyed Tweeting about it and people joined in, so here are the results in one easy to follow blog post.

As Twitter is not a solo pursuit when done properly, I have also included some Tweets from others who propelled me along with cyber banter as my jaw dropped ever further… Thanks to them for joining in. Here goes:

PROLOGUE

Well, I was going to watch an Armchair Theatre but I’m in a mood so sod it: I’m going to do the Tomorrow People story with an alien Hitler.

EPISODE ONE

Tomorrow People: Mike’s going to a disco dressed as a Nazi! John voices his disapproval. Whatever Hsui Tai’s reaction is is indecipherable.

(Graeme Burk ‏@graemeburk
@TobyHadoke True fact: in Roger Price’s script, TIM’s next line is “Actually Hitler is a [name of alien race from “A Rift In Time”]”

Graeme Burk ‏@graemeburk
@TobyHadoke It’s batshit insane. Hugely offensive. But it has Michael Sheard, so most fans forgive it.)

Tomorrow People: Sitcom favourites Nicholas Lyndhurst and Ray Burdis are, respectively, a German & an English Nazi. Mike is getting tempted!

Leon_Eagles_HLS02Tomorrow Ppl: Brit officer tells John he ran over a boy. “I trust you called the police?” is John’s immediate response. He’s SO responsible!

Tomorrow People: 5 buttons on John’s shirt. He’s only done 2 up. He’s not THAT sensible, then, there’s a bit of a beast in Mr Straight!

Tomorrow People: “Do you know who Hitler is Mike?” could be one of the worst sci-fi lines ever were it not for what comes after it…

Tomorrow People: “Hitler isn’t dead. Hitler is Nebor from the planet Vashir. A galactic shape changing psychopath.”

(*gobsmacked*)

(AIEEEEEEEvan Kirby@ellothisisivan 
@TobyHadoke I’m fascinated by Nebor’s eye. Does it regularly fall off? Is he forever picking it up & putting it back?

Gareth Roberts ‏@OldRoberts953
@hellothisisivan @TobyHadoke That went out on my tenth birthday. I was APPALLED.

Toby Hadoke @tobyhadoke
@OldRoberts953 @hellothisisivan I’ve never seen it before. It’s… I’m not sure what it is. Crikey.

AIEEEEEEEvan Kirby ‏@hellothisisivan Oct 8
@TobyHadoke @OldRoberts953 Jaw-droppingly misjudged.)

Tomorrow People: Hitler is actually Mr Bronson.

(I didn’t Tweet as much as I’d like as I was distracted with an exchange which I think demonstrates one of the dangers of being a comedian on Twitter. My Tweets are in blue and my correspondent’s (whose handle I have disguised out of courtesy) are in green:

Tomorrow People: Hitler is actually Mr Bronson.

@TobyHadoke A bit over the top, Mr. Hadoke?

@???* Just a statement of fact. M Sheard who played Mr Bronson is Hitler in this. But now you mention it, he is over the top!

@TobyHadoke Isn’t Sheard dead?

@???* Sigh. There is a thing called a DVD…

@TobyHadoke I know. I know. Sorry about that Toby. I did a bit of research on him and that is when I found out what I think you.

Tomorrow People: Hitler is pleased that television is popular. “You will obey me”, he declares, before adding an Oliver Hardy-esque

@TobyHadoke I don’t think anybody can say if Hitler is pleased or not because he has been dead for 70 years.

@???* You’re taking this out of context ???*. I’m watching an episode of the Tomorrow People.

@TobyHadoke Sorry mate. I just hear so much about people being compared to Hitler.

@???* I did handily preface every Tweet with the words “Tomorrow People”.

@TobyHadoke I caught it in the middle Toby. I am sorry about that.

*There’s no harm done with the above exchange – I regularly correspond with the person in question and will continue to do so. it just illustrates how stick can quickly be grabbed at the wrong end on social media.

EPISODE TWO

Tomorrow People: John gets tough with Ray Burdis and calls him “Square ‘ead”. I think I love John. He’s sensible AND mean.

Tomorrow People: “I asked for 50 men,” frets Leon Eagles to his platoon of 6, clearly unaware that he’s in a show with a small budget.

tp11Tomorrow People: Hitler’s true form is revealed – a cascade of swarfega and a badly attached eye.

Tomorrow People: Eagles escapes from his troops by ambling away – fortunately they give up immediately after firing a burst at him.

Tomorrow People: Hitler is pleased that television is popular. “You will obey me”, he declares, before adding an Oliver Hardy-esque “Mmmm!”.

Tomorrow People: Mike has stunned John, Leon Eagles and Hsui Tai! In the case of the latter it hasn’t made much of a difference…

Tomorrow People: Yay: and it all ends on a joke about John being a bit of a Hitler. All good, clean, Nazi-alien fun!

Tomorrow People: Damn. I’m at my destination – no time to watch the next one which seems to feature a spaceship with a talking penis!

I have since watched this episode. I will publish the results at some point.