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Podcast featuring geeky ramblings with Becks & Eeson covering TV, films, comics, books, games, sci-fi, art and more! Also home to "Time for Cherry Pie and Coffee", a Twin Peaks podcast, and "The Tally Ho", a Prisoner podcast.
 
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Welcome to Time for Cherry Pie and Coffee, a podcast all about Twin Peaks. We have returned to the water and the well of Lynch/Frost's surreal vision to discuss some of the themes and ideas that have resonated with us in the months since The Return hit our screens. Each episode will use the given title of each 'part' of season 3 as a jumping-of ...…
 
Welcome to the Cakes & Ale Book Club! Every month we will be bringing you a mix of discussions and interviews about recent genre fiction we've been reading. This month, we cover Origamy by Rachel Armstrong. Origamy is the story of Mobius, an extra-dimensional being who is part of a 'circus troupe' of weavers able to explore and manipulate the f ...…
 
SPOILER WARNING! We're in the endgame now as we discuss the grand finale of the Infinity Saga. The story has reached a tremendous conclusion and we chat about the time-twisting plot, the triumphant and tragic character arcs, and where the series might go from here. Time for Cakes and Ale, a podcast featuring geeky ramblings with Becks & Eeson, ...…
 
We've just returned from Ytterbium, a.k.a Eastercon 70, the annual UK science fiction convention. During the convention we had the great pleasure of chatting to a wonderful range of con-goers to create a snapshot of the kind of conversations you'd hear down at the bar, from writers to publishers, fans, reviewers, academics and con-runners. We w ...…
 
Welcome to The Tally Ho, a podcast about the classic TV series The Prisoner. Following on from our recent episode about the re-release of Shattered Visage, we had the great pleasure of interviewing the writer and artist behind the book, legendary comics creator Dean Motter. Dean Motter has worked as an illustrator, designer, editor, art directo ...…
 
Welcome to the Cakes & Ale Book Club! Every month we will be bringing you a mix of discussions and interviews about recent genre fiction we've been reading. This month, we cover Paris Adrift by E. J. Swift. Paris Adrift is the story of Hallie, a student who runs away from her life in England to seek escape and adventure in Paris. Taking a job o ...…
 
The Tally Ho continues our exploration of the world of The Prisoner and beyond. In this episode we look at the re-release of the collected edition of Dean Motter's and Mark Askwith's The Prisoner: Shattered Visage, a comic book sequel to the TV show, from Titan Comics. We chat to Titan's senior editor David Leach about this new edition and it's ...…
 
Welcome to the first episode of the Cakes & Ale Book Club! Every month we will be bringing you a mix of discussions and interviews about recent genre fiction we've been reading, and we're kicking things off in style with The Loosening Skin by Aliya Whiteley, published by Unsung Stories. We will be discussing this wonderful book, with comments f ...…
 
Welcome to Time for Cherry Pie and Coffee, a podcast all about Twin Peaks. We have returned to the water and the well of Lynch/Frost's surreal vision to discuss some of the themes and ideas that have resonated with us in the months since The Return hit our screens. Each episode will use the given title of each 'part' of season 3 as a jumping-of ...…
 
The Tally Ho continues our exploration of classic TV series The Prisoner. Rounding off our coverage of the season finale Fall Out, following on from our discussion episode and returning guest special, we throw open the podcast to our listeners to give us their take on the dramatic conclusion of The Prisoner and what the show means to them. Be s ...…
 
Join us as we talk all about The Shapeshifting Detective, the latest FMV game from D'Avekki Studios, with the brains behind the game, Tim and Lynda Cowles. The Shapeshifting Detective places you in the shoes of 'Sam', a being with the ability to morph into anyone they meet, on the trail of a murderer in the mysterious town of August. A trio of ...…
 
The Tally Ho continues our exploration of classic TV series The Prisoner. Following on from our episode about the series finale Fall Out we are delighted to be joined by several previous guests on The Tally Ho to discuss the dramatic conclusion of The Prisoner and what it means to them. Giving us their take on Fall Out are returning guests Rick ...…
 
The Tally Ho welcomes you to The Village as we continue our journey through classic TV series The Prisoner. In this episode we look at Fall Out, the seventeenth, and final, episode of The Prisoner. Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) is taken into the literal and figurative depths of The Village to meet Number 1. Join us as we discuss the surreal and s ...…
 
The Tally Ho welcomes you to The Village as we continue our journey through classic TV series The Prisoner. In this follow-up to our discussion about Once Upon A Time, we talk to documentary filmmaker and writer Chris Rodley about this classic episode, the gladiatorial battle of wits between Patrick McGoohan and Leo McKern, and why this is his ...…
 
The Tally Ho welcomes you to The Village as we continue our journey through classic TV series The Prisoner. In this episode we look at Once Upon A Time, the sixteenth episode of The Prisoner. Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) and Number 2 (Leo McKern) enter the 'Embryo Room' to undergo Degree Absolute, a seven-day experimental process in which Number ...…
 
The Tally Ho welcomes you to The Village as we continue our journey through classic TV series The Prisoner. In this episode we look at The Girl who was Death, the fifteenth episode of The Prisoner. In this comic caper, Number 6 spins a tall tale about a suave spy on the search for Schnipps (Kenneth Griffiths), a mad scientist with a Napoleon fi ...…
 
Welcome to The Tally Ho, a podcast about the classic TV series The Prisoner. In this special episode, we talk to writer, editor and comic book collector Ian Rakoff. Ian worked as an assistant editor on the series, and wrote the classic episode Living in Harmony. We chatted to Ian about his life and career, from growing up in apartheid South Afr ...…
 
The Tally Ho welcomes you to Harmony as we continue our journey through classic TV series The Prisoner. In this episode we look at Living in Harmony, the fourteenth episode of The Prisoner. In an unusual Western spin on The Prisoner, The Stranger (Patrick McGoohan) resigns from his role of Sheriff in the Old West, but is captured and brought to ...…
 
The Tally Ho welcomes you to The Village as we continue our journey through classic TV series The Prisoner. In this episode we look at Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, the thirteenth episode of The Prisoner. Number 6 is subjected to a bizarre experiment in which is mind is transferred into the body of a another man (Nigel Stock). Placed back in ...…
 
The Tally Ho welcomes you to The Village as we continue our journey through classic TV series The Prisoner. In this episode we look at A Change of Mind, the twelfth episode of The Prisoner. Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) is hauled before the Village committee on charges of being "unmutual", an anti-social member of the community. Unable and unwill ...…
 
In this special episode we look at the new deluxe hardcover The Prisoner: Original Art Edition based on The Prisoner from Titan Comics. We chat to editor David Leach about how this project came together and what fans can expect from this long-awaited release. This new collection features two alternate versions of 'Arrival', the first episode of ...…
 
The Tally Ho welcomes you to The Village as we continue our journey through classic TV series The Prisoner. In this episode we look at It's Your Funeral, the eleventh episode of The Prisoner. When he is tipped off by Number 50 (a terrific guest turn by Annette Andre), Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) is drawn into an assassination plot apparently ta ...…
 
The Tally Ho welcomes you to The Village as we continue our journey through classic TV series The Prisoner. In this episode we look at Hammer Into Anvil, the tenth episode of The Prisoner. Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) promises to bring down the sadistic new Number 2 (Patrick Cargill) after the tragic suicide of a young woman. Join us as we discu ...…
 
In this episode, we talk to writer, artist and actor Brian Gorman about his love of The Prisoner and the creation of his one-man show EVERYMAN, a celebration of the life and early career of Patrick McGoohan. Since its inception, EVERYMAN has gone on to become a graphic novel and audiodrama, with Brian's great respect for McGoohan shining throug ...…
 
The Tally Ho welcomes you to The Village as we continue our journey through classic TV series The Prisoner. In this episode we look at Checkmate, the ninth episode of The Prisoner. After taking part in a game of human chess, Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) believes he has found a foolproof way to tell which of his fellow residents are also prisoner ...…
 
The Tally Ho welcomes you to The Village as we continue our journey through classic TV series The Prisoner. In this episode we look at Dance of the Dead, the eighth episode of The Prisoner. Number 6 is invited to take part in the annual carnival, but is given his own suit to wear as a costume. When a dead body washes up on the beach with a pock ...…
 
The Tally Ho welcomes you to The Village as we continue our journey through classic TV series The Prisoner. In this episode we look at Many Happy Returns, the seventh episode of The Prisoner. Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) awakes to find The Village completely deserted. Taking to sea in a makeshift raft he begins the perilous journey back to Londo ...…
 
The Tally Ho welcomes you to The Village as we continue our journey through classic TV series The Prisoner. In this episode we look at The General, the sixth episode of The Prisoner. Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) witnesses his fellow villagers fall under the influence of a revolutionary new teaching method known as Speedlearn, which has been mast ...…
 
Welcome to The Tally Ho, a podcast about the classic TV series The Prisoner. In this special episode we look at the new comic book series based on The Prisoner from Titan Comics. We chat to editor David Leach and writer Peter Milligan about the genesis of the project and their interest in the show, and they give us a hint at what to expect! Als ...…
 
The Tally Ho welcomes you to The Village as we continue our journey through classic TV series The Prisoner. In this episode we look at The Schizoid Man, the fifth episode of The Prisoner. Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) is pitted against his doppelgänger Number 12 who has assumed Number 6's identity within The Village. Number 2 (Anton Rogers) overs ...…
 
The Tally Ho welcomes you to The Village as we continue our journey through classic TV series The Prisoner. In this episode we look at Free For All, the fourth episode of The Prisoner. Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) runs against Number 2 (Eric Portman) in the Village election. But a fair and free democracy is incompatible with the aims of the Vill ...…
 
The Tally Ho welcomes you to The Village as we continue our journey through classic TV series The Prisoner. In this episode we look at A, B, and C, the third episode of The Prisoner. Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) is the subject of a strange experiment overseen by Number 2 (Colin Gordon). In an attempt by The Village to discover the motivations be ...…
 
In this episode, we talk to documentary filmmaker and author Chris Rodley. Chris' Lynch on Lynch, an extensive collection of interviews, remains the most insightful text on David Lynch. Chris talked to us about the book, his interest in Lynch's body of work and of course, the director's recent return to Twin Peaks. This is the second of a two-p ...…
 
The Tally Ho welcomes you to The Village as we continue our journey through classic TV series The Prisoner. In this episode we look at The Chimes of Big Ben, the second episode of The Prisoner. Number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) faces the new Number 2 (Leo McKern) as a mysterious new resident is brought to the Village (Nadia Gray). Number 6 hatches a ...…
 
In this episode, we talk to documentary filmmaker and author Chris Rodley about his wonderful new film In My Mind about Patrick McGoohan and The Prisoner. The film chronicles Chris' interviews in 1983 with McGoohan for the now unavailable Channel 4 documentary Six Into One: The Prisoner File. The interviews were derailed by technical hiccups, a ...…
 
The Tally Ho welcomes you to The Village as we begin our journey through classic TV series The Prisoner with episode 1: Arrival. From the iconic opening credits to the final twists and turns, we will be following the adventures of Number 6 as he resigns his job and wakes up in this mysterious and dangerous place. Be seeing you! Part of the Time ...…
 
SPOILER WARNING! We dissect the latest movie in the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi! Join us as we discuss the things we like about it, the things we don't, and where the franchise might go from here. We are joined by friend of the show Dave Riley who also reveals his favourite films of 2017. Time for Cakes and Ale, a podcast featuring geeky ramb ...…
 
Happy Birthday to us! Time for Cakes and Ale has been rambling on about stuff we love for a whole year now, so we put together this special anniversary episode all about the past 12 months. We talk a little about what it was like to start a podcast from nothing, what we learned along the way, and what our plans are for the future of Time for Ca ...…
 
This week we are joined by Cherry Potts, author and founder of Arachne Press. Cherry is the author of fantasy novel The Dowry Blade and the short story collection Mosaic of Air. Her work is often inspired by myth and fairy tales, while exploring the politics and humour found in everyday lesbian life. She is also a visiting lecturer at City Univ ...…
 
This week we are joined by Science Fiction and Fantasy author Michael Cobley. Mike is the author of the Humanity's Fire space opera series and the Shadowkings epic fantasy trilogy. He is also the author of many short stories including the collection Iron Mosaic. We talked to Mike about his long career as a writer, current projects and his advic ...…
 
This week we are joined by author, editor, stand-up comedian and Chair of the British Science Fiction Association, Donna Scott. Donna is a professional editor who has worked with many SF and Fantasy authors including the legendary Alan Moore. Her short fiction has been widely published in magazines and anthologies, and she has been given the of ...…
 
Award-winning science fiction author Chris Beckett joined us to talk about his work. Chris is the author of six novels and dozens of short stories in a career spanning more than 25 years. His novel 'Dark Eden' was the winner of the 2013 Clarke award, while his short fiction collection 'The Turing Test' won the prestigious Edge Hill prize. Chris ...…
 
Before NaNoWriMo 2017 kicks off, we are joined by Cambridge Municipal Liaison Ian Rennie to talk all about the annual 50k novel writing challenge. National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short, sees hundreds of thousands of people all over the world attempt to write a 50,000 word novel during the 30 days of November. Participation is fre ...…
 
In this episode, we talk to production designer Michael Pickwoad who worked on the 2009 reimagining of The Prisoner. Michael spoke to us about his design choices for the mini-series, their deviations from the original, and the location shoot in Namibia and South Africa. His team was nominated for their work on the series for an Excellence in Pr ...…
 
In this episode, recorded the day before the 50th anniversary of the show, we talk to legendary film director, screenwriter and author Alex Cox about The Prisoner. Alex has written a new book about the show called 'I Am (Not) A Number - Decoding The Prisoner', which is out now as an ebook, and released in print in December. We spoke to Alex abo ...…
 
In this episode, we talked to Rick Davy: fan, writer and all round expert on The Prisoner. Rick Davy runs The Unmutual, one of the best online sources of news, interviews and features on The Prisoner. He is the author of The Prisoner: The Essential Guide and recently contributed the text commentary of the forthcoming DVD/Blu-Ray set of The Pris ...…
 
In this episode, recorded just before the 50th anniversary of the show, we talk to Robert Fairclough. Rob is an expert on cult classic television shows with numerous writing, production and graphic design credits. He is the author of The Prisoner: The Official Companion to the TV Series and The Prisoner: The Complete Scripts Volumes 1 & 2. Be s ...…
 
In this episode, we talk to Nicholas Briggs and Iain Meadows from Big Finish Productions about their Prisoner audiodramas. Nick is showrunner and writer on the series and Iain is the sound designer. Both are huge Prisoner fans and talked to us about their thoughts on the original series and the challenges of adapting it for audio. Now in their ...…
 
In this episode, recorded earlier this year at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, we talk to Fiona Moore all about The Prisoner. Fiona Moore is an author of guidebooks to SF television series, plays, audio dramas, and stories. She is also a Professor of Business Anthropology at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is th ...…
 
Welcome to The Tally Ho! A new podcast about the classic TV series The Prisoner. In this opening episode we talk about our love for the show as it reaches its 50th anniversary, and share our plans for what you can expect from The Tally Ho in the coming weeks and months. Be seeing you! Part of the Time for Cakes and Ale podcast. If you enjoy it, ...…
 
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