What I'm Watching and Reading: May 2024

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I'm heading to the Podcast Show London tomorrow and Thursday. It should be a great into the current state of the industry. Stories from the show will be in Friday's newsletter. If you're there, let me know!

Seizing the Loot

This month, I’ve mostly been catching up, notably with Loot on Apple TV+. I also thought I’d expand things a little bit and share what I’m reading too. Feel free to leave any recommendations in the comments! [I may earn a commission if you purchase items through the links below. More details here.]

What I’m Watching

Loot (Apple TV+)

When Apple TV+ does 30-minute comedies, they tend to be pretty good. Loot on Apple TV+ certainly is. It stars Maya Rudolph as a billionaire divorcee who decides to actually engage with her foundation as she rebuilds her life. I can see where the show is going after just a couple of episodes, but I’m enjoying it nonetheless.

Special Ops: Lionesses (Paramount+)

Readers/listeners will know that I like high-octane, slightly dumb action shows, and Special Ops: Lionesses is one. And it is female-led. Win, win. Zoe Saldaña and Laysla De Oliveira star. It is pretty violent, which can be disturbing, but the strong female characters make a nice change for this style of show.

Thunderbirds (ITVX)

I could pretend there is some higher cultural reason behind watching Thunderbirds. However, the truth is that sometimes I just can’t resist dipping into a bit of childhood nostalgia. I was, therefore, delighted when I found this firm favourite, and other Gerry Anderson shows, available for free on ITVX.

What I’m Reading

No Way Out: Brexit: From the Backstop to Boris

This work essentially tells the inside story of Theresa May’s time as UK prime minister. I can’t say much more about it as I’ve reviewed it for the Times Literary Supplement!

Amazon; Bookshop.org; Waterstones

Football Leaks: Uncovering the Dirty Deals Behind the Beautiful Game

Before I got stuck into Brexit, I found “Football Leaks” on my shelf and dived in. It gives a rather depressing insight into the sport I love, although perhaps not all the revelations are quite as big as the author clearly thinks they are. I really appreciated how it revealed the process of investigative journalism though.

Amazon; Bookshop.org; Waterstones


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