Back on The Last Leg

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No Mr Blobby this time, but I did manage to uncover the preserved corpses of Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker on Channel 4’s The Last Leg on Friday. You can of course watch it on catchup and if you do so, I’m right at the very end at around 46:37!

Sex and Satire

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Hi guys! This month two audiobooks came out that I narrated. Let’s start with the “satire”… this topical satire book was great fun to read and is definitely worth checking even for the last incredible chapter alone. Here’s the pitch:

There was once a fashionable theory that history was determined not by individuals but by economic and geopolitical forces. Recent years have proved that idea abundantly wrong. From Nigel Farage to Donald Trump via (inevitably) Vladimir Putin, we have largely been governed, endangered and thrown into confusion by a pack of angry men. (Nearly always men. Nearly always white). Men whose ambition is inversely proportional to their ability – and stability. Post-truth, mid-Brexit and with Nationalism on the rise, we stand on the precipice of an uncertain future, and Enemies of the People details those who have stuffed us on the bus and driven us there. Not all are monsters, but whether through malice, bad driving or accidentally taking a wrong turn, these are the culprits responsible for landing us on this dizzying and windswept cliff edge.

Remember, though – they say history is written by the victors, and fortunately many of those currently winning can’t seem to write more than 140 characters at a time. This gives us the golden opportunity to set the record straight and snatch back the narrative. But if we’ve any chance of victory, we first need to know our enemy.
©2017 Sam Jordison (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

51ySxtuUw6L._SL300_And now the “sex”… I enjoyed this thriller in a very different way to Enemies of the People. There’s… you know… sex in it. I play Craig in this multi-narrator book that really does move along quite nicely!

Two couples. A doctor’s surgery. A deadly obsession. Who’s telling the truth?
‘Who else would you go for, if you could? Give me a name, someone you quite like.’
He shrugs his shoulders. A jawline held tight.
‘I quite like Jenni. What about you?’
I don’t reply.
Carly and Rob, Jenni and Craig. Two couples, four friends. Betraying each other. Wanting each other.
All of them have access to prescription drugs through the medical practice where they work, and all of them are fighting their own demons.
But can any of them be trusted? And when the lies begin, can they ever be silenced?
©2017 Amanda Robson (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

All available on Audible! Don’t forget to leave a good review!

Mesut Ozil: Gunning for Greatness (narrated by me!)

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So… that famous international footballer’s autobiography I narrated… it’s out now on Audible! Please feel free to leave a thoroughly justified excellent review after listening to me talk for 8 and a hours…

Here’s the blurb:
Mesut Ozil is a midfield magician, casting an elegant spell over opponents and conjuring passes through gaps lesser mortals can’t even see. After an eventful sojourn among the Galacticos of Real Madrid, he has savoured silverware at Arsenal, while in 2014 he lifted the World Cup with Germany.

But his life and career have been a test of resilience. Growing up in Germany’s Turkish community, he faced prejudice from those who claimed his dual identity would prevent him giving his all for the national team. Later came questions over a different type of commitment, the kind levelled against those, like Mesut Ozil, who excel in football’s finer arts rather than relying simply on running and ruggedness. He has proved concerns on both these issues lack substance.

In Gunning for Greatness, Mesut Ozil reveals the inside stories of his relationships with Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, his quest to help the under-fire Frenchman restore Arsenal’s preeminence – and how he silenced the sceptics by conquering the world.
©2017 Mesut Özil (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Mr Blobby and I on The Last Leg

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Last Friday I got the opportunity to work with comedy legend Mr Blobby. Definitely a career highlight – the man had a Christmas Number One and his own theme park! It was a sketch for The Last Leg on Channel 4. He did actually whack my head on the floor quite hard but he did apologise. You can check it out after about 22:58 on 4od.

The Explorer by James Smythe (Audiobook)

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Hi guys. Do you want to listen to me talking for 8.5 hours? Well now you can. “The Explorer” by James Smythe, narrated by me and published by Harper Collins, is now available on Audible. Want to know more about it? Of course…

A tense, claustrophobic and gripping science fiction thriller from the author of The Testimony. When journalist Cormac Easton is selected to document the first manned mission into deep space, he dreams of securing his place in history as one of humanity’s great explorers. But in space, nothing goes according to plan. The crew wake from hypersleep to discover their captain dead in his allegedly fail-proof safety pod. They mourn, and Cormac sends a beautifully written eulogy back to Earth. The word from ground control is unequivocal: no matter what happens, the mission must continue. But as the body count begins to rise, Cormac finds himself alone and spiralling towards his own inevitable death…unless he can do something to stop it. ©2013 James Smythe (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers.

A Merry RKVP Xmas!

Happy New Year! Merry Xmas! Etc. I know there’s been a lot of negativity directed at 2016 for many a legitimate reason but I have to say, personally my 2016 was pretty good. If only it would go as well for dear old “Rich Keeble” from the Vanity Project. I would love you to check out our Christmas special and see the party he’s thrown! It looks like he’s happy? Is he? Surely not…

I have to say I’m very proud of this episode in particular. Edd hired a lot more gear (fancier cameras, lenses, lights etc) and Sam did a great job on the edit, spending a lot of time on the sound mix and colour grade. I think the story worked out nicely as well with great help from our skilled cast (including the acting debut of my daughter – who incidentally is one of the positive things that happened for me in 2016. Bleurgh…)