Pilot TV: The British podcast that takes an entertaining look at what’s new on TV

Pilot TV Podcast

I don’t know why it took me this long to find out, but the team behind the Empire Film Podcast also have a TV podcast in which they take listeners through the best of what’s new in television and invite special guests to chat about the cream of the crop.

It’s the perfect show if you, like me, find television even more overwhelming than film: it feels like every time I log on to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Neon, Disney+ or any streaming service at all really, there are at least three new shows, each 10 episodes long, each purporting to be unmissable.

This show will help you cut through the crap and discern what’s best for your tastes – and the guests are splendid: Henry Cavill joined the most recent episode to talk about the new season of The Witcher, Olivia Colman and David Thewlis talked about Landscapers on the episode before that, while a few weeks ago, Brian Cox, Matthew Macfadyen, Sarah Snook, Alan Ruck and J. Smith-Cameron joined to chat about the incredible latest season of Succession. Marvellous!

The Witcher star Henry Cavill is one of the most recent guests on the Pilot TV Podcast.


The Witcher star Henry Cavill is one of the most recent guests on the Pilot TV Podcast.

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A fresh fiction pick for you this week, this time in a feature-length format, interestingly enough.

Kate Mara and Adam Scott star in is story of a former journalist who is invited to return to ghostwrite a murder mystery novel for a strange billionaire, whose deadly tale just may or may not be true.

Mara and Scott are excellent actors, and hearing them tear into compelling and suspenseful voice work like this is an utter treat. I was initially suspicious of the feature-length format, too; I like my podcasts episodic, and 80 minutes seemed excessive, until I realised some of the conversational podcasts I listen to let their episodes run close to that length anyway.

Ghostwriter, I promise, justifies its length, and packs a whole lot of plot into those 80 minutes. It’s perfect for those of us who love juicy, Harlan Coben-style crime stories, and you’ll be able to get it done in one cheekily long lunch break.

How Long Gone

I know I’m not the only one who was completely won over by this “bro-cast”, hosts Jason Stewart and Chris Black’s thoroughly entertaining pop-culture knowledge and charming rapport.

I’m highlighting it again this week, as they’ve announced that they’ll be releasing their first “album”, which, I have to say, seems a bit of a misnomer. They’re essentially releasing a podcast as an album, with a focus on music.

If you’re a fan of Jagjaguwar musicians, it’ll be perfect for you. How Long Gone is part of the record label, and this “album”, titled Adds Color, is an 80-minute chat that finds Stewart and Black discussing music by their Jagjaguwar labelmates such as Angel Olsen, Bon Iver, Moses Sumney – and more.

While it’ll likely be as pretentious and slightly insufferable as the podcast can be, you can’t argue with that line-up, and despite my initial resistance to them, I have to confess: Stewart and Black are great hosts, and they really know their stuff when it comes to music.

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