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Blank Podcast with Giles Paley-Phillips & Jim Daly

Arts • Business • Society-and-culture

Everyone has those difficult blank moments sometimes. Whether in your personal life, career, relationship, or in a public situation, writer's block, social anxiety, imposter syndrome, being off-form or having an identity crisis can affect anyone at any time. It's part of the human condition andRead more

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145: Daniel Mays

Nov 23 • 01:23:17
Daniel Mays is a British actor, known for his roles in Mike Leigh's Vera Drake, Line of Duty, Des and most recently Sky One's Code 404.

A prolific actor, Danny has worked with some of the biggest filmmakers in the world including Stephen Spielberg, Sam Mendes, Joe Wright and Mike Leigh.

We talked to Danny about his journey into acting, the incredible six-month process to cre...

144: Wendi McClendon-Covey

Nov 16 • 01:24:39
Wendi McClendon-Covey is an actress, writer, comedian and podcaster. Best known for her leading role as Beverly Goldberg in The Goldbergs, Wendi has appeared in many films including Bridesmaids, Blended and Army of One and TV shows Reno 911, The Office, and American Dad.

Wendi told us about her early life living in Long Beach and her always wanting to be a performer. We dis...

143: Andrew Hunter Murray

Nov 9 • 01:11:12
Andrew Hunter Murray is a writer, actor and podcaster. Well known for his work with improvisation group Austentacious and podcast No Such Thing As Fish, Andrew is also one of the amazing elves that work on QI.

We talked to Andrew about school and discovering improvisation groups at university, the perils of social media and how our brains might be getting a little lazy in t...

142: Nazaneen Ghaffar

Nov 2 • 01:39:20
Nazaneen Ghaffar is a British television weather presenter. She currently appears on the Sky News channel, having previously presented for BBC South East Today and ITV West.

Nazaneen chats to Giles and Jim about what it takes to present the weather on TV, how weather affects our moods and Greensleeves, in one of our most fun episodes ever.

PLUS we have extra chat with Nazane...

141: Dean Hammond

Oct 25 • 01:46:37
Dean Hammond is an ex-footballer and podcast host.  Dean played over 440 professional games at League One, The Championship and Premier League level.

Dean hosts the podcast Life outside of Sport, where he talks to professional sportspeople about life after sport.

We talked to Dean about his career in the game, from the youth team at Brighton and Hove Albion to playing in t...

140: Samantha Baines

Oct 18 • 01:59:10
Samantha Baines is an actress, comedian and children's author. Known for her roles in The Crown, Lee Nelson's Well Funny People and A Royal Night Out, she is also a prolific stand-up and has recently seen the release of her second children's book The Night the Moon went Out. Samantha is also the host of the podcast The Divorce Social.

We chatted to Samantha about getting in...

139: Kerry Howard

Oct 11 • 01:25:04
Kerry Howard is an actress and writer, known for her roles in Him and Her, Reggie Perrin and more recently HBO's Two Weeks to Live.

We talked to Kerry about paint swatches, moving in lockdown, her relationship with social media and her grandfather who always believed she'd become an actress.

PLUS we have extra chat with Kerry just for our Patreons at

138: Michelle Ackerley

Oct 4 • 01:26:40
Michelle Ackerley is an English television presenter and journalist, best known for her work on BBC programmes such as Watchdog and The One Show.

She has worked on a myriad BBC and CBBC shows including  Totally Rubbish, I Want My Own Room, Deadly Art All Over the Place and Crimewatch Roadshow since 2015.

Michelle talked to Giles and Jim about breaking into the industry, anxi...

137: Sophie Green

Sep 27 • 02:16:18
Sophie Green is an award-winning conservation & wildlife artist from the UK, who specialises in capturing the photorealistic details of animals and their surroundings. Sophie has dedicated her time and artistic work to raising awareness for issues surrounding animal welfare and the environment.

She worked closely with foundations such as IFAW (International Fund for Animal...

136: John Motson

Sep 20 • 01:19:16
John Walker Motson, OBE, also known as Motty, is an English football commentator. Beginning as a television commentator with the BBC in 1971, he has commentated on over 2000 games on television and radio.

We talked to John about his early life and discovering his love of football through attending games with his methodist minister father. 

John tells us about those difficult...

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