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Today, the BERGCAST team takes a deep dive into the only place to go: the pit, source of terror, haunting and the awful Darwinian impulse that drives the human race to suicidal mass action, which isn't remotely topical. We're joined by our special guest, novelist, playwright and Squaxx dek Thargo, the brilliant Maura McHugh. The sky. The sky is purple.
Quatermass gets Hammered, with Brian Donlevy. This episode we're joined by Dave Thomas, writer of Hammer: Back From The Dead, to look at Quatermass's first big screen adventure. On the way we'll look at the origins of this film and what it meant for Hammer, why Brian Donlevy might actually be the villain of the piece and what connects The Quatermass Xperiment with the Marlboro Man. We'll awaken cathartic memories of Britain's scariest comic...   ...and investigate just what the bloody hell is going on with that US poster.
This episode sees the conclusion of Jon and guest James Goss's look at Hammer's Quatermass 2. In a wide-ranging discussion that encompasses everything from Alan Plater to Flesh Gordon, they witnesses the trauma of Sid James being shot in the face (apparently), admire the inventive use of filler text and investigate if this really is the first use of the suffix '2' in a film title. James also tells us about interviewing Nigel Kneale for his student magazine...
For the second part of our look at Quatermass II, we are once again with Andy Murray, writer of Into the Unknown: The Fantastic Life of Nigel Kneale, which you can purchase here.  There's some dark stuff in the later episodes of Quatermass II, so we have to warn you that BERGCAST is not for children or persons of a nervous disposition.
Donlevy's back! This episode sees the first of a two-part chat between Jon and producer and writer James Goss as we look at how he first discovered Quatermass and a slightly wider discussion on Nigel Kneale's influence on Doctor Who (including an interesting conspiracy theory concerning The Invisible Enemy), before we make the two-hour trip from London to Carlisle, via Hemel Hempstead, to begin our look at Hammer's Quatermass 2 and wonder what Donlevy's Quatermass must be like at the Rocket Group's Christmas Party. On the way we'll look at how conspiracies must seem efficient, and the terror of charm and the fear of Communist colonisation. Oh, and what actually is Broadhead's first name anyway? Jon also gives a shameless plug to the BFI's Projecting the Archive strand, and in case you were wondering, the name of the actor James was so impressed with is John Van Eyssen, probably best know for playing Jonathan Harker in Hammer's first Dracula film, in 1958.
Distract yourself from the political crisis and sinister machinations of the U.K. Government by letting Bernard Quatermass deal with it instead. This episode we're joined by writer Andy Murray, whose book Into the Unknown: The Fantastic Life of Nigel Kneale is an absolute must read. You can get it here. In the first of a two part chat, we look at what Nigel Kneale's been up to since The Quatermass Experiment, the casting of John Robinson and how the BBC felt the need to combat the launch of commercial television and a quick side step to the proposed Quatermass prequel, set in 1930s Berlin. Howard's short story, The Austringer, can be found here.
In Episode 4 of the M4 Death Trip, Jon and Howard discuss The Cars that Ate Paris and Jon gives a rundown of the highlights of the 2017 London Film Festival.
A discussion about Gore Verbinski’s surpassingly strange 2017 film A Cure For Wellness, where we touch upon the film’s themes of health, purity and self-deception, and make liberal comparisons to an animated film about a chameleon.
In this episode, Jon Dear and guest Toby Hadoke talk about whether anything was recorded of episodes 3-6, the reason why the finale didn't go right, and the precise meaning of the word "colloidal". Find out more at
The first episode of BERGCAST, (Not Really) Official Podcast of the British Experimental Rocket Group. In episode 1, Jon Dear and guest Toby Hadoke explore what connects Inspector Lomax with the Loch Ness Monster, the question of whether Katie Johnson got a cat sacked and whether the cast took a bow at the end of the final episode, and much more.  
BERGCAST Season Two will begin soon enough, but until then, we're going to supply you with some dead air, as the Man in Black introduces the first of a series of ghost stories, written for your pleasure and discomfort. The first of our tales, “The Austringer (1969)”, tells the story of a man who finds the Holy Grail of archive television, and the consequences of its discovery.
There's a risk inherent in a love for obsolete technology. It can haunt us, especially if it once belonged to someone evil.  Enjoy the second of our lockdown ghost stories, written and read by Howard and introduced by Jon in his guise as BERGCAST's own Man in Black.
This is the second part of our descent into the Pit with prolific writer Maura McHugh. Along with our discussion of what may be Nigel Kneale's finest moment, we look at MONSTERS FROM THE ID, the Nazi rocket scientist no one wanted, great character surnames, the entire absence of a philosophical leviathan, and HP Lovecraft's debt to bad archaeology.
In our latest lockdown special we welcome back Toby Hadoke and Andy Murray for the first of a two part look at some of Nigel Kneale's lost stories.   In this episode we examine Kneale's early radio plays, The Long Stairs and You Must Listen, Kneale's application to work at the BBC as well as classics like The Creature and The Road, which Toby adapted for radio in 2018.
Mark Gatiss referred to Nigel Kneale as “the man who invented popular television”.  It can be a curse of a writer tagged as ‘genre’ that they may never been seen alongside the very best. As Mark said when Kneale died, “He is amongst the greats – he is absolutely as important as Dennis Potter, as David Mercer, as Alan Bleasdale, as Alan Bennett, but I think because of a strange snobbery about fantasy or sci-fi, it’s never been quite that way.” In this episode, we chat with Mark about his love for Nigel Kneale’s work, his influence and his legacy. Mark recalls the one time he met the man himself and how he tried to get greater industry recognition for Kneale. He also talks about following in the Nigel’s footsteps by adapting Wells’s The First Men in the Moon, and the experience of making The Quatermass Experiment in 2005.
In this episode, Jon and Howard are joined by writer and actor Gareth Preston as they examine Hammer's attempt to do Quatermass without Nigel Kneale, in Jimmy Sangster's attempt at his very own Royston and the Pit... On the way we look at how the portrayal of radiation in films might depend on which side of the atomic bomb you were at the end of World War II. We examine whether Royston just spends the entire film trying to kill his boss's son, and we witness what might be the birth of Fraser Hines's ego. All that plus the horrific deaths of the writer of the theme song to Goldfinger and the producer of Month Python.
Subtitle: We're So Sorry, Jimmy Sangster.
In this edition, Jon and I are mainly talking about John D Hancock’s 1971 Chiller Let’s Scare Jessica to Death, although we also talk a bit about Roman Polanski, and David Lynch’s attempt at sci-fi, and what I did the last time I travelled down the M4 to London, and discuss Hermetic Arts’ new show Unburied, still at the time of recording playing at London’s Vault Festival.
In Episode 5 of the M4 Death Trip, Howard David Ingham and Jon Dear discuss Hermetic Arts' show Unburied, that talk Howard did at the Horse Hospital, and David Lynch's Dune. They break the Roman Polanski Rule. And all while they're trying to talk about Let's Scare Jessica to Death. Jon's got more thoughts about Unburied over at his blog, and you can read more of Howard's thoughts about Jessica at Room207Press.
In episode 1, Jon and Howard talk about the 2009 film Wake Wood.  Theme music is by The Hare and the Moon.
This time, Jon and Howard talk the 2017 film A Cure for Wellness. See if you can spot the part where a toilet break, captured for posterity with crystal clarity, was edited out.  Theme music is by The Hare and the Moon.
It's a force more powerful than 1,000 H-bombs unleashed to devastate earth! What is? Our excitement at, for the final episode of BERGCAST Season One, not only the both of us being in the same place, but getting to meet Hammer archivist and Doctor Who Magazine editor Marcus Hearn in the headquarters of the BFI no less. Marcus enlightened us on why it took so long to make a third Quatermass (but why they kept trying), and who else could have played our pal Bernard. We touch on the awkward relationship that Quatermass has with the sex/colour/blood aesthetic of Hammer Horror and Babs Windsor's bra. We hear a tale of two Roy Bakers, and muse on whether the only things violated in this movie are trade descriptions. And we talk about the power of this film, and how the juxtaposition of the prosaic and the uncanny lend it its curious power. We're taking a break for a month or so now, as we get our Martians in a line for BERGCAST Season Two, where we'll be meeting a whole new set of guests, and going to the Quatermass Conclusion... and beyond. Thanks to our lovely engineer Emma, Andrea Kinnear, Toby Hadoke and Sarah Reuben of the BFI, and also  Kier-La Janisse of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, without any of whom, as the saying goes, this would not have happened.
Once again Jon Dear and Howard David Ingham chat about film, this time looking at the 2017 London Film Festival, and segueing into a discussion of The Cars that Ate Paris. Be sure to check out Jon's introduction to the subject at
In this episode, Jon and Howard discuss Apollo 18, the 2011 found footage horror. Theme music is by The Hare and the Moon.You should go and read Jon's introduction to this episode, by the way. It adds some excellent context.
In the final episode of what is Season One of the M4 Death Trip, Jon and Howard discuss Apostle, while asking the questions: is Netflix Original the new Straight to Video, why does Swansea get so many South Korean missionaries and is Michael Sheen now the Welsh Nicolas Cage?
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Jul 11th, 2017
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