All 4 episodes of "Angstrom" are now listenable-to in some form or other on the web - the first episode as a Comedy Of The Week podcast here, the other three still available on iplayer here. Playing the narrator finally allowed me to put all those Anglo-Saxon classes to use (TANGENT: that's where I first learnt that English poetry originally followed lines of four stresses rather than the five beats of classical verse, which are an affectation towards Italian. This is why Peter Hall was talking bols when he said iambic pentameter just followed our natural speech patterns: ask most people to quote Shakespeare and they'll say "To BE or NOT to be, THAT is the QUES-tion", not "To BE or NOT to BE, that IS the QUES-tion". They'll say "A HORSE, a HORSE, my KING-dom for a HORSE", not "A HORSE, a HORSE, my KING-dom FOR a HORSE". They'll say "SHALL I com-PARE thee to a SUM-mer's DAY?" not "Shall I com-PARE thee TO a SUM-mer's DAY?" I mean, I COULD GO ON, PETER.) Anyway, I don't know how much of this Joel Morris and Jason Hazeley were down with, but they're both excellent musicians (and always banging on about how comedy is music) and I adore how the finished show sounds - on top of just how much it makes me laugh - and am very proud to have been part of that rhythm section. As for my accent, I don't know... Leslie Caron? Bols Aashol meanwhile has, I now realise, more than a bit of Jim Carter's work in "Detectives on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" about him and I've no regrets about that at all. Working for Joel and Jason also provides a great opportunity to have one's work unconditionally loved by them. Angstrom was, and is, happy.
Oh, NOW you fold them!
... As of course is John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme, whose Series 7 finale aired last week. Fans of the show will probably already know that producer Ed Morrish posts his own accounts of each episode on tumblr. I would only add here that John and I went through a number of voices for the Better Memory Entrepreneurs before settling on what you hear; that they sound so much like our goldfish voices is a genuine coincidence which I only wish we'd realised at the time and committed to even more. And how do you top last year's Musical? Well - as Juliet Brando put it on twitter - with a "Finnception" by which I mean, if you haven't already listened to the episode, there's absolutely nothing unusual or spoilerable about Episode 6 at all, it's all just normal great Finnemore goodness.
Pictured: Liam Gallagher's coffee maker, which we found taking up half the studio on day 1.
Even a lip-gnawing, own-tail-chasing louche twat like me can appreciate being in two such special things in a month, and as much as performers bring lines to life, lines bring performers to life. John is Geppetto, Jason and Joel are Sid from Toy Story, both are examples of master toy makers and being brought to life by both was magic fun.
Oh and did you know WE'RE GOING ON TOUR?!
Not with these guys though. Well not yet, at least. Here's that cracking Angstrom theme.