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Best Splendid Chaps Productions podcasts we could find (updated March 2020)
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Updated March 2020
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In episode 29, Liz, Ben and guest Fury join Rincewind on a journey to a strangely familiar land in Pratchett’s 1992 loving Discworld parody of Australia, The Last Continent. (A quick content note: this one has more swearing than usual, but we bleeped the c-bombs out.) The Librarian of Unseen University, long ago turned into an orang utan, is suffer…
 
In episode 28, players Liz, Ben and guest Steve Lamattina press start and blast away at Pratchett’s 1992 novel of kids, war and videogames, Only You Can Save Mankind. Twelve-year-old Johnny Maxwell isn’t the best at computer games, but he loves them all the same. But while playing Only You Can Save Mankind, a space combat simulator, he’s taken by s…
 
In episode 27, Liz and Ben are joined by guest writer and psychologist-in-training Craig Hildebrand-Burke to discuss the depressingly relevant yet uplifting 1997 Discworld novel of war and prejudice, Jingo. In the middle of the Circle Sea, halfway between Ankh-Morpork and Klatch, the ancient and slightly eldritch island of Leshp has risen from the …
 
In episode 26, Michael Williams of The Wheeler Centre joins Liz and Ben to get into the holiday spirit with the very Christmassy 1996 Discworld novel Hogfather. It’s Hogswatch, and the Assassins Guild of Ankh-Morpork has accepted a very unusual assignment, and Lord Downey has given it to the very unusual assassin Mr Teatime. But who would want to k…
 
Have a surprise bonus mini-episode of Pratchat! We’ve mentioned Night Terrace a few times, but not gone into too much detail. So, outside of our usual schedule, Liz asks Ben all about this time travel radio comedy series from Splendid Chaps Productions. What’s it about? Who are the main characters? How would they fit into the Discworld? You’ll also…
 
In this very special On the Terrace, Night Terrace and Neighbours star Jackie Woodburne joins host Vaya Pashos and Night Terrace co-star Ben McKenzie to talk about being Anastasia Black and Susan Kennedy, audio as a medium and how good the food was during recording. (No, seriously.) Plus a few snippets also from co-star Petra Elliott, reporting fro…
 
In episode 25, Elizabeth, Ben and Noongar writer and poet Claire G. Coleman go back to the early days of the Discworld to Granny Weatherwax’s debut in 1986’s Equal Rites. Drum Billet, wizard, travels to the village of Bad Ass high in the Ramtop mountains, where at the moment of his death he hands over his wizard’s staff to the newborn eighth son of…
 
It’s the end – for now! – but the moment has Vaya Pashos and Night Terrace co-producer Ben McKenzie talking about the series two finale, “Home Again” by John Richards. You’ll also hear a little from co-stars Petra Elliott and Jackie Woodburne! After the explosion at the end of last episode, Anastasia awakes in a perfect neighbourhood full of old fr…
 
In episode 24, weather presenter, meteorologist and science communicator Nate Byrne joins Elizabeth and Ben for a Discworld tale of murder, golems and nobility in 1996’s Feet of Clay. Two old men have been murdered in Ankh-Morpork, but they’re not the worst of Commander Vimes’ woes. His best Sergeant is six weeks from retirement; his worst Corporal…
 
Host Vaya Pashos and Night Terrace co-producer Ben McKenzie talk us through episode seven, “The Retirement of Horatio Gray”, written by Lee Zachariah, with a little help from “off the Terrace” correspondents David Ashton, Petra Elliot and guest star Andrew Hansen! Eddie has escaped the Gauls, but the terrace house he’s entered isn’t quite the one h…
 
Host Vaya Pashos and Night Terrace co-producer Ben McKenzie are back to talk about episode six, “The Edification of Anastasia Black”, written by Lee Zachariah and starring Jackie Woodburne, Petra Elliott, Emily Taheny, Celia Pacquola and Laura Hughes…but not Ben McKenzie! Anastasia and Sue have escaped the Gauls, but they can’t take off yet – Eddie…
 
Vaya Pashos and Night Terrace co-star and writer Ben McKenzie talk about his episode “Ancient History”! After disobeying Anastasia’s orders one too many times, Eddie is in the doghouse – or at least, the pantry – while Anastasia and Sue try to enjoy the peace and quiet of the woods where they’ve landed. But Eddie soon gets them caught up in iron ag…
 
Host Vaya Pashos and Night Terrace producer and co-star Ben McKenzie discuss “Things That Go Bump in the Night Terrace” by David Ashton – who joins in as a special “off the Terrace” correspondent! The house refuses to land, stuck in the void outside space and time, leaving the housemates stranded without water, power, or excuses to get away from Ed…
 
Host Vaya Pashos is once again joined by Night Terrace producer and co-star Ben McKenzie as they delve into the labyrinthine schemes of episode three, “A Verb of Nouns” by John Richards. The house appears in a seemingly green and pleasant land – but almost immediate Eddie is kidnapped! Looking for help, Anastasia and Sue discover a web of infuriati…
 
For episode 23, Elizabeth and Ben are joined by teacher, opera singer and Dungeon Master Myf Coghill on a trip to Ankh-Morpork’s opera house in 1994’s Discworld novel of witches, phantoms and experimental cookery: Maskerade! Nanny Ogg finds herself in a coven with Granny Weatherwax and…no-one. She decides young Agnes Nitt – last seen dabbling in th…
 
In this episode of On the Terrace, host Vaya Pashos discusses series two episode “Full Steam” with writer and Night Terrace co-star and producer Ben McKenzie. Night Terrace lands in the cargo hold of a steam ship…in space! What’s more, the crew have death rays and a clockwork- and steam-powered robot as a first officer – all of which should be impo…
 
On the Terrace is back! Join host Vaya Pashos and writer, star and producer of Night Terrace, Ben McKenzie, as we kick off with a chat about the series two opener, “Sense & Susceptibility”! Anastasia Black is still travelling through time and space in her house “Night Terrace”, accompanied by hapless idiot Eddie Jones and new housemate Sue, who onc…
 
Episode 22 – released, by pure coincidence, on International Cat Day – features Elizabeth, Ben and resident Pratcat Asimov for a look at one of Pratchett’s oddest books: 1989’s humorous examination of all things feline, The Unadulterated Cat. Cats these days just aren’t a patch on the ones you used to get: untameable aloof outdoor beasts who are mo…
 
Twenty-one today! In this episode, Elizabeth and Ben are joined by David Ryding of Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature as we rejoin Rincewind and some of his old friends in the 17th Discworld novel: 1994's Interesting Times.Rincewind, the worst student Unseen University ever had, has been quite literally to hell and back. But when a summons arrives…
 
Back in April, Liz and Ben attended the seventh bi-annual Australian Discworld Convention, Nullus Anxietas VII! They enlisted fellow convention guest (and friend of the podcast), author Tansy Rayner Roberts, to discuss the earliest Discworld short story: 1991's Troll Bridge!Cohen the Barbarian has led a long life, but his greatest glories and bigge…
 
We’ve reached the end of series one of Night Terrace! In this last episode for season one of On the Terrace, host Vaya Pashos talks to John Richards (head writer, producer), Ben McKenzie (producer, Eddie Jones) and David Ashton (audio designer) about the epic conclusion to the first series: “Home”. When we last left our heroes, they’d crashed their…
 
For our twentieth episode we finish our first Pratchett series! Elizabeth and Ben are joined by writer Dr Lili Wilkinson to discover the final fate of Masklin, Angalo, Gurder and the rest of the Nomes in the 1990 conclusion to the Bromeliad: Wings! (If you need to catch up, you can find Truckers in episode 9, and Diggers in episode 13.)When Masklin…
 
As we near the end of series one of Night Terrace, On the Terrace host Vaya Pashos talks with writer Lee Zachariah and audio designer David Ashton about the penultimate episode of series one: “Discoworld”. Anastasia and Eddie have really started to get into the swing of travelling through time and space – despite her … Continue reading On the Terra…
 
In episode six of On the Terrace, Vaya chats with Night Terrace head writer John Richards and episode writer Ben McKenzie about the show’s sixth episode: “The Last Hunt”. Anastasia and Eddie are separated from the house in Australia’s distant past, just as they’re attacked by a vicious beast! Luckily for them, two local hunters … Continue reading O…
 
In the fifth episode of On the Terrace, Vaya chats with Night Terrace head writer John Richards and sound designer David Ashton about episode five: “Sound & Führer”. The house arrives in the far future in a theme park staffed entirely by robot versions of…Adolf Hitler? John, David and Vaya try to explain how this … Continue reading On the Terrace: …
 
In this episode of On the Terrace, host Vaya Pashos talks about Night Terrace episode four, “The Outsourcing”, with writer and sound designer David Ashton and actor Amanda Buckley! Eddie goes off to explore a new world on his own, and accidentally signs his life away to the megacorporation that runs the planet! Can Anastasia … Continue reading On t…
 
In our nineteenth episode it's back to the Discworld as we join Death, and meet his granddaughter Susan, as writer and illustrator Fury joins us to talk about the 1994 Discworld novel, Soul Music!Susan Sto Helit doesn’t have time for anything silly – not for grief, not for tiny skeletal rats who are here to inform her of SQUEAK, and most definitely…
 
In episode three of On the Terrace, host Vaya Pashos talks with Night Terrace creators David Ashton (audio engineer/sound designer) and Ben McKenzie (writer and Eddie Jones) about episode three: “Time of Death”. The house lands Anastasia and Eddie in a seaside English village in 1929 – and in the middle of a murder investigation. … Continue reading…
 
In our second episode of On the Terrace, host Vaya Pashos talks with two of Night Terrace’s creators, writer Lee Zachariah and star Petra Elliott (Sue), about episode two: “Starship Australis”! Anastasia and Eddie have returned to Melbourne – or have they? The stars aren’t quite right, the locals seem a bit weird and the … Continue reading On the T…
 
It’s the first full episode of On the Terrace, the after-show for the time travel comedy Night Terrace! Settle in with host Vaya Pashos (Neighbuzz) for chat with members of the cast and crew. This week we discuss Night Terrace episode one: “Moving House”. Anastasia Black discovers her house can travel through space and time – and gets stuck with … …
 
For episode eighteen we go back to Pratchett's science fiction beginnings as - in the evening between the two days of the 2019 Speculate festival - author Will Kostakis joins us to talk about the 1976 standalone novel, The Dark Side of the Sun!Dom Sabalos is about to become Chairman of the planet Widdershins when he is messily assassinated. Well...…
 
In our seventeenth episode we join everyone's favourite dysfunctional coven - and guest, writer Nadia Bailey - as we return to Lancre for the 1992 Discworld novel, Lords and Ladies!The Lancre coven have returned from their trip abroad, but despite the impending royal wedding of Magrat and King Verence, all is not well in the Ramtops: it's circle ti…
 
Episode twice-the-number-which-must-not-be-spoken (i.e. sixteen) takes us inside the Church of Om for a story of faith, religion and truth as we're joined by the Reverend Doctor Avril Hannah-Jones to discuss the 1992 Discworld novel, Small Gods!Brutha is a lowly novice in the Omnian Citadel, dismissed by his superiors as a simpleton whose only nota…
 
We kick off the Year of the Incontrovertible Skunk with our fifteenth episode, heading not to the Discworld at all, but to Earth, 1990! Two guests - academic Jen Beckett and writer Amy Gray - join us as to tackle a book written by two authors: Good Omens, written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman!The time has come for Armageddon: the End of Days, …
 
In episode fourteen we celebrate 35 years of the Discworld by going all the way back to the beginning! Writer and podcaster Joel Martin joins us for a bumper A’Tuin-sized discussion of the very first Discworld story, adventure, chronicle, tale...The Colour of Magic, published in 1983!Rincewind, a wizard unable to cast spells, makes a living of sort…
 
In episode thirteen, award-winning author Marlee Jane Ward joins us to talk Diggers! Published in 1990, Diggers picks up where Truckers left off, splitting the story of the Nomes in two. (You can catch up on Truckers in episode 9.)The Nomes, having fled the destruction of the Store in a stolen lorry, have spent six months - something like five year…
 
For our twelfth episode we're joined by editor and bookseller Jackie Tang of Neighbourhood Books in Northcote as we discuss Witches Abroad! The twelfth Discworld novel, published in 1991, Witches Abroad is the second to star the Lancre witches, who return only two books later for Lords and Ladies.Witch Desiderata Hollow has died and passed on her f…
 
For our eleventh episode we welcome Pratchett fan Sarah Pearson to the mic to discuss a Discworld novel of two halves: Reaper Man! The eleventh Discworld novel, published in 1991, Reaper Man is the second book to focus on Death and the newly stable faculty of Unseen University.The faceless bureaucrats of the multiverse have decided Death is sentime…
 
For our tenth episode it's back to the Discworld - and Ankh-Morpork - as academic, writer and broadcaster Dr Dan Golding joins us for Moving Pictures. The tenth Discworld novel, Moving Pictures was published in Pratchett's most prolific year: Good Omens, Eric and both sequels to Truckers also came out in 1990!Student wizard Victor Tugelbend has bee…
 
For our ninth episode we leave the Discworld again as author Amie Kaufman joins us to discuss Truckers. One of four novels Pratchett published in 1989, it introduces the Nomes - Pratchett's second group of tiny folk living at the edges of the human-sized world.Masklin is the young hunter in a group of Nomes: four-inch tall fast-living people strugg…
 
In this, the next episode after our seventh one, writer, performer and librarian Aimee Nichols talks with us about the ninth-but-one Discworld novel: Guards! Guards! Published in 1989, it kicks off the longest-running and arguably most popular Discworld sequence: the adventures of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch.The Night Watch has seen better days: th…
 
In episode seven, comic book creator and illustrator Georgina Chadderton, aka George Rex, joins us to discuss the ninth Discworld novel: Faust Eric! Published in 1990 - alongside four other novels, making it one of Pterry's most prolific years - it's a shorter novel, originally published in a large format with lavish illustrations by Discworld cove…
 
In episode six, word nerd and crypto-cruciverbalist David "DA" Astle joins us to discuss our first non-Discworld novel: Dodger! Published in 2012, it's set in Victorian London and is heavily inspired by the work and style of Charles Dickens, and also that of Punch magazine co-founder Henry Mayhew, author of London Labour and the London Poor - both …
 
In episode five, comedian Richard McKenzie joins us to discuss that rare beast, a Discworld tale that stars no wizards, witches, watches or Death, and isn't part of any of the ongoing storylines: Pyramids! The seventh Discworld novel, published in 1989, it's chock-full of jokes, footnotes, gods and characters - but we'll see almost none of them eve…
 
In episode four, vaudevillian Elly Squires - aka Clara Cupcakes - joins us to discuss one of her first Discworld books, and the start of the witches series proper: Wyrd Sisters! The sixth Discworld novel, published in 1988, it's the second book to feature Granny Weatherwax - but the first to introduce her fellow witches, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlic…
 
In episode three, comedian Cal Wilson is back to discuss the book that started her passion for Terry Pratchett - Sourcery! The fifth Discworld novel, published in 1989, it features the return of the inept wizard Rincewind.Rincewind is very happy to have left his adventuring days behind him, working as assistant librarian at Unseen University in Ank…
 
In our second episode, writer and deputy culture editor for Guardian Australia Stephanie Convery joins us as we discuss the runner-up in our poll for which book to read first - Mort! Published 30 years ago, it's the fourth Discworld novel, and the first to put Death in a starring role.Mort (short for Mortimer), a daydreaming farmer's son, is offere…
 
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