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Mark Kermode | 11:35 UK time, Wednesday, 16 September 2009

My Friday afternoon movie sparring partner Simon Mayo is leaving his 5 live slot for Radio 2 where he takes over from Chris Evans. But what of him and me, us, of you and wittertainment? Well, we have an announcement on that too...

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  • Comment number 1.

    There's a crack in my head
    All the sky a Michael Bay red
    (And I always ask myself)
    Why is it, the closer I feel to death
    The more I feel alive?
    Because you lift me up
    Wrap me around in your arms
    And make me breath
    For you two are my Golden Fleece.

  • Comment number 2.

    Great news. I'll admit that I would be reasonably upset if the weekly wittertainment was to end.

  • Comment number 3.

    I am disappointed that the Sony Award winning Kermode and Mayo wittertainment is not being expanded to at least three hours on a Friday, with an hourly update every weekday.

    I presume it is a similar disappointment that Dr Mayo displays in this clip.

  • Comment number 4.

    Great news guys! Simon's look of terror reminds me of my girlfriend's face when i start droning on about the latest David Lynch film!

  • Comment number 5.

    Great News :-)

  • Comment number 6.

    I honestly don't know what I would do with a Kermode-less life. Very good to hear that Wittertainment will still be around. Will you be popping up on the Radio 2 show also? If so, I feel a station jump coming my way.

  • Comment number 7.

    "staying together at Radio 5" How will this work? Will it be a separate friday show? is Mayo doing the double?? I'm confused!

  • Comment number 8.

    Awesome. I think this video is even better than the news it contains.

  • Comment number 9.

    Great News. Is it too much to ask that the whole of Simon's friday slot now becomes dedicated to films? At least it would stop you guys rushing and missing Film of the Week every week.

  • Comment number 10.

    Is it just me or does Simon look like Charles Hawtrey?

  • Comment number 11.

    glad that the pair of you are staying on for fridays but very annoyed that simon is gone for the rest of the week

    if anyone at the bbc is reading this SIMON'S HOLIDAY REPLACEMENTS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MARK RADCLIFFE REALLY REALLY DON'T WORK you know who they are

  • Comment number 12.

    will Simon still be reviewing books as well?

  • Comment number 13.

    How sweet.

  • Comment number 14.

    Great news! I will look forward to more of the same!

    p.s. I was wondering what your stance was on the Uwe Boll petition? He says himself that if one million people sign up to this petition he will stop making movies! So far there have been over 300, 000.

    Will Mr Kermode be adding his signature? =)

  • Comment number 15.

    I'll sure miss seeing you and Simon together on the podcast every week. That's one of the highlights of my week.

  • Comment number 16.

    Hehehe. Would have been nice to hear the Other Doctor speak, or just dramatically walk off into the sunset at the end, alone and disappointed. Oh well. I wasn't really worried that your partnership would be broken up - I don't think the BBC could survive the ensuing haranguing and hate mail. Auntie would have to shut down and shove off.

    @junkiecosmonaut: What are you talking about? Colin Murphy is brilliant! He's no Dr.M, but I quite enjoy Murphy/Kermode collaborations. It's the episodes without Dr.K that languish towards the bottom of my iPod playlists.

  • Comment number 17.

    Will this affect the way podcasts are downloaded at ITunes? Do I need to create some kind of new subscription? Congrats to Mr. Mayo, btw! Is being on BBC2 a better position than being on 5? Don't quite understand the BBC hierarchy and how it all works, but I like what I hear throughout the whole BBC spectrum!

  • Comment number 18.

    Was Simon overcome with emotion or was he having a aneurysm? Changing jobs will do that to a person you know. Glad to hear that you are carrying on. I don't know what I would do without my weekly dose of lateral leaps. Some of your conversations have more twists and turns thant he Chartres Labyrinth.

  • Comment number 19.


    i don't mind him when he's discussing films with mark but for the rest of the week i don't think so

    film wise-the digitally remastered print of 'the thing' is worth checking out as it's been doing the rounds

  • Comment number 20.

    "Just when I thought I was out, they drag me back in"

  • Comment number 21.

    Great news there, Cue slushy music from Brief Encounter!

  • Comment number 22.

    Phew, that's a relief, I'm not ready to let go yet (perhaps one day you'll have to invent a Wittertainment slow-release patch, when you eventually do want to jack it in).

    Please clarify though. If the show's staying on 5 live, will it have a different time slot, so as not to clash with Simon's Radio 2 gig?



  • Comment number 23.

    phew, a relief indeed, though loved mayo's acting in this vid, and your over zealous delivery. But does this mean your gonna be sparring with mayo on radio 2, or does mayo keep his 5 live friday slot as well as being over on radio 2?

  • Comment number 24.

    Oh thank goodness! I was afraid the headline would turn out to be cruel and sarcastic.

    But I would have liked to hear that you would get at least an hour or three for wittertainment.

    ps. Nice try Simon!

  • Comment number 25.

    Sad to admit but when I read the news that Simon was moving to R2 online, the Friday podcast was my first thought!
    Great news, long live wittertainment.
    Looking forward to your upcoming review of The Firm, Mark. I'm sure the 4* review in Empire won't sway your judgment. However, it looks as if Nick Love has finally made a film without Danny Dyer, so how about a Paul Anderson impression (who rumour has it, isn't a bad actor).
    p.s. Saw The Thing at my local multiplex in West Sussex this week - classic!
    Will Martyn.

  • Comment number 26.

    There could be a few more added to your list of bad bad bad movies.

    Vince Vaughn in Couples Retreat, that looks seriously bad.

    Saw VI - There's another sequel being made for next year.

    Did You Hear About the Morgans? - Hugh Grant, and Sarah Jessica Parker

    Sherlock Holmes - directed by Guy Ritchie - nuff said.

    Old Dogs - Starring Robin Williams, and John Travolta - A Disney family comedy. This is the plot. Two friends and business partners find their lives turned upside down when strange circumstances lead to them being placed in the care of 7-year-old twins.

  • Comment number 27.

    I love Simons Elton John impression

  • Comment number 28.

    did simon mean anything when he said kermode wouold be there "every other week" on his announcement?

  • Comment number 29.

    What no tongues Mr Bond and Ms Moneypenny?

  • Comment number 30.

    Dear Mark,

    I am an American theatre student studying abroad in London. I am also avid fan of yours, and follow your reviews religiously. As I'm a very religious person, this is saying a lot. Point being, please be prepared at any moment for a red-haired girl to ask for an autograph and a rant.

  • Comment number 31.

    You didn't explain anything!

    How's it going to work? Hopefully you will be doing it on R2 where presumably they don't interrupt every five minutes for traffic, sport, inconsequential prime-ministerial press conferences, court cases where juries want to go home early for the weekend or, God forbid, horse-racing.

    So now that's settled, we can forget about the Bride Wars challenge nonsense?

  • Comment number 32.

    It is with some shock I read this, Simon is the most professional informed and entertaining people in the media. His research is second to none. He has tact and an ability to ask the difficult questions so his guests will respond appropriately and not get into a pointless argument.

    This isn't to take anything away from your intelligent wit and skill Dr Kermode, but the success of the fri pm show is 50/50.

    I could listen to Mayo interview Jeremy Clarkson! What a waste going to radio 2 to play u2

  • Comment number 33.

    I think Simon's only moving to R2 so he doesn't have to move himself and his family to Manchester when R5 is uprooted and moved there (for political reasons). That said, at least it means he'll be on at a time of day I can hear him, and the Wittertainment survives to keep making my Monday drive to work bearable...

  • Comment number 34.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 35.

    Long live the projectionist!


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