Podcasts, series catch-up... and Kermode
I've been answering some queries from listeners this week about the most popular thing we do on the web site - the Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo Film Review, and thought I'd take the opportunity to share the answers with you.
We're really pleased that the show will still be on 5 Live once Simon moves on to Radio 2 in the New Year. It remains the most successful podcast we offer, often over 100,000 downloads a week, and it's one of the most popular in the whole BBC. Your questions:
Why can't I download old podcasts? Why do they only last for seven days? From this Friday you can, as part of a trial. From now until Christmas we'll be leaving the previous week's podcast live when the new one goes up. Unfortunately, at the end of the trial we'll have to revert back to 7 days while the results are assessed, but it's a step in the right direction.
Why can't I listen on the iPlayer beyond 7 days? You can now do that as well, as part of another trial. Every show going back to the beginning of September is still available on the iPlayer, as part of something we're calling the 'series catch-up trial', and will be until Santa comes.
How can I find Mark's review of a particular film? Mark's reviews are now archived and available in this handy A-Z for your enjoyment.
While we don't know where else the show will be broadcasting from, the next live event is in Hull on October 23rd and tickets have now sold out. You will be able to watch the show live from Hull that afternoon on the front-page of the 5 live website, as you can every Friday.
Why is the show edited for the podcast? Why don't you provide the whole thing? Well, we do. We only take out news, travel and breaking news items. Everything else is podcast in its full glory.
Why do you offer lots of chat, banter, and conversation with all the reviews stuck at the end? Sorry, but that's what the show sounds like. you'll have to take it up with Dr K and Dr M.
But what else should we be doing? How else would like to watch/listen/enjoy Mark and Simon. Let us know, and if we like the idea and we use it, we'll include you in the 'hello' sequence for a week.
Brett Spencer is Interactive Editor at BBC Radio 5 live
Update. A bit of clarification: Kermode and Mayo isn't part of the series catch-up trial. Fighting Talk and Danny Baker are - although their podcasts remain limited to 7 days.
- Mark Kermode's Film Review is on Simon Mayo's show from 1500-1600 on Friday.
- Download data for all of the BBC's podcasts is on the Audio and Music web site.
- Sarah Prag, head of audio services at BBC Audio & Music, wrote about the Series Catch Up trial on the Radio 4 blog
- The picture of Kermode's quiff is from the BBC's picture library, appropriately called Elvis.