Reviews
When you introduce paid for content it does somewhat open you up to scrutiny. For me, there was an old fashioned anti-establishment vibe to the old BBC content, where we as listeners were on-side, occasionally railing against the good old beeb and all its controls. With paid for content, our...Read full review »
Bad cab via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 12/02/22
Last 12mths of App Store reviews shows it’s closer to 1 or 2 stars. New format is an obvious FAIL. Not because of them, but because we know it’s not genuine now. They are not their genuine selves. Tv show reviews? That’s just disguised advertising. You’ve made loads of money guys - Self fund your...Read full review »
Mike C.B. via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 11/30/22
Great podcast. Informative film reviews and amusing chat.
botham19 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/29/22
Really glad to see that this show is still going in its new home
philmilsom via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/29/22
Kermode is so caught up in his little political world view that he seems incapable of giving an unbiased, subjective opinion. Avoid.
Timpyg via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/26/22
I do get the extra takes, but the splitting up of the show breaks up the flow and fun of the BBC days. The chemistry and reviews keep me coming back. Though a lot of the extra episodes not working is really frustrating.
KatAshworth41 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/25/22
These two had the best film show going for the best part of two decades, and p*ssed it all up the wall in pursuit of a cheap cash grab. I was optimistic that the good times would continue away from the BBC, but whatever magic they had together has somehow been lost in the transition. Maybe it...Read full review »
Tom851523 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/23/22
Here we have the best radio presenter in this country together with the best film critic ever. Like a few others here I was disappointed with the initial embryonic efforts but I’m glad to say that the old lighthearted banter and the rapport with the listener has substantially returned. I’m...Read full review »
JonBn1 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/22/22
Mark, I was educated and my knowledge of film has been elevated by listening along with you during Punch Drunk Love. I understand that it’s in your top ten and that’s just fine, but can you dial back on the praise and let us, the audience, make our minds up about how brilliant it is? Other than...Read full review »
patternrepeat via Apple Podcasts · Hong Kong · 11/22/22
That's it, I can take no more, almost 20yrs of listening to my favourite show and it's come to this messy separation. The chemistry has gone. The genuine suprises have given way to trite clichés. It's like watching your favourite jumper unknit itself after catching it on a nail. I...Read full review »
Skolvar via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/15/22
Edit: “Somethin Else productions” made this show when it was on the BBC and continue to make it now. It’s owned by Sony. Therefore any issues now are purposeful choices by the production company. ——————- So I gave it a chance. Under the BBC banner, this was one of - if not the - leading podcast....Read full review »
PatriciaMcK via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/14/22
I’ve listened to the free version of the show since it started and put up with the terrible adverts. When an offer of a months free subscription came up I took it to see if ad free &Take Two was worth it. Unfortunately I can now no longer download any of the shows to listen too when I’m out...Read full review »
JJKF1995 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/13/22
LTL and now a vanguardista. It’s new but still the same. I’m happy they’re back.
Cristin via Apple Podcasts · Ireland · 11/12/22
Despite the below, I retain Mark and Simon are both the very best in their respective fields - the paywall is unforgivable, both presenters have many profitable projects on the go and to ask people to pay for something they could get for free for DECADES is outrageous - the fact they praise the...Read full review »
itsweszilla via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/08/22
From slating the show after a few months of listening, I’ll be honest and say things have improved somewhat. I don’t pay for the extra content, but things seemed to have loosened up and relaxed into a groove of sorts in Take One. Everyone knows where they’re meant to be and have moulded into the...Read full review »
PMoxy via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/02/22
I prefer it to their old format, admittedly not much has changed but they seem more unfiltered & the idea of them reviewing TV shows and actually going back to review stuff they’ve missed creates great debate and is the key to what they didn't have time for before. Still get great guests...Read full review »
CCJWard via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/24/22
Surprised by the number of people who have been quick to judge this new incarnation in the first few weeks. I still find the show worthy of a listen & the relationship between Simon & Mark continues. I still enjoy my weekly fix.
paul1332 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/23/22
A must listen for me for nearly 20 years. Hello to Jason Isaacs.
Darth Blaxxxkus via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/20/22
Simply the best there is Award winning and deserving Go listen you’ll be hooked forever
richardpeachy via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/20/22
I’m not quite sure what some people see as being different from the BBC version,it is a shame they had to go but this is still the best film wittertainment out there. I do pay to avoid the ads which does make a difference I’m sure. Hello to Jason.👍🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇲🇽
Struan House B&B via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/19/22
The banter’s a little forced, the ‘jokes’ are not as funny, the marketing’s a little blunt, the emphasis on extra paid content is a little tacky. Basically just not as fun to listen to any more.
TrevML via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/16/22
At the beginning I didn’t pay for Take 2. The ads where Simon and Mark read them out were just downright weird and didn’t work at all in the context of the rest of the show. Once you remove them as a paying subscriber, think it’s fine as I have enjoyed some of the recommended TV series although...Read full review »
menovak via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/14/22
Favourite podcast of my week - they’ve still got it!
History fan! via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/12/22
Time to stop hiding behind a paywall. I can only complain to the podcast app provider!!
postutility via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/12/22
I used to live the show but it’s time had long past. The hyperbole and the sycophantic approach is outdated and Kermode appears to want to eat himself - Avoid unless boredom is the destination
MartyFarty via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/09/22
Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo have nailed it again with their new version of Wittertainment and the accompanying film reviews. As ever, and I speak as a LTL, there is compelling conversation which encapsulates their relationship and British culture. However, they also weave in really objective film...Read full review »
Dr_Viking via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/08/22
Unfortunately the chaps have sold their soul. Marxist Mark now seems to be capitalist and Simon just seems to be going through the motions. Enjoy your retirement fund chaps but I won’t be contributing! I gave it a go for a few months but….,,,
AJfrustrated via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/03/22
I agree with much of the comment that it’s lost it’s spark. Perhaps the paid content is better, I’ll never know because with all my other bills subscribing to paid podcasts just isn’t high on my financial priority list. Unfortunately the constant reminders that the paid content is better is just...Read full review »
AlbyColdtoes via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/02/22
I’ve been a LTL and have saved every episode of the BBC podcasts as I often go back to them for reference. I’ve also been a fan of Simon going back to his days presenting the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show, in fact Simon’s thoughts on music (Joshua Tree the best album of all time, how upset he was...Read full review »
Peter Torbet via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/01/22
So, having listened for a number of months, Presumably Dr No and Dr Beat left the Beeb as part of the cuts. However it seems now that they have just moved to a platform where $$ are the most important thing. Paywalls, dimwitted adverts and in show VPL adverts. The furniture and wittering that...Read full review »
Smiler998 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/30/22
As others have said, its lost something, I subscribed for a while but the extra content wasnt worth it, the TV shows that were highly recommended were just unwatchable for me. Maybe needs to be on one of their commercial radio stations as a live show to get the spark back.
DrewzyJ via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/29/22
I’ve been listening since 2017, love the chemistry between the two presenters every bit as much as the film review content. Don’t understand the negative reviews that LTLs have left, first show after the transition a bit shaky, but now better than ever. I subscribe as I don’t like adverts...Read full review »
Sarah_ann_michelle via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/29/22
I don’t agree with the very negative comments on here BUT it does bother me that so much of the show is behind a paywall - once you start listening to that (on a free trial) you realise how much is missing from the part that is free for all. The Takes Two part is much more like the BBC show, but...Read full review »
Ameliadivv via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/28/22
I was a LTL from as long the show was on BBC 5 and even had my one and only letter to the show read out. Something isn’t working about the new podcast. I’m no fan of the ads (and having extra paid content is just really poor, especially when the free elements of the actor interviews are all...Read full review »
Radionoush via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/27/22
After so many years of eagerly awaiting the release of the pod, I am very disappointed to say, that the pod is no longer first on my list on a Saturday morning, and I don’t miss it. I am not a fan of the new format, it feels formulaic and forced and there’s hardly any films reviewed. I don’t...Read full review »
Rsblyth via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 09/26/22
Once upon a time there was a great 5 live film show, fun entertaining, inventive, interactive, you know all the superlatives. But this has long gone, and seems is never coming back. To quote the Beta Band “from hero’s to zeros”. What a shame, I am genuinely saddened by the downfall of one of my...Read full review »
Candy kiwi via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/25/22
You were my 2 hero’s . Now a sad cash grab has ruined the magic I don’t even bother with the free stuff anymore … and just a tip … with a watch along it pays to actually talk and discuss what your watching … 90 mins of smirks isn’t worth anyone listening to
Neilleeds via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/22/22
Popped back in to see if things have improved after a couple of months. Sadly they have not. Total Film is providing a good replacement for the substantive film discussion and reviews, but I still miss the old wittering. Back when it felt like genuine audience interaction rather than scripted...Read full review »
Alex_Phillips via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/16/22
Gave it a go but it’s a shadow of the bbc one. Just mayo doing a money grab after losing his drive time slot and taking so called lefty mark with him (how’s sleeping on a even bigger pile of cash feel?) just a complete joke you have both let down the listeners that loved your Friday afternoon...Read full review »
John Baskells Tash via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/05/22
Gutted. Their BBC radio show was always my favourite podcast, this new show is a pale imitation. Hope it improves.
Andyclarke1971 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/05/22
There are way too many tired and repetitive ‘bits’, actors and directors always have to be called by insulting nicknames and the same old observations and stories repeated. When they get beyond the filler the reviews are inciteful when they’re not cluttered with irrelevant references to some...Read full review »
Nhandy1 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/04/22
Sometimes the best things take a while to sort themselves out. I like it but it still needs a little something. What I can’t to, however, is pay money to listen to what Robbie Collin thinks about anything. I have just I un-subbed due to his stand-in appearances, and I’ve been a regular listener...Read full review »
JasonLeeHall via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/03/22
… but this is a mere shadow of its BBC version. Whilst I appreciate they’ve gone to a commercial station and adverts are inevitable, but to have 3 of them, back to back, is taking the proverbial and their listeners for mugs. I was one of their so-called heritage listeners (since 2012) and...Read full review »
bigsnitch via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/02/22
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