News: New Podcast From Mark Thomas (And His Mum)

News: New Podcast From Mark Thomas

Romesh Ranganathan, Jack Whitehall and Russell Howard are among the comedians who have recently teamed up with one of their parents to form an unlikely cross-generational double act. Now Mark Thomas has done it, but typically for Thomas he has done it in a very different way, making serious points as well as getting laughs in his new podcast, Mark Thomas’s Lockdown Check-Up, in which he co-stars with his octogenarian mother.

Spending lockdown in a small flat with his elderly mum has pushed comedian Thomas to reflect on their sometimes stormy relationship. He’s 57 and she’s 85. He says she’s curmudgeonly; she says he’s the most aggravating person on the planet.

It’s also made him want to find out more about COVID-19.

In the first of six podcasts commissioned by Wellcome Collection, Mark calls frontline health workers to chat about coronavirus, end-of-life care and the importance of touch.

Hosted by Mark Thomassound by Helen Atkinsonproduced by Nicolas Kentproduced by Susan McNicholas and photography by Franklyn Rodgers.

The first episode is out now.

Listen here.

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