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My favourite podcast with T.M. Tucker

Updated: Mar 27

There are many paths to finding a wonderful podcast recommendation. In this short bonus episode we chat with Tim Tucker, the author of the werewolf trilogy ,The Cornishe Chronicles, about his all time favourite podcast.

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Here’s some additional info on our guest and his all time fave podcast.

T.M. Tucker is the author of the Cornishe Chronicles, the first two books Above the Circle of the Moon and Beneath the Silent Moon are available on Amazon Kindle.

Tim also is the co-host of Stay At Homer - a podcast about The Simpsons. And Tim’s all time favourite podcast is I am the Eggpod.


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Intro music (00:00):


DMR (00:13):

So welcome to a bonus episode of Podworld. I'm David Maher Roberts and regular listeners will know that Podworld is a podcast about the podcasts you should be listening to. And in our regular show, we pick a category, go really deep into that and recommend three or four shows that you should listen to, whether that's history or true crime or comedy podcasts, we're going through the whole set of Apple categories. And we also chat with a podcast creator or a host about their podcasts. It's a blast. You should have a listen. But in these shorter bonus episodes, we take a slightly different route to a recommendation. We chat with an author or a musician or a content creator and ask them about their all time favourite podcast. So for this very first bonus episode of Podworld, I'm joined by, I have to say my very good friend and author of the Cornishe Chronicles, Tim Tucker. So welcome Tim!


Tim Tucker (01:08):

Thank you, David. Yes. Thank you for asking me very excited to be on the show.


DMR (01:13):

So, tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you Tim?


Tim Tucker (01:17):

I'm two people actually. So I'm Tim Tucker by day, the content marketing and copywriting consultant and trainer, but I'm also T M Tucker, as you suggested author of the Cornishe Chronicles, which are books about werewolves in the 18th century. So, , , there's that as well. And I also have another hat, actually. I'm one half of Stay at Homer, a podcast about the Simpsons, , with my good friend, Andrew Lowe, who, , you probably know as well, cause we all worked together at one time.


DMR (01:46):

We did absolutely a hilarious combination of Tim and Andy going through episode by episode, I think it is. Of the Simpsons.


Tim Tucker (01:53):

Yeah, literally because we launched it the day, I think it was just in lockdown and Disney plus launched. As I remember Disney plus launched on the same day that lockdown started, which I think is a good fodder for a conspiracy theory. Don't you?


DMR (02:07):

Genius bit of marketing. Yeah,


Tim Tucker (02:10):

And that gave you every episode of the Simpsons. So we thought, right, we're going to start with episode one. And as you know, you've been going, you've been talking to lots of podcasters. That's a recognised format, isn't it? For TV. Go through, every version of that episode and talk about it, , which is a lovely format. You would never have got that on radio. You'd never got that in any other medium, but podcasting.


DMR (02:30):

I love it. It's the companion, it's the companion show. My favourite... my favourite one of those is the West Wing Weekly, which, which I absolutely love, but I really do want to know a bit more about the Cornishe Chronicles. So, you know, what are the books about? What's the story about?


Tim Tucker (02:46):

I decided that I wanted to write a werewolf novel, a series of werewolf novels, but I wanted to set them some time apart from now. So I love the 18th century. I love that time in history, mid 17 hundreds when the, the enlightenment was happening, the world was changing from one based on magic and religion to something more scientific. So it was a real turning point in human history. So I set my werewolf novels in 1766. , Joseph Cornishe is the overseer of a slave plantation in Jamaica and he's a werewolf. , but he's also got a son who's mixed race because he was a son via Joseph who's, white and black slave lady. And he finds out during the first novel that he's a werewolf. So he's actually got three children that he finds during the course of the first three novels. And I've just published the second and working on the third.


DMR (03:37):

That's brilliant, the first two, what they called. So the first one's called above the circle of the moon, , which came out in may last year, I managed to publish it just after lockdown started. And then, , the second one is called beneath the silent moon, which came out just last week, actually. So, , yeah,


DMR (03:55):

I'm waiting for the paperback version. Cause I, I bought the paperback of the first one. I absolutely loved it.


Tim Tucker (04:01):

Thank you, David.


DMR (04:01):

I know Tim's a friend of mine, but actually, , you know, we, we are hopefully quite transparent and give each other critical feedback, but actually it's a phenomenal story and I can't wait to get the second one and the third one. So, ,


Tim Tucker (04:12):

Thank you. Yeah, I appreciate that.


DMR (04:14):

So, with that as a background, the big question on these bonus episodes is we want to know a little bit about your favourite podcasts. What, what is it that you look for in a podcast and what is your favourite podcast and why is it your favourite?


Tim Tucker (04:29):

Now, so I struggled with this because there's so many I love. I fill most of my, I have a dog, so I fill most of my dog walking hours with podcasts, most of my travel time in cars with podcasts. So I thought about, you know, I love all kinds of podcasts from entertainment to tech, to marketing podcasts, the one I've gone with David, you know, very well that I'm a massive fan of the Beatles.


DMR (04:50):

Yes, of course.


Tim Tucker (04:51):

And , there are some really good Beatles podcasts out there. The one that I love most of all is called I am the Eggpod.


Speaker 1 (05:08):

[clip of the eggpod podcast]


Tim Tucker (05:20):

And it's hosted by a guy called Chris Shaw who I don't, I still can't find out who Chris Shaw is actually, but he must be somebody of significance because he has some great guests on there. He has people like David Hepworth, David Quantic, Annie Nightingale. He had Neil Innis, on there. And every episode they talk about their favourite Beatle or solo Beatle album for an hour.


DMR (05:41):

Wow. No wonder you love this.


Tim Tucker (05:42):

Yeah. I love it. I'll tell you why it's all it's. It's so celebratory. We were talking before we were recording, weren't we about how celebratory podcasts are. I think podcasts can do that really well. Celebrate a passion, a niche, a real area of focus. And this is so focused. I mean, obviously you have to be a Beatles fan, although I must say if you're not a Beatles fan, you would still find this interesting.


Tim Tucker (06:05):

I'm sure of it. If you're, maybe you need to be of a certain age because a lot of the guests to be around my age. So mid fifties, but I think if you like the Beatles or love the Beatles, you'll love this. And what I love about it is yeah, it's just, I mean, he says it in his... Chris Shaw says in his summary of the podcast that it's not about facts and figures. It's about two people. Like you were sitting in a pub chatting about something you love. And I literally, I think every other episode, probably I'm moved to tears by it, by some reminiscence... you know, it's not about, Oh, who played the guitar and what were the cymbals made of it. So it's more about, you know, what that album meant to you and what that song meant to you. And they go really into some really beautiful stories around why and how people got into the Beatles, or Paul McCartney or whatever album they're talking about. So, yeah, and it's the sort of conversations I want to get involved in. I'd love to be there. You know, when you're listening to a podcast, you think I want to join this conversation. I want to be sat at that table...


DMR (07:03):

Louise and I, my co-host on Podworld. We always talk about how intimate podcasting is in effect. So, you might, you might, well, when you, when you're listening, you really just think it's in your ears. You usually say you're walking or, you know, it's an individual, it's an individual experience, so it's very, it can get emotional very quickly. And the connections are when you find those podcasts, your connection is very strong. Is there a, is there like a favourite episode or episodes that you can think of that, that really, like you talked about, you know, being close to tears or bringing yourself to tears, it'd be interesting to know which ones.


Tim Tucker (07:41):

Yeah, it's funny because I imagined, yeah, I imagine it wouldn't be the sort of thing that would bring somebody else to tears. Well, it'd be interesting. I'd love to hear what other people made of it. But the one I was, I was thinking about that before I came on the show, I'm just looking through the episodes now and the one... There's a couple that really move me just because of the passion about it. And also they were talking about stories of a time in their life, which is very similar to mine when they first got into the Beatles when they first got into them. So, so the one that, , I'm just trying to find it now. Oh, yes, it was, it was episode 40, which was released last April in 2020 by it's called... It's about tug of war, the Paul McCartney album, tug of war.


Tim Tucker (08:16):

Cause they cover the Beatles solo albums as well. With Andy Miller, who's also an author, and a co-host of backlisted. And he just has a wonderful episode about his feeling for a great album that I'd always kind of liked, but never fully got into. And that's the other great thing about the podcast is that the whole Beatles thing, I know inside out, but some of these solo albums I don't know as much about. And he made me first of all, made me pay attention to it and made me really realise that I need to listen to this album more which I did and I've gone, "and I now love it", such a beautiful album that I hadn't really gotten into, introduce me to new things as well as old things. And yeah, I just found that really moving episode. So I definitely recommend tug of war. That was episode 40. And there's a two parter, from Dan Schreiber on chaos and creation in the backyard, which is wonderful. Around the same time actually, episodes 37 and 38. That's great, yeah, I mean there's loads of them. I would highly recommend listening to all of them, but those episodes are wonderful.


DMR (09:16):

And one of the questions when, when we recommend, on the show, we actually tell people also where it's best to start. Cause some, some podcasts you can start anywhere and it's random. Some others you really do need to follow some form of structure. What would you advise people to do on this one?


Tim Tucker (09:34):

That's a great question. I would, I would start with, I mean, you could start from the beginning because each one is self-contained, it's about a specific album but I would say if, especially if you know, if you're not necessarily a Beatles fan, I'd start with something like the hard day's night episode with Samira Ahmed, which is wonderful that's episode six. And also the one that David Hepworth did, David Hepworth's a great broadcaster and editor used to edit Q, he launched Q and he launched Mojo and he launched Word magazine. He's he's a great speaker anyway, and a passionate Beatles fan. And they talk about with the Beatles, which is a great album. And I'm sure you'll know those songs because it's quite, it's nice knowing the songs cause you think, Oh yeah, that is a great song. It's also nice not knowing them and thinking, I must hear that song when you've heard somebody enthuse about it and you think, wow, that, I don't know if you ever get that, when you hear about somebody enthusing about a movie or a show or something you think, Oh yeah. Especially when it's intelligently done but also done with passion as well. So yeah, I would, I would definitely go for those two. They're great.


DMR (10:31):

Enthusiasm is infectious. I always think and we try and base the whole show that we do on enthusiasm and celebration of podcasting, because we want people to try different things out so, so actually that's the way you do it. Isn't it that's as you say, when you're down the pub with some friends, you, you will go and try stuff that they've talked about that you maybe never would have thought of doing, because, they're so enthusiastic. I wonder if they're that passionate about it? I should actually give it a go.


Tim Tucker (10:58):

Absolutely. Yeah.


DMR (10:59):

Well, that's great. Well, thank you so much for sharing your favourite podcast with us and for being my very first guest for this bonus episode of Podworld.


DMR (11:08):

Thanks for asking me, David. It was a real joy. Thank you.


DMR (11:12):

So a big thank you to Tim Tucker for sharing his all-time favourite podcast with us. His new book Beneath the Silent Moon is out now on Kindle. For more podcast recommendations, one genre at a time join Louise Blain and myself on Podworld episodes are out every two weeks. And in the meantime, connect with us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook @podpodworld.


DMR (11:42):

Podworld is produced and edited by Louise Blain and myself DMR, our researcher is Ella Maher Roberts design and graphics by Dylan Channon. And the music was composed by Dan Phillipson.



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