31 episodes

The unofficial podcast of the British Experimental Rocket Group, where Jon Dear and Howard David Ingham talk Quatermass with a variety of guests.

BERGCAST BERGCAST

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 17 Ratings

The unofficial podcast of the British Experimental Rocket Group, where Jon Dear and Howard David Ingham talk Quatermass with a variety of guests.

    BERGCAST – Episode 28 – The Woman in Black (1989)

    BERGCAST – Episode 28 – The Woman in Black (1989)

    For our bumper sized Christmas episode, what better subject than a ghost story?


    Taking a deep dive into the terrifying Kneale-scripted Christmas drama The Woman in Black we're joined by Robert Taylor, author of the forthcoming book Sound Haunting: The Making of Central Films’ The Woman in Black. In a lengthy and intimate discussion, we talk about the genesis of the drama, what happened when Nigel Kneale wrote the script too quickly, how a woman in a dress and a hat standing absolutely still can chill you to the bone, and the enduring power of Christmas TV memories.


    Robert recently wrote an essay about The Woman in Black on Horrified.com, which you can read here.


    It only remains for us to wish you all a merry, and ghostly Christmas. We've got big news coming in the New Year, so stay tuned. Contact will remain established.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    BERGCAST – Episode 27 – HMS Defiant (1962)

    BERGCAST – Episode 27 – HMS Defiant (1962)

    In this episode of BERGCAST we take to the high seas as, rather than performing our usual deep dive, we stay afloat in the Kneale-scripted 1962 broadsides-and-sails spectacular HMS Defiant. Joined by film academics Prof. Melanie Williams and Dr. Mark Fryers, we investigate whether a ship is the best metaphor for the British class system, how Dirk Bogarde went from being known for light comedies to being a go to for faintly pervy villains, why the British don‘t do revolutions and ask the question: is the real villain always in middle management?

    • 1 hr 3 min
    BERGCAST – Episode 26b – Stephen Bissette on The Witches

    BERGCAST – Episode 26b – Stephen Bissette on The Witches

    In this special mini-episode of BERGCAST, Jon and I talk some more with legendary comics illustrator and horror expert Stephen R Bissette, about the 1966 Hammer film The Witches and its legacy and we go into what Steve’s doing these days.


    Stephen’s book on The Brood can be found here: https://www.pspublishing.co.uk/the-brood-hardcover-by-stephen-r-bissette-4784-p.asp


    Studio of Screams: https://www.pspublishing.co.uk/studio-of-screams-ebook-s-r-bissette-m-morris-c-golden-t-lebbon-s-volk-5280-p.asp


    SR Bissette’s Thoughtful Creatures: https://www.amazon.co.uk/S-Bissettes-Thoughtful-Creatures-Color/dp/B09CRXYQP7

    • 29 min
    BERGCAST – Episode 26 – First Men in the Moon (1964) with Stephen R. Bissette

    BERGCAST – Episode 26 – First Men in the Moon (1964) with Stephen R. Bissette

    Talking with us about 1964's First Men in the Moon, we're honoured to have as our guest horror legend Stephen R. Bissette, who although perhaps best known one as of the primary collaborators with Alan Moore on the seminal 80s run of Swamp Thing, has produced a significant corpus of writing on the horror genre in all media over the space of several decades, including, most recently, an exhaustive study of David Cronenberg's early highlight The Brood.


    We discuss the one time Nigel Kneale shared a credit with Ray Harryhausen, why these films have resonated with us since childhood, how stop motion animation takes us right into the uncanny valley, and whether First Men in the Moon is really the first fully realised alien culture in cinema. 


    And by the way, you can find Jon's other podcast, Due Signori in Giallo, at duesignori.cast.rocks.

    • 1 hr 37 min
    BERGCAST – Episode 25 – The Abominable Snowman, with John J. Johnston

    BERGCAST – Episode 25 – The Abominable Snowman, with John J. Johnston

    In this episode, the voices of Jon and Howard are joined by the mellifluous and delightful tones of Egyptologist and Horrified editor-at-large John J. Johnston. Join us as we explore the early career of Peter Cushing, the history of imperialism and the 50s craze for Yeti movies, Nazi practical jokes and the transcendent, formative power of the media we loved as children.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    BERGCAST – Episode 24 – Stephen Volk

    BERGCAST – Episode 24 – Stephen Volk

    This time we're delighted to be joined by legendary screenwriter Stephen Volk, known for a list of great TV and film scripts including The Awakening, Midwinter of the Spirit, Afterlife and, of course, Ghostwatch. in a wide-ranging discussion of Stephen's career, we talk about the legacy of Nigel Kneale, how The Stone Tape changed Stephen's life, and how Stephen's own work has itself changed lives.

    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

A Wicked Voice ,

Informative and entertaining

The hosts and their guests have such a rich depth of knowledge on Kneale and his work, and their discussions are always lively and entertaining. Highly recommended!

Whooping Cough Music ,

Informative!

I’ve watched and loved quite a lot of Kneale’s work over the years. But listening to this makes me want to revisit it, and to seek out the things I’ve not yet seen.
Any podcast that is presented by people who know what they’re talking about is appreciated. And there are some really good guests.

The Dalek Supreme ,

Quatermass and more

If you love Nigel Kneale, you’ll love Bergcast. It covers Quatermass, the Stone Tape, the Beasts and all the good stuff. It’s a great way to discover Kneale’s work, and a great way to rediscover it. Brian Donlevy gets a bit of a hard time!

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