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A weekly conversation between writers Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes, that covers highbrow and lowbrow culture.

The High Low Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 616 Ratings

A weekly conversation between writers Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes, that covers highbrow and lowbrow culture.

    An Author Special with Graham Norton - And Some News

    An Author Special with Graham Norton - And Some News

    We are so thrilled to have the one and only Graham Norton on today's episode, talking all about his new novel, Home Stretch, his favourite celebrities to interview on his chat show, and the weird wonderfulness that is Eurovision. 


    Graham is The High Low's last ever author special - because the High Low will be coming to a close next week, after 4 joyous, life-changing years for us both. But before we go, we have one last LIVE show for you: the High Low Christmas LIVE will be live streamed on Vimeo at 7pm on December 8th, with all proceeds going to Blood Cancer UK, a charity that is very close to both of our hearts, in memory of Florence Kleiner and Enzo Saunt. We promise a festive extravaganza featuring a VERY special musical performance. 


    Tickets start at £10, please book yourself a ticket at: https://www.fane.co.uk/high-low.


    With special thanks to Fane Productions, and our sponsor, the eco-friendly brand Method (and their delicious pink grapefruit cleaning spray) for making this live show possible


    We will see you next week for our last ever podcast!


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    Links
    Home Stretch, by Graham Norton
    Wintering, by Katherine May
    Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen inteview by Chris Godfrey for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/nov/23/laurence-llewelyn-bowen-ive-been-trying-to-get-sacked-from-television-for-years
     
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Maggi's Mary Wollstonecraft, Princess Diana and A Plunge Into The Christmas Ads

    Maggi's Mary Wollstonecraft, Princess Diana and A Plunge Into The Christmas Ads

    Brace yourself: Emily in Paris is back for a second series. More importantly: the Christmas ads have dropped! We discuss some of them, and why a great Christmas ad doesn't actually.... have to have anything to do with Christmas.


    Also today, we discuss Maggi Hambling's controversial nude statue of founding feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, Rupert Everett's new autobiography, a documentary about Vivienne Westwood and the punk movement, and we deep dive into the Princess Diana content of the last week: the two-parter on ITV, with staggering allegations made against Martin Bashir, and the new series of The Crown, starring the magnificent Emma Corrin as Diana. 


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    Links
    To The End Of The World, by Rupert Everett


    The Crown series 4 now on Netflix


    The Diana Interview: Revenge of a Princess, on ITV Player


    What I've learned from 7 years of being single, by Camille Charriere for Harper's Bazaar https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/culture/a34587107/camille-charriere-love-in-your-30s/


    How long Covid forced me to confront my past and my identity, by Kathryn Bromwich for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/08/how-long-covid-forced-me-to-confront-my-past-and-my-identity


    Vivienne Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist 


    Candice Carty-Williams on The Adam Buxton Podcast, Glenn Close on WTF, Keir Starmer on Desert Island Discs and What Trump Might Do In His Remaining Weeks in Office on Fresh Air 
     
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Election Gaffes, Celebrity Truth-Tellers & The Undoing

    Election Gaffes, Celebrity Truth-Tellers & The Undoing

    What a week to be alive! We discuss some of the many ridiculous things that have happened, mainly on the television, during this last monumental week, plus the riveting revelating that Dr Fauci of the Coronavirus task force in the US, had a celebrity zoom to help stop the spread of misinformation during the pandemic. Plus, swans in love and what we'd call our pet tortoise. And we talk telly: The Undoing, The Queen's Gambit, Emily in Paris (again) and Been So Long, an ambitious, upifting musical rom-com starring Michaela Coel.


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    Links
    You're Wrong About podcast
    Been So Long on Netflix
    The Queens Gambit on Netflix
    The Undoing, on Sky
    Making Love With The Paint, on BBC iPlayer 
    Octavia Bright on her father being in a care home during lockdown, for The Sunday Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/i-can-speak-to-dad-but-i-may-never-hold-him-again-gtnq27p5s
    Modern Love in The New York Times 
    Buy There's Something About Wallace: Lockdown Love on Hampstead Heath by Louisa Green: https://www.deemclean.co.uk/swan-story/
     
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    No Nut November, National Sandwich Day, and an Author Special with Otegha Uwagba on Whites

    No Nut November, National Sandwich Day, and an Author Special with Otegha Uwagba on Whites

    Are you familiar with No Nut November? Move over Movember, there's a slightly queasy new internet challenge in town. Also today, we discuss whether a burger is a sandwich, the concerning omission from the Sean Connery obituaries, and the new YouTube record-breaker. And we have an author special today with Otegha Uwagba, who came on to discuss her new long-form essay, Whites.


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    Links
    Whites, by Otegha Uwagba, out 12th November
    Sacha Baron Cohen on Fresh Air: https://www.npr.org/2012/05/21/153204627/sacha-baron-cohen-the-fresh-air-interview?t=1604443983616
    The Undoing, on Sky
    You're Wrong About, on all podcast platforms
    Ghosting stories at hardtoforget.com
     
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Southern Charm of Matthew McConaughey; Free School Meals; & The Web Server That Slows Down Information Overload

    The Southern Charm of Matthew McConaughey; Free School Meals; & The Web Server That Slows Down Information Overload

    From a naturally green puppy called Pistachio, to a charming and surprising memoir by Matthew McConaughey, this week is your usual mixed bag -- including discussion of the government's abhorrent decision to stop funding free school meals for vulnerable children outside of term time (see a petition you can sign and charities you can donate to, below) and some television that has moved us. Also! A book that made Dolly's week, and Pandora's new favourite podcast.


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    Links 
    Reading
    Elle Hunt on Matthew McConaughey's memoir, Greenlights, for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/oct/26/greenlights-matthew-mcconaugheys-guide-to-life-livin-hollywood-star
    What happened when me and Kim Kardashian both turned 40? By Eva Wiseman, for The Observer https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/oct/25/what-happened-when-both-me-and-kim-kardashian-turned-40-joint-party
    Help Yourself, by Curtis Sittenfeld 
    Quite, by Claudia Winkleman


    Watching
    Enslaved on BBC iPlayer
    Maggi Hambling on BBC iPlayer
    Out Of Her Mind, on BBC iPlayer


    Listening
    You're Wrong About podcast
    Dawn French on Table Manners podcast
    Elvis Costello on The New Yorker Radio Hour podcast
    Timothy Leary on Fresh Air podcast


    Sign and donate for free school meals
    Sign Marcus Rashford's petition for free school meals for vulnerable children, here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/554276
    Charities to donate to:
    Fare Share fareshare.org 
    Feeding Britain feedingbritain.org
    Kitchen Social mayorsfundforlondon.org.uk/kitchen-social/
    The Trussell Trust trusselltrust.org
    Magic Breakfast magicbreakfast.com
     
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Cow Hugging, Daddy by Emma Cline & An Exclusive Clip from Joan & Jericha

    Cow Hugging, Daddy by Emma Cline & An Exclusive Clip from Joan & Jericha

    Today we discuss a love story in Venice, the new "wellness" trend of cow hugging, Matt Hancock's personal app (???) and listeners tell us what they think makes "a good deed". And some things we've been loving, including the feel good Love Life on Netflix. Plus! An exclusive, filthy extract from Joan and Jericha's new book, out on the 29th October.


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    Links
    Max Woosey's fundraising page for North Devon hospice https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/max-woosey1
    Daddy, by Emma Cline, out now
    Luster, by Raven Leilani, out in January 2021 and available for pre-order now
    Love Life, on BBC iPlayer
    Nigella Lawson on the fallacy of guilty pleasures for The Guardian: https://amp.theguardian.com/food/2020/oct/10/peanut-butter-chocolate-cake-and-vegan-gingerbread-five-new-sweet-recipes-from-nigella-lawson?__twitter_impression=true
    The role of food in Jewish celebration for Radio 4’s The Food Programme: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-food-programme/id342927791?i=1000495160731
    How My Mother and I Became Chinese Propaganda, by Jiayang Fan for The New Yorker (listen to the audio on the same link) https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/09/14/how-my-mother-and-i-became-chinese-propaganda
    Dear Joan and Jericha: Why He Turns Away, Do’s and Don’ts from Dating to Death, out on the 29th October
     
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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
616 Ratings

616 Ratings

cristabelwaddell ,

A joyous chat with Doll and pandora

This duo really have lightened the
Mood of this strange time. Gorgeous ladies with great insights on life, love and literature. Glad they are back again.

Rosita Rua ,

Love this!

It’s so smart, funny, and thoughtful all at once. The two fabulous hosts riff so brilliantly. It’s always fresh and always relevant. And their names aren’t bad either. I still laugh every time Dolly addresses Pandora as “Panda”.

Parashakti L ,

One of my favourites

absolutely love it. Hope there’s more in the future.

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