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From the creators of The Empire Film Podcast, The Pilot TV Podcast is your (spoiler free) guide to the essential new shows dropping each week across terrestrial, satellite, streaming and beyond. Bringing you the latest news and reviews, as well as interviews with the biggest names in TV, we're here to cut through the rubbish and make sure every minute you spend in front of the box is a minute worth spending. Served with a heavy helping of insider knowledge, irreverence and humour, the Pilot TV Podcast won't just keep you informed, amused and entertained, but is guaranteed to save countless hours of your life. Because you can’t watch *everything*.

Pilot TV Podcast Empire Magazine

    • TV & Film
    • 4.7 • 164 Ratings

From the creators of The Empire Film Podcast, The Pilot TV Podcast is your (spoiler free) guide to the essential new shows dropping each week across terrestrial, satellite, streaming and beyond. Bringing you the latest news and reviews, as well as interviews with the biggest names in TV, we're here to cut through the rubbish and make sure every minute you spend in front of the box is a minute worth spending. Served with a heavy helping of insider knowledge, irreverence and humour, the Pilot TV Podcast won't just keep you informed, amused and entertained, but is guaranteed to save countless hours of your life. Because you can’t watch *everything*.

    #282 Red-Eye, Blue Lights, and Dinosaur. With guests Walton Goggins and Lesley Sharp

    #282 Red-Eye, Blue Lights, and Dinosaur. With guests Walton Goggins and Lesley Sharp

    Walton Goggins and Lesley Sharp join us on this week’s show. Not together, of course, because the former is with us to chat Ghoul life in Prime Video’s Fallout and the latter is here in her capacity as head of MI5 in ITV’s Red-Eye. And speaking of Red-Eye, we review that show, which sees Richard Armitage on the flight from hell, as well as Glaswegian BBC comedy Dinosaur and the return of Belfast police drama Blue Lights, also on the Beeb. Plus we record our first proper podcast in the new studio, run through our (somewhat belated) 100 Greatest TV shows list, and dispense with a listener question in record time.

    • 1 hr 51 min
    #281 The Regime, The Cuckoo, and Baby Reindeer. With Guest Sonequa Martin-Green

    #281 The Regime, The Cuckoo, and Baby Reindeer. With Guest Sonequa Martin-Green

    Sometimes we at the Pilot TV podcast are the very embodiment of calm, dignified professionalism. This is not one of those times. An early recording prompts unfettered anarchy this week as the team go full Joanna Page, cover a postbag slot we’ve done before and only half review one of the shows (we had our reasons). But all of that’s okay, becasue Star Trek Discovery’s Sonequa Martin-Green joins us on the show to talk about her final voyage, plus we watch Kate Winslet become a dictator, Jill Halfpenny turn into the lodger from hell and (almost) see a show about a stalker. Absolute chaos.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    #280 Sugar, This Town, Avoidance, and Star Trek: Discovery. With guests Benedict Wong and John Bradley

    #280 Sugar, This Town, Avoidance, and Star Trek: Discovery. With guests Benedict Wong and John Bradley

    Not only do we have a 3 Body Problem Spoiler Special with the showrunners now available over on Pilot TV+, but stars John Bradley and Benedict Wong also drop by this week to chat about the show. Elsewhere, we’re raging over the unjust and unforgivable cancellation of The Lazarus Project (for shame, Sky!), examining this year’s RTS awards, and explore our objects of televisual desire — not to mention reviewing this week’s shows, of which there are FOUR (because who needs to go outside?). Colin Farrell takes the gumshoe beat in Sugar on Apple TV+, Romesh Ranganathan’s back dodging his problems in Avoidance, Star Trek: Discovery takes its final voyage, and Steven Knight’s This Town takes us back to 80s Belfast (and Birmingham).

    • 1 hr 27 min
    #279 A Gentleman In Moscow, Big Mood, and Mandy. With guest Ewan McGregor

    #279 A Gentleman In Moscow, Big Mood, and Mandy. With guest Ewan McGregor

    We’re all about the Bolsheviks this week, as Ewan McGregor returns to our screens for A Gentleman In Moscow on Paramount+ and drops by this podcast to tell us about his Muskovite adventures first hand. Plus, we explore the chaotic life of Nicola Coughlan’s character in Channel 4 comedy Big Mood and catch up with Diane Morgan’s similarly anarchic antics in series 2 of Mandy on BBC2.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    #278 Palm Royale, 3 Body Problem, and Twisted Metal. With guest Wunmi Mosaku

    #278 Palm Royale, 3 Body Problem, and Twisted Metal. With guest Wunmi Mosaku

    Loki, Luther and We Own This City star Wunmi Mosaku joins us this week to talk all things Passenger, a supernatural mystery show coming to ITV on Sunday at 9pm. Plus we finally get to talk about 3 Body Problem in full and reveal whether Netflix’s new show from the creators of Game Of Thrones could crack Kay’s anti sci-fi armour. Opinions divide quite spectacularly on the other shows this week, specifically Kristen Wiig-starring period piece Palme Royale on Apple TV+ and Anthony Mackie-starring apocalyptic road adventure Twisted Metal on Paramount+.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    #277 Manhunt, The Dry, and Love Rat. With guest Anthony Mackie

    #277 Manhunt, The Dry, and Love Rat. With guest Anthony Mackie

    Is there a Falcon in the house? Yes there is, in fact, because Anthony Mackie joins us on this week’s show to talk apocalypse survival, not listening to Taylor Swift, and of course Twisted Metal, which comes to Paramount+ next week. Elsewhere, James has a revelation about 3 Body Problem, Kay ponders the existential dilemma of slow-burn TV, and we get into this week’s slate, which includes the hunt for Lincoln’s killer in Manhunt on Apple TV+ and the return of ITVX’s The Dry. And then there’s Love Rat, a show on Channel 5 that might have been genetically engineered in a lab to give James a breakdown.

    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
164 Ratings

164 Ratings

KristenOHara ,

The Best!

It’s the only podcast I listen to all the way to the end every week! ❤️❤️❤️

LindseyReecher ,

Better late than never review!

Longtime listener, Pilot+ subscriber, first time reviewer... better late than never? I am a huge TV fan and work in the industry, and this is the best TV podcast I've found, by far. I love learning about shows on the big streamers and so many great UK shows I might not have otherwise heard of, being from the US. (Now I need to petition local streamers to pick more of them up, and release them closer to their UK premiere dates!) The Co-Pilots all come with knowledgeable and differing POVs that compliment and contrast each other well. Like James, I cannot stand 99% of reality shows and run away from cringe humor. Like Kay, I love foreign titles and grew up with some of the best YA shows that have ever aired. And like Boyde, I'm an equal-opportunity trier of new shows, and watch so much that I have trouble retaining names and plot points. Thank you for broadening my TV horizons and making me laugh twice a week!

gwyn_f ,

Unmissable TV chat

I'd still listen to James, Kay and Boyd if they were discussing the local weather. As it is their collective insights into must-see TV and related news make this one of the most entertaining and informative podcasts out there. UK based, but more than overlaps with show availability in the US and probably Fiji. Highly rec'd.

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