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Simon Ward takes a socially distant tea break with some incredible people to talk lockdown life, what they’ve been doing and how they’ve been coping.
Each week, Simon chats remotely with the biggest names in TV, movies, comedy and sport. While they might not be in the same room (or even in the same country), the conversations are always illuminating. Find out what the stars are watching, reading and discover why there's nothing a chat and a cup of tea won't solve. Follow @QuaranTeaBreak on socials. Subscribe, rate and review wherever you get your podcast. It's your much needed weekly break from self isolation and social distancing.
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The QuaranTea Break Podcast Simon Ward

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Simon Ward takes a socially distant tea break with some incredible people to talk lockdown life, what they’ve been doing and how they’ve been coping.
Each week, Simon chats remotely with the biggest names in TV, movies, comedy and sport. While they might not be in the same room (or even in the same country), the conversations are always illuminating. Find out what the stars are watching, reading and discover why there's nothing a chat and a cup of tea won't solve. Follow @QuaranTeaBreak on socials. Subscribe, rate and review wherever you get your podcast. It's your much needed weekly break from self isolation and social distancing.
Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-quarantea-break-podcast.

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    We’ll be back very, very soon (don’t go anywhere – literally)…

    We’ll be back very, very soon (don’t go anywhere – literally)…

    Hey TQBP listeners! I really hope you’ve enjoyed the first 12 episodes of the podcast so far – the feedback you’ve given us since the start has been incredible.
    Anyway, just popping in for a quick service announcement/out of office. We’ve very excited about a brand new run of episodes coming soon, and some of the guests we’ve got lined up soon are quite incredible. So please don’t go anywhere (literally – it’s much safer that way).
    For updates on the new batch of episodes, plus one or two special episodes, please make sure you’ve subscribed on your podcast provider of choice, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook – the handles for all of them are @QuaranTeaBreak. And if you’ve enjoyed the podcast so far, a review or five stars in a row goes a long way.
    See you very soon x
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    • 2 min
    Ep 12: Jake Humphrey – talking football in the world of coronavirus, dealing with social media, The High Performance Podcast and his new business venture Coral Eyewear

    Ep 12: Jake Humphrey – talking football in the world of coronavirus, dealing with social media, The High Performance Podcast and his new business venture Coral Eyewear

    Happy Tuesday (!!!) to you. A huge thank you to everyone tuning in today for EPISODE 12 of the QuaranTea Break Podcast. We’re coming to your ears a day later than usual this week – but it’s with a big guest, so I hope you can forgive us. Sitting down for a virtual natter is broadcaster and TV presenter JAKE HUMPHREY. I am absolutely dying to get into this one, because I think you’re going to love this episode a lot.
    It’s such a positive chat, and it’s probably the most wide-ranging conversation we’ve ever had on the podcast. We talk about dealing with social media and turning it into a force for good. Jake opens up about Black Lives Matter and how the role of the footballer has changed. We, of course, talk about football in general (recorded just before Liverpool’s title win after Manchester City lost on BT Sport #YNWA!) and his thoughts about its return. We also talk about The High Performance Podcast, with some exclusives about his guests for series 2. And loads more – this conversation goes to so many interesting places. It’s a longer tea break than usual, but I hope you’ll agree, it’s so worth it.
    We also chat EXCLUSIVELY for the first time ever about his new venture in planet-positive glasses and sunglasses Coral Eyewear. Launched by young entrepreneur George Bailey, like the best ideas, it’s unique, brilliant and slap-yourself-in-face-why-aren’t-we-doing-this already. If you want to support this beautiful idea, Coral Eyewear’s Kickstarter is now live with some great rewards. Head here right now and support this incredible new brand: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/coraleyewear/712744014?ref=334sbv&token=dc4d3d07
    As always, please subscribe and continue to recommend this podcast to your friends, family or newly formed social bubbles and spread the word in playgrounds or parks from two metres. And if you’ve enjoyed the podcast, please drop a review and a star rating. Like this week, I’ll read out my favourites in a future podcast.
    If you'd like to support this podcast, why not buy me a coffee (or preferably, a tea): https://ko-fi.com/quaranteabreak. You can also follow @QuaranTeaBreak on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
    See you very soon, and whether you stay indoors or venture out, please be kind.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep 11: Dane Baptiste – talking BBC Three’s Sunny D, keeping momentum with Black Lives Matter and being in awe of Marcus Rashford

    Ep 11: Dane Baptiste – talking BBC Three’s Sunny D, keeping momentum with Black Lives Matter and being in awe of Marcus Rashford

    HELLO, and welcome to EPISODE 11. Thanks for coming on board. Today’s brilliant guest is stand-up comedian, writer and actor DANE BAPTISTE. You’ll know Dane – the first black British act to be nominated for a Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – from Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and his incredible sitcom Sunny D. I was so delighted Dane joined us for this episode.
    I really loved our conversation. As always, we had an honest chat about lockdown life and what that has meant for him (for Dane, he was about to embark on his stand-up tour, Dane Baptise: The Chocolate Chip, which has now been postponed until next year – you can pre-order tickets here: https://danebaptiste.co.uk). Dane spoke about his experiences around the recent conversation about British TV comedy in light of Black Lives Matter, plus his sitcom Sunny D returning to BBC iPlayer. We also talked about how we keep the momentum around the Black Lives Matter movement, and whether he’s optimistic about change.
    We also gassed on about his exceptional podcast, Dane Baptise Questions Everything, which I love so much. Like this podcast, you’ll find it in all your usual pod places.
    As always, please, please, please subscribe and continue to recommend this podcast to your friends, family or newly formed social bubbles, and spread the word in playgrounds or parks from two metres. And if you’ve enjoyed the podcast, please drop a review and a star rating. I’ll read out my favourites in a future podcast. Plus, any review always makes my day.
    If you'd like to support this podcast, why not buy me a coffee (or preferably, a tea): https://ko-fi.com/quaranteabreak. You can also follow @QuaranTeaBreak on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
    See you very soon, and please stay indoors.
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    • 52 min
    Ep 10: Jason Watkins – talking the W1A lockdown Zoom meeting, quarantine telly picks and his work with Child Bereavement UK

    Ep 10: Jason Watkins – talking the W1A lockdown Zoom meeting, quarantine telly picks and his work with Child Bereavement UK

    Hello, how are you keeping? Before we get started, a HUGE thank you to… you. We’ve just had the biggest week on the podcast for two consecutive weeks, which is incredible news. You’ve gone out there, you’ve told people about us and new listeners have continued to jump on board each and every week. So, THANK YOU!
    But you’re here to find out about this week’s guest, and it’s BAFTA-winning actor Jason Watkins (The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, Line of Duty, W1A). Jason was such a lovely guest, and even though we were on video chat, I felt welcomed into his family home for this conversation. We chatted about what he’s been doing during these past few months. Jason talked about how he had to leave filming in South Africa as lockdown started. He spoke about how the incredible W1A lockdown Zoom meeting came about and plans for future ones – and he gave his reaction to the W1A idea to rerun the 2012 Olympics in its entirety was announced by Eurosport just days after they joked about it on the sketch.
    A trigger warning: there’s a discussion about grief and bereavement towards the end of this week’s episode (starting from timecode 00:40:48). If that’s something that’s not going to help you at this time, feel free to pause the show and return to it at a later date. If you need to speak to someone (or want to get further advice on how to help someone else going through bereavement), you can contact Child Bereavement UK (https://www.childbereavementuk.org, if you’re in UK you can call 0800 02 888 40) or Cruse Bereavement (https://www.cruse.org.uk, if you’re in the UK you can call 0808 808 1677).
    As always, please continue to recommend this podcast to your friends, family or newly formed social bubbles and help spread the word. It helps so, so much. And if you’ve enjoyed the podcast, a star rating and review always makes my day.
    If you'd like to support this podcast, why not buy me a coffee (or preferably, a tea): https://ko-fi.com/quaranteabreak. You can also follow @QuaranTeaBreak on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
    See you very soon, and please stay indoors.
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    • 52 min
    Ep 9: Stephen S. Thompson – talking BBC One drama Sitting In Limbo, the effects of the Windrush Scandal, and lockdown life

    Ep 9: Stephen S. Thompson – talking BBC One drama Sitting In Limbo, the effects of the Windrush Scandal, and lockdown life

    Happy Monday TQBP listeners! How are you doing this week? I hope this week will be a good one for you. Pop the kettle on for EPISODE 9 with novelist and screenwriter Stephen S. Thompson. He’s just created one of the finest dramas of 2020, Sitting In Limbo, which airs on BBC One at 8.30pm on Monday June 8 (available thereafter on BBC iPlayer). It’s based on his brother’s experience of being detained and threatened with deportation during the Windrush Scandal. It’s a film I’ve been thinking about for weeks.
    I really enjoyed my conversation with Stephen, which we recorded a few weeks ago. We chat about his film and writing something so personal. Stephen talks about how he got his brother on board and how Anthony has dealt with the long-term effects of going through this traumatic experience. We talk about scenes that involve video chat and how they’ve taken on a whole new meaning in the current climate. And we, of course, wade into the usual lockdown chat with a telly recommendation that harks back to a previous podcast guest.
    The people effected by the Windrush Scandal are still seeking compensation, and the damning report released just a few weeks ago has not received the attention it deserves. Please write to your local MP (use this handy tool: https://www.writetothem.com) to encourage the report to be discussed in more detail, and please spread the word about Sitting In Limbo because it’s an eye-opening account into how this scandal destroyed people’s lives. If you’d like to read the original Guardian article by Amelia Gentleman about Stephen’s brother Anthony, you can find it here: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/01/man-detained-threatened-with-removal-after-52-years-in-the-uk.
    As always, if you'd like to support this podcast, why not buy me a coffee (or preferably, a tea): https://ko-fi.com/quaranteabreak. And if you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, rate and review and tell a friend from at least two metres away. You can also follow @QuaranTeaBreak on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
    See you very soon, and please stay indoors.
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    • 40 min
    Ep 8: Kiri Pritchard-McLean – talking Comedy at The Covid Arms, stand-up in lockdown and breaking a virtual World Record

    Ep 8: Kiri Pritchard-McLean – talking Comedy at The Covid Arms, stand-up in lockdown and breaking a virtual World Record

    We cannot quite believe we’ve arrived at EPISODE 8. I hope you’ve been keeping well this week and are settled indoors with a brew for today’s conversation with double Chortle Award-winning stand-up comedian, writer and satirist Kiri Pritchard-McLean. I have wanted to get Kiri on the show since day one; not only because she’s one of the funniest comics on the circuit, but because I have been a huge fan of her brilliant work on The Covid Arms weekly digital comedy nights.
    This was such a good conversation. We chat about The Covid Arms, how it got started and how it broke a World Record. Kiri talks about what it feels like to be a comedian during lockdown and see an industry put on hiatus overnight. I ask what happened when she tried her hand at gardening (spoiler: it includes the most painful ‘slut drop’ in history). And Kiri makes her pitch to present a certain BBC show. There’s also the usual lockdown chat and telly recommendations.
    I can’t recommend The Covid Arms enough. Not only will your ticket help support live comedy and comedians, but it’s honestly the best digital thing I’ve done during lockdown. Visit www.comedyatthecovid.co.uk now to buy your ticket (you can get also pay a little bit extra to get front row tickets to interact with the acts – but get in early as those sell out fast). You can also buy merchandise on the website, with all the money going to the acts and The Trussell Trust.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, rate and review and tell a friend from at least two metres away. You can also follow @QuaranTeaBreak on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. And if you'd like to support this podcast, why not buy me a coffee (or ideally, a tea): https://ko-fi.com/quaranteabreak.
    See you very soon, and please stay indoors.
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    • 47 min

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