Day 197 - Mark Thomas's Lockdown Check-Up

Comedian and activist Mark Thomas has moved back in with his mum for the duration of the pandemic. He’s 57 and she’s 85. He says she’s curmudgeonly; she says he’s the most aggravating person on the planet.

In this six-part podcast, he reflects on their lockdown life together while investigating the wider impact of COVID-19. Every night, Mark calls health and care workers across the country for a chat. Humbling and often heartbreaking, these conversations reveal what life is like on the coronavirus front line.

This is a deeply lovely podcast series The whole series is great, but I particularly enjoyed Episode 7 in which Mark explores what it means to be isolated from others. It made me think about why we get in a room together to experience theatre, comedy, music. The series was made possible by the Wellcome Trust who we have to thank for so many brilliant collaborations between artists and scientists.

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