In­va­sion Of The Fans Top Of The Docs

Geek Syn­di­cate guys talk fan­dom for the Beeb

SFX - - Red alert - Watch out for the BBC’s sci- fi sea­son on BBC Two and the iPlayer from mid- Novem­ber.

Wouldn’t you know it? you

wait ages for a sci- fi sea­son and two turn up at once. As well as the BFI’s coun­try- wide Days Of Fear And Won­der fes­ti­val the BBC is get­ting in on the act, with a star- stud­ded BBC Two se­ries hosted by Do­minic Sand­brook, and a trio of iPlayer doc­u­men­taries, two of which are hosted by pod­cast supre­mos Dave Mon­teith and Barry Nu­gent.

“It started with an email from John Das, who’s the pro­ducer,” Nu­gent ex­plains. “He found us be­cause he’d lis­tened to some episodes of Geek Syn­di­cate. It’s one thing know­ing that peo­ple lis­ten to your pod­casts, but it’s another know­ing peo­ple from the BBC lis­ten as well. Maybe we shouldn’t have sworn so much!”

The first doc­u­men­tary, In­va­sion Of The Fans, fo­cuses on fan­dom in all its cos­play­ing, con­ven­tion-go­ing glory. The sec­ond sees Barry and Dave at­tend­ing a se­ries of events for the BFI’s Days Of Fear And Won­der, in­clud­ing a spe­cial screen­ing of Flash Gor­don at the Bri­tish Mu­seum.

For Dave and Barry, this is the cul­mi­na­tion of a near decade- long jour­ney in broad­cast­ing. “We started eight years ago and we didn’t re­ally take it se­ri­ously,” says Mon­teith. “But one of the geek mantras is to dream big, and here we are.”

“I was like, ‘ Are you kid­ding me?’ I think that will be on my grave­stone. It’s how I’ll be

re­mem­bered” Joel Schu­macher’s the only per­son still sur­prised by the neg­a­tive re­ac­tion to

the Bat- nip­ples.

Geek Syn­di­cate: a pair of well dressed gen­tle­men.

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