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Mark Thomas’s lockdown check-up

7 EpisodesProduced by Mark Thomas, Wellcome CollectionWebsite

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 … read more

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Mark Thomas’s lockdown check-up trailer

November 18th, 2020


In this six-part podcast Mark Thomas reflects on lockdown life with his elderly mum while investigating the wider impact of COVID-19. Every night Mark calls health and care workers across the country for a chat. …

Episode 6: What lies ahead

September 3rd, 2020


After five long months, Mark Thomas is moving out of his mum’s and looking ahead. In the final episode of his coronavirus podcast, Mark asks his nightly network of health and care workers how they’re feeling about the …

Episode 5: Stress tests

August 27th, 2020


The last few months have been an emotional rollercoaster for us all, Mark Thomas and his mum included. But things have been especially hard for …

Episode 4: Splendid isolation

August 20th, 2020


Isolation has helped slow the spread of COVID-19, but it’s left many of us aching for company. In the fourth episode of his podcast, health workers …

Episode 3: It’s good to talk

August 13th, 2020


Coronavirus has made conversation complicated. It also means there are lots of difficult things that need to be said. In the third episode of his …

Episode 2: The masking tapes

August 6th, 2020


COVID-19 has left us all feeling exposed, Mark Thomas and his mum Margaret included. In the second episode of his coronavirus podcast, Mark calls …

Episode 1: The gloves are off

July 29th, 2020


Spending lockdown in a small flat with his elderly mum has pushed comedian Mark Thomas to reflect on their sometimes stormy relationship. It’s also made him want to find out more about COVID-19. In the first of six …

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