The Zeitgeist Tapes: Vote For Froglet

Clangers - Vote For Froglet (BBC1/Smallfilms, 1974) - listen to Tim Worthington talking to Emma Burnell and Steve Fielding about it in The Zeitgeist Tapes.

The Zeitgeist Tapes is a podcast hosted by Emma Burnell and Steve Fielding looking at the point where politics and pop culture collide. I’m the guest on this edition, talking about Vote For Froglet, the little-known and indeed little-seen election special of Clangers from 1974. It was produced at short notice to explain voting and campaigning to younger viewers in a year of two General Elections (which also had a knock-on effect on Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which also gets a mention), but it still has a surprising amount to say to us now. Even if it is mostly via the medium of swanee whistles.

You can listen to The Zeitgeist Tapes: Vote For Froglet here.

About The Zeitgeist Tapes

The Zeitgeist Tapes is a podcast looking at the point where politics and pop culture collide. You can subscribe to The Zeitgeist Tapes here or follow the show on Twitter at @ZTPodcast.

You can find further appearances by me on The Zeitgeist Tapes talking about politics and Doctor Who in the light of Jodie Whittaker’s casting here, and Free For All – the election-themed episode of The Prisonerhere.

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You can find plenty more of my thoughts on the Clangers and much more besides in my book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, a collection of columns and features with a personal twist. Can’t Help Thinking About Me is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

Further Listening

Emma has been a guest on my podcast Looks Unfamiliar, talking about (Whose Side Are You On?Sweet Valley High, Scoubidou, The Patchwork MonkeySplit Second and the Ever Ready ‘Power To The People’ advert) here and about The Royal Potwasher, Melody Radio, Channel 4’s Accidental Death Of An AnarchistA Woman In Your Own RightThe Lords Of Midnight and Herman’s Head here. Emma also appeared on Looks Unfamiliar talking about the Christmas Special of The West Wing here and the stage adaptation of When Harry Met Sally here.

Emma has also appeared on my Marvel Cinematic Universe podcast It’s Good, Except It Sucks talking about Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, which you can find here.

Further Reading

And You And I Would Call Them Dragonflies is a feature about my long search for the music from Bagpuss; you can find it here.

The Zeitgeist Tapes - a podcast looking at the point where politics and pop culture collide, presented by Emma Burnell and Steve Fielding.

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