If you aren't already familiar with the longrunning Something About the Beatles podcast, it can be heartily recommended - always assuming, of course, that you are the kind of person capable of being drawn to a regular podcast about that much-discussed group.
One of its cofounders, Richard Buskin, left the show a few months ago, and I have to admit I miss the give-and-take between him and Robert Rodriguez, now presenting solo, which was a considerable part of the podcast's appeal: an occasionally spikey conversation between two friends, each acutely aware of the other's predilections and never above some gentle mockery when the opportunity presented itself. With that comradely framework withdrawn, recent shows have perhaps been a little more variable, or maybe it's just that so many topics have already been covered in detail over the run that it's harder for a regular listener to be surprised. There is also the possibility that, after fifty five years of listening to them and thinking about them and writing a play about the non-appearance of one of them I am finally edging towards the condition of being All Beatled Out - but we both know that can't be true.
Anyway, there is a large archive of podcasts - 140 to date, averaging around two hours each - to allow you to come to your own conclusions. When they are taken as a whole there's no doubt it's a considerable achievement when compared to most other podcasters operating in the same field: throughout, pains have been taken in the hunting down of recordings, outtakes, isolated tracks and interview snippets, and shows are long enough to feel that the chosen topic has been covered in satisfying depth.
My introduction to the show was a programme about Mal Evans, which seemed admirably even-handed (and which I happen to know was enjoyed by a relative); thereafter I gorged myself on the archive for several weeks, delighting both in new discoveries and the acquiring of a more keenly appreciative awareness of aspects of the Fabs I thought I already knew backwards. I remain especially grateful for the industry of both gentlemen - and, I suppose, Fate, as the discovery of this resource happened to coincide with a period of enforced exercise which was suddenly made tolerable... not, perhaps, the kind of phrase which tends to be seized upon for use as a testimonial.