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Tired Parents

5 Oct

A brand new web series from the minds of Tim Hope and Andrew Bone has launched today.

© Cloth Productions

© Cloth Productions

If you’ve gone through the delights – and agonies – of raising children, chances are you’ll empathise enormously with Tired Parents in which Hope and Bone provide the live-action faces and voices to an animated couple living in a dolls house riddled with parental and family issues.

Four mini episodes are now available to view below. In the first, the pair discuss that immortal argument that rages throughout the centuries: whose turn is it to get up in the night when the baby cries? The second sees them debate sleeping habits whilst out camping, while in episode three, there’s a big issue with a cardigan – or lack of one. Finally for now, the duo make a mental note to buy some potatoes.

The series marks a long awaited return from Tim Hope, whose past projects include 2010’s The Savage Canvas – which reunited him with 90s collaborator Julian Barratt – and the now legendary 1999 short The Wolf Man made by Hope and Waen Shepherd.

You can keep track of future episodes by liking the Tired Parents Facebook page over yonder.

The Pod On The Net… On The Net At Last!

22 May

© The Pod

A rare clip of Julian Barratt and Tim Hope’s experimental comedy act The Pod has emerged online via TVO’s very own Waen Shepherd.

Shepherd cameos in the piece – which aired on BBC2’s The Net back in 1997 – as a Shoreditch tramp, complete with Yorkshire accent and bottle of Olde English cider.  At the time, Shepherd & Hope were developing cult classic animated short The Wolfman from its origins as live performance art for The Node – itself an off-shoot of The Pod.

Having kept a copy of The Net feature all these years, and discovering it wasn’t on the internet (oh, the irony), Waen has uploaded to his own YouTube page for comedy connoisseurs to enjoy once again.

A fascinating glimpse into the past, both in comedic terms and to gawp at all that ‘cutting edge’ technology, this feels like it’s from another world.  Enjoy.

Don’t forget you can catch Waen Shepherd at TVO Live next week! Tickets and more info over yonder.


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