Kermode and Mayo announce new movie review podcast

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Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode are carrying on with their film witterings on a new podcast (Getty)
Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode are carrying on with their film witterings on a new podcast (Getty)

Within minutes of their final show on BBC Five Live, Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode have announced a new movie review show called Kermode & Mayo's Take.

The broadcasting duo ended their popular film review show at the BBC today after 21 years on air, but teased their listeners that there was more to come from them.

Within moments of their last BBC broadcast, which ended with an emotional greatest hits compilation, they announced a new show — seemingly backed by Sony Music Entertainment — that would take the form of two new weekly podcasts: Take One and Take Two.

Read more: Why Kermode & Mayo is coming to an end

Talking on a teaser for the new show, Kermode said: "They thought we were going away but we're back. Biggerer, betterer, largerer, and more is morer."

They also revealed that the show would expand beyond the scope of their BBC show, which only covered movies, saying the podcast would review: "Big films, small films, weird films, new films, and... television, big television, proper television, finally."

Take Two seems to be an Apple Podcasts exclusive show, with subscribers on that platform getting Take One ad-free too.

Read more: BBC radio will be a much less welcoming place without Kermode and Mayo

The duo announced their exit from the BBC early March, announcing the move with Mayo saying: "We are way too expensive, and there are much better things for the BBC to be spending their money on.

Film critic Mark Kermode (right) and Simon Mayo join the BBC Philharmonic orchestra at MediaCityUK in Salford, for the film review show on BBC Radio 5 live.   (Photo by Dave Thompson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Film critic Mark Kermode (right) and Simon Mayo join the BBC Philharmonic orchestra at MediaCityUK (PA Images via Getty Images)

"April the 1st will be our last show... on Five Live."

The BBC has yet to announce a replacement for the show.

The duo wrote in a statement online: “After 21 years (and as many drummers) the Flagship Film Show @wittertainment will make its final 5Live voyage on April 1st.

“But like Tap, we’ll be back … Stay tuned. Long live Wittertainment.”

Another statement posted to their show’s Twitter page said the decision to step away from the programme was their own.

They said: “21 years is a long time to be clogging up the schedules. We – and no one else – have decided to step away… To withdraw… spread our wings… to exit, pursued by a bear.”

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