Jane Asher

Jane Asher is a well-known actress, author and businesswoman. She has appeared many times on the West End stage and on Broadway and in countless television and film dramas since the age of 5. As well as her acting work she has written over a dozen books, including three best-selling novels.

Jane is also President of the National Autistic Society and of Parkinson’s UK.  She is a Vice-President of Autistica, a Patron of Research Autism and of a number of other voluntary organisations. Jane has received honorary doctorates from Bristol University and the Open University in recognition of her work with autism and Parkinson’s disease.

Scott Arthur is an actor and theatre maker hailing from Llanelli, South Wales, graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 2010. He has since gone on to have a varied career within the arts. 

Scott is best known for his work in Good Omens (BBC/Amazon), Borg McEnroe (Nordisk/Svensk Film), Six Wives (BBC), The Archers (Radio 4), and most recently the critically acclaimed video game Elden Ring.

Emma Campbell-Jones is half-Scottish/ half-English and grew up in Edinburgh, the Borders, London, West Sussex, New Zealand and Florida and is the daughter of former Formula 1 driver John Campbell-Jones and great-niece of stage and film actress Diana Churchill. She trained at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in London.

Theatre credits include: The Best Man (Playhouse London and UK Tour); A Flea In Her Ear (Old Vic); How To Get Them –The Miniaturists (Arcola); The Girl With Red Hair (Royal Lyceum and Hampstead Theatre); and Pride and Prejudice (UK tour). Television credits include: Miss Scarlet and The Duke, The Power, Treadstone, Outlander, The Lodge, Royal Wives At War, The Coroner, Holby City, Law & Order: UK, Silent Witness, Doctor Who, The Tunnel, Dates, Jo, Red Dwarf, A Touch Of Cloth, Taggart, Eastenders, Doctors, Hotel Babylon, Dream Team 80s, Elizabeth David: A Life In Recipes, Sea of Souls and Casualty. Film credits include: The Reckoning, 6 Days, Dead In A Week Or Your Money Back, Perplexed Music and Terminally Happy.

Ralf Collie appeared in the feature films What Rats Won't Do and Sexy Beast. His TV work includes How to be a Little S*d (BBC), Shot At Dawn (Carlton TV), Getting Even! (Paramount TV), Absolute Cobblers! (Challenge TV), and The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry (ITN). 

On stage, Ralf has appeared in The Parable of the Blind (Brixton Shaw), Small Talk (International 3, Manchester), numerous Shakespearean roles and the title role in Doctor Faustus

Ralf has also supplied numerous voice characterization for animations, computer games, advertisements and audio drama, including Thief for Square Enix, the Doctor Who audio range for Big Finish, and Doctor Faustus: The Complete A & B texts for Lord Strange’s Men. Ralf has frequently provided voice characterization for animations by the artist Janette Parris, which have been exhibited at both Tate Modern and Tate Britain.

Jon Dear
Jon Dear is a writer and critic on TV and film. He has written for the BFI, including their Flipside range, Horrified Magazine, Curious British Television and Haunted Magazine. He also contributed to We Don’t Go Back: A Watcher’s Guide to Folk Horror and Royal Holloway University’s Forgotten Television Drama project. Jon is the co-host of the podcasts BERGCAST and Due Signori in Giallo. His forthcoming work includes the third volume of Play for Today on Blu Ray, and a commentary for the long awaited Blu Ray/DVD release of Rudolph Cartier and Nigel Kneale’s celebrated adaptation of Nineteen Eighty-Four. Jon is a patron of the British Film Institute and Shakespeare’s Globe.  

Web:  Twitter: @AccordingtoJonD

Dick Fiddy

Dick Fiddy is a writer/researcher employed by the British Film Institute in London as an archive TV programmer. He is the co-ordinator of the BFI’s Missing Believed Wiped initiative to locate and screen TV material missing from the official archives.  He also hosts many on-stage interviews and panel presentations for various organisations.

William Fowler

William Fowler is a film archivist, writer and musician. He is Curator of Artists' Moving Image at the BFI National Archive where he acquires, restores and curates films. His projects have included Queer Pagan Punk: Derek Jarman, the biggest ever UK retrospective of Jarman's films, and This Is Now: Film and Video After Punk which toured internationally in collaboration with artist moving image agency LUX. He is, with Vic Pratt, the co-creator and original programmer of The Flipside at BFI. Vic and Will's book The Bodies Beneath: The Flipside of British Film and Television was published by Strange Attractor Press in 2019.

Stephen Gallagher
After breaking in with scripts for two seasons of Doctor Who, Stephen Gallagher went on to become a writer and director of miniseries and episodic television. Credits range from 90s gene-splicing thriller Chimera to ITV science drama Eleventh Hour and its US remake, which took him to Los Angeles. He was showrunner and lead writer on NBC's Crusoe and joined ABC crime show The Forgotten, starring Christian Slater, as writer and co-executive producer. British series work includes anthology show Chillers, period detective drama Murder Rooms, and BBC technothriller BUGS. He adapted and directed his novel Oktober as an ITV miniseries and contributed feature-length episodes to Rosemary & Thyme. His two-part Silent Witness picked up a European Science Award for Best TV Drama and he recently worked on Stan Lee's Lucky Man for Sky. His fifteen genre-crossing novels include Valley of Lights, The Bedlam Detective and Nightmare, with Angel.

Mark Gatiss has had a long and varied career as a writer and producer behind the camera, as well as being a critically-acclaimed actor and published author. His early success on television was as part of the comedy troupe The League of Gentlemen, for which he both wrote and appeared onscreen as various characters.

Mark is the co-creator and executive producer of Sherlock, the hit BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman which has seen unprecedented global success, winning a total of nine Emmys and twelve BAFTAs across its four series.

Recent acting roles include The Duke of Marlborough in the BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated The Favourite (2018), Giles Winslow in Disney’s Christopher Robin (2018), Robert Cecil in BBC One’s Gunpowder (2017), Stephen Gardiner in Wolf Hall (2015), Peter Mandelson in James Graham’s Coalition (2015) for Channel Four and Tycho Nestoris in HBO’s Game of Thrones (2014-2017).

On stage, he has starred alongside Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus (2013), as Harold in Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band (2016) and as Doctor Shpigelsky in Patrick Marber’s adaptation of Turgenev’s Three Days in the Country for which he received the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Mark co-created and executive produced the BBC and Netflix drama Dracula. For Christmas 2021 he wrote and directed The Mezzotint (M.R James adaptation) for BBC Two and The Amazing Mr Blunden for Sky One - the latter of which he starred in alongside Simon Callow and Tamsin Greig. He also starred as Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story which he wrote for The Nottingham Playhouse and Alexandra Palace.

Toby Hadoke

Toby Hadoke’s one-man show, Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf, sold out at Edinburgh, played the West End, toured worldwide and spawned a Sony-nominated BBC Radio series. He has written a number of plays for BBC Radio 4 including The Dad Who Fell To Earth (BBC Audio Drama Award Nominee) and an adaptation of Nigel Kneale’s The Road. He is the regular MC of Manchester’s XS Malarkey Comedy Club, comperes at The Comedy Store and presents The 7th Dimension on Radio 4 Extra. He features regularly on documentaries and commentaries on classic TV DVD and Blu-rays (and won an RTS Award for his work on the Doctor Who range). On television he has most recently been seeing playing the recurring role of Fergus Dunford in Coronation Street and his other credits include An Adventure in Space and Time, The Forsyte Saga, Phoenix Nights, Casualty 1907 and Holby City. He contributes obituaries to the Guardian, has his own series of Doctor Who related podcasts, Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels, has guested on Loose Ends and The Last Word, acted in countless radio dramas for the BBC and Big Finish and is an experienced voice over artist and audiobook reader.

Web:  Twitter: @TobyHadoke

Howard David Ingham has been writing about fringe religion, alternative history and pop culture for two decades. Their most recent books are Cult Cinema: A Personal Exploration of Sects, Brainwashing and Bad Religion in Film and Television (2021) and the Bram Stoker Award-nominated We Don’t Go Back: A Watcher’s Guide to Folk Horror (2018). Their forthcoming book The Question in Bodies was funded by the HWA Rocky Woods Memorial Scholarship for Nonfiction, and they appeared in Kier-La Janisse's award-winning documentary Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror. Howard is co-host – with Jon Dear – of BERGCAST, the Nigel Kneale podcast.  


Johnny Mains
Johnny Mains is a British Fantasy Award-winning editor and nominated author. He created the critically acclaimed anthology series Dead Funny: Horror Stories by Comedians (co-edited with Robin Ince) and has edited several volumes of Best British Horror. Christened 'the Minister For Horror' by Charlie Higson, Mains has dedicated the last five years researching and publishing 'lost' supernatural works by female Victorian authors. His latest book as editor is They're Out to Get You: Animals and Insects.

Una McCormack
Dr. Una McCormack is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling science fiction writer who specialises in TV tie-in fiction. She has written more than twenty novels based on TV shows such as Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Discovery, Doctor Who, and Firefly, as well as many short stories and audio dramas. She has academic interests in women’s science fiction and transformative works (‘fanfiction’), has written and presented on topics such as women and the works of Tolkien, the novels of Vonda N. McIntyre, and William Golding and sf, and has co-edited a collection of essays on the sf writer Lois McMaster Bujold (with Regina Yung Lee). A former lecturer in creative writing, she continues to mentor writers, particularly those embarking on their first novel. She is on the editorial board of Gold SF, an imprint of Goldsmith’s Press which publishes intersectional feminist science fiction, and has been a judge for the Clarke Award, given annually for the best sf novel publishing in Britain. 


Andy Murray

Andy Murray is a writer and lecturer living in Manchester. In 2006 he wrote Into the Unknown, the first full biography of Nigel Kneale, for Headpress. Drawing extensively on a series of exclusive interviews with Kneale and others, it was fully revised and updated for a new edition in 2017. He has contributed to the 2003 BBC Four documentary The Kneale Tapes and the DVD / Blu-ray commentaries for Quatermass and the Pit and Nineteen Eighty-Four

Twitter: @MrGeetsRomo

Kim Newman

Kim Newman is a critic, author and broadcaster.  He is a contributing editor to Sight & Sound and Empire magazines.  His books about film include Nightmare Movies and Kim Newman’s Video Dungeon. His fiction includes the Anno Dracula series, The Hound of the D’Urbervilles and An English Ghost Story. He has written for television (Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema), radio (Afternoon Theatre: Cry-Babies), comics (Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland) and the theatre (The Hallowe’en Sessions), and directed a tiny film (Missing Girl).  His latest novel is Something More Than Night (Titan Books). 

Web:  Twitter: @AnnoDracula

Shala Nyx is an actor and creative activist with roots in south east London. Her most recent work as a creative/actor/writer/activist has been The People's Tribunal: Afghanistan Sessions co-created with Romanian collective Bezna Theatre, and Sxsterhood: an act of resistance, both for the Camden People's Theatre.

Stage credits include: A Thousand Splendid Suns (National Tour), Cookies (The Theatre Royal Haymarket), Listen Local (The Kiln), The Gravity (Bristol Old Vic), Road (Circomedia), The Shadow Factory (The Nuffield Theatre), and Every You and Every Me (Oxford Playhouse). Screen credits include: The Old Guard (Netflix), Eastenders (BBC), Henry VI (BBC3), Bottom Knocker Street (ITV), Knock Down Ginger, (BFI Films), Gifts, I Have Covid (YouTube Original), Toxic (LuxInflux), Der Grosse Bluff (Atlantis Film), Candle to Water (MUBI) and Unlike (Channel 4). Audio and Motion Capture work includes, Baldur’s Gate III (Larian Studios), Octonauts (Netflix), Millie and Lou (Youtube), Corpse Talk (You Tube) and The Helm of Midnight (Audible).

Shala trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Joseph Passafaro’s credits include roles in Stephen Merchant’s The Outlaws (BBC/Amazon), Masters of the Air (Apple) and the 2018 drama-documentary The Double Life of George Michael (ITV), in which he played the title role. On stage, he has appeared in Letters from the Front (Nottingham Lakeside and on tour) and Death Knell (English Theatre of Hamburg).

Vic Pratt
Vic Pratt is a film archivist, writer and historian, and a Blu-ray/DVD producer for the BFI. A co-founder of BFI Flipside, he has written of and spoken about film and television history for a wide range of books, magazines and video releases. With William Fowler he is co-author of The Bodies Beneath: The Flipside of British Film and Television, published in 2019.

Adam Scovell
Adam Scovell is a writer from Merseyside now based in London. He completed his PhD in Music at Goldsmiths in 2018. He has written for the BFI, Literary Hub, Financial Times, Little White Lies, and the BBC as well as many others. In his film work, he was worked on collaborations with Robert Macfarlane, Richard Skelton, Iain Sinclair and Laura Cannell among others. He is the author of Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange (Auteur, 2017), Mothlight (Influx Press, 2019), and How Pale the Winter Has Made Us (Influx Press, 2020). His latest novel, Nettles, is published by Influx Press in 2022.

Andrew Screen

Andrew Screen watched the original transmission of The Stone Tape when he was six years old and was a Nigel Kneale fan from then on. Based in Lancashire, Andrew writes on things film and television by night and by day is a SEN practitioner with nearly thirty years’ experience. He has written for Action TV and was editor of the magazine’s website for several years. His work has been published in Creeping Flesh Volume 1 and 2 (Headpress), The Sapphire and Steel Omnibus (Pencil Tip Publishing) as well as Horrified Magazine. His guide to Nigel Kneale's Beasts is forthcoming. 

Twitter: @aneercs

Matthew Sweet
Dr. Matthew Sweet is author of Inventing the Victorians (2001), Shepperton Babylon (2005), The West End Front (2011) and Operation Chaos: The Vietnam Deserters Who Fought the CIA, the Brainwashers and Themselves (2018). A familiar voice in British broadcasting, he presents Free Thinking and Sound of Cinema on BBC Radio 3. He was Series Consultant on the Showtime/Sky Atlantic series Penny Dreadful and in the BBC2 drama An Adventure in Space and Time he played a moth from the planet Vortis.

Abra Thompson is an actor and writer from Bristol, graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2017. Since leaving RWCMD, Abra has worked extensively in TV & Radio, including the award winning comedy series This Country (BBC), Trying (Apple TV), The Nevers (HBO), and most recently the critically acclaimed Showtrial (BBC).

Carrie Thompson
Carrie Thompson is an actor and writer. She’s also one half of producing partnership Hermetic Arts, with Chris Lincé. They specialise in genre work across theatre, film and audio drama, and have created works on topics including Dungeons and Dragons and the 1980s Satanic Panic, 1970s folk horror children's television, and a chaos magick positivity cult.

Carrie has worked extensively with comedian Arthur Smith; sometimes as a tap dancing bear, sometimes as a philosophical sheep and sometimes as a backing singer/musician, in his show, Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen, Volume Too. She has also written two Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish.

Twitter: @Carrie_Smatic / @Hermetic_Arts

Jennifer Wallis

Dr. Jennifer Wallis is a historian of medicine at Imperial College London, where she teaches a variety of undergraduate modules, from the history of intoxication to the history of human experimentation. She is also one half – with David Kerekes – of indie publisher Headpress. 

Her writing on film and television includes contributions to Offbeat: British Cinema’s Curiosities, Obscurities and Hidden Gems (ed. Julian Upton; Headpress, 2022) and Shocking Cinema of the 70s (ed. Julian Petley and Xavier Mendik; Bloomsbury, 2021). She’s currently working on the history of death and photography, as well as trying her hand at science fiction.

All guests appear subject to working commitments.