Category Archives: announcement

Sometimes we need to tell you about what’s happening with the podcast or just our site in general. That’s what you’ll find in “Announcements”.

Money Supporting Boxcutters

In the last couple of weeks we’ve asked for donations during the episode. Some listeners requested more information about how we use the money we raise. Here’s a little history of the money we’ve raised so far and what we plan for the future.
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***DELAYED*** Ep 258


This episode of Boxcutters will be a little late due to technical difficulties – the cause is all rather complicated so let me just say this is why we have backups. Check back late Tuesday night (GMT+10) when the show should be available.

When it is up, you’ll be able to hear all about Bob’s Burgers, British shows coming to Australia and what really went wrong with Live from Planet Earth.


Why not spend the time in between reading about how wonderful our ACMI event was?

Alternatively, entertain yourself with Toby Halligan and Mathew Kenneally’s Diary Leaks.

Boxcutters, Degrassi, Press Gang and You

Picture from Press GangAs you’ve probably heard by now, Boxcutters is presenting a night at ACMI where we’ll be discussing Press Gang and the Degrassi series as well as some other after school early 90s faves.

We want to hear from you. If you were a fan of these shows, if you were influenced by Lynda Day, Spike Thomson, Joey Jeremiah or Caitlin Ryan, then please send us a quick video of yourself telling us how these shows affected your life.

All we want is you talking to your computer. Quality is nowhere near as important as content. We’re putting together a web-sourced vox pop for the show at ACMI and we really want you to be a part of it.

If you have any questions you can contact us any time.

Don’t know what to say? Just answer some of these questions:

  • Who was the character you most identified with?
  • Did you want to be or actually believe you were this character?
  • Did these programs change the way you behaved in real life? How?
  • What did you think of the way romance and sex were portrayed in these shows?

Some quick answers to these questions and you’ll be helping us out a lot.

Thanks so much.

You can send us your file using free services DropSend or YouSendIt or you can just post it up on YouTube or our Facebook page and send us a link.

A Slight Delay

We’ve had some scheduling difficulties getting the team together for a Monday night record so this week’s show will come out on Tuesday night.

It’s worth waiting for, though. It’s John’s turn to discuss one of his Greatest TV Characters of All Time and I’ve done a brief interview with Raj Roy about the place TV has in the world of motion picture art.

If you haven’t voted yet, or if you just want to get something off your chest, give us a call on +613 9016 9269 or search for “Boxcutters” on Skype.

Call us now about Daria

We’re recording this week’s Boxcutters episode a couple of days earlier because of various Monday night commitments.

Therefore, if you want to call us to talk about Daria Morgendorfer or any other character you think should be listed in the Greatest TV Characters of All Time, you need to do so before 2pm Saturday to get in for this episode.

+613 9016 9269 will get you some voicemail goodness. Leave a message after the beep and we’ll pick it up.

If you’re on Skype you can just search for Boxcutters and you’ll find us.

The Boxcutters Hotline

tom-baker.jpgTo help you get your true emotions off your chest and to help us get a better understanding of who you think is the Greatest TV Character of All Time, we now have a phone number you can leave a message on.

+613 9016 9269 will get you some voicemail goodness. Leave a message after the beep and we’ll pick it up. If you’re on Skype you can just search for Boxcutters and you’ll find us.

All messages left on the Boxcutters Hotline are likely to be played on the podcast so be aware that you might hear your voice coming back to you.

Also, we’re only able to do things like have a phone number because of the wonderful people who donate to Boxcutters. So if you feel like really helping us out, please click on one of the donate buttons to the right. You’ll be taken to a secure PayPal payment system and you can use your credit card.

Thanks for all your help.

Call us before 3pm Monday (AEST) if you want to leave your thoughts about The Doctor or Lynda Day, who we’ll be covering this week.

So here we go. This is in no way the final list. These are just the finalists we’ve all chosen from our own brains. We’re waiting on all of you to get us all of your lists.

Send them to us or leave them as comments in the blog and next Monday on the show we’ll announce the schedule for revealing the full list, complete with explanations.

Please try to limit your lists to 10 each. We know it’s really hard. We’ve all done it. The order will be fairly arbitrary but the most repeated characters will get extra weighting towards the top of the list.

Now, without any fanfare at all, here we go:


  1. Omar Little (The Wire)
  2. Shirly Schmidt (Boston Legal)
  3. Tracy Jordan (30 Rock)
  4. Lynne Postlewaite (D-Generation, Fast Forward, Big Girls Blouse) And here’s a Youtube snippet for those who can’t remember.
  5. Darlene (Roseanne)
  6. Toby Ziegler (The West Wing)
  7. Calamity Jane (Deadwood)
  8. Janice Soprano (The Sopranos)
  9. Ruth Fisher (Six Feet Under)
  10. Coach Taylor (Friday Night Lights)


  1. Agent Dale Cooper (Twin Peaks)
  2. Endora (Bewitched)
  3. Vic Mackey (The Shield)
  4. Karen Walker (Will & Grace)
  5. Matron Dorothy Conniving-Bitch (Let the Blood Run Free)
  6. Lynda Day (Press Gang)
  7. Daria Morgendorffer (Daria)
  8. Omar Little (The Wire)
  9. Al Swearengen (Deadwood)
  10. Hank Kingsley (The Larry Sanders Show)


  1. The Doctor (Doctor Who)
  2. Liz Lemon (30 Rock)
  3. Bernard Black (Black Books)
  4. Don Draper (Mad Men)
  5. Nate Fisher (Six Feet Under)
  6. Lisa Simpson (The Simpsons)
  7. Emma Peel (The Avengers)
  8. Lynda Day (Press Gang)
  9. Gene Hunt (Life on Mars)
  10. Professor Quatermass (the Quatermass serials – not because he’s interesting, but because the success of the character was important and would shape TV for years to come)


  1. Reginald ‘Bubbles’ Cousins (The Wire)
  2. Eric Cartman (South Park)
  3. Dr Perry Cox (Scrubs)
  4. Chris Stevens (Northern Exposure)
  5. Oscar the Grouch (Sesame Street)
  6. Simon Adebisi (Oz)
  7. Alex P. Keaton (Family Ties)
  8. Al Swearengen (Deadwood)
  9. Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson (Prisoner)
  10. Jim Halpert (The Office (US))

Hey, hey Kids!

We do have a show for you this week, with a fascinating conversation with Carol-Lynn Parente, the Executive Producer of Sesame Street, but I’ve had a couple of corrupt file issues in the elements of the show. All being well, it was just an issue with the transport media and the recordings are safe and well at the studio.

Consequently, the show will be up about a day late but it’s definitely worth the wait.

Love and kisses,

Because we are all the fifth cylon

For this week’s episode, the computer decided that we should largely sound like Davros. Sorry but we’re not going to put it up.

It was hilarious and insightful but clearly just wasn’t meant to be.

If you want, you can take this opportunity to listen to John interview Alan Brough. It has swears in it!

Exterminate. Exterminate.
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Pitching a buddy detective drama

OK. ActualChad is clearly throwing everything he’s got at this pitching competition. We’re loving his entries. Here’s a video trailer he produced:

Think you’ve got what it takes to beat ActualChad? Enter the Pitch Boxcutters competition and win yourself a Crumpler Bean Bag!