Mark Thomas’s shows tend to be a stirring mix of biting political observation, a wealth of astutely observed characters and flowing, often lightly self-parodying storytelling. Like previous outing The Red Shed, Showtime from the Frontline is based on a journey which Thomas undertook. The former was to the perhaps more familiar setting of a legendary Wakefield Labour Club; here he has travelled to the front line of the Palestine-Israeli conflict, the West Bank in Gaza.
It’s not an exact science, but occasionally a brand turns up and ticks boxes all over the show. If you’ve been following our stuff for a few years you’ll know we wrote about stuff like Norse Projects and Universal Works in their first season and we’ve been on Adsum since the start too. Basically we’re massive coat geeks. It’s not that much of a boast tbf. When you’re a kid, it’s all a bit brandy and about fitting in, not standing out. You go with the safe options, the tried and tested.
If you feel like UK politics is unprecedentedly screwy now, James Graham’s fascinated foray into the minority Labour government of the '70s might offer some context. I’m not sure it’s reassuring to realise that our ancient systems of rule, “riddled with venerable tradition and slow decay” as Nick Clegg puts it in a programme note, have been that way for longer than our lifetimes. But it is enlightening.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".