Today Change Makers moves to its new home: https://changemakers.works/ and we hope that you have the time to take a look. It is an exciting milestone for an initiative that began as an event and during lockdown has become a platform for conversations about the remarkable times in which we live.
With over 50 interviews released and counting, it is a showcase of insights and incredible influences from our guests. Change Makers presents fresh ideas and inspirational life stories from people with a passion – the campaigners, creators, connectors and contrarians – making a difference.
This new website is a one-stop-shop to find all episodes of the podcast, additional insights from our guests, new content exploring the themes that arise from their stories, and a new home for our collaborations with our brilliant partners.
TODAY’S INTERVIEWS: MARK GATISS AND JOSEPH GALLIANO
Today we welcome the acclaimed actor, writer and comedian Mark Gatiss and the co-founder and CEO of Queer Britain, Joseph Galliano. You can take a listen on our new website here, on Apple, Spotify, Audioboom or wherever else you get your podcasts.
Mark rose to prominence 25 years ago, as part of the hugely influential team behind The League of Gentlemen. Alongside Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Jeremy Dyson, the four brought their unique brand of humour to the mainstream, creating a critically-acclaimed series combining laughter, irreverence and horror. Mark’s career has taken him from Dr Who to Dracula, Wolf Hall to Westeros and perhaps most notably, 221B Baker Street as the co-creator of the BBC’s Sherlock alongside Steven Moffatt, where he also took a star turn as the eponymous Holmes’ brother, Mycroft.
A story Mark is helping to tell today is that of Britain’s LGBTQ+ history, as a supporter of Queer Britain. And Joseph Galliano’s mission as the charity’s founder is to complete the nation’s family tree by creating the UK’s first LGBTQ+ museum. Set to be the largest of its kind in the world, the museum will reflect every race, gender, and orientation under the LGBTQ+ umbrella in a bid to preserve histories that have been ignored or destroyed – while offering a shared space for the LGBTQ+ community, families and allies alike to come together and learn more.
Alongside these interviews, we are sharing an exclusive recording from an event at the Bishopsgate Institute last year, where Mark brilliantly performed readings from Mr Lucas’s diaries. Find the recording on both Mark and Joseph’s episode pages, by heading to the ‘Find out more’ section (Note: This recording contains explicit content).
GREAT BRITISH BRANDS
Today we also launch a new collaboration with Great British Brands and the 2021 What Next? Edition. Alongside the publication are Change Makers interviews with the people behind some of the most inspiring brands in the country.
First up in this special series is the chef, restaurateur and author Asma Khan, owner of Darjeeling Express. Described by the Evening Standard as a “force of nature: bold, funny, talented, philanthropic and unstoppable”, Darjeeling Express began as a private supper clubs for friends – becoming a critically-acclaimed restaurant and the hottest ticket in town. In 2019, she became the first British chef to feature on Netflix’s Emmy-award winning series Chef’s Table, and was recognised as Business Insider’s ‘coolest person in food and drink’. Take a listen here.
Remarkable times are an invitation to think differently. An opportunity to reset, renew and find new paths forward. We hope Change Makers helps on that journey.