Southbank Centre's Book Podcast: Richard Ayoade in conversation

In this episode of Southbank Centre’s Book Podcast we have an excerpt from writer and director Richard Ayoade in conversation with Adam Buxton, as he reflects on his award-winning films and comedy.

As well as reading extracts from his latest book Ayoade on Top, the author explains how he drew inspiration from the unlikely source of cabin crew rom-com, View From the Top, starring Gwyneth Paltrow.

Ayoade first burst onto our screens as the character of Dean Learner in Garth Marenghi's Darkplace and Maurice Moss in the Emmy Award-winning The IT Crowd, for which he was awarded a BAFTA as Best Performance in a Comedy.

Since then he has adapted and directed Joe Dunthorne’s novel Submarine for the screen, and is the co-writer (with Avi Korine) and director of film The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg.

Richard Ayoade in conversation with Adam Buxton by Southbank Centre's Book Podcast

This is why the internet is stressful because if you have a completist nature and you go, well I’d like to read all of this - that’s bad… if you want to finish it, that’s not compatible with life.
Richard Ayoade


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