Show goes on despite tragedy

October 27 2020

A PODCAST set up by three friends has survived personal tragedy to pass its 30,000th download.

The 3 Peaps in a Podcast team – Rich Brown, Patch Warner and Mike Pedley in 2018, before Mike lost his battle with cancer

The 3 Peaps in a Podcast team – Rich Brown, Patch Warner and Mike Pedley in 2018, before Mike lost his battle with cancer

Patrick 'Patch' Warner, Rich Brown and Mike Pedley were described as three peas in a pod when they worked together at Bristol finance firm Hargreaves Lansdown in the early 2000s.

Five years ago they turned their chat and banter into a podcast – a downloadable spoken-word show – and named it 3 Peaps In A PodCast.

Usually recorded in Patch's home in Emersons Green, with the occasional special event on location, the weekly show has been gathering momentum ever since.

But in May this year Mike, who lived in Longwell Green, died after a three-year battle with cancer.

The 39-year-old had had several operations and chemotherapy since he was first diagnosed with stomach cancer and had appeared to have beaten the disease before it returned last summer and spread to his liver.

Patch said: "Although one of the Peaps has passed away we are still carrying it on in his name. The show must go on, which was Mike’s wish, and with each podcast we record we will remember him."

Patch and Rich have continued the format of informal chat and "tangent-heavy witty banter", passing 30,000 downloads in September and now heading towards 32,000.

Shows include an ever-changing variety of content alongside regular segments including the Room of Doom, a play on the BBC One show Room 101, and Rich’s Rant, which Patch described as "a platform for Rich to get his latest bugbears off his chest in true grumpy-old man style".

The Peaps have also had a number of guests, many of whom either live or have grown up in Bristol, from TV personalities, sports stars and musicians to influencers, restaurateurs and a poet.

During lockdown they ventured away from Bristol-based guests, including a notable interview with Sky Sports presenting legend Jeff Stelling, but Patch says their "fantasy booking" would be Hanham-born comedian, actor and director Stephen Merchant.

The podcast, which can be downloaded via Apple and Google Podcasts, Spotify and Amazon, has also reviewed events, cook books, go-karting venues, theme parks and restaurants.

It has been featured on BBC Radio Bristol and had been due to record Episode 100 in the BBC studios before the lockdown forced the session to be postponed.

There is also a spin-off Bonus Show devoted to Bristol City and a post-match reaction show co-hosted by Bristol Post writer Matthew Withers.