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February has been an exciting month for Stak and podcast enthusiasts, as Stak prepares to launch two brand new shows and signs a deal for a Jackie the Ripper adaptation with The Number 44, Goldfinch’s genre label.
Jackie the Ripper is a five-part dark comedy podcast following the investigations of lead Scotland Yard detective, Frederick Abberline, as he hunts down a female serial killer targeting men 150 years after Whitechapel’s infamous ripper. After just its first season, Stak and Goldfinch announced on February 15th that the chart-topping podcast has been optioned for an on-screen adaptation.
Elsewhere, Stak has also announced the launch of brand new speculative science show, Where’s My Jetpack? Hosted by space journalist, presenter and author Sarah Cruddas alongside Stak’s COO and Football Ramble presenter Luke Moore, Where’s My Jetpack? explores different pieces of retrofuturistic technology that never came to be: from jetpacks, to flying cars, to space hotels and colonies on Mars. Across 10 episodes, Sarah and Luke are joined by those at the very forefront of science academia and industry to find out what happened to these space age dreams, including current and former NASA astronauts, world-renowned physicists. The show takes listeners to the very limits of scientific discovery and pushes the envelope on what’s possible. Episode one was released on the 24th February, and subsequent episodes will follow weekly.
“Where’s My Jetpack? is a passion project of mine,” Sarah enthuses. “To not only help showcase why space exploration matters, but to also help inspire as many as possible about all the exciting inventions and innovations that are just around the corner. The reality is this: Science Fiction should be renamed Science Prediction, and the best is yet to come. Who wouldn’t want to take a ride into the space age future we were promised?”
Finally, Planet Weirdo with Holly H is Stak’s first collaboration with Amazon Music. Available exclusively on Amazon Music and hosted by social media star Holly H and Georgina Rivell, Planet Weirdo is a podcast all about celebrating what’s weird and unique in each and every one of us! Boasting an expressive array of celebrity guests such as Olympic diver Tom Daley, music producer Benny Blanco, and High School Musical actress Kaycee Stroh – Planet Weirdo is a delightful and light-hearted weekly romp through the weird and the wonderful. The first episode was released on the 25th of February, exclusively on Amazon Music.
“It’s been incredible working with Amazon Music on the Planet Weirdo podcast,” says Holly. “After so many epic years on social media, it’s been great to finally bring my voice to a whole new format with the help of Stak especially. We’ve had a blast recording the series and hanging out with some very cool friends and familiar faces, so I’m beyond excited for everyone to hear the first episode this Friday!”
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