The Culture Shot

Welcome to the Culture Shot, your regular shot of what’s new and noteworthy in the world of culture.

Hosted by Ben Monro-Davies, and brought to you by Midas – the leading communications agency for culture – each episode is a shot of culture, from books to theatre, film to dance, music to art.

Joined by a different guest each time, including writers, artists, creators and more, we get to the bottom of the most pressing issues in the culture sector today, while learning how our guests got to where they are today.


Episode 1

In this week’s episode we hear from Lola Shoneyin, Founder & Director of Aké Festival, about why the world needs a festival devoted to African and African Diaspora voices now more than ever, and how the pandemic has enabled this year’s event to become global, digital and free for all.

Episode 2

In this week’s episode we’re joined by investigative journalist Geoff White. Having covered technology for BBC News, Channel 4 News, Forbes and many others, Geoff White specialises in examining the impact of tech on our daily lives, from AI to the Dark Web. Discussing his new book Crime Dot Com, we go on a deep-dive into the world cybercrime, predicted to be one of the great themes of the twenty-first century.

Episode 3

This week we’re joined by judge turned resilience coach and author, Emma J Bell, discussing her inspirational audiobook, 9 Secrets to Thriving. Taking us on a 35,000 mile journey, Bell draws on insights from 50 inspiring people who have suffered trauma but are nonetheless thriving, identifying the nine secrets any of us can apply to our daily lives to thrive. 

Episode 4

As we mark Remembrance Day this week, we’re joined by Sunday Times #1 bestselling author, Damien Lewis, to discuss his epic new book, SAS Band of Brothers. For twenty years Damien worked as a war and conflict reporter for the world’s major broadcasters, winning numerous awards. Band of Brothers continues Damien’s iconic WWII elite forces series, revealing previously untold facets of one of the war’s most daring SAS missions, exploring its wider ramifications for the war as a whole, and its long-lived and extraordinary aftermath.

Episode 5

This week we’re joined by one of Britain’s most treasured horticulturalists, Monty Don, discussing his latest book American Gardens. Monty takes us on a fascinating journey through gardening culture across the Atlantic that shines a light on the relationship between culture, society and the garden.

Episode 6

For our first episode of the year, we’re joined by Özlem Cekic, Denmark’s first Muslim MP (2007-2015) and creator of #dialoguecoffee, discussing her inspiring new book, Overcoming Hate Through Dialogue. Tune in for a unique perspective on prejudice, where Cekic shares what it was like being a young Turkish Muslim immigrant growing up in Denmark, getting inundated with hate mail on election and how she coped and confronted the haters.