Missing Richard Simmons
It would be neglectful of us to pass over the top-of-the-charts elephant in the room, so we won't. Let the record show that you should be listening to Missing Richard Simmons, which in pure entertainment value lives up to the hype that has attended it. Documentary filmmaker Dan Taberski is a friend of the colourful fitness guru - or at least, he thought he was. A couple of years ago, the extroverted, super-connected, media-savvy Simmons withdrew abruptly from public life, and stopped responding to emails or phone calls from nearly everyone. For Dan, this is an incomprehensible puzzle, and he is determined to solve it. The motivation behind this quest does at times raise uncomfortable questions (as one interviewee puts it, "He might have been done, and he doesn't owe shit to anybody ... He's allowed to go away."). But it's impossible to resist the adventure that unfolds, which takes us down a Wonderland rabbit-hole, revealing new characters at every turn and sketching a loving portrait of a misunderstood Mad Hatter. Don't miss it.
Gateway episode: 1. Where's Richard? (15 Feb 2017)