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This week on Drama School Dropout I am joined by the amazing Sacha Parkinson. We chat about finding your feet, getting comfortable, learning to shut up, turning thirty, setting boundaries, accepting that you're not going to play younger roles, Ingram's screen acting anxiety, starting acting as a child versus starting as an adult, our shared TV obsession, where Sacha gets a really weird shooting pain, dressing up as Frank Gallagher for Michelle Keegan's leaving party, getting a whole new wardrobe from Coronation Street, stealing, the funniest stage rights and stage shites, being in Mr Selfridges, being ten feet away from Angelina Jolie and having a film at the Toronto Film Festival. Submit your story for Stage Right or Stage Shite: https://forms.gle/1p296t4Uu1F1XVvN9 Host: Ingram Noble Guest: Sacha Parkinson Producers: Heather Spiden & Ingram Noble Links: Ingram's Instagram & Twitter: @ingramnoble Sacha's Instagram: @sachalparkinson Get This Is Where We Get Off Tickets: https://webstersglasgow.com/whats-on/event/this-is-where-we-get-off/ Patreon: www.patreon.com/dramaschooldropout
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RICCCKKKKKKKKKYYYYYYYYYYYY!It's a name we fell in love with when SID OWEN played infamous Ricky Butcher in Eastenders for many years, on and off since 1988.He is returning to Albert Square very soon, but Lee caught up with him to talk life on London's most famous street so far and the release of his book which is out now to fill Santa's stocking with.Hear all about how Sid was catapulted to fame with the highs and lows along the way.There are over 60 more episodes of Soap From The Box to listen to right now, with many more on their way. You favourite stars from Eastenders, Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, Neighbours, Home And Away and Emmerdale chat to Lee about the shows they were in and life outside them.Lee Salisbury directed soap for over 10 years and opens his black book to let you in on the stories no one else knows. If you are interested in sponsoring Soap From The Box, please get in contact with the team on instagram @soapfromthebox
Thanks to the World Cup messing with the telly schedules, this week's Coronation Street has all been uploaded to the ITV Hub early! We've binged all the episodes, and in this edition of the podcast, we chat about what'll be going down in Weatherfield between the 23rd and the the 27th November (Episodes #10801 - 10806). This week, Hope takes hero worshipping of her serial killer dad to the next level as she attempts to re-enact Charlotte Hoyle's murder by hammer at school. Meanwhile, as Sam comes face to face with Harvey to give him a good grilling, will he get the answers he's looking for? Also this week, Griff enlists Spider to protest Maria's community centre takeover, Summer plans to go on the run to keep her pregnancy under wraps (and we heartily approve!) and an old flames barges her way back into Ken's life. It's only been a few days since our last podcast, but we've still got a couple of news items to discuss in The Kabin, including Sue Cleaver's exit from the jungle and Charlie Lawson's comments that Corrie could be axed within the next ten years - do we agree? We finish things off with a couple of your lovely emails. Street Talk: 00:16:02 The Kabin: 02:30:24 Feedback: 02:44:05
The stars are out as Dr Pete Olusoga explores the psychology of stage and screen with the wonderful British actor (and Coronation Street veteran), Shobna Gulati. Joining them is Psychologist and Lecturer at Lancaster University, Dr David Tod, for a fascinating conversation about the psychology of acting. What are the mental processes involved in preparing for and taking on an acting role? How can performers manage the intense scrutiny that goes with their jobs? Find out, in this brilliant episode of EightyPercentMental. Shobna Gulati on Twitter: @ShobnaGulati Shobna Gulati on Instagram: @shobnagulati Contact Dr David Tod: email@example.com
When a spatio-temporal hyperlink connects 1963, 2013 and 2022, we find ourselves joined by Greg Miller for a conversation about our little fanboy hearts, the anniversary special An Adventure in Space and Time, and the brave, clever and difficult people who created the show that brought us all together. Notes and links Coronation Street got here first, with its dramatisation of the creation of the show — The Road to Coronation Street (2010), featuring our very own Celia Imrie and Shaun Dooley, as well as real-life Doctor Who villain Steven Berkoff. As is now well known, the first Doctor Who novelisation Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks (1965) invents a different meet-cute for the Doctor and its narrator Ian Chesterton: Ian meets the Doctor, Barbara and Susan after being involved in a car crash on Barnes Common, which is the location of the first scene of An Adventure in Space and Time. The TV interview we mention with Bill Hartnell in 1967 can be found on YouTube, and as a special feature on the DVD release of The Tenth Planet. The story of the rediscovery of this interview can be found in this article in The Guardian from 2013. Australian journalist Annabel Crabb created a four-part documentary called Ms Represented (2021) about the ugly truth of how female politicians have been treated in the Australian Parliament. Here is the incredible story of Underground (1958), a live television drama in which the main actor died during broadcast, and which was partly saved by the intervention of Verity Lambert. And finally, William Russell played an RAF pilot in The Man Who Never Was (1956), and was the lead in the television series The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (1956–1957) alongside Ronald Leigh-Hunt from The Seeds of Death and Revenge of the Cybermen. Follow us Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Richard is @RichardLStone, and Simon is @simonmoore72. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on Apple Podcasts, or we'll elide your character with Jackie Lane in upcoming Flight Through Entirety biopic. And more You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker Era of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found. We'll be back with a new flashcast on the second Russell T Davies era in November 2023. Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. In our most recent episode, we watched in awe as Roger Moore and Tony Curtis solved the mystery of The Long Goodbye. We can also be heard on the Blakes 7 podcast Maximum Power, which a few weeks ago started its coverage of Series B of the show. In today's episode we will be discussing Series B, Episode 3, Weapon, by Doctor Who's very own Chris Boucher. And finally, there's our Star Trek commentary podcast, Untitled Star Trek Project, featuring Nathan and friend-of-the-podcast Joe Ford. We've been having a short break to give us the chance to rest on our laurels after our first year of podcasting. Today, we're recommending our coverage of Star Trek: The Original Series.
On our latest podcast, we chat about the episodes of Coronation Street shown in the UK between the 14th and the 18th November 2022 (Episodes #10795 - 10800) - well... we do as soon as we finish reeling from the news that Millie Gibson is going to be playing The Doctor's new companion in the new series of Doctor Who, anyway! Once we finally get onto the topic of the latest goings on in Weatherfield, we kick things off, of course, with the extremism story, which continued to have us gripped this week. With Max seemingly in denial about just what sort of people he's getting involved with, Roy's epic takedown of Griff at his community centre speech and Spider's continuing lies to Toyah about his double life, there was certainly a lot to talk about there! Also this week, Debbie plans to sell the Bistro, Stu and Yasmeen finally admit their feelings for one another, and Bernie's somewhat silly, but in our opinion very entertaining, doppelgänger story reaches its epic Fern-ale. Next up on the podcast, it's The Kabin, and there's a tonne of Corrie related news to discuss this week, including Corrie's Promax UK Award, Helen Flanagan's tease of a return to the cobbles, and the announcement of an official Coronation Street gin - the fabulously named Wonky Duck. You can bet that Gemma will be hunting down one of those to taste test on a future podcast! All that, plus the news that Neighbours is to return to our screens next year, along with thousands of classic episodes available to stream - which gets us jolly excited about the potential for something similar to happen to all those old Corrie episodes one day! Street Talk - 00:16:42 The Kabin - 02:14:48 Feedback - 02:39:19
Today, you and I walk with TV, film and stage actor Bill Ward. A multi-award winner for his challenging role as Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street, one of the globe's biggest soaps, playing Britain's 'vilest villain,' he is also a highly regarded decorated photographer who savours time making pictures in nature, in particular adopting ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) as his channel to mindful connection with Mother Earth. Bill shares advice on how to shoot ICM and revisits his time on set playing Charlie. We talk about landscape photography, always saying yes to opportunity and how picture-making with a camera is a tonic in a highly charged world. See the SHOW PAGE and our thanks to the Extra Milers and mpb.com.
Julie Hesmondhalgh, who played Hayley Cropper on Coronation Street, on writing a survival guide for new actors- An Actor's Alphabet. What happens when football is taken from the pitch and put on the canvas? Nick Ahad is joined by the curators of three football-inspired exhibitions: Art of the Terraces at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, plus The Art of the Football Scarf and It's The Hope That Keeps Us Here at OOF Gallery in Tottenham Hotspur's stadium. Chornoblydorf, a new opera that looks at a post-apocalyptic world, opens this year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Co-composer Illia Razumeiko joins Front Row to talk about the optimism behind this dark production. The Bruntwood Playwriting Prize winner, Nathan Queeley-Dennis, on getting the top prize with his debut play, Bullring Techno Makeout Jamz, about a young Black man on a journey of self-discovery with the help of his barber and Beyoncé's lyrics. Presenter: Nick Ahad Producer: Ekene Akalawu Image: Square Gogh by Ross Muir, on display in the exhibition Art of the Terraces at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool
In this week's bonus podcast, we tackle two more questions from our inquisitive listeners. First up, we ponder what Corrie SHOULD do, what they should STOP doing, and what they should NEVER do - take note, Iain Macleod! (Of course, our lack of knowledge of anything when it comes to soap budgets and filming schedules means that many of our ideas are probably a little on the ambitious side, but that certainly didn't stop us listing our numerous suggestions for improvement!) After that, with the news that the next Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place here in the UK next year, we pondered which characters from Coronation Street would make the best hosts - and who should be delivering that sarcastic commentary as the ceremony unfolds!
This week on Drama School Dropout I am joined by the amazing Michelle Collins. We chat about how Michelle got into acting, childhood trips to the Palladium pantomimes, being told at school you can't be an actor, doing a pottery GCSE, Drama School Rejection, her music career, the benefits of Equity, lying about being able to play the trumpet, her first TV job alongside Gary Oldman, auditioning for the part of Punk Mary on EastEnders before landing the role of Cindy Beale, theatres burning down left, right and centre, the tricks they used to hide her pregnancy on EastEnders, the fundraiser for actors she pulled off in lockdown, supporting local theatres, being proactive as an actor, how she felt about joining Coronation Street after being in EastEnders, her mad commute from Coronation Street to home and advice from our younger selves. Submit your story for Stage Right or Stage Shite: https://forms.gle/1p296t4Uu1F1XVvN9 Host: Ingram Noble Guest: Michelle Collins Producers: Heather Spiden & Ingram Noble Links: Ingram's Instagram & Twitter: @ingramnoble Michelle's Instagram: @michelledcollins Get This Is Where We Get Off Tickets: https://webstersglasgow.com/whats-on/event/this-is-where-we-get-off/ Patreon: www.patreon.com/dramaschooldropout
Episode #547 of Conversation Street is here, and this week, we chat about what went on in Weatherfield between the 31st October and the 4th November (Episodes #10783 - 10788). The Halloween festivities in the first of this week's visits to the cobbles definitely helped lend an autumnal air to Coronation Street, but if you think that means the end of Summer, you'd be sadly mistaken - at least where the character is concerned, that is. Yes, Miss Spellman remained very much in the spotlight this week as she decided she'd rather have ten grand than a termination - but will she be able to keep her bulging belly a secret from Billy? Meanwhile, Max gets drawn into the shady world of far-right Halloween parties (kind of like normal ones but with more people dressed up as crusaders), Fiz and Tyrone discover who's been leaking their family secrets, and Sean makes a shocking discovery about Lawrence's past.. Up next on the podcast, it's time for The Kabin, where take a look at Sue Cleaver's motivations for signing up to this year's I'm A Celebrity. We round off the show with more of your listener feedback. Street Talk - 00:07:38 The Kabin - 02:25:23 Feedback - 02:38:49
Michael Fenton Stevens is an actor and comedian. He is best known for being a founder member of The Hee Bee Gee Bees and the voice behind the Spitting Image 1986 number 1 hit "The Chicken Song". He also starred in KYTV, its Radio 4 predecessor, Radio Active and Benidorm as Sir Henry since Series 4 which was first broadcast in 2011, and as an anchor on 3rd & Bird on CBeebies.Fenton Stevens featured in regular roles as Hank in the 1996 series The Legacy of Reginald Perrin, and as Ralph in Andy Hamilton's 2003 television sitcom Trevor's World of Sport, as well as in the Radio 4 version of the latter which was broadcast in 2004. Stevens had previously appeared in a guest role in Drop the Dead Donkey, another television comedy series written by Hamilton, and appears regularly in various roles in Hamilton's Radio 4 sitcom Old Harry's Game. He has also featured in Ian Hislop's sitcom My Dad's the Prime Minister as the Home Secretary. He plays the eponymous Inspector Steine in Lynne Truss' long-running Radio 4 comedy series. From 2004 until 2005 he appeared in two series of Julia Davis's dark comedy series Nighty Night as the Reverend Gordon Fox. He also appeared in various roles in the Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series. In 2007, he played the similarly named Michael Wenton Weeks in Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. He has provided the voice of Mr Beakman, a toucan, in the CBeebies show 3rd & Bird. He has a recurring role in the sitcom My Family as Mr Griffith, the boss of the dental corporation "Cavitex". He has played Sir Henry in Benidorm since Series 4 which was first broadcast in 2011.Notable guest appearances have been as the next door hotel guest in "Mr. Bean in Room 426"; and alongside Hee Bee Gee Bees bandmate Angus Deayton as the brother-in-law of Deayton's character in an episode of One Foot in the Grave. He played Alan Perkins, a holiday rep in Spain in "The Unlucky Winner Is" episode of Only Fools And Horses. He played a guest role in Coronation Street in November 2004. In 2006, he guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio adventure The Kingmaker. He also appeared in Series 3 Episode 3 of Outnumbered, as a substitute player called 'Lance' in a tennis match, and in the "Music 2000" episode of Look Around You as the chairman of the Royal Pop and Rock Association. In 2022 he appeared as Tony Vanoli in a fourth season episode of Ghosts.He is a very successful Pantomime Dame, having written and appeared in a number of pantos over the years. From December 2006 until January 2007, he starred in and wrote the Cambridge Arts Theatre pantomime version of Aladdin in the role of Widow Twankey. In 2015, Stevens appeared as Dr. John Radcliffe in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Helen Edmundson's Queen Anne.Since 2020, with help from his son John Fenton Stevens, a series of podcasts has been released called My Time Capsule with guests such as Stephen Fry, Rebecca Front, Rick Wakeman, Mark Gatiss, Rufus Hound, David Mitchell, Anthony Head, Chris Addison, Rev Richard Coles, Griff Rhys Jones, Richard Herring and David Baddiel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Joining us this episode to discuss the highs and lows of parenting (and life) is the actor and Coronation Street star - Simon Gregson. 'Queens for the Night' - Saturday 5th November at 8:30pm on ITV Thanks, Rob + Josh. We're going on tour!! Fancy seeing the podcast live in some of the best venues in the UK? Of course you do, you're not made of stone! Tickets available now on the dates and at the venues below. We can't wait to see you there... ON SALE NOW 14th April 2023 - Manchester AO Arena 19th April 2023 - Nottingham 20th April 2023 - Cardiff 21st April 2023 - London (The O2) 23rd April 2023 - London (Wembley) 28th April 2023 - Birmingham Utilita Arena If you want to get in touch with the show here's how: EMAIL: Hello@lockdownparenting.co.uk TWITTER: @parenting_hell INSTAGRAM: @parentinghell A 'Keep It Light Media' Production Sales, advertising, and general enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
These are confusing times, to say the least (Cronos in Trenton NJ) voice. If I turn on the television, I can either pick a spirited debate about Kyrie Irving's YouTube recommendations, a panel discussion about who was the worst Nixon Richard, Mojo or Dale, or most confusingly of all, a gang of thugs labeling Coronation Street's Peter Barlow, “The Wokemeister” for his walking out on an (unnamed) racist band. So the answer, my friends, is NOT turn on the television and be a willing participant in the dumbing down of the human race, instead choosing to embrace this communications medium. Mixcloud is charging me a premium for the privilege of reaching dozens of you and with that in mind, opportunities to underwrite this program will soon be on offer. If you represent some sort of dubious dating app, job-seeker website or you're a purveyor of 50mg and up Delta gummies, HMU. Everyone has their price, mine just happens to be very reasonable.
Turn out the lights and lock the doors, for we have a fearsome tale for you this week, dear listener - a tale of misery, mystery... and murder. Although some may say that all residents of Coronation Street have suffered in some form or another during their time on the cobbles, it is perhaps those who dwell under the roof of Number 6 whose lives have been most cursed. Is it just a coincidence, or are there more malevolent forces at work? Listen carefully to these tales of woe, and decide for yourself...
LIMITED EDITION He is one of the UK's biggest male solo artists. Since he won Pop Idol in 2002 he has won 2 BRIT awards, four number one singles and countless albums. He chats to Lee about his amazing album, Crying On The Bathroom Floor right here on another special edition of Pop From The Box.From the creator of Soap From The Box, this new series which will see some of the biggest music stars from years gone by speaking to Lee about life in the fast lane.Catch Will on instagram @willyyoungofficialHear stories never told before, as Lee asks the questions we all want answering.Remember you can also listen to Soap From The Box, which has over 50 of TV's biggest stars in conversation with Lee for a behind the scenes podcast that reveals life on and off of set of our biggest shows, Hollyoaks, Coronation Street, Eastenders, Emmerdale, Neighbours and Home and Away.If you are interested in sponsoring Soap From The Box, please get in contact with the team on instagram @soapfromthebox
Rob Rouse is a comedian and actor best known for playing Bottom, in Ben Elton's comedy series Upstart Crow, about the life of William Shakespeare, alongside David Mitchell, Harry Enfield, Mark Heap and Liza Tarbuck. Rob won Channel Four's prestigious 'So You Think You're Funny' competition at the Edinburgh Festival in 1998 and has been a regular performer at major venues across the country and on TV, ever since. He has appeared in Grownups, The Law of the Playground, Coronation Street, The Wright Stuff, Guilty Pleasures, the film Penelope, The Friday Night Project which later became the Sunday Night Project, the Channel 4 sketch show Spoons, Tunnel of Love, The Bunk Bed Boys, The Pilot Show, 8 out of 10 Cats, Bognor or Bust, he played the title role in the series The Former Ambassador Robert Thornton for Paramount and was in the ITV show Mad Mad World. Rob Rouse is guest number 235 on My Time Capsule and chats to Michael Fenton Stevens about the five things he'd like to put in a time capsule; four he'd like to preserve and one he'd like to bury and never have to think about again .Listen to Rob's podcastsThe Unlikely Weightlifters Podcast: https://podfollow.com/1647984434 .Rob and Helen's Date Night: https://podfollow.com/1057253691 .Follow Rob Rouse on Twitter: @robrouse .Follow My Time Capsule on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook: @MyTCpod .Follow Michael Fenton Stevens on Twitter: @fentonstevens and Instagram @mikefentonstevens .Produced and edited by John Fenton-Stevens for Cast Off Productions .Music by Pass The Peas Music .Artwork by matthewboxall.com .This podcast is proud to be associated with the charity Viva! Providing theatrical opportunities for hundreds of young people. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
When was the last time you sat down and watched an episode of a soap? Caught up with the gang in the Queen Vic, or popped by Coronation Street? We've already seen the end of Neighbours, and with soaps coming up against massive TV shows and reality hits, the question is…is this the end of the soap? Media sociologist and TU Dublin lecturer Eddie Brennan joined Dermot and Dave to chat about what could happen to the TV legends, and if they can be saved.
He was one of the longest serving cast members in Neighbours playing the villain you loved to hate, Paul Robinson. Stefan Dennis joins Lee a few months after the show finished to look back on some of his highlights working on the Australian Soap, where he played the brother of Scott played by Jason Donovan and whose sister in law was Charlene, Kylie Minogue herself.SOAP FROM THE BOX Series is firing on all cylinders with so many brand new episodes for you to enjoy. Lee Salisbury goes behind the scenes of some of the biggest shows on TV including Eastenders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Neighbours and Home and Away.If you are interested in sponsoring Soap From The Box, please get in contact with the team on instagram @soapfromthebox
STEPS formed in 1997 and have achieved two number one singles and three number one albums in the UK as well as selling millions of records around the world. Group member Claire Richards is the next pop sensation to join the line up for Pop From The Box.From the creator of Soap From The Box, this is a new series which will see some of the biggest music stars from years gone by speaking to Lee about life in the fast lane.Claire talks about the latest album What The Future Holds pt.2 as well as performing live with the band, how she never thought they would last and what it's like having a solo career on the side. Remember you can also listen to Soap From The Box, which has over 50 of TV's biggest stars in conversation with Lee for a behind the scenes podcast that reveals life on and off of set of our biggest shows, Hollyoaks, Coronation Street, Eastenders, Emmerdale, Neighbours and Home and Away.If you are interested in sponsoring Soap From The Box, please get in contact with the team on instagram @soapfromtheboxNB: This interview was originally recorded for radio and only very short music clips are used ,to promote the album, for copyright purposes. If you are interested in sponsoring Soap From The Box, please get in contact with the team on instagram @soapfromthebox
LIMITED EDITION Liverpudlian pop sensation Sonia, is the first star to be a guest on the shiny new podcast Pop From The Box.From the creator of Soap From The Box, this starts a new series which will see some of the biggest music stars from years gone by speaking to Lee about life in the fast lane.Going on tour with Kylie, Jason and Rick Astley was just normal for Sonia who scored her first No 1 single at just 18 and went on to represent the UK in Eurovision in 1993. Hear stories never told before, as Lee asks the questions we all want answering. www.soniaevans.co.ukInstagram @SoniaEvansMusicRemember you can also listen to Soap From The Box, which has over 50 of TV's biggest stars in conversation with Lee for a behind the scenes podcast that reveals life on and off of set of our biggest shows, Hollyoaks, Coronation Street, Eastenders, Emmerdale, Neighbours and Home and Away.If you are interested in sponsoring Soap From The Box, please get in contact with the team on instagram @soapfromthebox
Peter Noone's career started as Stanley Fairclough in Britain's biggest soap opera: Coronation Street. Peter was 15 when he became the lead singer of Herman's Hermits and only 16 when “I'm Into Something Good” reached no.1 in the UK chart. Six months later, they reached the top of the US charts with "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter,” but what was it like to grace the cover of every magazine and deal with huge fame in the 1960's? Hear how the perception of fans changed over time including the development of groupies! And what it was like to be the “clean cut” band versus the perception of the Rolling Stones. What was it like to tour the US as part of the Brit Invasion, with police escorts and thousands of screaming fans everywhere they went? How did Peter get involved in music and acting? And what did his school friends think of him being in Coronation Street? What happened when Peter met Cream's Ginger Baker in a casino and who saved him from himself? And this is just the first half of our conversation with Peter. Make sure you listen to next week's episode to hear even more of Peter Noone's journey in music. Stay tuned for the music sync session as we listen to music from our audience, hoping to have their music used in the indie feature documentary film "The Boys of 742." Hear what our filmmakers and our expert music & film panel think will sync with the film's visuals. Peter Noone Website IMDB Twitter Instagram Facebook Music is the difference between a good film and a great one. Music Songs included in this episode are: The Everly Brothers – Walk Right Back SYNC SESSIONS Featuring: Chris Rolfe - Tricia Jackson - Matt Gideon – Heather Ragnars - Jodylynn Talevi - Lisa Dunn - Phill Mason Songs Stand Up by Tape Pop Fantasy by The Morning Kings I See Trouble by Joey Plunkett You Don't Get a Song by Jennifer Msumba 2 Sense Music presents The Sync Report, where you will meet industry experts and top level songwriters as we pull the curtain back on music placement and scores, build vital relationships and provide real opportunities to our listeners. Listen to indie filmmakers present their latest productions and describe specific scenes as they consider music submitted by our audience. Please tell your friends about us, and remember to rate, comment, & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts and across all platforms. And find us at The Sync Report here TSR Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Youtube Linkedin Tik Tok The Sync Report podcast is: Hosted By: Colin O'Donoghue - Rose Ganguzza - Jason P. Rothberg Featuring: Kevin Sharpley - Paula Flack and Willow - Milfredo Seven - Phill Mason – Jodylynn Talevi – Lisa Dunn Produced By: Jason P. Rothberg - Paula Flack - Robert Cappadona - Kevin Sharpley Executive Producers: Colin O'Donoghue - Rose Ganguzza - Jason P. Rothberg - Kevin Sharpley - Gianfranco Bianchi - Dean Lyon Writers: Jason P. Rothberg - Lisa Dunn - Paula Flack Editors: Jason P. Rothberg - Milfredo Seven - Paula Flack - Edgar “Edge” Camey - Adam McNamara Marketing Director: Paula Flack Music Supervisors: Phill Mason Music Department: Heather Ragnars - Lisa Dunn Foley: Phill Mason Research: Lisa Dunn Art Director: Gianfranco Bianchi Graphic Design: Jodylynn Talevi College Programs: Dr Stacy Montgomery College interns: Angela Nicastro – Drift – Princess Arga – Sean Jeon
"My face was on every gossip magazine" Richard Fleeshman found fame on Coronation Street aged thirteen. So, what's it like being a teenager when everyone knows your name? Richard opens up to Scott about the impact of celebrity culture. His dramatic rise to fame after taking part in prime time talent show SoapStar Superstar. He then goes on to discuss the incredible opportunities that came his way, including starring in the West End, on Broadway, and performing on stage with Elton John and Sting. He has also recently started in multiple hit shows such as Netflix's The Sandman. Scott and Richard go on to discuss how to find yourself and be authentic when everything around you seems to be changing.
With the latest batch of Coronation Street being over by Wednesday evening this week, we're coming at you early, with a podcast covering the episodes shown in the UK between the 3rd and the 5th October (Episodes #10759 - 10764) This week saw a few more clues emerge in the story of Stu's wrongful imprisonment, and Alya's on the case - even when nobody actually wants her to be! Can she and Dee-Dee get to the bottom of who really killed Charlie? Let's hope someone does soon... Also this week, Summer goes wild with some weed, Ken and Wendy confess their feelings for each other, and it's bye bye Bailey as the first member of the clan bows out to start a new life as a football coach. We're sure he'll be just as missed as Leo. Up next on the podcast, it's the Kabin, and as well as the news of which Corrie favourite will be strapping on the skates in the next series of Dancing on Ice, we give our first impressions of the soon to be released Corrie Puzzle Book! We round off the show with more of your listener feedback. Street Talk: 00:05:58 The Kabin: 01:51:12 Feedback: 02:00:09
Maggie Ollerenshaw is best known for playing Mavis in the BBC sitcom Open All Hours with Ronnie Barker and David Jason, and it's sequel, Still Open All Hours. She was in the films, A private Function with Michael Palin and Maggie Smith, played Mary Pierrepoint in in Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman with Timothy Spall as well as the film of War Horse. On TV, she's been in The Little Match Girl, the lovely BBC sitcom Scarborough, in which she played Geraldine the owner of the hair salon, Last of the Summer Wine, All Creatures Great and Small, Juliet Bravo, Victoria Wood, Coronation Street, One Foot in the Grave, The House of Elliott, Lovejoy, Holby city, Midsomer Murders and was the voice of Henrietta in Thomas & Friends. Her one woman show, Yours Sincerely, is a musical play about dame vera Lynn, which she's performed all over the world. Maggie Ollerenshaw is guest number 228 on My Time Capsule and chats to Michael Fenton Stevens about the five things she'd like to put in a time capsule; four she'd like to preserve and one she'd like to bury and never have to think about again .Follow Maggie Ollerenshaw on Twitter @maggieoll .Follow My Time Capsule on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook: @MyTCpod .Follow Michael Fenton Stevens on Twitter: @fentonstevens and Instagram @mikefentonstevens .Produced and edited by John Fenton-Stevens for Cast Off Productions .Music by Pass The Peas Music .Artwork by matthewboxall.com .This podcast is proud to be associated with the charity Viva! Providing theatrical opportunities for hundreds of young people. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Back in August, we had the privilege of going behind the scenes of Coronation Street to see some scenes from recent episodes being filmed, including the goings on in Gary and Maria's flat following Kelly's departure and the moment when Stephen dragged poor Leo's body from the bin into his van. We actually recorded most of this podcast back in August, and it comes in two parts: first, something we recorded before we went into the studios, where we gave our predictions for what we would see based on rumours we'd heard. After that, our recount of what we experienced while we were behind the scenes, including bloopers, how scenes changed during rehearsals and our reactions to that shock death!
“I can be a leading lady at any size” How do you manage a busy acting career, with maintaining your own fitness - and being a mum of two? Scott Thomas talks to Cath Tyldsley to find out. You'll hear Cath open up about her journey with her weight, and how she's discovered that an ‘all things in moderation' approach is best for her lifestyle. Scott and Cath discuss the fact that they've both found balance by including things that make them feel good, alongside healthy choices. You'll also hear about Cath's exit from Coronation Street after seven years on the cobbles. She gives you an insight into where her acting career sits with her desire to achieve work-life balance as a working mum. Plus questions from the live audience.
On our latest podcast, we chat about the episodes of Coronation Street shown in the UK between the 20th and the 23rd September (Episodes #10747 - 10752). Super Soap Week came a little earlier than usual to Weatherfield this year, and just how super was it? Well if you ask us, Corrie absolutely smashed it this time round, with all three main stories keeping us gripped all week. Top billing, of course, went to Kelly's exit story, which as well as featuring the surprise return of Rick Neelan from beyond the grave, also made use of the much hyped volume wall for some nighttime shots of the Manchester cityscape. But did the use of Hollywood technology actually live up to the hype? Also this week, Stephen's dastardly plans to have 5 Grasmere Drive sold fall through whilst Leo finds out about Jenny's Canadian canoodling a few weeks ago, and Roy and Evelyn go on a quest to retrieve Hayley's famous red coat in a C-story that ticked all the right boxes when it came to comedy, nostalgia and just great character stuff between two acting legends. Up next in The Kabin, we take a look at a couple of upcoming events that Corrie fans either side of the Atlantic might want to think about getting tickets for, and we round off the show with more of your listener feedback. Street Talk - 00:10:52 The Kabin - 02:14:08 Feedback - 02:24:18
Sheep farmer Marie Prebble speaks to Woman's Hour about how she sheared 370 sheep in eight hours to set a new world record in female sheep shearing. She'll be giving us an insight into what it takes to prepare for such an event and telling us a bit more about being one of the few female sheep farmers in the UK. More than 100,000 people in part-time work could face a benefit cut if they fail to properly look to do more hours, Kwasi Kwarteng is set to announce in his mini-budget today (Friday). The new rule will require benefit claimants working up to 15 hours a week to take new steps to increase their earnings or face having their benefits reduced. Part time work is essential to those in unpaid care roles, which are mostly held by women, so we wanted to find out how the new rules will affect these women. In Seoul last Wednesday, a 28-year-old woman was killed in a subway restroom, one day before her alleged killer was due to be sentenced on charges of stalking her. Her death has shocked the nation and prompted calls for a tightening of Korea's recent anti-stalking laws. We speak to BBC Seoul correspondent Jean MacKenzie. The much-loved film and book The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has been adapted for the stage, featuring the acting talents of Academy award-winning actor Hayley Mills and Coronation Street star Rula Lenska. They play Evelyn and Madge, two British retirees who start a new life in a retirement hotel in Bangalore; and join us to discuss how the play tackles misconceptions about ageing. Ira Mathur's 'Love the Dark Days' is set across India, England, Trinidad and St Lucia. The memoir follows the author and broadcaster's journey as a child growing up in post-independence India with a Muslim mother and a Hindu father. Having lived with her grandmother, a member of an elite Muslim family, with a history of having colluded with the brutality of the British rule, she realises she has unconsciously imbibed her grandmother's prejudices of class and race. Ira joins Anita Rani in the Woman's Hour studio. Presenter: Anita Rani Producer: Kirsty Starkey Interviewed Guest: Helen Barnard Interviewed Guest: Marie Prebble Photographer: Emily Fleur Interviewed Guest: Jean Mackenzie Interviewed Guest: Hayley Mills Interviewed Guest: Rula Lenska Interviewed Guest: Ira Mathur
Earlier this year, after nineteen years away from Coronation Street, Spider Nugent web-slung his way back onto the cobbles as part of his first love Toyah's ongoing storyline. In our latest bonus podcast, we're joined by the actor behind the arachnid, Martin Hancock, who chats to us about returning to the Street after so long away, what's changed for Spider in the intervening years and the shocking revelations that, not only is he claiming to be married, but he's also working for The Man as an undercover cop! For a video version of the interview (including some bonus appearances by a couple of Martin's pets!) head over to our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/j_O8PfKBUO0 .
We have a special guest on this week's episode - Founder & Director of Mars The Label and actress, Arianna Ajtar! She talks all about building her business from the age of 19, balancing work, life and love, and how she got a role in Coronation Street. Arianna also helps with your dilemmas alongside Charleen and Ellie, including how to deal with your boyfriend being rude to people, and should you start OnlyFans if you're strapped for cash?
Sally Dynevor joined the cobbles in 1986 and has portrayed Corrie's Sally Webster ever since. She tells Liz Taylor how she took herself along to David Johnson's theatre workshop for children and was instantaneously sold on an acting career, from then on no other job would suffice. She shares how a travel agent called Elsie nurtured her in the early stages of her career whilst touring America with an old-time music hall and the surreal experience of being diagnosed with breast cancer the same day as her Coronation Street counterpart revealed she had developed the same condition. She also divulges how she first came to be best friends with her now husband, Tim, and what it took for her to build up the courage to accept the invitation onto ITV's Dancing On Ice. Liz Taylor Instagram Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Website Sally Dynevor Instagram
On our latest episode of the podcast, we discuss what happened in Coronation Street between the 29th August and the 2nd September (Episodes #10729 - 107340). This week, Stephen becomes increasingly desperate to find any source of income he can after Audrey announces she's drawn up a new will that doesn't feature him as a beneficiary. With his efforts to get funding for Sarah's Underworld venture off the ground hitting a dead end, he sets his sights on Jenny and the pub - will she fall for his charms, and, perhaps even more importantly, can he drive a wedge between her and dullard Leo? Also this week, Aadi and Kelly decide to sneak off to Gretna Green, Toyah and Griff plot to take down notorious polluter Nadeem Atallah and Mary recruits Wendy onto the cast of her play - but is randy Ken also making a play for his old flame? In The Kabin segment of the podcast, we see who from Corrie turned up at this year's Manchester Pride, and take a look at some newly uncovered plans for another small extension at the Corrie studios. We round off the podcast with some more of your fabulous feedback. Street Talk - 00:11:04 The Kabin - 02:19:14 Feedback - 02:32:43
This week Benjy and Rod are joined by singer songwriter and former X Factor star, Lucy Spraggan as she picks her top LGBTQ+ telly moments. Lucy discusses life on the X Factor and where her musical career has taken her since the show. She also discusses lesbian representation in TV and the struggles facing the trans community today. Lucy talks about the impact of Coronation Street's groundbreaking trans storyline with Hayley Cropper and explains why the animated series Arthur made it onto her list of LGBTQ+ telly picks! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This week's bonus podcast is a special listener questions show, where rather than weighing in on a couple of Coronation Street topics, we instead natter away for over two hours about the podcast itself. After putting out the call for questions about the past ten years of the podcast, we were inundated with queries from our curious listeners, and we wanted to make sure we responded to every single one! So whether you want to know about our recording rituals, favourite moments from the podcast's history, future plans or the technical bits behind the production of Conversation Street, this episode will hopefully have something that you'll enjoy!
On today's show, we have a special guest who is a British actress that's perhaps best known for her appearances in several horror films in the 1970s. She's still working today and has quite the impressive resume! Judy Matheson was in such films as “The Exquisite Cadaver” (1969), the Hammer Horror films “Lust for a Vampire” (1971) and “Twins of Evil” (1971), “The Flesh and Blood Show” (1972), and “The Haunting of Margam Castle” in 2020, among many others. Her extensive television work includes “Coronation Street,” “The Professionals,” “Z-Cars,” and “Blake's 7” also among so many others. So sit back and get ready for an interview with an amazing horror icon! Judy can be found at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063560469851 Twitter: https://twitter.com/judyjarvis Rick Melton's painting of Judy and his other works can be found at: https://www.stunninglysavage.com/product/judy-matheson/ Chris can be found at: http://www.storiesmotion.com Haven Podcasts: Then Is Now will be at the Parafest in Maine, October 15, 2022 - 10am – 4pm! We'll be doing a live show from there! Details to come... https://www.facebook.com/parafestmaine/ Fright Lounge: Our monthly live streaming show where we talk about ALL Horror Media! https://www.facebook.com/frightlounge Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ThenIsNowPodcast Now only $3!! Help support your favorite Pop Culture show. Not only do you get access to our special filmmakers series, but new subscribers will be entered into a contest to win a free copy of actor Sean Kanan's amazing book, Way of the Cobra!! TeePublic: http://www.teepublic.com/stores/havenpodcasts Feedback: email@example.com Join the conversation at our Facebook Group Twitter: @HavenPodcasts Website: havenpodcasts.com where you'll find our sister show, The East Meets the West, in which we discuss Shaw Brothers films and Spaghetti Western movies! Please SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube page, also! Don't forget to go to wherever you download your podcasts from and leave us a great review so more listeners can find us! You can find us on all the podcasting apps, especially the big 3: iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher! Enjoy, Re-Gor
On our latest podcast, we chat about the episodes of Coronation Street shown the in the UK between the 22nd and the 26th August (Episodes #10723 - 10728) This week, Stu gets released from prison and is determined to prove his innocence, but can the combined powers of Alya, Zeedan and (eventually!) Yasmeen get to the bottom of what really happened 27 years ago? Well we have a theory if they need a bit of help with that one... Meanwhile, there's double trouble for Bernie when she meets her doppelgänger, Stephen's quest to get into Carla's knickers continues, and Aadi loses his L plates AND his V plates all in one week! Up next on the podcast it's the Kabin, where we see how Corrie's fared in this year's NTA shortlist and find out about Alexandra Mardell's first post-Corrie project. We end the show with more of your feedback, including some lovely comments about our report on our trip to Manchester and plenty of praise for last week's scenes with Audrey. Street Talk: 00:09:46 The Kabin: 02:06:36 Feedback: 02:17:25
When she's not pulling off a stellar performance on Coronation Street, you can find Jenny Bradley aka Sally Ann Matthews pulling on her activewear and going for a run. Weeks before her 50th Birthday Sal decided that it was time to take fitness a bit more seriously and started doing couch to 5k. It started with a few walking breaks but then before she knew it she could run for 50 minutes without stopping! Sal loved running so much that she made it her goal to do 50 5ks in her 50th year – an impressive challenge her social media following has got behind. Since her love for running started, Sal's discovered: park runs, a good routine (that factors in washing her hair) and some sage advice that will take you those next steps forwards: push on, relax your shoulders and use your legs! < you heard the lady!
The talented and charming Joanne Heywood stopped by the recording studio while on a holiday tour of Northern Mississippi! We learn that Ms. Heywood's first professional acting role was the musical “High Society” (and we even get a bit of her singing on the episode). Which cast member kept giggling during Grace & Favour? AND which actor did all of their own stunts? What could the original AYBS series get away with in comedy that the later sequel couldn't? How does an actor handle an upstaging horse who wants the spotlight? John Inman's lovely codpiece! Was it intimidating to be a new actor on the cast with the very well-known AYBS leads? We learn about Ms. Heywood' 2 years on “First of the Summer Wine”. A connection from Grace & Favour to Gavin and Stacey! What was it like to be an audience member during the filming of the show? She stared in Coronation Street three times, EastEnders, and Emmerdale! We hear accents ranging from East London's “Albert Square” from EastEnders to Proper Northern Lass. What American TV show could be compared to Are You Being Served? The expensive custom nightie made by famous lingerie house Rigby and Peller. Theft in the wardrobe department! And what would have happened to Miss. Lovelock if the series had continued? You can find Joanne Heywood in a Christmas Panto this year. (And yes, Ms. Heywood is unanimous in this). A huge thank you to Joanne for spending time with our podcast. You can find Joanne Heywood on twitter @MsJoanneHeywood Treat yourself to some That Does Suit Madame merch at our Bargain Basement podcast shop at imfree.threadless.com for t-shirts, mugs, tote bags, and more! Leave the show a voicemail at the Peacock Hotline: (662)-PEACOCK (662-732-2625) and find us on Twitter @DoesSuitMadame and #AYBS #AreYouBeingServed #ImFree #Britcom #comedy #ThatDoesSuitMadame #GraceBros #podcast #LGBT #BlackLivesMatter #BBC #AreYouBeingServedAgain #GraceAndFavour #GraceAndFavor #MissLovelock #JoanneHeywood #actor
Our tenth anniversary edition of the podcast is here! Recorded in an apartment overlooking the Coronation Street studios a decade to the day after the release of our very first show, this special episode covers everything that went on in Weatherfield between the 15th and the 19th August 2022 (Episodes 10717 - 10722). Confession time: we did originally intend to make this a slightly longer episode by including the virtual mountain of feedback and well wishes that you guys have been sending in over the past week, but due to us getting an unexpected and very welcome invite to a little do with some of the cast members on Friday evening (Michael even got his hair cut especially, so that's how you know it's serious!), we didn't even start watching Corrie until about half past nine! We hope you understand, then, that once Gemma's tenth anniversary quiz is over at the start of the podcast, this episode is a Street Talk only affair! Fortunately, the Corrie gods were smiling down on us when they blessed us with Monday's episode, which featured some wonderful scenes with Audrey, Ken, Rita, Roy and Claudia, so they were an absolute joy to discuss! Also this week, Zeedan starts to realise that Stu might not be the monster that Yasmeen's making him out to be, Faye's fed up when Craig's seemingly forgotten compulsive tendencies rear their head in the form of him obsessing over her menopause-friendly diet, and, in a plan that's surely got disaster written all over it, Aaron and Summer agree to keep each other's rather large secrets!
Who knows more about the characters on Coronation Street - the cast who play them or the devoted fans? In this special episode of the podcast, made to celebrate Conversation Street's 10th anniversary this week, we aim to find out! Over the course of over two hours, we pit ten clever listeners against ten cast members from Corrie past and present with questions about the characters they play. Which side will be crowned champions? Tune in and find out! This episode was put together to raise money for The Trussell Trust. At the time of publishing, we have already raised over £500! If you would like to contribute, you can do so at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/conversationstreet10. A big thank you to everyone who has donated so far. Thanks too to Octopus Publishing Group, who have kindly agreed to donate a copy of the upcoming Coronation Street Puzzle Book to all the fans who took part in the quiz.
On our latest podcast, we battle through the intense mugginess of the latest heatwave to bring your our thoughts on the episodes of Coronation Street shown in the UK between the 8th and the 12th August (Episodes #10711 - 10716). You know those times when characters get themselves into a spot of bother that they could easily explain their way out of if they only tried? Well, it felt like we spent most of the first half of this week yelling at Stu to stop saying he's not a murderer and actually explain what happened 27 years ago. And when the explanation finally came ('A nasty policeman made me say I did it!') we still felt there must be more to this mystery than meets the eye. Thank goodness Yasmeen is being perfectly reasonable and willing to listen, forgive and forget. Oh wait... Also this week, Ryan becomes increasingly desperate in his attempts to avoid jail, Stephen joins Debbie in the 'up to your eyes in debt so let's do something dodgy' club, and Spider gets his eight legs over with Toyah. Up next in The Kabin, we take a look at who from Coronation Street has made he shortlist in the TV Choice Awards, and we finish off the podcast with more of your listener feedback. Street Talk - 02:08:49 The Kabin - 02:02:44 Feedback - 00:08:02
On our latest podcast, we chat about the episodes of Coronation Street shown in the UK between the 1st and the 5th August (Episodes #10705 - 10709). This week, Ryan followed in his dear mum's footsteps, continuing the proud Connor tradition of making a hash job of robbing the Bistro. Yes, it was all a bit silly, but we love both Ryan and Debbie, so we just sat back and enjoyed the ineptness of it all, and we're looking forward to seeing where things go next. Also this week, we were treated to the glorious introduction of the latest in the line of never before mentioned Shuttleworths - this time, George's sister Glenda, whose confident debut on the cobbles left us keen to see what the producers have up their sleeves for her. All that plus Sally's kitchen porn habit, some intriguing details about Stu's supposed past misdemeanours and the prospect of Leo bogging off to Canada... all in all, we found it a pretty decent week! Up next on the podcast it's the Kabin, with the news that OG Bistro Ninja Kym Marsh will be joining the ranks at Strictly this autumn, plus we pay tribute to Norman Frisby, Granada's press officer in the 60s who was responsible for spreading the word of Corrie in its early days and who sadly passed away recently at the age of 94. We finish off the podcast with more of your lovely feedback, including another voice mail from Canada and some immediate thoughts on Glenda from listeners. Street Talk - 00:17:26 The Kabin - 02:21:38 Feedback - 02:33:35
For this week's bonus podcast, we pay tribute to Aussie soap Neighbours, which broadcast its final episode last week, by looking at all the links Coronation Street has had with Australia over the years. From Australian characters like Ian Latimer and Hannah 'Fake Katie' Gilmore to the time that Pat Phoenix, Jack Leslie and Doris Speed took a trip Down Under, we make as many connections as we can find to our Aussie cousins. After that, we take the opportunity to share our thoughts on the final few episodes of Neighbours, then finish off the show by chatting to Vaya from the Neigbuzz podcast about the unfortunate demise of her favourite soap. 00:00:00: Corrie Goes Down Under 01:01:03: Our thoughts on Neighbours' final week 01:28:22: Chat with Vaya from Neighbuzz podcast
This episode is part of Pledge Week 2022. Every day this week, I'll be posting old Patreon bonus episodes of the podcast which will have this short intro. These are short, ten- to twenty-minute bonus podcasts which get posted to Patreon for my paying backers every time I post a new main episode -- there are well over a hundred of these in the archive now. If you like the sound of these episodes, then go to patreon.com/andrewhickey and subscribe for as little as a dollar a month or ten dollars a year to get access to all those bonus episodes, plus new ones as they appear. Click below for the transcript Transcript Today's backer-only episode is an extra-long one -- it runs about as long as some of the shorter main episodes -- but it also might end up containing material that gets repeated in the main podcast at some point, because a lot of British rock and pop music gets called, often very incorrectly, music-hall, and so the subject of the music halls is one that may well have to be explained in a future episode. But today we're going to look at one of the very few pop hits of the sixties that is incontrovertibly based in the music-hall tradition -- Herman's Hermits singing "I'm Henry the Eighth, I Am": [Excerpt: Herman's Hermits, "I'm Henry the Eighth, I Am"] The term "music hall" is one that has been widely misused over the years. People talk about it as being a genre of music, when it's anything but. Rather, the music hall -- which is the British equivalent of the American vaudeville -- was the most popular form of entertainment, first under that name and then under the name "variety", for more than a century, only losing its popularity when TV and rock-and-roll between them destroyed the market for it. Even then, TV variety shows rooted in the music hall continued, explicitly until the 1980s, with The Good Old Days, and implicitly until the mid-1990s. As you might imagine, for a form of entertainment that lasted over a hundred years, there's no such thing as "music-hall music" as a singular thing, any more than there exists a "radio music" or a "television music". Many music-hall acts were non-musical performers -- comedians, magicians, acrobats, and so forth -- but among those who did perform music, there were all sorts of different styles included, from folk song to light opera, to ragtime, and especially minstrel songs -- the songs of Stephen Foster were among the very first transatlantic hits. We obviously don't have any records from the first few decades of the music hall, but we do have sheet music, and we know that the first big British hit song was "Champagne Charlie", originally performed by George Leybourne, and here performed by Derek B Scott, a professor of critical musicology at the university of Leeds: [Excerpt: Derek B. Scott, "Champagne Charlie"] If you've ever heard the phrase "the Devil has all the best tunes", that song is why. William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, set new lyrics to it and made it into a hymn, and when asked why, he replied "Why should the Devil have all the good tunes?" The phrase had been used earlier, but it was Booth who popularised it. "Champagne Charlie" also has rather morbid associations, because it was sung by the crowd at the last public execution in Britain, so it often gets used in horror and mystery films set in Victorian London, so chances are if you recognised the song it's because you've heard it in a film about Jack the Ripper or Jekyll and Hyde. But the music hall, like all popular entertainment, demanded a whole stream of new material. The British Tin Pan Alley publishers and songwriters who wrote much of the early British rock and roll we've looked at started out in music hall, and almost every British popular song up until the rise of jazz, and most after that until the fifties, was performed in the music halls. We do have recordings from the later part of the music-hall era, of course, and they show what a wide variety of music was performed there, from pitch-black comedy songs like "Murders", by George Grossmith, the son of the co-writer of Diary of a Nobody: [Excerpt: George Grossmith, "Murders"] To sing-along numbers like "Waiting at the Church" by Vesta Victoria: [Excerpt: Vesta Victoria, "Waiting at the Church"] And one of the most-recorded music-hall performers, Harry Champion, a London performer who sang very wordy songs, at a fast tempo, usually with a hornpipe rhythm and often about food, like "A Little Bit of Cucumber" or his most famous song "Boiled Beef and Carrots": [Excerpt: Harry Champion, "Boiled Beef and Carrots"] But one that wasn't about food, and was taken a bit slower than his normal patter style, was "I'm Henry the VIII I Am": [Excerpt: Harry Champion, "I'm Henry VIII, I Am"] (Incidentally, the song as written on the sheet music has "Henery" rather than "Henry", and most people sing it "Enery", but the actual record by Champion uses "Henry" on the label, as does the Hermits' version, so that's what I'm going with). Fifty years after Champion, the song was recorded by Joe Brown. We've talked about Brown before in the main podcast, but for those of you who don't remember, he's one of the best British rock and roll musicians of the fifties, and still performing today, and he has a real love of pre-war pop songs, and he would perform them regularly with his band, the Bruvvers. Those of you who've heard the Beatles performing "Sheikh of Araby" on their Decca audition, they're copying Brown's version of that song -- George Harrison was a big fan of Brown. Brown's version of "I'm Henry the Eighth I Am" gave it a rock and roll beat, and dropped the verse, leaving only the refrain: [Excerpt: Joe Brown and the Bruvvers, "I'm Henry the Eighth I Am"] Enter Herman's Hermits, four years later. In 1964, Herman's Hermits, a beat group from Manchester led by singer Peter Noone, had signed with Mickie Most and had a UK number one with "I'm Into Something Good", a Goffin and King song originally written for Earl-Jean of the Cookies: [Excerpt: Herman's Hermits, "I'm Into Something Good"] That would be their only UK number one, though they'd have several more top ten hits over here. It only made number thirteen in the US, but their second US single (not released as a single over here), "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat", went to number two in the States. From that point on, the group's career would diverge enormously between the US and the UK -- half their US hits were never released as singles in the UK, and vice versa. Several records, like their cover version of Sam Cooke's "Wonderful World", were released in both countries, but in general they went in two very different directions. In the UK they tended to release fairly normal beat-group records like "No Milk Today", written by Graham Gouldman, who was also writing hits for the Yardbirds and the Hollies: [Excerpt: Herman's Hermits, "No Milk Today"] That only charted in the US when it was later released as a B-side. Meanwhile, in the US, they pursued a very different strategy. Since the "British Invasion" was a thing, and so many British bands were doing well in the States partly because of the sheer novelty of them being British, Herman's Hermits based their career on appealing to American Anglophiles. This next statement might be a little controversial, even offensive to some listeners, so I apologise, but it's the truth. There is a large contingent of people in America who genuinely believe that they love Britain and British things, but who have no actual idea what British culture is actually like. They like a version of Britain that has been constructed entirely from pop-culture aimed at an American market, and have a staggeringly skewed vision of what Britain is actually like, one that is at best misguided and at worst made up of extremely offensive stereotypes. People who think they know all about the UK because they've spent a week going round a handful of tourist traps in central London and they've watched every David Tennant episode of Doctor Who. (Please note that I am not, here, engaging in reflex anti-Americanism, as so many British people do on this topic, because I know very well that there is an equally wrong kind of British person who worships a fictional America which has nothing to do with the real country -- as any American who has come over to the UK and seen cans of hot dog sausages in brine with "American style" and an American flag on the label will shudderingly attest. Fetishising of a country not one's own exists in every culture, and about every culture, whether it's American weebs who think they know about Japan or British Communists who were insistent that the Soviet Union under Stalin was a utopia). For their US-only singles, most of which were massive hits, Herman's Hermits played directly to that audience. The group's first single in this style was "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter", written by the actor Trevor Peacock, now best known for playing Jim in The Vicar of Dibley, but at the time best known as a songwriter for groups like the Vernons Girls and for writing linking material for Six-Five Special and Oh Boy! That song was written for a TV play and originally performed by the actor Tom Courtenay: [Excerpt: Tom Courtenay, "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter"] The Hermits copied Courtenay's record closely, down to Noone imitating Courtenay's vocals: [Excerpt: Herman's Hermits, "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter"] That became their first US number one, and the group went all-in on appealing to that particular market. Noone started singing, not in the pseudo-American style that, say, Mick Jagger sings in (and early-sixties Jagger is a perfect example of the British equivalent of those American Anglophiles, loving but not understanding Black America), and not in his own Manchester accent, but in a faked Cockney accent, doing what is essentially a bad impersonation of Anthony Newley. (Davy Jones, who like Noone was a Mancunian who had started his career in the Manchester-set soap opera Coronation Street, was also doing the same thing at the time, in his performances as the Artful Dodger in the Broadway version of Oliver! -- we'll talk more about Jones in future episodes of the main podcast, but he, like Noone, was someone who was taking aim at this market.) Noone's faked accent varied a lot, sometimes from syllable to syllable, and on records like "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" and the Hermits' version of the old George Formby song "Leaning on a Lamp Post" he sounds far more Northern than on other songs -- fitting into a continuum of Lancashire novelty performers that stretched at least from Formby's father, George Formby senior, all the way to Frank Sidebottom. But on the Hermits' version of "I'm Henry the Eighth, I Am", Noone is definitely trying to sound as London as he can, and he and the group copy Joe Brown's arrangement: [Excerpt: Herman's Hermits, "I'm Henry the Eighth I Am"] That also became an American number one, and Herman's Hermits had truly found their niche. They spent the next three years making an odd mixture of catchy pop songs by writers like Graham Gouldman or PF Sloan, which became UK hits, and the very different type of music typified by "I'm Henry the Eighth I Am". Eventually, though, musical styles changed, and the group stopped having hits in either country. Peter Noone left the group in 1971, and they made some unsuccessful records without him before going on to the nostalgia circuit. Noone's solo career started relatively successfully, with a version of David Bowie's "Oh! You Pretty Things", backed by Bowie and the Spiders From Mars: [Excerpt: Peter Noone, "Oh! You Pretty Things"] That made the top twenty in the UK, but Noone had no further solo success. These days, there are two touring versions of Herman's Hermits -- in the US, Noone has toured as "Herman's Hermits featuring Peter Noone", with no other original members, since the 1980s. Drummer Barry Whitwham and lead guitarist Derek Leckenby kept the group going in the rest of the world until Leckenby's death in 1994 -- since then Whitwham has toured as Herman's Hermits without any other original members. Herman's Hermits may not have the respect that some of their peers had, but they had incredible commercial success at their height, made some catchy pop records, and became the first English group to realise there was a specific audience of Anglophiles in the US that they could market to. Without that, much of the subsequent history of music might have been very different.
Bradley Walsh is a familiar face to many millions of TV viewers, as the host of quiz shows including The Chase and Blankety-Blank, and as an actor in dramas such as Doctor Who and The Larkins. Bradley was born in Watford and after leaving school at 16 he was apprenticed to the local Rolls-Royce factory as a jet engineer. A keen footballer, he signed to Brentford FC when he was 19 but his career was cut short by injury after only two seasons with the club. He dealt with this blow by turning his attention to the entertainment business. He worked as a Pontin's bluecoat and then tried his luck as a stand-up comedian - doing impressions and telling jokes at working men's clubs. In 1986 he turned professional, and his first booking was a stint at the Pavilion Theatre on Cromer Pier. Later he became the support act for performers including Dame Shirley Bassey, Leo Sayer and Sir Tom Jones. In 1997 he hosted the quiz show Wheel of Fortune and three years later got his first acting role in the Channel 4 series Lock Stock….a spin-off from Guy Ritchie's 1998 feature film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. He followed this up with roles in Coronation Street, Law & Order: UK and Doctor Who Bradley released his debut album Chasing Dreams, featuring his interpretations of popular standards, in 2016. In that year it became the biggest-selling debut album by a British artist. Bradley lives in Essex with his wife Donna and their son Barney who appears alongside him in the television series Bradley & Barney Walsh: Breaking Dad. DISC ONE: Life on Mars? by David Bowie DISC TWO: March of the Mods by Joe Loss Orchestra DISC THREE: Bye Bye Baby by Bay City Rollers DISC FOUR: I'm Mandy Fly Me by 10cc DISC FIVE: Firefly by Tony Bennett DISC SIX: The Hungry Years by Neil Sedaka DISC SEVEN: Always and Forever by Heatwave DISC EIGHT: That's Life (Remastered 2008) by Frank Sinatra BOOK CHOICE: The Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas LUXURY ITEM: A set of golf clubs and balls CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Always and Forever by Heatwave Presenter: Lauren Laverne Producer: Paula McGinley