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Drama School Dropout
Ep 112. 'Shooting Pains' with Sacha Parkinson

Drama School Dropout

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2022 78:52


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

Improvised Radio Theatre - With Dice: Latest posts
You Could See Coronation Street From There

Improvised Radio Theatre - With Dice: Latest posts

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 94:48


Download It's our tenth anniversary! So as a special exception to our usual format we talk to each other.

Soap From The Box
SID OWEN

Soap From The Box

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2022 21:01


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

Conversation Street
Conversation Street Episode 550

Conversation Street

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 183:41


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

Eighty Percent Mental
3.06 - The Psychology of... Stage & Screen

Eighty Percent Mental

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2022 70:44


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: d.tod1@lancaster.ac.uk 

Flight Through Entirety: A Doctor Who Podcast
On the Set of The Reign of Terror

Flight Through Entirety: A Doctor Who Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2022 67:23


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.

Conversation Street
Conversation Street Episode 549

Conversation Street

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2022 180:58


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

Breathe Pictures Photography Podcast: Documentaries and Interviews
#352 Photowalk SPECIAL: 'Mischief' Maker to Picture Maker

Breathe Pictures Photography Podcast: Documentaries and Interviews

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 113:29


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.

Iain Dale All Talk
175. Ben Shepherd

Iain Dale All Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 61:45


Iain Dale talks to TV host Ben Shephard about his life in broadcasting, his love for West Ham, hosting Good Morning Britain and Tipping Point, Mary from Coronation Street's love for HIM and his new book called HUMBLE HEROES.

Front Row
Football Inspired Art, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Bruntwood Playwriting Prize winner, Chornobyldorf opera

Front Row

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 42:18


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

Conversation Street
Listener Questions

Conversation Street

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 75:25


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!

Drama School Dropout
Ep 107. 'Forgotten Trumpet' with Michelle Collins

Drama School Dropout

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2022 59:43


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

Conversation Street
Conversation Street Episode #547

Conversation Street

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2022 175:50


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

The Toby Gribben Show
Michael Fenton Stevens

The Toby Gribben Show

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022 32:42


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.

Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe's Lockdown Parenting Hell

 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: hello@keepitlightmedia.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

The Gerard Cosloy Radio Hour (That Feels Like Two Hours)
11/02/22 Show 127 : GO BAROQUE, GO BROKE

The Gerard Cosloy Radio Hour (That Feels Like Two Hours)

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 120:18


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. 

Conversation Street
Halloween Special: The Curse of Number 6

Conversation Street

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2022 25:50


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...

Soap From The Box
WILL YOUNG (Pop From The Box - Ep 3)

Soap From The Box

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 23:53


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

My Time Capsule
Ep. 235 - Rob Rouse

My Time Capsule

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2022 61:29


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.

Dermot & Dave
Could This Be The End Of Soaps?

Dermot & Dave

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2022 9:59


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.

Soap From The Box
STEFAN DENNIS

Soap From The Box

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2022 66:35


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

Soap From The Box
CLAIRE RICHARDS (Pop From The Box Ep 2)

Soap From The Box

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2022 15:42


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

Soap From The Box
SONIA (Pop From The Box Ep 3)

Soap From The Box

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2022 62:46


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

The Sync Report
S3 Ep10: The Sync Report | Peter Noone | Part 1

The Sync Report

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 97:30


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

Learning As I Go
Learning To Play The Long Game with Richard Fleeshman

Learning As I Go

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022 48:13


"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.

Conversation Street
Conversation Street Episode #543

Conversation Street

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2022 134:02


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

My Time Capsule
Ep. 228 - Maggie Ollerenshaw

My Time Capsule

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 36:48


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.

Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots
442: Zedosh & The Attention Exchange with Guillaume Kendall

Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 36:43


Guillaume Kendall is the Founder of Zedosh and Attention Exchange, which is working to build a safe place for advertisers, publishers, and consumers to all benefit from fair access to human attention. Chad talks with Guillaume about open banking, changing up who the beneficiaries of consumer attention and data are, and giving companies opportunities to advertise without interrupting consumers with ads. Zedosh (https://zedosh.com/) The Attention Exchange (https://attentionexchange.co.uk/) Follow The Attention Exchange on Twitter (https://twitter.com/attnexchange) or LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-attention-exchange/). Follow Guillaume on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/guillaumekendall/). Follow thoughtbot on Twitter (https://twitter.com/thoughtbot) or LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/150727/). Become a Sponsor (https://thoughtbot.com/sponsorship) of Giant Robots! Transcript: CHAD: This is The Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots Podcast, where we explore the design, development, and business of great products. I'm your host, Chad Pytel. And with me today is Guillaume Kendall, the Founder of Zedosh and the Attention Exchange, which is working to build a safe place for advertisers, publishers, and consumers to all benefit from fair access to human attention. Guillaume, thank you for joining me. GUILLAUME: Thank you so much for having me. It's a real privilege. CHAD: If I'm not mistaken, you and I first met in person for lunch one time in London when I was visiting London in; I think it was...I went back and looked at my calendar. It was March 10th, 2020, if I'm not mistaken, either that or it was that Friday of that week. GUILLAUME: It must have been one of the last weeks pre-pandemic. CHAD: It was. I literally woke up on Saturday morning for my flight to come back to the U.S. to the headlines that all flights from Europe were being shut down. [laughs] And I almost dropped my phone until I realized, oh, that's the headline, but the real detail is I can get back. It's all the rest of Europe, not the UK, yet. That was the following week. I made it home, and then the world changed. GUILLAUME: I sure did, didn't it? [laughs] It's funny, isn't it? Because the two-year period in between seems to have flown by. It feels like just yesterday. I remember I think, even what I ate. CHAD: [laughs] And at the time, you were working on a new application, and we were talking about that. But I want to fast forward a little bit to today. Tell me more about Attention Exchange, and then we're going to rewind a bit to how you've arrived. GUILLAUME: So the Attention Exchange...by way of background, I come from the fintech space rather than adtech. And it really, ultimately, the Attention Exchange is a matching engine, using financial terms, that matches the right video content to the right consumer based on their spending data rather than their browsing data. So it's a matching engine. And it looks at rules that ultimately we're able to derive, or actually, I better use the phrase, we can bridge the gap between attention and intention based on our audience's spending patterns. And the reason we can access those is because they give us explicit permission. We have something called open banking here in the UK. It's actually across most of Europe now. But it enables the consumer to own their data and share it outside the bank if they so wish to with other regulated third parties. So we're such a regulated third party, and they share that data with us, as I said, to be matched with video content from brands that are relevant to their spending instead of their browsing. What it ultimately means is we're very well-positioned in this apparent post-cookie world that seems to be heading our way eventually because we don't rely on any other tracking technology to spy on our audience. They voluntarily give it to us. And I guess the kicker which is...people are probably asking themselves, why would they do that? That's because they get paid. So we put cash directly into the bank account or one of the bank accounts they've connected to our platform in exchange for their immutably valuable attention to that content. CHAD: So correct me if I'm wrong, but I feel like open banking has had a significant impact not only on the data sharing that you're describing but just on the banking ecosystem in general in the United Kingdom and now Europe. GUILLAUME: So I think if you were to speak to the purveyors of open banking, it hasn't had as big an impact as they felt it would have had. I think we reached earlier this year only to fact-check this, but about 6 million people in the UK now utilize open banking in one form or another. But I think what was very interesting is that the ecosystem that sprung up around it was mostly around changing the user experience for the end consumer to have a better handle on their financial health, which is a really important topic. And the reason that is is that before, it wasn't really in the bank's interests to tell you if you're about to hit your overdraft or go over your overdraft because they'd charge you an extra 20 pounds for an unplanned loan, and then you'd have to pay it. Your balances (This is going back a little. I'm showing my age. ) was always two or three days out of date, which was weird. So open banking; the first thing that sprung up around it is we'll connect your bank accounts. We'll give you this holistic view of your mortgages, your credit, your debit, your net worth really across various assets. And we've moved progressively towards more of open finance rather than just open banking. You can connect via APIs a lot of your financial identity to these open banking providers. But having said that, no one has looked at it in the way that we have, which is actually this is an advertising play, and it could be potentially a real change maker in the way that consumers benefit from this $400 billion industry which is advertising rather than all the fintech stuff that's been happening around open banking. But yes, so it's not to be sniffed at, you know, several million people are using open banking. But most people, I don't even think, realize they're using open banking. They open the Revolut app, and it says, "Do you want to see your Monzo balance inside our app?" You say, "Well, yeah, okay, that means I don't have to open Monzo." And lo and behold, you share that data. CHAD: Right. Yeah, that's a really good perspective. I think from my perspective; I was thinking it's sort of made it...there's a separation between the banking backends and the user experience, and I think that in part has given rise to these challenger banks and made it more possible for them to do that. GUILLAUME: Yeah, that's a very fair point. I think, certainly, if nothing else, it certainly forced the incumbent players, those that have been around for a few hundred years, to really buckle up their ideas and think about how to react to this new threat. At first, they thought, geez, open banking is going to cause us all sorts of problems, but I think as it's gone full circle. You find that, actually, most people are looking for that user experience, and the banks have been forced to provide it within their existing ecosystem. So now, most banking apps provide really super UI or UX, meaning that you don't have to go use third-party tools to get such a lens. And in fact, the most interesting one I've seen of late, which I think is definitely worth a mention, is a company called Cogo; and Cogo used open banking to carbon score your spending and let you offset it. So if you spent four pounds at McDonald's, it would guess that that's X kilos of carbon and give you several options to offset it. And actually, in the end, NatWest formed a partnership with them. This is a classic use case where actually, now the carbons offseter is available within that NatWest app, and you don't really have any idea it's Cogo. That's what you're seeing is ironically, those who have had success in innovative, exciting use cases have been pulled back into the ecosystem being offered because they still want the scale overnight. They had access to 8 million NatWest customers or whatever the number is. So, yes, I think; certainly, all banking apps have had to, even the banks themselves, have had to reorganize and rethink how they deliver technology to retail consumers who probably had had very little churn in the past because the options were very limited. CHAD: That's great. So tell me about the genesis for this idea and realizing that you could use open banking to view people's financial information and to develop a profile that could be used to opt into advertising. Where's the genesis of that idea for you? GUILLAUME: Sure. So actually, several threads came together very neatly in quite a tight timescale, the first of which is I spent a lot of money, relatively speaking, on a company called Patch Plants. And Patch Plants deliver plants to your house, [laughter] and they have quite a nice way to go about it. All the plants have got human names, and they come with little booklets about how to look after them. And I felt very positive about the relationship I felt I had with Patch Plants until for the three, maybe four months following that purchase, there wasn't a website, or a social feed that I was on that didn't have Patch Plants all over it. And I really took note of my sentiment towards them [laughs] where I thought, go away, Patch Plants. I'm a customer. Why don't you know better? With the amount of data that we provide to the web, you just assume...and maybe this is where it all starts to click into place that actually, it's not that smart. CHAD: The interesting thing is I think it is possible for companies to on target you once they decide to do it, but it seems like nobody does that. [laughs] And it's like, I've just bought a stove. Why am I seeing stoves all over the place? [laughs] I'm not going to buy another one. GUILLAUME: Yeah, again, I think it comes from the underlying infrastructure, which is basically this concept of cookies, which we accept on every single website before we can do anything with it. And you've probably got a number of unchecked-out stoves across the web. And it's not locking on to the fact you've got one checked-out stove. But of course, we're connected to the bank account. And so when we see that transaction, we see the counterparties. We know for a fact that that person has made that transaction with that vendor, and therefore, you probably need to change the message. And that goes from daily purchases right through to the massive, heavy items we can see when people started a car leasing agreement. Well, if you want to get them to think about considering your brand of vehicle in two or three years or three or four years, there's probably a journey that you should take that person on. But then again, once they've made the purchase, don't keep hassling them. So that's the first thing. If you saw my bank account...so I worked with open banking innovation [laughs]. I guess that's pretty important. CHAD: [laughs] GUILLAUME: So I was acutely aware of how the data could be shared and analyzed, so that's the first point. And then, pretty much at the same time, Netflix brought out this documentary, The Social Dilemma, really putting across that these social media applications were basically designed, maybe it's not a surprise, but pretty much as gambling apps. They're exceptionally addictive. And the reason they're addictive is because the longer you spend on them, the more advertising they can slide into; now, I think one in every four posts. And now that we've moved on to short-form video content, there's infinite scroll. We're all on these apps for hours a day. But the only way they generate revenues is through advertising, and the only way they get advertising is by you spending more time. And it sort of didn't sit too well with me, especially after we had the Euro Championship in football or soccer here. And there was a ton of racist abuse that went out to players across social media. Lots of brands and advertisers started pulling away from it for a very short period of time to express their protest. But I realized then that, actually, there is no alternative. If you want to attract attention, you have to fund social media or Google, and that's kind of it. Those are your options as a brand or an advertiser. And the former being social media is really not a very healthy place to spend time. Sure, some good comes out of it. But I would argue that the bad that comes out of it far outweighs any of the good that's come from social media, certainly in the last five years or so, I believe. It's at the center of some major divisions in our communities. But it's all funded through advertising revenue. So that was the second point is that there really is no alternative. And why should Mark Zuckerberg be the beneficiary of my attention, my data, my value whilst putting absolutely no effort in changing or being an arbiter of the content? They're keeping their hands up saying, hey, we're not a publisher. If that content is there, it's there. And it becomes a very complicated argument very quickly around free speech and all of this sort of stuff. But ultimately, there's a ton of really nasty stuff. And then we had a family friend, specifically, who really put herself in a lot of danger, a young girl. And that was a very real impact on human life close to us that was all driven from what she was able to access with alarming ease via Instagram. So those sorts of threads all came together. And then the more sort of...it's one of those things, right? Once you see a yellow car, you're looking out for a yellow car. You keep seeing them. But I don't think I was proactively looking out for it too much. But it seemed that every day almost, there was a new-new story in the front pages of the papers where Facebook was in some sort of trouble, and that obviously materialized last year with the Facebook leaks. And everything we've been just discussing now they've known about. They know about it. They're choosing not to make a difference. So we had a really powerful motivation to try and bring about a different mechanism for this $400 billion industry to operate. And rather than exploit our data, exploit our mental well-being, exploit our communities and everything else in order to drive advertising revenue, maybe the advertiser could have a more direct relationship, a fair and more transparent relationship with the consumer with whom they want a dialogue. And I think it's been the biggest learning curve for us is that brands and advertisers feel weird about paying consumers to pay attention. But we're saying we think it is weirder that you pay Google and Facebook to track these people all over the web and interrupt them everywhere they don't want to be spoken to. Why not just pay them to have a fair, transparent dialogue? I know you have money. I know you spend it with my competitors who are in my market. I want your attention, and this is what I have to tell you. There we go. So that was the sort of the kernel, the genesis. CHAD: I can totally see why advertisers are...scared is not the right word. Just, you know, it's just they've never had a relationship where they're paying the consumer directly for any kind of advertising that they do [chuckles] whether it be TV historically. There's always an intermediary. And the idea of paying people directly is not only different, but in some ways, I can imagine people view it as crude. Like, it's one thing if it's going through an intermediary and you're paying them, and advertising is being run, but it's another to just pay someone to pay attention to you. GUILLAUME: Yeah, but I think this is the point about the open banking. I completely agree with you; if you're paying somebody based on their cookies or any of the other data, the first-party data or third-party data, that's abstracted several layers from that pair of eyeballs that you know has a tendency to buy X on Y time horizon. That's never been possible before. And so through your television, it's scale. You're paying the broadcaster because they've got 3 million people watching Coronation Street on, I don't know, whatever. But it's always based on these tiny, tiny fractions of engagement, and that's always been the way it is. So you need the intermediary for scale. But I think what I'm hoping, what I've literally bet my house on [laughter], that's one thing that's going to change. I sold my house since we started to do this. All those marketplaces are completely saturated, and they are not getting less busy; they're getting more busy. And so okay, TikToks appeared, but the medium through which video content is provided to the consumer, you're lucky to get a quarter of a second or half a second with that person. And so you're right, but what is now the alternative to actually getting a minute, a minute and a half, two minutes with somebody where they're not skipping; they're not going past? You know they're a real person. You know they're human. All of our consumers have to have a bank account. They have to have transactions, and they have to have an income in order to be valuable and receive any adverts into their feed. So it's just never been possible before. The scale play, the intermediary, was always sort of, I think, accepted, and it still is today. There's going to be a bunch of fraud. I think there's like 15 cents in every dollar spent online digitally for advertising is lost. I think it's a $100 billion problem by next year. So I guess the point I'm making is the intermediaries historically and to today have existed because you need to reach millions of eyeballs in order to get a very low interaction rate. With our model, we're able to target thousands of people and achieve a 19.6% average click-through rate even after a minute and a half worth of content because they're engaged and you're not interrupting them. So we think it's a relatively elegant model for what is a saturated, noisy world where eventually also the very mechanism by which they do track and target you is going to be replaced at some stage by Google and Chrome. Mid-Roll Ad: When starting a new project, we understand that you want to make the right choices in technology, features, and investment but that you don't have all year to do extended research. In just a few weeks, thoughtbot's Discovery Sprints deliver a user-centered product journey, a clickable prototype or Proof of Concept, and key market insights from focused user research. We'll help you to identify the primary user flow, decide which framework should be used to bring it to life, and set a firm estimate on future development efforts. Maximize impact and minimize risk with a validated roadmap for your new product. Get started at: tbot.io/sprint. CHAD: You have this idea. It's really challenging the status quo. You're working in open banking innovation at the time. What did you start to do then, to try to bring your idea to life? GUILLAUME: So the first thing was actually my background is in sales and business development but within the fintech and open banking space. So I've worked with a lot of very smart people. And the first thing I really needed to do was quickly validate whether or not this is something. So a guy that we brought on...he's not so much a co-founder, but the other director of the business is a guy called Matt McBride, who's this global head of UX at a company I used to work for. And that was really the first thing is to try and rapidly prototype what the experience would look like and ultimately go out to our target audience, which was Gen Z here in the UK, and ask them whether or not this is the sort of thing they'd engage with. And the responses were actually really very positive. "Hang on; you're going to pay me to watch ads that are relevant to me? No-brainer, please do." And then, we were able to raise 100 grand, 150 grand, which enabled us to take that prototype and build it into something that, after a few obstacles with Apple in the App Store, we were able to get live. So that was really the first thing, I guess is, figuring out the way and the people that I needed to help me out to take this idea into something tangible and then tested it before I went much further with it. I was very fortunate, or I am very fortunate, that my partner is a corporate lawyer; my wife, sorry, now; we've been married since we started. [laughs] And so, actually, the mechanism through which we were able to raise the really earliest funds meant that we didn't have to give very much of the business away at such an early stage, which I think was a key learning point that I certainly share with other founders is you don't have to go give away 25% of your business for a little bit of money just to get it off PowerPoint. There are other ways. CHAD: So I think I remember what I told you when we met and talked. Do you remember what it was? GUILLAUME: You shared lots of very valuable insights with me. CHAD: My memory is that at the time, it was only advertisements in the app. And I think I said, "I get that people are going to want to be paid to look at these things." GUILLAUME: Oh yes, right. CHAD: "But if there's nothing else here, it's going to be really hard to bring people back to do that." And we had seen that in another client of ours that was paying people to browse. And what they'd do is they do it for a while, and they'd hit whatever monthly cap of return that they could get, an amount that they thought made sense. And then, they would switch back to their other browser because it was a better browsing experience. So they were only using it because they were getting paid. And as soon as that incentive went away, they would stop using it. GUILLAUME: Yeah, so I remember that. And you were right. And I guess there are a few things that came about from that, so the first thing is that Apple agreed. So we couldn't get the app onto the App Store if it was just a feed of adverts that remunerated the user to watch them, incentivized the user. So we put quite a lot of additional features, I guess more traditional fintech features, open banking features within the application in order to give the user insights into their spending, week-on-week analysis, and categorization of spend. And we also built this what we call the level up section where every week, you get refreshed pieces of content around, you know, very Gen Z-focused again, but what's the difference between a credit card and a loan? Is buy now, pay later a good idea? What's open banking? So we generate all this content, which they don't get paid to consume but is there, and they do. But more importantly, I think what we realized is that actually what we've got...this is the difference, I guess, between the Attention Exchange and Zedosh being the app; it's the plumbing and the matching that is the real value here. It is the models we're building that understand people's behavior and propensity or intent to buy something based on the data they're sharing with us. And so, actually, what we've built is a solution where you should be able to log in to any publisher that has the additional content, and experience, and value that you're speaking about there, places you ordinarily already browse and frequent. But if you want to, there's a separate tab where there are ads waiting for you that remunerate you, but you go into that tab. So we're trying to remove the interruption, you know, the pop-up even having to accept cookies from your user experience with the publisher moving into a separate, dedicated tab. And the reason the consumer is still going to go click on that tab is because they know that there's some content that's relevant and pays them, but they're still able to enjoy all the other benefits that the publisher provides. So it's kind of weirdly trying to flip this premium subscription model where you pay not to have ads. Actually, you're the first recipient of the ad income, and you share that with the publisher. CHAD: I think this is really cool, and yet I think it also rubs up against or hits up against something that is just so different than the status quo. The idea that companies would not interrupt you with advertising is probably so foreign [laughs] to people that I imagine you get reluctance to that. GUILLAUME: The last two years have been a steeper learning curve for us and all the advertisers and agencies, and players we've been speaking to. But what I'm grateful for is the fact that what we term the ad-pocalypse is coming. And so I was just at an event called MAD//Fest last week, which is basically all the advertising industry got together in London, the UK advertising industry. And every single panel discussion talk was about the post-cookie era. And all that most people are speaking about is how do we gather more data in other ways from the consumer in order to keep doing more of the same? And all of a sudden, when we're talking about the fact that our users give us their banking transactions, we see how much they earn and where they spend it and, therefore, can also attribute without the use of cookies, which is the holy grail of advertising. We started generating an awful lot of interest from really big players. So I think you're right; the status quo is having the rug pulled from underneath them, right? Look at Meta's share price this year. I haven't checked it this week, but last time I checked, it was down 52%. And that's because iOS app tracking transparency is stopping the ability to track and monitor and, increasingly, ultimately, the ability for the user to remain more private. And they all are doing it. Why would they want to be less private in order to benefit Meta? In our platform, they're opting into their most intimate data being shared because they stand to be rewarded fairly for it. So I completely agree; up to this point, "What? No way." This is how it works. And certainly, the thing that will probably remain true is to do more with less isn't of interest because agencies get paid a percentage of the budget. They don't want to do [laughs] the same with less budget. But my point remains that with iOS app tracking transparency...apparently, Android is going the same way, and Chrome is replacing third-party cookies. The status quo simply cannot continue. Something has to change. And so I think with this identity solution often is what we're building. The consumer stands a chance of being the first in line to receive a reward for their attention. And I'm very pleased actually we've got some competition as well since we last spoke, which is new. But this concept of rewarding consumers for attention, I think, will just...how else are you going to get their time? They're not listening to you on TikTok. [laughs] CHAD: I'm happy to hear that you're viewing competition as a positive thing. And I agree competition raises awareness that this is a thing and a potential, and most people will shop around or research it further. And that's a chance for them to discover you. GUILLAUME: I hope so. This company has done a big advertising campaign all over. It's on TV, radio, and the underground in London. And the amount of people who've reached out to me... "Is this company doing what you're doing?" And ultimately, they're paying users in a way for their attention to advertising. But they don't use open banking, and they don't have the data that we have. CHAD: That's an important distinction. One of the things that I've seen our clients worry about...and I saw it happen to one. Even though lots of people worry about it, I've only ever seen it happen one time, but it's still a risk, and that is when competitors come along. And unbeknownst to you, they dramatically over raise and therefore are just able to flood the market, saturate the attention, and build way bigger and faster at a loss than you are willing to do. GUILLAUME: Yeah, or able to do. [laughs] CHAD: Or able to do, right? Because they've raised 500 million [chuckles] or something like that. That's what happened with our client, who was in the group buying space at the same time as Groupon and LivingSocial. And so that's the only time I've ever seen it happen, but it's something that people are worried about. How are you...is that something on your mind? GUILLAUME: It's interesting. So they've raised 15 million Series A, and they've been around since 2012. So they've been around a long time. And it almost feels like they... [laughs] I'm not saying they did, but it almost feels like they landed on my LinkedIn. And we're very anti-social media. The message is really strong on anti-social media. But ultimately, they built an app. And so I think we've already matured past the point that in terms of our scaling and our ability to integrate with any platform, our strategy already goes beyond competing on a direct basis of an app that serves ads. In fact, if anything, at some stage, I'm hoping that they could plug into our engine and our pipes and add an extra layer of data and personalization to the adverts that they serve. So ultimately, when they came, and it was during the Champions League final that they had their first big launch because one of the backers is a football player, my phone just went berserk. Because it was like, wait, what? And at first, I was a bit worried but ultimately, no. I only really, really see it as a positive at this stage. But obviously, yes, they can advertise. They can speak to brands. They've got much more market presence. Everywhere you go on the underground, there are those posters. But we have a very clear, distinct proposition that is quite different. As I said, really, this pulling apart what Zedosh is and what the Attention Exchange is; the Attention Exchange is really potentially the plumbing, the rails for this post-cookie advertising model. CHAD: So that being said, you are doing some fundraising now. That's right? GUILLAUME: Yes. In fact, I don't think I've stopped fundraising [laughter] since this started. And certainly, that wasn't something I was anticipating despite the fact that...I mentioned I'm married to a corporate lawyer. She told me, "Your role as a CEO, as a founder, you're just going to be fundraising." I thought, yeah, well, I'll get some money in, and then we can focus on doing the stuff. But every time money comes in, most often you sort of have already spent it. It's allocated; it's gone. You need to look for the next lot. But yes, we are fundraising. Currently, we're still focused majoritively on angels. We're looking to prove our scalability model with this existing raise, at which point I think we'll be ready and looking for institutional funds. But we use something called EIS funding which is UK-specific but is so, so rewarding for UK taxpayers. Basically, they get 30% back off the tax amount of their tax return, which is a great incentive, and all the gains from the equity is free of capital gains tax as well. So it almost becomes a no-brainer for people who have money that they're looking to invest in early-stage risky businesses. They're already really risking. The capital risk is under 50% of what they put in because there's also an insurance element; if the company goes bust that you've invested, there's something called loss relief. CHAD: So it's really attractive to angel-level investors. GUILLAUME: Correct. So you have to be a UK taxpayer as an individual to benefit from this specific relief. Of course, I mean, we have had some non-UK people still invest through the same sort of advanced subscription agreement. But yes, it's very attractive for UK taxpayers. CHAD: And do you think...[laughs] you've already answered this question. But I guess when do you think you'll stop fundraising? GUILLAUME: We're looking to change the way the internet works. [laughter] CHAD: Right. GUILLAUME: And so if we're mildly successful even redistributing the 100 billion of ad fraud which is currently being lost out there, we're entering a very cash-rich market looking for solutions at this moment in time. So if we're to raise some cash that enables us to put in place the plumbing and the pipes that we're looking to connect to, then actually, we should be relatively profitable relatively quickly, at which point, I guess we'd no longer need to fundraise. But at which point we'd probably say, "Well, actually, the U.S. is now ready for this. Let's go." CHAD: [laughs] GUILLAUME: I don't think we're particularly a cash-thirsty business. It's all built on AWS. CHAD: And you're right. That's why I asked the question because if your model is working, if you're having the impact you want, there's a lot of money in advertising. And so you should get to the point where you're able to do that profitably. GUILLAUME: Absolutely. CHAD: And start being as big as Google, right? [laughs] GUILLAUME: Yeah. I read a book called Life After Google. I don't know if I shared that with you the last time we met. But it's weird. It was written five or six years ago, but it's coming true. I think this whole premise of Web3, and this decentralization of data, and the ownership of data, the profiting of data at the individual level, is coming to the fore. And I can think of no better way to bridge your value and identity online than having it connected to your real-world assets, income, and spending behavior. CHAD: I was wondering whether you are going to mention Web3. [laughs] GUILLAUME: Huh. CHAD: Because this decentralization of the advertising money directly to users is a very Web3 idea. GUILLAUME: I agree. CHAD: [laughs] So how much do you talk about Web3 in your pitch or when you're talking about it? It hasn't come up until now in this conversation, so maybe not so much. GUILLAUME: It's a double-edged sword, I feel, because I think most people think Web3. They think crypto. CHAD: Yes. GUILLAUME: And we're paying cash in fiat, and although there's every possibility we could have a token-based solution, we're not looking at that because the core immutable value of your attention is linked in your spending behavior on earth and online, but through real transactions with real merchants. 99.999% of transactions, I imagine, aren't crypto yet and don't live on a blockchain, so until that point, I think we steer clear of it. Whether we could have raised more money more quickly if we [laughs] had mentioned it more, I don't know. But for me, there are quite a few steps to go in our journey as I see it having matured from the app to the plumbing, the plumbing now going to more publishers, more publishers meaning more audience, more audience meaning more attention, more advertising. At which point, as I said, the U.S. will probably be there with open banking. There are a lot of things in Web 2.0 that could be resolved. And yeah, if we make it that far, I think we'll be in an awesome position to have an identity solution for Web3 or Web5. [laughs] CHAD: Well, I wish you all the best in that journey. And I really appreciate you stopping by and sharing with us. GUILLAUME: My pleasure. It's been real great and nice to hear from you again. And I hope our paths cross in the real world soon enough. CHAD: Yeah. If folks want to get in touch or learn more or get in touch with you, where are all the different places that they can do that? GUILLAUME: We have two websites, so zedosh.com is the consumer app, attentionexchange.co.uk is our other website. Otherwise, feel free to reach out to me on LinkedIn. And on Twitter, I'm @G_Zedosh. I'm not massive on Twitter. There are a lot of bots on that. CHAD: [laughs] I guess I'm not that surprised. So you can subscribe to the show, find links to everything that was just mentioned along with notes and a complete transcript for this episode at giantrobots.fm. If you have questions or comments, email us at hosts@giantrobots.fm. And you can find me on Twitter at @cpytel. I'm also not very active these days. This podcast is brought to you by thoughtbot and produced and edited by Mandy Moore. Thanks so much for listening, and see you next time. ANNOUNCER: This podcast was brought to you by thoughtbot. thoughtbot is your expert design and development partner. Let's make your product and team a success. Special Guest: Guillaume Kendall.

Conversation Street
Behind The Scenes Secrets From This Week's Corrie!

Conversation Street

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 64:52


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! 

Learning As I Go
Learning why Balance Makes you Happy with Cath Tyldesley

Learning As I Go

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 39:55


“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.

Conversation Street
Conversation Street Episode #541

Conversation Street

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2022 155:52


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

Woman's Hour
World record sheep shearer, Cuts to part-time work benefits,Seoul Femicide, Actors:Hayley Mills & Rula Lenska, Author Ira Mathur

Woman's Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 57:01


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

Conversation Street
Martin Hancock Interview

Conversation Street

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2022 36:19


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 .

My Time Capsule
Ep. 223 - Carla Mendonça

My Time Capsule

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 50:57


Carla Mendonça is an actor best known as Sophie Johnson in the children's sitcom My Parents Are Aliens and Orla Crawshaw in Coronation Street. She also played Mrs Fitzgerald in the BBC series So Awkward, was in the films Hilary and Jackie and Common People, and has appeared in The Young Ones, The Lenny Henry Show, Pushing up Daisies, Coming Next, KYTV, Bottom, 32 episodes of Motormouth, French and Saunders, 26 episodes of The Legends of Treasure Island, Wycliffe, Smith and Jones, Harry Enfield and Chums, Baddiel's Syndrome, My Dad's the Prime Minister, Roman's Empire, provided the female voices for 40 episodes of Big Barn Farm, Great Night Out and So Awkward. Carla Mendonça is guest number 223 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 Carla Mendonça on Twitter @CarlaTMendonca .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. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

Hold My Drink with Charleen and Ellie
Building a Fashion Business and Acting Career with Arianna Ajtar #48

Hold My Drink with Charleen and Ellie

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 72:02


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?

Events That Made Me with Liz Taylor
S5 Ep1: Sally Dynevor - Inspirational Actress

Events That Made Me with Liz Taylor

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 27:22


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 

Conversation Street
Conversation Street Episode #538

Conversation Street

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2022 169:47


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

Virgin Radio Pridecast
Telly Talks - Lucy Spraggan

Virgin Radio Pridecast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 42:22


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.

Conversation Street
Listener Questions Tenth Anniversary Special

Conversation Street

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 131:57


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!

Then Is Now Podcast
Then Is Now Episode 101 - Judy Matheson

Then Is Now Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2022 72:00


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: thenisnow42@gmail.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

Conversation Street
Conversation Street Episode 537

Conversation Street

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2022 174:24


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

RunPod
Sally Ann Matthews

RunPod

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 43:52


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!

That Does Suit Madame, a Podcast about
Episode 81 - It's Joanne Heywood, Miss. Lovelock from Grace & Favour! Are You Being Served Again

That Does Suit Madame, a Podcast about "Are You Being Served?"

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2022 41:51


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

Conversation Street
Conversation Street Episode 536

Conversation Street

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2022 155:41


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!

Conversation Street
Coronation Street Cast Vs Fans Quiz

Conversation Street

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 135:36


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.

Conversation Street
Conversation Street Episode 535

Conversation Street

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2022 143:09


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

Conversation Street
Conversation Street Episode 534

Conversation Street

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2022 186:36


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

Conversation Street
Corrie Goes Down Under

Conversation Street

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 114:05


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

A History Of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs
PLEDGE WEEK: “I’m Henry VIII I Am” by Herman’s Hermits

A History Of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022


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.

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Bradley Walsh, presenter and actor

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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