After 50 years writing comedy for most of the UK’s highest profile comics and performers, Colin takes a behind the scenes look at his career, inspirations and the road to Steampunkery in a weekly series of podcasts.
Award-winning Showbiz Simon chats about his glamorous 30-year career starting as a TV Production Graduate in Manchester and his appearances on screen, to heading up an entire channel, earning Producer credits on the last 2 royal weddings and as the driving force casting and compiling some of the popular clip shows on British television. Simon also talks about producing comedy icon Griff Rhys Jones, meeting queen of the silver screen Nanette Newman and learning from the master of "It'll Be Alright On The Night", the legendary Dennis Norden. Oh, and his vast wardrobe of glitzy jackets might get a mention...
We're finishing 2021 on a high, reflecting on some of the fascinating guests who've graced the microphone on our Behind the Scenes podcast over the past year - and a look forward to what's coming up. A massive thank you to all the masterful talents who shared with their amazing, never before heard memories of working in TV, radio and on stage - and to you for your incredible support!
In this special Christmas cracker we're chatting about, and celebrating, that Great British theatrical tradition - Pantomime - in the company of a Master of the Craft and the King of the Dames, Pete Price. Comedian, actor, columnist, multi-award-winning radio and television personality and Liverpool's finest ambassador, Pete shares his often outrageous and frequently raucous Behind the Scenes recollections of 30 years of panto. Oh-yes-he-does. Dammit! There. I said it...
International Producer-Director Paul Giddings tells how his television training in the BBC's Children's Department led to a career making shows celebrating Family Guy, Star Wars, Les Dawson and Bob Monkhouse, what it was like treading in the footsteps of Larry Grayson and starting a second career as an actor on stage and screen.
From the depths of the Oxfordshire countryside, during a rare break in her relentless schedule, high profile Portaprompt operator, the magnificent Penny Swiergon, chats about her role Begind the Scenes on British Saturday night television's entertainment ratings giant Strictly Come Dancing, and shares the joy of what it's really like to be relied upon by TV legends, including Sir Bruce Forsyth and Donny Osmond. Penny also talks about Comic Relief, Children in Need, the BAFTAs and the perils of standing outdoors in a farmyard prompting Gordon Ramsay.
Taking us Behind the Scenes this week is former BBC Tees and BBC Radio 5 Live broadcaster John Foster. With his trademark easy eloquence and illustrated with historic clips, John shares stories of his fascinating and remarkable lifetime behind the microphone: from a tenacious teenage presenter landing an interview with Bob Monkhouse, to scooping one of the last major radio appearances made by Sir Roger Moore. With almost every major British and Hollywood performer having guested on his daily shows and appearing worldwide on Top Gear John also tells us what it was really like at the centre of major and often tragic breaking news stories in the North East. We also find out why, with his passion for show business and natural talent for hosting the highest rating regional shows in the country, he decided to take a step back from his dream job ...
Taking us Behind the Scenes this week is one of British television's busiest and most experienced entertainment directors. Mick Thomas charts his incredible TV career from Ravensbourne College and LWT to directing the RVP, Comic Relief and the most successful quiz shows currently on our screens. Oh, and Mick also 'reveals' what happened to him at the opening of EuroDisney.
In this week's Behind the Scenes, audio wizard Rob Ashard chats about master mixing the sound desk on The Graham Norton Show, The Last Leg, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway and the hundreds of other programmes with which he has been associated over the last 30 plus years. We reminisce about LWT's Blind Date, Gladiators, Live from Her Majesty's, The Brian Conley Show and 'saving the day on Saturday Night Live'. Not his words, but director Ian Hamilton's. We also learn how Rob spends his spare time behind the mic at the Santa Pod Raceway and spinning the discs as a much-respected popular DJ on Radio Caroline.
In this week's episode, top British Producer-Director Ian Hamilton returns to continue sharing memories of his incredible career in television - from the start-ups of TVam and The Chase, fond recollections of David Frost, Clive James and Frankie Howerd, to his adventures in EuroDisney, Las Vegas and at The Playboy Mansion.
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In this week's episode, multi-talented and innately modest John Naylor opens up about his incredible 20-year television career behind the scenes as a history documentary film-maker for Discovery, Yesterday and the History Channel. A cameraman, director, fight and stunt co-ordinator, armourer and weapons adviser, additionally, John's a consultant, specialising in Egyptian, Greek and Roman warfare. He's worked on Time Team, Scrapheap Challenge and Timewatch. Also a master prop maker, we hear how, with his son Sam, John once built an entire Tardis console from scratch in less than 3 days - and recently designed and opened a brand NEW television and film studio and costume facility in Sheffield.
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This week British Academy Award-winning television executive Ian Hamilton chats about his early fascination with show business, which took him from watching Sunday Night At The London Palladium as a youngster to producing and directing Live From The Palladium 30 years later. We also hear what it was like working with Michael Parkinson, Cilla Black, Paul Daniels - and directing News at Ten in his spare time. Also, what it was really like in the Australian jungle during that first pioneering series of I'm A Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here?!
EPSIODE #31 – FROM UNIVERSAL & HAMMER FILM HORRORS TO NEIL GAIMAN & STEPHEN KING - CROWD-PLEASING ENTERTAINER JOE PASQUALE RETURNS TO TALK ABOUT HIS WRITING, PAINTINGS & PASSION FOR ALL THINGS FANTASY & HORROR.
Making a welcome return to Behind the Scenes, Joe discusses how a shocking childhood accident gave him the determination to conquer his fears, led to a life-long love of horror films and literature, testing his expertise on BBC TV's Mastermind, and inspired his new careers as an artist and best-selling author of chilling and macabre short stories.
In this week's episode, one of British light entertainment television's most successful and prolific ratings winners, Producer/Director Kevin Bishop, chats about heading up Eurovisions, Royal Variety Performances, and his many other incredible achievements, during a 35-year career working with the great and the good (and occasionally me) at the BBC.
This week, one of Merseyside's finest ambassadors, hilarious raconteur and comedian Pete Price, chats about his love for Liverpool and show business, the Cavern Club, The Shakespeare Cabaret Theatre and New Faces, along with his friendship with some of the biggest stars in entertainment. Not forgetting those triumphant and sometimes traumatic years hosting his iconic, award-winning, late-night internationally acclaimed radio talk show.
In this week's episode, the writer of the longest running newspaper column in Fleet Street, TV writer and entertainment/music editor, the unstoppable Gary Bushell returns, this time taking us Behind the Scenes of his journalism and broadcasting careers, his relentless work schedule and tells us why, after 35 years of Bushell on the Box, it might be time to move on.
In this week's episode, Tony Nicholson takes us Behind the Scenes of his 40 year show business career, writing, researching and producing some of the most entertaining shows on TV, and penning the best-selling biographies of comedy icons Larry Grayson and Sir Ken Dodd.
This week on the podcast, Colin chats with one of entertainment’s hardest-working, most experienced stand-up comics, Jeff Stevenson, who takes us Behind The Scenes talking about his incredible career in comedy; his early TV success, changing with the times and how a return to acting (45 years after his screen debut in ‘Bugsy Malone’) has recently won him international film awards and serious critical acclaim.
Touching the Blue - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rBIi7-aD4M
In this milestone episode, Mark Edmonds returns to prompt Colin to share more recollections of Bob Monkhouse, reflect on the BTS stories so far and remember the fun times with the great Tom O'Connor.
In this week’s episode, Scala Radio’s brilliant breakfast show host and former BBC Radio 2 stalwart Charles Nove takes us Behind the Scenes on “Wake Up To Wogan”, “The National Lottery Live”, the famous tongue-twisting Radio 4 Shipping Forecast and a whole lot more.
This week, Colin chats with former ballet dancer and award-winning restauranteur turned television/director Charles Garland, discussing the magician Paul Daniels, TV game shows, “Oh, Dr Beeching!”, editing “Dad’s Army” and why he left the BBC to become a novelist.
In this week’s episode, former .L.E. Controller at I.T.V. Mark Wells picks up from where we left off: working with Princes Charles, Harry and William, getting a ‘put down’ from Prince Philip, and moving on to definitive documentaries featuring many of the best-loved stars in British comedy.
This week, Colin’s on the dais with the Maestro, top Musical Director Mike Dixon, taking about “We Will Rock You” and “Aspects of Love”, playing Glastonbury and rubbing shoulders with Patrick Stewart, Leslie Bricusse and Dame Julie Andrews.
In this week’s episode, former Controller of Entertainment at Carlton and ITV Mark Wells take us on a Behind the Scenes tour of his remarkable 30-year career. From his first role as a researcher on Gloria Hunniford’s LWT series “Sunday Sunday”, to heading up the biggest entertainment department in TV, and prompting memories of the brilliant Paul O’Grady, Michael Parkinson, Des O’Connor, Jeremy Beadle, Cilla Black, “The National Lottery” and “Top of the Pops”.
This week Colin chats with multi award-winning situation comedy creator Brian Leveson – for 30 years one of the leading laughter makers Behind the Scenes on British television.
In this week’s episode, Colin welcomes back Roger Edwards, with more hilarious anecdotes about his life and times, the showbiz characters he encountered – and how his work for charity took him to her Majesty the Queen’s Buckingham Palace garden party. https://www.sgtpeppersfriends.co.uk/
This week, Colin chats with entertainer, stand-up comedian, poet, musician, painter, artists designer handicraft expert, actress – actually it’s just easy to introduce her: “the sassy, smart, super-talented Jayne Tunnicliffe.”
In this week’s episode, novelist, music historian and journalist Garry Bushell talks about his death-defying tours with Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden and The Specials along with his love of Ska, Reggae and Punk; his friendship with Dale Winton and his encounters with Ronnie Kray. And that’s not the half of it!
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This week Colin talks about Sir Terry Wogan, the wireless and reading the news with the famous voice of Strictly Come Dancing “The Judges Have Their Scores!” and the National Lottery “Let’s Release Those Big Money Balls!” – the vocal legend Alan Dedicoat.
In this week’s episode, Colin talks about the Mob’s Las Vegas, TV’s Royal variety Performance and the man involved with both, his friend and agent for 35 years, Peter Prichard O.B.E.
This week Colin chats with jet-setting TV producer and game show guru Howard Huntridge, talking about his remarkable career overseeing the best gameshows in the world, and making stars of Dale Winton and Paul Daniels.
This week Colin chats with one of the brightest, new young performers on the stand-up circuit, Matt Bragg, and remembers the incredible career of his late Dad: much-loved comedian, entertainer and, behind the scenes, the doyen of the TV warm up artists Bobby Bragg.
Check out Matt here: https://www.mattbraggcomedy.com/
John Orchard is a pianist, composer and show business historian. In this week's episode he shares his remarkable experiences behind the scenes and on the screen via the stage of the London Palladium. Last year John won four 'yesses' from the judges on Britain's Got Talent.
In this week’s episode, Colin talks about rising to TV’s Ultimate Challenge – but skates over a desperate flop.
In this week’s episode, Colin enjoys an in-depth, insightful and inspiring conversation with one of Britain’s most enduring and endearing entertainers – Les Dennis. We go behind the scenes of his long career path from New Faces, via sketch comedy and Family Fortunes, to the Royal Shakespeare Company.
In this week's episode, Colin chats with one of entertainment's most experienced and creative behind-the-scenes brains, Roger Edwards, who reveals what it was really like to work on Central TV's cult hit favourites, Family Fortunes and Bullseye.
In this week's episode, Colin shares his fond memories of working closely with British entertainer and television icon, the late Des O'Connor CBE.
In this week’s episode, Colin conducts a revealing, in-depth conversation with one of British entertainment’s most enduring and popular personalities: comedian, actor, artist, author – and a whole lot more. The fascinating Joe Pasquale.
The quickest way to get a signed edition of Joe’s latest book of horror short stories ‘Deadknobs & Doomsticks 2 – Tales from the Lockdown’:
In this week’s episode, Colin talks about his happy times working with radio and TV broadcasting royalty, Sir Terry Wogan.
You can watch Michael Ball’s tribute to Sir Terry Wogan, which I penned for Proms in the Park 2016, by clicking here
In this week’s episode, Colin talks about his time working with some of the UK’s highest profile female presenters and performers. From Cilla Black to Davina McCall, via Ulrika Jonsson and Gloria Hunniford: who he got on with – and who he didn’t.
In this week's episode Colin talks about his life and times in the company of the great British entertainer, game show host, master magician and winner of the Golden Rose of Montreux, Paul Daniels.
In this episode Colin talks about his long working association - and friendship - with British TV and comedy legend, Bob Monkhouse OBE.
How does a working class boy from Paddington with no show business connections manage to become one of the UK’s busiest and most successful television comedy writers?