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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.

EPISODE #58 LESLIE BRICUSSE, ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, BRIAN MAY - JUST A FEW OF THE MUSIC LEGENDS ASSOCIATED WITH MAESTRO MIKE DIXON.

Our Behind the Scenes guest this time is a composer, pianist and music director who has enjoyed a 40 year award winning career working with the most famous performers and conducting some of the biggest orchestras in the world.

Mike Dixon has helped launch many of the great modern productions in the West End and on Broadway. He is the go-to-guy for Dame Shirley Bassey, Lionel Richie, Sir Tom Jones, in fact it’s probably quicker to list those who don't have him on speed dial. He’s also worked with a raft of high-profile comic names including Bradley Walsh, Dirk Maggs, Joe Pasquale, Ben Elton and Paul O’Grady.

On TV he regularly appears in front of a global audience of billions and he’s just written his eagerly awaited autobiography, a fascinating look behind the scenes of the music industry, published on 28 June 2022, “Turn Around and Take a Bow!”.

 

https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/autobiography/turn-around-and-take-a-bow-hb/

 

https://www.mikedixonmusic.com/

EPISODE #57 PRESIDENTS BILL CLINTON AND NELSON MANDElA ALONG WITH EVERY SPORTS HERO IN THE LAST 50 YEARS - THE RADIO CAREER OF GARRY RICHARDSON.

This time we go Behind the Scenes with one of the great voices of BBC radio - an award-winning sports journalist, who The Spectator magazine described as ‘one of the best broadcasters in the country - The Poet Laureate of Sport’. Garry’s remarkable career has spanned half a century, making him the longest serving member on Radio 4’s flagship “Today Programme”. In that time he’s reported on 5 Olympics, interviewed all the famous of international sport, including George Best, Denis Law, Tommy Docherty and Muhammad Ali. A great aficionado of comedy, Garry never misses the chance to slip in a quick quip or pass a welcome witty comment – little wonder he’s also a much in demand after dinner speaker who also produced and presented an acclaimed documentary celebrating Sir Ken Dodd.

EPISODE #56 FROM JEREMY CLARKSON AND STEPHEN MULHERN TO WARWICK DAVIS AND RUPAUL - THE SPECTACULAR CAREER OF TV EXECUTIVE ADEEL AMINI.

This time we go Behind the Scenes with Adeel Amini who, back in 2015, was named as one of Broadcast magazine’s Under-30 Hotshots. Now, 7 years on, he’s a Senior Studio Entertainment Producer who’s overseen all manner of highly popular ratings winners including the revamped series of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”, “Catchphrase”, “Celebrity Squares”, “Blind Date” and more recently the hit quiz “Lingo”. He’s also worked on sharp, live comedy series including “The Last Leg” and “The Nightly Show”. Out of the studio he is the founder of the TV-industry working group ‘Coalition For Change’, he also sits on the board of BAFTA and 4 years ago set up what is now known as ‘The TV Mindset’, a mental health support group for freelancers in the television industry.

EPISODE #55 FROM CHRIS EVANS VIA HARRY HILLAND SIR BRUCE FORSYTH TO PAUL SINHA - THE STAR-STUDDED, MULTI-SKILLED CAREER OF TV PRODUCER GRANT PHILPOTT.

Grant Philpott is a British television comedy and light entertainment producer whose very first job was writing Q-cards for Bob Monkhouse on “The Big Breakfast”. 25 years later his career came full circle when he was one of the Edit Producers on “Bob Monkhouse: The Million Joke Man”, the UKtv documentary series which celebrated Bob’s life and career. He’s interviewed Sir Bruce Forsyth and Terry Gilliam, worked on series such as “Tarrant on TV”, “TV Nightmares” and “Harry Hill’s TV Burp”, and produced shows starring Seann Walsh, David Walliams and Griff Rhys Jones.

 

More recently he was the Series Producer on the Saturday ITV ratings winner “Paul Sinha’s TV Showdown”. And he’s also an international, highly regarded independent movie maker, film animator, designer and artist whose canvases have been showcased in London. 

 

Find more about Grant here; www.grantphilpott.co.uk

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EPISODE #54 FROM COMEDY'S PAUL WHITEHOUSE, KELSEY GRAMMER & RED DWARF TO QUEEN'S BRIAN MAY - THE TV LIFE OF TOP EXECUTIVE SIMON LUPTON.

This time we chat with the magnificent Simon Lupton, one of the most experienced comedy producers currently working in television. In an award-winning 25-year career Simon’s headed up series starring Paul Whitehouse & Harry Enfield, Matt Horne and James Corden, along with British sitcoms ‘My Family’ and ‘Red Dwarf’. Plus he’s worked with Hollywood legends Rutger Hauer and Kelsey Grammer; commissioned the 3-part UKtv documentary series Bob Monkhouse: the Million Joke Man – and for any international television production concerning the rock group Queen, Simon Lupton is the band’s go-to guy.

EPISODE #53 FROM CHRIS TARRANT, VIA AINSLEY HARRIOT AND NOEL EDMONDS, TO MICHAEL PARKINSON - THE CAREER OF TV WARM-UP STAR & COMEDIAN RAY TURNER.

This time on Behind the Scenes we power on through a few technical difficulties to chat with Ray Turner, a comic who has been entertaining audiences for thirty-five years. He cut his comedy teeth working clubs and theatres before establishing himself as one of the principal and most versatile studio warm up artists working in light entertainment television; ranked alongside legends Bill Martin, Jeff Stephenson, Ted Robbins and the great Bobby Bragg. For years he was an integral member of the teams that made landmark series such as “Noel’s House Party”, “Today with Des and Mel” and the entire run of “Who Wants To be A Millionaire’.

EPISODE #52 - TERRY WOGAN, KEN BRUCE, CHRIS EVANS, DOLLY PARTON - FORMER BBC RADIO 2 TRAVEL REPORTER LYNN BOWLES ON WORKING WITH THE GREATS.

BBC Radio 2 listener favourite and former travel news reporter Lynn Bowles recalls her 18 laughter-filled years working on the radio ratings blockbuster Breakfast Show with the much-missed great man himself Sir Terry Wogan, then with that iconic whirlwind of the wireless Chris Evans. Not forgetting, how could we, her joyous banter with the reigning King of the Airwaves – the magnificent Mr Ken Bruce.  Since leaving R2, Lynn continues to host her own Sunday 3pm-5pm music and chat show on BBC Radio Wales, regularly attracting star name guests and record audiences. Lynn tells how she broke into radio, shares her fond memories of Sir Tel’s kindness and serene eloquence both on and off air, and what it was like to be part of that legendary Wake Up To Wogan Breakfast Show team.

EPISODE #51 - FROM NICHOLAS ROEG TO MARTIN CLUNES: THE INCREDIBLE CAREER OF AD GURU TURNED TOP BRITISH TV SITCOM WRITER, PAUL MENDELSON.

How does a lawyer turned top advertising executive become one of the most successful television writers on TV, creating award nominated comedy series and dramas? This week’s Behind the Scenes guest has done just that. In addition to creating the long-running BBC tv series “May to December” and “My Hero”, plus the American animated comedy “Neighbours From Hell”, he also penned the critically acclaimed “Losing It”. Now he’s a best-selling comic novelist with Hollywood producers knocking at his door. Meet the unstoppable Paul Mendelson.

EPISODE #50 - JOHN WAYNE, PAVAROTTI AND MUHAMMED ALI - JUST SOME OF THE LEGENDS DIRECTED BY ROYSTON MAYOH.

It’s part 2 of our Behind the Scenes chat with the true National Treasure of British television light entertainment, Royston Mayoh! His pioneering non-stop career has spanned six decades heading up the most popular high-profile L.E shows on our screens. Not forgetting his new career in front of the cameras starring in the hit ITV ratings winner “Off Their Rockers”. Roy’s remarkable life story and his memories as a Producer/Director are nothing less than a first hand, eye witness account of the history of British television.

EPISODE #49 - TOMMY COOPER, KENNY EVERETT, HUGHIE GREEN, MICHAEL BARRYMORE & SO MANY MORE - THE INCREDIBLE CAREER OF ROYSTON MAYOH.

In the first of a 2-part chat we go Behind the Scenes with the most experienced and pioneering professionals still working in British television. This gentleman started in TV in 1957 sweeping the studio floor. In a 60- year career he went on to become a multi-camera director and producer of comedy and quiz shows, magic specials, lifestyle and awards programs, and TV commercials. And now he’s a professional actor! Meet the Godfather of British Light Entertainment television – Royston Mayoh.

EPISODE #48 - BARRY CRYER OBE 1935-2022.

This week we go Behind the Scenes with scriptwriter Brian Leveson, author-broadcaster Louis Barfe and comedy Consultant Alan Nixon, who reflect on the incredible career of Barry Cryer and share their fond, personal memories of the great man who recently died, leaving an unparalleled legacy of entertainment as a performer, writer and raconteur, and a vast unfillable void in British showbusiness. Let’s raise a collective glass and say “Thank you for the laughter, Barry!” 

EPISODE #47 - ROD STEWART, ELTON JOHN & TOM JONES - SOME OF THE SUPERSTARS WHO'VE WORKED WITH INTERNATIONAL TV EXEC PRODUCER/DIRECTOR JONATHAN GLAZIER.

This time we go Behind the Scenes with Producer, Director, Former BBC Departmental Head, Format Creator, Consultant and international TV Executive Jonathan Glazier. From his first television job in the Sound Department at ATV Elstree to more recently overseeing multi-million dollar productions in the Middle East, Asia and New Zealand, Jonathan recalls his unstoppably versatile 40-year career. To mention Stars In Their Eyes and You’ve Been Framed at Granada, via Gladiators and An Audience with… at LWT, plus the BBC’s The Generation Game, The Weakest Link and The Chair with John McEnroe, is to merely scratch the surface of the list of ratings winners he’s brought to our screens.

EPISODE #46 - FREDDIE STARR, DES O'CONNOR TONIGHT, JOHN SULLIVAN & HORROR FILMS - THE SCRIPTWRITING SUCCESS STORY OF ALAN WIGHTMAN.

This time we go Behind the Scenes with incredibly prolific and hugely versatile scriptwriter Alan Wightman, who chats about his long and non-stop career in movies and light entertainment. Alan shares memories of his friend John Sullivan (Only Fools & Horses), his time penning gags for top turns Jimmy Tarbuck, Jeff Stevenson and Des O'Connor, plus landing the job of producing the highest rating LE show on BBC Television Wales. Then there's the matter of ghost-writing Freddie Starr's autobiography! Alan also gives an eyewitness account of standing in the wings of Her Majesty's Theatre on the night Tommy Cooper died on live TV.

EPISODE #45 - RITCHIE BLACKMORE, BAD MANNERS, JUDGE DREAD - ANOTHER ROCK 'N' ROLLERCOASTER RIDE WITH GARRY BUSHELL

In the third of our trilogy of scandalous glimpses Behind the Scenes of the music industry and Fleet Street with author, TV critic, punk band front man and show business journalist Garry Bushell. On the music front, Garry shares wild stories of guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore, Judge Dread and Bad Manners. He also talks about landing in trouble by TV Exec Nigel Lythgoe and surviving a close call with Lenny McLean and Roy Shaw. Oh. And how do you get banned from every Butlins holiday camp for life? I'll let Garry explain...

EPISODE #44 - DES O'CONNOR, ANT & DEC, TONY ROBINSON, DENIS NORDEN AND THE GLOBE-TROTTING TV LIFE OF SEAN KNEALE

This time Behind the Scenes goers international, chatting with top TV executive Sean Kneale in Sydney, Australia. Former LWT Producer Sean reflects on his years working in the UK with most of Britain's high-profile performers before travelling the world to oversee the production of the biggest television franchises on the planet. The Masked Singer. The X Factor. And Mongolia's Got Talent? You bet it has!

EPISODE #43 - ONLY FOOLS & HORSES, GLADIATORS, MICHAEL McINTYRE AND THE GOES WRONG SHOW - THE INCREDIBLE CAREER OF TV EXEC ADRIAN PEGG

Production manager of most of the top Entertainment ratings-winners over the last 40 years, Adrian Pegg looks back on his role on the early series of BBC sitcom mega hit Only Fools & Horses and how he helped set up ITV's hugely successful arena spectacular, Gladiators. Adrian also talks about Noel's House Party, working with Michael McIntyre and his recent move to Producing the award-winning comedy The Goes Wrong Show. Not forgetting his selfless work encouraging and advising young people starting their careers in television.

EPISODE #42 - STARTING 2022 IN STYLE WITH TV CLIP SHOW KING - TV EXECUTIVE SIMON WITHINGTON.

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...

EPISODE #41 - LOOKING BACK AT BEHIND THE SCENES WITH COLIN EDMONDS 2021.

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!

EPISODE #40 - PAMELA ANDERSON, CILLA BLACK, STARS OF NEIGHBOURS - THE HILARIOUS, GLAMOROUS PANTO LEGEND PETE PRICE

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...

EPISODE #39 - TV PRODUCER-DIRECTOR AND ACTOR PAUL GIDDINGS ON WORKING WITH COMEDY GREATS SETH MacFARLANE, LARRY GRAYSON, LES DAWSON AND BOB MONKHOUSE.

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.

EPISODE #38 - TOP TV PROMPT OPERATOR PENNY SWIERGON ON BIG BRITISH SHOWS SUCH AS STRICTLY COME DANCING AND THE WEAKEST LINK, AND THE BIGGEST NAMES INCLUDING PETER KAY, JAMIE OLIVER AND ANNE ROBINSON.

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.

EPSIODE #37 – FROM BOB MONKHOUSE, JOHN CLEESE AND SIR ROGER MOORE TO APPEARING ON TOP GEAR - THE INCREDIBLE CAREER OF RADIO HOST AND MASTER INTERVIEWER JOHN FOSTER.

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 ... 

www.johnfostervoice.com

EPSIODE #36 – FROM OPERATING CAMERAS TO DIRECTING THEM - TOP le EXECUTIVE MICK THOMAS ON WORKING WITH CILLA, ANT & DEC, JONATHAN ROSS, BRADLEY WALSH AND BARBRA STREISAND.

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.

EPSIODE #35 – GRAHAM NORTON, ANT & DEC, CILLA BLACK AND RADIO CAROLINE - THE AMAZING WORLD OF TOP TV SOUND SUPERVISOR ROB ASHARD.

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.

EPSIODE #34 – TV LEGEND IAN HAMILTON RETURNS TO TALK ABOUT DAVID FROST, FRANKIE HOWERD AND MORE. OH, AND THE PLAYBOY MANSION!

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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EPSIODE #33 – WORKING WITH THE GREAT FIGURES OF HISTORY, PLUS SIR DAVID JASON AND SIR RIDLEY SCOTT - THE REMARKABLE CAREER OF DOCUMENTARY FILM-MAKER, JOHN NAYLOR.

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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EPSIODE #32 – PUPPETS TO THE PALLADIUM, CILLA TO I'M A CELEBRITY, MICHAEL PARKINSON TO MISS WORLD - THE AWARD-WINNING CAREER OF ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCER-DIRECTOR IAN HAMILTON.

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.

EPSIODE #30 – FROM LARRY GRAYSON AND DANNY LA RUE TO SIR TERRY WOGAN AND OTHER ROYALTY - BBC TV PRODUCER/DIRECTOR KEVIN BISHOP'S STELLAR CAREER.

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.

EPSIODE #29 – LIVERPOOL LEGEND PETE PRICE FONDLY REMEMBERS CILLA BLACK, TOMMY COOPER, SPIKE MILLIGAN AND BOB MONKHOUSE.

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.

EPSIODE #28 – SCANDALS, SCOOPS, SACKINGS AND SECRETS OF THE MEDIA - GARRY BUSHELL'S BACK TO DISH THE DIRT.

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.

EPSIODE #27 – SIR KEN DODD, CHRIS TARRANT AND IT'S A ROYAL KNOCKOUT - THE VARIETY-FILLED CAREER OF COMEDY WRITER, PRODUCER AND BIOGRAPHER, TONY NICHOLSON.

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.

EPSIODE #26 – ALWAYS A CROWD-PLEASER – FROM WORKING WITH BARRY MANILOW, JIMMY TARBUCK AND FREDDIE STARR, THE LIFE OF STAND-UP COMEDIAN JEFF STEVENSON

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

EPSIODE #25! – WHO'D HAVE THOUGHT..?

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.

EPSIODE #24 – EARLY STARTS WITH SIR TERRY WOGAN & KEN BRUCE, PLUS THE GOOD & NOT SO GOOD TIMES AT THE BBC – 40 YEARS BEHIND THE MIC WITH CHARLES NOVE

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.

https://charlesnove.com/

EPISODE #23 – DR JONATHAN MILLER & DAVID CROFT – THE LEGENDS WHO MENTORED THE TV CAREER OF CHARLES GARLAND

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.

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EPISODE #22 – MARK WELLS PART 2 – THE PRINCE’S TRUST, THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE PLUS STAND-UP MONARCHY BOB MONKHOUSE, LES DAWSON & JOAN RIVERS

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.

https://www.doubleyellow.tv/blog

EPISODE #21 – CUT THE MUSIC – WEST END CONDUCTOR AND M.D. MIKE DIXON ON WORKING WITH DAME SHIRLEY BASSEY, QUEEN’S BRIAN MAY, PLUS LLOYD WEBBER & RONNIE WOOD

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. 

https://www.mikedixonmusic.com/

EPISODE #20 – LIFE AT THE TOP IN LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT – MARK WELLS ON THE BRITS, BOB MONKHOUSE & MUCH ELSE BESIDES

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”.

https://www.doubleyellow.tv/about

EPISODER #19 – CREATING COMEDY FROM SITUATIONS – A CONVERSATION WITH AWARDS WINNING SITCOM WRITER BRIAN LEVESON

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. 

EPISODE # 18 – 40 YEARS IN SHOW BUSINESS – IT’S THE RETURN OF TV PRODUCER & ENTERTAINER ROGER EDWARDS

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/

EPISODE #17 – FROM PAUL O’GRADY & PETER KAY TO CORONATION STREET & SO MUCH MORE – THE VERY EPITOME OF VERSATILITY: JAYNE TUNNICLIFFE

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.”

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EPISODE #16 – SURVIVING OZZY OSBOURNE & SERENADED BY RONNIE KRAY – THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF GARRY BUSHELL

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!

Check out Garry’s detective Harry Tyler here: https://caffeinenightsbooks.com/collections/crime-fiction/products/all-or-nothing

EPISODE #15 – THE FAMOUS VOICE OF STRICTLY COME DANCING AND THE NATIONAL LOTTERY – A CHAT WITH ALAN DEDICOAT

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.

EPISODE #14 – A SPECIAL AGENT WITH A ROYAL CONNECTION

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.

EPISODE #13 – INTERNATIONAL PRODUCER AND GAME SHOW GURU – TALES FROM TV AROUND THE WORLD

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.

EPISODE #12 – A LEGECY OF LAUGHTER - TALKING COMEDY WITH RISING COMIC TALENT MATT BRAGG

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/

EPISODE #11 - FROM THE COMEDIANS IN THE 1970s TO BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT IN 2020

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.

Check out John on: www.singalongajohn.com  www.britishmusichallsociety.com

EPISODE #10 - GLADIATORS VERSUS ICE WARRIORS - FROM THE HOTTEST HIT TO A FROZEN WASTE.

In this week’s episode, Colin talks about rising to TV’s Ultimate Challenge – but skates over a desperate flop.

EPISODE #9 - AN INTERVIEW WITH LES DENNIS – THE TRIUMPHS AND TRIALS OF A LIFETIME ON TV.

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.

EPISODE #8 - CENTRAL TV - FORTUNES MADE AND A BULLSEYE HIT, AS WITNESSED BY ROGER EDWARDS

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.

EPISODE #7 - DES O'CONNOR - A SINGING, SMILING SHINING STAR

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.

Episode #6  - AN INTERVIEW WITH JOE PASQUALE – THE VOICE BEHIND THE LAUGHTER

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’:

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Episode #5  - SIR TERRY WOGAN – THE TITAN OF BROADCASTING

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

Episode #4  - LADIES NIGHT – THE GREAT AND THE GLAM OF BRITISH TELEVISION

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.

Episode #3  - PAUL DANIELS - MORE THAN JUST MAGIC.

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.

Episode #2  - BOB MONKHOUSE - A LIFE IN COMEDY.

In this episode Colin talks about his long working association - and friendship - with British TV and comedy legend, Bob Monkhouse OBE.

Episode #1  - FROM PADDINGTON TO THE PALLADIUM.

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?