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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.

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.

https://www.diamondmanagement.co.uk/charles-garland-0

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!

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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?