28 September 2014

Episode 134: John Grindrod

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John Grindrod's book Concretopia: A Journey around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain is new in paperback. 


We talk to John about his book, the National Theatre, the Festival of Britain, the prefabs in Catford and New Addington where he grew up. We also address the Croydon question - should we include it as part of South London? 

Visit John's fantastic blog, Dirty Modern Scoundrel, and follow him on twitter @Grindrod.


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22 September 2014

Episode 133: Peep Show / Lucky Feller

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In this week's show we discuss two South London sitcoms: Peep Show and Lucky Feller

Peep Show, the long-running Channel 4 comedy, is shot and set in Croydon. Lucky Feller, which starred a pre-Only Fools and Horses David Jason, was set in Lewisham and shot on a soundstage at LWT. 

In our very first episode we talked about Only Fools and Horses, Desmond's and Up the Elephant and Round the Castle. 
If you're going to buy any of these shows on DVD, please use the Amazon link at the top of the page. 

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21 September 2014

Lucky Feller

On this week's show we talked about the David Jason sitcom Lucky Feller. The complete first (and only) series is released on DVD on 22nd September 2014. There are three episodes currently online.

Episode 2 




Episode 9 




Episode 12 


15 September 2014

Episode 132: Miranda Sawyer

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Our guest this week is Miranda Sawyerthe Observer's radio critic. 

We talked to her about Brixton, the heyday of Smash Hits and where radio and podcasts sit in the cultural conversation.

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08 September 2014

Episode 131: Brockley

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This week we travel through Brockley, taking in all the sights, including the Rivoli Ballroom, Hilly Fields and the Brockley Jack. We find a whale's shoulderblade and a tiny tupperware tub in odd places and talk about some of Brockley's famous residents, like a blindfold chess grandmaster who would regularly take to the board armed with two bottles of whiskey and a psychic investigator who debunked a talking mongoose.
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01 September 2014

Episode 130: Gaumont Studios

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Picture: Friends of Dog Kennel Hill Wood
At the turn of the century there was a Gaumont Film Company studio on Champion Hill in Camberwell. There's nothing left of it now, but the Friends of Dog Kennel Hill Wood hosted a screening of films produced by the studio on the spot the sound stage was located this past Saturday night.

We talked to the organisers about putting this extravaganza of Edwardian cinema together and have a chat about the films themselves as well as the innovation and creativity that still shine through. 


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One of the films made at Gaumont was How Percy Won The Beauty Competition, which features the first ever footage of Champion Hill Stadium.
 

25 August 2014

Episode 129: Lucky Jim / Mad Frank

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The South London Book Club meets to discuss Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim and Mad Frank, the autobiography of Frankie Fraser.  


The SLBC previously discussed Muriel Spark's The Ballad of Peckham Rye and Do You Remember Olive Morris?.  

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17 August 2014

Episode 128: SL Playlist Volume 5

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The fifth volume of the South London Playlist, featuring a range of artists from across South London. We're joined by musicologist Stephen Graham

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1. Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill 
2. Manfred Mann - 5-4-3-2-1 
3. Young MC - Bust A Move  
4. Asian Dub Foundation - Naxalite 
5. Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale 
6. Oasis - Wonderwall 
7. Des'ree - Kissing You 
8. Dexys - Nowhere is Home 
9. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor - Hiawatha 
10. Sid Vicious - My Way 

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11 August 2014

Episode 127: Mortlake and East Sheen

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This week we visited Mortlake and East Sheen
former home to mathematician and alchemist John Dee and Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the world wide web. You can see pictures from our trip on our instagram

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04 August 2014

Episode 126: Local News

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This week's local news round up features con artists, counterfeit trainers, Rastafarian banners and our response to The Metro's 'Five reasons not to go to South London' article. 

Includes Joel Knight reading SLHC spam comments. 

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28 July 2014

Episode 125: South Norwood

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This week we visit the notable spots in South Norwood and talk about the area's
 most famous residents, including Pickles, the dog that found the World Cup, and Led Zeppelin's manager Peter Grant. 

Includes an interview with the South Norwood Tourist Board

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21 July 2014

Episode 124: Oxleas Woodlands

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Join on us on a trip to South London's highest point, the newly re-opened Severndroog Castle, a folly on top of Shooter's Hill. We tramped through various woods to get there, including Oxleas, Castle and Jack, and finished 
our walk in Avery Hill Park. 

Joining us is David White of Avery Hill Publishing, who has exciting news of their latest titles, which you can buy here


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08 July 2014

Episode 123: Old Kent Road

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This week we visited the only South London spot on the Monopoly board - Old Kent Road

We stopped at the Thomas A Beckett pub, a former Soviet tank, the Hellraiser bus stop, the North Peckham Civic Centre and we talked about the history of the road, as well as the 1985 Arena documentary and the 1970 British gangster film Performance. 

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24 June 2014

Episode 122: South London XI

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We've assembled the all-time greatest South London XI.

You can win a South London XI print drawn by Alice Devine of the Illustrated Game, pictured above, by tweeting a link to this week's episode along with the hashtag #SLXI. We'll pick a winner at random at the end of the World Cup. 

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