25 November 2014

Episode 142: Norwood - A Matter of Considerations

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On this week's show we offer a meditation on the history and development of Norwood.

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16 November 2014

Episode 141: Local News




Our latest local news roundup features some stolen lightbulbs, skyline preservation, WWE wrestlers, public urination, a vision of our care home future and John Loughrey, Diana Super Fan.  

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10 November 2014

Episode 140: Spike Milligan


This week we induct Spike Milligan, one of the most important figures in the history of comedy, into the SLHC Hall of Fame. 


We talk about his childhood in Catford and Brockley and a career that included The Goon Show.

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03 November 2014

Episode 139: Imperial War Museum


This week we paid a visit to the newly re-opened Imperial War Museum.
We talked about the sites historical use as a site of the Bethlem Hospital, the history of the IWM as an institution and some of the curatorial decisions made in the museum's new incarnation.

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26 October 2014

Episode 138: Live at Elefest



For this year's Elefest we hosted a live show where we lead the audience on an aural adventure, spiralling around the Elephant & Castle roundabout from the outside in.

We cover schools and churches, cinemas and shopping centres, housing estates and subways before ending up in front of a stainless steel substation.


Join us on this journey, this time at your own convenience, where we can guide you around the colourful and expansive history of this iconic South London spot.


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20 October 2014

Episode 137: Raymond Chandler / P.G. Wodehouse


The South London Book Club meets again to discuss novels by two alumni of Dulwich College - The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler and Psmith in the City by P.G. Wodehouse


We're joined by Paul Ansorge of Rant Cast, the popular Manchester United podcast.

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13 October 2014

Episode 136: The Cinema Museum




The Cinema Museum, based in the old Lambeth Workhouse which Charlie Chaplin visited as a child, is packed to the rafters with equipment, signage, furniture, uniforms and ephemera from picture houses across the decades. 

We talked to Ronald Grant, the founder of the museum, about its history and their vast collection. 

Visit cinemamuseum.org.uk for full details about visiting the museum and a full list of upcoming events. 

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05 October 2014

Episode 135: Ed Gray

The Adoration at the Lions' Den
Our guest this week is the artist Ed Gray. We talked to Ed about growing up in Putney, studying at Wimbledon, working in Peckham and living in Rotherhithe, as well as the many South London scenes he has painted.

Ed Gray's exhibition at GX Gallery in Camberwell runs from 10th to 26th October. He will be conducting tours at the Gallery on Saturday 11th, 18th and 25th October at 11am. 


To see more of Ed Gray's work visit edgrayart.com

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04 October 2014

SLHC: Up the Elephant, Round the Castle - Live at Elefest

Elefest 2014 runs from 2nd October to 5th October. 

On Saturday 4th October at 7pm South London Hardcore will be live at Longwave Bar

We will be taking you on an aural journey around the Elephant and Castle, with humour, history and hyperlocalism. Join us as we circle the roundabout, taking in stations and universities, spiralling past tower blocks and tabernacles, before we arrive at the Elephant and Castle's stainless steel centrepiece, the Michael Faraday Memorial. 

Click here for the Facebook event page. Click here for a map and directions. 

Visit elefest.org for other great events. 



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.