After an extended break to allow our massive team to shift its attention to our most recent podcast series, https://www.kinoquickies.com/ (Kino Quickies), we return to Soho Bites with the 1948 murder mystery, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0178645 (It Happened in Soho).
It’s safe to say, the film had a very small budget and doesn’t have the highest of production values but it does boast a major star, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Murdoch (Richard “Stinker” Murdoch).
At the time the film was made, Murdoch was a big BBC radio star, having starred, at this stage, in two huge radio comedy hits - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Band_Waggon (Band Waggon) with https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Askey (Arthur Askey) and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh (Much Binding in the Marsh) with https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Horne (Kenneth Horne).
To talk about It Happened in Soho, we welcomed https://www.paulkerensa.com/ (Paul Kerensa) to the show. Paul is a stand up comedian and, most importantly for our purposes, is the creator of the epic https://bbcentury.podbean.com/ (British Broadcasting Century) podcast - who better to talk to about a film starring one of early broadcasting’s biggest names.
At the time of writing, It Happened in Soho is available to watch on https://www.tptvencore.co.uk/Video/It-Happened-In-Soho?id=fecf033c-c9a6-417a-aef5-ca40c260a1ab (TPTV Encore)...
... and Band Waggon is on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUP8n9mmwa0 (YouTube).
Watch Richard Murdoch, in later life, talking about https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nEJYkHtzns (Much Binding in the Marsh).
To begin the show, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Books-Mark-Brisenden/s?rh=n%3A266239%2Cp_27%3AMark+Brisenden (Mark Brisenden) makes a return visit to Soho Bites talk about the London venue at which nearly all BBC radio comedies were recorded between 1946 and 1995 - https://www.bbc.com/historyofthebbc/buildings/paris-studios/ (The Paris Studios) on Lower Regent St.
Mark worked on https://www.angelfire.com/pq/radiohaha/WE.html (Week Ending) and https://www.britishclassiccomedy.co.uk/still-going-strong-at-80 (The News Huddlines) and was the creator of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flywheel,_Shyster,_and_Flywheel_(1990_radio_series) (Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel) - all of which were recorded at the Paris.
During our conversation, Mark points out that the 1950 film, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043078/ (The 20 Questions Murder Mystery), was set at the Paris. You can watch that film at https://archive.org/details/20-questions-murder-mystery-1950_202106 (Archive.org).
https://ko-fi.com/album/Farewell-to-the-Paris-H2H8E0YR8 (The pictures) Mark brought from the last night of the Paris.
Between March and May 2022, we ran a series of screenings of 1930s quota quickie films at thehttps://www.kinodigital.co.uk/cinema-venues/kino-bermondsey/ ( Kino Cinema) in Bermondsey. Each screening was followed by a QandA with our resident quickie expert, Dr Lawrence Napper of Kings College London and a specially invited expert guest. We will be returning to the Kino in the autumn for season 2 but, in the meantime, you can hear the Kino Quickies podcast athttps://kinoquickies.com/ ( KinoQuickies.com). You can also follow us onhttps://twitter.com/KinoQuickies ( Twitter) and https://www.facebook.com/KinoQuickies (Facebook).
The originator of Soho Bites,https://twitter.com/jinganyoung ( Dr Jingan Young), has a new book coming out all about.... guess what? Films set in Soho! Get your copy athttps://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/philosophy-psychology-social-sciences/soho-on-screen-cinematic-spaces-of,jingan-young-peter-bradshaw-9781800734777 ( Foyles).
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