34 episodes

A series about the depiction of Soho - the beating heart of cosmopolitan, bohemian London - in film.
Produced by Dominic Delargy
Based on an original idea by Jingan Young

Soho Bites Podcast Dominic Delargy

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A series about the depiction of Soho - the beating heart of cosmopolitan, bohemian London - in film.
Produced by Dominic Delargy
Based on an original idea by Jingan Young

    Soho Bites 34: It Happened in Soho (1948)

    Soho Bites 34: It Happened in Soho (1948)

    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://dominicdelargy.wordpress.com/farewell-to-the-paris/ (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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    • 46 min
    Soho Bites 33: The Sandwich Man (1966)

    Soho Bites 33: The Sandwich Man (1966)

    We’ve done some episodes in the past with some disparate and unusual themes. We did a Spain themed episode, a sport one, a God special and even a wrestling / boxing episode, but we think we’ve surpassed ourselves this time as the theme linking the two items in episode 33 is sandwiches.
    Sandwich http://www.urban75.org/blog/the-human-billboards-and-sandwich-men-on-the-streets-of-soho-15-years-ago-london-history-april-2004/ (boards), that is, and the men who wear them.
    There was a time when Sandwich men and women and other forms of portable adverts were a common sight in the west end but In August 2008, Westminster council implemented a ban on such advertising, consigning this minor social menace to history.
    The ban came too late though, to have any effect on the sandwich men we’re talking about in this episode.
    Our first sandwich man is NOT a fictional character - Stanley Green, otherwise known as Protein Man. Stanley campaigned against the consumption of excessive protein for about 25 years and became a familiar sight to people in the west end during that time. We meet Honorary Research Fellow at the Museum of London, Dr Cathy Ross, to hear about Stanley, his writings and his life.
    Learn about Stanley’s unusual views in his https://dominicdelargy.wordpress.com/stanley-greens-protein-wisdom-leaflet/ (Protein Wisdom) leaflet.
    Read an https://museumcrush.org/less-protein-less-lust-the-protein-mans-placard/ (ARTICLE) by Cathy Ross about Stanley.
    For more info: Stanley’s entry in the https://www.oxforddnb.com/view/10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-92286 (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography)
    And here’s a https://dominicdelargy.files.wordpress.com/2022/03/novel-extract.pdf (three page extract) of Stanley’s unpublished novel, Behind the Veil: More than Just a Tale. I have corrected some of the spelling and some of the more confusing errors, but have tried to leave Stanley’s idiosyncratic punctuation and writing style in tact.
    Our second sandwich man IS a fictional character - Horace Quilby is played by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Bentine (Michael Bentine) in the 1966 comedy, The Sandwich Man.
    The film is noteworthy mostly for its extraordinary https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060936/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm (cast) and for its numerous London locations which you can see https://www.reelstreets.com/films/sandwich-man-the/ (HERE) courtesy of Reelstreets.
    To talk about The Sandwich Man we were joined by the novelist,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Fowler ( Christopher Fowler).
    You can follow Chris on https://twitter.com/Peculiar (Twitter) and check out his http://www.christopherfowler.co.uk/ (blog).
    Film makers often cheat when it comes to locations - eg a person turns a corner and re-appears three streets away. In The Sandwich Man, Horace Quilby is supposed to be walking around the west end, but according to https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7641507 (THIS MAP) of his route, constructed using the locations listed on ReelStreets, he covers an unfeasible number of miles in one day.
    We have another podcast coming out! Starting in March, a series of screenings and QandAs will take place at thehttps://www.kinodigital.co.uk/cinema-venues/kino-bermondsey/ ( Kino Cinema) in Bermondsey which will be magically turned into a podcast a few days after each one. Follow the podcast athttps://kinoquickies.com/ ( KinoQuickies.com), follow us onhttps://twitter.com/KinoQuickies ( Twitter) and we'd love to have you come to a screening. All you have to do is buy ahttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kino-quickies-tickets-254643364157 ( ticket).
    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...

    • 46 min
    Soho Bites 32: Turn the Key Softly (1953)

    Soho Bites 32: Turn the Key Softly (1953)

    Murphy's Law states that if you've arranged an interview with a brilliant guest to talk about a fantastic film in a great location, then you will catch Covid and have to self-isolate. This is why my interview with https://mbalit.co.uk/client/ming-ho-2/ (Ming Ho) about https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046471/ (Turn the Key Softly (1953)) took place online and not in the lovely surroundings of the https://www.uniquevenuesoflondon.co.uk/sites/default/files/styles/space_gallery/public/image/Richard%20Attenborough%20Rooms_0.jpg?itok=qD3isMwo (BAFTA bar) as originally planned.
    Turn the Key Softly is set over a period of twelve hours and follows three very different women on their first day of freedom after their release from Holloway Prison.
    Starring https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0593814/ (Yvonne Mitchell), https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0365692/ (Kathleen Harrison) and a very young http://www.joancollins.com/ (Joan Collins), it is directed by Jack Lee who also wrote the screenplay along with producer, Maurice Cowan and is based on the novel of the same name by Johh Brophy.
    Have a look at these https://dominicdelargy.wordpress.com/turn-the-key-softly-lobby-cards/ (lovely old lobby cards), produced to promote Turn the Key Softly.
    Have a look at some of the locations in Turn the Key Softly on https://www.reelstreets.com/films/turn-the-key-softly/ (Reelstreets)
    You can follow Ming on https://twitter.com/Minghowriter (Twitter).
    As the period of self isolation dragged on, a real in-person meeting was still impossible, so Dom met up with http://www.roh.org.uk/people/john-snelson (John Snelson) online to hear about two forgotten musicals set on the streets and nightclubs of Soho. http://www.guidetomusicaltheatre.com/shows_c/crookedmile.htm (The Crooked Mile) ran for 160 performances at the Cambridge Theatre in 1959-60 and https://guidetomusicaltheatre.com/Shows-A/8/ (Ace of Clubs) also ran at the Cambridge, for 211 performances in 1950.
    The Crooked Mile consolidated the UK career of Millicent Martin. Here is some https://dominicdelargy.wordpress.com/the-crooked-mile-publicity-material/ (publicity material) from the show.
    Ace of Clubs was written by Noel Coward, the MD was Mantovani and Graham Payn and Pat Kirkwood starred. Allegedly, https://dominicdelargy.files.wordpress.com/2022/02/pat-kirkwood.jpg (Pat Kirkwood) allegedly had an alleged affair with Prince Philip, allegedly. Allegedly. Graham Payn was Noel Coward's long-term partner. Here's some https://dominicdelargy.wordpress.com/ace-of-clubs-publicity-material/ (publicity material) from the show.
    The Crooked Mile was based on Peter Wildeblood's novel "https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=30636335309andcm_mmc=ggl-_-UK_Shopp_RareStandard-_-product_id=bi%3A%2030636335309-_-keyword=andgclid=Cj0KCQiA3fiPBhCCARIsAFQ8QzXc0ZOOokYMLnZ47orU2ITibWAv1jMXuDWS73EiMm8Fq3Y7sTqO3icaAki6EALw_wcB#andgid=undefinedandpid=1 (West End People)". I can't afford it so have put it on my list for Santa.
    We have another podcast coming out! Starting in March, a series of screenings and QandAs will take place at the https://www.kinodigital.co.uk/cinema-venues/kino-bermondsey/ (Kino Cinema) in Bermondsey which will be magically turned into a podcast a few days after each one. Follow the podcast athttps://kinoquickies.com ( KinoQuickies.com), follow us on https://twitter.com/KinoQuickies (Twitter )and we'd love to have you come to a screening. All you have to do is buy a https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kino-quickies-tickets-254643364157 (ticket).
    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 at https://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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    • 52 min
    Soho Bites 31: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

    Soho Bites 31: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

    Episode 31: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) and Jonathan Foster on the Prince Charles Cinema
    In this festive special, we’re talking about the much loved Christmas classic, The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) which, according to this article, is https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/culture/article/the-muppet-christmas-carol (the greatest film ever made).
    In the first half of the show we meet up with Jonanathan Foster. He works at the Prince Charles Cinema, just off Leicester Square and is the co-host of the Pod Charles Cinecast. The PCC is renowned for its special event screenings including its https://princecharlescinema.com/PrinceCharlesCinema.dll/WhatsOn?f=13427144 (Muppet Christmas Carol Singalongs) which are are wildly popular.
    In the second half we’re off to a festive get-together of podcasters to find out what they think about The Muppet Christmas Carol (spoiler – everybody loves it, obvs)
    Muppet Christmas Carol https://youtu.be/JXaVI60BFJM (trailer)
    Different versions of the film have been released over the years. Read about those differences in https://www.filmstories.co.uk/features/the-muppet-christmas-carol-and-its-three-lost-musical-numbers/ (this article) by Mark Harrison.
    This https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Charles_Cinema (Wikipedia article) about the history The Prince Charles Cinema is worth a read and you can check out the current PPC season and book tickets on its https://princecharlescinema.com/PrinceCharlesCinema.dll/Home (website). You can also follow the PCC on https://twitter.com/thepcclondon (Twitter).
    The cinema also has a podcast called https://twitter.com/ThePCCPodcast (The Pod Charles Cinecast) co-hosted by this episode’s guest, https://twitter.com/TALL4ALL (Jonathan).
    A lot of people graced the Soho Bites microphone in the second half of the show talking about The Muppet Christmas Carol – many of whom (but not all) are connected to the https://twitter.com/tptvpodcast (Talking Pictures TV podcast). Click below for their Twitters…
    https://twitter.com/Audiojoe (Adam)
    https://twitter.com/KinoJoan (Dani)
    https://twitter.com/nash_helenanash (Helena)
    https://twitter.com/KevFComicArtist (Kev)
    https://twitter.com/mmiletours (Murder Mile Mike)
    https://twitter.com/stevesalesnoble (Shameful Steve)
    https://twitter.com/FilmswithT (Tracy)
    Phil is not on Twitter
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    • 35 min
    Soho Bites 30: Good-Time Girl (1948)

    Soho Bites 30: Good-Time Girl (1948)

    Episode 30: Good-Time Girl (1948) and Josephine Botting of the BFI on Jean Kent
    Good-Time Girl is a post war UK film noir with three main locations – Lambeth, Soho and “Soho-On-Sea” (AKA Brighton). James Harrison of https://www.southwestsilents.com/ (South West Silents) and https://www.southwestsilents.com/filmnoiruk (Film Noir UK) joins Dom to talk about the film and about Film Noir UK.
    The star of Good-Time Girl is Jean Kent, known throughout the 1940s and beyond as UK film’s “bad girl”. To talk about Jean’s life and career, we drop in to the BFI to meet up with curator, Josephine Botting.
    For a few years before she became famous, Jean Kent worked as a Windmill girl. https://dominicdelargy.files.wordpress.com/2022/01/jean-windmill.jpg (This scan) is from the autobiography of Vivian Van Damm, the long term producer at the Windmill, who sacked Jean for being “immature” and “lacking personality”. He later realised he had made a mistake!
    Our guest, Jo Botting, met Jean Kent in 2011 for a special screening of Jean’s 1946 romantic drama https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037578/?ref_=ttmi_tt (Caravan). Here’s the https://dominicdelargy.files.wordpress.com/2022/01/jo-jean.jpg (photographic proof) of that meeting….
    In 2011, not long before she died, Jean’s 90th birthday was https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSqh31eDEuU (celebrated on local TV).
    In https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVI-J8KEUWM (this clip) from Good-Time Girl, Gwen meets Rosso for the first time – a meeting that ultimately has unfortunate consequences for Gwen.
    Good-Time Girl was based on a novel by Arthur La Bern called, “Night Darkens the Streets”. La Bern also wrote, “It Always Rains on Sunday” which was adapted https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040481/ (for the screen) and “Goodbye Piccadilly, Farewell Leicester Square” upon which, Alfred Hitchcock’s “https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068611/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 (Frenzy)” was based. Night Darkens the Streets is now out of print and the cheapest available copy online was £47 when last checked, so here’s https://dominicdelargy.files.wordpress.com/2022/01/book-cover.jpg (a picture of the cover) for free.
    Interesting article by Josephine Botting and https://www.bfi.org.uk/articles/author/84263e24-a82c-5868-a44e-d5b42a74d73c (Sarah Castagnetti) about the co-writer of Good Time Girl, https://www.bfi.org.uk/features/muriel-box-good-time-girl-street-corner (Muriel Box)
    Good-Time Girl is available to view for free on the brillant https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-good-time-girl-1947-online (BFI Player)
    Although not always in perfect quality, there are several Jean Kent films available on the Interent Archive including https://archive.org/details/15062tbv (The Browning Version) and https://archive.org/details/c4498710322 (Caravan). Find more https://archive.org/search.php?query=jean%20kentandand%5B%5D=mediatype%3A%22movies%22 (HERE)
    You can follow both https://twitter.com/reeljobotting (Josephine Botting) and the https://twitter.com/BFI (BFI )on Twitter
    https://twitter.com/jamesmjharrison (James Harrison) is also on Twitter and so are https://twitter.com/SWSilents (South West Silents) and https://twitter.com/FilmNoirUK (Film Noir UK) You can also find both organisations on the same https://www.southwestsilents.com/ (website)
    Have a look at some of the locations in Good-Time Girl, courtesy of our friends at https://www.reelstreets.com/films/good-time-girl/ (Reelstreets).
    Since publishing the episode, https://twitter.com/CeeChampion (Caroline Champion) got in touch pointing out that Jean was in an episode of Steptoe and Son in 1970. She plays Daphne who finds herself at the centre of an unlikely love triangle. Thanks to the wonder of the internet, the whole episode is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2gQpeYb1jc (HERE).
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    • 49 min
    Soho Bites 29: Absolute Beginners (1986)

    Soho Bites 29: Absolute Beginners (1986)

    Episode 29: Absolute Beginners (1986) and Aidan McManus on Bowie’s Soho
    In this Bowie special, we talk to Del Pike about the much maligned Absolute Beginners (1986) - was the critical mauling justified? And Aiden McManus returns to the show to talk about Bowie's pre-fame years in Soho.
    Arriving on cinema screens on the back of an inordinate amount of pre-publicity in 1986, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090585/ (Absolute Beginners) was, notoriously, an instantaneous disaster at the box office and was ripped to shreds by the critics.
    Thirty years later, freelance writer, https://twitter.com/del_pike (Del Pike) wrote an article entitled “Absolute Beginners at 30 – Was it Really So Bad?” so we had to get him on the show to talk about the film that ruined the studio that made it.
    Although not the star of Absolute Beginners, David Bowie provided the theme song and was a major feature of the pre-release publicity campaign. Twenty years before that, he was a struggling musician trying to make it big, and was deeply in involved in the Soho music scene. https://twitter.com/mcmanus_aidan (Aidan McManus) returns to the podcast to talk about Bowie’s Soho years.
    Interesting article in the https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/sep/21/how-we-made-absolute-beginners-julien-temple-patsy-kensit (Guardian) about the making of Absolute Beginners
    Read Del Pike’s 1986 article asking if Absolute Beginners was https://www.getintothis.co.uk/2016/08/absolute-beginners-30-really-bad/ (really so bad).
    Follow Aidan McManus on https://twitter.com/FlipLondonTours (Twitter), book a scheduled or bespoke https://www.flipsidelondontours.com/ (tour) with him and listen to his https://www.mixcloud.com/aidan-mcmanus/ (radio show)
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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

BritishFilmStardom ,

Brilliantly witty

The Soho Bites podcast is fabulously fun and entertaining and full of knowledge about films. I thoroughly enjoy it and always look forward to a new episode!

Matchmesidney ,

Wavy hair

Packed full of wit and entertainment, this most informative of London podcasts on cinematic forays into Soho past and present always leaves listeners with a long reading and watching list.

The latest episode (27) doesn’t disappoint as it brings together Snakehips Johnson, Edward VIII, Louise Brooks, Sally Gray and the Major from Fawlty Towers at a renowned Soho spot… before a bomb hits.

A must-listen for Soho fans and followers all over the world.

Audiojoe4444 ,


Love this show. Dom is a great host and producer, and has done a stupendous job of bringing the hitherto hidden stories of Soho to life.

Probably the best podcast about London and its effect upon cinematic culture

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