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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 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

    Dora Bryan competition winners & Kino Quickies preview

    Dora Bryan competition winners & Kino Quickies preview

    This is not really an episode I'm afraid - time just ran away from me.
    However, I've recorded this mini-episode because there is some very important business to finish up which is to announce two things....
    The winners of last month's Dora Bryan competition
    Kino Quickies season 2

    Two lucky lucky listeners were destined to win a copy of the new 4K DVD release of https://networkonair.com/all-products/3424-sandwich-man-the (The Sandwich Man) - all they had to do was answer a fiendishly tricky question.
    Did you enter? Did you win? Listen to the episode to find out.
    And the second half of this episode is the preview trailer of https://www.kinoquickies.com/ (Kino Quickies season 2) - our season of live films screenings at the Kino Cinema in Bermondsey Square, London.
    We'd love to see as many Soho Bites listeners as possible at the screenings. Tickets available here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/kinoquickies (https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/kinoquickies)

    • 17 min
    Soho Bites 36: The Optimists of Nine Elms (1973)

    Soho Bites 36: The Optimists of Nine Elms (1973)

    Everything changes but....
    The changing faces of London neighbourhoods is our loose theme for this episode.
    In the first half, the novelist, Christopher Fowler makes his second appearance on the podcast, talking about his latest book and about his memories of Soho - a neighbourhood which changes constantly but somehow always remains the same.
    Follow Chris on https://twitter.com/Peculiar (Twitter) and peruse his https://www.christopherfowler.co.uk/ (website).
    Read about Chris's most well known charcters in http://www.christopherfowler.co.uk/blog/the-history-of-bryant-may/ (The History of Bryant and May).
    This episode features a snatch of original music composed by https://www.desburkinshaw.com/ (Des Burkinshaw). It was written as the theme tune for proposed TV adaptation of the Bryant and May series. Listen to it on https://www.christopherfowler.co.uk/blog/2021/02/15/what-are-the-bryant-may-books-really-about/ (this page) of Chris's website.
    Follow Des on https://twitter.com/DesBurkinshaw (Twitter).
    Our featured film is https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070488/ (The Optimists of Nine Elms) (1973) in which Peter Sellers, playing a faded former music hall star, befriends - or is befriended by - two local kids. It's a beautiful portrayal of an unlikely friendship and of an area that has massively changed in the intervening 50 years. Our film chat guest, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robert-J.E.-Simpson/e/B005IFYST6%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share (Robert JE Simpson), rather likes it.
    Follow Robert on https://twitter.com/avalard (Twitter) and check out his podcast https://cinepunked.com/ (Cinepunked). He is also engaged in some detailed research into https://twitter.com/exclusivephd (Exclusive Films).
    Definitely definitely definitely try to watch the Optimists of Nine Elms. It's available to stream on the https://player.bfi.org.uk/rentals/film/watch-the-optimists-of-nine-elms-1973-online (BFI Player).
    This https://youtu.be/T6Fal0faBog (clip )will give you a flavour of it
    Here's a set of https://ko-fi.com/album/The-Optimists-of-Nine-Elms-Lobby-Cards-R5R6EJD08 (lovely old lobby cards) of the film.
    Have a look at some of the loations from the film, then and now, on the every brilliant https://www.reelstreets.com/films/optimists-of-nine-elms-the/ (Reelstreets) website.
    *** COMPETITION *** COMPETITION *** COMPETITION *** COMPETITION **
    In https://www.sohobitespodcast.com/episode/33 (episode 33) we discussed https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060936/ (The Sandwich Man) with the aforementioend Christopher Fowler. That episode has just been included as a bonus feature on a new 4K release of the film. To win a DVD, answer the question: Who was Dora Bryan frequently mistaken for by members of the public? Winners will be announced in the next episode.
    If you're not lucky enough to win a free copy, you can always purchase one from our friends at https://networkonair.com/all-products/3424-sandwich-man-the (Network on Air)
    If you would like to support the show with a small financial contribution towards our running costs you can do that https://ko-fi.com/sohobitespodcast (here). For every £1 donated, a kitten lives.
    If you are a business and would like to sponsor us, please get in touch and let's talk the talk.
    Please leave us a review or a star rating https://ratethispodcast.com/sohobites (HERE).
    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, https://www.kcl.ac.uk/people/dr-lawrence-napper (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 season one of the Kino Quickies podcast athttps://kinoquickies.com/ ( KinoQuickies.com)....

    • 55 min
    Soho Bites 35: Zeta One (1969)

    Soho Bites 35: Zeta One (1969)

    Two Films, One Guest.
    Normally we have two guests on each episode of Soho Bites, but when your guest is as good as https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_McGillivray_(screenwriter) (David McGillivray), who needs a second?
    Long before https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Sweet_(writer) (Matthew Sweet) gave him the moniker, "The Truffaut of Smut", David reviewed https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065243/ (Zeta One) (AKA The Love Factor - no idea why) for The Monthly Film Bulletin. He didn't have a lot of good things to say about it then - has his opinion changed over the last 51 years? He makes a return visit to Soho Bites to tell us.
    Produced by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Tenser (Tony Tenser), the film had a troubled shooting period and was shelved for two years upon completion. Although the main attraction was, presumably, the acres of naked flesh on display throughout the film, top billing nominally goes to https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0433150/ (James Robertson Justice) as the chief baddy and his oily sidekick, Swyne, played by https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001889/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t2 (Charles Hawtrey).
    Any mention of Charles Hawtrey invites another reading of his https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Hawtrey_(actor,_born_1914)#Later_life_and_career (Wikipedia entry) which is always fun.
    If you really must watch Zeta One, it's available to buy online. You will find the results of a carefully curated Google search for Zeta One DVDs https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1GCEA_enGB1005GB1006andtbm=shopandsxsrf=ALiCzsbkEwYri2Qx1boYL5q5JwKSWAYdRg:1658675309495andq=zeta+one+DVDandtbs=mr:1,pdtr0:3045644%7C3045646,pdtr1:3045649%7C3045651andsa=Xandved=0ahUKEwiKufqE55H5AhWPFMAKHQ_3BHAQsysIogkoAQandbiw=1536andbih=664anddpr=1.25 (HERE).
    But maybe watch the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1X61zeDCIg (trailer )first so you have some idea of what you're letting yourself in for.
    And here is an album of https://ko-fi.com/album/Zeta-One-stills-N4N2E1KKX (stills from the film).
    There are some outrageous Crimes Against Location in Zeta One - eg pretending Warwick Avenue is next to Greek Street and Berwick Street market leads to Camden. If you're a London geography geek just waiting be outraged, look at the film's locations on https://www.reelstreets.com/films/zeta-one/ (Reelstreets).
    In the first half of the programme , David talks about a film that promises to be a teeny-weeny bit better than Zeta One, although we won't get to find out until next year. The Wrong People is currently in pre-production and is David's own adaptation of Robin Maugham's 1967 novel of the same name.
    Set in Tangier in the early 60s, it's the uncomfortable story of Arnold, a closeted gay teacher who falls under the corrupting influence of Ewing Baird, a wealthy ex-pat with particular peccadillos.
    Follow the progress of The Wrong People on their https://www.thewrongpeoplefilm.co.uk/ (website) and maybe chuck David a penny or two towards he production costs.
    You could also follow him on https://twitter.com/makeadelivery (Twitter).
    Here's an interesting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_JmOmrbBY8 (short film) about Dean's Bar in Tangier, the real life version of one of the book's fictional locations.
    And you can download the book in PDF format https://www.greek-love.com/media/PDFs/Maugham.Robin.The.Wrong.People.pdf (HERE).
    The author of The Wrong People, Robin Maugham, was an https://www.oxforddnb.com/view/10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-60668?rskey=ynddlxandresult=1 (interesting character).
    If you would like to support the show with a small financial contribution towards our running costs you can do that https://ko-fi.com/sohobitespodcast (here). For every £1 donated, a kitten lives.
    If you are a business and would like to sponsor us, please get in touch and let's talk the talk.
    Please leave us a review or a star rating https://ratethispodcast.com/sohobites (HERE).
    Between March and May...

    • 57 min
    Soho Bites 34: It Happened in Soho (1948)

    Soho Bites 34: It Happened in Soho (1948)

    Double Stinker.
    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).
    Thank you for listening.
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    • 47 min
    Soho Bites 33: The Sandwich Man (1966)

    Soho Bites 33: The Sandwich Man (1966)

    Special Sandwich Special.
    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://ko-fi.com/album/Sidney-Greens-Protein-Wisdom-leaflet-H2H4E0YX9 (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...

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

    Soho Bites 32: Turn the Key Softly (1953)

    Softly Shoe Shuffle.
    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://ko-fi.com/album/Turn-the-Key-Softly-lobby-cards-F1F1E0Z2A (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://ko-fi.com/album/The-Crooked-Mile-publicity-material-Y8Y3E0Z79 (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://ko-fi.com/album/Ace-of-Clubs-publicity-material-C0C2E0ZB8 (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).
    Thank you for listening.
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    Email us at sohobitespodcast@gmail.com
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    • 53 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 ,

Superb

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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