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Exclusive interviews and reunions celebrating some of the biggest names in TV and film twice a week. A TV enthusiast’s paradise. There's also special shows and series and a regular Distinct Nostalgia Mind of the Month Quiz every Sunday. This is pure entertainment and fun. Enjoy!
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Alyson Spiro was no stranger to soap when she took on the role of Sarah Sugden in Emmerdale in 1994. She'd previously starred for a year in Brookside. But the role of Sarah was a special one for Alyson and here she tells Ashley all about the ups and downs of starring in a major UK tv serial.  After listening to Alyson, why not catch up with other former Emmerdale actors?! - Ian Sharrock, Jean Rogers, Freddie Pyne, Deena Payne and Roberta Kerr can all be found chatting about their time in the Dales on Distinct Nostalgia. And don't forget Distinct Nostalgia has a plethora of other soap treats in our archives. Trawl through the player where you will find a catalogue of interviews and hours of soap history from Corrie, EastEnders, Hollyoaks, Brookside, Crossroads and more....If you'd like to suggest an interview (or reunion) with a past star/stars of any soap, comedy, drama. children's series, quiz show or film, then please drop us a line via the contact us page on the Distinct Nostalgia website at www.distinctnostalgia.com Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
Roberta Kerr has starred in most of the soaps - Corrie as Wendy Crozier, Brookside, EastEnders, The Archers - and of course as Jan Glover in Emmerdale. Roberta really enjoyed her time in the Dales because it gave her a character to really get her teeth into and explore all Jan's nuances. She's been remembering those four years in the mid 90s with Ashley. This episode of Distinct Nostalgia is part of an Emmerdale weekend double bill with our interview with Alyson Spiro being released on Sunday, Feb 28th 2021. And don't forget Distinct Nostalgia has a plethora of soap treats in our archives. Trawl through the player where you will find a catalogue of interviews and hours of soap history from Corrie, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Brookside, Crossroads and more....If you'd like to suggest an interview (or reunion) with a past star/stars of any soap, comedy, drama. children's series, quiz show or film, then please drop us a line via the contact us page on the Distinct Nostalgia website at www.distinctnostalgia.com Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
June Brown is 94 today. So to mark her birthday we're re-releasing our special drama 'Missing You' starring June Brown and Sam Barnard. And we're adding a bonus interview with the writer Richard Vergette after the show. Missing You was written specifically for June and Sam - and based on Richard's own personal experience of having a son with Down's Syndrome. Distinct Drama presents...MISSING YOU by Richard VergetteStarring June Brown MBE and Sam BarnardProduced by Ashley Byrne, Iain Mackness and James BrownAn MIM Production for Distinct Nostalgia - More than a Podcast!This 30 minute drama kicks off ‘Generation Games’, a new series of occasional monologues and duologues exploring relationships, friendships and connections across the generational divide. June plays Margey, who against advice, refused to give her son up for adoption when she was told he had Down's syndrome.  She has protected William fiercely throughout his life, even when William has preferred not to be protected. Despite the tensions that arose when William demanded his independence, both mother and son remain devoted to each other. Now they can’t see each-other due to the pandemic and the enforced separation causes each of them to reflect on their shared past. Missing You is written by Richard Vergette who says: ‘Being the parent of a young man with Down’s Syndrome I’m aware that the compassionate response we received by medical staff at our son’s birth, wasn’t always the experience of parents from previous generations. Parents like Margey had to fight just for the right to bring up their own child. William is equally formidable and needs to lead his own life – away from his Mother. Richard continues: ‘I’m fortunate enough to have worked with the excellent actor, Sam Barnard, so was delighted when he agreed to play the role of William. When writing the role of Margey I had the voice of June Brown in my head and so asked the producer, Ashley Byrne, “Can we find a June Brown type of actress?”. “How about June Brown?” he replied! I still can’t quite believe that a living legend is playing in a piece I’ve written. They are both brilliant in their respective roles and bring home the frustrations as well as the joys of their characters’ relationship.’Actor Sam Barnard commenting on his part says: "June is such a legend and a hero of mine since I was little. When I was asked to play this role I said "OOH I SAY" and did a little dance of joy!"MIM and Distinct Nostalgia Creative Director Ashley Byrne adds: ‘This is a very touching and thoughtful portrayal and is a tremendous story to kick off our series exploring relationships across the generations.  We’ll be bringing more established names together with not so well known talent in a bid to tackle ageism in our society. In broadcasting the trend is to increasingly shove people in age silos and never the twain shall meet but we feel the portrayal of relationships with people across the generations is crucial for social cohesion.’Distinct Nostalgia began in January 2020 and regularly charts. Its main content includes interviews and reunions with famous tv and movie stars and regularly celebrates the soaps, comedy and British film.  Distinct Nostalgia also includes new drama and comedy. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
Annette Badland is a prolific character actor with an eclectic mix of fabulous credits to her name over many decades but she's probably best known (certainly in recent years) for her role as Aunt Babe in EastEnders. Here she tells Ashley about the challenges of playing such a manipulative character. Banished by the Carter family for her evil deeds but could Aunt Babe return one day to seek revenge in Albert Square?And don't forget Distinct Nostalgia has a plethora of soap treats in our archives. Trawl through the player where you will find a catalogue of interviews and hours of soap history from Corrie, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Brookside, Crossroads and more....If you'd like to suggest an interview (or reunion) with a past star/stars of any soap, comedy, drama. children's series, quiz show or film, then please drop us a line via the contact us page on the Distinct Nostalgia website at www.distinctnostalgia.com Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
She's one of the greats of British acting - and comedy! Felicity Kendal has been part of the fabric of British life for decades. She rose to fame in the 1970s sitcom The Good Life, alongside Richard Briers, Penelope Keith and Paul Eddington. She's also well known for Rosemary and Thyme, the Carla Lane sitcom 'Solo' and a plethora of other parts over the years. Here she talks to Ashley Byrne about how it all began as well as great with memories of her co-stars. And don't forget there's loads of other comedy interviews on Distinct Nostalgia including Wendy Craig on Butterflies, Doreen Mantle on playing Mrs Warboys in One Foot in the Grave, Jeffrey Holland on his time in Hi-De-Hi, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph on Birds of a  Feather and Christopher Strauli on his role as Norman in Only When I Laugh. Not to mention our Comedy Writing Legends series which so far includes Jan Etherington wrote Second Thoughts and Marks and Gran who penned, among others things, Goodnight Sweetheart, Birds of a Feather, Shine on Harvey Moon and The New Statesman with Rik Mayall. Plus 'Down Comedy Lane' as Little Remembers Large (Syd Little reminisces about his life as one of half of a comedy double act with Eddie Large).All these delights - and much more can be found by trawling through the Distinct Nostalgia feed. Have fun!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
Ian Sharrock played Jackie Merrick - Emmerdale Farm's early heartthrob and poster boy. He joined the cast in 1980, eight years into the show's run.  Having some young blood in the show was something of a revolution and he quickly became popular with both fellow cast members and the public at large. In a special two part interview, Ian reflects on his Emmerdale days and working with some great actors including his close friend Stan Richards who played Seth. Across the two programmes we also touch on the rest of his career including  working with the likes of  Danny Kaye, Jodie Foster and David Niven among others.  And don't forget Distinct Nostalgia has a plethora of soap treats in our archives. Trawl through the player where you will find a catalogue of interviews and hours of soap history from Corrie, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Brookside, Crossroads and more....If you'd like to suggest an interview (or reunion) with a past star/stars of any soap, comedy, drama. children's series, quiz show or film, then please drop us a line via the contact us page on the Distinct Nostalgia website at www.distinctnostalgia.com Distinct Nostalgia - More Than A Podcast!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
Ian Sharrock played Jackie Merrick - Emmerdale Farm's early heartthrob and poster boy. He joined the cast in 1980, eight years into the show's run.  Having some young blood in the show was something of a revolution and he quickly became popular with both fellow cast members and the public at large. In a special two part interview, Ian reflects on his Emmerdale days and working with some great actors including his close friend Stan Richards who played Seth. Across the two programmes we also touch on the rest of his career including  working with the likes of  Danny Kaye, Jodie Foster and David Niven among others.  And don't forget Distinct Nostalgia has a plethora of soap treats in our archives. Trawl through the player where you will find a catalogue of interviews and hours of soap history from Corrie, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Brookside, Crossroads and more....If you'd like to suggest an interview (or reunion) with a past star/stars of any soap, comedy, drama. children's series, quiz show or film, then please drop us a line via the contact us page on the Distinct Nostalgia website at www.distinctnostalgia.com Distinct Nostalgia - More Than A Podcast!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
He's one half of an enduring double act which made people laugh for decades. Here Syd Little speaks to Caroline Heywood about his partnership with the late, great Eddie Large who died from Covid-19 complications back in April. Over two parts, Syd takes their story from the early days doing the clubs through to their heady days of tv and variety stardom.  Little Remembers Large begins an occasional series in which Caroline Heywood talks candidly and in depth with legendary British comedians.  This is Part 2. You can find Part 1 by scrolling through the Distinct Nostalgia feed. Meanwhile don't forget our Comedy Writing Legends series with two programmes celebrating the work of Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran. The pair started working together from a very young age and have had decades of success penning some classic British shows including Birds of a Feather,  Shine on Harvey Moon and Roll Over Beethoven.  Look through the Distinct Nostalgia feed for parts 1 and 2. Distinct Nostalgia is produced by MIM.The DN theme is composed by Rebecca Applin and Chris Warner.Please contact us via the contact us page at DistinctNostalgia.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
In part 2 of the second programme in our series 'Comedy Writing Legends' Jan Etherington talks candidly about her sitcoms hit Second Thoughts, Faith in the Future and Next of Kin.  She also chats to Ashley about working with Lynda Bellingham, Penelope Keith, Richard Wilson and Joanna Lumley who stars in her latest comedy 'Conversations from a Long Marriage' on Radio 4.Future programmes in the  Comedy Writing Legends series will meet the talent behind Porridge, One Foot in the Grave, Man About the House among other great shows. Look out for lots of interesting shows on Distinct Nostalgia. There's a new drama with June Brown and an interview with Syd Little remembering his comedy partner Eddie Large who died earlier this year from Covid-19 complications plus we've dozens of soap, comedy and film reunions with the stars. 86 hours of entertainment for your enjoyment. Have a trawl through our archive now at www.distinctnostalgia.com or wherever you get your podcasts. Distinct Nostalgia - More than a Podcast!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
She's one of Emmerdale's longest serving stars. But she was written out in a rather lacklustre way. Deena Payne played the iconic Viv Windsor (later Viv Hope) for 18 years. Here Deena tells Ashley about how she made the character her own - and in real life made Yorkshire her home! The interview covers some hilarious tales of her time in the Dales and a candid account of her feelings about how her character was killed off. And don't forget Distinct Nostalgia has a plethora of soap treats in our archives. Trawl through the player where you will find a catalogue of interviews and hours of soap history from Corrie, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Brookside, Crossroads and more....If you'd like to suggest an interview (or reunion) with a past star/stars of any soap, comedy, drama. children's series, quiz show or film, then please drop us a line via the contact us page on the Distinct Nostalgia website at www.distinctnostalgia.com Distinct Nostalgia - More Than A Podcast!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
In the second programme in our series 'Comedy Writing Legends' Jan Etherington talks candidly about her huge sitcom hit Second Thoughts which ran for five series on ITV in the 90s. Second Thoughts starred the late Lynda Bellingham, James Bolam, Belinda Lang, Julia Sawalha and Mark Denham.  Here Jan chats to Ashley about how she created the series with her husband and fellow writer Gavin Petrie.  Future programmes in the  Comedy Writing Legends series will meet the talent behind Porridge, One Foot in the Grave, Man About the House among other great shows. Look out for lots of interesting shows on Distinct Nostalgia. There's a new drama with June Brown and an interview with Syd Little remembering his comedy partner Eddie Large who died earlier this year from Covid-19 complications plus we've dozens of soap, comedy and film reunions with the stars. 84 hours of entertainment for your enjoyment. Have a trawl through our archive now at www.distinctnostalgia.com or wherever you get your podcasts. Distinct Nostalgia - More than a Podcast!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
In our final 'Corrie at 60' series, we meet 3 of the very early stars of the Street. It's back to December 9th 1960 with Alan Rothwell who played David Barlow and Patricia Shakesby who played Susan Cunningham, Ken Barlow's first girlfriend. Both have great stories from the first days of Coronation Street. Then we're meeting Kenneth Cope who played Minnie Caldwell's lodger Sunny Jim (Jed Stone) from 1961 onwards. All these actors did other things, so expect one or two tangents along the way.  Enjoy!And don't forget Distinct Nostalgia has a plethora of shows marking Corrie's 60th. Trawl through the DN player or wherever you get your podcasts and you will find a catalogue of interviews and hours of Street history. DN is produced by MIM. The Distinct Nostalgia theme is composed by Rebecca Applin and Chris Warner. Distinct Nostalgia - More Than A Podcast!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
Dave Dutton has been appearing in Coronation Street since 1985. He's had 11 roles over that time and been involved in some of the show's most interesting storylines. Here, Dave who has just published his autobiography 'The Thirty Bob Kid', speaks candidly about his relationship with Corrie as well as his starring role in 1980s comedy 'Watching', writing for Ken Dodd and The Two Ronnies - and becoming Rik Mayall's co-star. It's a fun, entertaining interview to kick off the New Year. Enjoy! And don't forget Distinct Nostalgia has a plethora of shows marking Corrie's 60th month. Trawl through the DN player where you will find a catalogue of interviews and hours of Street history - and there's still more to come. DN is produced by MIM. The Distinct Nostalgia theme is composed by Rebecca Applin and Chris Warner. Distinct Nostalgia - More Than A Podcast!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
He's one half of an enduring double act which made people laugh for decades. Here Syd Little speaks to Caroline Heywood about his partnership with the late, great Eddie Large who died from Covid-19 complications back in April. Over two parts, Syd takes their story from the early days doing the clubs through to their heady days of tv and variety stardom.  Little Remembers Large begins an occasional series in which Caroline Heywood talks candidly and in depth with legendary British comedians. Meanwhile don't forget the start of our Comedy Writing Legends series with two programmes celebrating the work of Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran. The pair started working together from a very young age and have had decades of success penning some classic British shows including Birds of a Feather,  Shine on Harvey Moon and Roll Over Beethoven.  Look through the Distinct Nostalgia feed for parts 1 and 2. Distinct Nostalgia is produced by MIM.The DN theme is composed by Rebecca Applin and Chris Warner.Please contact us via the contact us page at DistinctNostalgia.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
We return to our Corrie at 60 specials.  This time Ashley has been dipping into his own archives for some anecdotes from Betty Driver and Jean Alexander. He chatted to Betty in her dressing room at Granada about 11 years ago and to Jean at her home in Southport about 8 years ago. Enjoy!And don't forget Distinct Nostalgia has a plethora of treats in store for you during Corrie's 60th birthday month. Stay tuned! And remember to look through our archives. Trawl through the player where you will find a catalogue of interviews and hours of Street history.Distinct Nostalgia - More Than A Podcast!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
We've a special treat for you now  as we showcase some new northern comedy. Written by Janice Fryett we have the pleasure in introducing you to Florrie and Dotty.Listen here to 5 sitcom shorts and become embroiled in the world of these two northern 21st Century gossips. Meet Florrie and Dotty Florrie & Dotty are two ladies in their sixties who blend past and present with their unique sense of humour and way with words. They love a cuppa (and something stronger), a nice sweet fancy and will have a sideswipe at anything from the neighbours to social issues, sexuality and social media. They live in neat stone built terraces houses in a (northern) street near you.Florrie & Dotty EpisodesEp1.​Tubby McTubFace – Florrie has a great bit of gossip about her at number 38, but Dotty trumps it with news of an octogenarian neighbour with a young Thai bride.Ep2.​Lockdown Lard – Dotty is scornful of Florrie’s attempts to lose the weight she gained during Lockdown 0.1, but will she beat her at her own game?Ep3.​Michaelmas Daisy – Florrie uses gin and sympathy to console Dotty after her traumatic encounter in the church grounds.Ep4.​Playing Hygge – Florrie and Dotty bump into one another at the supermarket and, through their face masks,discuss free school meals and Florrie’s new hygge lifestyle. A trip to the Foodbank gives them more than they bargained for.Ep5.​Round Robins – Florrie and Dotty sum up the year (2020) in a skit on Christmas newsletters and make their own plans for Christmas day (in Tier Two). Janice Fryett - actor/writer Janice spent many years as a teacher, mother, writer and singer and trained as an actor in her fifties at ICAT Manchester, graduating in July 2017, since when she has worked in most areas of the industry. Janice originated the role of Carol Atkins in the musical play The Jury at The Brindley Runcorn in 2018 and Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London in Feb 2020 (eight FOUR STAR reviews and nominated for an ‘Offy’). She has appeared in four TVcommercials, short films, radio plays, dance theatre narration and fringe theatre in Oldham Coliseum, Liverpool Everyman, Storyhouse Chester and pub theatre. Lindsay Eavis - actorLindsay has been performing since she was 4 years old. As a child she trained as a dancer and at 16 won a place at ArtsEdin London. Despite several breaks due to family commitments, her career has taken her all over the country and into Europe. She has worked professionally in serious drama, comedy, pantomime, TIE and television. Aside from her acting work she pursued a career as a Trainer in the NHS and was involved in the local amateur scene as actor, director, teacher and choreographer.A Spinney Audio Production A Distinct Comedy PresentationSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
COMEDY WRITING LEGENDS - MARKS AND GRAN - EPISODE 1 PART TWOWe kick off our Comedy Writing Legends series with two programmes celebrating the work of Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran. The pair started working together from a very young age and have had decades of success penning some classic British shows including Birds of a Feather,  Shine on Harvey Moon and Roll Over Beethoven. Here in Part 2  they tell Distinct Nostalgia about working with Rik Mayall and creating 'The New Statesman' as well as their long running, often repeated time travelling comedy hit Goodnight Sweetheart.Future programmes in the  Comedy Writing Legends series will meet the talent behind Porridge, One Foot in the Grave, Man About the House and Second Thoughts among many other great shows. Look out for lots of interesting shows over Christmas. More on Corrie at 60, a new drama with June Brown and an interview with Syd Little remembering his comedy partner Eddie Large who died earlier this year from Covid-19 complications.Distinct Nostalgia - More than a Podcast!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
Distinct Drama presents...MISSING YOU by Richard VergetteStarring June Brown MBE and Sam BarnardProduced by Ashley Byrne, Iain Mackness and James BrownAn MIM Production for Distinct Nostalgia - More than a Podcast!This 30 minute drama kicks off ‘Generation Games’, a new series of occasional monologues and duologues exploring relationships, friendships and connections across the generational divide. June plays Margey, who against advice, refused to give her son up for adoption when she was told he had Down's syndrome.  She has protected William fiercely throughout his life, even when William has preferred not to be protected. Despite the tensions that arose when William demanded his independence, both mother and son remain devoted to each other. Now they can’t see each-other due to the pandemic and the enforced separation causes each of them to reflect on their shared past. Missing You is written by Richard Vergette who says: ‘Being the parent of a young man with Down’s Syndrome I’m aware that the compassionate response we received by medical staff at our son’s birth, wasn’t always the experience of parents from previous generations. Parents like Margey had to fight just for the right to bring up their own child. William is equally formidable and needs to lead his own life – away from his Mother. Richard continues: ‘I’m fortunate enough to have worked with the excellent actor, Sam Barnard, so was delighted when he agreed to play the role of William. When writing the role of Margey I had the voice of June Brown in my head and so asked the producer, Ashley Byrne, “Can we find a June Brown type of actress?”. “How about June Brown?” he replied! I still can’t quite believe that a living legend is playing in a piece I’ve written. They are both brilliant in their respective roles and bring home the frustrations as well as the joys of their characters’ relationship.’Actor Sam Barnard commenting on his part says: "June is such a legend and a hero of mine since I was little. When I was asked to play this role I said "OOH I SAY" and did a little dance of joy!"MIM and Distinct Nostalgia Creative Director Ashley Byrne adds: ‘This is a very touching and thoughtful portrayal and is a tremendous story to kick off our series exploring relationships across the generations.  We’ll be bringing more established names together with not so well known talent in a bid to tackle ageism in our society. In broadcasting the trend is to increasingly shove people in age silos and never the twain shall meet but we feel the portrayal of relationships with people across the generations is crucial for social cohesion.’Distinct Nostalgia began in January 2020 and regularly charts. Its main content includes interviews and reunions with famous tv and movie stars and regularly celebrates the soaps, comedy and British film.  Distinct Nostalgia also includes new drama and comedy. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
COMEDY WRITING LEGENDS - MARKS AND GRAN - EPISODE 1 PART ONEWe kick off our Comedy Writing Legends series with two programmes celebrating the work of Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran. The pair started working together from a very young age and have had decades of success penning some classic British sitcoms - from Birds of a Feather to Goodnight Sweetheart via The New Statesman. In this first part of their chat with Ashley they talk about their very early years and how the hit comedy drama Shine on Harvey Moon helped to spawn their most enduring success, Birds of a Feather.In Part Two of Programme One, they tell Distinct Nostalgia about working with Rik Mayall and creating The New Statesman as well as their long running, often repeated time travelling comedy hit Goodnight Sweetheart.Future programmes in the  Comedy Writing Legends series will meet the talent behind Porridge, One Foot in the Grave, Man About the House and Second Thoughts among many other great shows. Look out for lots of interesting shows over Christmas. More on Corrie at 60, a new drama with June Brown and an interview with Syd Little remembering his comedy partner Eddie Large who died earlier this year from Covid-19 complications.Distinct Nostalgia - More than a Podcast!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
This Christmas sees the start of an occasional series celebrating Britain's 'Comedy Writing Legends'. In the first programme, Ashley chats to Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran about their long career which has seen them create among other - Shine on Harvey Moon, Birds of a Feather, The New Statesman and Goodnight Sweetheart. Listen to the trail here.Other Christmas Specials on Distinct Nostalgia include more shows marking Corrie at 60, the legendary June Brown in a special drama called 'Missing You' and 'Little Remembers Large' in which comedian Syd Little looks back at his career and his partnership with Eddie Large who lost his life to Covid-19 earlier this year. Distinct Nostalgia - More than a podcast!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
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Liam S

Superb. Really creative. Why can’t the BBC do this kind of stuff?

Feb 1st
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