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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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We continue celebrating 21 years since the brilliant and ground breaking East is East burst into our cinemas. The classic BAFTA Award Winning Brit Flick was an hilarious movie with serious undertones - tackling both racism and domestic violence. Here Chris Bisson who now stars as Jai in Emmerdale, talks about playing Saleem Khan who had one of the funniest storylines and scenes in the film. Distinct Nostalgia is a big champion of British film and you can hear other interviews on Distinct Nostalgia about Brief Encounter, Brassed Off, My Beautiful Laundrette, Oliver, The History Boys and Maurice. Soon we'll be adding The Crying Game to the list as we speak to creator, writer and director Neil Jordan. The Distinct Nostalgia theme is composed by Rebecca Applin and Chris Warner. Distinct Nostalgia is an MIM Production in association with Life Rooms and the MerseyCare NHS Foundation Trust. 'Distinct Nostalgia is more than a podcast'  we produce several shows a week covering soaps, film, comedy and all tv. And in all genres - interviews, reunions, drama, comedy - even a regular game show. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
We're continuing celebrating 21 years since the brilliant and ground breaking East is East burst into our cinemas. The classic BAFTA Award Winning Brit Flick was an hilarious movie with serious undertones - tackling both racism and domestic violence. Here Lesley Nicol talks about playing Auntie Annie, Ella Khan's best friend who helps to bring some great comedy to the film which is set in 1970s Salford. This interview will be followed by a third chat with Chris Bisson who played Ella's son Saleem.  Distinct Nostalgia is a big champion of British film and you can hear other interviews on Distinct Nostalgia about Brief Encounter, Brassed Off, My Beautiful Laundrette, Oliver, The History Boys and Maurice. Soon we'll be adding The Crying Game to the list as we speak to creator, writer and director Neil Jordan. The Distinct Nostalgia theme is composed by Rebecca Applin and Chris Warner. Distinct Nostalgia is an MIM Production in association with Life Rooms and the MerseyCare NHS Foundation Trust. 'Distinct Nostalgia is more than a podcast'  we produce several shows a week covering soaps, film, comedy and all tv. And in all genres - interviews, reunions, drama, comedy - even a regular game show. Go to distinctnostalgia.com to dip into our huge treasure trove of previous programmes and keep up to date on announcements by following us on twitter @DistinctbyMIM Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
We're celebrating 21 years since the brilliant and ground breaking East is East burst into our cinemas. The classic BAFTA Award Winning Brit Flick was an hilarious movie with serious undertones - tackling both racism and domestic violence. Here the film's female lead Linda Bassett (Ella Khan) talks about the inspiration for the movie and the challenges the cast and crew faced in bringing Ayub Khan Din's original play (produced by Tamasha Theatre Company at the Royal Court) to the big screen. Linda's interview will be followed  by chats with Lesley Nicol who played Auntie Annie and Chris Bisson who played Ella's son Saleem.  Distinct Nostalgia is a big champion of British film and you can hear other interviews on Distinct Nostalgia about Brief Encounter, Brassed Off, My Beautiful Laundrette, Oliver, The History Boys and Maurice. Soon we'll be adding The Crying Game to the list as we speak to creator, writer and director Neil Jordan. The Distinct Nostalgia theme is composed by Rebecca Applin and Chris Warner. Distinct Nostalgia is an MIM Production in association with Life Rooms and the MerseyCare NHS Foundation Trust. 'Distinct Nostalgia is more than a podcast'  we produce several shows a week covering soaps, film, comedy and all tv. And in all genres - interviews, reunions, drama, comedy - even a regular game show. Go to distinctnostalgia.com to dip into our huge treasure trove of previous programmes and keep up to date on announcements by following us on twitter @DistinctbyMIM Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
He back flipped his way into Weatherfield at the height of the disco days in December 1978. And he - and Coronation Street, would never be the same again. Chris Quinten was just 21 and here he was suddenly catapulted into the world's longest running drama serial - and Britain's biggest TV show! In this specially extended exclusive interview Chris gives us an insight into the magical world of Coronation Street in the 1970s. He was Corrie's first real male sex symbol. But what was it really like to work so closely with Lynne Perrie (Ivy)  and Helen Worth (Gail) in those early years? Plenty of great stories as he reminisces with Ashley. The Distinct Nostalgia theme is composed by Rebecca Applin and Chris Warner. DN is an MIM Production in association with Life Rooms and the MerseyCare NHS Foundation Trust. Distinct Nostalgia produces several shows a week. covering soaps, film, comedy and all tv.Go to distinctnostalgia.com to dip into our huge treasure trove of previous programmes and keep up to date on announcements by following us on twitter @DistinctbyMIM Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
Tupele Dorgu played Kelly Crabtree, one of the factory girls in the mid 2000s. She was a fun Corrie character from start to finish and had her fair share of scrapes in the show - most of them with hilarious consequences!  She was loud both in voice and clothes and could always be assured to brighten up even the most serious of storylines. Tupele has happy memories of her time on the street. The Distinct Nostalgia theme is composed by Rebecca Applin and Chris Warner. DN is an MIM Production in association with Life Rooms and the MerseyCare NHS Foundation Trust. Distinct Nostalgia produces several shows a week. covering soaps, film, comedy and all tv.Go to distinctnostalgia.com to dip into our huge treasure trove of previous programmes and keep up to date on announcements by following us on twitter @DistinctbyMIM Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
Butterflies was one of the surprise success stories of 1978 for BBC2. Tucked away on the minority channel, it wasn't really expected to do so well but within days of its first airing, it was recording great figures and rave reviews in the press. It helped to make household names of Wendy Craig, Geoffrey Palmer and Nicholas Lyndhurst. Written by legendary writer Carla Lane it told the story of Ria, a bored middle class 70s housewife desperate for some excitement in her life.  In an interview recorded shortly before the sad death of Geoffrey Palmer, Wendy Craig recalls her Butterflies days to Ashley. The Distinct Nostalgia theme is composed by Rebecca Applin and Chris Warner. DN is an MIM Production in association with Life Rooms and the MerseyCare NHS Trust. Distinct Nostalgia produces several shows a week. covering soaps, film, comedy and all tv.Go to distinctnostalgia.com to dip into our huge treasure trove of previous programmes and keep up to date on announcements by following us on twitter @DistinctbyMIM Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
Martin Hancock became one of the Street's most iconic characters of the 1990s. He played Spider, the eco-warrior nephew of Corrie stalwart Emily (played by Eileen Derbyshire). Here he reveals what it's really like to work with one of the show's most private stars - Eileen is often referred to as the Greta Garbo of British TV and rarely if ever gives interviews. In a light hearted interview, Martin talks candidly to Ashley about his spell in the world's longest running TV drama serial.The Distinct Nostalgia theme is composed by Rebecca Applin and Chris Warner. DN is an MIM Production in association with Life Rooms and the MerseyCare NHS Trust. Distinct Nostalgia produces several shows a week. covering soaps, film, comedy and all tv.Go to distinctnostalgia.com to dip into our huge treasure trove of previous programmes and keep up to date on announcements by following us on twitter @DistinctbyMIM Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
Frederick Pyne was there right at the beginning on October 13th 1972  when Yorkshire Television gave birth to a brand new daytime serial called Emmerdale Farm. He would play Matt Skilbeck for 17 years and his onscreen marriage to Dolly (Jean Rogers) would become one of the most celebrated in British soap. Here Freddy talks to Ashley about the roots of Emmerdale, clinching  the role, learning to be a farmer, working with greats like Sheila Mercier, Frazer Hines, Arthur Pentelow, Ronald Magill and Toke Townley, the impact of  fame and how he didn't approve of the big plane crash storyline. The Distinct Nostalgia theme is composed by Rebecca Applin and Chris Warner. DN is an MIM Production in association with Life Rooms and the MerseyCare NHS Trust. Distinct Nostalgia produces several shows a week. covering soaps, film, comedy and all tv.Go to distinctnostalgia.com to dip into our huge treasure trove of previous programmes and keep up to date on announcements by following us on twitter @DistinctbyMIM Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
It's a quarter of a century since Hollyoaks began on Channel 4. And to mark its 25 years we're meeting some of the show's original stars.  We've heard from Yasmin Bannerman who played Maddie Parker - and here we're re-releasing our interview with the lovely Lisa Williamson who played Hollyoaks original character Dawn Cunningham in the soap. Lisa was at Hollyoaks from 1995 to 1997 until her character was dramatically written out. She's been chatting to Ashley Byrne. Please note: There is a brief dose of strong language in this recording so please be vigilant if playing around children. The Distinct Nostalgia theme is composed by Rebecca Applin and Chris Warner. DN is an MIM Production in association with Life Rooms and the MerseyCare NHS Trust. Distinct Nostalgia produces several shows a week. Currently midweek we are releasing general entertainment nostalgia interviews and reunions including sitcoms and films.  And we have a new home for our retro soap shows  at the weekend. Go to distinctnostalgia.com to dip into our huge treasure trove of previous programmes and keep up to date on announcements by following us on twitter @DistinctbyMIM Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
Yasmin Bannerman was one of the original cast of Hollyoaks when Phil Redmond's creation began in October 1995. Maddie Parker was only in the show occasionally at first but she quickly became one of the main characters. It was a heady and exciting time for all the young actors who were thrust together in Liverpool for this brand new teen soap. Yasmin was also one of the few black actors in soap in Britain in the 90s - and that brought her press flak and 'role model' responsibility. A quarter of a century on she's been reminiscing with Ashley Byrne. And  we've a bonus for Hollyoaks fans as we re-release our interview with Lisa Williamson who played original character Dawn Cunningham on Monday 2nd November 2020. The Distinct Nostalgia theme is owned by MIM Productions and composed by Rebecca Applin and Chris Warner.  DN is an MIM Production in association with Life Rooms and the MerseyCare NHS Trust. Distinct Nostalgia produces several shows a week. Currently midweek we are releasing general entertainment nostalgia interviews and reunions including sitcoms and films.  And we have a new home for our retro soap shows  at the weekend. Go to distinctnostalgia.com to dip into our huge treasure trove of previous programmes and keep up to date on announcements by following us on twitter @DistinctbyMIM Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
He was one of the most popular presenters of iconic kids magazine show Blue Peter. Tim Vincent became a household name in the 90s. Over the years he's impressed as a versatile host of shows as diverse as  The Clothes Show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire in the States and Miss World. He's also an actor who had starring roles in Dangerfield, Emmerdale and Children's Ward. More recently Tim has gained a reputation as a popular interviewer of the stars stateside on 'Access Hollywood'. Now he's about to embark on a new 8 part comedy series called 'The Likely Dads' for BBC Radio 4. The show is produced by Distinct Nostalgia producer MIM Productions and is just one of an array topics Ashley has been to chatting to Tim about. The Distinct Nostalgia theme is owned by MIM Productions and composed by Rebecca Applin and Chris Warner. Distinct Nostalgia produces several shows a week. Currently midweek we are releasing general entertainment nostalgia interviews and reunions including sitcoms and films.  And we have a new home for our retro soap shows  at the weekend. Go to distinctnostalgia.com to dip into our huge treasure trove of previous programmes and keep up to date on announcements by following us on twitter @DistinctbyMIM Distinct Nostalgia is produced by MIM. www.madeinmanchester.tvSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
She was Max Branning's long suffering wife. She loved him, he loved her but he just couldn't help himself cheating. Jo Joyner joined EastEnders in 2006  - and the chemistry between Jo and Jake as Max and Tanya was instantly electric. They quickly became one of the most popular couples in British soap and it felt like they and their kids had always been in Albert Square. Here Ashley Byrne is joined by our own Soapy Simon to take Jo through her turbulent times as Tanya.The Distinct Nostalgia theme is owned by MIM Productions and composed by Rebecca Applin and Chris Warner. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
He’s starred in several great British sitcoms but playing Spike in Hi-De-Hi is his most famous part. Here Ashley Byrne talks about the birth of one of our best loved sitcoms with Jeffrey Holland. Jeffrey also chats about his connections to Are You Being Served, Dads Army and of course You Rang M’Lord and Oh Dr Beeching.  Oh and also his one man play about comedy legend Stan Laurel. The Distinct Nostalgia theme is owned by MIM Productions and composed by Rebecca Applin and Chris Warner. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
After a hiatus due to our main host Ashley Byrne going down with Covid-19, we're pleased to announce he's on the way to recovering and Distinct Nostalgia will be back in action from next week. Here's a teaser of just some of the film, soap, comedy and other tv nostalgia interviews, reunions, quiz shows AND new drama in store over the autumn and winter months. Have a LISTEN NOW!And don't forget to tell your friends to subscribe to Distinct Nostalgia wherever you get your podcasts. Distinct Nostalgia presenters include Ashley Byrne, Andy Hoyle, Iain Mackness, Caroline Heywood and Simon Zoneblick.Production is by Ashley Byrne, James Brown and Iain Mackness. Research is by Andrew Edwards, Simon Zoneblick, Caroline Heywood and Kurt Brookes.The Distinct Nostalgia Theme is composed by Rebecca Applin and Chris Warner.Distinct Nostalgia is a Made in Manchester Production www.madeinmanchester.tvYou can follow Distinct Nostalgia all the time plus Distinct Drama and Distinct Comedy at www.distinctnostalgia.com Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
Today we’re marking the 35th anniversary of the death of Hollywood legend Rock Hudson with an award winning drama about how the superstar was manufactured by notorious agent Henry Willson. Bette Bourne plays Willson with Michael Xavier as Rock. It’s not all drama though, Tim Fountain’s wonderful writing and the actors’ performances mean the story is delivered with a degree of comedy throughout. Paul Kendrick plays Dale the publicist with Iain Mackness as Phyllis. Matthew Ganley is the newsreader. Adapted for radio by Tim Fountain, the drama was produced by Iain Mackness with Ashley Byrne as the Executive Producer.  The music is by Matthew Ganley. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
Peter Dean played Ian's dad and Kathy's husband Pete Beale for 8 years. He was one of the original EastEnders cast until his character was killed off in the early 1990s. Here he has a fascinating chat with Ashley about some of the original roots of EastEnders. He's has fond memories of his co-stars including Adam Woodyatt and the late Wendy Richard. And he recalls his time in another British soap. You can enjoy 4 NEW Distinct Nostalgia shows every single week We have a specials day where we have docs, comedy, drama and themed interviews and reunions. We have a regular weekly Distinct Nostalgia soap day. Loads of retro soap chat with the actual stars who were there ... The regular Distinct Nostalgia programme moves to the weekend with a variety of shows celebrating all our tv and film yesterdays And then we’ve the Distinct Nostalgia Mind of the Month Quiz with Andy Hoyle on Sundays. (note: the quiz is taking a break during September and will return in October). Distinct Nostalgia - 4 Times A Week plus a treasure trove of programmes to listen to any time at DistinctNostalgia.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
Sylvia sheds light on the little explored divide in the family at the heart of the suffragette movement in Britain in the early part of the 20th Century. It charts Sylvia Pankhurst’s split with her own family over the issue of class involvement in the struggle for women to get the vote - her belief that the suffrage movement should include working women was put into practice when she founded a toy factory in the East End of London. Here, she employed only women but paid them a man’s wage. Written by Lesley Strachan and directed by Colin Guthrie, Sylvia is a powerful exploration of the relationship between Sylvia, Emmeline and Christabel.  Distinct Drama by MIM presents a Lesley Strachan ProductionSylviaDirected by Colin GuthrieWritten by Lesley StrachanCastSylvia Pankhurst - Helen CorbettEmmeline Pankhurst -Jill BattyNorah Smyth - Simona HughesJulia Scurr - Sheila BurbidgeDaisy Parsons - Jessica HammettRegina Hercbegova - Alina BaczynskaJessie Payne - Lesley StrachanChristabel Pankhurst -Louisa PeadAdela Pankhurst - Jessica HammettHerbert Asquith - Ian RecordonMr Selfridge - Richard BrentGeorge Lansbury - Martin SouthThe Reporter - Jonathan TilleyStanley Baldwin - Matthew FlexmanProductionRecording and Editing - Colin GuthrieFoley - Ruth SullivanOriginal music composed and performed by Tamara Douglas-MorrisWaltham Forest Brass: Claire Cheeter, Laurence Davison, David Easey, Katie Alam, Charlie Simpson, Bill Stockwell, Katie Defoe.Recorded on location in Islington, London. The Distinct Drama theme was composed by Rebecca Applin and Chris Warner.For more information about Sylvia go to distinctnostalgia.com Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
All Creatures Great and Small is currently enjoying something of a revival on Channel 5 but what was it like to work on the original iconic series? Carol Drinkwater played Helen, James Herriot's wife alongside Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy and Peter Davidson. The show became a huge hit around the world and together with other shows like Emmerdale Farm and Last of the Summer Wine, helped to put the beautiful county of Yorkshire on the world map. Carol's been reminiscing with Ashley and telling him what she makes of the successful Channel 5/PBS re-boot which is made by production company Playground Entertainment.Distinct Nostalgia is produced by MIM - www.madeinmanchester.tv You can enjoy 4 NEW Distinct Nostalgia shows every single week We have a specials day where we have docs, comedy, drama and themed interviews and reunions. We have a regular weekly Distinct Nostalgia soap day. Loads of retro soap chat with the actual stars who were there ... The regular Distinct Nostalgia programme moves to the weekend with a variety of shows celebrating all our tv and film yesterdays And then we’ve the Distinct Nostalgia Mind of the Month Quiz with Andy Hoyle on Sundays. (note: the quiz is taking a break during September and will return in October). Distinct Nostalgia - 4 Times A Week plus a treasure trove of programmes to listen to any time at DistinctNostalgia.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
Jean Rogers became a regular in Emmerdale Farm exactly 40 years ago this year as the second person to play Dolly, the wife of Matt Skilbeck played by Emmerdale original actor Frederick Pyne. The audience took to Jean's portrayal of Dolly very quickly and she soon became a household name. In this interview with Ashley she takes an affectionate trip down memory lane and compares the Emmerdale she joined in 1980 with the one she left a decade or so later. You can enjoy 4 NEW Distinct Nostalgia shows every single week We have a specials day where we have docs, comedy, drama and themed interviews and reunions. We have a regular weekly Distinct Nostalgia soap day. Loads of retro soap chat with the actual stars who were there ... The regular Distinct Nostalgia programme moves to the weekend with a variety of shows celebrating all our tv and film yesterdays And then we’ve the Distinct Nostalgia Mind of the Month Quiz with Andy Hoyle on Sundays. (note: the quiz is taking a break during September and will return in October). Distinct Nostalgia - 4 Times A Week plus a treasure trove of programmes to listen to any time at DistinctNostalgia.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/distinctnostalgia)
WARNING: AS WE FORGIVE THEM CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE AND ADULT THEMESAmerica, November 2008: the new President is elected amidst an ‘audacity of hope’. For newly elected Democrat Congressman, John Daniels, this should be a time of celebration. Instead he must decide the fate of his daughter’s murderer: should he exact revenge or grant redemption... or both?As We Forgive Them is a thriller with a twist. Written by celebrated playwright Richard Vergette, it stars award-winning actor Joe Sims as Lee Fenton and Richard Vergette as John Daniels. Andy Pearson is the newsreader. Directed by Andy Pearson and Mike Heath.Produced by Ashley Byrne and Iain Mackness/As We Forgive Them is a Made in Manchester/Dark Smile Co-Production in association with Ensemble 52 and was originally produced for The Independent Online in 2010.The programme is a Distinct Drama Presentation.And listen afterwards to Richard and Joe discuss the inspiration for the drama.For further information, contact the team via the contact us page on www.DistinctNostalgia.comSupport 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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