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Gems from 2017

As we step into 2018, a listen back to some of the best bits of the London Podcast from 2017. From smartphones that know how you feel to Mr & Mrs Pepys reborn, and from your worst worries on the Shoreditch stage to spoof rocker Norman Castle with a guest appearance from Kim Cattrall.

All linked by Adrian Lacey and put into context with some updates.

Full details with each of the respective shows.

Set in stone? The year 2017.
Set in stone? The year 2017

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Main theme: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane (edited for timing)

Rock Legend: Norman Castle

Spoof rock’n’roll documentary starring Russell Thomas with guest appearances by Kim Cattrall and Gavin Alexander. From the pop high of Sugar ‘n’ Spice to the breathtaking ambition of rock opera The Tanktop Mikado, Norman Castle – former frontman of the Broadwicks – occupies a unique place in British musical life.

This profile hears how he got into the business due to a misunderstanding and how his foray into rap was electrifying… almost literally.

You’ll also hear from former Broadwicks bassist Peggy Babcock on touring with the boys, plus lead guitarist Neville Rice on Prince and plumbing.

Broadwicks bassist Peggy Babcock (right) with personal assistant
Photos (at Londonpodcast.net): Broadwicks bassist Peggy Babcock (Kim Cattrall) with personal assistant
Guitarist Neville Rice models NHS designer headgear
Guitarist Neville Rice (Gavin Alexander) models NHS designer headgear
Norman Castle as he likes to think others see him
Norman Castle (Russell Thomas) as he likes to think others see him

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Music:

Main theme: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane (edited for timing)

NotDrunk-stem-bass by the Joy Drops (short excerpt)

A Man Approaches with Bowed Sitar, Rishikesh by Samuel Corwin (mixed with spoken word)

used with thanks under the Creative Commons CC BY licence

Blogger Pepys’ Old Pain

On an innocent walk in west London, our 17th-century blogger Samuel Pepys, who’s come kicking and screaming into the 21st century, revisits his younger self and his ‘old pain’.

There’s also a hint of romance in the air and mild ale references.

Samuel Pepys is played by sometime RSC actor Keith Dunphy

Picture (at Londonpodcast.net): Painting of Samuel Pepys
Picture (at Londonpodcast.net): Painting of Samuel Pepys

Keith Dunphy is represented by Jonathan Arun and Babble

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Music: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane used with thanks under the Creative Commons licence

Apples & Cares: Mrs Pepys’ Diary

While the ‘original 17th-century London blogger’ Samuel Pepys has been hurled by the London Podcast into the 21st century, his loyal wife Elisabeth has stayed in 1669.

Here she shares the pleasures of scrumping for apples with a childhood friend, along with coming to terms with being childless. Could there be a solution..?

MAY CONTAIN NUTS!

Sarah Kempton - portrait by Carl Proctor
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Sarah Kempton – portrait by Carl Proctor

Mrs Pepys is played by the talented Sarah Kempton who often performs in London (and elsewhere) as part of ad lib troupe Crime Scene Improvisation (crimesceneimpro.com).

Mrs Pepys’ Diary was conceived, written and directed by Adrian Lacey

Guitar by Gavin Alexander (gavinalexandermusic.co.uk)

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Music: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane used with thanks under the Creative Commons licence

 

Blogger Pepys: Rake’s Regress

What would a blogger from over 300 years ago make of today’s London? Here’s the answer: Samuel Pepys’ audio diary. In this entry, he’s off to the theatre, but his thoughts are in the wings.

Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Keith Dunphy
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Keith Dunphy/Adam Hills at MUG Photography

Samuel Pepys… Keith Dunphy

The lady with the tubs… Sarah Kempton

Sarah Kempton
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Sarah Kempton (portrait by Clare Newman-Williams)

Keith Dunphy is represented by Jonathan Arun and Babble

Sarah is part of CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation

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Bottom script adviser Richard Sutton

Music:

Guitar stings by Gavin Alexander of Arcelia

Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane used with thanks under the Creative Commons licence

Pepys Plays Politics

Fed up with elections? So’s the original 17th-century London blogger, Mr Samuel Pepys. But his remedy may not be the same as yours..!

Sometime Royal Shakespeare Company actor Keith Dunphy returns as our reborn 21st-century version of the diarist who witnessed the Great Fire of London back in the day. Now his passions are aflame in a different way.

Thanks to R&R – script consultants Richard Kurti and Rich Sutton.

Music by James Taylor (Hammond organ) and Gavin Alexander (guitar).

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This show is dedicated to the memory of comedian and actor Bobby Bragg (1953-2016), who entertained thousands at London’s BBC TV Centre and beyond as a warm-up man.

Keith Dunphy as Pepys by Adam Hills at MUG Photography
Photo at Londonpodcast.net: Keith Dunphy stars as Samuel Pepys/Adam Hills at MUG Photography

Idiot Child in Shoreditch

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Nervous? Stressed? Petrified? Try some theatre therapy! The London Podcast heads to Shoreditch Town Hall to meet Susie Riddell, Emma Keaveny-Roys and Adam Fuller from Idiot Child theatre company. Adrian Lacey catches up with the troupe as they take their latest play What If the Plane Falls Out of the Sky? to East London.

Hear some clips from this dynamic show put in context by Susie, co-director of the company. You may know her as Tracy Horrobin in BBC Radio’s soap opera The Archers!

Adrian gives a bit of background, too, to this part of the capital, from the steps of the venue.

Thanks to Anna Harpin, Idiot Child’s other co-director and to What If..? producer Charlie Parker.

Thanks also to audience members Debbie, Phil, Nicky and Jacob.

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Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Adam, Susie & Emma from Idiot Child
Photos (at Londonpodcast.net): Adam, Susie & Emma from Idiot Child
Shoreditch Town Hall
Shoreditch Town Hall

Kurt Ca$h: Monetize This!

Meet American marketing guru Kurt Ca$h, the man who’s going to make the London Podcast make money. And meet the product he’s going to do it with: the Spaghetti Spiralizer Supreme.

Hear the spiralizer in action ‘in a kitchen near you’, together with a studio conversation between Adrian and Kurt. As well as firming up the sponsorship, Kurt has some unique ideas for content. Too unique.

With grateful thanks to the good folks at Utensils Direct.

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Kurt Ca$h is played by Russell Thomas (Twitter: [‘at’] arussthomas)

Mad hatter? Kurt Ca$h photographed in London
Photos (at Londonpodcast.net) Mad hatter? Kurt Ca$h photographed in London
A cat not unlike Felix
A cat not unlike Felix (cardboard box optional)

‘Felix’ appears courtesy of Audrey’s Moggy Management

Music by James Taylor (jtq.co.uk)

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Mrs Pepys Feels a Bit Funny

Elisabeth Pepys, wife of 17th-century London blogger Samuel, reads out another diary entry here. In The London Podcast Mr Pepys has hurtled into the 21st-century while Lizzie is left in 1669.

This time she’s inspired by actresses such as Nell Gwyn to take to the London stage for a spot of performing. But will her act stand up or fall down?

Listen closely to decode some possible modern-day messages. Your full ‘detective’ skills may be required!

Mrs Pepys is played by the talented Sarah Kempton who often performs in London (and elsewhere) as part of ad lib troupe Crime Scene Improvisation (crimesceneimpro.com).

Guitar by Gavin Alexander (gavinalexandermusic.co.uk)

Hammond organ by James Taylor (jtq.co.uk)

Written, directed, produced and introduced by Adrian Lacey

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Sarah Kempton stars as Elisabeth Pepys
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Sarah Kempton stars as Elisabeth Pepys (portrait by Clare Newman-Williams)

You’re Having a Laugh: Comedy in the Capital! :-)

Star stand-up comedian, Have I Got News for You writer and TV and radio football pundit Kevin Day is interviewed by Adrian at his ‘club’, the legendary Comedy Store in London. He talks about the past, present and future of Comedy in the Capital, reflecting on his part in creating alternative comedy. He also recalls writing for comedy giants Dave Allen and Ronnie Corbett, as well as praising newer talents like Mat Ewins and surveying the arena that his son Ed Night has ventured into.

Former stand-up Scott Denyer and newcomer Maddie Campion join Adrian in a studio discussion on the state of the art form and the uniqueness of the scene in London. And Scott gets one or two of his gripes about the biz off his chest!

Later, Kevin revisits the scene of the previous Comedy Store in Leicester Square where he met his future wife, and also had to introduce one of the biggest comedy talents on the planet.

There are also steers as to how pies, tin foil and dolphins can be funny.

Comedian Kevin Day
Comedian Kevin Day at the Comedy Store in London
Scott and Maddie
Scott Denyer and Maddie Campion floor their audience