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Behind the Scenes with Colin Edmonds

Behind the Scenes with Colin Edmonds

By Colin Edmonds

After 50 years of writing comedy for most of the UK's highest-profile comics and performers, Colin now chats with those who work behind the scenes in television: from the camera operators, and sound supervisors to the directors and producers; and in show business: from the stars to the stagehands - who all share their never-before-heard memories and anecdotes.

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SPECIAL EDITION – fond memories of a British entertainment superstar Des O’Connor CBE, shared by his great friend and personal assistant Nick Fox
SPECIAL EDITION – fond memories of a British entertainment superstar Des O’Connor CBE, shared by his great friend and personal assistant Nick Fox
In mid-November of 2020 we lost one of the best-loved, most versatile and talented entertainers the U.K. has ever produced – Des O’Connor. Des was one of the biggest names in British show business. With his variety and quiz series and ratings-topping chat shows, he was a permanent face on British television screens for more than 50 years. As a solo artiste, Des gave more than a thousand performances at The London Palladium. As a singer, he released 36 albums and scored 2 number-one hits. His final long-running hit entertainment series “Today with Des & Mel” redefined lunchtime TV. He even hosted the great British television quiz show “Countdown”. During that time, the one man who knew Des best was his great friend and personal assistant Nick Fox. Now, for the first time and to mark the second anniversary of Des’s passing, in this specially extended Celebration Edition of Behind the Scenes, Nick shares with us his happy memories of travelling the world and working closely in theatres and TV studios with a true all-round master of entertainment and one of the greatest names in British show business – Des O’Connor CBE! Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Support the podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/BEHINDTHESCENESWITHCOLINEDMONDS Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:28:27
November 26, 2022
Memories of Max Bygraves, Larry Grayson and Bernard Manning – the remarkable career of singer Gilly Hamilton
Memories of Max Bygraves, Larry Grayson and Bernard Manning – the remarkable career of singer Gilly Hamilton
This time we go Behind the Scenes with the fearless, highly talented singer Gilly Hamilton, whose career spanned 3 decades and encompassed the halcyon days of show business and variety. As a key member of the pop-music close-harmony trio The Kaye Sisters she appeared alongside most of the major entertainment stars of the 1970s through to the 1990s. Supporting Max Bygraves, the Kayes appeared in the 1978 Royal Variety, shared a long-running residency in London’s West End and performed regularly on many of Max’s top-rated television series With recollections of ATV’s live ‘Saturday Variety’ with Larry Grayson, not forgetting Bernard Manning on Granada’s ‘The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club’, plus the travails of working cabaret all across Britain and the Middle East, Gilly’s career is a remarkable eye-witness account of what it was really like to be treading the boards during the Golden Age of entertainment.  Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Support the podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/BEHINDTHESCENESWITHCOLINEDMONDS Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
58:14
October 08, 2022
BBC, IMG and everything from football to Formula 1 – the unstoppable career of international Sports TV Executive Charles Balchin
BBC, IMG and everything from football to Formula 1 – the unstoppable career of international Sports TV Executive Charles Balchin
Taking us Behind the Scenes this time is one of the most experienced, versatile and senior international sports executives in television. For the past 13 years he has held various senior roles at IMG Productions the globe’s leading sports and events company and he now is their advisor on special projects. Beginning his career at the BBC, he rose to the role of Senior Producer on Grandstand, Sportsnight and Match of the Day, while also covering every major sporting occasion including Grand Nationals, football, athletics and rugby World Cups, along with Commonwealth and Olympic Games. Even if you have but a passing interest in sport you’ll still find this gentleman’s remarkable career story is as fascinating as it is phenomenal.    Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Support the podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/BEHINDTHESCENESWITHCOLINEDMONDS Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:01:14
September 10, 2022
Almost everything from Strictly Come Dancing to The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral – the amazing TV career of Script Supervisor Annie McDougall
Almost everything from Strictly Come Dancing to The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral – the amazing TV career of Script Supervisor Annie McDougall
This time on Behind the Scenes we meet one of the most experienced and versatile Script Supervisors in British television, the legendary Annie McDougall. In a non-stop career at the top that has spanned more than 40 years, she has worked on quiz, entertainment, variety, game and air shows, not to mention TVam. But I just have. Nowadays, Annie’s the go-to Script Supervisor for any major live show, Royal event or State occasion. She’s just finished working on the Commonwealth Games and right now she’s gearing up for her 12 series of the biggest, most glamorous show on British television - Strictly Come Dancing. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Support the podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/BEHINDTHESCENESWITHCOLINEDMONDS Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
58:25
August 27, 2022
From Live Aid to Noel’s House Party & The Generation Game to Mock the Week – the 40-year career of TV Vision Mixer Kathryn Randall
From Live Aid to Noel’s House Party & The Generation Game to Mock the Week – the 40-year career of TV Vision Mixer Kathryn Randall
Our guest this time is Kathryn Randall (latterly Edmonds) who, for the past 40 years, was one of television’s busiest Vision Mixers, specialising in the U.K.’s most popular music and light entertainment shows. At the BBC she was trained to cover all manner of genres: sport, news programmes, drama, sitcoms and children’s output along with national occasions and world-wide events including the funeral of Princess Diana. For the past 10 years she has also been training the next generation of Vision Mixers at the internationally renowned NFTS The National Film and Television School. And that wasn’t enough, before moving to TV, she was also the youngest female producer in BBC Radio Entertainment, rubbing shoulders with Douglas Adams, Griff Rhys Jones, Jimmy Mulville and Alan Nixon. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Support the podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/BEHINDTHESCENESWITHCOLINEDMONDS Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:08:32
August 06, 2022
Leslie Bricusse, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Brian May – just a few of the music legends associated with Maestro Mike Dixon
Leslie Bricusse, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Brian May – just a few of the music legends associated with Maestro Mike Dixon
Our Behind the Scenes guest this time is a composer, pianist and music director who has enjoyed a 40 year award winning career working with the most famous performers and conducting some of the biggest orchestras in the world. Mike Dixon has helped launch many of the great modern productions in the West End and on Broadway. He is the go-to-guy for Dame Shirley Bassey, Lionel Richie, Sir Tom Jones, in fact it’s probably quicker to list those who don't have him on speed dial. He’s also worked with a raft of high-profile comic names including Bradley Walsh, Dirk Maggs, Joe Pasquale, Ben Elton and Paul O’Grady. On TV he regularly appears in front of a global audience of billions and he’s just written his eagerly awaited autobiography, a fascinating look behind the scenes of the music industry, published on 28 June 2022, “Turn Around and Take a Bow!”. https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/autobiography/turn-around-and-take-a-bow-hb/ https://www.mikedixonmusic.com/ Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Support the podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/BEHINDTHESCENESWITHCOLINEDMONDS Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
55:54
June 25, 2022
Presidents Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandella along with every sports hero in the last 50 years – the radio career of Garry Richardson
Presidents Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandella along with every sports hero in the last 50 years – the radio career of Garry Richardson
This time we go Behind the Scenes with one of the great voices of BBC radio - an award-winning sports journalist, who The Spectator magazine described as ‘one of the best broadcasters in the country - The Poet Laurate of Sport’. Garry’s remarkable career has spanned half a century, making him the longest serving member on Radio 4’s flagship “Today Programme”. In that time he’s reported on 5 Olympics, interviewed all the famous of international sport, including George Best, Denis Law, Tommy Docherty and Muhammed Ali. A great aficionado of comedy, Garry never misses the chance to slip in a quick quip or pass a welcome witty comment – little wonder he’s also a much in demand after dinner speaker who also produced and presented an acclaimed documentary celebrating Sir Ken Dodd. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Support the podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/BEHINDTHESCENESWITHCOLINEDMONDS Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:21:29
June 11, 2022
From Jeremy Clarkson and Stephen Mulhern to Warwick Davis and RuPaul – the spectacular career of TV Executive Adeel Amini
From Jeremy Clarkson and Stephen Mulhern to Warwick Davis and RuPaul – the spectacular career of TV Executive Adeel Amini
This time we go Behind the Scenes with Adeel Amini who, back in 2015, was named as one of Broadcast magazine’s Under-30 Hotshots. Now, 7 years on, he’s a Senior Studio Entertainment Producer who’s overseen all manner of highly popular ratings winners including the revamped series of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”, “Catchphrase”, “Celebrity Squares”, “Blind Date” and more recently the hit quiz “Lingo”. He’s also worked on sharp, live comedy series including “The Last Leg” and “The Nightly Show”. Out of the studio he is the founder of the TV-industry working group ‘Coalition For Change’, he also sits on the board of BAFTA and 4 years ago set up what is now known as ‘The TV Mindset’, a mental health support group for freelancers in the television industry. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Support the podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/BEHINDTHESCENESWITHCOLINEDMONDS Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
57:18
May 29, 2022
From Chris Evans via Harry Hill and Sir Bruce Forsyth to Paul Sinha - the star-studded, multi-skilled career of TV Producer Grant Philpott
From Chris Evans via Harry Hill and Sir Bruce Forsyth to Paul Sinha - the star-studded, multi-skilled career of TV Producer Grant Philpott
Grant Philpott is a British television comedy and light entertainment producer whose very first job was writing Q-cards for Bob Monkhouse on “The Big Breakfast”. 25 years later his career came full circle when he was one of the Edit Producers on “Bob Monkhouse: The Million Joke Man”, the UKtv documentary series which celebrated Bob’s life and career. He’s interviewed Sir Bruce Forsyth and Terry Gilliam, worked on series such as “Tarrant on TV”, “TV Nightmares” and “Harry Hill’s TV Burp”, and produced shows starring Seann Walsh, David Walliams and Griff Rhys Jones. More recently he was the Series Producer on the Saturday ITV ratings winner “Paul Sinha’s TV Showdown”. And he’s also an international, highly regarded independent movie maker, film animator, designer and artist whose canvases have been showcased in London.  Find more about Grant here; www.grantphilpott.co.uk   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG8sOSquBWA Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Support the podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/BEHINDTHESCENESWITHCOLINEDMONDS Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
57:15
May 21, 2022
From comedy’s Paul Whitehouse, Kelsey Grammer & Red Dwarf to Queen’s Brian May – the TV life of top executive Simon Lupton.
From comedy’s Paul Whitehouse, Kelsey Grammer & Red Dwarf to Queen’s Brian May – the TV life of top executive Simon Lupton.
This time we chat with the magnificent Simon Lupton, one of the most experienced comedy producers currently working in television. In an award-winning 25-year career Simon’s headed up series starring Paul Whitehouse & Harry Enfield, Matt Horne and James Corden, along with British sitcoms ‘My Family’ and ‘Red Dwarf’. Plus he’s worked with Hollywood legends Rutger Hauer and Kelsey Grammer; commissioned the 3-part UKtv documentary series Bob Monkhouse: the Million Joke Man – and for any international television production concerning the rock group Queen, Simon Lupton is the band’s go-to guy. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Support the podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/BEHINDTHESCENESWITHCOLINEDMONDS Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:06:23
May 07, 2022
From Chris Tarrant, via Ainsley Harriot and Noel Edmonds, to Michael Parkinson – the career of TV warm up star & comedian Ray Turner
From Chris Tarrant, via Ainsley Harriot and Noel Edmonds, to Michael Parkinson – the career of TV warm up star & comedian Ray Turner
This time on Behind the Scenes we power on through a few technical difficulties to chat with Ray Turner, a comic who has been entertaining audiences for thirty-five years. He cut his comedy teeth working clubs and theatres before establishing himself as one of the principal and most versatile studio warm up artists working in light entertainment television; ranked alongside legends Bill Martin, Jeff Stephenson, Ted Robbins and the great Bobby Bragg. For years he was an integral member of the teams that made landmark series such as “Noel’s House Party”, “Today with Des and Mel” and the entire run of “Who Wants To be A Millionaire’. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Support the podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/BEHINDTHESCENESWITHCOLINEDMONDS Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
57:04
April 23, 2022
Terry Wogan, Ken Bruce, Chris Evans, Dolly Parton – former BBC Radio 2 travel reporter Lynn Bowles on working with the greats
Terry Wogan, Ken Bruce, Chris Evans, Dolly Parton – former BBC Radio 2 travel reporter Lynn Bowles on working with the greats
BBC Radio 2 listener favourite and former travel news reporter Lynn Bowles recalls her 18 laughter-filled years working on the radio ratings blockbuster Breakfast Show with the much-missed great man himself Sir Terry Wogan, then with that iconic whirlwind of the wireless Chris Evans. Not forgetting, how could we, her joyous banter with the reigning King of the Airwaves – the magnificent Mr Ken Bruce.  Since leaving R2, Lynn continues to host her own Sunday 3pm-5pm music and chat show on BBC Radio Wales, regularly attracting star name guests and record audiences. Lynn tells how she broke into radio, shares her fond memories of Sir Tel’s kindness and serene eloquence both on and off air, and what it was like to be part of that legendary Wake Up To Wogan Breakfast Show team. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Support the podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/BEHINDTHESCENESWITHCOLINEDMONDS Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:02:04
April 02, 2022
From Nicholas Roeg to Martin Clunes: the incredible career of ad guru turned top British TV sitcom writer, Paul Mendelson.
From Nicholas Roeg to Martin Clunes: the incredible career of ad guru turned top British TV sitcom writer, Paul Mendelson.
How does a lawyer turned top advertising executive become one of the most successful television writers on TV creating award nominated comedy series and dramas. This week’s Behind the Scenes guest has done just that. In addition to creating the long-running BBC tv series “May to December” and “My Hero”, plus the American animated comedy “Neigbours From Hell”, he also penned the critically acclaimed “Losing It”. Now he’s a best-selling comic novelist with Hollywood producers knocking at his door. Meet the unstoppable Paul Mendelson. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Support the podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/BEHINDTHESCENESWITHCOLINEDMONDS Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:10:10
March 26, 2022
John Wayne, Pavarotti and Muhammed Ali – just some of the legends directed by Royston Mayoh
John Wayne, Pavarotti and Muhammed Ali – just some of the legends directed by Royston Mayoh
It’s part 2 of our Behind the Scenes chat with the true National Treasure of British television light entertainment, Royston Mayoh! His pioneering non-stop career has spanned six decades heading up the most popular high-profile L.E shows on our screens. Not forgetting his new career in front of the cameras starring in the hit ITV ratings winner “Off Their Rockers”. Roy’s remarkable life story and his memories as a Producer/Director are nothing less than a first hand, eye witness account of the history of British television. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Support the podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/BEHINDTHESCENESWITHCOLINEDMONDS Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:07:24
March 19, 2022
Tommy Cooper, Kenny Everett, Hughie Green, Michael Barrymore & so many more – the incredible career of Royston Mayoh
Tommy Cooper, Kenny Everett, Hughie Green, Michael Barrymore & so many more – the incredible career of Royston Mayoh
In the first of a 2-part chat we go Behind the Scenes with the most experienced and pioneering professionals still working in British television. This gentleman started in TV in 1957 sweeping the studio floor. In a 60- year career he went on to become a multi-camera director and producer of comedy and quiz shows, magic specials, lifestyle and awards programs, and TV commercials. And now he’s a professional actor! Meet the Godfather of British Light Entertainment television – Royston Mayoh. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Support the podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/BEHINDTHESCENESWITHCOLINEDMONDS Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:13:42
March 12, 2022
Barry Cryer OBE 1935-2022
Barry Cryer OBE 1935-2022
This week we go Behind the Scenes with scriptwriter Brian Leveson, author-broadcaster Louis Barfe and comedy Consultant Alan Nixon, who reflect on the incredible career of Barry Cryer and share their fond, personal memories of the great man who recently died, leaving an unparalleled legacy of entertainment as a performer, writer and raconteur, and a vast unfillable void in British showbusiness. Let’s raise a collective glass and say “Thank you for the laughter, Barry!” Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Support the podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/BEHINDTHESCENESWITHCOLINEDMONDS Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:09:47
February 12, 2022
Rod Stewart, Elton John & Tom Jones – some of the superstars who’ve worked with International TV Exec Producer/Director Jonathan Glazier
Rod Stewart, Elton John & Tom Jones – some of the superstars who’ve worked with International TV Exec Producer/Director Jonathan Glazier
This time we go Behind the Scenes with Producer, Director, Former BBC Departmental Head, Format Creator, Consultant and international TV Executive Jonathan Glazier. From his first television job in the Sound Department at ATV Elstree to more recently overseeing multi-million dollar productions in the Middle East, Asia and New Zealand, Jonathan recalls his unstoppably versatile 40-year career. To mention Stars In Their Eyes and You’ve Been Framed at Granada, via Gladiators and An Audience with… at LWT, plus the BBC’s The Generation Game, The Weakest Link and The Chair with John McEnroe is to merely scratch the surface of the list of ratings winners he’s brought to our screens. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Support the podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/BEHINDTHESCENESWITHCOLINEDMONDS Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:16:21
February 05, 2022
Freddie Starr, Des O'Connor tonight, John Sullivan & horror films – the scriptwriting success story of Alan Wightman.
Freddie Starr, Des O'Connor tonight, John Sullivan & horror films – the scriptwriting success story of Alan Wightman.
This time we go Behind The Scenes with incredibly prolific and hugely versatile scriptwriter Alan Wightman, who chats about his long and non-stop career in movies and light entertainment. Alan shares memories of his friend John Sullivan (Only Fools & Horses), his time penning gags for top turns Jimmy Tarbuck, Jeff Stevenson and Des O’Connor, plus landing the job of producing the highest rating LE show on BBC Television Wales. Then there’s the matter of ghost-writing Freddie Starr’s autobiography! Alan also gives an eyewitness account of standing in the wings of Her Majesty’s Theatre on the night Tommy Cooper died on live TV. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Support the podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/BEHINDTHESCENESWITHCOLINEDMONDS Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:16:05
January 29, 2022
Ritchie Blackmore, Bad Manners, Judge Dread – Another Rock’n’roller Coaster Ride With Garry Bushell
Ritchie Blackmore, Bad Manners, Judge Dread – Another Rock’n’roller Coaster Ride With Garry Bushell
It’s the third in our trilogy of our scandalous glimpses Behind the Scenes of the music industry and Fleet Street with author, TV critic, punk band front man and show business journalist Garry Bushell. On the music front Garry shares wild stories of guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore, Judge Dread and Bad Manners. He also talks about landing in trouble by TV Exec Nigel Lythgoe and surviving a close call with Lenny McLean and Roy Shaw. Oh. And how do you get banned from every Butlins holiday camp for life? I let Garry explain… Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Support the podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/BEHINDTHESCENESWITHCOLINEDMONDS Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
56:13
January 22, 2022
Des O’connor, Ant & Dec, Tony Robinson, Denis Norden and The Globe-Trotting TV life of Sean Kneale
Des O’connor, Ant & Dec, Tony Robinson, Denis Norden and The Globe-Trotting TV life of Sean Kneale
This time Behind the Scenes goes international, chatting with top TV executive Sean Kneale in Sydney, Australia. Former LWT Producer Sean reflects on his years working in the UK with most of Britain’s high-profile performers before travelling the world to oversee the production of the biggest television franchises on the planet. The Masked Singer. The X Factor. And Mongolia’s Got Talent? You bet it has! Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Support the podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/BEHINDTHESCENESWITHCOLINEDMONDS Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
57:36
January 22, 2022
Only Fools & Horses, Gladiators, Michael Mcintyre and The Goes Wrong Show – The Incredible Career of TV Exec Adrian Pegg
Only Fools & Horses, Gladiators, Michael Mcintyre and The Goes Wrong Show – The Incredible Career of TV Exec Adrian Pegg
Production Manager of most of the top Entertainment ratings-winners over the last 40 years, Adrian Pegg looks back on his role on the early series of BBC sitcom mega hit Only Fools & Horses and how he helped set up ITV’s hugely successful arena spectacular, Gladiators. Adrian also talks about Noel’s House Party, working with Michael McIntyre and his recent move to Producing the award-winning comedy The Goes Wrong Show. Not forgetting his selfless work encouraging and advising young people starting their careers in television. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Support the podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/BEHINDTHESCENESWITHCOLINEDMONDS Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:06:08
January 15, 2022
Starting 2022 in style with TV clip Show King - TV executive Simon Withington
Starting 2022 in style with TV clip Show King - TV executive Simon Withington
Award-winning Showbiz Simon chats about his glamorous 30 year career starting as a TV Production Graduate in Manchester and his appearances on screen, to heading up an entire channel, earning Producer credits on the last 2 Royal weddings and as the driving force casting and compiling some of the popular clip shows on British television. Simon also talks about producing comedy icon Griff Rhys Jones, meeting queen of the silver screen Nanette Newman and learning from the master of “It’ll Be Alright On The Night”, the legendary Denis Norden. Oh, and his vast wardrobe of glitzy jackets might get a mention… Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Support the podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/BEHINDTHESCENESWITHCOLINEDMONDS Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:05:44
January 01, 2022
Looking back at Behind the Scenes with Colin Edmonds 2021
Looking back at Behind the Scenes with Colin Edmonds 2021
We’re finishing 2021 on a high, reflecting on some of the fascinating guests who’ve graced the microphone on our Behind The Scenes podcast over the past year - and a look forward to what’s coming up. A massive thank you to all the masterful talents who shared with their amazing, never before heard memories of working in TV, radio and on stage – and to you for your incredible support! Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Support the podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/BEHINDTHESCENESWITHCOLINEDMONDS Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
23:19
December 31, 2021
Pamela Anderson, Cilla Black, stars of Neighbours – the hilarious, glamorous Panto legend Pete Price
Pamela Anderson, Cilla Black, stars of Neighbours – the hilarious, glamorous Panto legend Pete Price
In this special Christmas cracker we’re chatting about, and celebrating, that Great British theatrical tradition – Pantomime – in the company of a Master of the Craft and the King of the Dames, Pete Price. Comedian, actor, columnist, multi-award-winning radio and television personality and Liverpool’s finest ambassador, Pete shares his often outrageous and frequently raucous Behind the Scenes recollections of 30 years of panto. Oh-yes-he-does. Dammit! There. I said it… Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Support the podcast by becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/BEHINDTHESCENESWITHCOLINEDMONDS Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
52:53
December 18, 2021
TV Producer-Director and actor Paul Giddings on working with comedy greats Seth MacFarlane, Larry Grayson, Les Dawson and Bob Monkhouse
TV Producer-Director and actor Paul Giddings on working with comedy greats Seth MacFarlane, Larry Grayson, Les Dawson and Bob Monkhouse
International Producer-Director Paul Giddings tells how his television training in the BBC’s Children’s Department led to a career making shows celebrating Family Guy, Star Wars, Les Dawson and Bob Monkhouse, what it was like treading in the footsteps of Larry Grayson and starting a second career as an actor on stage and screen. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:04:31
December 11, 2021
Top TV prompt operator Penny Swiergon on big British shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and The Weakest Link, and the biggest names including Peter Kay, Jamie Oliver and Anne Robinson
Top TV prompt operator Penny Swiergon on big British shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and The Weakest Link, and the biggest names including Peter Kay, Jamie Oliver and Anne Robinson
From the depths of the Oxfordshire countryside, during a rare break in her relentless schedule, high profile Portaprompt operator, the magnificent Penny Swiergon, chats about her role Behind the Scenes on British Saturday night television’s entertainment ratings giant Strictly Come Dancing, and shares the joy of what it’s really like to be relied upon by TV legends, including Sir Bruce Forsyth and Donny Osmond. Penny also talks about Comic Relief, Children in Need, the BAFTAs and the perils of standing outdoors in a farmyard prompting Gordon Ramsay. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
55:41
November 27, 2021
From Bob Monkhouse, John Cleese and Sir Roger Moore to appearing on Top Gear – the incredible career of radio host and master interviewer John Foster
From Bob Monkhouse, John Cleese and Sir Roger Moore to appearing on Top Gear – the incredible career of radio host and master interviewer John Foster
Taking us Behind the Scenes this week is former BBC Tees and BBC Radio 5 Live broadcaster John Foster. With his trademark easy eloquence and illustrated with historic clips, John shares stories of his fascinating and remarkable lifetime behind the microphone: from a tenacious teenage presenter landing an interview with Bob Monkhouse, to scooping one of the last major radio appearances made by Sir Roger Moore. With almost every major British and Hollywood performer having guested on his daily shows, and appearing worldwide on Top Gear, John also tells what it was really like at the centre of major and often tragic breaking news stories in the North East. We also find out why, with his passion for show business and natural talent for hosting the highest rating regional shows in the country, he decided to take a step back from his dream job… www.johnfostervoice.com Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:04:40
November 20, 2021
From operating cameras to directing them – top LE executive Mick Thomas on working with Cilla, Ant & Dec, Jonathan Ross, Bradley Walsh and Barbra Streisand.
From operating cameras to directing them – top LE executive Mick Thomas on working with Cilla, Ant & Dec, Jonathan Ross, Bradley Walsh and Barbra Streisand.
Taking us Behind the Scenes this week is one of British television’s busiest and most experienced entertainment directors. Mick Thomas charts his incredible TV career from Ravensbourne College and LWT to directing the RVP, Comic Relief and the most successful quiz shows currently on our screens. Oh. And Mick also ‘reveals’ what happened to him at the opening of EuroDisney. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:08:14
November 12, 2021
Graham Norton, Ant & Dec, Cilla Black and Radio Caroline – the amazing world of top TV Sound Supervisor Rob Ashard
Graham Norton, Ant & Dec, Cilla Black and Radio Caroline – the amazing world of top TV Sound Supervisor Rob Ashard
In this week’s Behind the Scenes, audio wizard Rob Ashard chats about master mixing the sound desk on The Graham Norton Show, The Last Leg, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and the hundreds of other programmes with which he has been associated over the last 30 plus years. We reminisce about LWT’s Blind Date, Gladiators, Live from Her Majesty’s, The Brian Conley Show and ‘saving the day on Saturday Night Live’. Not his words, but director Ian Hamilton’s. We also learn how Rob spends his spare time behind the mic at the Santa Pod Raceway and spinning the discs as a much-respected popular DJ on Radio Caroline. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:09:47
November 06, 2021
TV Legend Ian Hamilton returns to talk about David Frost, Frankie Howerd and more. Oh, and The Playboy Mansion!
TV Legend Ian Hamilton returns to talk about David Frost, Frankie Howerd and more. Oh, and The Playboy Mansion!
In this week’s episode, top British Producer-Director Ian Hamilton returns to continue sharing memories of his incredible career in television – from the start-ups of TVam and The Chase, fond recollections of David Frost, Clive James and Frankie Howerd, to his adventures in EuroDisney, Las Vegas and at The Playboy Mansion. Listen by clicking here: https://open.spotify.com/show/12mxZrfS7Hyl9dTgwo83Zp https://podcasts.apple.com/.../behind-the.../id1550444432... https://anchor.fm/behindthesceneswithcolin
01:03:18
October 30, 2021
Working with the great figures of history, plus Sir David Jason and Sir Ridley Scott - the remarkable career of documentary film-maker, John Naylor.
Working with the great figures of history, plus Sir David Jason and Sir Ridley Scott - the remarkable career of documentary film-maker, John Naylor.
In this week’s episode, multi-talented and innately modest John Naylor, opens up about his incredible 20-year television career behind the scenes as a history documentary film-maker for Discovery, Yesterday and the History Channel. A cameraman, director, fight and stunt co-ordinator, armourer and weapons adviser, additionally, John’s a consultant, specialising in Egyptian, Greek and Roman warfare. He’s worked on Time Team, Scrapheap Challenge and Timewatch. Also a master prop maker, we hear how, with his son Sam, John once built an entire Tardis console from scratch in less than 3 days - and recently designed and opened a brand NEW television and film studio and costume facility in Sheffield. https://nexusstudio.co.uk/ Listen by clicking here: https://open.spotify.com/show/12mxZrfS7Hyl9dTgwo83Zp https://podcasts.apple.com/.../behind-the.../id1550444432... https://anchor.fm/behindthesceneswithcolin
59:16
October 23, 2021
Puppets to the Palladium, Cilla to I’m A Celebrity, Michael Parkinson to Miss World – the award-winning career of entertainment Producer-Director Ian Hamilton
Puppets to the Palladium, Cilla to I’m A Celebrity, Michael Parkinson to Miss World – the award-winning career of entertainment Producer-Director Ian Hamilton
This week British Academy Award-winning television executive Ian Hamilton chats about his early fascination with show business which took him from watching Sunday Night At The London Palladium as a youngster, to producing and directing Live From The Palladium, 30 years later. We also hear what it was like working with Michael Parkinson, Cilla Black, Paul Daniels - and directing News at Ten in his spare time. Also, what was it really like in the Australian jungle during that first pioneering series of I’m A Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here!? Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:13:57
October 16, 2021
From Universal & Hammer film horrors to Neil Gaiman & Stephen King - crowd-pleasing entertainer Joe Pasquale returns to talk about his writing, paintings & passion for all things fantasy & horror
From Universal & Hammer film horrors to Neil Gaiman & Stephen King - crowd-pleasing entertainer Joe Pasquale returns to talk about his writing, paintings & passion for all things fantasy & horror
Making a welcome return to Behind the Scenes, Joe discusses how a shocking childhood accident gave him the determination to conquer his fears, led to a life-long love of horror films and literature, testing his expertise on BBC TV’s Mastermind, and inspired his new careers as an artist, painter and best-selling author of chilling and macabre short stories www.caffeinenightsbooks.com Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:11:15
September 11, 2021
From Larry Grayson and Danny La Rue to Sir Terry Wogan and other Royalty – BBC TV Producer/Director Kevin Bishop’s stellar career
From Larry Grayson and Danny La Rue to Sir Terry Wogan and other Royalty – BBC TV Producer/Director Kevin Bishop’s stellar career
In this week’s episode, one of British light entertainment television’s most successful and prolific ratings winners, Producer/Director Kevin Bishop, chats about heading up Eurovisions, Royal Variety Performances, and his many other incredible achievements during a 35-year career working with the great and the good (and occasionally me) at the BBC. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
57:48
September 04, 2021
Liverpool legend Pete Price fondly remembers Cilla Black, Tommy Cooper, Spike Milligan and Bob Monkhouse
Liverpool legend Pete Price fondly remembers Cilla Black, Tommy Cooper, Spike Milligan and Bob Monkhouse
This week one of Merseyside's finest ambassadors, hilarious raconteur and comedian Pete Price, chats about his love for Liverpool and show business, the Cavern Club, The Shakespeare Cabaret Theatre and New Faces, along with his friendship with some of the biggest stars in entertainment. Not forgetting those triumphant and sometimes traumatic years hosting his iconic, award-winning, late-night internationally acclaimed radio talk show.   Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:20:51
August 21, 2021
Scandals, scoops, sackings and secrets of the media – Garry Bushell’s back to dish the dirt.
Scandals, scoops, sackings and secrets of the media – Garry Bushell’s back to dish the dirt.
In this week’s episode, the writer of the longest running newspaper column in Fleet Street, TV critic and entertainment/music editor, the unstoppable Garry Bushell returns, this time taking us behind the scenes of his journalism and broadcasting careers, his relentless work schedule and tells why, after 35 years of Bushell on the Box, it might be time to move on. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:04:58
August 14, 2021
Sir Ken Dodd, Chris Tarrant and It’s A Royal Knockout – the variety-filled career of comedy writer, producer and biographer , Tony Nicholson.
Sir Ken Dodd, Chris Tarrant and It’s A Royal Knockout – the variety-filled career of comedy writer, producer and biographer , Tony Nicholson.
In this week’s episode, Tony Nicholson takes us Behind the Scenes of his 40 year show business career, writing, researching and producing some of the most entertaining shows on TV, and penning the best-selling biographies of comedy icons Larry Grayson and Sir Ken Dodd. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:07:23
August 07, 2021
Always a crowd-pleaser – from working with Barry Manilow, Jimmy Tarbuck and Freddie Starr, the life of stand-up comedian Jeff Stevenson.
Always a crowd-pleaser – from working with Barry Manilow, Jimmy Tarbuck and Freddie Starr, the life of stand-up comedian Jeff Stevenson.
This week on the podcast, Colin chats with one of entertainment’s hardest-working, most experienced stand-up comics, Jeff Stevenson, who takes us Behind The Scenes talking about his incredible career in comedy; his early TV success, changing with the times and how a return to acting (45 years after his screen debut in ‘Bugsy Malone’) has recently won him international film awards and serious critical acclaim. Touching the Blue - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rBIi7-aD4M Check out Jeff's website - https://jeffstevenson.show/ Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:01:49
July 31, 2021
Behind the Scenes – episode 25! Who’d have thought..?
Behind the Scenes – episode 25! Who’d have thought..?
In this milestone episode, Mark Edmonds returns to prompt Colin to share more recollections of Bob Monkhouse, reflect on the BTS stories so far and remember the fun times with the great Tom O’Connor. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
46:55
July 24, 2021
Early starts with Sir Terry Wogan and Ken Bruce, plus the good and not so good times at the BBC - 40 years behind the mic with Charles Nove.
Early starts with Sir Terry Wogan and Ken Bruce, plus the good and not so good times at the BBC - 40 years behind the mic with Charles Nove.
In this week’s episode, Scala Radio’s brilliant breakfast show host and former BBC Radio 2 broadcasting stalwart Charles Nove takes us Behind The Scenes on Wake Up To Wogan, The National Lottery Live, the famous tongue-twisting Radio 4 Shipping Forecast and a whole lot more. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:19:19
July 18, 2021
Dr Jonathan Miller and David Croft - the legends who mentored the TV career of Charles Garland
Dr Jonathan Miller and David Croft - the legends who mentored the TV career of Charles Garland
This week on the podcast, Colin chats with former ballet dancer and award-winning restaurateur turned television director/ producer Charles Garland, discussing the magician Paul Daniels, TV game shows, “Oh, Dr. Beeching!”, editing “Dad’s Army” and why he left the BBC to became a novelist. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:01:19
July 11, 2021
Mark Wells: Part 2 – The Prince’s Trust, The Royal Variety Performance plus stand-up comedy Monarchy: Bob Monkhouse, Les Dawson and Joan Rivers
Mark Wells: Part 2 – The Prince’s Trust, The Royal Variety Performance plus stand-up comedy Monarchy: Bob Monkhouse, Les Dawson and Joan Rivers
In this week’s episode, former L.E. Controller at I.T.V. Mark Wells picks up from where we left off: working with Princes Charles, Harry and William, getting a ‘put down’ from Prince Philip, and moving on to definitive documentaries featuring many of the best-loved stars in British comedy. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:22:03
July 02, 2021
Cue the music – West End conductor and M.D. Mike Dixon on working with Dame Shirley Bassey, Queen’s Brian May, plus Lord Lloyd Webber and Ronnie Wood
Cue the music – West End conductor and M.D. Mike Dixon on working with Dame Shirley Bassey, Queen’s Brian May, plus Lord Lloyd Webber and Ronnie Wood
This week on the podcast, Colin’s on the dais with the Maestro, top Musical Director Mike Dixon, talking about “We Will Rock You” and “Aspects of Love”, playing Glastonbury, and rubbing shoulders with Patrick Stewart, Leslie Bricusse and Dame Julie Andrews. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:05:33
June 25, 2021
Life at the top in Light Entertainment – Mark Wells on The Brits, Bob Monkhouse and much else besides.
Life at the top in Light Entertainment – Mark Wells on The Brits, Bob Monkhouse and much else besides.
In this week’s episode, former Controller of Entertainment at Carlton and ITV Mark Wells takes us on a Behind the Scenes tour of his remarkable 30-year television career. From his first role a researcher on Gloria Hunniford’s LWT series Sunday Sunday, to heading up the biggest entertainment department in TV, and prompting memories of the brilliant Paul O'Grady, Michael Parkinson, Des O’Connor, Jeremy Beadle, Cilla Black, The National Lottery and Top of the Pops. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:08:18
June 18, 2021
Creating comedy from situations – a conversation with award winning sitcom writer Brian Leveson
Creating comedy from situations – a conversation with award winning sitcom writer Brian Leveson
This week on the podcast, Colin chats with multi award-winning situation comedy creator Brian Leveson – for thirty years one of the leading laughter makers Behind the Scenes on British television. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:05:02
June 12, 2021
40 years in showbusiness - it’s the return of TV producer and entertainer Roger Edwards.
40 years in showbusiness - it’s the return of TV producer and entertainer Roger Edwards.
In this week’s episode, Colin welcomes back Roger Edwards, with more hilarious anecdotes about his life and times, the showbiz characters he encountered - and how his work for charity took him to Her Majesty The Queen’s Buckingham Palace garden party. Sgt Pepper's Friends - https://www.sgtpeppersfriends.co.uk/ Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:31:48
June 04, 2021
From Paul O' Grady & Peter Kay to Coronation Street & so much more – the very epitome of versatility Jayne Tunnicliffe.
From Paul O' Grady & Peter Kay to Coronation Street & so much more – the very epitome of versatility Jayne Tunnicliffe.
This week on the podcast, Colin chats with entertainer, stand-up comedian, poet, musician, painter, artist, designer, handicraft expert, actress – actually, it’s quicker just to say “the sassy, smart and super-talented Jayne Tunnicliffe”. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:27:01
May 22, 2021
Surviving Ozzy Osbourne & serenaded by Ronnie Kray – the extraordinary life of Garry Bushell
Surviving Ozzy Osbourne & serenaded by Ronnie Kray – the extraordinary life of Garry Bushell
In this week’s episode novelist, music historian and journalist Garry chats about his death-defying tours with Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden and The Specials along with his love of Ska, Reggae and Punk; his friendship with Dale Winton and his encounters with Ronnie Kray. And that’s not even the half of it! Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:10:02
May 15, 2021
The famous voice of Strictly Come Dancing and The National Lottery - a chat with Alan Dedicoat
The famous voice of Strictly Come Dancing and The National Lottery - a chat with Alan Dedicoat
This week on the podcast I talk about Sir Tel, the wireless and reading the news with the famous voice of Strictly Come Dancing "The Judges have their scores!" and the National Lottery "Let's release those Big Money Balls!" - the vocal legend Alan Dedicoat. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:12:22
May 08, 2021
A Special Agent With A Royal Connection
A Special Agent With A Royal Connection
In this week’s episode, Colin talks about the Mob’s Las Vegas, TV’s Royal Variety Performance and the man involved with both, his friend and agent of 35 years, Peter Prichard O.B.E. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
51:10
April 30, 2021
International producer and game show guru - tales from TV around the world
International producer and game show guru - tales from TV around the world
This week Colin chats with jet-setting TV producer and game show guru Howard Huntridge, talking about his career overseeing the best gameshows in the world, and making stars of Dale Winton and Paul Daniels. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:03:20
April 24, 2021
A Legacy of Laughter – Talking Comedy With Rising Comic Talent Matt Bragg
A Legacy of Laughter – Talking Comedy With Rising Comic Talent Matt Bragg
This week Colin chats with one of the brightest, new young performers on the stand-up circuit, Matt Bragg, and remembers the incredible career of his late Dad: much-loved comedian, entertainer and, behind the scenes, the doyen of TV warm-up artists Bobby Bragg. Check out Matt here: https://www.mattbraggcomedy.com/ https://twitter.com/mattbraggcomedy Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:11:10
April 17, 2021
From The Comedians in the 1970s to Britain’s Got Talent in 2020
From The Comedians in the 1970s to Britain’s Got Talent in 2020
John Orchard is a pianist, composer and show business historian. In this week’s episode, he shares his remarkable experiences behind the scenes and on the screen via the stage of the London Palladium. Last year he earned 4 big green ticks from the judges on Britain’s Got Talent… Check out John here: https://www.singalongajohn.com/ http://www.britishmusichallsociety.com/ Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
58:54
April 10, 2021
Gladiators versus Ice Warriors - from the hottest hit to a frozen waste.
Gladiators versus Ice Warriors - from the hottest hit to a frozen waste.
In this week’s episode Colin talks about rising to TV’s Ultimate Challenge – but skates over a desperate flop. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
47:57
April 03, 2021
An Interview with Les Dennis – the triumphs and trials of a lifetime on TV
An Interview with Les Dennis – the triumphs and trials of a lifetime on TV
In this week’s episode, Colin enjoys an in-depth, insightful and inspiring conversation with one of Britain’s most enduring and endearing entertainers – Les Dennis. We go behind the scenes of his long career path from New Faces, via sketch comedy and Family Fortunes, to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:15:10
March 27, 2021
Central TV – Fortunes made and a Bullseye hit, as witnessed by Roger Edwards
Central TV – Fortunes made and a Bullseye hit, as witnessed by Roger Edwards
In this week’s episode, Colin chats with one of entertainment’s most experienced and creative behind the scenes brains, Roger Edwards, who reveals what it was really like to work on Central TV’s cult hit favourites Family Fortunes and Bullseye. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
48:43
March 13, 2021
Des O'Connor - A Singing, Smiling, Shining Star
Des O'Connor - A Singing, Smiling, Shining Star
In this week's episode, Colin shares his fond memories of working closely with British entertainer and television icon, the late Des O'Connor CBE. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
49:60
March 06, 2021
An Interview with Joe Pasquale – The Voice Behind The Laughter
An Interview with Joe Pasquale – The Voice Behind The Laughter
In this week’s episode, Colin conducts a revealing, in-depth conversation with one of British entertainment’s most enduring and popular personalities: comedian, actor, artist, author - and a whole lot more. The fascinating Joe Pasquale.  The quickest way to get a signed edition of Joe’s latest book of horror short stories ‘Deadknobs & Doomsticks 2 - Tales from the Lockdown’ : https://caffeinenightsbooks.com/products/preorder-deadknobs-doomsticks-2-tales-from-the-lockdown-signed-by-joe-pasquale Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
01:00:15
February 27, 2021
Sir Terry Wogan - the Titan of Broadcasting
Sir Terry Wogan - the Titan of Broadcasting
In this week’s episode, Colin remembers his many happy times working with the British’s best-loved radio and TV personality – that broadcasting legend, Sir Terry Wogan. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English You can watch Michael Ball’s tribute to Sir Terry Wogan, which I penned for Proms in the Park 2016, by copying and pasting this link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e2bxj5/play/ad5z3d/p047g1w7 Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: Steam Smoke & Mirrors Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
47:40
February 20, 2021
Ladies Night - the Great and the Glam of British Television
Ladies Night - the Great and the Glam of British Television
In this week's episode, Colin talks about his time working with some of the nation's most high profile female performers and presenters. From Cilla Black to Davina McCall, via Ulrika Jonsson and Gloria Hunniford: who he got on with - and who he didn't.   Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
37:35
February 13, 2021
Paul Daniels - More than just Magic
Paul Daniels - More than just Magic
In this week's episode, Colin talks about his life and times in the company of the great British entertainer, game show host, master magician and winner of the Golden Rose of Montreux - Paul Daniels. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: Steam Smoke & Mirrors Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
37:25
February 06, 2021
Bob Monkhouse - A Life in Comedy
Bob Monkhouse - A Life in Comedy
In this week's episode, Colin talks about his long working association - and friendship - with British TV and comedy legend Bob Monkhouse OBE. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website: https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
47:15
January 30, 2021
From Paddington to the Palladium
From Paddington to the Palladium
How does a working-class boy from Paddington with no show business connections manage to become one of the UK's busiest and most successful television comedy writers? Colin chats about his career working with Sir Terry Wogan, Paul Daniels, Jimmy Tarbuck, Des O'Connor, Paul O'Grady and, of course, Bob Monkhouse. Steam, Smoke & Mirrors Theme music composed by John Orchard and arranged by Ian English Facebook: colin.edmonds.73 Instagram: colinedmondsssm Twitter:@ColinEdmondsSSM Website:https://www.steamsmokeandmirrors.com/ Buy Steam, Smoke and Mirrors Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Lazarus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 2 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon Available on Audible Buy The Nostradamus Curiosity: Steam, Smoke and Mirrors 3 Available at Caffeine Nights Available at Amazon
32:46
January 23, 2021