Friday, 25 November 2022

The Flumps / Girls On Top


Ever keen to provide wholesome cultural repasts for the dark winter nights, The Peggy Mount Calamity Hour reaches into its televisual trove of years past and pulls out a couple of absolute bangers to fill that entertainment hinterland betwixt Hallow'een and Christmas...

First up is is warmest, sweetest hug one can get from a programme as Doctor Velvet and Blackout venture oop-North with some magnets to hang out with The Flumps. And to offset this excursion into unparalleled goodness, they jaunt back dah'n Sah'hf to mid 1980s London, as brash cynicism and sitcom-subversion are the order of the day with the Girls On Top.

What, exactly, is causing the laws of physics to routinely misbehave around the metal objects of Flump Towers? What, precisely, is causing the four headline stars of a prime-time sitcom to routinely speak over each others' lines in Oak Park Gardens? And what, for the love of all that is holy, have Alan Rickman's hairdresser and accent-coach been inhaling?

The answers are but one exquisitely animated - if thoroughly un-rehearsed - click away...




WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING:


Programme:
The Flumps
Broadcast: Monday 28 February 1977, 13:45
Production/Channel: BBC One
Writer: Julie Holder
Music: Paul Reade, George Chisholm
Producer: David Yates
Starring: Gay Soper

Programme:
Girls On Top
Broadcast: Tuesday 23 October 1985, 20:30
Production/Channel: Witzend Productions, ITV
Writer: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax, Tracey Ullman
Music: Chris Difford, Glenn Tilbrook
Producer/Director: Trevor Walton / Paul Jackson
Starring: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax, Tracey Ullman, Joan Greenwood, Helen Lederer, Helen Atkinson Wood, Alan Rickman




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Monday, 31 October 2022

Virtual Murder: A Dream Of Dracula


They say bad things come in threes, and that's certainly true as Doctor Velvet and Blackout chalk the final circle to complete this year's trilogy of terror on the eve of Samhain.

Because it's not really Hallow'een without some Draculas, and it's not really The Peggy Mount Calamity Hour without Peggy Mount, dark gods conspired (in 1992) to combine the two in Virtual Murder: A Dream of Dracula, and it certainly takes potions of hitherto unparalleled strength to sit through this hour of supernatural mayhem...

How do a pair of (admittedly amateur) horror-obsessed cultural historians manage to completely miss the definitive televisual translation of one of cinematic and literary-culture's most enduring villainous touchstones? How does Mount always manage to get hallucinogenic head-decoration into her contract? And how does something this colon-clenchingly cheap get on the actual BBC telly when people will be watching, though?

Load up on the garlic, candlesticks and holy water bottles filled with port, then press Play to find out...



WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING:


Programme:
Virtual Murder: A Dream of Dracula
Broadcast: Friday 21 August 1992, 21:30
Production/Channel: Pebble Mill Studios / BBC One
Writer: Bennett Sims
Music: Harry Robertson
Producer/Director: Brian Degas, Harry Robertson / Phillip Draycott
Starring: Kim Thomson, Nicholas Clay, Peggy Mount, Jill Gascoine, Tessa Wyatt, Alfred Marks, Hugh Quarshie, Sam Kelly, Phillip Whitchurch, Ronald Fraser, Julian Clary, Stephen Yardley, Alan David


And herein be the terror...









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Friday, 28 October 2022

The Hamlyn Book of Horror


Unearthing horrors from the past is of course the default setting at The Peggy Mount Calamity Hour, so Hallow'een makes that especially enjoyable. And what could be nicer on a wet, grey autumnal evening than a dram of something potent and a book by the fireside?

The second of this year's supernatural specials is but a turn of the page away, as Doctor Velvet and Blackout creak open the eldritch tome of 1979's Hamlyn Book Of Horror, suppressing the hard-wired fear of more than four decades to give it another pass...

How does a book which is already largely a historical study age over the decades, when compared with an evolving cultural appreciation of its original source material? Is the the compulsion to scare oneself with un-nerving media as universal and timeless as the horror-genre would suggest, or does it only feel that way to people already predisposed toward it? And can a book really give you the diarrhoea?

Light the thirteenth candle, press Play and see what answers float through the aether...



WE HAVE BEEN READING:


Programme:
The Hamlyn Book of Horror
Published: July 27th 1979, hardcover.
Publisher: Hamlyn
Author: Daniel Farson
Illustrations: 'The Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited'. Outrageous.
Featuring: Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Max Schreck, Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Edgar Allen Poe, M.R.James, Robert Louis Stevenson, Montague Summers and his absolutely magnificent hair.



...and these are the things we see when we close our eyes...








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Monday, 24 October 2022

Mad Monster Party


Why, it seems to come around earlier each year! Yes, as the decorations go up once again and the dark nights seep firmly in to our homes and our very souls, The Peggy Mount Calamity Hour returns for another unholy trinity of Hallow'een themed podcast episodes to keep a chill in your spine as you shiver 'til dawn.

It's back to the video shop first of all, with Rankin/Bass's 1967 animated cabal Mad Monster Party coming under the critical eye of Doctor Velvet and Blackout, casting new judgement on classic creatures...

Is it really that important to spend time working on the music and the comedy when you're putting together a musical comedy? Is the climactic euthanasia of a range of x-rated villains really a fitting subject for animated entertainment which will be a draw to a young audience? And is Phyllis Diller the ultimate, unabashed, unsanitisable horror?

The answers - like the drinks - are but a tap away and not for the faint of heart...



WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING:


Programme:
Mad Monster Party
Release/Broadcast: 18 Oct 1967 (UK cinemas), 30 May 1983 (ITV), 07 Apr 1994 (Channel 4)
Production: Rankin/Bass
Writer: Len Korobkin, Harvey Kurtzman, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Music: Maury Laws, Ethel Ennis
Producer/Director: Arthur Rankin Jr. / Jules Bass
Starring: Boris Karloff, Gale Garnett, Phyllis Diller, Allen Swift


...and this is what happens when you have two model-making teams not talking to each other: 'It's hand goes in the window; logic goes out...

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Friday, 16 September 2022

Liz Dawn's House Party


A podcast with more confidence in sporting metaphors might use some reference to 'extra time' while talking about their bonus episode, so naturally The Peggy Mount Calamity Hour sees this series-extender as more of an improvised, last minute lock-in. Because there's nothing like having a great night, drinks flowing behind closed doors, after dark and in raucous company with plenty of laughter.

And speaking of nothing like a great night, our heroic triumvirate have drawn the curtains and uncorked the port to gatecrash Liz Dawn's House Party, the 1996 straight-to-VHS version of The Stanford Prison Experiment where you can play along at home if you enjoy feeling trapped, belittled and punished.

For maximum effect, is it best to insert a laugh-track to complement jokes or as a substitute for them? For a great duet, should you really book two club singers with the same range? For the love of god, when does it end?

We found out, and now so can you...



Don't forget, the Peggy Mount Calamity Hour Quiz is still open! Rules and entry-instructions can be found here, and the answer-sheet can be downloaded here:



WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING:


Programme:
Liz Dawn's House Party
Broadcast: VHS only, 1996
Production: Talent Television / Polygram Video
Writer: Laurie Rowley
Music: Andy Rumble
Producer/Director: Jeff Thacker / John Kaye Cooper
Starring: Liz Dawn, Bill Tarmey, Faith Brown, Jimmy Cricket, Les Dennis, Russell Grant, Lily Savage, Fred Feast, Amanda Holden




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Friday, 2 September 2022

The Trap Door / Name That Tune


It's the end of term! Yes, as The Peggy Mount Calamity Hour parks up on the driveway to deliver the series' tenth episode, spirits are high as firmly-held convictions are batted around the studio like a game of opinionated tennis...

The show opens with our heroes lifting The Trapdoor and finding something delightful they can all agree upon, before a challenge to Name That Tune becomes rather more animated as *someone* asserts that half a dozen Rights can be enough to somehow make half an hour of Wrong™.

How many times can Trap Door be adapted to an 8-bit gaming format before it's any good? How many members do cruiseship-crooners Kaluki have to add to their roster before the law of averages says they'll land on a harmony? And how many times does Blackout get it Wrong™ in this?

Click on, listen in and find out...




WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING:


Programme:
The Trap Door
Broadcast: Monday 06 October 1986, 16:10
Production/Channel: CMTB/Queensgate, Childrens' ITV
Writer: Terry Brain, Charlie Mills
Music: Bob Heatlie
Producer/Director: John Howson / Terry Brain, Charlie Mills
Starring: Willie Rushton, Nick Shipley

Programme:
Name That Tune
Broadcast: Circa 1984
Production/Channel: Thames Television, ITV
Writer: David Self
Music: Peter Fenn
Producer/Director: Prod, Dir
Starring: Lionel Blair, Maggie Moone, Kaluki, Tallulha Beckett, Alan Braden


...but to business!
THE COMPETITION!


As regular listeners will know, we've been running a competition throughout this new series. In each of the episodes (starting with Droids / Starsky & Hutch), Doctor Velvet poses a question after our discussion of a programme. The answers to these can be handily recorded on our very special Peggy Mount Calamity Hour Quiz Official Answer Sheet, here.:


So. Here's what to do.

• Download the sheet and print it out.

• Complete the answers in the relevant boxes

Don't post it on our social media, but stick the sheet on your fridge (or any fridge, it doesn't have to be yours), take a photo of that and e-mail it to PeggyMountPod@gmail.com with the subject line 'Fridge Competition'

• NB: Some of the answers are referenced in the preceding review-segments, some are observational references from the programmes themselves (linked to in the show-notes for each episode), and some are a little more... creatively inspired. With this in mind, we're not necesarily looking for a sheet full of correct answers (although do get them right where you can) - amusing and entertaining will (should (could (might))) be enough.

• The competition closes on the last day of September 2022. We'll select a winner on Saturday the first of October 2022, and contact them via the e-mail address they used for entry. There are no runner-up prizes. Our decision is final.

• Oh, I suppose you want to know what the prize is? Fair enough. It's this magnificent fridge-magnet!

The Peggy Magnet Calamity Fridge


(yeah, you're thinking 'a fridge magnet? singular? wow, that's big of you'. But rest assured, when you see what these babies retail for on our RedBubble store, you'll see it's definitely worth getting one for free if you can. We'll even throw in some stickers as well. They're not on the RedBubble, they're exclusive for things like this.

• I mean, do buy a magnet if you can. We'd appreciate the absolute fuck out of that, obviously. We've got t-shirts as well. The whack. Look, the store's new that's why we haven't mentioned it on the episodes yet. If anything, this competition's like a promotion for it. We suppose. We don't run a P*treon, so merch is the thing, y'know? Who doesn't like cool things?

Buy the things...*

• *Seriously, only if you can. We're very aware it's 2022 y'know? Hardly the time to be launching a frivolous online store for fans of drunken rambling. But like we said, it's merch here not P*treon.

• Wow, what a cringe-inducing promotion this is. Anyway, GOOD LUCK!


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The Flumps / Girls On Top

Ever keen to provide wholesome cultural repasts for the dark winter nights, The Peggy Mount Calamity Hour reaches into its televisual t...