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...



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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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Saturday, 27 August 2022

The Transformers / The Larkins


It's early mornings and late nights this week on The Peggy Mount Calamity Hour, as our hosts test the theory that the greatest things arrive at either end of a day's scheduling.

The first stop on today's televisual trek comes hiding in plain sight, as TVAM's premiere episode of The Transformers comes in for some arch reminiscence and critical scrutiny. And later, what better way to round off a long week than with Peggy Mount boldly waving the flag for sitcoms still to come, as we meet The Larkins?

Have we voyaged far enough across the galaxy for a being shaped remarkably like a re-arranged Freightliner FL86 to finally fit in? Have we travelled far enough back in time to find A Farce™ that Doctor Velvet can stomach? And how far do we have to go before the most literal lavatorial humour ceases to be the easiest way to derail a pair of childish podcast hosts?

If you're absolutely sure your electronic device is really what it purports to be, then go ahead and press Play to find out...



You can download a special sheet to print out then safely collate your Peggy Mount Calamity Hour Quiz answers each week, here.:



WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING:


Programme:
The Transformers
Broadcast: '1985'
Production/Channel: Marvel / Sunbow / Toei Animation, ITV
Writer: George Arthur Bloom, Henry Orenstein
Music: Johnny Douglas
Producer/Director: Nelson Shin, John Gibbs
Starring: Peter Cullen, Corey Burton, Scatman Crothers, Christopher Collins, Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Frank Welker, John Stephenson

Programme:
The Larkins
Broadcast: Friday 19 September 1958, 22:15
Production/Channel: Associated Television, ITV
Writer: Fred Robinson
Music: Jackie Brown
Producer/Director: Bill Ward
Starring: Peggy Mount, David Kossoff, Ronan O'Casey, Frank Williams, Shaun O'Riordan, Ruth Trouncer





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Friday, 19 August 2022

Swap Shop / CHiPs


The heat is on as the weekend arrives for The Peggy Mount Calamity Hour at long last, and what better way to burst into the best two days than with some high-sugar cereal, high-profile casting and high-energy televisual nonsense?

Our hosts find themselves huddling around the gogglebox for the grand finalé of BBC's Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, following which there's just enough time to strap on eight wheels and fire up the funk to become an absolute health-and-safety liability for the grand finalé of the CHiPs's Roller Disco evening...

What does it say about children's British live TV programming that there's not a single guest in Television Centre under the age of 40, apart from the one boy that usually hangs around outside? What does it say about American policing that two people on high-powered motorcycles can't catch three people on roller skates but one person in a car can, and she wasn't even trying? And what does it say about impressionability that Doctor Velvet and Blackout are now actively considering buying Heelys?

Join the party, press Play and find out...



You can download a special sheet to print out then safely collate your Peggy Mount Calamity Hour Quiz answers each week, here.:



WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING:


Programme:
Swap Shop
Broadcast: Saturday 27 March 1982, 09:30
Production/Channel: BBC One
Music: B.A. Robertson
Producer: Chris Bellinger
Starring: Noel Edmonds, Keith Chegwin, Maggie Philbin, John Craven, Delia Smith, Barry Took, David Bellamy

Programme:
CHiPs
Broadcast: Saturday 10 May 1980, 18:30
Production/Channel: MGM / NBC, ITV
Writer: Rudolph Borchert
Music: Alan Silvestri
Producer/Director: Cy Chermak / Don Weis
Starring: Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine, Fred Williamson, Leif Garrett





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The Peggy Mount Calamity Hour is a free podcast from iPorle Media, which holds production copyright. Opinions and recollections expressed are not to be taken as fact. The title and credit music is by Doctor Velvet, with additional live accompaniments by Ozzy Bognops. Audio segments from television programmes are presented for review and informational purposes only under fair use, and no ownership of these is claimed or implied by this show. Email enquiries to PeggyMountPod@gmail.com ----- Labels: Peggy Mount, Swap Shop, CHiPs, Noel Edmonds, Keith Chegwin, Maggie Philbin, John Craven, Delia Smith, Barry Took, David Bellamy, Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine, Fred Williamson, Leif Garrett

Saturday, 13 August 2022

Press Gang / Gambit


As regular listeners will surely attest, the presenters of The Peggy Mount Calamity Hour are not renowned for idling, time wasting or messing about, and it's this sleeves-up / down-to-business approach which has made them a leading light in the Vintage Television Podcasting Community. Those are the words Producer Ken wrote for this introduction after he went on that seminar last week, anyway. So that was money well spent.

But it is indeed time to hit the ground running and grab some huge scoops, as Doctor Velvet and Blackout find themselves part of the Press Gang, juggling journalism, school lessons and life-lessons to boot! And speaking of things to be learned, 'Do Not Cross Fred Dineage' should be top of the list if you dare take the Gambit in Anglia Studios...

Where can you find the coolest discotheque outside of Miami? Where can you find the most expensive cutlery outside of Buckingham Palace? And where's the best place to hide when Dineage has got that look of pure temper in his eye? (clue: outside)

Take a twist and find out...



You can download a special sheet to print out then safely collate your Peggy Mount Calamity Hour Quiz answers each week, here.:



WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING:


Programme:
Press Gang
Broadcast: Monday 16 January 1989, 16:45
Production/Channel: Central Television, ITV
Writer: Steven Moffatt
Music: Peter Davis, John Mealing, John G Perry
Producer/Director: Sandra C Hastie, Colin Nutley
Starring: Julia Sawalha, Dexter Fletcher, Lee Ross, Paul Reynolds, Kelda Holmes, Charlie Creed-Miles, Lucy Benjamin, Angela Bruce, Roger Sloman

Programme:
Gambit
Broadcast: Monday 05 April 1982, 17:15
Production/Channel: Anglia Television, ITV
Writer: David Self (questions)
Music: Peter Fenn
Producer/Director: Peter Townley
Starring: Fred Dineage, Michelle Lambourne, Peter Fenn, John Benson





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Friday, 5 August 2022

Grange Hill / The Gaffer


Ever keen to show willing and set a tentative foot outside of what their therapist tag-team refers to as a 'comfort zone', the hosts of The Peggy Mount Calamity Hour bite the bullet and wade into the unmitigated squalor of vintage televisual entertainment, pegs on noses and smelling salts at hand.

The first stop on this week's voyage of absolute judgement is Grange Hill comprehensive, where the curriculum appears to be taking second place to evening-jobs, underage drinking and non-sterile medical facilities (yes, it's THAT episode). Then it's a foray into grotty working life under the auspices of Wilberforce Maynard as The Gaffer, at which point it appears that alienating friends and developing a near-lethal narcotics habit actually had more laughs after all...

How many other podcasts start laying into sitcom continuity before the programme has even started properly? How many other presenters eschew All The Issues to fixate on Greater London bus routes of 30+ years ago and moshing to Status Quo? How many times does one have to Just Say No?

There's one way to find out, and it involves Just Pressing Play...



You can download a special sheet to print out then safely collate your Peggy Mount Calamity Hour Quiz answers each week, here.:



WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING:


Programme:
Grange Hill
Broadcast: Friday 21 February 1986, 17:10
Production/Channel: Children's BBC, BBC One
Writer: Margaret Simpson, Anthony Minghella / Norma Flint
Music: Alan Hawkshaw
Producer/Director: Ronald Smedley, David Bell
Starring: Lee Macdonald, Erkan Mustafa, Fiona Mogridge, Sara McGlasson

Programme:
The Gaffer
Broadcast: Friday 09 January 1981, 20:30
Production/Channel: Yorkshire Television, ITV
Writer: Graham White
Music: Brian Wade, Maureen Darbyshire, Nick Sherriff
Producer/Director: Alan Tarrant
Starring: Bill Maynard, Pat Ashton, Russell Hunter




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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 ep...