Distinct Nostalgia

Distinct Nostalgia

Exclusive interviews and reunions celebrating some of the biggest names in TV and film twice a week. A TV enthusiast’s paradise. There's also special shows and series and a regular Distinct Nostalgia Mind of the Month Quiz every Sunday. This is pure entertainment and fun. Enjoy!

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May 3, 2021 78 min

David Renwick is one of the real British comedy writing legends. He created the iconic Victor Meldrew. Over two parts Ashley talks to David about his early years and the plethora of comedies he's written. In this second programme David talks about his inspiration for Victor and how and why One Foot in the Grave endured for so long.  Find episode 1 by scrolling through the Distinct Nostalgia feed wherever you get your podcasts.

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David Renwick is one of the real British comedy writing legends. He created the iconic Victor Meldrew. Over two parts Ashley talks to David about his early years and the plethora of comedies he's written. In this first programme David talks about penning sketches for The Two Ronnies and working with David Jason long before Open All Hours and Only Fools and Horses. In Part 2 the discussion turns to David's big sitcom and cas...

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Series 2
Episode 3  Watch With Mother

At last Florrie & Dotty can meet in Florrie's back yard and reminisce about great TV ads of the 70s, children's TV in the 60s, with its threesomes, and a ponder a modern meaning of Easter.

Florrie....Lindsay Eavis 
Dotty.......Janice Fryett 

Written by  Janice Fryett

A Spinney Audio Production
A Distinct Comedy Presentation

About Florrie & Dotty are two ladies in their sixties who ble...

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Series 2
Episode 2 - Witches Don't Drown 

The 'girls' chat on the phone about exercise, Mother's Day and Yorkshire Tea. Then meet outside where they debate gender-based violence and wonder if we're all to blame.

Florrie....Janice Fryett
Dotty.......Lindsay Eavis

Written by  Janice Fryett

A Spinney Audio Production
A Distinct Comedy Presentation

About Florrie & Dotty are two ladies in their sixties who blend past a...

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Back by popular demand, we've a new series of original sitcom shorts from northern gossips' Florrie and Dotty this Easter. Janice Fryett and Lindsay Eavis star as they get to grips with everything from 'permitted exercise', bending 'the rules' Bridgerton-inspired sexual experimentation, designer vaginas, Mother's Day and misogyny. 

Series 2
Episode 1 - Queen of Tarts

Florrie and Dotty catch up in February...

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Back by popular demand, we've a new series of original sitcom shorts from northern gossips' Florrie and Dotty this Easter. Janice Fryett and Lindsay Eavis star as they get to grips with everything from 'permitted exercise', bending 'the rules' Bridgerton-inspired sexual experimentation, designer vaginas, Mother's Day and misogyny. 

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He played Sinbad in Brookside for 16 years. 21 years after quitting as the loveable rogue, he’s still Sinbad to generations. Michael Starke takes questions from Ashley and NHS worker William Coughlin in a special soap edition of DistinctNostalgia. Enjoy!

And don't forget Distinct Nostalgia has a plethora of soap treats in our archives. Trawl through the player where you will find a catalogue of interviews and hours of soap hist...

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Coming soon - in conversation with the stars of Magpie .. listen to teaser 

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Casualty and Heartbeat star Jonathan Kerrigan sits down for a fun chat with Ashley Byrne. The conversation ventures into his early years, his time on two of Britain's biggest drama series, being described as a heartthrob, working in the States and his musical talents. Jonathan remains one of the UK's most talented drama actors but is it time for him to try his hand at a bit of comedy?

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Coming soon - in conversation with Jonathan Kerrigan .. listen to teaser 

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Alyson Spiro was no stranger to soap when she took on the role of Sarah Sugden in Emmerdale in 1994. She'd previously starred for a year in Brookside. But the role of Sarah was a special one for Alyson and here she tells Ashley all about the ups and downs of starring in a major UK tv serial.  After listening to Alyson, why not catch up with other former Emmerdale actors?! - Ian Sharrock, Jean Rogers, Freddie Pyne, Deena Payne a...

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Roberta Kerr has starred in most of the soaps - Corrie as Wendy Crozier, Brookside, EastEnders, The Archers - and of course as Jan Glover in Emmerdale. Roberta really enjoyed her time in the Dales because it gave her a character to really get her teeth into and explore all Jan's nuances. She's been remembering those four years in the mid 90s with Ashley. This episode of Distinct Nostalgia is part of an Emmerdale weekend dou...

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June Brown is 94 today. So to mark her birthday we're re-releasing our special drama 'Missing You' starring June Brown and Sam Barnard. And we're adding a bonus interview with the writer Richard Vergette after the show. Missing You was written specifically for June and Sam - and based on Richard's own personal experience of having a son with Down's Syndrome.

Distinct Drama presents...
MISSING YOU by Richard V...

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Annette Badland is a prolific character actor with an eclectic mix of fabulous credits to her name over many decades but she's probably best known (certainly in recent years) for her role as Aunt Babe in EastEnders. Here she tells Ashley about the challenges of playing such a manipulative character. Banished by the Carter family for her evil deeds but could Aunt Babe return one day to seek revenge in Albert Square?

And don't...

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She's one of the greats of British acting - and comedy! Felicity Kendal has been part of the fabric of British life for decades. She rose to fame in the 1970s sitcom The Good Life, alongside Richard Briers, Penelope Keith and Paul Eddington. She's also well known for Rosemary and Thyme, the Carla Lane sitcom 'Solo' and a plethora of other parts over the years. Here she talks to Ashley Byrne about how it all began as...

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Ian Sharrock played Jackie Merrick - Emmerdale Farm's early heartthrob and poster boy. He joined the cast in 1980, eight years into the show's run.  Having some young blood in the show was something of a revolution and he quickly became popular with both fellow cast members and the public at large. In a special two part interview, Ian reflects on his Emmerdale days and working with some great actors including his close frie...

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Ian Sharrock played Jackie Merrick - Emmerdale Farm's early heartthrob and poster boy. He joined the cast in 1980, eight years into the show's run.  Having some young blood in the show was something of a revolution and he quickly became popular with both fellow cast members and the public at large. In a special two part interview, Ian reflects on his Emmerdale days and working with some great actors including his close frie...

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He's one half of an enduring double act which made people laugh for decades. Here Syd Little speaks to Caroline Heywood about his partnership with the late, great Eddie Large who died from Covid-19 complications back in April. Over two parts, Syd takes their story from the early days doing the clubs through to their heady days of tv and variety stardom.  Little Remembers Large begins an occasional series in which Caroline Heywo...

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In part 2 of the second programme in our series 'Comedy Writing Legends' Jan Etherington talks candidly about her sitcoms hit Second Thoughts, Faith in the Future and Next of Kin.  She also chats to Ashley about working with Lynda Bellingham, Penelope Keith, Richard Wilson and Joanna Lumley who stars in her latest comedy 'Conversations from a Long Marriage' on Radio 4.

Future programmes in the  Comedy Writing Legends...

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She's one of Emmerdale's longest serving stars. But she was written out in a rather lacklustre way. Deena Payne played the iconic Viv Windsor (later Viv Hope) for 18 years. Here Deena tells Ashley about how she made the character her own - and in real life made Yorkshire her home! The interview covers some hilarious tales of her time in the Dales and a candid account of her feelings about how her character was killed off.

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