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A casual cultural critique of vintage television, where Britain's best-loved battleaxe is never far from our minds...

A casual cultural critique of vintage television, where Britain's best-loved battleaxe is never far from our minds...


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A casual cultural critique of vintage television, where Britain's best-loved battleaxe is never far from our minds...






The 70s Stop Here/The New Year Show

HOOTS! Grab the hand-sanitiser, whatever's left of the scotch and remember to stick a lump of coal in your pocket for The Peggy Mount Hogmanay Hour! Messrs Velvet, Blackout and Bognops rouse from their festive sloth to see in the new year, or perhaps more pertinently see out the old. We drop in with Dame Penelope Keith assuring that us The 70s Stop Here!, an unequaled archival treat which values schedule-filling over entertainment value. But the razzamatazz is cranked back up as we jump...


Christmas with Val Doonican

They said it couldn’t be done, but here we are at last - the twelfth day of Pegmas and the final seasonal serving of treasured, televisual treats. As was staunch tradition once upon a telly time, Christmas Eve bestowed upon us a lavish light-entertainment repast in the form of BBC’s Christmas with Val Doonican from 1986. Messrs Velvet, Blackout and Bognops pull on festive knitwear, a well-pressed slack and get seated ‘pon rocking chairs ready for the musical festivities. Does every rented...


You're Only Young Twice: Twas The Night Before Christmas

A home is where the Christmas heart is and that’s certainly the case in this penultimate seasonal episode (yes, you’re nearly there). Velvet, Blackout and Bognops sit athwart the glitterati syndicate known as ‘The Window Gang’ and view the yuletide hustle and bustle at Paradise Lodge in Yorkshire Television’s festive edition of You’re Only Young Twice from 1980. Although the episode is entitled ’Twas The Night Before Christmas’, this was the top of the list for viewing ‘pon the 23rd for a...


Bullseye Christmas Celebrity Special

Our trenchant trinity of Velvet, Blackout and Bognops lend themselves to something traditionally competitive as they approach the oche and ‘take it steady’ before scoring Central Television’s Bullseye Christmas Celebrity Special from 1988. Accompanying James Bowen Esq. is of course Anthony Green, and in a manner uncannily similar to a Dickensian apologue, they’re visited by visions from sport and show business past and present to aim some arrows for charity. Can the viewing of this schedule...


The Mike Yarwood Christmas Show

In a return to the traditional enactment of yesteryear-viewing endemic to pre-1990, Velvet and Blackout play host to a Christmas guest who accompanies their scrutiny of an abundance of archetypes courtesy of Michael Yarwood and his Christmas Show of 1978. Not a politician nay a celebrity of the day is safe from the posturing, posing and parodying of the mimicking Mike and his arguably fundamental partnership with Janet Brown. Did said entertainment make an impression, or did it hang limply...


M.R. James' A Warning To The Curious

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a ghost story, some say, and oft finding an appetite for the seasonally supernatural our heroes Velvet and Blackout set off to Norfolk to excavate the crowning glory of Christmas Eve, 1972 on the BBC. Yes, the televised adaptation of M.R. James’ A Warning To The Curious lures us into a malevolent and malignant mood, courtesy of an avaricious ex-convict and the whipping-boy of an over-zealous social-climber. Is there an unequivocal connection between...


Kenny Everett's Christmas Carol

It is said that Christmas is a time for tradition, and there’s no better setting for Velvet and Blackout, than Dickensian London, as they visit Auntie Beeb’s seasonal offering from 1985 in the form of Kenny Everett’s Christmas Carol. With such a fine supporting cast (God bless them, every one), and two highly-revered script writers behind him, Cuddly Ken can’t possibly fail to guarantee giggles aplenty in this Yuletide televisual feast right? Right?!? Have you ever seen B.A. Robertson and...


The Max Headroom Christmas Special

Substituting the traditional motifs of moss green and Santa-red for garish neon and pastels, Velvet And Blackout alight from a horse and carriage ride with a ‘ho ho ho’ as they experience the ghost of Christmas Yet-To-Come-To-Our-Screens in the form of 1980s avant-garde and adroit avatar, Max Headroom in his Christmas Special from 1986. Are the limiting physical parameters of a television screen a metaphor for actual events that present themselves to the audience, or can the eclecticism of...


Russ Abbott's Christmas Madhouse

It’s Day Five of the constant Christmas content from Velvet and Blackout and the atmosphere is that of an all-night holiday once they step inside Russ Abbott’s Christmas Madhouse courtesy of London Weekend Television in 1984. The titular star is joined by an Avengers assemblage of contemporary vaudevillians to assist in the delivery of quick-fire, slapstick hilarity but is this enough to keep you ‘living it up’, or will it have you reaching for the Basildon Bond to complain? Can the...


Christmas Only When I Laugh

In this fourth, festival feature we take a pharmaceutical turn and find Velvet and Blackout in a hospital ward of all places with three unlikely, supposedly-ailing acquaintances courtesy of Yorkshire Television’s 1981 Christmas edition of the sitcom Only When I Laugh. On initial examination, it would seem that costume in the form of elegant gentleman’s pyjama-wear is in good health however a melancholic malaise has manifested in the form of cassette-derived, concocted, comedy cackling. Can...


He-Man And She-Ra Christmas Special

The cosy confines of Christmas armchairs by the fire are abandoned for the cold, far reaches of the galaxy today, as Velvet and Blackout harness the Power of Grayskull and romp among birthday celebrations on the planet of Eternia with Prince Adam and Princess Adora in The He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special from 1985. Just like the Earth-bound Orko, they discover much, including the true meaning of utilising the established, creative content of other franchises. Is there something romantic...


Punchlines Christmas

In the twinkling of a star above a stable, our couple of Christmas critics return to a festive finger-buffet of contemporary celebrities from 1982 courtesy of London Weekend Television’s Punchlines, (with Lennie Bennett). Like any culinary collection, there’s bound to be the odd tasteless offering and this Christmas Eve broadcast is no exception. A seasonal stockpiling of contemporary comedic talent on the twenty-fourth should leave us laughing well into the twenty-fifth shouldn’t it?...


The Little And Large Christmas Show

’Tis the season to be jolly once more, and hark! This heralds some frivolous and festive outpouring from Messrs Velvet and Blackout who, in the first of twelve (yes…twelve) daily broadcasts, endeavour to trudge through a blizzard of ghosts from the Yuletide televisual past. No quest is too Little or indeed too Large as their first frost-covered outing attests, examining Syd and Eddie’s respective BBC offering from 1980. Will the performances of Mr Meade and Mr McGuinness cut the mustard, or...


Chorlton And The Wheelies/Are You Being Served?

Join us for a between-the-series bonus episode of The Peggy Mount Calamity Hour, where teleportational trauma and practical menswear meet in a head-on collision. The social awareness of naive dragons and over-promoted store clerks is analysed under test conditions, as Doctor Velvet and Blackout pore over the first episode of Chorlton And The Wheelies, as well as a Series 4 outing from Are You Being Served? How many times can a piece of music homage itself before creating a vortex? Which of...


The Munsters Today/Hammer House of Horror

All good things must come to an end, as The Peggy Mount Calamity Hour’s terrifying triptych of pernicious programming reaches its unholy zenith. The podcast shines a light upon that which should never have been unearthed, as The Munsters Today presents a far more horrifying spectacle than any of the writers or producers could have foreseen. Then back to more comforting times in Hammer House Of Horror’s ‘Children Of The Full Moon’, when a broken down car and the assistance of the kindly owner...


Emu's All Live Pink Windmill Show/Sapphire and Steel

The second tarry of the week approaching TotenSonntag finds our dour duo, Velvet and Blackout, immersed in a world of windmills, witches and whimsy, as their voyage whisks them to the dark delights offered by Emu’s All Live Pink Windmill Show; a showcase of the soured cream of stage school talent amongst other anti-climactic features. The cheery, naive tone of the antipodean bird’s comfort zone is suddenly torn asunder however, as supernatural elements conspire to cloak the mood with...


Drak Pack/321

We reconvene with our couple of contumelious and cogent cajolers at the embarkation of a week of Samhain celebrations, to dust the sprawling cobwebs from a solid-oak planchette and summon ghostly intimations from televisual spectres long since departed. The first calling heralds the manifestation of a triumvirate of American film studio derivatives in the form of 1980’s Drak Pack; the animated adventures following the descendants of Hollywood’s horror-stars of a Silver cinematic Age. Their...


Bod/The Good Old Days

In this euphonious and mellifluous episode, Doctor Velvet and Blackout are joined once again by the estimable Oswald Bognops to partake of repartee a la television vintage. Rural yet congenial hospitality is the order of the day as our ‘wholly' trinity of annotators sample the delights of country living, courtesy of Bod and his mates, who’ve decided to open a rooming house of sorts ‘pon arable farmland. To follow, entertainment is prolific at the local music hall where The Good Old Days...


Think Of A Number/That's My Boy

This week’s retrospective televisual constitutional adopts a scholastic and erudite resonance as Doctor Velvet and Blackout commingle with the tawny and tangerine studio set of BBC Television’s Think Of A Number; once comfortable, all manner of scientific and mathematical remonstrance are thrust their way courtesy of Mr Jonny, (erstwhile Graham Thalben) Ball Esquire.Cerebral exertion completed, a comforting slice of 1980s domesticity is served by the wondrous talent that is Ms Mollie Sugden...


Runaround/Family Fortunes

The energetic arrival of our eponymous hosts Doctor Velvet and Blackout is heralded this week amidst chaotic, trauma inducing cacophony, extraneous luminosity and (to adopt the apt regional parlance), some bang-on Callard and Bowsers, courtesy of Mr Michael Reid and his Runaround programme. After enjoying a harmonious recital by pop quartet The Jags, we move swiftly onward to prime time entertainment that tests the genius of the genes where the Killeen and Price families contend with each...