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DEAD: Media Mogal Behind Prisoner Cell Block H & Neighbours

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Australian media mogul Reg Grundy has passed away on his Bermuda estate at the age of 92.

Reg developed a string of TV hits which defined a decade of Australian TV in the UK including Neighbours,  Prisoner: Cell Block H and Sons And Daughters.

Anyone born in the 70s and brought up in the 80s will remember his programmes vividly and made foreign english accents and phrases – part of our lexicon.

It’s funny how memories can be tied to not only watching programmes but the everyday situations that surrounded them.  I cannot see the name of Sons And Daughters without remembering the old woman that I used to visit with a friend on the way home from primary school aged 11 or 12 years.  She used to always wave at us with her big beefy hands from the living room window as we’d walk past, with our little brown school bags slung over our shoulders.  Then one day, after many months of waving, we decided to knock on her door and say hello.  Subsequently, it became a ritual of going in after primary school in Kirkcudbright and saying hello to her and her little budgy.  She was a big Sons And Daughters fan and we used to sit and watch it with her – although to be fair, I thought it was a really naff programme (which is maybe why I remember it so much).

Here are some memories – in video form.

Neighbours episode – 1988

 

Prisoner Cell Block H – 1979 (1984 UK) – I think…

 

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Brian Conley – He’s Back & It’s Personal

Brian Conley was born and raised in West London and studied Performing Arts at The Barbara Speake Stage School and then at the age of 16 hit the road and made a living performing cabaret in nightclubs.

He began his TV career as a warm up man for Terry Wogan, Noel Edmonds and Kenny Everett, but soon started appearing in front of the cameras with regular appearances in Five Alive and Live from the Palladium.

He spoke to Jason McCrossan about his life and also his one man show currently touring the uk “The Life of Brian Conley”.

 

Hello Darlings! Biography of Kenny Everett

Kenny Everett was revolutionary in television and radio comedy. Chris Evans, Chris Moyles, Rob Brydon and Steve Wright have all cited Kenny as a huge influence on their work – even the great Spike Milligan called him a genius. It was Kenny who developed the radio show format with which we are so familiar today: a mix of music, jingles, funny voices and sound effects. When he seamlessly made the move to television in the seventies, he created unforgettable characters such as Sid Snot, Cupid Stunt and Marcel Wave.

Jason McCrossan spoke with the author James Hogg back in 2013 and updated his podcast for a week when the Monday Matters radio show was off air.