In the 1960’s, demand to see the latest music sensation was so high, there were insufficient British venues to meet the demand for tickets. The cinema chains saw a money-making opportunity and in “Mayhem at the Ritz” presenter Andrew Collins revisits this bygone era. He reveals how cinema staff switched work routines to embrace the new era of the pop package. We hear from projectionists and managers about how they worked alongside Little Richard, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix at your local high street cinema. It was unique time when the pop package was at its peak and heath & safety issues were of no concern, as the kids went wild having a good time.
Broadcast February 2016 BBC Radio 4 Xtra
Errol Flynn was cinema’s brightest Hollywood star, with a series of unforgettable swashbuckling epics to his name.
However Flynn spent his last year on the island of Cuba mixing with Castro, Che Guevara and the Cuban rebels. This programme explores this remarkable story and the incongruity of a Hollywood star finding himself at the epicenter of a revolution, 50 years after his passing. Errol Flynn is famous for his epic films, womanizing, and hard living life style but, his strange venture into the world of Cuban politics and flirtation with the flowering of Castro’s brand of communism is as an untold story. This programme presented by Patrick Humphries addresses that over sight revealing in the process a compelling and unique story.
Broadcast January 2016 BBC Radio 4 Xtra