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Jan 28th 1984

Frankie Goes To Hollywood started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Relax’. BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read was very vocal about the record’s suggestive sleeve and its lyrics (which he didn’t like), and subsequently announced his refusal to play the record, not knowing that the BBC had decided that the song was not to be played on the BBC anyway. In this video, Phil and Katherine speak about where they were when Frankie’s hit first became well known.

Jan 29th 1996

George Michael had the UK No.1 single with ‘Jesus To A Child’, the singers sixth UK No.1 as a solo artist and the first single from his come-back album Older. In this video, Phil and Katherine talk about the impact that George’s music has had on their lives.

Jan 30th 1999

Britney Spears started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘…Baby One More Time.’ Britney’s debut album also went to No.1 on the US chart on the same day. In this video, Phil and Katherine talk about Britney’s rather suspect pop video for the single, as well as other pop videos that have been deemed offensive.

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The PMKEpodcast – Christmas Edition

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Phil Marriott, Katherine Ellis & Max Ellis return with a festive show just in time for some Christmas shout-outs on The PMKEpodcast – Christmas Edition.

On this show Phil and Katherine talk about their highlights of 2016, including a trip to Bali and some memorable theatre performances (‘Hello Norma Jeane’, ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘The Trial Of Jane Fonda’).

It was also the year of Katherine’s PA Stewart’s marriage to Lee at Hedsor House. Katherine talks about performing at her mum’s nursing home and her forthcoming charity gig for Fierce Angel. Max remembers his favourite music of the year and the photographic fun with his squirrel neighbours.


Watch the trailer below…

Listen to the show in full…

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REVIEW: Punk 1976-78 Exhibition

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Punk 1976-78 is a free exhibition revealing the extraordinary impact punk had on music, fashion and design across the UK between 1976 and 1978, running at the British Library.

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of punk, the exhibition explores its roots in the French Situationist movement and New York City art-rock scene through to the rise and fall of the Sex Pistols, from their scandalous live appearance on early-evening TV programme Today to the furore around their alternative jubilee anthem God Save the Queen.

The exhibition also considers how the culturally and socially explosive phenomenon of punk rapidly transformed Britain’s musical landscape, playing a pivotal role in the rise of the independent music scene and challenging the conventional image of women in rock bands. Drawing on the Library’s extensive archives, the exhibition in the Library’s Entrance Hall Gallery features a range of rare fanzines, unique flyers, exclusive audio recordings and original record sleeves, many of which have never been on public display before.

Punk 1976-78 also features rare material from the UK’s biggest punk-related archive held at Liverpool John Moores University, showcasing rare posters, ephemera and clothing from ‘England’s Dreaming: The Jon Savage Archive’, ‘The Situationist International: John McCready Archive’, ‘The Pete Fulwell Archive’ and ‘Adventures in Wonderland: The Falcon Stuart and X-Ray Spex Archive’.

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Punk 1976-78: Curator Andy Linehan explains the impact punk had on the UK.

Exhibition highlights include:

  • A rare copy of the Sex Pistol’s ‘God Save the Queen single, which was never released because the A&M record label signed and dropped the band within one week
  • Unique copies of fanzines from 1977 including the first punk fanzine Sniffin’ Glue and the first and only edition of the Sex Pistols’ official fanzine, Anarchy in the UK
  • Original posters, gig tickets and flyers from the Roxy Club, Covent Garden and Eric’s Club, Liverpool
  • Original clothing from the SEX boutique run by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood at 430 King’s Road, London
  • John Peel’s personal copy of the Undertones’ single, ‘Teenage Kicks’
  • Filmed interviews for Women in Punk by Gina Birch, founding member of The Raincoats
  • The Damned drummer Rat Scabies’s leather jacket 

Andy Linehan, Curator of Popular Music Recordings at the British Library, commented:

“Forty years ago punk had a huge impact on many aspects of British culture and continues to do so today, so we’re excited to dedicate an exhibition to it – featuring music, film, magazines and fanzines, record sleeves and more. Punk 1976-78 showcases the British Library’s unique collection of contemporary culture, as well as celebrating a phenomenon that spread across the nation and changed our cultural landscape.” 

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Punk 1976-78 has been curated by Andy Linehan (Curator, Popular Music, British Library), Steve Cleary (Lead Curator, Literary and Creative Recordings, British Library) and Colin Fallows (Professor of Sound and Visual Arts, Liverpool John Moores University).

The British Library’s punk season is part of Punk London, a year of events, gigs, films, talks and exhibits celebrating 40 years of punk heritage influence in London.

• Punk 1976-78 runs until 2 Oct

More about: | The British Library


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Outtakes/Bloopers – May 2016

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“It wouldn’t take me long / To tell you how to find it / To tell you where we’ll meet / This little girl inside me / Is retreating to her favourite place”.

So say the words of Kate Bush’s 1985 B-side to ‘Running Up That Hill’. Quite a cinematic, romantic dreamscape for a piece of music (‘Under The Ivy’), but not really something we can relate to when it comes to preparing for our photoshoot this month. This is largely thanks to Max’s plan to get us to lie down on the floor and smother ourselves in ivies nicked from the back garden, snails and all! 



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Hello Norma Jeane : An Interview With Vicki Michelle

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Star of stage and screen Vicki Michelle has made her Park Theatre debut in Hello Norma Jeane by Dylan Costello in PARK90 until 19 March, directed by Matthew Gould. The PMKEpodcast spoke to Vicki after the press night performance to find out how challenging her role is.

Produced by Giant Cherry Productions, the play was a winner in Chicago’s Great Gay Play Contest 2012 and follows their sell-out The Glass Protégé at Park Theatre in 2015.

It’s spring 2003 and Essex grandmother Lynnie has escaped her nursing home and fled 5,000 miles across the Atlantic to Hollywood, Los Angeles, where she plans to reveal to the world her deepest secret – that she is Marilyn Monroe, alive and well after faking her death decades before. As her gay grandson Joe turns up to take her home, he finds himself embroiled in his grandmother’s scheme, questioning his sanity as he wonders whether he really can be the grandson of Marilyn Monroe. But is Lynnie really Marilyn? Or an old lady wanting to avoid ending her days alone inside a nursing home? There’s only one way that the truth will be revealed in this funny drama that is full of surprises.

Vicki Michelle (Lynnie) is best loved as waitress Yvette in the award winning TV series Allo Allo. She recently appeared in Sleeping Beauty at Lincoln Theatre Royal and in summer 2014 starred as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest for Frinton Summer Theatre. Her numerous stage credits include Round and Round The Garden, Table Manners, Don’t Dress For Dinner, Double Vision, Audacity, Dracula, Business Affairs, The Tart And The Vicar’s Wife, Stepping Out, That’s Love, Funny Money, Out of Order and Wife Begins at Forty.

Farrel Hegarty (Marilyn/Norma Jeane/Carla) starred alongside Leslie Grantham in Soap Opera (UK Tour) and most recently appeared in Reform Theatre’s Stand by David Bown (UK Tour).

Jamie Hutchins (Joe) has appeared in The Mousetrap (UK Tour), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chelsea Theatre) and The Provoked Wife (Greenwich Playhouse).

Peter McPherson (Bobby) recently played Heathcliff in the workshop of Catherine McDonald’s new musical adaptation of Wuthering Heights (Barons Court Theatre) and Colors (Tristan Bates Theatre).

Dylan Costello writes for stage, film and television as well as being Artistic Director of LGBT-focused production company Giant Cherry Productions. Hello Norma Jeane is Dylan’s fourth play and was one of five winners in ‘The Great Gay Play Contest’ in Chicago in 2012 and received a one-off showcase there in 2012. His most recent play, The Glass Protégé, had a sell-out 4 week run at Park Theatre in April 2015 and also in Chicago where it recently received three Broadway World awards.

Matthew Gould has been directing for a number of years both plays and musicals. Last year he directed The Glass Protégé for Cherry Productions at Park Theatre. Recently he directed the musical Midnight (Studio, St. James Theatre), Valerie Hobson (Jermyn Street) and The Gambit (Theatre 503, UK Tour).

To March 19; 020 7870 6876
More about: | The Park Theatre  | Vicki Michelle

Listen to the Vicki Michelle interview on the latest PMKEpodcast

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PMKE23 is the latest entertainment explosion of news, reviews and interviews, presented by Phil Marriott & Katherine Ellis.

Katherine Ellis is one of the most respected and versatile vocalists and topline writers in the industry today. She currently performs extensively worldwide with her vast back catalogue including the huge club hits ‘When You Touch Me’ with The Freemasons, ‘Lost’ by Roger Sanchez and ‘Dreaming’ by The Ruff Driverz.

Phil Marriott has over eighteen years experience in radio, DJ and production work and is an expert of his craft. During his time as Head of Music, GaydarRadio won the Digital Commercial Station of the Year award at the Arqiva Awards 2008. The award was presented by legendary radio personality Tony Blackburn. Phil also had a successful run on Q Radio’s Moon Safari show in 2008, working for former Top Of The Pops producer Ric Blaxill.

On this episode Phil and Katherine discuss: the book Nourish, vegetarianism, the Chinese New Year celebrations, back problems, Katherine’s theatre competition win to name a West End show, plus her trip to Montpelier. There is a report on the BFI Flare Festival at the BFI on London’s South Bank. Max talks about his photography job working with Princess Anne, and he also has another Driving Miss Diva song choice. Stewie talks about his trip to South Africa, Phil reviews the West End theatre show Hand To God, and we review Hello Norma Jeane at The Park Theatre.

Special guests are actress Vicki Michelle, DJ/Producer DJ Fresh and pianist Clifford Slapper, who talks about his new David Bowie tribute album. For special extras head to the PMKE Facebook page.

There is music from Pet Shop Boys, All Saints, Boy George ft. Shay-D, Aurora, Ghost, Astero ft. Katherine Ellis, DJ Fresh & High Contrast ft. Dizzee Rascal, Keri Whip, The Whispers, Avec Sans and Zhu.

WARNING: Contains strong language and adult themes. Pic by Max Ellis.

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