Perfect Night In is a show in which a guest takes us through which television shows (and film) they would watch – and what snacks and drink they would accompany them with – during an ideal evening on the sofa. I’m the guest on this edition, taking host Neil Perryman through my preferred viewing options which include Skiboy, Rising Damp, The Monkees, The Banana Splits, Mr. Benn, Jonathan Miller’s version of Alice In Wonderland, The Original Peter and Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!. Expect plenty of chatter about psychedelic effects, jazzy soundtracks, hamfisted BBC edits to film prints and many other mind-blowing far-out aspects of the lost art of television that I sincerely doubt my nominal chosen viewing companion would put up with more than about three minutes of. There’s enough Sizzlin’ Bacon Monster Munch to go round, though.
You can listen to the full show here, or if you’d rather see what the sense-frazzling visuals look like – and indeed find out how much you can take of them before needing a good lie down – there’s a full video version here:
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You can find features on Skiboy, The Monkees and The Original Peter in Can’t Help Thinking About Me, a collection of columns and features with a persona twist. Can’t Help Thinking About Me is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.
This, He Thought, Is How The Clouds Must Feel is a feature on my long search for the Balloon Race music from Mr. Benn; you can find it here.
The Original Peter is a look at the story behind this baffling television spectacle, which you can find here.
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