Episode 19

Soho Bites 19: Smashing Time (1967)

Episode 19: Smashing Time (1967) & Jago Hazzard on Carnaby Street

Welcome, cool cats, to the Swingin’ 60’s special episode. For our film chat, Dom spoke to Barry Fantoni about Smashing Time, the 1967 satire / farce about Brenda and Yvonne, two girls from oop north seeking fame and fortune in that there swingin’ London.

But according to our first guest, Jago Hazzard, they’re possibly three years too late. Jago joins Dom in a bleakly locked down Carnaby Street to find out how, when and why it briefly became the centre of the universe.

You can watch the Smashing Time on YouTube

Jago is a London historian who has an extremely popular YouTube channel with many thousands of subscribers. Become one of them HERE

And you can follow him on Instagram

Have a look at some of the Smashing Times locations, courtesy of our friends at ReelStreets

I don’t think Barry Fantoni would mind me saying he’s been around the block a few times, especially when it has resulted in such a hugely diverse career. To get a taste of just one decade of that career, you could do worse than read his recent memoir about the 1960s, A Whole Scene Going On

The writer of Smashing Time is George Melly. Barry wrote a book with him in 1980.

Check out some of Barry’s artwork

Read this very nice interview with him from Jewish Chronicle

Did I mention he’s EJ Thribb (age 17½)?

And watch the first episode of his 1966 TV show, A Whole Scene Going from 5th Jan, 1966.

Actual proof that Soho Bites is third most bohemian podcast on the planet.

Those disturbing details about the life of Arthur Mullard

And look at this! Soho has been erased and renamed Carnaby (according to Google Maps)

The originator of Soho Bites, Dr Jingan Young, has launched a new research project. Find out all about it on the Cities in Cinema website and follow the project on Twitter.

Thank you for listening.