Radio Phoenix Remembered

A look back at “Radio”, a 1980s TV drama based at fictitious radio station Radio Phoenix


Radio Phoenix logo

‘Radio’ – A drama produced by former TV company Television South (TVS) back in 1982, this series was essentially a soap opera following the staff of fictitious Brighton-based commercial radio station, Radio Phoenix.

Phoenix BadgeVery few people remember the series, but those in the radio industry, including this site’s webmaster, loved the show.

We’d be keen to add some more content related to this series. If you have any audio or video tapes or clips, please let us know.

 

Radio Phoenix Audio and Video

You’ll find a copy of the programme’s introduction here, and the show’s closing jingle here.

Many thanks to site visitor Ian Wegg for getting in touch and letting us have a copy of the last episode of the 1982 series on DVD – great to get to see an episode again after so many years.

From the show’s credits, the last episode was produced by Colin Nutley and Tony McLaren, and directed by Peter Ellis. Here is a screen capture from the show, showing a 1980’s ILR desk in it’s prime:

Radio Phoenix Studio

This episode has now been uploaded to YouTube in two parts: Radio Phoenix Part 1 and Radio Phoenix Part 2


 

Comments from visitors:

  • Thanks also to Hugh for the following: “I remember this featured Perry Benson (who was also in ‘Going Out’) as this hapless kind of bloke working there. There was a moustachio’d dj who – if i remember this correctly – seemed to go by the nickname ‘t*****r’. Hence at the end of certain episodes and aggrieved Perry Benson would exclaim ‘you T*****R!’. Bit strong for early Sunday evening!”
  • We’ve also heard from Neil as follows: “I’m currently looking for information about the program called Radio Phoenix, did you know that this is supposed to be a follow up to a program written by Phil Redmond called ‘Going Out’ apparently the same characters appear in both, do you know if the Radio Phoenix show is available anywhere?”

 

 

Comments from the cast

Thanks to Milly Scott for getting in touch. She appeared in the series, and told us the following:

Milly Scott PhotoI was in the 2nd series of Radio (Radio Phoenix). I was then acting under the name Melanie Parker and I played a teenager called Lacey Warrington – I was only meant to be in 2 episodes but they wanted to write me in again so I came back under the pretext that the last time I was there I’d stolen money for my alcoholic brother!! I actually have these 2 episodes somewhere in the loft – goodness knows where! (I was in 6 episodes all together)

The series was all filmed at the then TVS studios in Southampton on set – nothing on location as far as I’m aware. We rehearsed for just a day per episode in London. My episodes were directed by Matthew Robinson. The series was originally intended to be networked which would have been great but only got as far as the TVS and TSW regions unfortunately!

I lived in London then but the only 2 times I went into the regions it was being shown I was approached by people asking if I was Lacey Warrington and once in Greenwich in the late 90s – MANY years after it was filmed which I was very surprised by!

Ironically I now live in Brighton and present local radio. You can see/hear me on youtube.com/missmillyscott (but not as Lacey Warrington!)

 

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4 comments

  • Stuart St Paul

    Wow… fancy digging this up. Well done. I played the DJ Dave Farrell in series two, and I was a real radio DJ, plucked from Radio Orwell for the TV series. I then became an actor, stunt coordinator, and have just gone full circle and gone back with some old 1970 mates, Status Quo and made a real fun chase movie, BULA QUO. I am directing movies now, my next film will be DEADFOLK… still see some of the old cast occasionally, and crew.

  • I remember Radio Phoenix because I’d just left Radio 210 to help set up Two Counties Radio (2CR) in Bournemouth and TVS came to us asking to borrow a Uher tape recorder for the programme. I remember we lent one to them but I don’t ever remember it coming back.

  • Angela

    I had such a crush on Danny obsessed with the series xxx there was one episode that included a promotion for Radio Pheknickers and me and my friends really wanted a pair. I’ve reverted back to thirteen again. Thanks for this site x nice one xx

  • Oh,+lawks+‘a+mercy….+what+a+memory+bubble!+Many+happy+ones+of+the+fun+I+had+down+at+TVS+playing+‘Mike+Barker’,+the+housewives+favourite+“Big+Brown+Bear”+(and+total+twat)+on+Radio+Phoenix+for+it’s+last+series.+Great+‘grown+ups’+cast+too,+Also+very+fortuitous+to+be+working+with+Matthew+Robinson+as,+due+to+this+job,+he+invited+me+to+join+the+cast+of+Doctor+Who+as+‘Davros’+in+1983…+a+job+that+still+keeps+giving!

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