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John Sparkes - Siadwell
« on: March 29, 2014, 09:03:25 PM »
The utterly fantastic John Sparkes has recorded some new Siadwell monologues for Radio Wales. I've not listened to episode 2 but I caught episode 1 last week and it was cracking.

Here you go - http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/siadwel

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Re: John Sparkes - Siadwell
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2014, 10:57:44 PM »
Cheers!  This had completely passed me by, and dagnabbit I missed the first one with school bully Gary Price and can't find it cached anywhere. 

It's Siadwel with just the one 'l', by the way, in case it comes up in anyone's Celtic Studies finals.

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Re: John Sparkes - Siadwell
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2014, 05:21:38 AM »
I don't suppose that you've got episode one like?

Ep 2 was super fun.


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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2014, 11:10:18 AM »
Episode 3 is up and it's great stuff. Missed the first 2...bugger.

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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2014, 04:32:56 PM »
I do have episode 1 actually. What's the best way to share it?

And I'm missing episode 2 if someone can supply that.

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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2014, 05:26:29 PM »
Cheers BDA12. That's great news.

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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2014, 06:10:14 PM »
I've missed episodes 1 and 3, if anyone can provide a link I'd be extremely grateful. This series is wonderful.

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Re: John Sparkes - Siadwell
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2014, 02:28:24 PM »
Nice one.  I met this character on a bargain basemend Naked Video DVD and I'm now delighted to find out that the character exists elsewhere too.  Some of the sketches in the show parody news broadcasts and stories in a way that would have slipped right in to The Day Today or Brass Eye, and these Shiadwel sections I always thought could have slipped right into Blue Jam.  A wee cheeky grin of delight that the different styles of Chris Morris had come together somewhere else and before his time.

The joke with the news graphics at the start of episode 1 is a cracker, and Siadwel's in it, and then there's Rab C. Nesbitt's first telly appearance.  Cracking stuff.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tG6xnEgxvU

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« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2014, 02:49:17 PM »
Ah, sorry I missed earlier episodes – I adore the character and Sparkes.

Nice one.  I met this character on a bargain basemend Naked Video DVD and I'm now delighted to find out that the character exists elsewhere too…

Siadwel is also in the C4 sketch show, Absolutely. It’s available on 4OD for free but the complete show on DVD is a bargain.

Also, thanks for the link – it’s been a while since I’ve watched Naked Video and forgot Siadwel was in it!

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« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2014, 02:56:52 PM »
I don't think Siadwell's in Absolutely, is he? At least, I don't recall him appearing.

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« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2014, 03:19:21 PM »
I don't think Siadwell's in Absolutely, is he? At least, I don't recall him appearing.

If I remember correctly, in Absolutely, Sparkes [spoiler]killed Siadwell off[/spoiler] which is one reason I so pleased to hear the news.

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Re: John Sparkes - Siadwell
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2014, 05:37:52 PM »
Having watched them all again within the last couple of years, I'm pretty sure that Siadwel isn't in 'Absolutely' at all - maybe it was in the later Barry Welsh shows? (I've never seen them.)

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« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2014, 07:01:03 PM »
I confused Denzil with Siadwel, pretty sure it was just Denzil in Absolutely.

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« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2014, 11:31:35 AM »
Having watched them all again within the last couple of years, I'm pretty sure that Siadwel isn't in 'Absolutely' at all - maybe it was in the later Barry Welsh shows? (I've never seen them.)

Well, who are you going to believe - me or your own eyes?

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Re: John Sparkes - Siadwell
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2014, 05:44:17 PM »
You wouldn't believe the stuff my eyes think they've seen.

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Re: John Sparkes - Siadwell
« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2014, 06:47:39 PM »
Siadwel was in Naked Video, Denzil in Absolutely.

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Re: John Sparkes - Siadwell
« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2014, 12:57:31 PM »
Could someone possibly share eps 1 & 2? Missed them. Many thanks.

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Re: John Sparkes - Siadwell
« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2014, 08:24:06 PM »
Someone must have grabbed episode 1. Pretty please? OK, how about I sweeten the pot with a link to episodes 2, 3 and 4? No? OK, well how about some mp3s I made of Siadwell from the Naked Video days? Still no? Bugger, cos that's all I've got.

http://www.mediafire.com/download/xyggi3k07db62rb/Siadwel.rar

Go on, give us episode 1, you know you want to.

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Re: John Sparkes - Siadwell
« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2014, 09:33:25 PM »
As I'm in a good(ish) mood tonight, here you go for a limited time only.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_wyB8JU5WAiLU56dmNrSHhLQjA/edit?usp=sharing

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Re: John Sparkes - Siadwell
« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2014, 10:21:02 PM »
Jesus, I always thought it was Shadwell!

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« Reply #20 on: April 16, 2014, 11:22:03 PM »
Thank you for posting these, I only found about these Monday night and it's on Ep 4 and nearly over already.

What with both Sparkes and Limmy, the English get a raw deal about 'regional' British comedy being on the proper channels wot come into my front room or raydigo.

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Re: John Sparkes - Siadwell
« Reply #21 on: April 17, 2014, 11:50:21 AM »
I'd like to echo the thanks to BeardFaceMan and Mornington Oblong, will be listening to these shortly.

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« Reply #22 on: August 06, 2014, 10:31:23 PM »
I too was looking for the first episode of the recentish Siadwel podcast, and my search for it led me here.
(I used to post here a bit, around 401 years ago... possibly under a different name.)

But Shadders ep1 ain't here no mores, huh.

... but I did find it, and the other eps, at double-better quality than the podcasts were (128kb vs 64kb). So if anyone a) wants them; and b) doesn't know how to use Google, here's links:

http://ge.tt/501SBdV1/v/0
http://ge.tt/5O8rEiV1/v/0
http://ge.tt/5BTOOgW1/v/0
http://ge.tt/8Rag3OZ1/v/0


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« Reply #24 on: July 18, 2015, 11:38:04 PM »
Not Siadwell, but John Sparkes as Frank Hovis doing a rendition of Ken Dodd's 'Tears' on Absolutely is one of my favourite bits of early 90s comedy.

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« Reply #25 on: July 19, 2015, 01:19:00 PM »
Not Siadwell, but John Sparkes as Frank Hovis doing a rendition of Ken Dodd's 'Tears' on Absolutely is one of my favourite bits of early 90s comedy.

Isn't that John Sparkes as Gwyn on Barry Welsh is Coming?

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Re: John Sparkes - Siadwell
« Reply #26 on: July 19, 2015, 02:38:56 PM »
Isn't that John Sparkes as Gwyn on Barry Welsh is Coming?

It's both, but I don't know which version came first.  I prefer the Gwyn version - you've got the compulsive whistling and insane twitches in between the singing.  Gwyn does an excellent version of Close To You as well.

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« Reply #27 on: July 19, 2015, 03:00:49 PM »
It's both, but I don't know which version came first.  I prefer the Gwyn version - you've got the compulsive whistling and insane twitches in between the singing.  Gwyn does an excellent version of Close To You as well.

Oh, is the Frank Hovis version during the Stoneybridge Talent Show?

Performing Gwyn must be physically exhausting.

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« Reply #28 on: July 19, 2015, 05:12:06 PM »
Yes, the Frank Hovis version is performed at the Stoneybridge do.

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Re: John Sparkes - Siadwell
« Reply #29 on: July 20, 2015, 11:35:46 AM »
can someone make this happen in my ears please, I am very old and can not see, can you make it come into my ears