First transmitted in 1985, John Pitman talks to people who live and work in Soho, once known as London's 'crooked square mile'. He meets Alfredo the doorman who happens to have sung with Frank Sinatra, Beryl the queen of sound effects as she struggles to unzip a banana, hears a 1721 Stradivarius being cracked open and sympathises with retired wrestling master of ceremonies Frankie, who complains the girls just aren't what they used to be!

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30 minutes

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Wed 4 Sep 1985 21:00

BBC Four London Collection

BBC Four London Collection
This programme is part of a collection of BBC programmes celebrating the people and places of London. Available online now. 

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Programmes are selected, in part, for their historical context and reflect the broadcast standards and attitudes of their time, which may not accord to some current BBC editorial guidelines. We aim to select programmes which can be shown in their entirety but in some cases edits are required.


Role Contributor
PresenterJohn Pitman
PresenterEdward Mirzoeff
DirectorImogen Sutton

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