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Sex, Chips & Poetry: 50 Years of the Mersey Sound

With the help of famous friends and fellow writers, Roger McGough and Brian Patten tell the inside story of 1967 poetry anthology The Mersey Sound and how they made poetry cool.

Fifty years ago, Penguin published its 1967 hit pop poetry book The Mersey Sound, introducing Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri to the world, thereby securing Liverpool as the cultural centre of the UK and bringing poetry to pop audiences. With the help of famous friends and fellow writers, McGough and Patten tell the inside story of this modern classic and how they made poetry cool.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 27 Aug 2018 01:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:01

    The Beatles

    Love Me Do

  • 00:02

    Percy Faith

    Theme from A Summer Place

  • 00:05

    The Searchers

    Some Other Guy

  • 00:06

    The Fireballs


  • 00:07

    The Ventures

    Walk Don't Run

  • 00:09

    Henry Mancini

    Banzai Pipeline

  • 00:10

    Roger Williams

    Autumn Leaves

  • 00:13

    The Remo Four

    Peter Gunn

  • 00:15

    The Beatles

    Cry For A Shadow

  • 00:17

    The Swinging Blue Jeans

    Ol' Man Mose

  • 00:20

    The Yardbirds, Sonny Boy Williamson, The Spencer Davis R&B Quartet, The Roadrunners & The Hoochie Coochie Men

    I Got My Mojo Working

  • 00:21

    Elmer Bernstein

    Main Title (From The Man With The Golden Arm)

  • 00:21

    Chet Atkins


  • 00:23

    James Last Orchestra

    Lara's Theme

  • 00:25

    John Tavener & Steven Isserlis

    The Protecting Veil (Part 8)

  • 00:27

    Santo & Johnny

    Sleep Walk

  • 00:31

    Sandy Nelson

    Teen Beat 65

  • 00:32

    Nelson Riddle

    Lisbon Antigua

  • 00:32

    Benny Carter, Johnny Hodges, Charlie Parker, Charlie Shavers, Flip Phillips, Ben Webster, Oscar Peterson, Barney Kessel, Ray Brown & J.C. Heard

    Funky Blues

  • 00:34


    Bumble Boogie

  • 00:40

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience

    All Along The Watchtower

  • 00:42

    Norrie Paramor & His Orchestra

    Theme From A Summer Place

  • 00:47

    The Beach Boys

    White Christmas

  • 00:49

    The Champs


  • 00:38

    The Roadrunners


  • 00:52

    Sir Cliff Richard

    Reelin' and A Rockin'


Role Contributor
Participant Roger McGough
Participant Brian Patten
Participant Adrian Henri
Series Producer Ellen Hobson
Executive Producer Nick Parnes


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