Attention jiving scum! This is one is straight from the fridge dad.
It doesn't get more Soho than Beat Girl (1960) - coffee shops, beatniks, strip clubs, The 2 i's.... it's got the lot.
You can stream Beat Girl right now on TPTV Encore.
Also on TPTV Encore is this 2016 BFI interview with the star of Beat Girl, Gillian Hills, about the making of the film. It's well worth a watch.
Back in the day, Des actually met one of the stars of Beat Girl and grabbed this selfie.
Gillian Hills released a four part podcast about her life in December 2021.
Follow Gillian on Facebook.
Our other guest for this episode is Paris based journalist Hanna Steinkopf-Frank. Paris is some distance from Soho - the connection is that Gillian Hills became a Yé-yé singer and Hannah came on to talk about this genre.
What's Yé-yé? Find out in this article by Hannah.
You can also follow Des on Twitter.
There' s a LOT of music in this episode. Here's a track list:
In one scene in Beat Girl, the youths all go off to a gig / party in Chislehurst Caves. Did you know about Chislehurst Caves? I didn't!
The voice of the person recommending we do Beat Girl on Soho Bites was provided by Murder Mile Mike.
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