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23 November 2015updated 03 Aug 2021 2:54pm

SRSLY #19: Wishing and Screaming

On the pop culture podcast this week we discuss teen horror TV show Scream Queens, the film adaptation of Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van and the children’s dog-based literary-TV crossover Wishbone.

By Caroline Crampton

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The Links

On Scream Queens

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All the episodes that have been shown in the UK so far are available here.

This review tries to pin down the “gleeful queasiness” of the style of horror in the show.

This piece looks at the horror-revival on American television at the moment.

On The Lady in the Van

The trailer.

Alan Bennett’s original 1989 memoir about Miss Shepherd in the LRB.

Maggie Smith makes some interesting observations about the character in this interview.

This is a good recent interview with Alan Bennett.

On Wishbone

The theme music for Wishbone.

The Pitch Meeting for Wishbone, according to the Toast.

Buzzfeed’s ‘Is this Wishbone or Porn?’ quiz.

Next week:

Anna is watching the web series Ex-Best.

Your questions:

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The music featured this week, in order of appearance, is:

Wham Bam – Clooney

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11: II. Romanze, Larghetto – Chopin

Our theme music is “Guatemala – Panama March” (by Heftone Banjo Orchestra), licensed under Creative Commons. 

See you next week!

PS If you missed #18, check it out here.