In what can only be described as a jam-packed episode, Matt & Ed, inspired by an interview with UCL professor Melvyn Stokes, who is conducting a study of British cinemagoing habits in the 1960s, talk about their own cinemagoing experiences. This very quickly shifts to them wondering whether or not cinema as a mass medium is doomed, and whether George Lucas is a Cassandra-like prophet of things to come. Scary stuff.
Before that, though, they tackle the week's news (which is dominated by Back to the Future and Star Wars, unsurprisingly), respond to some listener mail, and pay tribute to Sheffield cinema legend Dr. Clifford Shaw, who passed away this week at the age of 96.
As mentioned in the episode, you can find details of Melvyn Stokes' study at www.ucl.ac.uk/cinemamemories. You'll also find the questionnaire, which can be completed online, or sent via post.
Thanks again to Professor Stokes for agreeing to the interview, as well as to Dr. Patrick Glen for setting up and conducting it.
00:00:00 - 00:12:31 - Intro & News
00:12:32 - 00:19:36 - Listener Mail
00:19:37 - 00:23:19 - Tribute to Dr. Clifford Shaw
00:23:20 - 00:32:35 - Interview with Professor Melvyn Stokes