Saturday, 28 November 2009

Audiobook Review: Doctor Who And The Planet of Spiders by Terrance Dicks (BBC Audio Books)

For many years, before the advent of Video, DVD, or even Iplayer the only way fans could revisit their favourite Doctor Who adventures was to buy the Target book novelisations of them.

I was one of those fans, in the 1970s, eagerly saving up my pocket money for the latest releases or indeed swapping items for my friends copies of older books in the school playground.

But as Doctor Who began to be released on video towards the fall of the 1980s, my multitude of novelisations got tidily put away in a box, and became a product of a bygone era!

How nice then, to see, over two decades after I tidied my own collection away, these long out of print books have now gained a new life of their own, via the BBC audiobooks range.

Elisabeth Sladen who portrayed Sarah Jane Smith in the original TV serial recounts Doctor Who and The Planet Of The Spiders - a tale of alien giant spiders that are able to bend the minds of their subjects. The Spiders have the Doctor in their sights after he apparently steals a Blue Crystal from them when The TARDIS makes a detour to Metebellis 3 (in the constellation of Kasterberous, you know!). However, the outcome of the adventure has serious implications for The Doctor himself...

The spirit of both the Television story and the original Target novelisation are captured on this brilliant 4 disc unabridged set, supplemented with the original book cover artwork and dramatic reading from Elisabeth Sladen.

As I heard the opening chapters of the book my own personal memories of reading it came flooding back, who says time travel is restricted to the TARDIS?

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Those Radio Times! (BBC Television for 21 November 1969)

BBC 1 highlights for 21 November 1969 included at 12.55pm Maes a Mor, a BBC Wales programme with John Bevan. Then, following an Interval, Pogles' Wood was today's Watch with Mother at 1.30pm.

Later in the afternoon at 2.50pm, there was Racing from Ascot, including the Kirk and Kirk Handicap Steeple Chase, the Valley Gardens Handicap Hurdle Race and the Bingley Novices Hurdle Race. Peter O' Sullivan and Clive Graham provided the commentary.

Chidren Got Serious With Space Questions

At 4.40pm, Children's TV got serious, it was Day Eight of the Apollo 12 Mission and younger viewers got their chance to put their questions to space experts James Burke and Patrick Moore in Children's Space Questions.

Then it was Friday, five to five and a colourful Crackerjack! Fronted by Michael Aspel with a little help from Peter Glaze, Rod McLennan, Frances Barlow and Jillian Comber. Robert Robinson then presented Junior Points of View at 5.40pm.

Brains of the West took part in the Ninth National Heat of Television Brain of Britain at 6.25pm.

James Drury could be seen in full colour glory as The Virginian at 6.45pm. This week Judge Garth (Leo J Cobb) welcomed his orphaned niece Jennifer (Diane Roter) to Shiloh, but it would take a showdown with a killer to persuade the girl to accept her uncle.

Wendy Craig and Ronald Hines were looking at a Change of Scene in the comedy Not in Front of the Children at 7.55pm, while Michael Bentine offered Just a crumb from the spongecake of life in his look at the comedic Golden Silents, Langdon, Turpin, Chaplin and Keaton at 8.25pm.

Following The Main News with Richard Baker at 8.50pm, you could settle down and tune in to The Survivors at 9.10pm starring Lana Turner and George Hamilton, (yes, the very same George Hamilton who's in I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here, exactly 40 years later to the week on ITV!).

Don Moss introduced big band sounds in Dance Date at 10.0pm, then Kenneth Allsop looked at the news 24 hours at 10.30pm.

Finally, there was the semi-finals of the British Covered Courts Open Championships in International Tennis at 11.5pm.

And so the first full week of colour television programmes drew to a close on BBC1, television would never be so Black and White again...

Over on BBC2...
The day began in usual fashion at 11.0am with Play School, in which today was Science Day, presented by Miranda Connel and Lionel Morton, I bet that was good!

BBC2 had Closedown at 11.20am, but returned at 7.0pm with What are the Facts - about Antibiotics? Derek Cooper headed the enquiry.

Gordon Wilkins covered The Rally of the Forests in motor magazine programme Wheelbase at 8.0pm.

At 9.10pm Annie Girardot and Maurice Ronet starred in The French Cinema presentation, Trois Chambres a Manhattan (Three Rooms In Manhattan).

Then, at 10.55pm David Holmes looked back over the week in Parliament in Westminster at Work.

Those Radio Times! (BBC Radio for 21 November 1969)

Radio Highlights for Friday 21 November 1969 had Radio 1 and 2 DJ's dotted around the UK landscape as well as central base in London. Dave Lee Travis hosted Radio 1 Club from the New Century Hall, Manchester at 12.0pm, whilst Douglas Tynoch (Kynoch?) hosted Roundabout from Glasgow over on Radio 2 at 4.32pm with news views and music from Scotland.

Then, on Radio's 1 and 2, at 9.0pm Friday Night is Music Night came from the Belfast Festival 1969. Jimmy Kingsbury introduced Sidney Torch and the BBC Northern Ireland Orchestra with leader Maurice Brett., along with Friday Night's star singers, Madge Stephens, Cherry Lind and John Lawrenson.

Radio Drama Included Waggoners Walk and The Archers 

Radio drama today consisted of final weekday visits to Waggoners Walk (Radio2, 4.15pm), and The Archers (Radio 4, 6.45pm). The Third Programme also offered Deirdre of the Sorrows by J.M.Synge at 8.0pm starring Kate Binchy, Sean Barrett and Patrick Magee.

There were also memories of Edward Elgar in Listen... (Radio4, 9.25am) when David Franklin talked to listeners who discussed their memories of the man.

A Book at Bedtime (11.2pm, Radio 4), featured the final instalment of The Children of the House by Brian Fairfax-Lucy and Phillipa Pearce read by Keith Banks. Back on Radio's 1 and 2, (10.0pm) Michael Parkinson hosted Late Night Extra featuring Ken Moule and his Music, Susan Maughan and Chico Arnez and his Cubana Brass. Finally, after Midnight Newsroom (12.0am), Pat Doody brought you music on and off the record with Night Ride (12.5am), with guests Lisa Carroll and The Laurie Steele Four.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Those Radio Times! (BBC Television for 20 November 1969)

If the previous day hadn't been exciting enough, BBC1 had prepared for another early start with Moon Morning Two scheduled in at 6.30am on 20 November 1969.

As astronauts Conrad and Bean prepared for their second days work on the moon, Cliff Michelmore was on hand to deliver further coverage with space commentators James Burke and Patrick Moore. More live pictures were due at 6.32am.

This meant that programmes For School and Colleges were due to return today at 10.0am (being absent from the schedules on Wednesday).

Then there were edited highlights of the Apollo 12 mission in Moon Day Two at 1.0pm followed by The Woodentops in Watch with Mother at 1.30pm.

Curiously scheduled in for 1.53pm today was more Children's Space Questions with James Burke and Patrick Moore, curious, as surely many of the children posing the questions were at school.

All this on BBCTV... and Apollo 12!

There was a return to programmes For Schools and Colleges at 2.5pm with Scene looking at different aspects of old age in What's It Like To Be Old? The interviewer was Tony Parker.

It was time to wrap things up back on the moon surface for astronauts Conrad and Bean as at 2.25pm there were Preparations for Lift-Off, these preparations continued into Lift-Off from the Moon at 2.50pm with the actual lift-off for Intrepid to re-join Yankee Clipper scheduled in for 3.23pm.

Play School was scheduled for 4.20pm with children's programming interrupted for a News Report at 4.40pm with further news from Apollo 12 as docking approached. Blue Peter was then scheduled for 4.55pm followed by the cartoon serial Journey to the Centre of the Earth at 5.20pm.

There were further Apollo 12 highlights following the evening and regional news programmes with Moon Walk Special at 6.15pm and Rendezvous and Docking at 6.50pm. Exciting events indeed! But music fans would have no doubt been disappointed that there was no Top of the Pops this week.

Doctor's, Dad's Army and Softly Softly

There was the second episode of the new series The Doctors at 7.10pm, while Private Godfrey's bravery was called into question in the Dad's Army episode Branded at 7.30pm.

Arnold Ridley delivering a fine performance as Private Godfrey in what was to become a popular and fondly remembered Dad's Army episode, and co-incidentally the first one to be officially broadcast in colour!

A familiar character made an arrival at Thamesford CID in Softly, Softly at 8.0pm in the form of Inspector Barlow (Stratford Johns). Kenneth Kendall presented The Main News at 8.50pm with more news from Apollo 12, then Sportsnight with Coleman featured more coverage of International Tennis at 9.15pm.

BBC1 rounded off the evening with more Apollo 12 news in pictures on 24 Hours at 10.30pm, followed by the Weatherman at 11.15pm.

Car-Wise began at 11.17pm looking at the Petrol Supply and finally James Burke looked back over man's second visit to the moon at 11.47pm in Apollo Late Night Report.

Over on BBC2.. Call My Bluff, Canterbury Tales and Georgie Fame!

John Timpson and Peter Woods looked at world news and no doubt, Apollo 12 in Newsroom at 7.30pm.

Robert Robinson chaired Call My Bluff at 8.0pm featuring a duel of wit and words between Bernard Braden, Sam Kydd, Tony Britton and Barbara Kelly, Joanna Jones and Renee Houston.

Kathleen Helme and Sarah Hyde featured in The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer at 9.15pm, while there was music from Georgie Fame and Alan Price at 10.5pm in The Price of Fame or Fame at any Price depending which way you viewed it! Guests included Thelma Houston, The Ladybirds and Pan's people with music directed by Reg Guest.

Finally, Line-Up: Thursday featured Tony Bilbow talking to Danny Kaye.

Those Radio Times! (BBC Radio Listings for 20 November 1969)

Like the TV listings counterpart for today, Radio Times radio schedules for 20 November 1969 have the Apollo 12 moon mission mapped out like a script to the last moment.

Coverage of Apollo 12, The Moon Revisited would interrupt Breakfast Special at 6.40am on Radios 1 and 2 as Arthur Garrett and David Wilkinson provided commentary on the second walk on the lunar surface, an interesting way to start your day in the United Kingdom back in 1969!

There would be further updates during Pete Murray's, Terry Wogan's and Dave Cash's slots on Radio's 1 and 2 that day, enabling listeners to keep up with the latest progress.

If you felt things were getting a little to exciting however you could Break for Music at 9.25am over on Radio 4 with Alfredo Antonini and his Orchestra, or sample some British Concertos with Erich Gruenberg on violin and the BBC Welsh Orchestra with conductor John Carewe over on Radio 3 at 9.50am.

Other radio highlights today included Radio 1 Club (Radio 1, 12.0pm) from London with DJ Keith Skues, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, a comic opera in two acts with music by Rossini (Radio 3, 2.0pm) and Minor Musical Miracles (Radio 4 2.30pm) for combs, cardboard , paper and pins (from the BBC sound archives).

Elizabeth West Was Profiled On Radio 4

There was a profile of Scottish Ballet founder Elizabeth West (Radio 4, 4.15pm)in Liz, and later A portrait of George Elliot, written and narrated by Gabriel Woolf in She Gives You Sympathy (Radio 4, 7.30pm).

Soprano Margaret Neville and Tenor Gregory Dempsey featured in the Third Programme's presentation of The Rake's Progress at 7.30pm, while Robin Richmond hosted The Organist Entertains back on Radio 1 and 2 at 7.45pm. There was also a Semprini Serenade (Radio 1 and 2, 9.15pm) to help you kick back and relax before the weekend approached!

Pete Myers presented Late Night Extra (Radio 1 and 2, 10.0pm) while Keith Banks read the ninth instalment of Children of the House by Brian Fairfax-Lucy and Philippa Pearce in A Book at Bedtime (Radio 4, 11.2pm).

Finally, it was Eugene Fraser's duty on Night Ride (Radio 1 and 2, 12.5am) with Keith Miller and his Quartet to bring you music into the early hours.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Those Radio Times! (BBC Television for 19 November 1969)

MEN ON THE MOON proclaims the BBC1 TV listing page of the Radio Times for 19 November 1969, and indeed there were.

It might have been the first week of colour television broadcasting on BBC1, but if everyone in the United kingdom couldn't yet enjoy the new colour service, at least they could be united with the world in viewing the second manned mission to the moon!

Throughout the next two days Cliff Michelmore would introduce BBCtv's up-to-the-minute coverage of the space venture.

In the space studio, James Burke would track and translate each stage of the mission. With him in London, Patrick Moore, Colin Riach, Geoffrey Pardoe and Scientific experts commented on the moon walks. Michael Charlton was the man in America providing commentary from mission control, Houston.

Apollo 12 TV Coverage Got Underway At 7am

It was going to be a long day, and coverage began early on BBC1 with an Apollo Breakfast Special (7.0am) featuring minute by minute coverage as astronauts Conrad and Bean flew the landing module Intrepid down to the Sea of Storms. Touchdown was due at 7.53am.

As the events of the day unfolded there was further coverage, and it was probably tempting for many youngsters to miss school this particular Wednesday as moon mania took over BBC1 . The Moon Walk itself was scheduled for 11.30am and World News and Reaction at 3.30pm.

More Apollo 12 Programmes Into The Evening

Even the Children's television schedule had Children's Space Questions at 4.40pm answered by James Burke and Patrick Moore and the Latest News from 'Intrepid' at 4.50pm.

After the National News (5.50pm) and Look North (6.0pm) (or any appropriate local news service that served your regional area) there was a half hour Moon Walk Special presenting all the highlights of the days events for those of you who may have missed the BBC coverage!

This was history in the making, exciting television indeed, and a shame that the BBC didn't retain any recordings of the event for future generations to enjoy.

A New BBC Drama Series The Doctors Began

Moon Landing aside there was another highlight of BBC schedules today, The Doctors a new twice weekly serial showing how three Doctors handle the day-to-day problems and crises of their patients, and their own... John Barrie, Richard Leech, Justine Lord, Paul Massie, Irene Hamilton and Barry Justice headed the cast of this new colour drama series.

Actress Lynda Marchal who played Molly would later be known as successful writer of Prime Suspect, Lynda La Plant. The Doctors would continue to run until 1971 and spawn a successful spin off with the series Owen M.D. featuring Nigel Stock as Dr Thomas Owen, a character that would appear in later episodes of The Doctors.

The Laughter Parade film series at 7.30pm featured All for Mary starring Nigel Patrick, Kathleen Harrison David Tomlinson and Jill Day.

Newsreader Corbet Woodall Guested In The Wednesday Play

The Wednesday Play at 9.15pm was There is also Tomorrow by Hugo Charteris starring Glyn Houston, Jean Harvey, Ann Penfold, David Burke and a cameo from News Reader, Corbet Woodall, playing a News Reader.

Woodall would make many television and film appearances during the forthcoming decade in programmes such as The Goodies and Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads playing announcers and news readers.

If you were feeling deprived of sport action, Grandstand Special at 10.50pm included association football and international tennis coverage introduced by David Vine.

Also there was end of the day coverage of the Apollo 12 mission on The Main News (8.50pm) with Robert Dougall, 24 Hours (10.15pm) and Apollo Midnight Report (12.0am) with James Burke bringing an end to a long but exciting day on television.

Vera Lynn's guests included The Hollies

If you were a bit weary of all the Apollo 12 coverage, you may have taken the BBC2 option on 19 November 1969. Though apart from 20 minutes of Play School at 11.0am you would have to wait until 7.0pm when Joan Bakewell introduced the documentary series Expecting a Baby. This week the programme looked at the 10 days after the birth and how a mother learns to cope with her new babys needs.

Nicholas Parsons challenged Moira Lister and Fanny Cradock to Know Your Onions at 8.55pm.

Vera Lynn hosted her Show of the Week at 9.15pm with guests, Rolf Harris, The Hollies, Peter Rostal and Paul Schaefer and The Douglas Squires Dance Group.

James Thurber's Stories Were Brought To Life on BBC2

Man Alive at 8.0pm looked at the opposition to the Vietnam war in the United States in Resistance, while Doubts and Certainties looked at changing attitudes in the USA to Miss America, Playmate of the month and Christianity at 10.25pm, certainly not portraying the US in as positive a light as the events over on BBC1 today...

...perhaps then it was reassuring to tune into My World..and Welcome to it at 10.0pm, in which James Thurber's comical and witty stories and cartoons were brought to life.

In this weeks episode The Disenchanted, dispirited by one of those darker experiences that beset us all, ten year old Lydia packs her bags, bids a polite farewell to her parents - and leaves home.

Those Radio Times! (BBC Radio for 19 November 1969)

Like it's television relative, BBC Radio's 1, 2, 3 and 4 were keeping a close eye on the Apollo 12 mission on 19 November 1969.

From the early hours on Breakfast Special introduced by Paul Hollingdale (Radio 1 and 2, 5.32am) Arthur Garratt and David Wilson in the Apollo 12 studio London reported on the undocking of Lunar module Intrepid from the command module Yankee Clipper , and the voices of the three astronauts could be heard as they independently circled the moon.

Touchdown on the lunar surface was scheduled for 7.40am but there was promise of continued updates throughout the day on regular news bulletins, which may even have broke up regular programming. Scheduled programmes included on Radio's 1 and 2, The First Walk (11.55am) and Return to Intrepid at 3.15pm.

Polly James Appeared On Five To Ten

Other radio highlights today included Polly James reading from "I've Got to Talk to Somebody, God" by Marjorie Holmes in Five to Ten: The Other Woman (Radio 2, 9.55am).

Emperor Rosko introduced the Radio 1 Club from Lafayette Club, Wolverhampton (Radio 1, 12.10pm) and Marjorie Anderson presenting Woman's Hour (Radio 2, 2.0pm) with guest Monica Sims, Head of BBCtv children's television, (I bet that was interesting!).

Peter Wheeler presented Roundabout (Radio 2, 4.32pm) from Manchester, while Vince Hill serenaded in Vince Hill Sings at 7.45pm.

Radio Drama Featured Sharon Duce and Margaret Robertson

Drama today included Afternoon Theatre (Radio 4, 3.0pm) with Sharon Duce and Geoffrey Hinsliff in Take Any Day by Ivor Wilson.

Margaret Robertson, Anthony Jackson, Andrew Sachs and Clive Merrison starred in Midweek Theatre: Trap for Two by Stewart Farrar (Radio 1 and 2, 8.30pm), in which a British student on an exchange scholarship in Europe learns the price of meddling in the politics of a police state.

John Benson presented Late Night Extra (Radio 1 and 2, 10pm) with The Johnny Patrick Big Band and The Highlights.

After Midnight Newsroom, Jon Curle presented Night Ride (Radio 1 and 2, 12.5am) featuring Cliff Aungier.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Those Radio Times! (BBC Television for 18 November 1969)

BBC 1 television highlights for November 18 1969 commenced with the days programmes For Schools and Colleges kicking off with Mathematics in Action at 9.15am. Stewart Gartside introduced an episode on Experimental Design.

Other programmes For Schools and Colleges today included an episode of Watch! (11.0am) introduced by Rosanne Harvey on Friesan Cows.

Making Music (11.40am) featured John Langstaff and children from Minet Junior School, Hayes, Middlesex and Part 2 of Macbeth by William Shakespeare (2.5pm) starred Andrew Keir, James Grout and William Marlowe.

Lunchtime viewing included an inter-town quiz about Wales Bob yn Dri at 1.0pm (shown on Crystal Palace,Wenvoe West, Holme Moss and Sutton Coldfield transmitters) and Watch With Mother featured another Mary, Mungo and Midge episode entitled Automatic Machines.

Children's TV today included I Want to be - a Showjumper! (5.15pm) prior to another visit to Hector's House (5.44pm).

Following the National News (5.50pm) and Local News and Nationwide (6.0pm) there was the second instalment of this weeks Z Cars (6.45pm). Raymond Baxter and James Burke then looked to the future of technology and science in Tomorrows World (7.5pm).

Cilla Black's Guests Included The Dudley Moore Trio

There was comedy with Harry Worth, in a new colour series at 7.30pm, this week Harry found himself in a Border Incident.

Cilla Black returned to BBC1 at 8.0pm with a new series of songs and sketches in Cilla, guests this week included Val Doonican, Moira Anderson, The Dudley Moore Trio and Arthur Woosley.

Following The Main News at 8.50pm with Robert Dougall, Ian Holm narrated Tuesday's Documentary : Tokyo - The 51st Volcano at 9.10pm, while Paula Prentiss and Richard Benjamin proclaimed One of Our Firemen is Missing in another episode of He and She at 10.0pm.

James Burke Reported On Apollo 12

Robert Robinson dipped into the Points of View mailbag at 10.25pm while James Burke reported on Apollo 12 and tomorrow's landing on the moon in 24 Hours at 10.30pm.

Finally, David Vine introduced International Tennis at 11.10pm at The British Covered Courts Open Championships from the Empire pool and Sports Arena, Wembley. Dan Maskell and Jack Kramer brought you coverage from the second day's play in the Men's Singles Championship.

James Stewart Starred In Mr Hobbs Takes A Vacation

BBC2 evening highlights for Tuesday 18 November 1969 included Eddie Waring providing the commentary on Floodlit Rugby League at 8.0pm.

Tonight the competition for the BBC2 trophy was between Hull KR (white with red band) and Leigh (cherry and white).

Jazz Scene at the Ronnie Scott Club at 8.45pm featured The John Dankworth Orchestra with Cleo Laine.

At 9.10pm a new series of films with the theme of Hollywood in the Sixties featured the 1962 film Mr Hobbs Takes a Vacation featuring James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara and Fabian.

Those Radio Times! (BBC Radio for 18 November 1969)

There was a choice of listening again today on BBC Radio in 1969, the approach of Apollo 12 to the moon was documented as early as 5.32am in Breakfast Special.

Apollo 12: The Moon Revisited came direct from the Apollo 12 studio in London. David Wilson reported as the three US Navy Astronauts went into Lunar Orbit and prepared for tomorrow's landing. Further reports were promised throughout the day on Radio's 1 and 2.

Ed Stewart Presented The Radio 1 Club

However, with your feet firmly back on Planet Earth you may have taken time to tune in to Radio 1 Club (12.0pm) today presented by Ed Stewart from The Paris, Lower Regent Street, London or Peter Latham presenting Roundabout (4.32pm).

Tuesday had its share of magazine programmes Woman's Hour (Radio 2, 2.0pm) introduced by Marjorie Anderson featured segments on frigidity and asked whether Britain should lose its beauty? Gabriel Woolf read the second instalment of Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M.Forster.

Home This Afternoon (Radio 4, 4.45pm) was introduced by Steve Race and as well as featuring Peter Davalle talking to actor Roger Moore in the Going to the Pictures segment also included a true tale by Gina Muir : A Dalmatian is a Dalmatian- or is he?

Peter Matthews talked to Ingrid Bergman in Star Spotlight (Radio 4, 12.0pm) in which the actress discussed her film career.

Comedy Aplenty Featuring Wendy Craig, Kenneth Williams and Bernard Miles

There was comedy aplenty today as well. Wendy Craig and Francis Matthews starred in another radio adaptation of Not in Front of the Children (Radio 4, 7.0pm). In today's episode, Jennifer and Henry pondered what to do with their lives after sending the children away on holiday in While The Brood's Away.

Kenneth Williams, Joan Sims and Hugh Paddick were back for another edition of Stop Messing About! (Radio 4, 7.30pm) while Bernard Miles and Betty Marsden witnessed The Tax Man Falleth in Just Perfick (Radio 2 8.15pm).

There was also a repeat of last Sunday's edition of The Clitheroe Kid at 8.45pm.

Keith Fordyce Hosted Late Night Extra

If comedy wasn't to your taste you could listen to a dramatised documentary on the life and work of John Millington Synge by Maurice Good in John Synge Comes Next (Third Programme, 8.0pm).

Late Night Extra (Radio 1 & 2, 10.0pm) was introduced by Keith Fordyce featuring The Full Score and Ray Davies and the Button Down Brass, while Music at Night (Radio 4, 11.15pm) highlighted Kodaly Duo, Op 7 by Carmel Kaine (Violin) and Keith Harvey (Cello).

Bruce Wyndham took listeners into the early hours with Night Ride (Radio 1 and 2, 12.5am) featuring tonight Ronnie Carroll and the Colin Keyes Quartet.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Those Radio Times! (BBC Television for 17 November 1969)

It's November 17 1969, it's BBC1 and... was also Lord Belbrough's Lucky Day in Watch With Mother's presentation of Chigley at 1.30pm.

Further programmes for younger viewers today included Jackanory  at 4.40pm  in which Meg Wynn Owen told The Castle of Yew by Lucy Boston. Blue Peter at 4.55pm  was presented by Valerie Singleton, John Noakes and Peter Purves.

At 5.20pm, Rex Tucker's sequel to Triton, Pegasus starring Paul Grist, James Haswell and Jonathan Adams took to the waves. In The Safety of the Nation, four years have passed since Captain Belwether and Lieutenant Lamb's adventures with the submarine Triton, when they are both summoned urgently to the admiralty...

There was Police drama at 6.45 in Z Cars when a man and a wife report a theft in their home and they want the thief, their son brought to justice. Derek Waring, Paul Angelis, Douglas Fielding and Bernard Holley starred.

Take Three Girls Begins

At 9.10pm, three young actresses took the lead in four brand new plays. Take Three Girls starred Susan Jameson as Kate, Angela Down as Avril, and Liza Goddard as Victoria.

The first episode, Stop Acting by Hugo Charteris, documented Kate's story, in which the unsuccessful actress, left holding the baby when her husband leaves, finds herself in some strange scenes.

Take Three Girls became a fondly remembered drama series, propelling the three lead actresses into stardom and making them household names. The series even spawned a sequel in the early 1980s.

There were a selection of music shows on television today, The Andy Williams Show at 7.10pm had guests Bob Newhart, Nancy Sinatra, Tiny Tim, Kenny Rogers and The First Edition and The Osmond Brothers.

Later that evening, Kenneth McKellar sang A Song For Everyone at 10.0pm with special guest Moira Anderson

Over on BBC2...

The day started at 11.0am with the first visit of the week to Play School. Today was Useful Box Day with presenters Miranda Connell and Lionel Morton. You had to be sure to catch Play School at this time today as it wasn't repeated on BBC1 later...

There was drama from The High Chaparral at 8.0pm when in The Brothers Cannon there was trouble brewing between Big John and Buck.

Before The Goodies... Broaden Your Mind!

New comedy took to the screen at 9.10pm as Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor along with Jo Kendall asked viewers to Broaden Your Mind. Certainly a forerunner for their later success in The Goodies, Broaden Your Mind also featured Bill Oddie!

Documentaries tonight on BBC2 included Television Doctor at 8.50pm taking up issues raised in viewers letters such as hospital visits, varicose veins and treatment of phobias.

Horizon at 9.40pm had the title of There's a Rhino in the Sugar, looking at how Rhinos had been disturbing workers in the Tanzanian sugar plantation and ripping open water pipes to get at the water...

Those Radio Times! (BBC Radio for November 17 1969)

Another week got underway on November 17 1969 as Radio's 1 and 2 kicked off at 5.30am with Breakfast Special presented by Paul Hollingdale.

Radio 1 listeners gave way to The Tony Blackburn Show at 7.0am, until listeners on Radio's 1 and 2 were reunited again at 9.0am with Pete Murray's Open House.

Then, The Jimmy Young Show invited listeners calls and shared recipes at 10.0am, with a brief interval at 11.0am for Morning Story (Fairy Godmother, Alfred Smith Esquire by Anna Douglas, read by Fraser Kerr)then at 11.15am, Waggoners Walk, before returning to Jimmy Young at 11.30am

Johnnie Walker Hosted Radio 1 Club From Swansea

At mid-day, Radio 1 Club today came from the Top Rank Suite, Swansea and was presented by Johnnie Walker, while Sam Costa played tunes with an accent on melody over on Radio 2.

The Terry Wogan Show at 2.0pm continued playing popular tunes on Radio 1, while Woman's Hour on Radio 2 was introduced today by Judith Chalmers, before Radio 2 joined Mr Wogan at 3.0pm. Oh what a topsy-turvy world of listening did listeners of Radio's 1 and 2 had during the weekday in 1969!

At 4.15pm on Radio 1, Dave Symonds reviewed the latest pop releases in What's New. Over on Radio 2 there was Waggoners Walk (4.15pm), Racing Results (4.31pm), then Roundabout (4.32pm), today from Birmingham and presented by Tom Coyne. There was also the first of today's reports from Robin Richards at the RAC International Rally of Great Britain at 5.45pm.

David Franklin Said Be My Guest On Radio 2

Back on Radio 1 at 5.15pm it was all things pop with The Dave Cash Radio Programme including The Radio 1 Pop Poser at 6.15pm.

Radio 2 continued with Sports Review at 6.32pm and then Brian Matthew reviewed the latest album releases in Album Time at 6.40pm

Listeners of Radio's 1 and 2 joined together again at 7.30pm as Corbet Woodall brought you News Time. Then at 7.45pm it was World Quiz 69, a general knowledge contest round and about the world between Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

David Franklin said Be My Guest at 8.15pm as he set about prove it wasn't only operatic music that interested him, even if it was only his own jokes he laughed at!

There was a repeat of the previous days edition of The Ken Dodd Experience at 8.45pm and then Phil Campbell introduced the 'Big Five' from Nashville in Country style at 9.15pm.

Bob Holness hosted Late Night Extra at 10.0pm with another report from Robin Richards at the RAC International Rally of Great Britain at 11.0pm.

Following Midnight Newsroom, Colin Nicol hosted Night Ride at 12.5am with tonight's guests, Viola Talvi and The Stan Tracey Quartet.

Kenneth Williams and Kenneth More Lead Entertainment On Radio 4

Other radio highlights today included Kenneth More reading Gipsy Moth Circles The World (Radio 4, 12.0pm) by Sir Francis Chichester and Margaret Lockwood heading the cast in the Terence Rattigan Festival presentation Variation on a Theme (Radio 4, 8.30pm).

There was comedy with Just a Minute! (Radio 4, 7.0pm) in which Nicholas Parsons controlled (!) Kenneth Williams, Derek Nimmo, Clement Freud and Fenella Fielding. Then, Kenneth Williams returned with Joan Sims in their second Tribute To Greatness (The Third Programme, 8.0pm) in which the Strolling Player Looks Back.

Tribute to Greatness was inspired when Williams heard a tribute to a Dame of the British Empire.

He told Radio Times. '...there's something in the British Character, he thinks, that seems to derive satisfaction from eulogies about people who are old enough. They seem to think age alone is proof of something worth taking note of. The truth is, of course, you can be old and untalented. '

Monday, 16 November 2009

Those Radio Times! (BBC Radio for 16 November 1969)

Waking up on Sunday morning with Radios 1 and 2 on 16 November 1969 there was time for reflection in words and music at 6.55am in The First Day of the Week. Then, following the News and Weather at 7.2am, Robin Boyle presented Sunday Special.

Over on Radio 4 at 7.50am, Bishop Geoffrey Tiarks, Senior Chaplain of Lambeth Palace read from the Archbishop of Canterbury's latest book in Sunday reading: God, Christ and the World, followed at 8.0am, The News.

Radio 3 began the day with the chimes of Big Ben at 8.0am followed by News and Weather then at 8.4am What's New? featured a weekly look of recent classical records. There was also a Record Review at 11.0am in Music Magazine with contributions by Joan Crissell, Robert Henderson and Harold Rosenthal.

Sunday Morning With Ed Stewart and DLT

Ed Stewart continued to serve both Radios 1 and 2 with Junior Choice until 10.0am, when DLT took over on Radio 1 while Eric Robinson introduced Melodies for you on Radio 2 (10am).

Peoples Service - Relatively Speaking came from St Katharine's College of Education, Liverpool at 11.31am. Then Radio's 1 ans 2 joined hands again at mid-day as Michael Aspel linked friends and family worldwide in Family Favourites.

Radio 4 had an omnibus visit to Ambridge with The Archers at 9.30am then Radio 4's Morning Service came from First Presbyterian Church, Newry, Co.Down.

Gardeners' Question Time came from Glamorgan at 2.0pm question master was Franklin Engelmann.

Ken Dodd Looked at Affordable Rubbish

On Radio 2, there was an hour of comedy with a New series of The Ken Dodd Experience at 2.0pm. This weeks instalment had Rubbish, at a price you can afford featuring Peter Goodwright, Talfryn Thomas, Colin Edwynn and Barbara Mullaney.

At 2.31pm Jimmy Clitheroe was The Clitheroe Kid, this week's instalment been Doctor Jekyll and Mister Jim. If comedy ballet was more your taste, you could listen to Platee on Radio 3 at 3.0pm with music by Rameau.

Today's drama offerings included The Sunday Play on Radio 4 at 2.30pm. The Passing Day by George Shirls had won the Writers Guild of Great Britain award for the Best British Radio Drama Script after its first broadcast in 1968. It starred Patrick Magee.

The Third Programme also offered The Novel by Louis De Carmontelle at 7.5pm with Betty Huntley-Wright, Sean Arnold and John Bentley. There was also Part 6 of The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins and featuring Margaret Wolfit and Peter Bathurst (Radio 4, 8.30pm).

The Move Guested On Annie Nightingale's Show

Popular music offerings came from Radio 1 with Savile's Travels (2.0pm), Scene and Heard with Johnny Moran (3.0pm), The Stuart Henry Show (4.0pm) , Alan Freeman with Pick of The Pops (5.0pm - also on Radio 2 ), Peter Sarstedt at 7.opm Mike Raven's R& B Show (7.32pm) and Annie Nightingale at 8.45pm. Annie featured music this week from The Move and Harmony Grass.

Back on Radio 2, Wilfred Thomas invited you Out and About at 4.0pm while Franklin Engelmann made his second outing of the day Down Your Way in Haltwhistle on Radio 4 at 5.15pm.

Former newsreader and wartime correspondent John Snagge appealed on behalf of Fight for Sight in Week's Good Cause on Radio 4 at 7.55pm, then The Rt.Hon Denis Healey talked to young people in Subject For Sunday : War and Peace (Radio 4, 8.0pm).

Sunday Half-Hour on Radio 2 came from the Queens Hall Methodist mission at 8.30pm, then Alan Keith introduced Your Hundred Best Tunes on Radio 4 at 9.0pm.

Humphrey Lyttleton Played the Best In Jazz

Radios 1 and 2 got Softly Sentimental at 10.0pm with romantic music, then at 11.0pm Humphrey Lyttleton played the best of jazz on records (and welcomed VHF Radio 3 listeners too).

Radio 4 closed the day at 11.2pm with Music at Night played by Frederick Riddle (viola) and Eric Harrison (piano) with the Bloch Suite Kreisler, after Pugnani Praludium and Allegro. The Coastal Forecast followed at 11.45pm with Closedown at approximately 11.48pm.

John Dunn introduced Just Jazz back on Radio's 1 and 2 at 12.5am, then at 12.30am, Charles Fox had a Jazz Workshop featuring The Mike Osborne trio.

Ray Moore presented Night Ride at 1.1am followed by News and Weather at 2.0am then Closedown at 2.2am

Those Radio Times! (BBC Television for Sunday, 16 November 1969)

BBC1 on Sunday morning, 16 November 1969, got off to a start at 9.0am with a magazine programme for viewers from Pakistan and India entitled Nai Zindagi - Naya Jeevan.

The Morning Service at 10.30am came from the Chapel of the Meeting House at the University of Sussex, Brighton.

David Richardson took a look at Flakes, Pellets and Wafers in Farming at 1.25pm while Robin Day asked more questions in Day Time at 2.30pm.

Boris Karloff Featured In The Film Matinee

Today's Film Matinee (in colour) at 3.0pm was Tap Roots starring Van Heflin, Susan Hayward and Boris Karloff. Then, at 4.45pm Lucille Ball starred in her comedy series Here's Lucy, this weeks episode was entitled Lucy and the Gold Rush.

There was a colourful new drama series at 5.10pm with Special Project Air, starring Peter Barkworth, Tenniel Evans, Elizabeth Bell and Alex Scott, in which an attempted assassination of a Foreign Office official in Singapore attracts the attention of the Special Project Air team.

The Clangers Arrived On BBC1

As everyone looked skyward thinking about the Apollo 12 mission, Oliver Postgate's space creations The Clangers that ... lived not far from Andromeda, to the left of the Milky Way on a small star that shines with a bluish light... made their debut on BBC1 at 5.55pm.

Oliver Postgate, creator of Ivor The Engine and Noggin The Nog spoke of his new creations in the Radio Times: '...Comparing them with earthly creatures one might say they look like long-nosed pink mice but such comparison would be discourteous. They are not earthly creatures...'

Songs of Praise introduced by Geoffrey Wheeler came from Manchester Cathedral at 6.50pm, while Richard Baker made an appeal on behalf of The National Council for the Unmarried Mother and her Child at 7.20pm.

Julie Andrews and Harry Belafonte Provided Evening Music

Julie Andrews hosted her first colour television special in four years. An Evening with Julie Andrews at 7.25pm, featured guest, Harry Belafonte.

Julie, the star of countless film and stage successes confessed to Radio Times: ' I'm still not altogether comfy with television. I imagine it's because I'm not as familiar with television as the stage.'

8.15pm saw comedy over the seven seas with Dirk Bogarde, Brigitte Bardot and James Robertson Justice in British Film Night's presentation of Doctor at Sea.

Monty Python Looked At Man's Crisis For Identity In The Latter Half Of The 20th Century

At 9.45pm, John Edmunds read The News, then Omnibus at 9.55pm looked at The Other World of Winston Churchill in a study of the artistic career of the great statesman and author narrated by Paul Scofield.

Finally, at 10.45pm Man's crisis of identity in the latter half of the 20th century was conceived, written and performed by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin in Monty Python's Flying Circus, presented for the first time, in colour, even on black and white television...

Meanwhile, Over On BBC2...

Peter Scott followed the migration of birds to the Mexico Border in The World About Us : Flyway at 7.25pm.

Singer, Diana Ross and film star, Michael Caine, joined Dan Rowan and Dick Martin in this weeks Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In at 9.55pm.

Finally, the stars of Ken Russell's new film Women In Love, Oliver Reed, Glenda Jackson, Alan Bates and Jennie Linden discussed their roles in Line-Up: Film Night Special at 11.20pm.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Those Radio Times! (BBC Radio for 15 November 1969)

Radio highlights for 15 November 1969 included on Radio 1 and 2 from 5.32am, Breakfast Special introduced by Bruce Wyndham. Then at 8.32am, Ed Stewart played your record requests with Junior Choice.
At 9.55am on Radio 2, Cyril Fletcher talked to people who keep on rushing in Five to Ten. Followed by, at 10.0am, Joe 'Mr Piano' Henderson presenting Melody Time, featuring guest Mark Wynter.

Kenny Everett Entertained With His Grannyphone

On Radio 1, at 10.0am, Kenny Everett took over the airwaves with his Grannyphone in Everett Is Here.

Over on Radio 3, John Lade introduced Record Review featuring Building a library, which this week looked at Brahms's Piano Concerto No.2 in a flat major by Joseph Cooper. At 11.0am the Robert Mayer Children's Concert came from the Royal Festival Hall, London, introduced and conducted by Trevor Harvey.

At 12.30pm, Sports Parade introduced by Peter Jones took over Radio 3 for Saturday afternoon. This included Rugby Union from St.Helen's Ground, Swansea at 2.55 when Swansea took on The South African Tourists with commentary by Kim Shippey and Alun Williams. This particular match didn't go without controversy after complaints were raised at how the Police had handled demonstrators at the game who had invaded the pitch.

At midday, you could hear the Emperor Rosko on Radio 1 , while over on Radio 2 Ken Sykora delivered LP Showcase with some of the top sellers, evergreens and the latest long players.

Johnnie Walker Rivalled Frank Chacksfield For Radio Audiences

Johnnie Walker had some music for Saturday at 1.0pm on Radio1, but alternately, you could go Marching and Waltzing on Radio 2 with Jimmy Kingsbury followed by The Frank Chacksfield Hour at 2pm with sounds from Europe.

On Radio 4, Malcolm Muggeridge hosted Any Questions? at 1.15pm with Kenneth Allsop, Sylvia Sims and William Davis, in a broadcast previously heard the night before on Radio 2.

Afternoon Theatre at 2.0pm featured Leslie Sands as Inspector Chew in Better Never than Late by RD Wingfield.

John Peel was on Radio 1 for nearly 2 hours worth of Top Gear from 3pm while Alan Dell delivered The Big Band Sound at the same time over on Radio 2. Colin Nicol followed with Melody Fair at 3.31pm.

Marjorie Anderson hosted Weekend Woman's Hour on Radio 4 at 3.0pm with guest Janet Baker, also BA Manson and Roderick Mann looked at a recent biography on Marilyn Monroe.

Jimmy Savile Hosted Speak-Easy

Jimmy Savile discussed what really mattered in the world of 1969 with pop personalities and teenagers in Speak-Easy at 5.0pm on Radio 1, while Pete Drummond played the new releases of the week at 5.45pm.

Humphrey Lyttleton introduced the Don Rendell/Stan Robinson Five and the Keith Tippett Group in Jazz Club on Radio 1 at 6.45pm.

Back on Radio 2, Bill Crozier brought news from the world of old time and sequence dancing in Those Were The Days, then at 6.30pm, folk group The Settlers guested on The Mitchell Minstrel Show.

Not Only Roy Plomley... But Also... Dudley Moore's Desert Island Discs

Comedian and Jazz pianist, Dudley Moore was Roy Plomley's castaway on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs at 7.0pm.

Moore revealed that he would save Beethoven's, Symphony No.3 in E Flat major (opus 55) should the waves crash to the shore and try to take his choice of 8 records away. Moore's luxury was a piano and his choice of book would be A Study of Psychology.

The Third programme presented at 7.10pm From Maupassant to Mao or Whatever Happened to Mrs Warren?, a Shavian entertainment by Eric Ewens with contributions by Carlton Hobbs and RJ Minnet. Gala Concert Hall featured on Radio 4 at 7.30pm, with music for all the family including Debussy Rhapsody for clarinet and orchestra.

Things Were Swingin' on Radio 2 With Roger Moffat

At 7.35pm, Radio 1 and 2 listeners joined together as Wally Whyton introduced The Spinners, The Foggy Dew-o, and Bonnie Dobson in Country Meets Folk. While at 8.30pm, Rod McLennan rounded up the latest movie music in Rod's Round-Up.

At 9.15pm, Roger Moffat presented Things Are Swingin' around Europe with guests Sounds Bob Rogers and The New Overlanders.

Saturday Night Theatre over on Radio 4 featured Elizabeth Begley, J.G. Devin and Maurice O' Callaghan in All Souls Night by Joseph Tomelty, a play originally broadcast in 1964.

If classical music was more your taste you could hear a music drama in four scenes by Wagner on the Third programme at 8.30pm. The Ring from Bayreuth featured Dorethea Siebert (Soprano) and Elizabeth Schwarzenberg (Soprano).

Tony Brandon's Saturday Night Guests Included The Migil 5

Tony Brandon met the Saturday people on Radio's 1 and 2 at 10.0pm with guests The Dennis Walton Orchestra, Timebox and The Migil 5, including at 11.0pm a report on the RAC International Rally of Great Britain from Robin Richards.

Radio 4 closed the evening with Lighten Our Darkness at 10.55pm with evening prayers conducted by The Rev C Semper, then at 11.10pm Music at Night featured Peter Wallfisch on piano playing a Beethoven Sonata.

Back on Radio's 1 and 2, following Midnight Newsroom, Peter Latham hosted Night Ride at 12.5am, featuring (for the second time tonight) The Settlers until 2.0am.

Those Radio Times! (BBC Television for 15 November 1969)

If you expected to see BBC1, or as it was now known "colourful one" in colour with your newly purchased (and possibly very expensive) colour television set, on the morning of 15 November 1969 you might have been disappointed...

The first two shows of the day that Saturday morning were at 10.0am Repondez Sil Vous Plait (an invitation to learn French) and 10.30am Wie bitte? (a beginners course in German).

Still, after Closedown at 11.0am, BBC1 returned at midday with Weatherman Bert Foord taking a look at the weekend weather and in full colour too...

Colour Television - A Gradual Process 1969-71

In fact, BBC1's switch to colour 40 years ago today wasn't all over the United Kingdom. Like our switch to digital over 40 years later, it was going to be a gradual process...

From today, if you lived in London (Crystal Palace), Birmingham (Sutton Coldfield), South Lancs (Winter Hill), and South Yorks (Emley Moor), you would be in the first of the four areas served by the colour transmitters . Other areas would have to wait from the end of 1969 to the spring of 1971, so many viewers were still watching in black and white!

Perhaps it was as well that there were other things to distract the British Public on this particular day as we received updates on the Apollo 12 moon mission via radio and TV bulletins...

Casey Jones and Charlie Chaplin - Not In Colour!

Back to BBC1's first day of colour TV, or not so colour TV (whichever way you looked at it), at 12.5pm there was a rerun of Casey Jones who this week was tracking down The Lost Train.

At 12.25pm, there was another classic Charlie Chaplin film with The Tramp in which Charlie falls for the farmer's daughter and gallantly rescues her from a band of robbers. It may have been black and white but it was still fun!

Grandstand or a Classic Film Were BBC Saturday Afternoon Choice

At 12.45pm, the first colour edition of Grandstand presented by Frank Bough went out. Including today a football preview, racing from Cheltenham, motor racing - The Grandstand colour trophy Meeting featuring the W.D.and H.O. Wills Formula 3 Trophy, and the Osram/G.E.C. Trophy race for Saloon cars (commentary was from Murray Walker with guest commentary from Graham Hill).

There was also International Gymnastics featuring the European International Meeting event from Fairfield Hall, Croydon, while The Rugby League European Champions Cup for the Wills trophy at 3.5pm was from Headingley and featured Leeds v Perpignan with commentary from Eddie Waring.

If a Saturday afternoon film took your fancy, there was a good reason to switch over to BBC2 at 3.PM when John Mills and Richard Attenborough starred in Saturday Cinema: The Baby and the Battleship.

BBC2 went back to sleep at 4.30pm with Closedown.

Star Trek and Dixon Of Dock Green For Tea-Time Entertainment

Following the results, we had another new episode of Star Trek at 5.15pm.

In this week's colourful episode Arena, a treacherous attack obliterates the outpost on Planet Cestus Three and the USS Enterprise hurtles in hot pursuit of a mysterious alien vessel.

Simon Dee introduced his guests with his popular tea-time chat show at 6.15pm (unless you lived in BBC Wales in which you got from Moel-y-Parc, Disc a Dawn).

Jack Warner pounded the beat in the first colour episode of Dixon of Dock Green at 6.45pm. Tonight, Dock Green police found themselves in an unusual environment following an incident involving one of the students at a girls' teacher training college. Norman Bird, Jeremy Young and Bill Treacher were amongst the guest stars in this weeks episode starring Jack Warner and Peter Byrne.

On BBC2, following Percy Thrower's second look at growing Fuchsias in Gardeners' World at 7.15pm, Cliff Morgan introduced The First English Trial at the Reddings, Mosely in Rugby Special at 7.30pm.

'Visually Funny' Harry Secombe's Guest Was Lulu

At the same time over on BBC1, Harry Secombe introduced guests Lulu, Arthur Askey, Julian Orchard and Jonathan James in The Harry Secombe Show. Speaking in the Radio Times Harry said of himself 'I think I'm visually funny, not terribly funny verbally'.

At 8.15pm, BBC1 added the first in a season of High Adventure to its new colourful schedule as Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr and James Mason starred in The Prisoner of Zenda.

Back on BBC2, at 8.15pm,there was a look at Napoleon in Chronicle: The 100 Days. Anita Harris, Danielle Rigoulet and Mark and Paula joined Ray Alan for another edition of The Ice Show at 9.5pm.

At 9.50pm, Richard Baker read The News, while the serial The First Churchill's continued over on BBC2.

Match Of The Day.. In Colour!

David Coleman hosted Match of the Day's first colour coverage at 10.5pm on BBC1. However; if you lived in the North, the chances were you'd be watching Northern Match of The Day presented by Stuart Hall with commentary by Alan Weeks.

James Mossman presented the weekly arts magazine Review at 10.35 on BBC2 featuring this week, A feature on Graham Greene on the publication of his new book, Travels with my Aunt with excerpts read in the studio by Emlyn Williams. One of the USA's best known poets Marianne Moore was in conversation with Leo Aylen while WH Auden read from A Mosaic for Marianne Moore in the studio.

Bernard Braden with John Pitman and Esther Rantzen took a look at some of the that happened and some of the things that didn't in Braden's Week on BBC1 at 11.5pm. (One of the things that didn't happen was that this programme didn't go out in colour according to Radio Times). This weeks musical memory came from 1947 as Donald Peers performed 'In a Shady Nook', while song of the week came from Alex Glasgow.

BBC1's broadcasting closed down shortly after a detailed forecast from the Weatherman at 11.45pm.

John Peel Hosted Line-Up

Back on BBC2, disc jockey John Peel hosted Line-Up: The Week in which he took a look back at TV programmes and issues of the last seven days.

If you still didn't feel like going to bed , following the News Summary at 11.45pm; Richard Burton, Joan Collins and Cy Grant starred in the Midnight Movie : Sea Wife at 11.50pm.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Those Radio Times! (BBC Radio and TV for 14 November 1969)

There were two big news items for BBC TV and Radio on Friday 14 November 1969.

The Apollo 12 mission to the moon was of worldwide interest, while in Great Britain the imminent arrival of Colour TV broadcasting on BBC1 from 12 midnight (depending where you were watching!) was also prominent.

The Apollo 12 Moon Mission kicked off TV coverage from 4.55pm on BBC1 straight after Jackanory. Direct from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, viewers could witness the final stages of the countdown and launch of America's second mission to land man on the moon, introduced by James Burke in the Space studio with Michael Charlton providing commentary at Launch Complex 39.

Apollo 12 and Michael Parkinson Featured on Radio 2

The Apollo 12 mission also blasted onto the airwaves of Radio 1 at (247m) and Radio 2(1.500m and VHF), featuring on Apollo 12 with David Wilson at 5.17pm and a Progress Report at 8.14pm following Thanks for the Memory with Gale Pedrick .

Friday Night Is Music Night (Radio 2, 9pm) was introduced by Jimmy Kingsbury back then featuring amongst others, Sidney Torch and the BBC Concert Orchestra and star singers Cynthia Glover and John Mitchinson.

Michael Parkinson hosted Late Night Extra on Radio's 1 and 2 after a further Apollo 12 Progress Report at 10.0pm featuring guests Ken Moule and his Music, Bobby's Girl Susan Maughan and The Syd Lawrence Orchestra.

The Third Programme on 464, 194, or 188m and VHF featured The Nutters by AP Cotterill starring Joss Ackland as 'Mad Arry' at 8pm.

At 9.30pm Patrick Moore hosted New Worlds over on Radio 4 ( North 434, 261m and VHF) in which he brought you the people whose scientific and technological achievements have changed our way of life.

James Drury Starred In The Virginian

Back on the goggle box, Harvey Hall oversaw the eighth national heat of Television Brain of Britain from Scotland at 6.25pm, then it was James Drury as The Virginian at 6.45pm in an episode first shown on BBC2, "Ring of Silence".

Wendy Craig and Ronald Hines provided sitcom entertainment in 2.4 children style with Not In Front of The Children at 7.55pm.

Keeping nostalgia buffs happy, Michael Bentine presented the stars of the silent comedy screen in Golden Silents at 8.25pm, featuring amongst others Buster Keaton, Harry Langdon and an early Walt Disney cartoon.

Still with BBC1, Peter West introduced Come Dancing from Locarno, Glasgow at 10.0pm before David Dimbleby (still in the news 40 years later - getting leave from Question Time for the first time in 15 years after tangling with a Bullock!) took a daily look at news matters in 24 Hours at 10.30pm.

Dorothy Lamour Featured In Star Close-Up

Film golden girl Dorothy Lamour who co-starred with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in the Road To... movies during the 1940s was profiled on Star Close-Up hosted by Derek Hart at 11.5pm

Wheelbase, (the 1960s equivalent of Top Gear) over on BBC2 took a look at A Mini from Milan at 8pm, while Russian sports personalities came under the spotlight in Roar of the Crowd at 9.10pm.

The Hollies (then riding high in the charts with He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother) were the guests on Line-Up at 11.45pm, though you may have missed this if you were watching Colourful One over on BBC1 at 11.40pm. Julian Pettifer introduced the new colour service while Maurice Wiggin of the Sunday Times analysed the pros and cons of colour TV.

Petula Clark Saw In The New Colour Service On BBC1

12.0 midnight was a late night indeed for BBC1, but the new colour service was celebrated in style with Petula Clark in a special colour programme An Evening With Petula recorded at The Royal Albert Hall the previous week.

'I'm very proud that I've been chosen to start BBC1's colour service', Pet told the Radio Times, "it's quite an honour isn't it?". Amongst the songs performed were "Downtown" and "This Is My Song".

Yvonne Littlewood who directed this particular show was also at the beginning of another televisual event in 1964 when BBC2 started, with Duke Ellington In Concert, exciting times indeed!

Friday, 13 November 2009

Those Radio Times! (BBC Radio and TV for 13 November 1969)

Programmes for Schools and Colleges kicked off BBC1's schedules on the morning of 13 November 1969. Merry Go Round proclaimed Castors Away!

BBC2 didnt get underway until 11.0am when Julie Stevens and Rick Jones introduced that days edition of Play School, then, as if it were a small child stirring in a dream, BBC2 turned back over to sleep at 11.20am with Closedown.

Following a brief Closedown on BBC1 at 12.0 there was a programme on pigs in Farm Management at 12.30pm and then Hywel Gwynfryn welcomed guests from the world of entertainment at 1.0pm in Cadw Cwmni.

Wilfred Pickles and Cheryl Hall starred in Scene

Watch With Mother featured The Woodentops story "Spotty's Paw" at 1.30pm followed by The News and Bert Foord with The Weather at 1.45pm. There was a brief interval before the final programme For Schools and colleges appeared at 2.0pm. Scene showcased a new play by Allan Prior entitled Two Way Traffic and featuring Wilfred Pickles and Cheryl Hall.

Thursday afternoon listening on the radio included Prunella Scales reading part 9 of Love In A Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford in Woman's Hour on Radio 2 at 2.0 while over on Radio 3 a comic opera in three acts The Mock Doctor got underway.

Terry Wogan entertained with music pop and popular, past and present on Radio 1 and on Radio 4 There was Listen With Mother and Programmes For Schools.

Blue Peter, Jackanory and Hector's House

Back on television, a repeat of that day's Play School kicked off children's television that day at 4.20 followed by Michael Bryant reading part 1 of Flight from The Polar Night at 4.40 in Jackanory.

Blue Peter with the classic line-up of Valerie Singleton, John Noakes and Peter Purves entertained with something they'd prepared earlier at 4.55 ("Get Down Shep!").

Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Hector's House rounded off Children's TV on BBC1 for the afternoon.

The end of The Newcomers

Following the News and regional reports; there was the final episode of the domestic drama, The Newcomers featuring among others Campbell Singer, Wendy Richard, Jack Watling and Deborah Watling.

Alan Freeman hosted Top Of The Pops at 7.5pm with performances from Fleetwood Mac (Oh Well!), Jethro Tull (Sweet Dream), Malcolm Roberts (Love Is All), Nancy Sinatra (The Highway Song), The Beatles (Something), The Tremeloes (Call Me Number One) and The Archies (Sugar, Sugar).

Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn starred in the Dad's Army episode "Menace From The Deep" at 7.30pm. Then at 8.0pm it was Police drama in Softly Softly featuring John Barron in the episode "Write Off".

John Snagge, Graham Hill and Kate O' Mara on Call My Bluff

BBC2's evening programming began at 7.0pm with Teaching Adults. John Timpson and Peter Woods were reporting the world in Newsroom at 7.30pm.

Robert Robinson refereed Call My Bluff at 8.0pm, making up the teams were John Snagge, Rupert Davies, Graham Hill and Nemone Lethridge, Hilary Pritchard and Kate O'Mara!

The Main News with Robert Dougall on BBC1 at 8.50pm included a special preview of the Apollo 12 mission which starts tomorrow (14 November 1969). Sportsnight with Coleman featured Amateur Boxing England V Czechoslovakia from the Royal Albert Hall, London with commentary from Harry Carpenter!

Ian Lavender Featured in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

Back on BBC2, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales was featuring "The Pilgrims" including amongst the cast Joss Ackland , Geoffrey Bayldon and Ian Lavender.

The rags to riches story of Andrew Carnegie was profiled in The Star-Spangled Scotchman at 10.0pm and Robin Blackburn, journalist was interviewed by Joan Bakewell in Line-Up at 10.55pm.

The Larkin's Had A Perfick Time On Radio 2

Radio highlights for the evening included on Radio 2, Just Perfick at 8.15 featuring Bernard Miles and Betty Marsden as Pop and Ma Larkin.

Pete Myers hosted Late Night Extra at 10.0pm on Radio's 1 and 2 with special guest Vince Hill. Radio 4 featured a new series of Story Time at 5.25pm. The series began with part 1 of Mr Midshipman Easy by Captain Marryat and read by Andrew Faulds.

Michael Flanders introduced Scrapbook for 1923 , a review of the vintage year through vintage recordings and recreations at 7.30pm.

The Third Programme offered O Haydon, Haydon! at 8.15pm with Leonard Rossiter (long before Rupert Rigsby) in a monologue adapted from the journals of Benjamin Robert Haydon.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Those Radio Times! (BBC Radio and TV for 12 November 1969)

For Schools and Colleges on 12 November 1969 began on BBC1 earlier than usual at 9.15am, with a repeat of Monday's Engineering: Craft and Science.

Other schools programmes presented today included at 9.38am, Science All Around: Rubber introduced by Fergus O Kelly, 10.0am History 1917-1967, Khruschev and the thaw and 10.25-10.45am Gwlad a Thref: a series for Welsh schools (Sutton Coldfield, Holme Moss, Wenvoe west transmitters). Robin Ray also looked at The age of steam in British Social History : The Palace of Glass at 11.35am.

Lunchtime on BBC1 Featured The Herbs

At 12.25pm Apna Hi Ghar Samajhiye: Make Yourself at home offered advice on health and welfare; lesson 50 of look, Listen and Speak (teacher Robert Chapman assisted by Sheila Dillon-Guy); and Asian music.

Following a five minute interval at 12.50pn there was a visit to Llanstephan in Bie Carech Chi Fynd? (shown on Crystal Palace, Wenvoe West, Holme Moss and Sutton Coldfield transmitters).

After a further interval at 1.25pm today's offering of Watch with Mother was The Herbs.

Children's Television Included The Singing, Ringing Tree

Further along in the afternoon Children's television offered us Play School at 4.20pm and Jackanory at 4.40pm with Michael Bryant telling part 3 of Far Out the Long Canal by Meindert Dejong.

Part 2 of The Singing, Ringing Tree told by Tony Bilbow delighted younger viewers at 4.55pm in which The Princess is carried off by the bear and learns why all the animals will not approach her.

There was Animal action in Wild World at 5.15pm with Tony Soper and Jill Dawe and then a visit to Hectors House with Hector The Dog, Zaza the Cat and Mrs Kiki Frog at 5.44pm.

The Laugh Parade Featured Merton Of The Movies

The National News and Weather at 5.50pm was followed by regional news programmes at 6.0pm. If you lived in the North of England you got Look North, presented by Stuart Hall (if you lived in an area served by Leeds or Manchester) or Mike Neville (if you lived in an area served by Newcastle). the local weather followed then a fourth Nationwide with Michael Barratt in London.

At 6.45pm, it was the penultimate episode of the drama series (today you'd call it a soap!) The Newcomers in which Gordon (Colin Stepney) was extricated from an alarming situation!

At 7.10pm, there was a cartoon treat with a Tom and Jerry double bill including Dr Jekyll and Mr Mouse and Jerry and the Goldfish (no worries of violence on TV here!).

At 7.10pm it was vintage film fun when The Laugh Parade season revisited Merton of the Movies starring Red Skelton , Virginia O'Brien and Gloria Grahame.

Man Alive Looked At The Vietnam War on BBC2

Over on colourful BBC2 at 8.0pm, Man Alive looked at the American casualties of the Vietnam war in Sanctuary.

At 9.0pm The Conservative and Unionist party delivered a Party Political Broadcast on BBC1 and BBC2 imaginatively entitled What are you going to do about all these strikes?.

Malcolm McDowell Was The New Steve McQueen

The Wednesday Play on BBC1 at 9.10pm starred what that weeks Radio Times had dubbed the new Steve McQueen, Malcolm McDowell. McDowell starred in Happy by Alan Gosling, along with Richard Vernon, Brenda Bruce and Leslie Sands.

McDowell, recently got his big break in Lindsay Anderson's If... discussed working on television opposed to films. '...I never liked TV too much. We'd get three weeks for rehearsal and then the taping. In films it's more leisurely, though you have to concentrate for a longer period of time...'

Vera Lynn Hosted Show Of The Week On BBC2

Over on BBC2, former forces sweetheart, Vera Lynn presented the first in a new series of Show of the Week with her musical guests Domenico Modugo, Roy Budd, The Tremeloes and The Douglas Squires Dance Group.

Vera told the Radio Times this was her first series for ten years. 'All the same I wouldn't like to be starting off in the business now. There's so much competition. It must be very hard to be a young girl."

Indeed, 40 years after giving this interview, Dame Vera, as she is now known still managed to top the album charts when a collection of her wartime songs were released the same week as all the original Beatles remastered albums were reissued, just goes to show you can't keep a good artist down!

Nicholas Parsons Found Out If Fanny Knew Her Onions

Staying with BBC2, at 9.55pm there was an invitation to step into the humorous and imaginative world of James Thurber in a new series of My world... and Welcome to it. This week John Monroe (William Windom) recreated a slice of American history for his daughter's homework and started a most uncivil war!.

At 10.20pm, Nicholas Parsons hosted Know Your Onions, a kind of game show about food and wine, featuring Moira Lister and Fanny Cradock!

Back on BBC1, the night drew to a close with David Dimbleby looking at another 24 Hours at 10.30pm followed by recorded highlights of that afternoon's match played at Rodney Parade, Newport on the occasion of the first visit of the Springboks to Wales in Springboks in Wales with commentary by Cliff Morgan. News headlines and weather drew BBC1 to a Closedown just after 11.35pm

BBC Radio Highlights Included Vince Hill and The Harold Pinter Festival

Radio highlights on BBC Radios 1 & 2 for November 12 1969 included Vince Hill Sings at 7.45pm. Then at 8.15pm there was Midweek Theatre: My Favourite Broad starring June Whitfield and Frederick Treves and then John Benson fronted Late Night Extra at 10pm with guest Wilf Todd and his Music and Barry Forgie and His Band. After the Midnight Newsroom at 12.5am, Jon Curle took you right up to 2.0am with Night Ride featuring tonight's guest Cliff Aungier.

The Third Programme featured a production of Guardian Angel - Andel Strazny by Vaclev Havel at 8.15pm starring Maurice Denham and John Gabriel. (The Radio Times dutifully informed us this would be repeated on 11 December!- now that's service for you!).

Finally on Radio 4, The Harold Pinter Festival at 3.0pm featured a repeat from 1966 of Night School featuring Prunella Scales and John Hollis. Eric Robinson played Records for You at 7.0pm. While The Interval at approximately 8.55pm included a look at Hairiness and Godliness by Margaret Aston.


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