Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Those Radio Times! (BBC Radio and TV for 10 November 1969)

Hard to believe, there were no Breakfast Television programmes back in 1969. So, as commercial and local radio were still a few years away, the chances were that you'd be starting your day listening to either BBC Radio's 1, 2, 3 or 4.

Start your day with Tony Blackburn on Radio 1.

Radio's 1 and 2 kicked off with news at 5.30am following straight on at 5.32am with Paul Hollingdale and Breakfast Special. Radio 1 went it's separate way at 7.0am when The Tony Blackburn Show played the latest top pop discs and the Radio 1 pop poser at 8.15am.

Pete Murray played your requests at 9.0am on both stations and then at 10.0am there was The Jimmy Young Show featuring a song or two from Jimmy and some listeners favourite recipes.

Radio 2 split off on its own again at 11.0am with Morning Story, today it was Double Crossbreeding by Charles O' Connell and read by Peter Bartlett, then at 11.15am there was a repeat of last Friday's episode of Waggoners' Walk.

Radio 3's Cultured Start To The Day Included Beethoven

Radio 3 had a more cultured start to the day with an Overture striking up following the News and Weather at 7.4am, then Morning Concert at 8.4am revisiting Beethoven Symphony No.1 in C Major (It must have been a great way to start your day!).

News programmes started the week over on Radio 4 with Alastair Cooke delivering his Letter from America at 9.5am .

There was a brief turn into the world of comedy at midday when Beryl Reid and Patricia Hayes starred in The Trouble With You Lillian followed by a repeat of last Saturday's Desert Island Discs at 12.25.

Play School Had A Useful Box Day on BBC2

On television, the week on BBC 1 kicked off at 9.38am with programmes For Schools and Colleges starting off with Discovering Science, presented by Michael Underwood and looking at The Structure of The Earth.

Julie Stevens and Rick Jones presented Play School over on BBC2 at 11.00am where they were having a Useful Box Day. This only lasted for 20 minutes until BBC2 had Closedown at 11.20am and wouldn't resume again until 7.00pm (this was standard practice in 1969!).

Closedown also occurred on BBC1 at 12.25 after Engineering: Craft and Science.

BBC1 came back at 12.55 with Anna by Ceryl Wynne Davies, a post Nurembourg investigation, this was originally shown on BBC Wales. Watch With Mother had the story of Binnie and Bessie in the ever popular Chigley at 1.30pm.

Chigley like its counterparts Camberwick Green and Trumpton would go on to delight younger viewers for many years after creator, Gordon Murray had the foresight to film all the episodes in colour, a few years before colour TV took off in Britain.

Tommy Vance Hosted The Radio 1 Club From Belfast

Meanwhile, back on the wireless, Tommy Vance hosted the Radio 1 Club from Romano's, Belfast at 12.0pm followed by, at 2.0pm Terry Wogan spinning popular tunes in The Terry Wogan Show, (not a TOG in sight though!).

Sam Costa presented music with an accent on Melody over on Radio 2 before Woman's Hour started at 2.0pm. Radio's 1 and 2 joined forces at 3, another regular occurrence in these early days of Radio 1 and 2, so Terry Wogan dominated the airwaves on both stations for an hour every weekday afternoon!

There was a wide range of classical music on Radio 3 including a Lieder Recital by Norma Procter at 3.5pm and Prokofiev's Piano Music featured Gyorgy Sandor at 4.50pm. Radio 4's Monday afternoon had School programming from 2.0pm though there was a repeat of last Saturday's Afternoon Theatre at 3.15 if you had missed it!

Z Cars Investigate A Right Cock-n-Bull Story

Back on the goggle box, Monday afternoon television was underway with perennial favourites Play School (first shown on BBC2 this morning), Jackanory and Blue Peter. Episode 4 of Triton by Rex Tucker was at 5.20pm while Babar followed at 5.44pm. The National News and Weather followed at 5.50 with regional news programmes at 6.0.

Robert Robinson hosted Ask The Family at 6.20pm, then there was Police drama in Z Cars at 6.45pm starring James Ellis, John Slater and Derek Waring in Part 1 of A Right Cock-n-Bull Story by Ray Dunbobbin, in which Sgt Stone and PC's Bannerman and Newcombe went to the City Airport to investigate a bomb hoax.

Andy Williams Guests Included Mama Cass and Creedence Clearwater Revival

The Andy Williams Show at 7.10 featured a startling array of guests including Ray Charles, Mama Cass Elliott, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Don Knotts and a little known act, The Osmond Brothers! (Over 40 years later Donny and Marie Osmond are still riding high on the television schedules featuring in their own Audience with... over on ITV!).

Back on BBC2 at 8.0pm there was "A Time to Laugh and A Time to Cry" in The High Chaparral, while Television Doctor looked at "Losing Weight" with stage and television actor Robert Bridges at 8.50pm. At 9.10pm Don Cullen, David Jason, Paul McDowell and Diana Quick featured in a Canadian revue Canada Goose.

On BBC1 Robin Day was presenting Panorama at 8.0pm, then at 8.50pm with Robert Dougall read The Main News of the day.

Counterstrike Dealt With The Mutant

There was drama at 9.10 in Counterstrike starring Jon Finch and Sarah Brackett. In "The Mutant" a deadly new germ gets looses at a biological warfare laboratory. Can an antidote be found before the germ spreads into a killer plague?

Kenneth McKellar provided music with guest star Muriel Smith at 10.0pm.

On BBC2, Horizon investigated your chances on surviving Cancer at 9.40pm. Line-up at 10.30pm was presented by Mel Oxley with James Cameron and Willie Rushton while David Dimbleby hosted 24 Hours back on BBC 1.

Finally, before you went to sleep Robert Robinson questioned work ethics after a supervisor is suspended for bad time-keeping in Decide For Yourself at 11.22pm (a timely reminder to set your alarm clock for Tuesday morning no doubt!).

Kenneth Williams Paid Tribute To Greatness On The Third Programme

If television viewing for Monday evening was too heavy, you may have been tempted to switch on the radio to The Third Programme at 7.30pm with a repeat of Sunday's Radio 4 broadcast of The Reith Lectures 1969.

At 8.0pm , Carry On stars Kenneth Williams and Joan Sims featured in Tribute to Greatness, the first in a trilogy of programmes on important themes of today, yesteryear and the year before... this weeks episode was entitled 'A Bannister called Freda'...

Roy Castle said Be My Guest on Radio's 1 and 2 at 8.15 as he looked at the Royal Variety shows past and present. Pat Campbell introduced music with a Country Style at 9.15pm.

Then, Bob Holness hosted Late Night Extra with guests The Roy Budd Trio at 10.0pm.

Radio 4 had a great selection of programming too, Nicholas Parsons attempted to keep order in Just A Minute with guests Kenneth Williams (again!), Derek Nimmo, Clement Freud and Geraldine Jones. Jack Brymer presented Music you love at 7.30pm and Hugh Burden and Robin Bailey starred in Enoch Soames at 8.30pm.

Godfrey Talbot Made His Last Radio Commentary at The Lord Mayor's Banquet

At 9.15pm the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of London proposed the toast of Her Majesty's ministers in Lord Mayor's Banquet at and The Rt Hon Harold Wilson OBE, MP, dutifully replied.

The scene was described by Godfrey Talbot from Guildhall, London. This would be Talbot's last radio Commentary, a pioneer of radio reporting, Talbot was the creator of the BBC's Home Reporting Unit, a front-line war correspondent making his name with dispatches on the Desert Rats in North Africa during the Second World War, and at that time the BBC's first and only correspondent accredited to Buckingham Palace. He would retire from broadcasting on 30 November 1969.

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