Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Those Radio Times! (BBC Radio and TV for 11 November 1969)

If you were tuning in to Watch with Mother at 1.30pm on BBC1 today, you would be delighted by the adventures of Mary, Mungo and Midge.

The stories centred around Mary who lived with her parents at the top of a tall block of flats in a busy town. Her friends were Mungo; her wise old dog and Midge, a very inquisitive mouse.

Today in the story animated by John Ryan and narrated by newscaster Richard Baker Mungo got lost...

Macbeth and Wacky Races In The Afternoon on BBC1

Programmes For Schools and Colleges at 2.5pm featured Andrew Keir as Macbeth in Drama: Macbeth, (the play soon to wow crowds again on TV, over 40 years later, starring David Tennant).

Children's TV highlights on BBC1 today included at 4.55pm Wacky Races and Space Kidettes while at 5.15pm former Animal, Alan Price introduced younger viewer's to exciting sounds of today in Monster Music Mash. Alan's guests included Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band, Georgie Fame and Archie Fisher.

BBC2 woke up for a brief time between Play School at 11.0am and Britain's Role in the Seventies at 7.0pm with a monthly look at the world of medicine for doctors in Medicine Today at 1.15pm, lets hope you didn't need a doctor in your lunch hour!

Bobbie Gentry Hosted Her Own Music Show

Evening TV highlights on BBC1 included Z Cars at 6.45, and Tomorrow's World introduced by Raymond Baxter and James Burke.

Bobbie Gentry currently riding high in the charts with "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" fronted her own show at 7.30 with guest John Hartford, while actress Joan Crawford examined the legend of Greta Garbo in Garbo at 8.0pm

Over on BBC 2 at 7.0pm, two foreign secretaries, the Rt Hon Michael Stewart MP and The Rt Hon Sir Alec Douglas-Home KT, MP looked to the future of Great Britain in the 1970s in a New series of Britain's Role in the Seventies.

Wigan V Oldham in Floodlit Rugby League

There was some sport action at 8.0 in Floodlit Rugby League with Wigan (cheery and white hoops, white shorts) and Oldham (red and white jerseys, blue shorts) competing for the BBC2 trophy, commentary was provided by Eddie Waring. At 8.45pm Jazz Scene at the Ronnie Scott Club featured The Ronnie Ross Six.

Back on BBC 1, you may have been gripped by an international double bill of Professional Boxing featuring Joe Bugner (Great Britain) versus Roosevelt Eddie (USA) in an 8 x 3-minute round Heavyweight contest. Then, there was the Featherweight Champion of the world Johnny Famechon (Australia) V Miguel Herrera (Champion of Ecuador over 10 x 3-minute rounds. All this action was live, direct from the Royal Albert Hall in London with commentary provided by Harry Carpenter.

Tuesday Night Sport On Radio 2

Today's radio highlights included Late Night Extra on Radio 1 at 10.0pm with Keith Fordyce and guests Ray Davies and the Button-Down Brass with the Mike Sammes singers.

Over on Radio 2 at 10.0 was Sport on 2: Double Bill with racing and boxing. First off was the Washington DC international from Laurel racecourse, Washington on this international invitation race over the classic distance of one and a half miles.

Then at 10.15pm there was boxing from the Welterweight Championship of Great Britain and The British Empire featuring Ralph Charles (West Ham) (The holder) V Chuck Henderson (Durham) (The Challenger).

Michael Caine Discusses His Film Career In Star Spotlight

The Third Programme at 7.30pm showcased a production of The White Devil, written in about the year 1612 by John Webster and starring Maxine Audley, Tony Britton, Charles Gray and John Justin.

Radio 4's highlights of the day included a Star Spotlight on Michael Caine who discussed his film career (40 years later, to the week, Sir Michael, as he's known now, is on the front of the Radio Times as he promotes possibly his last film, Harry Brown).

There was another trip to Ambridge at 6.45pm with The Archers, and at 7.0pm an episode of Not In Front of the Children starring Wendy Craig and Francis Matthews, adapted from the popular TV series by Richard Waring.

In today's episode sweet memories Henry boasts of his Casanova exploits to his children forcing Jennifer to invent an old beau for herself, with disastrous results.

At 7.30pm, the ever popular Kenneth Williams starred in an instalment of Stop Messing About! along with Hugh Paddick and Joan Sims.

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