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.

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