Thursday, 19 November 2009

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.

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