Monday, 16 November 2009

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.

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