Monday, 7 March 2011

Those Radio Times! (BBC TV and Radio Selections for 7 March 1969)

Friday night comedy featured two well loved stars of a bygone era on BBC1 this day in 1969.

Dick Emery starred in his popular series The Dick Emery Show at 7.55pm. Emery featured prominently as a regular in Granada TV's The National Service sit-com The Army Game in the early 1960s before landing his own show with the BBC. Emery became known for a wide series of characters and his familiar catchphrase "Ooh You Are Awful.. But i Like You!".

At 8.20pm popular actor Robert Morley starred in a self penned comedy series called Charge! Here he played Todhunter with strong support from the likes of Robert Raglan, Julian Orchard, and Richard Wattis. In This episode, a much delayed train journey to town causes Todhunter to demand to be taken to the stationmaster.

Robert Morley appeared in many classic British films of the 50s and 60s and also featured in two Cliff Richard movies. I wonder if there are any episodes of Charge! still around? - I'd love to see one!

Vince Hill Was The highlight of BBC2 Entertainment
Over on BBC2 at 8.25pm, Middle of the Road Pop Star Vince Hill sang his own type of music in Vince Hill at The Talk Of The Town. No doubt, the songs Vince sang included his memorable late 60s chart hits Edelweiss, The Roses Of Picardy and The Importance Of Your Love.

Sport featured prominently on Radio's 1, 2 and 4 this day in 1969 in the form of Cricket featuring Pakistan V England: Third Test at Karachi, This would result in the second and final days play. Matches would be abandoned on the 3rd day and cancelled on the 4th and 5th. For further details read here.

Items of interest today included The Tony Blackburn Show (Radio 1, 7.0am) and  The Dales (Radio 2 11.15am & 4.15pm) starring Jessie Matthews and featuring appearances from future EastEnder Bill Treacher and future Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs.

Album Time was presented by Desmond Carrington (Radio 2, 6.40pm). Desmond is still going strong on Radio 2 over 40 years later presenting The Music Goes Round on Friday evenings.

The evening rounded off with Late Night Extra presented by Terry Wogan (Radio 1 & 2, 10.0pm), Jazz At Night presented by John Dunn  (Radio 1 & 2 12.5am) and Night Ride With Pat Doody (Radio 1& 2, 12.35am).

Close Down occured at 2.2am


1 comment:

  1. At that time the show 'Album Time' ran daily as a record review programme did not count against the precious needletime allocation. Alan Dell and Brian Matthew also hosted the show.

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