Sunday, 17 April 2011

Those Radio Times! (BBC TV and Radio Selections for 17 April 1971)

The Two Ronnies with Madeline Smith
Oh sweet Saturday nights!

And these were just the beginning of the 1970s. I have to admit I am of the generation that was spoilt as far as TV was concerned  - Okay we only had three channels back then  (inconceivable by today's youngsters) but Bill Cotton Jr (who was head of BBC Light Entertainment) and his team knew exactly what was required to keep the family transfixed to TV screens with entertainment that appealed to everybody after the football results disappeared from our screens.

This particular Saturday night in 1971 featured two television classics.

The evening kicked off at 6.10pm with Doctor Who starring Jon Pertwee featured part two of a journey into The Colony In Space. This classic adventure also starred the gorgeous Katy Manning as Jo Grant and featured future soap stars Helen Worth (Gail in Coronation Street) and Tony Caunter (Roy in EastEnders).

Later on at 8.15pm; Light entertainment came alive with The Two Ronnies starring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.

In this, the second of their first series of comedy sketches and jokes for the BBC, the pair starred alongside Madeleine Smith in their classic serial Hampton Wick and featured musical guests New World and Tina Charles.

Over on BBC2 at 8.15pm  Glenda Jackson portrayed Elizabeth R while Kenneth Williams followed on with a new entertainment series entitled Meanwhile on BBC2 at 10.15pm.

Radio Highlights for 17 March 1971

The Larkins Added Some Light Relief 
To Radio 4 Schedules
Sir Alf Ramsay, The England Team Manager gave an interview to Radio 2  as part of Sport On 2 at 2.35pm. Over on Radio 4 at 7.00pm; pianist Mrs Mills was Roy Plomley's guest on Desert Island Discs.

Roy Plomley was back at 7.30pm hosting  a new series of Many A Slip  with guests Isobel Barnett, Eleanor Summerfield, David Nixon and Richard Murdoch. followed by the first of a new series of The Larkins starring Betty Miles and Betty Marsden in  Just Perfick: Baby Larkin at 8pm.

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