Saturday, 28 May 2011

Those Radio Times: BBC Radio and TV Highlights - 28 May 1970

"It's Thursday and it's Top Of The Pops!."

The BBC's iconic pop show tonight on 28 May 1970 presented by Tony Blackburn at 7.15pm was going to see how the English World Cup Squad 1970 - already in Mexico for the World Cup - were fairing with their single "Back Home". By the end of the show it was revealed they were number one.

By the end of Top of the Pops, no doubt sports fans were already looking ahead to 9.10pm to World Cup Grandstand when David Coleman introduced a special preview of the 1970 World Cup via satellite from Mexico. David along with Sir Alf Ramsay invited viewers to meet the England Squad from their headquarters in Guadalajara, a gentleman's sport indeed back then!

Back home over on BBC2 that evening, Robert Robinson chaired an edition of Call My Bluff on BBC2 at 8.0pm a duel of words and wit between Antonia Fraser, Dad's Army star Clive Dunn, Clement Freud and Geoffrey Wheeler, Juanna Jones and Muriel Pavlow.

At 9.10pm W.Somerset Maughan spotlighted Olive dramatised by David Turner and starring Eileen Atkins, Edward Fox and Martin Potter.

Jazz Scene at 10.0pm came from the Ronnie Scott Club and featured The Gay Barton Quartet, The Stars of Faith and The Miles Davis Quintet.

Radio Highlights For 28 May 1970

Lots to offer the radio listener on this day in 1970. Stuart Henry pesented Sounds Of the 70s on Radio 1 at 6.0pm with guests Strawbs and Alexis Korner and The New Church.

Over on Radio 2 Desmond Carrington hosted Album Time at 6.1pm. Later on, listeners on Radio 1 and 2 would join together for Big Band sound at 7.2pm with Alan Dell, while Billy Ternent played his own special brand of music with Tony Steven, Barbara Jay and comments from Roger Moffat at 8.1pm. The Organist Entertains with Robin Richmond followed at 8.45pm.

Earlier that day, Radio 4 Listeners were treat to the first instalment of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte and read by David Mahlowe in Story Time at 4.30pm.

At 8.0pm Tony Aspler, Miriam Margolyes, Harold Kasket, John Gabriel and Jeffrey Seagal showcased a programme on Jewish humour called You Don't Have To Be Jewish.


"Jewish Humour is far more than a series of stories about Solly and Morry, of Chicken Soup, and My Son The Doctor." wrote Tony Aspler in Radio Times. 

"It is a way of looking at life, conditioned by the trauma of the Jewish experience, in the ghettos of Eastern Europe and spreading to the Anglo-Saxon world of mass migration at the turn of the century. The vision is bifocal: it is cynical and sentimental even at it's most macabre, It's qualities of nihilism and self criticism strike a chord in today's anxious world."

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