If you were a bit disappointed by the lack of originality on BBC television on Bank Holiday Monday in 2011 you would do well to take your BBC TV and Radio TARDIS back to Bank Holiday Monday 31 May 1971. There, a cavalcade of stars were set to entertain you on BBC TV and Radio!
Okay BBC1 didn't really kick off till 11.35am on BBC1 with Watch With Mother: Mary, Mungo and Midge but for me that has to beat Cash In The Attic hands down!
A documentary East African Safari was at 11.50am followed by The Debbie Reynolds Show at 12.50pm.
Frank Bough introduced an afternoon of sport action from 1.15pm with Grandstand.
There were also programmes for children from 5pm including The Pink Panther Show, The Harlem Globetrotters and Disney Time introduced by Lulu.
At 9.10pm Patrick Allen starred in Brett which this week featured a chance encounter with an American film producer and a mystery painting leading Brett to a whole new world.
The Movie Crazy Years (illustrated by the legendary comic strip artist Frank Bellamy on the cover of that week's Radio Times) at 10.0pm was a nostalgic look back to Hollywood's booming 30s and featured Bette Davis, Busby Berkeley and Joan Blondell.
Over on BBC2 on Spring Bank Holiday Monday 1971
BBC2 also had some great Bank Holiday programmes on offer on this day in 1971...
Alan Bennett read The Pooh Story Book by AA Milne in Jackanory at 4pm, while Pete Duel and Ben Murphy starred in The Fifth Victim in Alias Smith and Jones at 8pm.
Thirty Minute Theatre at 10.0pm featured Patrick Troughton, Patsy Rowlands and David Collings in Jilly by Jumbo Parker. This was followed by Randy Newman In Concert at 10.30pm.
Radio Highlights on Spring Bank Holiday Monday 1971
BBC Radio highlights from Radios 1,2, 3 and 4 kept listeners happy to.
As well as regulars Tony Blackburn, Johnnie Walker, Jimmy Young, Tony Brandon, Terry Wogan , Noel Edmonds and Bob Harris listeners could tune into The Engelbert Humperdinck Show on Radio 2 at 11.2am with guests Pickettywitch and Dana.
Roy Castle hosted The Roy Castle Show - a holiday Castle In the air musical at 2.2pm. Roy was joined by former Seeker Judith Durham, Roy Budd, David Jason and Pickettywitch (again!).
Soprano Anne Pashley starred in a comic opera in three acts La Fille de Madame Angot over on Radio 3 at 2.15pm.
Radio 4 featured Keith Michell presenting My Kind Of Music at 10.30am while Robert Morley and Friends Ambrosine Philpotts, Jackie Collins, Margaret Powell, Derek Dougan and John Mortimer sat around the same table to see what happened at 1.45pm.
- If anyone knows of or has any recordings of any of the above shows, I would love to hear from you, so I could include them for review in a future post!