Saturday, 9 July 2011

Those Radio Times! (BBC Radio and TV for 9 July 1971)

If you liked sport you were in for a bit of a treat on BBCTV on Friday 9 July 1971 with coverage throughout the day on BBC1 and 2 of Golf and Cricket.

BBCTV Golf and Cricket Coverage on July 9, 1971

The 100th Open Golf Championship came from  Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport introduced by Harry Carpenter and featuring commentary from Henry Longhurst, Peter Alliss, Mark McCormack and Peter Thomson while Peter West, Jim Laker , Denis Compton and Ted Dexter brought live coverage from the Third Test Match - England V Pakistan.

The Radio Times nominated a few Britons to keep an eye on during the championship asides from Peter Alliss (who was also commentating) and Tony Jacklin including Peter Oosterhuis, Brian Huggett, Peter Townsend, Chrissy O'Connor and Neil Cotes.

Children's Television For July 9, 1971

Children's TV highlights on BBC1 today included  Richard Wattis reading Fattypuffs and Thinifers by Andre Maurois in Jackanory. I particularly remember the bespectacled Wattis starring alongside Eric Sykes and Hattie Jacques in Sykes, though its amazing how many British films he pops up in from the 50s and 60s.

At 5.20pm  Wales own answer to Morecambe and Wise, Ryan and Ronnie featured in their own comedy series. Ryan Davies and Ronnie Williams are now legendary status in their native Wales with a stage play written by Meic Povey about their partnership doing the theatrical rounds a few years ago.

Doctor Who Repeats on BBC1 in July 1971

On BBC1 at 6.20pm there was a Summer treat for Dr.Who fans with a repeat of the 1970 serial Spearhead From Space introducing Jon Pertwee as The Doctor and featuring Caroline John and Nicholas Courtney. Here, The newly regenerated Doctor finds himself pitted against the deadly Autons. A Frank Bellamy illustration accompanied the programme billing in Radio Times. Doctor Who summer repeats would be a welcome treat for fans of the series in the 70s, an age totally devoid of video recorders and at this time the first Target Book novelisations were still 2 years away.

Bernard Cribbins, The Mixtures and The Northern Dance Orchestra conducted by Bernard Hermann joined 300 children in a rousing uninhibited singing of songs in a new series of We Want To Sing on BBC1 at 6.45pm. Who needed The X Factor back in 1971? We obviously didn't!

The Movie Crazy Years Featured Errol Flynn as Robin Hood!

The Movie Crazy Years on BBC1 at 7.20pm featured Errol Flynn in 1938's The Adventures Of Robin Hood. Philip Jenkinson, the Radio Times Film columnist was obviously a fan describing it as "... the best-photographed, best-designed, best-acted and best-directed adventure film for boys and girls of all ages ever to leave Hollywood..." I really wished they still showed these movies 40 years later!

Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Spike Milligan starred in John Antrobus' An Apple A Day on BBC1 at 10.35pm, while Peter Ustinov gave an address on The Art Of Communication to The Institute of Directors at The Royal Festival Hall over on BBC2. Spoilt for choice indeed!

Radio Highlights Included a Tommy Handley Profile, Mrs Mills and Reginald Dixon

Radio Highlights today included  a look at The Man Who Was Thursday - Tommy Handley in The Entertainers on Radio 4 at 9.5am This new profile on the star of ITMA was presented by Frank Dixon.

Fyfe Robertson wandered around Orkney in a new series of Islands In July at 9.50am while on Radio 2 at 11.31am, immediately after Waggoners Walk, pianists Mrs Mills and Reginald Dixon said "I'm Glad - I'm Reg" and delighted Radio 2 listeners with keyboard sounds for 30 minutes before Sam Costa took over the airwaves at 12.2pm. If you were in the vicinity of the ABC Theatre, Great Yarmouth you could catch Mrs Mills in Holiday Startime according to a note in Radio Times!

Back on Radio 4, Richard Briers, Barbara Cooper, Zena Walker and Aubrey Woods starred in Afternoon Theatre: Gullivers Way at 3.0pm

Nicholas Parsons Said Look Who's Talking! on Radio 4

Humphrey Lyttleton joined Nicholas Parsons in the new series Look Who's Talking at 8.30pm to take a look at who's talking and the issues they're talking about in front of an invited audience. They were joined by John Wells quoted from Unusually Reliable Sources.

Towards the end of the day there was comedy on Radio 4 with The Next Programme Follows Almost Immediately featuring Denise Coffey, Jonathan Cecil, David Gooderson, David Jason and Bill Wallis. Written by Peter Spence with additional material by David Renwick  the show was produced by ISIRTA's David Hatch and featured several stars who would go on to be a pretty big deal on TV and Radio in the 1970s.

If you wanted to settle down to same late night sounds, Brian Matthew was inviting you to meet DJs from European Radio and sample songs from the Song Festival at Knokke in the first of six Knokke Nights at 12.5am. The show featured Bobby's Girl Susan Maughan, Robert Young and Bobby Sansom.


  1. A number of those involved in The Next Programme Follows... worked on Week Ending - David Jason, Bill Wallis, Pete Spence, David Renwick and David Hatch.

  2. Yes! That's another series I'd like to hear more of! I remember staying up late listening to a few on Radio 4 as was always a fan of David Jason in those early days... he also did another series called "The Jason Explanation" and I'm sure for a bit did a brief stint on "The News Huddlines"...



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