Sunday, 31 July 2011

Those Radio Times! (BBC TV and Radio Selections for 31 July 1968)

The Apprentice - 1968 Style? - Radio Times
BBC TV highlights on Wednesday, 31 July 1968 included How To Make Your First Million at 6.40pm which told the stories of inventors and scientists who became businessmen. To be a success it may take them not only brilliance but courage too - especially if you chose a field where as the programme was titled Big Brother Is Watching You...

Featured in the programme was Ian Barron who set up his own business after his previous firm told him: "If you want to think up bright new ideas for computers, don't do it in the firms time, do it in the bath!". One wonders if this programme which asked if there was room in the world for new entrepreneurs served as an inspiration over teatime for a young Alan Sugar? 

Probably not! - He was probably very busy setting up his next task!

Dad's Army Begins on BBCTV

Dad's Army Begins... - Radio Times
Following The Virginian (BBC1, 7.6pm), a new comedy series set at the outbreak of the second world war began on BBC1.

Dad's Army (BBC1, 8.20pm) by Jimmy Perry and David Croft starred Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn and would become a regular fixture on British TV Screens for the next 9 years... This first episode entitled The Man and The Hour told of how Bank manager George Mainwaring responds to his country's call to form a platoon of Local Defence Volunteers.

Dad's Army is still rightly regarded as a comedy classic in 2011, with regular repeats on BBC2 and the shows still enjoyed by generations of new fans...

There was a choice of viewing later on on BBC1  and 2. There was a repeat of the critically acclaimed Playbill: A Breach In The Wall (BBC1, 9.5pm) by Ray Lawler starring Robert Harris, Barry Justice, John Phillips and Rosemary Leach. If that was not to your taste Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly and Phil Silvers dished out some classic comedy in The Hollywood Musical : Cover Girl (BBC2, 9.5pm).

Radio Highlights For July 31, 1968

Sounds Of The 60s -  In The 60s! - Radio Times
Radio Highlights for Wednesday July 31st 1968 included Brian Matthew presenting The Brian Matthew Show (Radio 1,10.0am), Chris Denning with Midday Spin (Radio 1, 12.0pm), Parade of The Pops (Radio 1, 1.0pm) with Bob Miller and the Millermen and special guests The Equals (no doubt playing their current hit Baby Come Back!), The Foggy Dew-o (Radio 1, 7.45pm) welcomed listeners to My Kind Of Folk with Cy Grant with Humphrey Lyttleton  following straight after with Jazz Club (Radio 1, 8.15pm).

Woman's Hour (Radio 2, 2pm) featured Peggy Ashcroft reading part 8 of Sido by Colette. The Billy Cotton Band Show (Radio 2, 7.45pm) featured Alan Breeze, Rita Williams and The Bandits and Mr 'Wakey Wakey' himself. Desmond King Hill looked forward to 'The Year 2000' (Radio 3, 10.35pm) which featured improbable and probable scenarios of the future created by The Hudson Institute, near New York.

Movie Go-Round (Radio 4, 9.35am) was a shortened version of Sunday's Radio 2 broadcast presented by Peter Haigh. This weeks edition looked at Speedway starring Elvis Presley and Nancy Sinatra, On Location with Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, John Mills and Richard Attenborough with Oh! What a Lovely War! and a look at The Killing Of Sister George starring Beryl Reid.

Wilfred Pickles read  Part 1 of JB Priestley's The Good Companions in Story Time (Radio 4, 5.25pm) while Desert Island Discs (Radio 4, 7pm) featured Mr Grimsdale AKA Edward Chapman in conversation with Roy Plomley.

Chapman's musical choices included Now You Has Jazz by Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong and My Blue Heaven by Gracie Fields. His luxury was Cigarettes and Whisky. This was a repeat of Monday's broadcast.

1 comment:

  1. As a kid I always remember Cy Grant from the credits of 'Captain Scarlet', he was the voice of Lt Green. Cy came to fame in the 50s singing the topical calypsos on 'Tonight'.

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