Monday, 18 July 2011

Those Radio Times! (BBC TV and Radio Selections for 18 July 1968)

I'm taking a direct travel route back some 43 years today because July 18 1968 happens to be the day I was born! That's right!

I don't know an awful lot of about what went on in the world at large today in 1968 except that The Beatles recorded Helter Skelter for The White Album and attended The Yellow Submarine premiere while Labour narrowly held on in the Caerphilly by-election as Plaid Cymru's Phil Williams came within 2,000 votes of taking the seatbut I thought it might be good to look at some of the programmes that aired on BBC TV and Radio on this particular day of my personal history...

BBC Radio For July 18, 1968

On Radios 1 and 2 news and weather kicked off  Breakfast Special presented by Paul Hollingdale at 5.30 am. Tony Blackburn took over with a daily disc delivery on Radio 1 at 7.0am while Paul Hollingdale continued to soldier on over on Radio 2 until 9am.

Other delights on Radio 1 on July 18 1968 included Keith Fordyce presenting Family Choice at 9am (also on Radio 2), The Gay Byrne Show at 10.0am (also on Radio 2), and Midday Spin with Alan Black at 12.0pm (also on Radio 2).

Pop North was introduced by Dave Lee Travis at 1.0pm while Dave Cash presented a swinging selection of studio sounds at 2.0pm.

Radio today in 1968 also included  Carolyn Scott talking to Sir Maurice Parsons , the Deputy Governor of The Bank Of England in Five To Ten (Radio 2, 9.55am).

There was comedy with Richard Briers and Geoffrey Sumner in Richard Gordon's Doctor In The House (Radio 4, 12.25pm) adapted by Ray Cooney

Organist Reginald Dixon teamed up with balladeer Vince Hill to say Meet Us At The Tower (Radio 2, 1.0pm) at the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool. If you enjoyed organ music you could also hear an Organ Recital by Noel Rawsthorne (Radio 3, 2.23pm).

Woman's Hour introduced by Jean Metcalfe  (Radio 2, 2.0pm ) featured Anne Suter interviewing Richmal Crompton the creator of Just William.

Desmond Carrington, still entertaining us all 43 years later on Radio 2 with The Music Goes Round popped up at 3.0pm today in 1968 on Radio 4 hosting Disney Time in which some of Disney's best known films were adapted for radio, today's featured film was Alice In Wonderland.

Brian Matthew presented Album Time (Radio2, 4.35pm) while John Rye starred in part 7 of the thriller, The Hard Buy by Berkeley Mather (Radio2, 7.45pm).

John Wyndham's Day Of The Triffids reached its penultimate episode on Radio 4 at 7.0pm while Book at Bedtime (Radio 4, 11.2pm) featured The Darling Buds of May by HE Bates read by Roger Snowdon.

BBC TV Highlights From July 18, 1968

TV highlights for younger viewers today included Watch With Mother: The Herbs (BBC1, 10.45am) Noggin and The Dragon (4.40pm), Blue Peter with Valerie Singleton, John Noakes and Peter Purves (BBC1, 4.55pm) and The Magic Roundabout (BBC1, 5.40pm).

Steve Race hosted the musical contest It Strikes A Chord (BBC1, 6.40pm) featuring Jack Brymer, Ron Goodwin and Dudley Moore while Navy Lark actress Heather Chasen took on a slightly more serious role in The Newcomers (BBC1,7.5pm).

Pete Murray hosted this weeks Top Of The Pops (BBC1, 7.30pm) which featured The Equals at Number 1 with Baby Come Back.

There was a look at the Mexico Olympics in Mexico 68 (BBC2, 8.0pm) as Thora Hird, Robert Keegan, James Grout and Henry Knowles starred in The First Lady (BBC1, 8.0pm).

A new Western series Hondo (BBC2, 9.5pm) based on a character previously played by John Wayne in the 1953 film was the main attraction on the BBCTV schedules today in 1968. Broadcast in Colour, the series star Ralph Taeger also featured on the cover of this weeks Radio Times (See Above).

Who Raised A Voice Against It? (BBC1, 9.5pm) looked at The Germans who hated Hitler.  Later, viewers were treat to a repeat of the previous Saturdays first episode of Middlemarch by George Eliot (BBC2, 9.55pm) featuring Michele Dotrice, Clive Graham, Fabia Drake and Derek Francis. Who needed video recorders? Well, I missed the first showing and was too young to see the second!


  1. Firstly "Happy Birthday"
    Secondly what a classic line-up of kids tv, I was probably watching some of that being six at the time.
    The Disney Time programme is interesting as radio did lots of adaptations of film soundtracks during the 60s and into the 70s. One reason is that they didn't count against the precious needletime restrictions.

  2. Happy Birthday DUDE!
    I know why Hondo doesn't ring a bell, we didn't have BBC2 until 1970!!!



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