Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Those Radio Times: BBC Radio and TV Highlights - 16 August 1968

The 300th edition of BBC kitchen sink drama The Newcomers kicked off the early evening schedule on Friday August 16, 1968 at 7.5pm. Vivienne (Maggie Fitzgibbon) was offered the chance of promotion while Vera (June Bland) suggested a solution to the Harkers problem. Robin Bailey, Wendy Richard, Colin Douglas and Naomi Chance also starred.

The News Headlines followed at 7.29pm then an evening of music programmes for all tastes on BBC1 and 2 began at 7.30 when Scott Walker sang his own kind of music for half an hour with Peter Knight and His Orchestra and The Breakaways in Scott.

There was more music at 8.0pm when Ian Carmichael and Anne Rogers appeared in scenes from Act 1 of a new musical by Tom Jones with music by Harvey Schmidt in I Do! I Do!

Over on BBC2 at 9.5pm (and if you were really lucky in Colour) there was International Cabaret From Sweden  starring singer Georgia Brown, The Horgan James Duo and The Young Generation.

Spike Milligan, Clive Dunn and Frank Thornton featured in the comedy series The World of Beachcomber at 9.55pm while Late Night Line Up at 10.30pm presented its colourful musical Friday diversion Colour Me Pop featuring The Tremeloes.... Where's my time machine?

BBC Radio Highlights for August 16 1968

I love looking through old Radio listings from the late 60s and early 70s, for me there's such a wonderful choice of shows with great names and personalities from the era.

Today's radio in 1968 kicked off with Ray Moore presenting Breakfast Special (BBC R2, 5.33am). Ray was very much in his early years at the BBC here, as was another broadcasting legend - Terry Wogan who book ended the day with Late Night Extra (BBC R2,10pm).

Household names of the day from film and music also presented their own shows on the Radio. Jimmy Hanley, remembered for his roles in films such as The Way Ahead and The Blue Lamp  presented Melody On The Move (BBC R2, 11.31am) while wartime bandleaders  Joe Loss and Henry Hall also presented their own shows on Radio's 1 and 2 today.

Joe Loss's guest on The Joe Loss Show (BBC R1, 1.0pm) was singer Long John Baldry while later that day Henry Hall presented a musical mixture from today and yesterday in Now and Then (BBC R2, 7.45pm).

There was all this and radio regulars Dave Cash (BBC R1, 2.0pm), The Stuart Henry Show (BBC R1, 4.15pm), Rick Dane with newly pressed pop records in What's New (BBC R1, 5.45pm) and Kenny Everett with Foreverett (BBC R1, 6.45pm). What a great way to start a weekend!

If you were still listening to Radios 1 and 2 gone midnight, you could catch Alexis Korner presenting Jazz at Night (BBC R2, 12.5am) followed by Pat Doody presenting Night Ride (BBC R2, 12.35am).

While Alexis Korner went on to present further radio shows in the 70s, Pat Doody progressed to television becoming a regular in-vision continuity announcer on various ITV networks including Tyne Tees Television and Border. He died in 1990.

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