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!
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).
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!
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.