Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Those Radio Times! (BBC TV and Radio Selections for 14 September 1974)

Martin Baker's Radio Times artwork for the 1974 Last Night Of the Proms
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 14 September, 1974
Today on BBC Radio in 1974,  Bob Monkhouse  series Mostly Monkhouse (BBC R2, 1.2pm) continued  with a look at Changing The Subject. Bob was aided and abetted by David Jason and Priscilla Morgan (Mrs Clive Dunn).

Sport On 2 (BBC R2, 1.30pm) featured International Rugby from Cardiff where the Tongan touring team played their first match in Britain against east wales. Alun Williams would report a victory for Tonga in today's match.

Brian Matthew Paid tribute To Mama Cass Elliot

Over on Radio 1, Brian Matthew paid tribute to Cass Elliot in Something For Mama (BBC R1, 2.0pm) in which Brian played an interview recorded with Cass prior to her tragic death in London on July 29th.

TVs Record Breaker Roy Castle featured in his own light entertainment show Castle's On The Air (BBC R2, 7.0pm) while Roy Plomley's castaway on Desert Island Discs (BBC R4, 7.0pm) was actor Denholm Elliott.

It was also Last Night Of The Proms with a stereo broadcast on Radio 3 at  7.30pm and 8.50pm...

BBC TV For 14 September, 1974 Included The Generation Game

Martin Baker's Radio Times artwork for TV
Coverage of The Last Night of The Proms
On BBC television today, you would undoubtedly have tuned in to the most popular game show on TV in the 1970s. Bruce Forsyth presented highlights of the last series of The Generation Game (BBC1, 5.45pm) prior to the beginning of the new series due to start on BBC1 next weekend.

Saturday Night at The Movies (BBC1,7.20pm) featured Attack On The Iron Coast starring Lloyd Bridges, Andrew Keir, Sue Lloyd and Mark Eden. The 1968 film was described by Radio Times critic Philip Jenkinson as an "Economy Navarone with hard working cast...".

Meanwhile, Pot Black (BBC2, 8.20pm) found Ted Lowe commentating the 1974 Final Snooker Championship between twice world champion John Spencer and 1974 finalist Graham Miles.

Late evening entertainment found a choice of programming on the BBC. The New York Shakespeare Company presented a modern take on William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (BBC 2, 8.45pm).

Back on BBC 1, following The News (BBC1, 8.45pm) read by Peter Woods, Richard Baker presented The Last Night Of The Proms (BBC1, 8.55pm).

No doubt this was one of those infamous nights I experienced as a child hearing the strains of Land Of Hope and Glory blaring up the stairs...

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