Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Those Radio Times! (BBC Radio and TV for 30 November 1975)

This week our time machine, courtesy of the Radio Times takes us back to 1975. As it was Sunday there was a staple diet of the usual shows to expect during the mid 70s including Ed Stewart presenting Junior Choice (BBC Radio 1&2, 8.32am), Jimmy Savile with the Double Top 10 Show (BBC R1, 1pm) and Speak Easy (BBCR1, 2pm), Tom Browne with the Top 20 in stereo (BBC R1, 6.0pm) and Chris Farlowe with Sounds on Sunday (BBC R1, 7pm).

Also today…

Reginald Dixon (BBC R2, 7.3am)

Organist Reginald Dixon was a popular feature on radio by the time this new series of programmes got Sunday’s off to a bright start this day in 1975, as he sat down at the BBC Theatre Organ to play listeners requests.

Charlie Chester (BBC R2, 4.2pm)

Charlie’s Sunday Soapbox entertained listeners for many years with a variety of music old and new. This particular edition also featured popular radio and TV personality Percy Edwards, known at the time for his ability to impersonate a wide variety of animals.

Punchline (BBC R2, 7.2pm)

Terry Wogan refereed Bernard Cribbins, Dilys Laye and Bob Monkhouse in the comedy sketch show developed from sketches written by Myles Rudge. Myles also wrote several of Cribbin’s 60s recordings including Hole in the Ground, Right Said Fred and Gossip Calypso.

The Men From The Ministry (BBC R4, 7.2pm)

Deryck Guyler and Richard Murdoch created more mishaps in the corridors of Whitehall in this week's instalment of The Men From The Ministry entitled Chain Reaction

Funnily enough this episode which was originally broadcast in July 1975 is available to listen this week in 2011 on Listen Again on BBC Radio 4 Extra, be quick though as it changes on December 1st!

The Merry Widow (BBC R4, 8.0pm)

Radio 4 traced the history of the operetta The Merry Widow and the plays struggle to establish itself in the theatres of London and Vienna in the early 20th century.

The New Australian Drama (BBC R3, 10.0pm)

The featured play How Does Your Garden Grow? starred David Casey, Henry Stamper and Miriam Margolyes in a drama by Jim McNeil examining the inter relationship of three Australian Prisoners while retaining an affectionate air of optimism.

On Television...

Todays TV got off to a quiet start on BBC1 at  9.0am (these were still the days before Breakfast TV)  with Nai Zindagi Naya Jeevan, a magazine programme for Asian viewers. Children like myself would frequently sit through such programmes to catch Mary Mungo and Midge afterwards.

BBC 2 got off to an even later start at 6.50pm (not counting their brief Open University broadcast between 12.15 and 1.05pm) with News Review presented by Richard Baker.

Films today included Northwest Passage starring Robert Young and Spencer Tracy (BBC1, 1.55pm), The Battle For Anzio (BBC1, 8.15pm) and Mr Deeds Goes To Town (BBC2, 10.20pm) starring Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur, which was shown as part of Frank Capra week.

Other TV highlights...

The Legend of Robin Hood (BBC1, 5.0pm)

Martin Potter took on the role of Sherwood Forest’s green clad hero in this Sunday afternoon adventure series by Robert Banks Stewart which also featured Diane Keen as Maid Marian.

The Friendly Invasion (BBC1, 10.20pm)

The third part of an Omnibus series looked at the road to rock n roll featuring archive film of Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and The Beatles.

The World About Us (BBC2, 7.25pm)

Peggy Harper looked at the art of the African Mask. 

The film followed Peggy who was working with a group of dancers, actors and musicians in a Nigerian University Campus and her journey to a small Yoruba Town

It was there Peggy would participate in the year’s great festival – the festival of Ogun God of Iron.

1 comment:

  1. Percy Edwards was a regular on Charlie Chester's show at that time talking about countryside issues apparently though I've only a vague recollection of this myself.



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