Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Those Radio Times: BBC Radio and TV Highlights - 7 December 1972

It had been a late night for space enthusiasts as James Burke and Patrick Moore had kept TV viewers hooked till at least 3.0am to watch the countdown and blast off of Apollo 17, the last manned space mission to the moon (for the time being anyway).

Keith Skues also hosted an Apollo Special as part of BBC Radio 2¹s Night Ride at 12.5am with Arthur Garratt and Colin Riach providing narration.

Assuming that you hadn¹t bothered staying up, you could catch edited highlights of a reprise and updated with James Burke on BBC1 at 12.15pm

TV Highlights for December 7th, 1972

Top Of The Pops (BBC1, 7.25pm)


Jimmy Savile introduced the weeks top hits including Chuck Berry's My Ding-A-Ling. Unfortunately this is one of many editions now lost from the BBC archive.

Sykes (BBC1, 8pm)


Hattie gets a kitten in tonight¹s episode while Eric ends up looking for it on a roof belonging to a Major who hates felines. Richard Wattis and Deryck Guyler joined Eric Sykes and Hattie Jacques in this popular sitcom.

Colditz (BBC1, 9.25pm)


Former Doctor Who Patrick Troughton guest starred as a Padre in tonight's episode of Colditz.  
Entitled The Traitor this episode sees the Poles discover an informer among their officers. Holding a court martial in secret they sentence the traitor to death. Robert Wagner, David McCallum and Edward Hardwicke starred in this blockbuster TV series.Interestingly Robert Wagner recently guest starred in the hit U.S. TV show NCIS of which David McCallum has a recurring role.

War and Peace (BBC2, 8.30pm)


The epic BBC adaptation of War and Peace had reached its 11th installment. Men of Destiny saw Andrels protracted absence make Natasha susceptible to Anatoles advances. David Swift, Anthony Hopkins and Angela Down starred.

3 Dog Night In Concert (BBC2, 10.50pm)

U.S. group 3 Dog Night entertained for 45 minutes with a TV special featuring the hits Mama Told Me Not To Come, Just An Old Fashioned Love Song and Eli's Coming... Groovy!

Radio Highlights for December 7th, 1972



Morning Concert (BBC R3, 8.5am), Dido and Aenas (BBC R3, 2pm), Kirsten Flagstad (BBC R3, 7.30pm)

Radio 3 remembered dramatic soprano Kirsten Flagstad who had died on this day in 1962, with a series of programmes featuring tributes lead by Sir Bernard Miles (who also shared his BBC choices in this weeks Radio Times in 1972).

Johnny Morris (BBC R4, 9.50am)

With Christmas literally a few weeks away, BBC Radio 4 allowed children's TV presenter Johnny Morris to relate some of his own personal Christmas memories from childhood. I bet that was good!

After Seven (BBC R2, 7.2pm)

Brian Matthew took his turn to present After Seven for just under an hour tonight with a mix of popular music and chat. Other presenters in this slot this week included Desmond Lynam, David Jacobs, Michael Aspel and Ray Moore.

Elgar - The Last Years (BBC R4, 8.0pm)

A rare insight into Edward Elgar's final years and the correspondence he conducted with Bernard Shaw was broadcast in this dramatisation starring Manning Wilson as Edward Elgar, Allan McLelland as Bernard Shaw with narration from Andrew Faulds.

1 comment:

  1. When not wearing his zookeeper's hat Johnny Morris was a regular broadcaster of what they used to call "talks" for the BBC in Bristol for many decades up until well into the 80s.

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