Saturday, 31 December 2011

On Television : Dad's Army - No Spring For Frazer

BBC Two are repeating the series 3 Dad's Army episode No Spring For Frazer originally broadcast on BBC1 in 1969 tonight at 19:25 hrs in which Private Frazer loses an integral part of a gun he was responsible for.

This leads to a late night visit to Mr Blewitt's house with Lance Corporal Jones (Clive Dunn). Happy New Year!

John Laurie Performs Auld Lang Syne

John Laurie who portrayed Private Frazer in Dad's Army was a very accomplished actor of stage and screen before joining the ranks of  Walmington-On-Sea Home Guard.

John also made many recordings for vinyl record including a reading of Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns which featured on a homage album in 1975.

This version is now widely available from Amazon and iTunes and a worthy addition to every Dad's Army fans iPod tracklist this new year.

Those Radio Times - 12 Days Of Christmas: Kenneth McKellar

Kenneth McKellar - Radio Times, 1972
As a child I knew who Kenneth McKellar was even if I rarely saw him on television. His tenor voice would waft up the stairs from the TV set alongside the drunken cheers and screams at my parents New Years parties.

Kenneth's brand of music was a popular tie-in with the New Year season for many years and its this splendid image of him from the 1972 Radio Times I leave you to celebrate the New Year...

Happy New Year!

Saturday Superstore: Townsend Thoreson Ferries

Townsend Thoreson European Ferries - Radio Times, December 1978
Christmas editions of Radio Times in the 1970s always seemed to be packed with adverts for a choice of holidays to take the following year. It was simple, as soon as you dispensed with your Christmas TV listings you could cut it up and send off for loads of holiday brochures!

In 1978, Townsend Thoreson The European Ferries encouraged us to Sail The Light Hearted Way during 1979 via giving us the freedom of choice as to how we would get there at the same time!

Friday, 30 December 2011

Badge Friday: It's Booking Time For 89

Here's a belated reminder to book your holiday break for 1989... with a very 80s stylised badge!


Those Radio Times - 12 Days Of Christmas: Larry Grayson's Generation Game

Larry Grayson 
and Isla St Clair - 
Radio Times, 1978
When Bruce Forsyth defected to ITV in 1978 Larry Grayson was named as Brucie's replacement as host on The Generation Game. Larry had previously hosted his own popular comedy series Shut That Door on ITV as well as making a few cameo appearances on Crossroads.

Larry's mild-mannered style was a surefire hit with viewers particularly as sometimes Larry seemed to be having as much fun as the contestants taking part in the show. Larry's hostess on The Generation Game was the lovely Isla St Clair who frequently kept Larry in check.

Here are Larry and Isla pictured in panto guise for the 1978 Radio Times where The Generation Game formed part of Christmas Day's big BBC line-up.

Sadly Larry passed away some years ago but Isla is still in the entertainment business and has her own website as well as recording new albums.

Visit www.islastclair.com for more on Isla's career.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Those Radio Times - 12 Days Of Christmas: Are You Being Served?

John Inman - 
Radio Times, 1978
There were several festive installments of David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd's Are You Being Served? scattered over the BBC schedules during the 1970s and several have provided BBC2 with suitable schedule fillers over the festive season in recent years.

One of the shows many stars John Inman became a regular star attraction at Christmas Time not only for his appearances at Grace Brothers but also his pantomime appearances up and down the United Kingdom.

This photograph reflects John's panto persona - but there's still that cheeky Mr Humphries grin breaking through the heavily made up persona - certainly a much missed star!

On Radio: Dad's Army - Boots Boots Boots

BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast the fourth episode from the second Dad's Army radio series at 08:30 hrs today.

Boots Boots Boots adapted by Michael Knowles and Harold Snoad from Jimmy Perry and David Croft's original TV script, sees the platoon taking evasive action when Captain Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe) becomes obsessed with feet.

The episode gets a repeat run at 12:30 hrs and 19:30 hrs and will also be available on the BBC Listen Again service.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

On Radio: It Sticks Out Half A Mile - Who Owned The Pier?

Episode 3 of Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles Dad's Army spin off It Sticks Out Half A Mile from November 1983 starring John Le Mesurier, Ian Lavender and Bill Pertwee was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra today at 17:00 hrs.

Incase you missed it, it's repeated early tomorrow morning at 05:00 hrs or failing that available to listen again up to a week after broadcast on the BBC iplayer.

Emily Hurd Interview Now Online

Emily Hurd - Used With Permission
If you recently read  my review of Emily Hurd's album Long Lost Ghosts (shortly to be released worldwide on iTunes) you might be interested to know Emily recently answered several questions for me for an interview.


In it Emily talks about her new album, her inspirations and how one of her songs appeared on the hit TV show NCIS.

Read on: Emily Hurd Discusses Her Eighth Album Long Lost Ghosts

Those Radio Times - 12 Days Of Christmas: It Ain't Half Hot Mum!

Windsor Davies & Don Estelle - Radio Times, 1976

There was little time for celebrating Christmas in the jungle when It Ain't Half Hot Mum! hit TV screens on December 21, 1976.  It was Gunner Parkin's 21st birthday and comical events surrounding the young soldier¹s birthday present were making the light entertainment in Jimmy Perry and David Croft¹s wartime sit-com.

The Radio Times carried a portrait of two of the shows stars Windsor Davies and Don Estelle, whom in 1975 had a UK chart topper with Whispering Grass. Although the hits had taken a bit of a nosedive during 1976, Estelle was still recording and both stars were making numerous appearances on TV and Radio over the festive season.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Train Journey: Carmarthen To Cardiff

Just getting into the Town - there's the early morning road 
sweep so not the only one at work today!
Unfortunately I had to cut short my Christmas with the family in Carmarthen to come back to work today. I wasn't best pleased as I generally hate been in work between Christmas and New Year but that's how the cookie seems to crumble at the moment.

Just before you get to the railway station the familiar sight
of Towy Works
I've always had a great fondness for Carmarthen and although its changed a bit in recent years there are still parts of it which immediately take me back to the good times of the mid 90s when I was a student there. In fact catching the train was a regular occurrence then especially when travelling back up North or to Swansea or Cardiff for the day. So this trip, despite the season was a bit of a throwback for me.

A view of the nightlights on the river by the Waterfront.
I took a few snaps of familiar places along the way as I'd left my in-laws house just after 7.20am. My train was around 8am but I wanted plenty of time to get there!

Plenty of time for the train, it's 7.42am
and the one before still hasn't left.
Trains due in 10 minutes...yawn!
Carmarthen Station still has the red
phone box I used to phone my mother to tell her
I'd been accepted on my HND Multimedia course
at CCTA back in 1995
The Coracle Buffet -  I've had a few early morning teas here
over the years - not today though - it's closed!
The train arrives...
It's actually cheaper to buy two separate tickets to get back
to Newport from Carmarthen then get off the train at
Cardiff and catch the bus!
I was glad of a nice cup of tea on the long
journey which took over 2 hours
Finally get to Cardiff station just before 10am, however just
missed the bus to Newport so have to wait 40 minutes for the
next one... Happy Christmas!

Those Radio Times - 12 Days Of Christmas: Mike Yarwood

Mike Yarwood - Christmas 1978
When Eric and Ernie defected to ITV in 1978 the star attraction of the BBC's Christmas Schedules was surely going to be The Two Ronnies... wrong!

Impressionist Mike Yarwood had been pulling in the audiences for several years on Saturday evenings and had already had several Christmas Specials (the previous years instalment featuring Paul McCartney and Wings) with his impersonations of Frank Spencer and Harold Wilson.

Mike was promoted to be the BBC's ratings puller on Christmas Day 1978 (alongside Michael Crawford's final outing as Frank Spencer in Some Mother's Do 'Ave Em).

Sadly the 80s saw Mike's career and health in decline, but he is still remembered with affection and is possibly one of TV's greatest impressionists.

Let's get him back on the box or at least some repeats of his shows!


On Television: BBC Two's David Croft Evening

A visit to the museum for Dad's Army
on BBC Two at 19:30hrs
BBC Two remembers Dad's Army producer David Croft tonight with a special evening of programmes.

The evening kicks off at 19:00 hrs with a classic episode of Hi-De-Hi featuring Simon Cadell, Paul Shane and Su Pollard in Peggy's Big Chance.

At 19:30 hrs, a repeat of the second TV episode of Dad's Army entitled Museum Piece sees the newly formed Local Defence Volunteers attempting to requisition war weapons from the local museum.

At 20:00 hrs, You Have Been Watching: David Croft looks back on the life and career of David Croft with tributes from colleagues and friends. Expect some classic comedy clips too!

Monday, 26 December 2011

Oh, Christmas Tree!

Christmas Tree - Carmarthen
Tonight Rachel and myself went to see the new Sherlock Holmes film - Game Of Shadows in Carmarthen. On Our way to the cinema I was quite taken with the beautiful Christmas Tree just outside the cinema!

Those Radio Times - 12 Days Of Christmas: The Two Ronnies

The Two Ronnies - Christmas 1972
As essential as the Morecambe amd Wise Christmas Specials in the 1970s so was a seasonal gift from those other comedy greats The Two Ronnies, if not entertaining audiences with their own Christmas Shows both Messrs Barker and Corbett would occasionally entertain with seasonal editions of Porridge or Ronnie Corbett's Saturday Special.

You can catch the pairs final outing in The Two Ronnies Christmas Sketchbook featuring classic moments from their Christmas Shows on BBC1 at 1.25pm on December 28th 2011.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Happy Christmas From Retrospace!


Happy Christmas To All Our Readers!

Those Radio Times - 12 Days Of Christmas: Morecambe and Wise

Morecambe and Wise -
Radio Times, 1977
Welcome to Retrospace's 12 Days Of Christmas...

This Year We're remembering some of the stars who brightened up our Christmases in the golden age of television - the 1970s. I've plummeted my Radio Times archive to bring some rarely seen pictures from the era of some of the decades most celebrated stars.

In the 1970s (and every year since) Christmas wasn't Christmas without the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show. With celebrity guests and magical song and dance routines paying tribute to Hollywood's greatest moments Eric and Ernie perfected the ultimate Christmas Show so much so they are still repeated today.

Morecambe and Wise - Christmas 2011

Several Morecambe and Wise Christmas Shows are been shown over the Christmas period - look out for their 1971 Christmas Show on BBC1 today (11.40am) featuring Shirley Bassey, Andre Preview (I mean Previn) and Glenda Jackson and their 1976 Christmas Show on Boxing Day (BBC1, 12.25pm) featuring Elton John.

Morecambe and Wise - New Years Eve 2011

There are also further Morecambe and Wise specials on New Years Eve Including Morecambe and Wise: The Show That Paul Merton Did, (BBC2, 8pm), the excellent dramatisation of the pairs early years: Eric and Ernie starring Daniel Rigby and Bryan Dick (BBC2, 9pm) and a compilation Parkinson: Morecambe and Wise with Michael Parkinson (BBC2,10.30pm).

On Television: Dad's Army - Turkey Dinner

Pike runs into a spot of trouble
with Captain Mainwaring at The
Turkey Dinner
Despite the fact that this episode title refers to a Turkey and when it was originally broadcast on 23 December 1974 it was almost Christmas, this episode of Dad's Army doesn't mention Christmas at all.

But what the heck, it's Christmas! and its classic Dad's Army so enjoy if you get the chance!

In this episode the platoon acquire a turkey by ill gotten gains and to make amends throw a meal for the local pensioners of Walmington-on-Sea.

Turkey Dinner will be broadcast on BBC2 at 16:40hrs.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Christmas Card 2011


Have A Happy Christmas And A Fabulous 2012 

From Andy, Rachel, Seren, Jon & Tom

Saturday Superstore: Stratford Johns : Blow In The Bag Sir?

Christmas 1972 and with the very best in Christmas programming the Radio Times also carried a stark warning from televisions Inspector Barlow (Stratford Johns) in the form of an advertisement that the previous December (1971) a quarter of all drivers killed on the road were known to be over the drink limit.

In the previous year there had been over 40,000 convictions.

As Stratford said in the TV Campaign and has been echoed every Christmas since "Drinking and Driving - It's Just Not Worth It!"

Please have a Happy and Safe Christmas!

On Television: Dad's Army - The Love Of Three Oranges

The Verger looks on as Warden
Hodges auctions an orange!
Happy Christmas from Walmington-on-Sea 333!

Christmas preparations are almost ready and if your feeling festive enough, tune in to BBC2 at 17:15hrs for the 1976 Christmas edition The Love Of Three Oranges which sees the platoon help The Vicar (Frank Williams) with his bazaar in order to raise money for comforts for the troops.

Hodges (Bill Pertwee) is to auction three oranges - a rarity in wartime - and Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe) decides he must purchase one for his wife at any cost.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Vintage Panto Reviews Now Online

Sleeping Beauty - AudioGO
Do you remember back in the early 80s when BBC Radio 2 staged an annual pantomime on Christmas Day each year? Productions such as Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty featured the likes of Kenneth Connor, Frank Thornton, Alfred Marks, June Whitfield and even DJ's Terry Wogan and Jimmy Young.

AudioGO have recently released these titles as part of their Classic Vintage BBC Radio Panto range and I've included a review of both titles here: It's Behind You! - Download Vintage Panto Magic From AudioGO

Badge Friday: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

Steven Spielberg's ET was one of the biggest films of the 1980s so it's quite interesting to find any memorabilia from this movie.

Rachel's badge collection turned up this badge featuring every ones favourite alien getting friendly with man's best friend...

Thursday, 22 December 2011

On Radio: Dad's Army - Put That Light Out

BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast another episode  of the second Dad's Army radio series today at 08:30 hrs with repeats at 12:30hrs and 19:30 hrs.

In Put That Light Out a  radio adaptation of the original TV episode, Captain Mainwaring's (Arthur Lowe) platoon jeopardise the safety of Walmington-on-Sea when guarding the lighthouse.

The episode will  be available on Listen Again for up to a week after broadcast.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Those Radio Times! (BBC TV Selections For 21 December 1976)

Back in 1976, the Christmas holidays across the UK were already kicking in and a sign of this was that BBC1 on weekday mornings always tailored their TV schedules towards children with a variety of cartoon series, repeats and old Black and White movies.

These frequently served as an education to me, it was during these periods I acquainted myself with Larry Buster Crabbe's Flash Gordon film series and Johnny Weismuller's Tarzan films from the 1930s. Promoted with excitingly illustrated programme billings in the Radio Times. These films would later get promoted to early evening slots on BBC2 around 1980 along with Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes films, Laurel and Hardy and Harold Lloyd. Still that's another blog post!

Back to this morning in 1976, BBC1 kicked off at 10.20am with The Wombles, this was followed by The Great Grape Ape Show at 10.25am featuring Bailey's Comets, then Wild Wild World at 10.50am.

There was a Flash Gordon Double Bill at 10.55am with parts 3 and 4of the original film serial seeing Flash captured by the Shark Men and doing battle with a Sea Beast. Then at 11.30am Tarzan fought off Nazi Paratroopers in the jungle who were attempting to take control of the Hidden City in Tarzan Triumphs  - "Attaboy Tarzan!".

Other TV highlights today included Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin and a cavalcade of early movie comic greats featured in When Comedy Was King (BBC1, 2.0pm) while modern day sport stars Gareth Edwards, Bjorn Borg, Ivo Van Damme and Guy Drut took part in Superstars (BBC1, 6.45pm).

Bob Harris visited the Macon Whoopee music event from Georgia in The Old Grey Whistle Test (BBC2, 8.15pm)  while David McCallum, James Mason and Michael Sarrazin starred in Frankenstein: The True Story (BBC2 9.15pm).

If stretching your mind was more to your liking you could catch Magnus Magnusson asking questions on the gunpowder plot or the life and works of Ibsen in the last of the semi-finals of Mastermind (BBC1, 9.15pm) while Polly James, Christopher Cazanove, Joan Sims, Annette Crosbie and Leonard Sachs featured in a televised stage version of East Lynne (BBC1,10.10pm).

On Radio: It Sticks Out Half A Mile - The Bank Loan

The third episode of It Sticks Out Half A Mile, the radio sequel to Dad's Army originally broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in November 1983, gets a repeat airing on BBC Radio 4 Extra today at 17:00 hrs.

In today's episode Wilson (John Le Mesurier) has reservations about The Bank Loan when he visits the pier and both Pike (Ian Lavender) and Hodges (Bill Pertwee) look at other ways of convincing him to invest.

The Bank Loan is repeated on BBC Radio Four Extra at 05:00 hrs on Thursday 22nd December.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

On Television : Dad's Army - The Movie

Satellite TV channel Gold will be broadcasting the 1971 Norman Cohen produced Dad’s Army movie today at 15:55. It will get a repeat on the same channel tomorrow at 14:10.

Saturday Superstore: 12 Days Of Cinzano Bianco

Cinzano Bianco - Radio Times, 1972
I don't think I've ever tasted Cinzano Bianco but I certainly remember smelling plenty of it when my parents held New Years Parties in the early 70s. A bottle of Cinzano was as frequent a sight in many peoples homes during the 70s, often reserved for those moments after the kids went to bed.


There was also a very memorable advertising campaign towards the end of the 70s featuring Leonard Rossiter and Joan Collins. This Radio Times advert from 1972 displays 12 festive ways to enjoy the drink over the Christmas Season.

On Television: Dad's Army - My Brother And I

Arthur Lowe Plays Captain
Mainwaring's brother Barry in
My Brother and I
Christmas is coming, so it's time for the BBC to turn out the Dad's Army Christmas Specials and here's the first rerun of 2011's festive season, 1975's My Brother And I.

Captain Mainwaring receives a most unwelcome visitor in Walmington-on-Sea, much to the glee of Private Frazer.

This episode of Dad's Army remains one of the finest from the shows later years particularly as it features Arthur Lowe in the dual role of Captain Mainwaring and his brother Barry.

Originally broadcast on December 26, 1975, My Brother And I will be broadcast at 20:20 hrs on BBC2.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Aaaaarrggghhh!!!

Seren in costume
Seren acquired a bit of a ghostly look for her school play today. I have to admit her make up and hair looked pretty marvellous and I was pleased she gave me this quite scary pose before taking her costume off.
Image art worked on phone
I later processed the photo on an artwork application on my phone - it almost gives her a vampish look!

Badge Friday: Gas Gets On With It

To warm your hearts on these cold days here's a badge featuring the flame character who graced many of the British Gas adverts in the 1980s.

Quite interesting how such a simple thing as a flame can be given such a lot of character with a comic face!

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Classic BBC Radio Plays From AudioGO Reviewed

The Holly And The Ivy - AudioGO
A few months back I received two audiobooks from AudioGo's Classic Radio Theatre Series. Both plays have a  seasonal theme and have a wonderful range of actors on each release.

Season's Greetings - AudioGO
Seasons Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn focuses on a holiday gathering in the Bunker home where the Season is far from consisting of Goodwill to all men. This comical farce was originally broadcast on BBC Radio in 1999 and stars Sophie Thompson, Bill Nighy, John Sessions, Geoffrey Palmer and Francis Barber.

Read On: Audiobook Review: Season's Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn

The Holly And The Ivy by Wynarde Brown  looks at another family gathering but this time set in the 1950s. As the family of vicar gather at his vicarage for Christmas secrets and truths begin to unravel and the vicar begins to question his own values.

A dramatisation of Wynard Browne's original script, The Holly and The Ivy was originally broadcast in 1971 and stars Stephen Murray, Geoffrey Beevers, John Samson and Isobel Black.

Read On: Audiobook Review: The Holly and The Ivy by Wynarde Brown

On Radio: Dad's Army - If The Cap Fits

BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast a further episode of the second Dad's Army radio series today at 08:30 hrs with repeats at 12:30hrs and 19:30 hrs.

In If The Cap Fits a  radio adaptation of the original TV episode, Captain Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe) gets tired of Private Frazer's (John Laurie) grumbling so decides to promote him to run the platoon.

The episode will also be available on Listen Again for up to a week after broadcast.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Those Radio Times: Doctor Who Magazine Tribute

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 442
On arriving home from work tonight I was pleased to see my latest Doctor Who magazine had arrived (thanks to my wife who subscribes it for my birthday present every year!). This months cover however made me smile though as it's an affectionate tribute to Abbey's Christmas Radio Times cover from 1924.
Radio Times - 1924 Christmas Cover
The cover was later brought to life again by Bob Venables for 1994. Vince McIndoe has magically recreated the spirit of these covers to tie in with the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas Special for this months Doctor Who Magazine - available from all good newsagents!
Radio Times - 1994 Christmas Cover

On Radio: It Sticks Out Half A Mile - The Business Proposition

Following the recording of the pilot episode of It Sticks Out Half A Mile, Arthur Lowe had been keen to take the project on into a full series. Unfortunately this was never to be.

John Le Mesurier, however was still keen to pursue the project and with a rewrite of the script provided by Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles, John returned to the role of Arthur Wilson alongside Ian Lavender as Frank Pike and Bill Pertwee as Bert Hodges.

The first episode of It Sticks Out Half A Mile entitled The Business Proposition sees Frank Pike and Bert Hodges looking to buy Frambourne Pier, except they need a little help!

The Business Proposition is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra at 17:00 hrs and repeated on December 15, 2011 at 05:00 hrs

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Pardon The Expression - The Complete Series Now On DVD!


Before Arthur Lowe became known as Captain Mainwaring his best known role was that of Leonard Swindley in Coronation Street.

A popular recurring character on the domestic drama series, Arthur was given his own series as Swindley following his departure from the street in 1965. Pardon The Expression was a spin-off sitcom following the mixed fortunes of former Weatherfield boutique owner Swindley in his new position as assistant manager at a Dobson and Hawks chain store. The punctilious but ambitious Mr. Swindley seizes upon every opportunity to scale the social heights arranging everything from intimate dinner parties to glittering charity galas and swinging teenage boutiques.

Featuring scripts from Harry Driver, Vince Powell and Jack Rosenthal, Pardon The Expression also includied appearances from Betty Driver, Julie Goodyear and Amanda Barrie as well as future Dad's Army regulars John Le Mesurier and John Laurie.

As a bonus, there is also a Christmas special featured on the collection originally planned for broadcast over in 1965 holiday, but unseen until now.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Download David Croft's Desert Island Discs

David Croft Appeared on Desert Island Discs in 1993
On March 14th 1993, Dad's Army Producer David Croft was Sue Lawley's guest on the popular BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs.

Desert Island Discs has been a popular radio programme on BBC Radio since 1942, devised by Roy Promley, previous Dad's Army related guests have included Arthur Lowe (1970), Clive Dunn (1971), John Le Mesurier (1973), Arnold Ridley (1973) and John Laurie (1976).

Among David's choices if he should be stranded on a desert island were If Love Were All by Barbara Cook, Friends by Billy Cotton and I Couldn't Do A Thing Like That By Arthur Lowe.

You can download and keep David's Desert Island Discs episode from the BBC's excellent Desert Island Discs website here

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Doctor Who Episode Recoveries

Two Doctor Who episodes from the 1960s featuring William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton have been returned to the BBC archive.

The BBC Doctor Who website revealed that Galaxy Four episode 3 and The Underwater Menace episode 2 were unveiled at the BFI Missing Believed Wiped event on December 11, 2011.

I have written a full report on these findings over on Suite101.

Read On: Missing Believed Wiped Doctor Who Episodes Return to BBC Archive

Christmas Gift Ideas in Music and Audiobooks

Funny Looking Angels: Smith and Burrows
Used With Permission - Orderly Fashion
The perfect Christmas antidote to X Factor Christmas Number Ones is Smith and Burrows collaboration "Funny Looking Angels".

Admittedly when this one landed on my review desk I was a bit apprehensive, Christmas albums tend to be a tiresome addition to Christmas these days, a basic retread of overheard Christmas songs and in recent years I've been more inclined to listen to the likes of Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Dean Martin.

Anyhow, Smith and Burrows Christmas CD is definitely one to give a listen - not only is it fresh but its actually quite Christmas without the cheese..

Read on - CD Review: Funny Looking Angels By Smith and Burrows

Season's Greetings
AudioGO
Also I've been giving some seasonal flavoured audiobooks a listen too as well as a few suggestions on audiobook gifts:

Audiobook Christmas Present Solutions
Audiobook Review: Seasons Greetings By Alan Ayckbourn
Audiobook Review: Dad's Army Christmas Special - Present Arms
Audiobook Review - Old Harry's Game: Christmas Specials 2010
Audiobook Review: Just A Minute: The Classic Collection (Box Set)

Finally here's a review I wrote on some Christmas Children's books from last year which people have been reading again this year  and you might find useful!

Five New Christmas Books For Children

Saturday, 10 December 2011

The Best Of Round The Horne Released By AudioGO

Prior to joining the ranks of Walmington-On-Sea ARP, you would more likely have heard Bill Pertwee's name every Sunday on the BBC Radio series Round The Horne in which he featured alongside Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden and Hugh Paddick,

Bill features alongside the gang in a special compilation that was orignally released on BBC Records back in the 1970s entitled The Best Of Round The Horne, now released by AudioGO on CD for the first time ever.

Saturday Superstore: TDK Cassettes

Here's a fabulous piece of 80s artwork promoting TDK cassettes in the Radio Times in 1980.

At the beginning of the 80s it seems lots of people were really getting into home recording and there were lots of bland adverts promoting the use of the domestic cassette tape.

TDK's commission painted by George Hardie (apparently one of a series) is one of the most original playing on the phrase "Recorded Delivery".

If anyone has any other examples of these ads please let me know and I'll include them in a future blog post.

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