Thursday, 21 April 2016

Adventures In Vinyl: Record Store Day 2016 In Newport

Supporting Newport - T Shirt
Saturday was World Record Store Day, so it was actually nice to get involved a bit by supporting a local charity here in Newport as well as adding a few extra finds to my vinyl collection and catching some live music too in the afternoon.

Raising money for local charities
Kriminal Records in Newport helped raise over a £1000 for local charity by donating vinyl.  There was lots of bargains to be found on this stall which was a very popular frequent in Newport's Indoor market on the day.

Record Store Day 2016 vinyl finds
My vinyl finds included The Hollies - I Can't Let Go, Tommy Steele - Half A Sixpence OST, Susan Maughan - Hey Look Me Over, The Goons - First Men On The Goon and Altered Images - Bring Me Closer (12" Single Picture disc)

Jack Perrett Performing Live

Newport City Radio were broadcasting live sets from outside the indoor market. Here's Jack Perrett performing a set featuring songs from his debut EP.

Diverse Music hosted The Darling Buds acoustic set
Diverse Music was the scene for a live set from legendary indie pop band The Darling Buds. I've been wanting to catch the band live for a very long time so it was great to catch them. Myson Jon kept me company and enjoyed the songs even if he felt the venue was a bit "squished".

Meeting Andrea from The Darling Buds
It was also really nice to have a brief chat with Andrea from The Darling Buds after the gig and she kindly signed my copy of the bands 1988 LP Pop Said (Crumbs! Is it really that long ago?)

Signed copy of Pop Said by The Darling Buds

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Producing Videos For Centrestage Cymru

The last few weeks have been really fun for me as I have been helping the local musical theatre group Centrestage Cymru produce some promotional items for their forthcoming presentation of Singin' In The Rain.

As I was recently taking some photographs of the company in costume for their Dancing Cavalier inserts for the show (recorded at Newport's Tredegar House), I hit on the idea of producing a promotional video for Singin' In The Rain.

Centrestage Cymru's Sharon Higgins kindly invited me along to a rehearsal a few weeks ago to record some sequences.

It was a fabulous to see the show start to come together and I was captivated by the professionalism and good spirits of the cast as they did their run through.

The ten days since then has seen me put together 8 one minute long (approx) promo videos. Its been a while since I've completed a video project like this, so its been a big thrill for me to be involved and I hope I've captured some of the vibrancy of Centrestage Cymru's spirit in the videos.

You can see my video interview with Jordan Archer who plays Don Lockwood above. There are further videos to view on the Centrestage Cymru Singin In The Rain playlist over on YouTube. The videos are also been featured on a daily countdown to Singin' In the Rain on the Entertainment South Wales blog.

You can book tickets for Singin' In The Rain which runs at Newport's Dolman Theatre from April 27-30 via The Dolman Theatre website.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Entertainment South Wales Top 5: April 4 2016

It was a busy few days between Wednesday and Thursday last week resulting in three reviews in less than 24 hours, Hetty Feather at Cardiff's New Theatre, Jem & Ella at Newport Riverfront and Only The Brave at Wales Millennium Centre. Items on Centrestage Cymru's forthcoming presentation of Singing In The Rain and RawFfest also cracked the Top 5 popular posts over at Entertainment South Wales.

1. On Stage: Jacqueline Wilson's Hetty Feather : My review of musical at Cardiff's New Theatre

2. On Stage: Jem & Ella : Run Ragged productions fabulous dance celebration of the the father/daughter relationship reviewed.

3. Centrestage Cymru Revisit Hollywood's Golden Era With Singing In The Rain: A preview of this fabulous show with on location pictures taken at Tredegar House, Newport.

4. On Stage: Only The Brave:
My review of the fabulous World War Two musical produced by Wales Millennium Centre.

5. Get Creative With RawFfest: A preview of RawFfest.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Centrestage Cymru Filming Singing In The Rain At Tredegar House

Michelle and Chloe in costume
I always get excited when Centrestage Cymru, Newport's leading musical theatre group prepare for their next show. Their next presentation, Singing In the Rain, is no exception. I was invited along to photograph the company filming the inserts to their forthcoming show at Tredegar House a few weeks ago.

Zoe and Jordan in costume
Despite the morning been quite cold everyone worked hard to achieve a finished result and as ever I was struck by the professionalism of the production crew and cast.

A portrait shot of Zoe and Jordan
You can read my article on Singing In The Rain over at Entertainment South Wales blog.

The Centrestage Cymru team on the steps of Tredegar House
Zoe and Jordan prepare for a take
More filming at Tredegar House
Jordan and Zoe go through a scene
Sharon goes through the script
The ladies film another sequence
Centrestage Cymru’s Singing in the Rain takes to the stage of The Dolman Theatre, from April 27-30. For booking details call 01633 263670 or visit

Remembering Ronnie Corbett

Watching UK television growing up in the 70s was a very different affair than today. There was no Sky TV or unlimited hours of stuff to trawl through, no Sky boxes, YouTube, DVD or indeed Video recorders. There were three channels, BBC1, BBC2 and ITV. Anyone born after 1985 probably can't imagine what that was like, and before you stop reading, it wasn't a bad thing!

Children's TV was usually slotted on for half an hour in the afternoon for pre-schools and a further hour and a half from around 4pm. As these programmes were aimed at various ages you soon found yourself watching a cross variety of programming from cartoons to Blue Peter. It didn't stop there however, I seem to recall sitting in front of the TV on dark evenings watching many light entertainment shows with my family. That mean't TV viewing was more of a family event something we all shared enjoyed and laughed together at.

Comedy series were always a favourite, Dad's Army, Morecambe and Wise and The Two Ronnies up there at the top. Even after my parents divorced and we went to live with my Grandfather, The Two Ronnies continued to be a favourite which broke the gaps of several generations.
On learning of Ronnie Corbett's death yesterday I tweeted: "RIP ‪#‎ronniecorbett‬ ‪#‎thetworonnies‬ last of the true comic legends"
I remember how sad I felt when I learned of Ronnie Barker's death 11 years ago, and how quickly that sadness evaporated into laughter as I remembered all the classic sketches he did with Ronnie Corbett as well as his appearances in Porridge and Open All Hours.

Similarly Ronnie Corbett's legacy has done the same, travelling to and from the theatre last night, my wife had Radio 5 Live on. The presenters were playing clips from classic Two Ronnies sketches and marveling at how well they transferred to audio and how they could play those but certainly couldn't do the same with Little Britain and Mrs Browns Boys.

Too right! Four Candles or Fork Handles is a masterclass on wordplay, delivery and timing with Ronnie Barker as the customer unsuspectingly winding up Ronnie Corbett's hardware shop proprietor.Visually its funny to see Corbett's exasperation with Barker as he misreads another item on his shopping list. Take the visuals away and that exasperation is still there.

Similarly with Mastermind, Ronnie Corbett takes the Mastermind chair and is subjected to Barker's Magnus Magnusson to answer the question before last.
BARKER: What is Bernard Manning famous for?
CORBETT: That is the question.
BARKER: Correct. Who is the current Archbishop of Canterbury?
CORBETT: He is a fat man who tells blue jokes.
Of course, that's only a snippet of dialogue, you can YouTube the sketch to see it all, in fact I challenge you to watch more of them, get the DVD's you'll laugh and laugh. The truth is The Two Ronnies are still funny 40 years on from their original broadcast. The alternative comedians of the early 80s were quick to dismiss The Two Ronnies humour as old hat and politically incorrect. Sadly it was those comedians (as good as many of us thought they were at the time), who didn't stay the course. That humour has evolved into something that can be no longer regarded as family entertainment.

Yes we'll miss Ronnie Corbett, as we miss Ronnie Barker, Eric and Ernie and all those others who made us laugh, but in the true spirit of genuine comedy, a comedy that can be aimed at the whole family (with the occasional joke aimed at the grown ups while the kids have something visual to laugh at is far from dead). Ronnie Corbett's work will continue to entertain longer than we'll ever imagine.

More posts on Ronnie Corbett:
Retro Books: The Two Ronnies - But First The News
Those Radio Times: The Ronnie Corbett Thing
Book Collection: Ronnie In The Chair
Those Radio Times: April 1971

March 2016, Instagram Vinyl Challenge

I did my first vinyl challenge for 2016 (based on suggested listening by dallasol) over on my @retrospaceandy Instagram account during March, I read the months criteria beforehand and sort of felt I could meet most of the categories and did. This particular month saw me delving more into the 45's which made a more varied selection. 
  1. EP: Frank Sinatra - The Lady Is A Tramp (Capitol Records, 1957)
  2. Trio: Bananarama - Aie A Mwana (London Records, 1981)
  3. Motown: The Temptations - In A Mellow Mood (Tamla Motown, 1967)
  4. Canadian: Bryan Adams - Run To You (A&M Records, 1984)
  5. Overplayed: Kylie Minogue - I Should Be So Lucky (PWL, 1987)
  6. Need a Better Copy: Herb Alpert - South Of The Border (Pye International, 1964)
  7. Song About An Animal: Tommy Steele - Little White Bull (Decca, 1959)
  8. Newest Discovery: Various albums featuring 1940s, 50s and 60s artists.
  9. Found After A Long Wait: Peter Sellers - The Songs Of Sellers (MFP, 1985) (and a tribute to George Martin)
  10. Replaced CD With Vinyl: Russ Conway - Pop-A-Conway (Columbia, 1965)
  11. Your Friends Don't Get It: Various - Happy Days Are Here Again (WRC, 1981)
  12. Favourite Double LP: Various - BBC 1922-72 (BBC Records, 1972)
  13. You Wish You Had Seen Live: The Beatles - Live At The Hollywood Bowl (MFP, 1984)
  14. Not Dylan, But Dylan Related: Julie Felix - The World Of Julie Felix (Decca, 1969), The Seekers - The Four And Only (MFP, 1969), The Byrds - Greatest Hits (CBS, 1986),  Manfred Mann - Semi Detached Surburban (EMI, 1979)
  15. From The Year You Were Born: Bobbie Gentry - Way Down South (MFP, 1968)
  16. I Don't Believe In Guilty Pleasure: Bing Crosby - I'll Sing You a Song Of The Islands (Coral, 1972)
  17. I'm Not Normally A Dancer But..: Tracey Ullman - Breakaway (Stiff Records, 1983)
  18. Your Parents Also Dig This: Geoff Love and His Orchestra - Big War Movies (MFP, 1971)
  19. Not Your Normal Style: Cover Albums by Anonymous Artists - Rock, Rock, Rock (MFP, 1968), Hits '67 (MFP, 1967), 12 Tops (Stereo Gold Award, 1974), Top Of The Pops (Hallmark, 1977)
  20. Vehicle On The Sleeve: Various Artists - Shut Down OST (Capitol Records, 1978)
  21. Red, White And Blue: Mary Hopkin - Knock, Knock, Who's There? (Apple, 1970)
  22. Sleeve Is A Painting: Winston Churchill - The Voice Of Winston Churchill (Decca, 1965)
  23. Singer/Songwriter: Elton John - Tumbleweed Connection (DJM, 1970)
  24. Columbia Records: Two singles from The Shadows - The Frightened City (Columbia Records, 1961), The War Lord (Columbia Records, 1965)
  25. From a Movie: Hugi Montenegro - The Good The Bad And The Ugly / For A Few Dollars More (Golden Grooves)
  26. First Dance: Paul McCartney - Coming Up (Parlophone, 1980)
  27. Heartbreak: Matt Monro - Heartbreakers - 20 Golden Greats (EMI,1980)
  28. New Wave: Kim Wilde - Kids In America (RAK, 1981)
  29. Local: Two Singles from The Darling Buds (Newport, South Wales) - Burst / Hit The Ground (Epic, 1991)
  30. 1987: George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You (Dark Horse, 1987)
  31. Worst Record By Favourite Act: The Shadows -Themes From EastEnders & Howard's Way (Polydor, 1987)
I probably won't do a Vinyl Challenge for April, but I will post images of old and new vinyl from my collection as I quite enjoy the month end collage concept!

Monday, 28 March 2016

On The Box: Rising Damp Forever (ITV3)

My memories of Eric Chappell's Rising Damp are certainly as a must-see sitcom from the 70s. Leonard Rossiter's interfering landlord Rigsby constantly interrupting the lives of shared room students Alan (Richard Beckinsale) and Philip (Don Warrington) while constantly seeking the attentions of his other regular tenant Miss Jones (Frances De La Tour).

As unlikely as the scenario of an interfering landlord (who never knocks, just enters) may seem, the claustrophobic, greens, greys and brown slightly depressing air of Rising Damp was perfectly suited to situation comedy. 28 episodes were made between 1974 and 1978 and besides a nod to the series via a half hour documentary a decade ago, ITV have barely acknowledged the shows brilliance until this last weekend, when ITV3 celebrated the series via a two part documentary Rising Damp Forever.

I certainly came away much more enlightened about Rising Damp's back story, finding the two part documentary historical, hysterical, nostalgic and definitive. In recent years I have struggled watching similar style documentaries because of too many talking heads who maybe weren't involved with the creative process of the subject. thankfully Rising Damp Forever was worthy to the spirit of Rising Damp and its stars.

From Eric Chappell's original stage play The Banana Box via TV series success to eventual film version, all aspects of the series were covered. Don Warrington who played Philip was on hand for some important nostalgic reminiscences of the stage version and TV series while there were other interesting contributions from writer Eric Chappell, Manfred Mann's Paul Jones (the original starring name of the stage show) and Only When I Laugh's Christopher Strauli (who later appeared in the film).

Its often difficult to pull together a documentary on a classic sitcom, particularly with several of the stars no longer on hand to take part, both Rossiter and Beckinsale, sadly no longer with us and De La Tour still distancing herself from the series. Thankfully along with Don Warrington and Eric Chappell, there were plenty of co-stars  and directors on hand to recall Rossiter's work and professionalism. Actress Helen Fraser particular speaking highly of Rossiter while Richard Beckinsale's daughters Sam and Kate were also on hand to discuss their fathers work, similarly everyone was united on singing Francis De La Tour's praises.

The real star of Rising Damp Forever was the series itself, featuring much in the way of clips and important reminisences, while Rossiter, Beckinsale, Warrington and De La Tour's  biographies made interesting if not crucial side plots. The real authentication was the acknowledgement of the Yorkshire Television studio's where the series was filmed and Warrington and Chappell's return there to meet others who had worked on the series.  Neatly woven together with Martin Clunes commentary Rising Damp Forever was the perfect comedy nostalgia treat - a crowning glory for production company Shiver who produced the documentary for ITV3.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Entertainment South Wales: Top 5 Popular Posts For March 27, 2016

This week's Top 5 posts on Entertainment South Wales includes two new Q&A's with Jeff Rosenstock and Ant Law and two recently archive reviews.

1. Meet Jeff Rosenstock:  The American rocker gives a light-hearted Q&A with me prior to his Cardiff show later this week.

2. Revitalised Reef back On Tour:  My Q&A with Jack Bessant of Reef.

3. Meet Ant Law: Musician Ant Law is currently touring the UK and plays Monmouth later this week.

4: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum: Review from 2007 of Newport Playgoers production.

5: Dad's Army: The Missing Episodes review from 2007 of stage show production starring Leslie Grantham

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Entertainment South Wales Top 5 Popular Posts for March 20, 2016

Sad news this week was the death of magician Paul Daniels, so my tribute to him over at Entertainment South Wales along with my archived 2013 interview featured strongly in the most read posts.

1. Meet The Band - Heck: Heck played Swansea on Friday evening, this Q&A was published in the South Wales Argus on Friday.

2. Paul Daniels 1938-2016: My tribute to the late magician.
3. A Magical Pairing  - Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee InterviewMy interview with paul and Debbie from 2013.

4. Revitalised Reef Back On Tour - Jack Bessant Q&A: Reef play Cardiff's Tram Shed this week, here's my Q&A which appeared in The South Wales Argus on Friday.

5. On Stage: Theatr Pena - The Glass Menagerie Reviewed: My review of Theatr Pena's presentation of The Glass Menagerie

Monday, 14 March 2016

Entertainment South Wales Top 5 Popular Posts for March 14

Apologies, I didn't update this last week and I'm a day late with it this week, still, better late than never! Here are this week’s top 5 entertainment stories viewed on my Entertainment South Wales blog...

1. My Q&A with alternative comedy team Gein’s Family Giftshop, who bring their Trophy tour to Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach on Tuesday.

2. My Q&A with Steven James Adams who plays Cardiff Moon Club on Tuesday.

3. Theatr Pena’s Glass Menagerie continues to tour South Wales this week – here’s my review of the show

4. The 4Tunes visited two South Wales venues last week here’s my Q&A with Michael and Owain of the group.

 5. Flowers recently played Cardiff to promote their new album – here’s my Q&A with Rachel from the band.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Adventures In Vinyl: American Rhapsody by Glenn Miller and The Army Air Force Band

American Rhapsody (Swing World, SWS-11, 1979) consists of ten live tracks recorded by Major Glenn Miller and his Army Air Force band between October 1943 and October 1945.

Up until 1979, none of these recordings (I assume taken from 1940s live radio broadcasts) had ever been issued.  The majority of which were recorded in Vanderhilt Theatre, New York City although there is also a rare (in places scratchy) recording of Red Cavalry March made at France’s Paris Olympia made under “extremely adverse conditions” which still wins through in the end on performance.

I became aware of Glenn Miller’s music very early on in life and although have always enjoyed it actually own very few of his recordings. There is of course more to Miller than In The Mood, Chatanooga Choo Choo and Moonlight Serenade as this collection proves.

Familiar tunes such as Rhapsody In Blue and Deep Purple all get the lively Glenn Miller treatment and there's a  renditions of  Moonlight Serenade popping up in a medley with Wabash Blues, I’ve Got A Heart Filled With Love and Kilarney. The recordings themselves seem to defy the primitive recording techniques of the era coming through as both warm and vibrant.

This LP sits as a document of how the Glenn Miller Band performed live during its classic era and particularly how they maintained the quality of their performances even when their bandleader was cruelly taken from them at the end of 1944. A fine example of how Miller’s sound blurred personality into a definitive sound.

Found: Charity Shop, Newport, Gwent, March 2016.
Price: 10p
Cover Condition: Very Good
Vinyl Condition: Good (A few pops and crackles, one skip)

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Adventures In Vinyl: Ron Grainer - Themes Like

In a career spanning over well over two decades Ron Grainer was responsible for many well known television and film themes, a handful of which found their way onto this RCA International 1969 LP entitled Themes Like...

The album itself  doesn’t feature everything by Grainer (the Doctor Who theme been an obvious omission), but does give an enjoyable overview of some of his recent compositions leading up to the albums release, as well as a few old favourites.

The opening track is an up-tempo revisit to Steptoe & Son, the theme to the Galton & Simpson sitcom starring Harry H Corbett and Wilfred Brambell that had run well into repeats by the time this LP was issued in 1969.

Then follows a series of gentle film themes, When Winter Comes, The Assassination Trot (from The Assassination Bureau) and Only When I Larf.

The contrast changes to the funky beat of Andorra (from the play of the same name) and then the atmospheric theme for the 1968 BBC series The Jazz Age.

Side two kicks off with another familiar Grainer composition, Maigret, the theme to the 60s drama series starring Rupert Davies. There are further recordings from this series including Arlette, Midnight in Montmartre (almost reminiscent of the Trad Jazz style), and Along the Boulevards.

The drama continues with the theme to two further BBC series, Detective and Boy Meets Girl.  The final track is the novelty song Wild Daffodil (also a recording for Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen), which captures Grainer giving a rare vocal performance.

All in all, the album is an enjoyable release, not only bringing together some hard to find theme tunes of the era but displaying some very listenable instrumental music in its own right.

Found: Charity Shop, Newport, South Wales, December 2015
Price: 50p
Cover Condition: Good
Vinyl condition: Very Good (some pops and crackles)

Saturday, 5 March 2016

In Search Of M.W.Thackrah

I’ve always had a fascination with old photographs and have picked up a few over the years in various flea markets and old bookshops, sometimes for college projects or even curiosity value.

Around 1995, I was back visiting my family in Catterick, North Yorkshire when I ventured into Richmond one day. Popping into a flea market (now long since closed) I chanced across a selection of old photographs dating from the early 1900s.

Many of these were in the region of 20p – 30p each so I thought I’d get a selection for use in a future college project. That college project ultimately became a video short based on The Beatles In My Life song. Most of the photographs ranging from children to old men in flat caps, Victorian era ladies and old people attending tea parties or on bus outings but all fairly anonymous. All, that is, except for one.

Among all these photographs was an early 20th Century portrait photograph of a clergyman. The image signed underneath (I assume) written in his own hand, M.W.Thackrah. I gave the photo little thought other than that it was a nice image.

The photo was subsequently scanned in, used in my animation and I only came across it again a few years ago when I started blogging and used it (along with other photographs) for a Wordless Wednesday post.

However, the fact that this photograph, with a signature, has always stood out from the others for me, is that it isn’t anonymous. With the others, we can create fictional biographies of these people, unlabeled but still very real, their identities, apparently now lost to the mists of time. Anyone who knew them, or remembered them are now sadly probably dead too. Not so muchfor  M.W.Thackrah, he clearly signed this photograph. So who was he? Can I find out?

Last week, I came across the image again, and wondered if I Googled the name if any results would come up? Probably unlikely but worth a go!

I was pleasantly surprised when I found an article on the Barwick-in-Elmet Historical Society Website referring to four curates from the Barwick-in-Elmet parish in the late 1800’s / early 1900’s, one of which was an M.W.Thackrah. It is possible that M.W. Thackrah was actually a Yorkshire man, the Rev. Matthew William Thackrah?

Matthew William Thackrah gained his BA at Queen's College, Cambridge and an MA in 1905. Thackrah’s training for the ministry began at Cuddeston College where he was appointed Deacon in 1902. Later that year he was appointed curate at St Paul's, Balsall Heath, Birmingham. After becoming an ordained priest in 1904, he remained there until he was appointed curate of Barwick-in-Elmet in 1905 where he remained until 1907.

I forwarded a scan of the photograph to the webmaster of the site, Harold Smith, shortly afterwards. Harold kindly returned my email responding that he’d check the society records to see if this might be the same person.

Harold got back to me yesterday saying there isn’t anything in the Society’s records to indicate that it is the same man, although there is enough circumstantial evidence that it could be a possibility.

How the photograph found itself in a North Yorkshire Flea Market in 1995 is anyone’s guess. Maybe Thackrah had sent it to somebody in the area at some point; perhaps he’d even visited Richmond?
  • You can read the full article on The Four Curates of Barwick-in-Elmet at the Barwick-In-Elmet Historical Society website.
  • If you can help with any information regarding M.W.Thackrah from further details of his life or work I’d love to hear from you, if only to piece a little more information about him together.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Entertainment South Wales Top 5 Popular Posts for February 28

A few posts were added to the Entertainment South Wales blog this week. The popularity of local musical theatre has kept my Q&A with Phoenix Productions cast in the top 5, while my Q&A's with both Creeper and Enter Shikari have made way for new entries from Field Music and The 4Tunes...

Monday, 22 February 2016

Book Collection: Daily Mail Quiz Book Number 10 - Television (1957)

A recent book find was a Daily Mail Quiz Book from 1957 on the subject of Television. Its been well used (lots of sellotape around the cover) but is a fabulous little book.

The book is no.10 in a series of 12,the other quiz books in the series been London, Aircraft, Football, Ships, Animals, Films, Food and Drink, Inventions, Birds, Fact or Fiction? and Books. Strangely enough, radio, perhaps the most dominant broadcast medium until that date didnt get a book dedicated to it.

Television in the UK was still very much in its infancy in 1957. Great Britain only had two channels, one provided by the BBC and the ITA was only two years old. There was still enough information in this book however to fill over 160 pages.

The Quiz Book itself is probably more comprehensive than most quiz books I've seen before. The front is largely made up of facts and figures on the early years of the history of television from viewing figures, landmark moments and personalities. Only the last eight pages are made up of questions derived from the information at the front of the book.

One interesting fact is the details of early colour TV transmission tests.
The BBC commenced a new intensive series of colour tests in November 1956 over the London transmitter on Band 1. These tests went out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, commencing at 11.10pm after normal service hours. 
The ITA, on Band 3, also sent out colour tests from their Croydon Transmitter.
Of course, both channels wouldn't start regular colour TV broadcasts for  another decade (BBC2 would start in 1967, while BBC1 and ITV would follow in 1969)

Perhaps the most interesting is a set of television personality biographies accompanied by line sketches of some of the stars of the era. I've included Arthur Askey, Eamonn Andrews, Bernard Braden, Max Bygraves, Billy Cotton and Tommy Cooper here for your enjoyment!

The original price of the Daily Mail Quiz Book: Number 10 - Television  in 1957 was Two Shillings and Sixpence


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