A series that was never shown:
Night Call (BBC)
"It may be a sudden illness, a child screaming in the dark, or an accident, a dozen doctors are waiting in their cars to be alerted by radio. They are members of an organisation to which over three-quarters of the General Practitioners in London subscribe. It contracts to cover doctors' calls when they are away or otherwise unavailable."
Scripts were by Arthur Swinson, the stars were John Barrie and Jerold Wells.
A half hour series based on doctors deputising on emergency calls was planned for showing in May 1961. But after approaches from the British Medical Association, the series was cancelled before the first programme was ever shown. A BBC spokesman stated, "it would give a too restricted picture of doctors' deputising arrangements."
Thus, despite Radio Times announcing the first two programmes, these were never shown, replaced by Spycatcher.
In fact ten of the planned thirteen programmes had already been taped.
Anyone got any more details? The first two programmes were to have been:
1 I Want My Cabbage (May 2nd 1961)
2 The Case for a Referee (May 9th 1961)
An elderly man has heart trouble, another man a strange fever, an uncertain diagnosis requires a second opinion.
Director: William Slater
Headway (1963/4, ABC)
Sunday Session was a three month experiment in adult education, the Independent Television attempt on Sunday mornings to try and make learning fun. Headway was an umbrella title for some of ABC's early contributions to the programmes, some were shortly afterwards repeated early on Sunday afternoons. The experiment must have proved some sort of success, since Sunday adult education programmes continued for many years.
You Don't Say
the mastery of self-expression. Introduced by Lord Francis-Williams. Host Hugh David. Script: Peter Stevens.
1 What is English? (Jan 20th 1963) Director: Victor Menzies.
3 Birds of a Feather (Feb 3rd 1963)
4 Speak For Yourself (Feb 10th 1963)
5 Are You Receiving Me? (Feb 17th 1963)
6 Do You Come here Often? (Feb 24th 1963) Director: Victor Menzies.
7 Half-Time Score (Mar 3rd 1963) Director: Roy Battersby
8 The Language of Literature (Mar 10th 1963)
9 Take a Message (Mar 17th 1963) now introduced by Robert Kee
12 Is There a Standard English? (Apr 7th 1963)
Pen to Paper
The difference between writing and speaking. How to write effectively. Host Pit Corder who also wrote the script. Script adapted by Dick Sharples and Gerald Kelsey. Producer: Michael Mills.
1 Canned Language (Jan 20th 1963, rpt Jan 12th 1964) with Jimmy Thompson, Rose Hill, Rex Garner, Denise Shaune
2 Don't Get me Wrong (Jan 26th 1963, rpt Jan 19th 1964) with Jimmy Thompson, Rose Hill, Rex Garner, Denise Shaune, Vicky Harrington.
3 Business or Pleasure (Feb 3rd 1963, rpt Jan 26th 1964) with Jimmy Thompson, Rose Hill, Rex Garner, Denise Shaune, Vicky Harrington.
4 Take Notice (Feb 10th 1963, rpt Feb 2nd 1964) with Jimmy Thompson, Rose Hill, Rex Garner, Denise Shaune, Geoffrey Matthews.
5 Friend or Foe (Feb 17th 1963 rpt Feb 9th 1964) with Jimmy Thompson, Rose Hill, Rex Garner, Denise Shaune. Guest speaker Stanley Unwin
6 You, Me and The Gatepost (Feb 24th 1963, rpt Feb 16th 1964) with Jimmy Thompson, Rose Hill, Rex Garner, Denise Shaune
7 Speaking With Ink (Mar 3rd 1963, rpt Feb 23rd 1964) with Jimmy Thompson, Rose Hill, Rex Garner, Denise Shaune
8 To Raise the Standard (Mar 10th 1963 rpt Mar 1st 1964) with Jimmy Thompson, Rose Hill, Rex Garner, Denise Shaune
9 Give Yourself a Chance (Mar 17th 1963 rpt Mar 8th 1964) with Jimmy Thompson, Rose Hill, Rex Garner, Denise Shaune
10 This is the Point (Mar 24th 1963 rpt Mar 15th 1964) with Jimmy Thompson, Rose Hill, Rex Garner, Denise Shaune
11 In Witness Thereof (Mar 31st 1963 rpt Mar 22nd 1964) with Jimmy Thompson, Rose Hill, Rex Garner, Denise Shaune
12 In Good Form (Apr 7th 1963 rpt Apr 5th 1964) with Jimmy Thompson, Rose Hill, Rex Garner, Denise Shaune
13 We Can All Do Better (Apr 14th 1963 rpt Apr 12th 1964) with Jimmy Thompson, Rose Hill, Rex Garner, Denise Shaune
Citizenship - covering sociology, architecture, local government and town planning.
Host: Barry Westwood. Script: Reyner Banham and Terence Morris. Director: Roy Battersby.
1 Green and Pleasant Land (Apr 21st 1963, series repeated starting Apr 19th 1964) - the Buchanan Report
2 Arcadia for All (Apr 28th 1963)
3 Close Company (May 5th 1963)
4 Balanced Community (May 12th 1963)
5 Balanced Town (May 19th 1963)
6 Supermarket and Corner Store (May 26th 1963)
7 The Heart of the City (June 2nd 1963)
8 Urban Rat and Urban Renewal (June 9th 1963)
9 Paralysis and Anaemia (June 16th 1963)
10 The Sprawling Giants (June 23rd 1963)
11 The Open Air Factory (June 30th 1963)
12 Social Engineering (July 7th 1963) - six suburbs in search of a city or the realisation of the Green Dream?
13 I Like It Here- I Think (July 14th 1963) the scriptwriters examine the problems of their own environments
Second series, this 'Learning for Life', again introduced by Barry Westwood.
2.1 Off to School (Sept 29th 1963)- a child's first day in school. Director: Tom Clegg.
2.4 Nursery School (Oct 20th 1963) New Director: Ted Childs.
2.5 Private or State? (Oct 27th 1963)
2.6 Choice of School (Nov 3rd 1963)
2.7 Infant Schools (Nov 10th 1963)
2.10 Individual Abilities (Dec 1st 1963)
2.12 Junior Schools (Dec 15th 1963)
2.13 Streaming (Dec 22nd 1963)
2.14 Primary to Secondary (Jan 12th 1964)
2.15 Primary to Secondary-2 (Jan 19th 1964) three headmasters discuss segregating children according to ability
2.16 Class and Class (Jan 26th 1964) social class and education achievement
2.18 Secondary Modern Schools (Feb 9th 1964)
2.19 Grammar Schools (Feb 16th 1964)
2.21 Public Schools (Mar 1st 1964)
2.23 Teachers (Mar 15th 1964)- teacher shortage
2.24 Teaching Machines (Mar 22nd 1964)
2.25 Leaving School (Apr 5th 1964). Director: Tom Clegg
2.26 Society v Education (Apr 12th 1964) Director: Ted Childs
Third series on early Sunday afternoons was titled
'The Law is Yours,' hosted by Jack de Manio.
Script: CH Rolph and Barry Baker. Director: Margery Baker. Producer: Marjory Ruse.
3.1 Husbands and Wives (Sept 26th 1964)
3.2 Children: Legal Responsibilities (Oct 4th 1964)
3.6 Legal Aid in the Criminal Courts (Nov 1st 1964)
3.7 The Principals of Fair Trading (Nov 8th 1964)
3.8 Landlord and Tenant- 1 The Tenant (Nov 15th 1964)
3.9 Landlord and Tenant- 2 The Landlord (Nov 22nd 1964)
3.10 Can I Appeal? (Nov 29th 1964)
3.11 Making A Will (Dec 6th 1964)
3.12 Buying on the Never-Never (Dec 13th 1964)
3.13 The Law and the Traveller (Dec 20th 1964)
More ABC Adult Education series
Clear Thinking- Logic and Reasoning. Host: Brian Groombridge. Script: Anthony Quinton with (from programme 3) additional material by Dick Sharples and Gerald Kelsey. Director: Victor Menzies.
1 Introductory (Apr 21st 1963 the series was repeated in the ABC region during summer 1967)
2 The Snares of Rhetoric (Apr 28th 1963)
3 The Appeal of Irrelevance (May 5th 1963) With Peter Copley, Annette Crosbie, Roger Delgado, Clive Marshall
4 Irrelevance (May 12th 1963) With Donald Burton, Roger Delgado, Keith Pyott, and Sheila Raynor
5 Ambiguity (May 19th 1963). With Annette Crosbie, Roger Delgado,Tenniel Evans, Anthony Woodruff
6 The Idea of Form (May 26th 1963). With Donald Burton, Margaret Gordon, June Murphy, Cyril Shaps
7 Simple Formal Inference (June 2nd 1963). With Clemence Bettany, Annette Crosbie, Tony Garnett, Robert Rietty
8 The Syllogism (June 9th 1963) with Margaret Ashcroft, Geoffrey Lewis, Morris Perry, Colette Wilde
9 Compound Statements (June 16th 1963) with Janet Brandes, Rex Garner, David graham, Pamela Selden
10 Analogy (June 23th 1963) with Annette Crosbie, Hugh David, Paul Martin, Erica Rogers
11 Cause and Induction (June 30th 1963) with Margaret Ashcroft, Bruce Beeby, Brenda Dunrich, Tony Garnett
12 Probability (July 7th 1963) with Annette Crosbie, Hugh David, Jimmy Thompson, Wendy Williams
13 Conclusion (July 14th 1963) with Donald Burton, Rex Garner, Fiona Hartford, Helen Lindsay
Auto-Mechanics- Hugh David introduces a practical series to help the owner-driver understand how his car works, carry out routine maintenance, and diagnose and cure simple faults.
Script: Lawrence Hughes. Director: Marjory Ruse.
Producer: Geoffrey Gilbert.
1 How the car works And the tools you need (Sept 29th 1963)
3 The Engine (Oct 13th 1963, the series was repeated starting from Jan 10th 1965) the four stroke cycle. Adjusting valve clearances for efficient running.
4 Carburettors and Air Filters part 1 (Oct 20th 1963)
5 Carburettors and Air Filters part 2 (Oct 27th 1963)
6 The Ignition System (Nov 3rd 1963) distributor and sparking plug adjustment
7 The Cooling System (Nov 10th 1963) flushing overhaul and adding antifreeze.
10 Steering and Suspension (Dec 1st 1963)
11 The Brakes -1 (Dec 8th 1963)
12 The Brakes -2 (Dec 15th 1963) fitting replacement brake shoes. With Ian Kenny
13 Fault Finding (Dec 22nd 1963) with Ian Kenny
After the repeat of the first service, a further series began. Introduced by Hugh David, assisted by Ian Kenny. Script: Lawrence Hughes. Director: Marjory Ruse.
2.1 Buying a Second Hand Car -1 (Apr 25th 1965)
2.2 Buying a Second Hand Car part 2 (Apr 25th 1965)
2.3 How to use glass fibre to repair corrosive damage and dents (May 9th 1965)
2.4 Bodywork (May 16th 1965)
2.5 Decarbonisation part 1 (May 23rd 1965)
2.6 Decarbonisation part 2 (May 30th 1965)
2.7 Electyrical Accesories (June 6th 1965)
2.8 Instruments Keep You Out Of Trouble (June 13th 1965)
2.9 A Luxury Car is a Quiet Car (June 20th 1965)
2.10 For Scooter Owners (June 27th 1965)
2.11 For Scooter Owners (July 4th 1965) -overhaul
Holiday Motoring (date?) - touring abroad
The Grammar of Cookery - The theory and practice of cooking skills. Presented by tv's first celebrity chef Philip Harben. He was always so much more intellectual than say The Craddocks, and much more witty than say Marguerite Patten.
Director: Marjory Baker.
1 The Craft of Cooking (Apr 19th 1964, the series repeated starting from Sept 26th 1965)
2 How Heat is Applied to Food (Apr 26th 1964)
4 The Cooking of Flesh Foods part 1 (May 10th 1964)
5 The Cooking of Flesh Foods part 2 (May 17th 1964) how to grills teaks, fry fish and prepare a 'Harben special'
6 The Cooking of Flesh Foods part 3 (May 24th 1964) how to get the best out of tough joints, and how to make the perfect steak and kidney pudding
7 Things Made With Flour 1 (May 31st 1964)- good home-made bread and pastry
8 Things Made With Flour 2 (June 7th 1964)- better pudding, Yorkshire Pudding, cakes and pancakes
9 Things Made With Flour 3 (June 14th 1964)- sponge cakes and eclairs, whipped cream filling and sugar icing
10 The Thickening of Liquids (June 21st 1964) - smooth white sauce, creamy pea soup, mixing mayonnaise
11 Deep Frying (June 28th 1964)- fish and chips
13 Dishing Up and Carving (July 12th 1964)
Following the repeat of series one, a second series commenced, titles become ever more idiosyncratic:
15 The Stew (Jan 16th 1966)
16 Bread (Jan 23rd 1966)
17 Egg Liaison (Jan 30th 1966)
18 The Three Faces of Meringue (Feb 6th 1966)
19 Rice for Everyone (Feb 13th 1966)
20 Pancake's Progress (Feb 20th 1966)
Chicken Saute a la Marengo, Baked Ice Cream (date?)
23 Not So Plain Potatoes (Mar 13th 1966)
25 The Glories of Puff Paste (Mar 27th 1966)
(listing of ABC's adult education programmes to be continued)
A young philosophy lecturer at a new Midands University, Michael West (Patrick Mower), investigates the supernatural. A semi-regular was John Nettleton as Professor Alec Ritchie. The series was not networked, but transmitted in other ITV regions on different dates, shown here are ABC (Midlands/North) premieres. The series is believed Wiped, yet as it survived some months being passed round the regions, maybe, somewhere lies a copy...?
1 I Like It Here (Saturday August 19th 1967, 9.00-9.55pm). Script: Anthony Skene. Director: Patrick Dromgoole.
In which West takes up his new post. Was it simply a new job, a strange place, new faces? Or did it mean something, sonething special, this strange disquieting dream?
2 Many Happy Returns (Aug 26th 1967). Script: Andrew Hall. Director: Jonathan Alwyn. With Nigel Stock, Daphne Anderson, Peter Barkworth, Madeleine Mills and Eleanor Summerfield. A seance is held, a wish is granted, the marriage vow takes on a new significance.
3 To Blow My Name About (Sept 2nd 1967). Script: Katherine Blake and Roger Woddis. Director: Charles Jarrott. With Avis Bunnage (Margaret Rowley), Jack Woolgar, Ronald Lacey, Charles Lloyd Pack. A day in August- birds sing, children play. Across the years a chill wind strums its tragic echo of the past.
4 The Girl on a Swing (Sept 9th 1967). Director: Guy Verney. With George Coulouris, Fabia Drake and Tessa Wyatt. The story of Marjorie, whose ghost haunts an empty house.
5 The Chinese Butterfly (Sept 16th 1967). Director: Bill Bain. With Gabrielle Drake, Richard Hurndall, Morris Perry and Francesca Tu. Why should anyone be terrified of a Chinese girl in Kew Gardens?
6 After the Funeral (Sept 23rd 1967). Director: Don Leaver. With Michael Barrington, Kynaston Reeves, Jane Jordan Rogers.
7 Living Doll (Sept 30th 1967). Script: Anthony Skene. Director: Jonathan Alwyn. With Peter Vaughan, Ingrid Hafner, Avice Landone. What dark secret is taking place after hours in high street store The Fun Shoppe? By midnight on a July night, the last and greatest of the Black Miracles of Derva will be accomplished.
8 Through a Glass Darkly (Jan 13th 1968). Script: Marc Brandel. Director: Joan Kemp-Welch. With Joan Collin, Natasha Pyne, Peter Williams. If you believe it will happen strongly enough, well it just might. That's the power of suggestion
TV on the Film Industry- ITV's Original Output
Television looks at the film business, interviewing the stars, and even gets the chance to show clips from the latest movies. The BBC's contribution to the genre included Peter Haig introducing Picture Parade- this started in April 1956. Beginning in the 1970s, Barry Norman was the most iconic presenter of BBC's output.
ITV's contribution was fascinating because several companies exploited their connections with the industry.
These series included:
Movie Magazine (ATV Sept 1955-Apr 1956)
Film Fanfare (ABC Feb 1956-Dec 1956)
Portrait Of A Star (ATV May 1956-1957)
Close Up (A-R Feb 1957-1963)
Box Office (ABC Apr 1957-Jan 1958)
Star Parade (Tyne Tees 1959-1964)
Star Feature (STV 1961-?)
Movie Magazine (TWW 1961-1965)
Cinema (Granada 1964-1975)
If you can add to this data, or produce more details of the TTT and TWW programmes, please email.
The first ever ITV series on films was
on ATV London, first edition Sunday Sept 25th 1955, 7.45-8pm.
In 1956 Sundays 3-3.30pm until February 12th 1956. It was hosted by John Fitzgerald and produced by Cecil Petty.
"News and scenes from popular films." TV Times did not indicate the content.
With newly operational ABC producing the networked Film Fanfare from February that year, ATV continued their own programme in the Midlands area only, entitled
Midland Movie Magazine beginning on Wednesday February 22nd 1956 from 10.30-10.45pm, with John Fitzgerald again presenting, and Cecil Petty producing.
The last edition was around about Wed April 25th 1956
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Portrait of a Star
with ABC providing the main magazine on films, in May 1956 ATV resorted to profiles of individual stars, hosted by old friend John Fitzgerald. Script: Harold Jamieson. Producer: Cecil Petty. Time: Sundays 10.30-10.45pm.
From June that year, TV Times announced the subject of each programme:
Barbara Stanwyck (June 3rd), Mr Magoo (June 17th), John Mills (Aug 5th)- TV Times included a photo from The Baby and the Battleship, Kenneth More (Sept 2nd), John Wayne (Sept 23rd), Alastair Sim (Oct 14th), George Cole (Oct 21st), Rossano Brazzi (Nov 18th), Joan Crawford (Dec 9th), Abbott and Costello (Dec 16th), Gregory Peck (Dec 23rd), William Holden (Dec 30th), Ernest Borgnine (Jan 6th 1957), Glynis Johns (Jan 13th), Broderick Crawford (Jan 20th), Orson Welles (Jan 27th), Michael Wilding (Mar 3rd), Ingrid Bergman (Apr 14th). The series appeared irregularly during 1957 as A-R had begun their own offering on films
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Film Fanfare (ABC)
Sundays 2.45-3.45pm from February 19th 1956.
"A family film magazine with excerpts from current films, fashion, gossip, music and interviews with the stars." First producer was Eric Fawcett. Precise content was not stated in TV Times.
From about April 29th 1956, it was hosted by McDonald Hobley. Peter Noble presented excerpts from current releases. Muir Mathieson conducted the ABC Concert Orchestra in film music. Director Don Sharp. Producer Terry Ashwood.
By the next month it had been shortened to 45 minutes and shown in the Saturday night 10pm slot. Personnel the same, except John Parsons introduced while McDonald Hobley presented a film
quiz. John Fitzgerald introduced the excerpts. By June 1956 it was Paul Cartpenter who introduced the programme, with John Parsons conducting interviews with international screen celebrities. The edition on June 13th included Diana Decker.
A later director of the series was David Paltenghi. In late September 1956 Film Fanfare 'Second Edition' began, now half an hour on Saturdays at 10.15pm. McDonald Hobley was back as the host, Peter Noble ran the quiz with "a guest star" while Joy Webster kept the score. John Fitzgerald continued to introduce the clips. No studio orchestra. Director was Bill Skinner. Producer Victor Melleney.
October saw Patricia Lewis advertised as Hobley's "Leg Girl." The programme ended at the end of the year
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Star Feature (1961)
was Scottish Television's contribution to the genre of tv coverage of feature films.
More information is needed, but it began on Sunday April 9th 1961, presented by Jimmy Nairn.
Director was Gerry Le Grove.
The programmes focused on film stars and included clips from their movies, the usual format.
John Mills with clips of The Singer and The Song,
Doris Day (Midnight Lace), and
Peter Finch (No Love for Johnny).
Sat May 19th 1962 9.30-10pm It's Trad Dad- teenage idols
Sat May 26th 1962 9.50-10.30pm focus on Alec Guiness
Note: Gerry Le Grove had previously in 1958 made Saturday Limelight, clips of songs, described as "a filmed disc jockey show"
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ABC's second series about feature films was shown on Sunday nights 10.30-11pm, commencing in April 1957, introduced by Peter West. "Presented in co-operation with all the companies in the film industry." Certainly they were usually ahead of the competition in showing the first clips on tv of some films. Produced by Richard Fulford-Brown.
April 7th 1957- Seven Waves Away, Rock Rock Rock!, Davy Crockett and the River Pirates
Apr 28th- Their Secret Affair, Doctor At Large, The Tattered Dress
May 12th- Time Without Pity, 10,000 Bedrooms, Guns of Fort Petticoat, Man Afraid
May 26th- The Wings of Eagles, Drango, Funny Face
June 2nd- Stampeded, That Woman Opposite, The Oklahoman, The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown, The Steel Bayonet
June 9th- Designing Woman, Valerie, Boy On A Dolphin, Shadow on the Window
June 22nd (new timing Saturday 11.35- midnight)- The Unholy Wife, The Way To The Gold, The Tommy Steele Story
June 29th- This Could be The Night, The River's Edge. New host: Frankin Englemann. New director: Eddie Kebbell
July 6th- Carry On Admiral, The Vintage, The Happy Road, China Gate
July 13th- Something of Value, How To Murder a Rich Uncle, The Lonely Man, The Woman and the Hunter. Peter West returned, Fulford Brown producer
July 20th- The Admirable Crichton, Let's Be Happy, The Bachelor Party, Monkey On My Back
Aug 3rd- The Teahouse of the August Moon, Sweet Smell of Success, Miracle in Soho, Heaven Knows Mr Allison
Aug 10th- Beau James, 3.10 to Yuma, The Brothers Rico. Eddie Kebbell now producer again
Aug 17th- The Shiralee, Love in the Afternoon, The Wayward Bus
Aug 24th- host: Franklin Englemann with clips from The Abominable Snowman, The Seventh Sin, Hell Drivers
Sept 7th- Peter West introduces: Silk Stockings, Saint Joan, Operation Mad Ball
Sept 15th (new slot Sundays 11.05pm - midnight, acc to TV Times probably incorrectly)
New host: John Fraser. Clips included No Time for Tear, and Manuela
Sept 22nd (11.05-11.30pm)- Action of the Tiger, Story of Esther Costello, The Vicious Circle. New producer: Ben Churchill
Oct 6th- Introduced by John Fraser and Genine Graham- War and Peace, Loving You, Campbell's Kingdom
Oct 20th- Introduced by Paul Carpenter- Tea and Sympathy, Seven Thunders, The Scamp, Our Girl Friday
Oct 27th- Band of Angels, Lucky Jim, Men in War
Nov 24th- Introduced by Peter Reynolds (ditto Dec 1st/ 22nd)
Jan 5th 1958 again introduced by Peter Reynolds, produced by Ben Churchill - last programme
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"The programme breaks away from the usual pattern." This was Associated Rediffusion's long running contribution to the genre of tv magazines on films. It began in February 1957, 7-7.30pm. It was partially networked, some regions showing it periodically, though I don't think it was ever seen in the Midlands area.
Arranged for tv by Charles Squires. First long serving producer: Ray Dicks.
(Personnel shown when they were changed.)
Powell and Pressburger (Mon Feb 25th 1957) with extracts from Ill Met By Moonlight
Elizabeth Taylor (Tues Mar 26th) director Macdonald Martin
Glamour (Wed June 19th 7.30pm) seven stars in sequences from their latest films
Richard Widmark (June 26th) introduced by Muriel Young. Script: David Rush. Clips from Kiss of Death, and Saint Joan
Ray Milland (July 3rd). Clips from Dial M for Murder and River's Edge
Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier (July 10th). Clips from their films including The Prince and the Showgirl
Deborah Kerr (July 17th) incl Heaven Knows Mr Allison
Fess Parker (July 31st)- with his latest film Westward Ho the Wagons
James Mason (Aug 7th)- extracts included his latest Island in the Sun. (Note billed as 'Profile', though A-R personnel exactly the same)
French Slapstick (Aug 14th)- clips from The Sheep Has Five legs, The Dress Maker, The Great Lover, and A Hair in the Soup
Child Stars (Aug 21st)- clips from The Happy Road, and The Shiralee
Teenagers (Sept 4th) Rock Rock Rock, Rebel Without A Cause, Cry In The Night, Untamed Youth
Arthur Freed (Sept 11th)- On the Town, Singing In The Rain, Invitation To The Dance, Kismet, It's Always Fair Weather, Silk Stockings
Audrey Hepburn (Sept 18th)- Roman Holiday, Sabrina Fair, Funny Face, War And Peace, Love in the Afternoon (this programme titled Spotlight)
Warner Brothers (Sept 25th)- Baby Doll, Giant, The Prince and the Showgirl, The Searchers, Band of Angels
Stanley Kramer (Oct 9th)- High Noon, The Pride and the Passion
Nunally Johnson (Oct 23rd)- new host Paul Carpenter. Script: Dick Richards. Director: Macdonald Martin. Including The Three Faces of Eve
J Lee Thompson (Oct 30th)- incl Woman In A Dressing Gown (this in the Spotlight series)
Barbara Shelley (Nov 27th)- incl Cat Girl, Camp on Blood island (this in the Spotlight series)
The Empire Leicester Square (Dec 4th)- films shown here
Kirk Douglas (Jan 8th 1958)- introduced by Paul Carpenter, including clip from Paths of Glory (series: Spotlight)
Walt Disney (Jan 15th)- clips from Snow White, Bambi. Lady and the Tramp, Robin Hood, Perri
Louis Jourdan (Jan 22nd)- including clip from Dangerous Exile (series: Spotlight)
Title: Close Up Fifty (Jan 29th) for the fiftieth edition of the series. Excerpts included Pal Joey,
Gangsters (Feb 5th 1958)- including clips from Young Girls Beware, Baby Face Nelson (series: Spotlight)
Walt Disney Feature Films (Feb 12th)- clips from
Treasure Island, Twenty Thousand Leagues, Robin Hood, Johnny Tremaine
Jack Cardiff (Feb 26th)- incl Pandora, African Queen, War and Peace, The Brave One
Peter Cushing (Mar 19th)
Virginia McKenna and Kenneth More (Mar 26th)- talking to Daniel M Angel, clips- Carve Her Name With Pride, Reach for the Sky
Rising Stars (Apr 2nd)- those who began their acting as children but are now "well on the way to stardom." incl June Archer "in the studio," and a scene from Innocent Sinners (series: Spotlight)
Laurence Harvey (Apr 9th)- incl extracts from The Silent Enemy. Director: Jim Pople
Sir Michael Balcon (May 21st)- talking to McDonald Hobley incl The Blue Lamp, The Lavender Hill Mob, Dunkirk
Richard Todd (May 28th)- introduced by McDonald Hobley who talks in the studio to Richard Todd. Sequences from The Hasty Heart and Chase A Crooked Shadow (series: Spotlight)
David Tomlinson (June 12th)- in the studio, clips include Up The Creek
The programme now had a break.
'Corny' (Oct 1st)- the late Henry Cornelius, incl clips from his last film Next To No Time. In the studio Janette Scott and Monja Danischewsky talk about him
John Mills (Oct 29th)- discussing his career with McDonald Hobley, extracts incl I Was Monty's Double
Richard Attenborough (Nov 5th)- talking with McDonald Hobley incl scenes from The Man Upstairs, Sea of Sand
Walt Disney's True Life Adventures (Dec 3rd) incl Secrets of Life
Norman Wisdom (Dec 17th) including The Square Peg
Kim Novak (Jan 7th 1959) Introduced by Kenneth Macleod, including Bell Book and Candle
William Wyler (Jan 14th)including The Big Country
Sophia Loren (Jan 21st) Kenneth Macleod talks to Kieron Moore who worked with this star in The Key. Incl extracts from Houseboat
Rex Harrison and Kay Kendall (Jan 28th) incl The Reluctant Debutante
Alec Guinness (Feb 4th) interview with Kenneth McLeod, and inc The Horse's Mouth
Peter Finch (Feb 11th) incl Operation Amsterdam
Robert Mitchum (Feb 25th) McDonald Hobley talks to Raymond Stross with clips from The Angry Hills
John Huston (Mar 4th) incl Roots of Heaven
Cyd Charisse (Mar 11th) incl Party Girl
Yul Brynner (Apr 9th) introduced by McDonald Hobley. A filmed interview in London with Yul and clips from The Journey, and The Sound and the Fury
Frank Sinatra (Apr 23rd) incl Some Came Running. Director: Bill Morton
Brenda de Banzie (May 7th) in the studio with Muriel Young incl The 39 Steps
May 14th: Dog Stars incl The Shaggy Dog
Rod Steiger (May 28th) with Muriel Young- incl the film Al Capone
MGM (June 11th) 35th anniversary with McDonald Hobley
100th Edition (June 18th 1959) extracts from new films including Green Mansions, Middle of the Night, Diary of Anne Frank, Look Back In Anger
Billy Wilder (July 22nd) and Jack Lemmon interviewed by John Huntley. Introduced by Neville Barker. Director: Bill Morton
Bette Davis (Aug 19th) Kenneth Macleod interviews Bette Davis. Director: Pat Baker. Clips include The Scapegoat
Launder and Gilliat (Aug 26th)- introduced by Neville Barker, incl The Bridal Path, and Left Right and Centre
Burt Lancaster (Sept 2nd) incl The Devil's Disciple. Janette Scott was "in the studio"
Harry Belafonte (Sept 9th) introduced by Muriel Young, incl The World The Flesh and The Devil
Ian Carmichael (Thurs Sept 17th 1958, 11pm). Neville Barker introduced clips from his films including his latest I'm All Right Jack. Script: Dick Richards. Director: Bill Morton
Richard Attenborough (Sept 24th 1958)- clip from Jet Storm
A short break for the series, before:
Aldo Ray (Oct 15th, 6.15pm)- introduced by Neville Barker. Muriel Young interviews Aldo Ray, clips from The Siege of Pinchgut
Gino Lollobrigida (Oct 22nd) with Neville Barker. Clips from Solomon and Sheba
Eve Marie Saint (Oct 29th)- clips from North by Northwest
Michael Craig (Nov 5th)- including a sequence from Upstairs and Downstairs
Eddie Constantine (Nov 12th)- films include scenes from SOS Pacific
Debbie Reynolds (Nov 26th)- incl It Started With a Kiss
William Holden (Dec 3rd)- incl The Horse Soldiers
Kenneth More (Dec 10th)- incl North West Frontier
Gregory Peck (Dec 17th)- incl On The Beach
Herbert Lom (Dec 24th)- incl Third Man on the Mountain
Carol Reed (Dec 31st)- incl Our Man in Havana
Tommy Steele (Jan 7th 1960)- "in the studio" incl Tommy The Toreador
Charlton Heston (Jan 14th) incl Ben Hur, The Big Country, and The Wreck of the Mary Deare
Mitzi Gaynor (Jan 21st) incl Happy Anniversary
James Mason) Jan 28th) incl A Touch of Larceny. Director: Ronald Marriott
Frank Sinatra (Feb 4th) incl Never So Few
Wild Animals (Feb 11th) incl Lords of the Forest, Serengeti, White Wilderness
British Comedy (Feb 18th) incl Two Way Stretch, Please Turn Over
Trevor Howard (Feb 25th) incl Moment of Danger
Rita Hayworth (Mar 3rd) incl Story on Page One
John Mills (Mar 10th) an interview, incl Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. Director: Cyril Butcher
New Faces (Mar 17th) director: John Frankau
Pier Angeli (Mar 24th) incl The Angry Silence, director: Tania Lieven
Royal Command Performances (Mar 31st) scenes from The Last Angry Man, and interviews with the stars, plus other Royal Performance films
Betty Box (Apr 7th) incl Conspiracy of Hearts. Director: John Frankau
Carry On! (Apr 14th) extracts from all the films of the series
Stanley Donen (Apr 21st) incl Once More With Feeling
Jack Hawkins (Apr 28th) incl League of Gentlemen
George Sanders (May 5th) incl The Last Voyage
Martha Hyer (May 12th) incl The Big Fisherman, director John McFadin
Bernard Lee (May 19th) incl Cone of Silence
Cops and Robbers (May 26th) incl Hell is a City
John Huston (June 9th) interviewed in his Ireland home, incl The Unforgiven
Young Stars (June 16th) incl James MacArthur in Kidnapped
Terry-Thomas (June 23rd) interview and scenes from Make Mine Mink
Close Up took a summer break.
Judy Holliday (Sept 15th) Introduced by Neville Barker. Director: Bill Morton
Comedy on Both Sides of the Atlantic (Sept 22nd) incl A French Mistress, The Apartment, Oceans 11
Sept 29th incl The Time Machine
Oct 13th incl The Millionairess
Nov 10th incl Surprise Package. Director: Jonathan Alwyn
Dec 1st incl GI Blues
Jeff Chandler Dec 8th interview, incl The Plunderers. Director: Grahame Turner.
Dec 15th incl Elmer Gantry
Request week Dec 29th incl Pollyana
Deborah Kerr (Jan 5th 1961)- clips include the Sundowners
Look At Life (Feb 2nd)- the cinema feature that has reached a hundred editions. Also The Night We Got The Bird
Peter Finch (Feb 9th) incl No Love for Johnnie
Ernie Kovacs (Mar 16th) incl Pepe, Five Golden Hours, It Happened to Jane, Operation Madball
Tony Hancock (Mar 23rd) interview incl The Rebel. Also Pathe News' fiftieth anniversary. Director Mark Lawton
Mar 30th- clip from Double Bunk and interview with Janette Scott. Betty Hutton in the studio with clip from The Greatest Show on Earth
Oscar Nominations (Apr 6th)
Joe Pasternak (Apr 20th) incl Easter Parade, Toast of New Orleans, In the Good Old Summertime, Where The Boys Are, Director: Richard Doubleday
Otto Preminger (May 11th) discusses with Sal Mineo and Jill Hayworth, Exodus
Empire Leicester Square (May 25th) closing after 35 years. "excerpts include the first scene from Ben Hur to be shown on television" (cp Dec 4th 1957)
Sidney Poitier (June 1st) interview, incl excerpts from A Raisin In The Sun
Richard Widmark (June 15th) interview with Neville Barker and scenes showing special effects, incl The Absent Minded Professor. Director: Richard Sidwell
Peter Ustinov and Terence Stamp (June 22nd) a filmed interview by Neville Barker, introduced by Bruce Lewis
June 29th: incl The Young Savages, Hoodlum Priest, and Follow that Man, whose stars "we hope to have in the studio." Introduced by Neville Barker
Disney Dog Week! (July 13th)
Viewers' Requests (Aug 3rd) incl On the Double. Director: Richard Doubleday
A Matter of WHO (Aug 10th) exercpts from this film
Aug 31st Director: Richard Sidwell.
Joshua Logan (Sept 7th) and Leslie Caron interview with Neville Barker, and clips from Fanny!
This was the last of this series.
Series soon returned, content not always stated from now on in TV Times.
Introduced by Neville Barker. Script and research: Rae Knight. Producer: Ray Dicks.
Directors included: Oct and Nov 1961 Richard Gilbert, Feb and Mar 1962 Richard Sidwell, May 1962 John Frankau, June 1962 Bill Turner
Among programmes specified in TV Times:
Dec 25th 1961 (4.20-5pm) musicals past and present
Apr 12th 1962: incl Waltz of the Toreadors. Nevile Barker talks to Dany Robin in her home near Paris
Robert Preston (July 12th 1962) talks to Nick Barker
The Miracle Worker (Aug 9th) director Harry Sloan (orignally scheduled for Aug 2nd)
Aug 23rd: now with script research and introduction by Nick Barker. Director: Bill Turner
Aug 30th: director Harry Sloan
October/ November 1962 Script and research: Rae Knight. Director: Adrian Brown
December Director: Grahame Turner
Dec 21st: incl clips from the film Gypsy
Dec 25th (4.10-5pm) introduced by Richard Attenborough: the best of post war musicals
Jan 3rd 1963: introduced by Allan Scott. Editor: Rae Knight. Director: Grahame Turner
Feb 15th Script: Margaret Hinxman
Mar 1st: Dirk Bogarde talks about Judy Garland
Mar 8th and 15th Script: Margaret Hinxman. Director: Daphne Shadwell.
May 3rd introduced by Robert Arden. Script: Margaret Hinxman. Director: Daphne Shadwell.
May 17th introduced by Keith Fordyce. Editor: Rae Knight. Script: Margaret Hinxman. Director: Daphne Shadwell.
June 14th director Bill Turner
The World of Darryl Zanuck (July 26th and Aug 2nd - in two parts)
Elvis (Aug 9th) introduced by Vanessa Thornton
Aug 23rd: introduced by Ronan O'Casey incl interviews with Tommy Steele, Charlie Drake and Russ Tamblyn
Stanley Kramer (Aug 30th 1963) talking to Vanessa Thornton. Host: Ronan O'Casey clips from The Defiant Ones etc
This was the last programme in the series that I have traced.
As a footnote, here are a few other A-R programmes on films:
During 1957, A-R screened these one-off film programmes:
Thurs Mar 7th 1957, 10pm-10.15: Ill Met By Moonlight- Dirk Bogarde talks to W Stanley Moss and Patrick Leigh-Fermor about making the film, including extracts (Rank compilation for A-R)
Thurs Apr 10th 1957 10pm: The Good Companions- Janette Scott and John Fraser talk to Leslie Mitchell, including an excerpt
Another A-R programme on films aimed at a younger audience:
Making Films (June 9th 1959 5.25pm)- John Huntley introduces some of Britain's young film producers and shows examples of their work. Arranged by Ray Dicks. Director: Tig Roe
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Movie Magazine (TWW)
Introduced by Bruce Lewis (except as noted- Guy Thomas introduced a couple of June 1961 programmes)
The series began around 1961. Here are a few sample details:
Charlton Heston (Tues Jan 2nd 1962, 6.15-6.45pm) with Charlton Heston talking about El Cid, incl an excerpt.
Script: Peter Davalle. Director: Jonathan Stedall.
Peter Ustinov (Tues Oct 13th 1962 6.13-6.43pm) with an exclusive interview with the actor on location on Billy Budd.
An extract from this film, also The Pigeon That Took Rome, and The Man Who Knew too Much.
Script: Peter Davalle. Director: Jonathan Stedall.
Tues Mar 12th 1963 6.13-6.42pm with clips from Cape Fear, Live Now Pay Later, The Bungala Boys and Witness for the Prosecution.
Script: Peter Davalle. Director: Terence de Lacey.
Apr 23rd 1963, 6.13pm introduced by Nick Barker, with interviews with Barbara Windsor and James Booth plus an extract from Sparrows Can't Sing. A clip from Two for the See-Saw. Script: Peter Davalle. Director: Jonathan Stedall.
May 14th 1963 presented by Nick Barker. Excerpts from Five Miles to Midnight, The Wrong Arm of the Law, and Sink the Bismark. Script: Peter Davalle. Director: Ned Kelly.
May 28th 1963 Bruce Lewis with excerpts from Nurse On Wheels, The Mouse On The Moon, and Who's Got The Action
June 4th 1963 6.13pm Bruce Lewis at the Bath Festival with the Italian films: The Barber of Seville, Bitter Rice, and Accattone. Script: Peter Davalle. Director: Jonathan Stedall.
Sept 27th 1963, 6.13pm introduced by Nick Barker, incl clips from The Running Man, Tamahine. Script: Peter Davalle. Director: Terence de Lacey.
It is also said that Tony Hancock provided an interview for one programme.
TWW's Junior Movie Magazine was networked to a few regional stations
It was introduced by Bruce Lewis' son Peter Lewis. Bruce Lewis was producer. It was about current films and included Bruce's movie quiz, in essence a test of observation. In 1965, this series was simply billed as Movie Magazine.
Mon Oct 19th 1964 5.25pm script: Peter Davalle. Director: Terence de Lacey
Ditto until the final edition noted on Nov 1st 1965, and also these special editions:
Jan 25th 1965- including Guns of Diabolo, Tiger of the Seven Seas, Hootennanny Hoot, Nikki Wild Dog of the North
Feb 22nd- Mechanical Heroines, incl scenes from The Train, The Fast Lady, The Iron Maiden, Oh Mr Porter!, The Titfield Thunderbolt
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The first host was Bamber Gascoigne, then Derek Granger, then
Mike Scott. Michael Parkinson was a later host.
"The best of the cinema is in Cinema-
films from today and yesterday."
Backroom personnel initially included two names who were to become synonymous with films on tv:
Film Adviser: Leslie Halliwell. Research: Phil Jenkinson. Producer: Mike Wooller.
The first programme hosted by Bamber Gascoigne was scheduled for Tuesday July 14th at 7pm. It included an eclectic mix from Harold Lloyd to The Beatles
July 28th 1964: Alfred Hitchcock, incl clips. "Recently he visited ITV's Manchester Studios." Director: Phillip Casson
Aug 11th: Things to Come, The Man Who Could Work Miracles, The Time Machine, War of the Worlds
Aug 18th: Tarzan films including the latest, 633 Squadron and other RAF films
Aug 25th: The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and earlier Hollywood musicals
The Beauty Jungle (Sept 1st) the new film, and a look at Clara Bow, Betty Grable, Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell. Director: Peter Jones.
Irma La Douce (Sept 8th) a clip and other Billy Wilder films. Preview of Love With The Proper Stranger
55 Days To Peking (Sept 15th) clip, plus a preview of The System. Producer: Derek Granger.
Marlon Brando (Sept 22nd), and a look at gangster films and a clip from Robin and the Seven Hoods.
Meet Honor Blackman (Wed Sept 30th, 7pm) in an interview with Bamber Gascoigne, incl a clip from Goldfinger.
Themes were not always announced in TV Times from now on, but these were:
Oct 28th: clips incl The Guns At Batasi, Rattle of a Simple Man and other Richard Attenborough films
Nov 4th: Derek Granger was the new host. He talked to Fred Zinnemann. Producer: Mike Wooller
Nov 11th: clips include Fate Is The Hunter
Nov 25th new director: Graeme McDonald
Dec 2nd: Greta Garbo
Dec 23rd: Christmas. Director: Peter Jones
Fri Jan 1st 1965, 10.05pm: The Circus. Derek Granger talks to Claudia Cardinale
Jan 8th: Cary Grant films
Jan 22nd: My Fair Lady
Jan 22nd: Anthony Asquith
Jan 29th: clips from The Train and other films with trains
Feb 5th: A Shot in the Dark and other Sellers' films
Feb 12th: Peter O'Toole and Dirk Bogarde talk to Derek Granger, clip from King and Country and other Bogarde films
Feb 26th, 9.10pm: Women in films of the past 20 years incl clips from The Pleasure Seekers
Mar 5th: Royal Families portrayed on film, incl clip from Becket
Mar 12th: The British Empire, incl The High Bright Sun
Mar 26th: Frank Sinatra incl clips from his films
Apr 2nd: Spies incl The Ipcress Dile, The Intelligence Men
Apr 16th: Service comedies (previously announced for Apr 9th)
Apr 23rd: highlights from She
Apr 30th: catastrophes
May 7th: Jack Lemmon, clips from The Notorious Landlady, Under the Yum-Yum Tree, Operation Madball, You Can't Run Away from It, Phfft, Good Neighbour Sam
May 28th new director Graeme McDonald
July 16th: Otto Preminger interview and scenes from his films
July 23rd: Disney the Wizard, Disney's cinematic tricks
July 30th: Errol Flynn, also Alain Delon in scenes from The Black Tulip
Aug 6th: new host Michael Scott, incl The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders, Shenandoah
Aug 13th: incl Van Ryan's Express and other escape films. Director: Tim Aspinall. Producer: Graeme McDonald
Aug 20th: Comedies incl escerpts from You Must Be Joking, What's New Pussycat?, Cat Ballou
Aug 27th: profile of James Mason
The Boulting Brothers (Sept 3rd) incl Rotten To The Core
Peter O'Toole Profile (Sept 10th) director: Graeme McDonald
Sept 17th: How to Murder Your Wife / The Sandpiper clips
Elizabeth Taylor (Oct 1st). Director: Cormac Newell. Producer: Brian Armstrong
Reissue of Grand Hotel (Oct 8th)- what happened to the stars of the 1932 film. Director: Tim Aspinall. Producer: Graeme McDonald
Oct 15th: incl Cleopatra, and Darling. Director: Cormac Newell. Producer: Graeme McDonald
Oct 22nd: That Darn Cat, and other animal films
oct 29th: suspense incl Mirage, and Licensed to Kill
John Wayne (Nov 5th) incl The Sons of Katie Elder
Stanley Kramer (Nov 12th) incl Ship of Fools
Nov 26th: disguises, incl A Study in Terror
Dec 3rd: Amercian way of love incl Peyton Place, A Very Special Favour, alsoThe Pleasure Girls, The Wild Affair, and Dear John
Kirk Douglas (Dec 10th)
Norman Wisdom and Jerry Lewis (Dec 17th). Director: Philip Casson
Dec 24th: films for the holiday season
Dec 31st: a look forward to 1966, films that will reach the screens
Doris Day (Jan 14th 1966). Film researcher: Graham Murray
Peter Ustinov (Jan 21st) talking to Michael Scott
Bryan Forbes (Jan 28th) talks to Michael Scott
Charlton Heston (Feb 4th) talks "in unfamiliar clothes." Research: Peter Matthews
Feb 11th: "the less conformist of the current cinema scene"
Feb 18th: Agents extraordinaire, the world of the spy
Laurence Olivier (Feb 25th)
Mar 4th?: Carl Foreman talks to Michael Scott
Robert Aldrich and The Flight of the Phoenix (Mar 11th)
Mar 18th: Life in the North from George Formby to Joe Lampton. Director: Peter Plummer
Apr 1st: Programme specially retitled: April Fool's Day Cinema.Three British institutions, The Doctors films, Carry Ons, and St Trinians. Director: Philip Casson
Apr 8th: The telephone in films. Director: Peter Plummer
Dean Martin (Apr 15th). Director: Philip Casson
Elvis (Apr 22nd)
Apr 29th: heroines from Pearl White to Modesty Blaise. Director: Peter Plummer
Joan Crawford (May 6th) interviewed by Michael Scott. Director: Philip Casson. Producer: Peter Plummer
May 13th: a star is born, films that transformed unknowns
May 27th: Twentieth Century Fox 30th anniversary
June 3rd: the careers of Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier. Also two "young British film makers"
The Thin Red Line (June 10th): changing attitudes to empire building
System v System (June 17th)- the contrasting careers of Natalie Wood and Roman Polanski
100th Edition (June 24th)- Nostalgia
The Root of All Evil? (July 1st)
The Private Eye and The Public Hero (July 8th)
The Best of the Bug Eyed Monsters (July 22nd). Director: Michael beckham. Producer: Peter Wildeblood
A Box In The Sky (July 29th) - aeroplanes
Not Quite Playing The Game (Aug 5th) - unlikely sporting events
Eyeball to Eyeball (Aug 12th) memorable film confrontations incl Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?
They Went Thataway (Aug 19th) - the demise of Hollywood
The Immortal Western (Aug 26th)
It's A Wonderful Town (Sept 2nd) from 42ns Street to West Side Story
The Lively World of Stanley Donen (Sept 9th)
In October the series moved to Wednesdays at 9.10pm- since Party Politcal Broadcasts were scheduled for 9.30 on occasional Wednesdays, this meant the length of the programme varied from 20 to 30 minutes. TV Times failed to indicate the content. Richard Guinea became the new director from Nov 9th.
Apr 10th and 17th 1967 David Niven talks to Michael Scott.
Another special was Michael Scott in Hollywood (May 1967).
New producer from June 1967: Michael Ryan.
From July 5th the timing was Wednesdays 9.30-10pm.
The content began to be advertised again in TV Times:
July 12th: the films of Richard Widmark, Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas, and changes in film techniques
July 19th: incl Africa- Texas Style and other films about Darkest Africa
July 26th: Howard Hawks talks to Michael Scott
Aug 2nd: James Coburn and Lionel Jeffries
A Tribute to Gary Cooper (Aug 9th)
Aug 16th: Michael Scott interviews Julie Andrews in Nice
Dame Edith Evans (Aug 30th, postponed from Aug 23rd) and other great old ladies
Sept 6th; culture incl Rudolf Nureyev and Sir Laurence Olivier
Sept 13th clips from Divorce American Style, Up the Down Staircase
Sept 20th and 27th: Otto Preminger. Director: Bill Podmore
Oct 25th: adolescents in films
Nov 1st: classic novels incl Far From the Madding Crowd
Nov 8th (9.40-10pm) Robert Shaw as General Custer
Nov 15th (9.45-10pm) In Hollywood Michael Scott reports on the Anglo-Irish takeover bid
Nov 29th: series like Tarzan and Fu Manchu. Director: Eric Prytherch
Dec 13th Dr Dolittle
Dec 20th: Half a Sixpence. Michael Scott also talks to Tommy Steele
Dec 27th review of the year
Jan 10th 1968: Bette Davis
Jan 17th Director: Bill Podmore
Feb 7th: Director: Eric Prytherch
Feb 14th 9.40-10pm: Mark Robson. Producer: Mark Shivas
Feb 21st the comic strip hero
Feb 28th Paul Newman
Mar 6th: Michael Scott talks to Burt Lancaster
Mar 13th Director: Eric Harrison
Mar 27th: incl Panet of the Apes, Blackbeard's Ghost. Director: Eric Prytherch
Apr 10th: Private eyes incl The Maltese Falcon, Kiss me Deadly, New Face in Hell
Apr 17th films from Jules Verne stories
Apr 24th 9.30 and May 1st 9.40: James Stewart talks to Michael Scott
May 8th 9.45-10pm: General Custer incl Custer of the West
(cp Nov 8th 1967)
June 5th Bob Hope incl Eight on the Run
June 12th: unorthodox flying incl Don't Look Now... We're Being Shot At
July 10th: introduced by Mark Shivas incl The Yellow Submarine. Executive Producer: James Butler
July 17th: behind the scenes making the film Star
July 24th: new westerns incl Bandolero!, The Long Ride Home, Villa Rides
In the new franchise era from August 1968, the programme moved to Thursdays at 10.30pm. The series continued until 1975.
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Tyne Tees' own non-network series ran to 237 editions. Nearly every programme was hosted by their chief announcer Adrian Cairns. Editor was Fred Tucker.
On the occasion of the fiftieth edition, Adrian Cairns wrote in The Viewer that they had been to Edinburgh in summer 1959 to interview Aldo Ray, and Dublin to film work on The Siege of Sidney Street. Interviews up till then had included Donald Sinden, Kenneth More, Sylvia Sims and Val Guest, Robert Beatty and Peter Wyngarde.
Help is needed to add to the following:
Val Guest (Fri June 10th 1960, 7pm) incl Expresso Bongo, Hell Is A City
British Comedy (Sun Aug 21st 1960, 7.30pm) an interview with John Paddy Carstairs, incl Sands of the Desert, Make Mine Mink, The Naked Truth, Trouble In Store. Director: Bernard Preston
Jon Pennington (Mon Jan 23rd 1961, 7pm) "in the studio" to talk about his career. Excerpts incl The Mouse That Roared, Faces In The Dark, The Heart Within, Shadow of the Cat
United Artists Story (Thurs Sept 21st 1961, 7pm) excerpts from The Alamo, Goodbye Again, West Side Story, Judgement At Nuremburg. Interviews: Ingrid Bergman, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. Director: George Adams
Glenn Ford (Mon Mar 8th 1962 7pm)
Film Production (Tues July 31st 1962 7pm). Script: Tom Hutchinson. Director: Aud Penrose
The Beatles (Apr 9th 1964, 10.10pm) interview by Adrian Cairns at Twickenham Studios
Note: TTT also screened a 50 minute Movietime series in 1962, hosted by Nick Barker (Close Up??)
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Sunday Services on ITV
The regular programmes began in
September 1957 with a kick off time around 11am. Initially ATV's programmes had the uninspiring title Church. ABC by contrast had individual service names as titles until February 1958.
Normally services were networked, but on some occasions regional companies arranged their own local outside broadcasts.
The length of the service became about an hour, then 75 minutes, though as religious programmes were outside the broadcasting hours restrictions it did not matter if they overran.
There were frequent gripes from viewers that 'their' denomination did not get enough exposure, though naturally ITV responded by saying a fair balance was preserved. What is clear from these lists, however, is that with companies not normally providing consecutive services, sometimes there would be two communions, or even two family services or baptisms in close succession.
An edition of TV Times in 1962 described some effects of these Sunday services. The tv cameras were in St Giles Camberwell on Oct 22nd 1961 and afterwards the vicar heard from 31 new parishioners. He concluded, "where once we might not have been welcome, we are now welcome. This is because we have been seen on television." Another boon of the programmes was the provision of sets in hospitals enabling those unable to go to church to enjoy morning worship.
The very first Sunday morning service was on November 6th 1955 at 10.45am, being the Remembrance Sunday service from the Cenotaph Whitehall. TV Times offered no details, so this was probably a relay of the BBC broadcast
Sept 15th 1957 (11am-12 noon): Battle of Britain Sunday from RAF Biggin Hill, commentator Wing Commander Stanford Ruck. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Timing now 11.15am-12noon except where indicated.
Sept 22nd 1957: from St Andrew's Presbyterian Church Frognal Hampstead. Director: Stephen Wade (ATV)
Oct 6th 1957: from Birmingham Parish Church. Director: Stephen Wade (ATV)
Oct 20th 1957: from the Parish Church of St Giles in the Fields Holborn. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Oct 27th 1957: from Central Hall Methodist Church Westminster. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Remembrance Sunday Nov 10th 1957 (10.45-11.30): from St Peter-Upon-Cornhill London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Nov 24th 1957: from St James's Church Piccadilly. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Dec 1st 1957: Advent Sunday dialogue mass from RC Church of St Thomas More Eastcote. Commentator: Rev Michael Hollings. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Dec 22nd 1957: from St Mary's Church Islington. Preacher: Rev David Sheppard. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Jan 5th 1958: St John's Wood Church London with Rev Noel Perry-Gore. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Matins Jan 12th 1958: Ripon Cathedral. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Jan 19th 1958: Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Morning Prayer Jan 26th 1958: St Wilfrid's Parish Church Mobberley. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Feb 2nd 1958: Candlemas from Corpus Christi Church Maiden Lane London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Family Communion Feb 9th 1958: Selby Abbey. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Feb 16th 1958: Quinquagesima Sunday from Mare-street Baptist Church Hackney London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Feb 23rd 1958: from the Parish Church Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire.Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Mar 2nd 1958: Civic Service from the Collegiate Church of St Mary Warwick. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Mar 9th 1958: Sung Eucharist from Tewkesbury Abbey. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Mar 16th 1958: Missa Cantata from the RC Church of St Mary Magdalen Mortlake. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Mar 23rd 1958: Morning Service from Bristol Road Methodist Mission Northfield Birmingham. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Mar 30th 1958: Palm Sunday from Bristol Cathedral. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Apr 6th 1958 (10.30-11.30am): Pontifical High Mass from Westminster Cathedral. Commentator: Rev Michael Hollings. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Apr 20th 1958: Matins from Knaresborough Parish Church. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
May 4th 1958 (11.15am-12.30pm): Sung Mass from St Cuthbert's Church Withington Manchester. "The action" described by Canon William O'Leary. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
May 11th 1958: For the Deaf and Dumb from St Bede's Church Clapham. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
New timing of Church 11.15am-12.15pm, except as stated.
May 18th 1958: Morning Worship from Wesley Memorial Methodist Church Oxford. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
May 25th 1958: Whit Sunday from Bromey Congregational Church. Director: Anthony Flanagan (ATV)
June 8th 1958: Sung Eucharist from Ascension Parish Church Collier Row Romford. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
June 22nd 1958: Third Sunday After Trinity from Parish Church of St Nicholas Stevenage. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Lambeth Conference July 6th 1958 (10.30am-12noon): Corporate Communion at St Paul's Cathedral with the Archbishop of Canterbury. Commentator: Canon Fenton Morley. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Aug 3rd 1958: School Mass from St James' RC School Burnt Oak Middlesex. Commentator: Rev Illtud Evans. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Aug 10th 1958 (10.30am-12.30pm): Lambeth Conference concluding service from Westminster Abbey with the Archbishop of Canterbury. Commentator: Canon Fenton Morley. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Aug 17th 1958: Morning Service from Methodist Church Kingsway Hall London. Conducted by Rev Donald Soper. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Aug 31st 1958: Morning Service from the newly reopened City Temple London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Sept 14th 1958: Morning Service from St Michael's Chester Square London. Director: Peter Lloyd (ATV)
Battle of Britain Commemoration Service Sept 21st 1958: from Civic Church of St Chad Shrewsbury. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Sept 28th 1958: Morning Service from Southfields Central Hall London. Director: Peter Lloyd (ATV)
Oct 12th 1958 (10.50-12.30): Leeds Centenary Music Festival Service from Leeds Parish Church. Commentator: Bob Danvers-Walker. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Oct 19th 1958: Morning Service from the College of St Mark and St John Chelsea. Preacher: Canon Fenton Morley. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Oct 26th 1958: from the Ealing Divisions of the St John Ambulance. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Nov 2nd 1958: Children's Catechism and Holy Mass from RC Church of St Joseph and St Francis Xavier Richmond Yorks. Commentary by Father M Hollings. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Remembrance Sunday 1958 Nov 9th 1958 (10.45-11.20am): from the Cenotaph Whitehall.
Nov 16th 1958: Morning Service from Littleover Methodist Church Derby. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Nov 30th 1958: Morning Worship from Oxford Place Methodist Chapel Leeds. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Dec 14th 1958: from the RC Seminary of St Joseph Upholland Lancs. Commentator: Very Rev Canon O'Leary. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Dec 21st 1958: Morning Service from Holy Trinity Church Brompton. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Morning Service Dec 28th 1958: from Avenue Congregational Church Southampton. Director: Berkeley Smith (Southern)
Jan 4th 1959: Matins from Leicester Cathedral. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Jan 11th 1959: Morning Service from Congregational Christ Church Leatherhead. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Oct 12th 1958: Matins from Southwell Minster. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Jan 25th 1959: Matins from Bedale Parish Church. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Feb 1st 1959: High Mass from the RC Church of Corpus Christi Portsmouth. Sermon and commentary: Rev Gerard Dwyer. Director: Berkeley Smith (Southern)
Feb 8th 1959: Morning Service from Seven Kings Baptist Church Ilford. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Feb 22nd 1959: Morning Service from Hayes Free Church Kent. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Mar 1st 1959: Sung Eucharist from the Parish Church of All Hallows Wellingborough. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Mar 8th 1959: Dialogue Mass from St Mary's Training College Twickenham. Commentator: Rev Michael Hollings. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Mar 15th 1959: Morning Service from the Church of Holy Trinity Bosham. Director: Berkeley Smith (Southern)
Mar 29th 1959: Sung Eucharist from the Parish Church Towcester. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Apr 19th 1959: Morning Service from Christ Church with Holy Trinity Anerley. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
May 3rd 1959: Parish Communion from St Dunstan's Stepney. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
May 10th 1959: Parish Communion from Leigh Parish Church Lancs. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
May 17th 1959: Pontifical Low Mass and Confirmation from St Thomas' School Stanmore. Commentator: Rev Michael Hollings. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
May 24th 1959: Morning Service from Lady St Mary's Wareham. Director: Berkeley Smith (Southern)
July 5th 1959: Morning Service from Parish Church of St Ninian Douglas Isle of Man. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
July 19th 1959: Sung Euchrist from St Asaph Cathedral. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Aug 16th 1959: Holy Communion from Bridlington Priory. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Aug 23rd 1959: Sung Eucharist from St Mary's Church Ashwell. Director: Peter Lloyd (ATV)
Aug 30th 1959: Sung Eucharist from St Mary's Parish Church Skegness. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Sept 6th 1959: Morning Service from Haven Green Baptist Church Ealing. Director: Peter Lloyd (ATV)
Church now broadcast 11.15am-12.30pm:
Sept 13th 1959: Holy Communion from Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral. Director: David Southwood (ABC) "ITV's most ambitious church broadcast. Two ABC outside broadcast units and special equipment never used before will illuminate the vast cathedral."
Sept 20th 1959: Morning Service from St Columba's Presbyterian Church Worthing. Director: Berkeley Smith. (Southern)
Sept 27th 1959: Sung Eucharist from Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul Buckingham. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Oct 4th 1959: Morning Service from Oakwood Methodist Church Cockfosters. Director: Peter Lloyd (ATV)
Oct 11th 1959: Family Service from St George's Congregational Church Middlesborough. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Oct 18th 1959: Harvest Festival from the Church of St Mary the Virgin Edlesborough Buckinghamshire. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Oct 25th 1959: Dialogue Mass from Notre Dame de France, Leicester Place London. Commentator: Rev Michael Hollings. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Nov 1st 1959 (10.45am-12 noon): Mornimg Prayer from the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity Norwich. Director: Stephen McCormack (Anglia)
Remembrance Sunday Nov 8th 1959 (10.45-11.20am): from the Cenotaph Whitehall, prologue spoken by Group-Capt Douglas Bader (ATV)
Nov 15th 1959: Morning Service from The Dome Mission Brighton. Director: Berkeley Smith (Southern)
Nov 22nd 1959: Holy Communion from Queen's Road Baptist Church Coventry. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Nov 29th 1959: Morning Service from the Church of St Mary Woolnoth London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Dec 6th 1959: High Mass from the Church of the Holy Name Manchester. Commentator: Very Rev Canon O'Leary. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Dec 13th 1959: Morning Service from All Souls Langham Place London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Dec 20th 1959: Morning Service from Park Hill Congregational Church Nottingham. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Dec 27th 1959 (11.15am-12.15pm): Processional Carol Service from Peterborough Cathedral. Commentator: Cecil M Harrison. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Jan 3rd 1960: Parish Communion from the Church of St Gregory Bedale with Leeming Bar and Burrhill. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Jan 10th 1960: First Sunday After Epiphany from Kensington Chapel London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Jan 17th 1960: Sung Eucharist from Southwell Minster. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Jan 24th 1960: Sung Mass from the Roman Catholic Church of St Jospeh Newbury. Commentary: Rev Gerard Dwyer. Director: Berkeley Smith. (Southern)
Enthronement Jan 31st 1960: of the Bishop of Norwich at Norwich Cathedral. Director: Geoff Rimmer (Anglia) This was a video tape of the ceremony on January 28th
Feb 7th 1960: Fifth Sunday After Epiphany from the Chapel of Eltham College London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Feb 14th 1960: Choral Eucharist from Bolton Parish Church. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Feb 21st 1960: Sexagesima Sunday from the Metropolitan Tabernacle London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Matins Feb 28th 1960: from the Parish Church of St Nicholas Warwick. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Sung Mass Mar 6th 1960: from Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St George Enfield. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Mar 13th 1960: Morning Service from Hereford Cathedral. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Mar 20th 1960: Third Sunday in Lent from St John's Presbyterian Church Forest Hill London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Mar 27th 1960: Morthering SUnday Family Communion from Great Malvern Priory. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Apr 3rd 1960: Morning Worship from Albert Hall Methodist Mission Nottingham. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Apr 10th 1960: Palm Sunday from St Stehen's Parish Church Bush Hill Park Enfield. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Apr 17th 1960: Morning Service from Wharf Road Baptist Church Grantham. (Easter) Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Apr 24th 1960: Scout Parade Service from Clapton Park Congregational Church London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
May 1st 1960 (11.15am-12.15pm): Solemn High Mass from the Church of St Werburgh Chester. Commentary: Very Rev Canon O'Leary. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
May 8th 1960: Third Sunday After Easter from Waltham Abbey Ninth Centenary Year. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
May 15th 1960: Fourth Sunday After Easter from St John of Jerusalem, SOuth Hackney. A service in memory of Florence Nightingale. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
May 22nd 1960: Rogation Sunday from the Chapel of St Peter and St Paul, Royal Naval College Greenwich. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
New timing 11am-12.15pm:
May 29th 1960: Morning Service from Radnor Park Congregational Church Folkestone. Director: Berkeley Smith (Southern)
June 5th 1960: Whit Sunday from Rochester Cathedral. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
June 12th 1960: Trinity Sunday from Stanwell Congregational Church Middlesex. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
June 19th 1960: Sung Mass from the St Alban Roman Catholic Church Blackburn. Commentator: Canon O'Leary. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
June 26th 1960: Second Sunday After Trinity from the Church of St John the Evangelist Redhill. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
July 3rd 1960: High Mass from the Church of St Mary the Virgin Wellingborough. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Morning Prayer July 17th 1960: from St Hilary's Parish Church Wallasey. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
July 24th 1960: High Mass from the Church of the SDacred Heart Wimbledon. Commentator: Rev John Bebb. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
July 31st 1960: Sung Eucharist from St Nicholas Anglican Parish Church Newport Shropshire. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
The title 'Church' was finally dropped, the slot now called (The) Morning Service. A number of ABC broadcasts, in particular, however were listed by the type of service.
Aug 7th 1960: from Basildon Methodist Church. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Aug 14th 1960: from the Parish Church of St Mary Scarborough. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Aug 21st 1960: from Kenton Methodist Church Middlesex. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Sept 4th 1960: High Mass from The New Church of Christ the King Bitterne. Director: Berkeley Smith (Southern)
Sept 11th 1960: from Eltham Park Baptist Church London. Director: Peter Lloyd (ATV)
Commemoration Service Sept 18th 1960 (10.30am-12.15pm): RAF 20th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain from Liverpool Cathedral. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
An Ordination of Deacons and Priests Sept 25th 1960 (11am-12.30pm): from Southwark Cathedral. Commentator: Canon Fenton Morley. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Nov 27th 1960: Advent Sunday from Dale Street Methodist Church Leamington Spa. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Service of Confirmation and First Communion Dec 4th 1960 (11am-12.30pm): from St Mary the Virgin Primrose Hill. Commentator: Canon Fenton Morley. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Dec 18th 1960: from the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul Tonbridge. Director: Berkeley Smith (Southern)
Christmas Communion Dec 25th 1960: from Liverpool Cathedral. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
New timing 11am-12.05pm:
High Mass Mar 12th 1961: The RC Abbey of St Michael the Archangel Belmont Hereford. Commentator: Father Clifford Howell. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Sung Eucharist Mar 26th 1961: Tewkesbury Abbey. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Apr 2nd 1961 (10.30am-12noon): Pontifical High Mass of Easter Day from Westminster Cathedral. Commentator: Rev John Bebb. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Apr 16th 1961: from Wallington Methodist Church. Commentator: Rev Cyril Thomas. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
May 7th 1961: Dedication from the RAF Church of St Clement Danes London. Dedication of the Royal Air Force Books of Remembrance. Commentator: Canon Fenton Morley. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
May 21st 1961: from Wolstanton Congregational Church, Staffs. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
May 28th 1961: from the Royal Albert Hall London. Commentator: Rev Cyril Thomas. The annual service of the Methodist Association of Youth Clubs. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
700th Charter Anniversary Service of the Borough of Macclesfield June 4th 1961: from the Parish Church Macclesfield. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
June 11th 1961: from St Peter-ad-Vincula, Tower of London, followed by Changing of the Guard. Commentator: Peter Lloyd. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
June 18th 1961: from the Parish Church of Birmingham. Preacher: Billy Graham. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
June 25th 1961: from Frenhead Road Methodist Church London. With the sacrament of Holy Baptism. Commentator: Rev Cyril Thomas. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
July 2nd 1961: from Church Street Methodist Church Southport. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
July 9th 1961: Pontifical High Mass from The Church of St John Fisher Rochester. Commentator: Rev John Bebb. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Morning Prayer July 16th 1961: from New Brighton Parish Church. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
July 23rd 1961: from Punshon Memorial Methodist Church Bournemouth. Director: Berkeley Smith (Southern)
Sung Eucharist July 30th 1961: from Bangor Cathedral. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Aug 6th 1961: A service of dedication and prayer for Road Safety from St James's Church Piccadilly London. Commentator: Peter Lloyd. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Aug 13th 1961: from The Ebenezer Baptist Church Scarborough. Director: Geoffrey Hall (ABC)
Aug 27th 1961: from The Methodist Central Hall Queen Street Scarborough. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Solemn High Mass Sept 3rd 1961: from The Cathedral Church of St Mary Middlesborough. Commentator: Very Rev Canon Wm O'Leary. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Parish Communion Sept 10th 1961: from The Parish Church of St Philip Alderley Edge Cheshire. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Sept 17 1961: from St Andrew's Presbyterian Church Eastbourne. Director: Berkeley Smith (Southern)
Sept 24th 1961: Harvest Festival from The Church of St Mary the Virgin Hambleden Bucks. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Oct 22nd 1961 St Giles Clerkenwell (ATV)
Service of Remembrance Nov 12th 1961 (10.45-11.50): from The Centotaph Whitehall London. (ATV)
Matins Nov 19th 1961: from Cartmel Priory Grange-over-Sands. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Nov 26th 1961: Dialogue Mass from The Church of Notre Dame de France Leicester Square London. Commentator: Rev John Bebb. Director: Raymond Joss (ATV)
Sung Eucharist Dec 3rd 1961: from The Parish Church of All Saints Northallerton. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Dec 10th 1961: from St John's Dormansland. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Matins Dec 17th 1961: from Salisbury Cathedral. Director: Berkeley Smith (Southern)
Christmas Sunday Service Dec 24th 1961: from Heaton Moor Congregational Church Stockport. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Dec 31st 1961 (11am-12.15pm): Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from St Mark's Parish Church Bush Hill Park Enfield. Director: Raymond Joss (ATV)
Sung Mass Jan 14th 1962: from The Church of St Mary Magdalene Wandsworth. Commentator: Rev John Bebb. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Family Church Service Jan 28th 1962: from Darlington Street Methodist Church Wolverhampton.
Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Feb 4th 1962: from the RAF Church of St Clement Dane. Thanksgiving service on the 21st anniversary of the Air Training Corps in the presence of the Duke of Edinburgh. Commentator: Peter Lloyd. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Sung Eucharist Feb 11th 1962: from Lancaster Priory. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Feb 18th 1962 (11am-12.10pm): from St Andrew's Presvyterian Church Hampstead. Director: Raymond Joss (ATV)
Feb 25th 1962: from Main Road Baptist Church Romford. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Mar 4th 1962: from Cranbrook Parish Church. Director: Berkeley Smith (Southern)
Mothering Sunday Apr 1st 1962: Family Eucharist from Malvern Priory. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Procession of Palms Apr 15th 1962: Solemn High Mass from Oscott RC College Sutton Coldfield. Commentator: Father Geoffrey Tucker. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Easter Sunday Services Apr 22nd 1962 (10.30am-12.45pm): Mattins, Procession and Solemn Eucharist from York Minster. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
May 20th 1962: Industrial Festival from Rochester Cathedral. Commentator: Peter Lloyd. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
The Communion May 27th 1962 (10.30am-12.05pm): from Coventry Cathedral. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
June 3rd 1962: from Holly Park Methodist Church Crouch Hill. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
June 10th 1962: High Mass from the Convent of the Daughters of the Cross, Carshalton. Commentators: Rev John Bebb and Rev Sister Superior. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
June 24th 1962: from Christ Church Crouch End, part of their centenary celebration. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Sung Mass July 8th 1962: from the RC Church of the Sacred Heart Blackpool. Commentator: Very Rev Canon O'Leary. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
July 15th 1962 (11am-12.5pm "approx"): from Brownhill Road Baptist Church Catford. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Timing now 11am-12.15pm:
July 29th 1962: from Wesley's Chapel City Road London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Aug 5th 1962: Parish Communion from St Mark's Church Battersea Rise London. Director: Raymond Joss (ATV)
Aug 19th 1962:from St John's Methodist Church Worcester. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Aug 26th 1962: from Holy Trinity Church Kensington London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Family Worship Sept 2nd 1962:from the United Congregatinal Church Dewsbury. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Sept 9th 1962: Sung Eucharist from The Parish of St Andrew Sudbury Middlesex. Director: Raymond Joss (ATV)
Sept 16th 1962: from The Baptist Tabernacle Tunbridge Wells. Director: Peter Webber (Southern)
One God Oct 7th 1962: from Hampstead Parish Church London. Second in a series of three from "the three main streams of religious thought in this country ... showing how far in our corporate worship this unity is achieved." Commentator: Rev Preb Stephen Hopkinson. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
One God Oct 14th 1962: from St Augustine's RC Church Hoddesdon. Commentator: Rev John Bebb. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Oct 21st 1962: from the Chapel of St Peter and St Paul Royal Naval College Greenwich. Trafalgar Day annual Seafarer's Service. Commentator: Rev Preb Stephen Hopkinson. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Oct 28th 1962: from St Cuthbert's Presbyterian Church Hove. Director: Berkeley Smith (Southern)
Service of Remembrance Nov 11th 1962 (10.45-11.55): from The Centotaph Whitehall London. (ATV)
Sung Eucharist Nov 25th 1962: from the Parish Church Doncaster. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Sung Eucharist Dec 23rd 1962: from Ashover Parish Church Derbyshire. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Dec 30th 1962: from Stockwell Methodist Church London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Feb 10th 1963: from St Martins-in-the- Bull Ring, Birmingham Parish Church. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Feb 17th 1963: Matins from Emmanuel Church Northwood Middlesex. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
God and Man Mar 10th 1963: Man Loving God in Work and Industry. Low Mass from Saint Edmund's Church Airedale. Second in the series of Lent services introduced by Michael Thomas. Commentator: Very Rev Canon W O'Leary. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
God and Man Mar 17th 1963: Man Loving God in Personal Life. Family Worship from Bridge Street Methodist Church Hereford, introduced by Michael Thomas. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
God and Man Mar 24th 1963: Man Loving God in the Family. Sung Eucharist from Manchester Cathedral, introduced by Michael Thomas. Commentator: Rev Canon SH Price. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
God and Man Apr 7th 1963 (11am-12.05pm): God Loving Man- God in Man's Suffering. Holy Communion from Parish Church of St Katherine Cree London. Sixth in the series of Lent services introduced by Michael Thomas. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Apr 21st 1963: from St Mary's Parish Church Goudhurst. Director: Berkeley Smith (Southern)
May 5th 1963: Service of Thanksgiving for the beauty of the earth from Broomwood Methodist Church Clapham Common. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Family Service May 12th 1963: from The Mansfield Road Baptist Church Nottingham. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
May 19th 1963: Annual Parade Service of the North London St John Ambulance from St John's Church Palmers Green. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
May 26th 1963: Annual Service of the Methodist Association of Youth Clubs from The Royal Albert Hall London. Commentary: Rev Albert Cornah. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Parish Communion June 2nd 1963: from The Parish Church of Saint Lawrence Hatfield Yorkshire. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
June 9th 1963: A Civic Service of Thanksgiving for the foundation of the Queen Victoria Hospital East Grinstead from The Parish Church of St Swithun East Grinstead. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Service of Induction June 16th 1963: from Church of St Thomas Leesfield Oldham. A new incumbent is installed. Commentator: Canon SH Price. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Family Communion Service June 23rd 1963: from Church of St John the Baptist Chester. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Solemn High Mass June 30th 1963: from The Friars Aylesford Kent. Commentary: Rev Gerard Dwyer. Director: Berkeley Smith (Southern)
July 7th 1963: from St Mary's Parish Church Goudhurst. Director: Berkeley Smith (Southern)
Family Worship July 14th 1963: from Heaton Moor Methodist Church Stockport. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Sung Eucharist July 21st 1963: from The Parish Church Towcester. Day School Festival. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
July 28th 1963: Oarsmen's Service from The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin Fen Ditton Cabridge. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Dialogue Mass Aug 4th 1963: from the RC Church of Saint Anthony Woodhouse Park Wythenshawe Manchester. Commentator: Very Rev Canon William O'Leary. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Aug 11th 1963: from Fentiman Road Methodist Church London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Sung Eucharist Aug 18th 1963: from The Parish Church of St Giles Stoney Stratford. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Aug 25th 1963: Sung Eucharist from St Alban the Martyr Holborn London. Commentator: Rev Preb A S Hopkinson. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Induction of a Minister Sept 15th 1963: from Bedminster Methodist Church Wolverhampton. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Harvest Thanksgiving Sept 22nd 1963: from the grounds of Raynham Hall. Director: Michael Jeans (Anglia)
Sept 29th 1963: Dialogue Mass from the Chapel of St Vincent's Orthopaedic Hospital, Pinner. Commentator: Rev Michael Hollings. Director: Stephen Wade (ATV)
Oct 20th 1963: from the Priory Church of St Peter Dunstable. Director: Stephen Wade (ATV)
Family Communion Oct 27th 1963: from the Parish Church Carlton-in-Lindrick Notts. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Nov 3rd 1963: Centenary Celebration Service from Bromley Baptist Church. Commentator: Leonard Fawkes. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Service of Remembrance Nov 10th 1963 (10.45-11.55): from The Cenotaph. (ATV)
Dec 1st 1963: Sung Eucharist from Christ Church Lancaster Gate London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Consecration Service Dec 15th 1963: from the Church of St Mark Chadderton Lancs. Commentator: Canon Hetley Price. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Baptism at Christmas Dec 22nd 1963: from Jubilee Methodist Church Tunstall. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Sung Eucharist Jan 12th 1964: from Liverpool Parish Church. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Jan 19th 1964: Salvation Army Holiness Meeting from The Ilford Citadel. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Jan 26th 1964: Parish Communion from St Etheldreda's Church Fulham Palace Road London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Feb 16th 1964: from Richmond Hill Congregational Church Bournemouth. Director: Berkeley Smith (Southern)
Sung Eucharist Mar 15th 1964: from Halifax Parish Church. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Mar 22nd 1964: Family Communion from St Clare's Westborough Guildford. Commentator: Rev Preb Stephan Hopkinson. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Sung Eucharist Apr 5th 1964: from the Parish Church of All Saints Maidstone. Director: Berkeley Smith (Southern)
Apr 12th 1964: Dedication from the RAF Church of St Clement Danes London. Commentator: Peter Lloyd. Dedication of Vol 10 of the RAF Books of Remembrance. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Opening Service of the Leeds Triennial Musical Festival Apr 19th 1964: from Leeds Parish Church. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Morning Worship Apr 26th 1964: from Egremont Presbyterian Church Wallasey. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Dialogue Mass May 10th 1964: from St Edmund's RC Church Little Hulton nr Manchester. Commentator: Very Rev Canon W O'Leary. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
May 17th 1964: Pontifical High Mass from Westminster Cathedral. Commentary by Rev John Bebb. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
May 24th 1964: Matins from the Chapel of St John's Hall London College of Divinity Middx. Commentary by Rev Michael Green. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Morning Worship May 31st 1964: from the Parish Church Keighley. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Solemn Mass June 14th 1964: from the Chapel of the Franciscan RC Prep School Stony Stratford. Commentator: Very Rev Canon W O'Leary. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
June 21st 1964: Sung Mass from the RC Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Hayes Middx. Commentator: Rev John Bebb. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
June 28th 1964: from St Mary's Parish Church Scarborough. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
July 5th 1964: Centenary Service from Radlett Parish Church (ATV)
Morning Worship July 26th 1964: from Wesley Chapel Harrogate. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Aug 2nd 1964: Dialogue Mass from the Church of St Thomas pf Canterbury Whyteleafe Surrey. Commentator: Rev John Bebb. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Aug 23rd 1964: from Finsbury Park Methodist Church. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Aug 30th 1964: from All Saints' Church Bradford. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Sept 6th 1964: A Scouts' Own from the Adult Leaders Training Centre Gilwell Park. Introduced by Camp Chief John Thurman. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Battle of Britain Commemoration Service Sept 13th 1964: from All Saints Parish Church Northampton. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Sept 20th 1964: from the RAF Church of St Clement Danes. Thanksgiving for victory in the Battle of Britain and laying up of the Queen's Colour. Commentator: Peter Lloyd. Director: Stephen Wade (ATV)
Solemn High Mass Sept 27th 1964: from the Church of Our Lady of Dolours, Bognor Regis. Commentator: Rev Gerard Dwyer. Director: Berkely Smith (Southern)
Oct 4th 1964: Baptismal Service from Weymouth Baptist Church. Director: George Egan (Southern)
Sung Eucharist Oct 18th 1964: from Chchester Cathedral. Director: Berkeley Smith (Southern)
Confirmation and First Communion Oct 25th 1964: from the Parish Church of St Martin of Tours Middlesborough. Commentator: Maxwell Dees. Director: Christopher Palmer (Tyne Tees)
Nov 1st 1964: from the Methodist Church Blundellsands. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Service of Remembrance Nov 8th 1964 (10.45-11.55): from The Cenotaph. (ATV)
Nov 15th 1964: from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre without Newgate London. A combined service with the City Temple. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Holy Baptism with Communion Nov 22nd 1964: from Leigh Parish Church Lancs. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Students' Service for Advent Nov 29th 1964: from Central Methodist Church Leicester. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Choral Communion Dec 6th 1964: from Brighton College Chapel. Director: George Egan (Southern)
Dec 13th 1964: from Lichfield Cathedral. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Dec 20th 1964: Dialogue Mass from the Priory Church of Christ the King Cockfosters. For the first time, English is used in the mass. Commentator Rev John Bebb. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Festive Service Dec 27th 1964: from Manchester Cathedral. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Jan 3rd 1965: Family Service from Radlett Parish Church. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Sung Eucharist Jan 10th 1965: from St George's Church Stockport. Commentator: Canon Wilfred Garlick. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Jan 17th 1965: from Mount Zion Baptist Church St John's Wood Road London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Sung Eucharist Jan 24th 1965: from St Cuthbert Parish Church Billingham. Director: George Adama (Tyne Tees)
Choral Communion Jan 31st 1965: from Lancing College Chapel. Director: George Egan (Southern)
Feb 7th 1965: Parish Communion from St Luke's Church Camberwell London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Feb 14th 1965: from Brunswick Methodist Church Macclesfield. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Feb 21st 1965: Dialogue Mass from the Church of St Joseph Epsom. Commentator: Rev John Bebb. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Feb 28th 1965: St David's Day Service from the Military Chapel Chelsea Barracks. 50th Anniversary of the Welsh Guards. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Mar 7th 1965: Matins from St Paul's Church Herne Hill London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Sung Eucharist Mar 14th 1965: from Hereford Cathedral. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Mar 21st 1965: from St Peter's Methodist Church Canterbury. Director: George Egan (Southern)
Mar 28th 1965: Pontifical High Mass from Notre Dame de France, London. Commentator: Rev John Bebb. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Solemn Eucharist Apr 4th 1965: from Wakefield Cathedral. Commentator: Rev John Lyth. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Apr 11th 1965: from Clementswood Baptist Church Ilford. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Easter Communion Apr 18th 1965 (10.30am-12.15pm): from Coventry Cathedral. Commentator: Rev SW Phipps. Director: David Southwood (ABC)
Family Service Apr 25th 1965: from New North Road Baptist Church Huddersfield. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Holy Mass May 2nd 1965: from St Mary's Swinton. Commentator: Rev Canon W O'Leary. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
May 9th 1965: from Wanstead Congregational Church London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Sung Eucharist May 16th 1965: from Towcester Parish Church. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
May 23rd 1965: Morning Prayer from Battersea Parish Church London. Commentator: Rev Preb A Stephan Hopkinson. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
May 30th 1965: from Cosham Congregational Church. Director: George Egan (Southern)
Parish Communion June 20th 1965: from St Francis Church Leigh Park nr Havant. Director: George Egan (Southern)
June 27th 1965: Centenary of the Salvation Army from Regent Hall London. Introduced by Major Fred Brown. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Morning Prayer July 4th 1965: from St Peter's Parish Church Congleton. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
July 11th 1965: from Ruislip Methodist Church. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
July 18th 1965: from Oxford Place (Methodist) Chapel Leeds. Director: David Southwood. (ABC)
July 25th 1965: Matins from the Queen's Chapel of the Savoy London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Parish Communion Aug 1st 1965: from Buxton Parish Church. Director: David Southwood. (ABC)
Divine Service Aug 8th 1965: from the quarterdeck of HMS Tiger, in Newcastle. (Recorded July 25th). Commentary: Maxwell Deas. Director: Christopher Palmer. (Tyne Tees)
Aug 15th 1965: from Bridlington Priory. Director: David Southwood. (ABC)
Aug 22nd 1965: from St John's Presbyterian Church Kensington London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
REGIONAL VARIATION: High Mass Aug 22nd 1965: from the Lady Chapel on Mount Grace Osmotherly. (Recorded Aug 15th). Introductory Commentary: Maxwell Deas. Mass described by Father Daniel Costar. Director: Christopher Palmer. (Tyne Tees- partially networked)
Aug 29th 1965: Family Communion from All Saints Parish Church Boreham Wood. Kensington London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Solemn Mass Sept 5th 1965: from The Church of Our Lady Southbourne, Bournemouth. Commentary: Father Gerard Dwyer. Director: George Egan (Southern)
Mattins Sept 12th 1965: from Holy Trinity Parish Church of Berwck-upon-Tweed. Introduction: Maxwell Deas. Director: George Adams. (Tyne Tees)
The Peaceful Sky Sept 19th 1965 (10.45am-12.50pm): 25th Annversary of the Battle of Britain from St George's Chapel RAF Biggin Hill, Westminster Abbey, and Runnymede Memorial. Commentator: Brian Connell. Reading by Paul Rogers. Directors: Stephen Wade, also Bill Allenby at Westminster (ATV)
People's Mass Sept 26th 1965: from the RC Church of St Joseph and St Francis Xavier Richmond Yorks. Commentator: Rev Canon O'Leary. Director: Andy Gullen (ABC)
Praise and Remembrance Oct 3rd 1965: from the Parish Church Warrington. Director: David Southwood. (ABC)
Family Communion Oct 10th 1965: from Champness Hall Rochdale. Director: Geoff Hall. (ABC)
Oct 17th 1965: from the Church of St Mary East Molesey. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
REGIONAL VARIATION: Jubilee Memorial Service Oct 17th 1965: from Norwich Cathedral. On the death of Edith Cavell, extracts from her letters read by Anna Neagle. Commentary Rev AR Freeman. Director: Ron Downing. (Anglia- partially networked)
Dialogue Mass Oct 24th 1965: from RC Church of Our Lady and the Apostles Shaw Heath Stockport. Commentary: Canon O'Leary. Director: Geoff Hall. (ABC)
Oct 31st 1965: Family Communion from the Elstree Parish Church of St Nicholas. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Family Worship Nov 7th 1965: from Chorley Old Road Methodist Church Bolton. Director: Andy Gullen. (ABC)
Morning Prayer Nov 21st 1965: from the Parish Church of Allerton Liverpool. Director: Andy Gullen. (ABC)
Nov 28th 1965: Communion from Kensington Temple London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Holy Mass Dec 5th 1965: from RC Church of the Sacred Heart Moreton Wirral. Commentary: Very Rev Canon O'Leary. Director: Geoff Hall. (ABC)
Dec 12th 1965: from Bromley Congregational Church. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
The Advent Ordination Dec 19th 1965 (10.30am-12.15pm): from Canterbury Cathedral. Commentary: Rev W Todd. Director: Berkeley Smith. (Southern)
United Free Church Christmas Service Dec 26th 1965: from Albion Congregational Church Ashton-Under-Lyne. Director: Andy Gullen. (ABC)
Sung Eucharist Jan 9th 1966: from Parish Church of St John the Evangelist Birtley. Commentator: Maxwell Deas. Director: Bernard Preston. (Tyne Tees)
Choral Cmmunion Jan 16th 1966: from Mossley Hill Parish Church Liverpool. Commentator: Canon CB Naylor. Director: David Southwood. (ABC)
Jan 23rd 1966: from Cambridge Heath Salvation Army Citadel Hackney. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
A Concelebration of Mass Jan 30th 1966: from St John's Cathedral Portsmouth. Commentary: Rev Gerard Dwyer. Director: George Egan. (Southern)
Feb 6th 1966: in which children play a leading part from Christ Church Gypsy Hill. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Family Worship Feb 13th 1966: from The Congregational Church Sutton Coldfield. Director: Geoff Hall. (ABC)
Feb 20th 1966: Solemn Eucharist from St John the Divine Kensington. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Mattins Mar 6th 1966: from St John's Cathedral Portsmouth. Commentary: Rev Gerard St Paul's Church Rusthall Tunbridge Wells. Director: George Egan. (Southern)
Peoples' Mass Mar 20th 1966: from RC Church of St Theresa of Lisieux, Manor Estate Sheffield. Commentator: Canon O'Leary. Director: Geoff Hall. (ABC)
Service of Consecration and Re-Hallowing Mar 27th 1966: from St Thomas Oakwood London. Commentator: Peter Lloyd. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Matins Apr 3rd 1966: from The Collegiate Church of St Mary Stafford. Director: Andy Gullen. (ABC)
Easter Morning Service Apr 10th 1966: from The Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Dialogue Mass Apr 17th 1966: from the Chapel of St Vincent Provincial House Mill Hill London. Commentator: Rev John Bebb. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Solemn Eucharist Apr 24th 1966: from The Parish Church of Our Lady St Nicholas and St James Syresham Northants. Director: Geoff Hall. (ABC)
REGIONAL VARIATION Apr 24th 1966: The Enthronement of the new bishop in the Cathedral Church of St James Bury St Edmunds. Commentary: Canon AR Freeman. Director: Forbes Taylor (Anglia)
May 1st 1966: Blessing of the Farm and Animals from Bovinger Hall Farm Bobbingworth. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Sung Eucharist May 8th 1966: from The Parish Church of St Wilfrid Harrogate. Director: David Southwood. (ABC)
Children's Church Festival May 22nd 1966: from Sandon Road Methodist Church Harborne Birmingham. Director: Andy Gullen. (ABC)
May 29th 1966: from Tickhill Parish Church Yorks. Director: Geoff Hall. (ABC)
June 5th 1966: from the Pentecostal Church Bedford. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Family Communion June 12th 1966: from St Barnabas' Parish Church Morecambe and Heysham. Director: Geoff Hall. (ABC)
June 26th 1966: from the Parish Church of St Barnabas Temple Fortune Golders Green. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
July 3rd 1966: from The Methodist Church St Edmund's Church Street Salisbury. Director: George Egan. (Southern)
Family Worship July 17th 1966: from Highfield Congregational Church Rock Ferry Birkenhead. Director: David Southwood. (ABC)
July 24th 1966: from St Andrew's Chapel, Mission to Seamen Victoria Dock Road London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Matins July 31st 1966: from Northenden Parish Church Manchester. Director: Geoff Hall. (ABC)
Aug 7th 1966: Sung Eucharist from St Cuthbert's Church Philbeach Gardens London. Commentator: Rev Preb S Hopkinson. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Holiday Service Aug 14th 1966: from Quay Methodist Church Bridlington. Director: Andy Gullen. (ABC)
Aug 21st 1966: Parish Communion from St Barnabas Church Little Ilford. Commentator: Rev Preb S Hopkinson. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Peoples' Mass Aug 28th 1966: from the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Malachy Ovenden Halifax. Commentator: Rev Canon O'Leary. Director: Geoff Hall. (ABC)
A Children's Service Sept 4th 1966: from The Sculpture Gallery, Woburn Abbey. With the Tingha and Tucker Club. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Harvest Thanksgiving Sept 18th 1966: from Breachwood Green Baptist Church Herts. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Sept 25th 1966: from The Chapel of St Joseph's (RC) College Mill Hill. Commentator: Rev John Bebb. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Harvest Thanksgiving Oct 2nd 1966: from Old Clee Parish Church Grimsby. Director: Geoff Hall. (ABC)
A Service of Believers' Baptism Oct 9th 1966: from Pier Avenue Baptist Church Clacton-on-Sea. Commentary: Rev Edgar Wright. Director: John Salway. (Anglia)
Fish Harvest Festival Oct 16th 1966: from Billingsgate Parish Church. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Family Communion Oct 23rd 1966: from St James' Parish Church Hope, Salford. Director: Geoff Hall. (ABC)
Sung Eucharist Oct 30th 1966: from The Abbey Church of St Mary and St Ethelfleda Romsey. Director: George Egan. (Southern)
Morning Worship Nov 6th 1966: from Heaton Moor Methodist Church Stockport. Director: Andy Gullen. (ABC)
Service of Remembrance Nov 13th 1966 (10.30-11.55am): from The Cenotaph London, and The Stone of Remembrance Edinburgh. Commentators: Shaw Taylor (London), Bill Tennent (Edinburgh). (ATV and Scottish TV)
Parish Communion Nov 27th 1966: from The Church of Christ the Carpenter, Dogsthorpe Peterborough. Commentary: Canon AR Freeman. Director: John Salway. (Anglia)
Parish Communion Dec 4th 1966: from The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin Littlehampton. Commentary: Rev Bill Todd. Director: George Egan. (Southern)
Sung Mass Dec 11th 1966: from St George's RC Church Norwich. Commentary: Rev Robert Manley. Director not stated (Anglia)
Dec 18th 1966: from St Andrew's Church Rustington. Director: George Egan. (Southern)
Christmas Eucharist Dec 25th 1966 (11am-12.10pm): from Manchester Cathedral. Commentary: Ven Hetley Price. Director: David Southwood. (ABC) - (note this was actually the first ITV Sunday service since 1955 to fall on Christmas Day itself. Of course on other Christmas Days a religious service was also broadcast)
1967: The service continued to begin at 11am, but on Jan 1st it was concluded at 12.05pm, while some future weeks a 'close down' was indicated before the next programme at 12.15pm.
Jan 1st 1967: from the Church of St Michael Chester Square London SW1. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Morning Worship Jan 8th 1967: from the Congregational Church St Jelens Lancs. Director: Andy Gullen. (ABC)
Solemn Opening Mass Jan 15th 1967: of The Church of St David Stanwell Middx. Commentator: Rev John Bebb. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Sung Eucharist Jan 29th 1967: from The Parish Church of St Nicholas Arundel. Director: George Egan. (Southern)
25th Anniversary RAF Regiment Feb 5th 1967: Commemorative Service at Clement Danes London. Commentator: Peter Lloyd. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Feb 12th 1967: from Greenford Methodist Church. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Sung Eucharist Feb 19th 1967: from Derby Cathedral. Director: David Southwood. (ABC)
Feb 26th 1967: Parade Service for Church uniformed organisations from The Union Church (Congregational) Mill Hill. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Concelebrated Low Mass Mar 5th 1967: from Upholland College Lancs. Commentator: Very Rev Canon W O'Leary. Director: David Southwood. (ABC)
Mar 12th 1967: from Brixton Parish Church. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Sung Eucharist Mar 19th 1967: from The Parish Church of St Alphege Solihull. Director: Andy Gullen. (ABC)
Solemn High Mass of Easter Mar 26th 1967 (11am-11.50am): from The Cathedral of Our Lady and St Philip Arundel.Commentator: Rev John Bebb. Director: George Egan. (Southern)- this was followed 11.55am-12.20 by Urbi Et Orbi Pope Paul VI from Rome
Family Communion Apr 2nd 1967: from The Parish Church of St Edburgha Yardley Birmingham. Director: Andy Gullen. (ABC)
Opening Service of the Leeds Triennial Musical Festival Apr 16th 1967: from Leeds Parish Church. Director: David Southwood. (ABC)
Parish Communion Apr 23rd 1967: from The Parish Church of St Mary Redbourn Herts. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Solemn Enthronement Apr 30th 1967: from The Cathedral Church of Our Lady and St Thomas Northampton. Commentary: Rev Robert Manley. Director: John Salway (Anglia)
Church Parade and Service May 7th 1967: St John Ambulance Brigade from The Parish Church of St Andrew Enfield. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Morning Worship May 14th 1967: from Claremont Road Methodist Church Wallasey. Director: Geoff Hall. (ABC)
Parish Communion May 21st 1967: from The Church of St Peter and St Paul Fareham. Director: George Egan. (Southern)
Low Mass May 28th 1967: from St Francis Gorton. Commentator: Rev Canon W O'Leary. Director: Andy Gullen. (ABC)
June 11th 1967: from the Parish Church of East Dereham. Commentary: Canon Peter Freeman. Diretor: Bob Gardam. (Anglia)
June 18th 1967: from St Andrew's Presbyterian Church Cheam. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Length of programme now indicated as back to 11am to 12.15pm.
Open Air Meeting July 2nd 1967: from The Salvation Army Regent Hall Corps Oxford Circus London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Morning Prayer July 9th 1967: from The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin Bowdon Cheshire. Director: Geoff Hall. (ABC)
July 16th 1967: from The New Malden Methodist Church. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Matins July 23rd 1967: from Holy Trinity Church Northwood Middx. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
July 30th 1967: Dialogue Mass from The Church of St Mary London Colney Herts. Commentator: Rev John Bebb. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Act of Worship Aug 6th 1967: A service specially prepared for tv from Lowestoft Parish Church. Commentary: Canon Peter Freeman. Director: John Salway (Anglia)
Matins Aug 13th 1967: from The Parish Church of St John the Baptist Aldenham Herts. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Aug 20th 1967: from the Viennese Ballroom of a Clacton Holiday Camp. Commentary: Canon Peter Freeman. Director: John Salway (Anglia)
Morning Worship Aug 27th 1967: from Trinity Methodist Church Castleford. Director: Andy Gullen. (ABC)
Family Communion Sept 3rd 1967: from Holy Trinity Parish Church Southport. Director: Geoff Hall. (ABC)
People's Mass Sept 10th 1967: from the RC Church of the Sacred Heart Blackpool. Commentator: Rev Canon W O'Leary. Director: David Southwood. (ABC)
Harvest Festival Sept 24th 1967: from Ebenezer Congregational Church Chatham. Director: George Egan. (Southern)
Morning Chapel Oct 22nd 1967: from Eton College. Commentator: Colin Clark. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Family Matins Oct 29th 1967: from St Chad's Parish Church Far Headingley Leeds. Director: Geoff Hall. (ABC)
Nov 5th 1967 (11-11.50am): from Trinity Presbyterian Church Norwich. Commentary: Margaret Jones. Director: John Salway (Anglia)
Service of Remembrance Nov 12th 1967 (10.40-11.55): from The Cenotaph. (ATV)
People's Mass Sept 10th 1967: from the RC Church of the Sacred Heart Blackpool. Commentator: Rev Canon W O'Leary. Director: David Southwood. (ABC)
Sung Eucharist Nov 19th 1967: from the Parish Church of St Mary and St Eanswythe Folkestone. Commentator: Rev Bill Todd. Director: George Egan. (Southern)
Family Service Nov 26th 1967: with Infant Baptism from Clarendon Road Congregational Church Watford. Commentator: Irene A Sennitt. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Matins Dec 10th 1967: from Sheffield Cathedral. Director: David Southwood. (ABC)
A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols Dec 17th 1967: from The Guards' Chapel Wellington Barracks London. Commentator: Peter Lloyd. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Dec 24th 1967 (11am-12.10pm): Christmas in the Manchester Mission from Central Hall Manchester. Director: Andy Gullen. (ABC)
Family Worship Jan 7th 1968: United Free Church Service from Zion Congregational Church Wakefield. Director: Geoff Hall. (ABC)
Sung Eucharist Jan 14th 1968: from the Parish Church of St Leonard Hythe Kent. Commentator: Rev Bill Todd. Director: George Egan. (Southern)
Jan 21st 1968: from The City Temple London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Sung Communion Jan 28th 1968: Preston Parish Church. Director: David Southwood. (ABC)
Feb 4th 1968: Dialogue Sung Mass from St Luke's RC Church Pinner. Commentator: Rev John Bebb. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Matins and Holy Baptism Feb 11th 1968: from Halifax Parish Church.
Director: Andy Gullen. (ABC)
Feb 18th 1968: from Brookside Methodist Church East Barnet. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Feb 25th 1968: from the Chapel of North Middlesex Hospital Edmonton.Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
United Family Service Mar 3rd 1968: from the Parish Church of St Saviour Peckham. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Parish Communion Mar 10th 1968: from St Peters Church Newton-le-Willows.
Director: Geoff Hall. (ABC)
Holy Communion Mar 17th 1968: from Blackpool Parish Church. Director: David Southwood. (ABC)
Sung Eucharist Mar 24th 1968: from Howden Minster. Director: David Southwood. (ABC)
Concelebrated Mass Apr 7th 1968: from The RC Church of St Ignatius Preston. Commentator: Very Rev Canon W O'Leary.
Director: Geoff Hall. (ABC)
Joy and Wonder Apr 14th 1968: A special service for viewers from the Church of the Holy Speulchre, City of London. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Service continued to commence at 11am, but ends with Close-down before next programme at 12.15pm.
Centenary Thanksgiving Service Apr 21st 1968: from Highfield Road Baptist Church Dartford. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Sung Eucharist Apr 28th 1968: from the Parish Church of the Holy Spirit Southsea. Director: George Egan. (Southern)
May 5th 1968: High Mass from St James' Church |Spanish Place London W1. Commentator: Rev John Bebb. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Family Worship and Baptism May 12th 1968: from Central Methodist Church Preston. Director: David Southwood. (ABC)
Low Mass June 2nd 1968: from RC Church of St Joseph the Worker Sutton-in-Ashfield. Commentator: Very Rev Canon W O'Leary. Director: Andy Gullen. (ABC)
June 9th 1968: including Baptism from Kensington Chapel London W8. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
June 16th 1968: from the Parish Church of St Germain Bobbingworth Essex. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)
Morning Prayer June 23rd 1968: from the Parish Church Cheltenham. Director: Andy Gullen. (ABC)
Family Worship June 30th 1968: from Christ Church Port Sunlight. Director: David Southwood. (ABC)
Morning Prayer June 23rd 1968: from the Parish Church Cheltenham. Director: Andy Gullen. (ABC)
Family Worship June 30th 1968: from Christ Church Port Sunlight. Director: David Southwood. (ABC)
Sung Communion July 7th 1968: from Coventry Cathedral. Commentator: Rev John Lyth. Director: David Southwood. (ABC)
Low Mass July 14th 1968: from the RC Church of St Edward King and Confessor Clifford, Boston Spa. Commentator: Very Rev Canon W O'Leary. Director: David Southwood. (ABC)
July 21st 1968: from Steyne Grdens Methodist Church Worthing. Director: George Egan. (Southern)
The Sunday Morning Service continued after the change of franchises, with the new Yorkshire Television providing the first service in the new era on Aug 4th 1968, in charge was old ABC director Geoff Hall.
Regular worship continued on Sunday mornings, eventually starting at 10am, before the service was dropped altogether in keeping with the irreligious modernism of the age, and the new commercialism of ITV.
Here and Now (1961-4)
A miscellany programme devised by Associated Rediffusion, interesting because some later in the series were made by Anglia and Southern Television. These regional productions are noted below. At various periods, other stations to screen the series included Westward, Border, Channel and WWN.
Critics were general dismissive of the series. When it started, it received unfavourable comparison with BBC's popular Tonight programme. An interesting comparison was made with the offering on Fri Feb 9th 1962 with the rival Tonight: both on the theme of dogs. "A-R's treatment was competent enough. A straightforward OB presentation was interspersed with clips showing the activities of various breeds of dogs, and a few interviews.... 15 minutes of parochial filler." Tonight's piece on the same night was conducted by Alan Whicker... ah, say no more.
Since many of the programmes were devised on a topical basis, TV Times often simply indicated that regular presenter Huw Thomas introduced "the fun, the excitement, the fascination of life around us." He hosted A-R's output, except where noted.
The very first programme in its regular 6.45pm 15 minute slot was on
Monday November 6th 1961. Reporter: Judith Jackson. Director: Peter Robinson. Producer: Cyril Francis.
Tues Nov 7th 1961 Reporter: Oliver Postgate. Director: Geoffrey Hughes.
Wed Nov 8th Reporter: Bryan Magee. Director: Michael Currer-Briggs.
Thurs Nov 9th Reporter also Huw Thomas. Director: Joan Kemp-Welch.
Fri Nov 10th Reporter: Michael Ingrams. Director: Ian Fordyce.
Mon Nov 13th Reporter: Michael Ingrams. Director: Peter Robinson.
Tues Nov 14th Reporter: Bryan Magee. Director: Michael Currer-Briggs.
Wed Nov 15th Reporter: Michael Nelson. Director: Geoffrey Hughes.
Thurs Nov 16th Director: Joan Kemp-Welch.
Fri Nov 17th Director: Graham Watts.
Fri Feb 9th 1962 Reporter: Raymond Brooks-Ward. Director: Christopher Hodson
Mon Feb 26th Reporter: Nan Winton. Director: Bill Hitchcock. Producer: Ray Dicks.
Tues Feb 27th Reporter: Nan Winton. Director: Mark Lawton.
Wed Feb 28th Director: Ian Fordyce.
Thur Mar 1st Director: Graham Watts.
Fri Mar 2nd Director: Bill Hitchcock.
Mon Mar 12th Director: Director: Bill Hitchcock.
Tues Mar 13th HT and Nan Winton report. Director: Don Gale
Wed Mar 14th Reporter: Michael Westmore. Director: Ian Fordyce.
Thur Mar 15th Reporter: John McCarthy. Director: John P Hamilton.
Fri Mar 16th Reporter: Douglas Robinson. Director: John P Hamilton.
Mon Mar 26th HT and Judith Jackson report. Director: Bill Hitchcock.
Tues Mar 27th Reporter: Michael Westmore. Director: Don Gale.
Wed Mar 28th Reporter: Peter Lloyd. Director: John Phillips.
Thur Mar 29th Reporter: Peter Lloyd. Director: Murray Ashford.
A Visit to Little Venice- Fri Mar 30th Reporter: Tim Brinton. Director: Michael Currer-Briggs.
Mon Apr 9th Introduced by Michael Ingrams. Reporters: Nan Winton and NevilleBarker. Director: Mark Lawton.
Producer: Michael Ingrams.
Tues Apr 10th Introduced by Michael Ingrams. Reporter: Steve Race. Director: John P Hamilton.
Wed Apr 11th Introduced by Michael Ingrams. Reporter: Steve Race. Director: Daphne Shadwell.
Thur Apr 12th Introduced by Michael Ingrams. Reporter: Neville Calrke. Director: Mark Lawton.
Fri Apr 13th Introduced by Michael Ingrams. Reporter: Jeri Matos. Director: John P Hamilton.
Mon Apr 30th Introduced by Michael Ingrams. Reporter: Judith Jackson. Director: Don Gale.
Tues May 1st Introduced by Michael Ingrams. Director: Peter Croft.
Wed May 2nd Introduced by Michael Ingrams. Reporter: Pat Ward. Director: Don Gale.
Thurs May 3rd Introduced by Michael Ingrams. Reporter: Michael Nelson. Director: Don Gale.
Fri May 4th Introduced by Michael Ingrams. Reporter: Michael Nelson. Director: Don Gale.
Huw Thomas, who had been ill in hospital, now returned to the series:
Mon May 7th featured Bill Morgan Stunt Man
Tues May 8th Reporter: John McCarthy. Director: Mark Lawton.
Wed May 9th Director: Rollo Gamble.
Thur May 10th Reporter: Judith Jackson. Director: Graham Watts.
Fri May 11th Introduced and directed by Michael Ingrams.
Wed May 16th Reporter: Nan Winton. Director: Graham Watts.
Thur May 17th Reporter: Pat Ward. Director: Don Gale.
Fri May 18th Reporter: Jeri Matos. Director: Don Gale.
There was a three week break in the summer 1962. The programme returned on August 6th. shown Mondays to Thursdays.
Mon Aug 20th Director: Stephen McCormack.
Tues Aug 21st Reporter: Michael Ingrams. Director: Jim Pople.
Wed Aug 22nd Reporter: Steve Race. Director: Daphne Shadwell.
Thur Aug 23rd Reporter: Vivian Kemble. Director: Robert Fleming.
Mon Dec 17th Reporter: Michael Ingrams. Director: Stephen McCormack.
Tues Dec 18th From the Royal College of Art. Reporter: Nick Barker. Director: Jim Pople.
The Beeje Programme number 250 Wed Dec 19th Reporter: Steve Race. Director: Peter Croft. A demonstration of "a new dance craze"
Thur Dec 20th Director: Graham Watts.
Mon Jan 21st 1963 Reporters: Michael Nelson and Steve Race. Director: Robert Fleming. Producer: Stephen McCormack.
Tues Jan 22nd Director: Bimbi Harris. The Guild of Teenagers
Wed Jan 23rd Reporter: Michael Nelson. Director: Peter Croft.
Thur Jan 24th Reporter: Vanessa Thornton. Director: Don Gale.
Mon Feb 4th Introduced by Dick Joice. Reporter: Christopher Rainbow. Director: Anton Bowler. (Anglia)
Tues Feb 5th Reporter: Michael Ingrams. Director: Don Gale.
Wed Feb 6th Director: Graham Watts.
Thur Feb 7th Reporter: Steve Race. Director: Graham Watts.
Mon Feb 25th Introduced by Dick Joice. Director: Bob Gardam. Michael Ingrams returns as Producer. (Anglia)
Tues Feb 26th Director: Bimbi Harris.
Wed Feb 27th Reporter: Michael Ingrams. Director: Ronald Marriott.
Thur Feb 28th Reporter: Steve Race. Director: Graham Watts.
Mon Mar 4th Introduced by Dick Joice. Reporter: John McGregor. Director: Barry Barton. (Anglia)
Tues Mar 5th Reporter: Michael Ingrams. Director: Robert Fleming.
Wed Mar 6th Reporter: Michael Nelson. Director: Bimbi Harris.
Thur Mar 7th Reporter: Michael Nelson. Director: Robert Fleming.
Wed Mar 20th marked Southern's first contribution, hosted by John McGavin
Wed Mar 27th interview with a Hampshire millionaire who wants to give away two and a half million pounds (Southern).
Wed Apr 3rd: the life of a tug skipper in Southampton (Southern)
Wed Apr 10th introduced by Terence Carroll. Directed by Anthony Searle. With Uffa Fox "at his home in Cowes and talking to TC in Paris". (Southern)
Mon Apr 29th Introduced by Dick Joice. Reporter: Bob Wellings. Director: Harry Aldous. The plight of Essex oyster fishers. Wellings interviewed people in Colchester to learn how the lack of trade had affected them. Shots of the 1962 bumper oyster harvest festival contrasted with the 1963 scene of dead rotting oysters. (Anglia)
Tues Apr 30th Director: Bimbi Harris.
Wed May 1st introduced by Terence Carroll. Directed by Angus Wright (Southern)
Thur May 2nd Reporter: Michael Ingrams. Director: Peter Croft,
Mon May 13th Introduced by Dick Joice. Reporter: Bob Wellings. Director: Bob Gardam. (Anglia)
Tues May 14th Reporter: Michael Ingrams. (no prog May 15th)
Thur May 16th Reporter: Michael Nelson.
Mon June 17th Introduced by Dick Joice. Reporter: Bob Wellings. Director: Harry Aldous. (Anglia)
Tues June 18th Reporter: Michael Nelson. Director: Peter Croft.
Wed June 19th introduced by Terence Carroll. Directed Anthony Searle. With 4 prefects in the common room of Bedales School Petersfield. (Southern)
Thur June 20th Reporter: Vanessa Thornton. Director: Jim Pople.
Mon July 22nd Reporter Anthony Brown. Director: Richard Sidwell.
Tues July 23rd Reporter Michael Ingrams. Director: Bill Hitchcock.
Wed July 24th The Old School Tie Introduced by Terence Carroll. Director: Anthony Searle. From Marlborough College. (Southern)
Thur July 25th Reporter: Michael Ingrams. Director: Bimbi Harris.
Mon Aug 5th introduced by Bob Wellings Director: Harry Aldous. (Anglia)
Tues Aug 6th Director: Bimbi Harris.
Report from Cowes Wed Aug 7th Commentators: Barry Westwood and Bill Richardson. Director: Berkely Smith. Leading yachtsmen join Outside Broadcast cemeras on board Power Vessel 1. (Southern)
Thur Aug 8th Reporter: Michael Ingrams. Director: Jim Pople.
Mon Aug 19th Director: Harry Aldous. (Anglia)
Tues Aug 20th Director: Bimbi Harris.
A Man- His Dog- and His Village
Wed Aug 21st Director: Anthony Searle. A film about Fred Lexter of Abbotsbury. (Southern)
Thur Aug 22nd Reporter: Michael Ingrams. Director: Jim Pople.
Mon Aug 26th Reporter: Bob Wellings. Director: Peter Joy. (Anglia)
Tues Aug 27th Director: Bill Hitchcock.
Wed Aug 28th The Gymkhana Director: Bill Perry. John Bagguley visits New Forest Hunt Club Gymkhana at Brockenhurst. (Southern)
Thur Aug 29th Reporter: Michael Ingrams. Director: Bimbi Harris.
Mon Sept 9th Director: Harry Aldous. (Anglia)
Tues Sept 10th Director: Bimbi Harris.
The 1963 Power Boat Race from Cowes to Torquay Wed Sept 11th Director: Robert Kitts. With Peter Twiss, also aboard: reporter Jeremy James, on the 28ft cruiser named Here and Now. (Southern)
Thur Sept 12th Reporter: Vanessa Thornton. Director: Michael Ingrams.
From now on, shown Mondays to Wednesdays, same time 6.45pm.
Mon Sept 16th Introduced by Dick Joice. Director: David Kenten. (Anglia)
Tues Sept 17th Director: Bimbi Harris.
Wed Sept 18th. Reporter: Terence Carroll. Director: Robert Kitts. A film examining the change in hop picking methods. (Southern)
Mon Sept 23rd Introduced by Dick Graham. Director: Ron Downing. (Anglia)
Tues Sept 24th Director: Harry Sloan.
Wed Sept 25th. Introduced by Peter Williams. Director: David Rea. From Albemarle Youth Centre Haywards Heath. (Southern)
Shooting and Shotguns- Mon Oct 14th Introduced by Anthony Brown. Director: Harry Aldous. (Anglia)
Tues Oct 15th Director: Harry Sloan.
Portrait of the Artist- Wed Oct 16th Director: Robert Kitts. A study of Cyril Medlin, a young painter (Southern)
Pelham Puppets- Wed Oct 23rd with Terence Carrol. Director: Robert Kitts. A visit to the Marlborough factory with Bob Pelham (Southern)
The New Chelsea- Mon Nov 11th with Dick Graham, directed by Harry Aldous. A visit to the new and expanding art colony in Great Bardfield Essex (Anglia)
Tues Nov 12th Reporter Michael Ingrams. Director Harry Sloan.
Say I Won't Be There- Wed Nov 13th. Terence Carroll talks to Dusty Springfield. Director Mike Mansfield (Southern)
Warm for Winter- Mon Dec 2nd Introduced by Dick Graham. Director: Harry Aldous. A visit to a sheepskin factory. (Anglia)
Tues Dec 3rd Intervewer: Michael Ingrams. Director: Bimbi Harris.
Nuclear Power- Wed Dec 4th. Reporter: Peter Williams. Director: David Rea. A visit to Dungeness Nuclear Power Station. (Southern)
Destination Europe- Mon Dec 16th Director: Harry Aldous. On board the Harwich to Hook of Holland steamer. (Anglia)
Tues Dec 17th Intervewer: Michael Ingrams. Director: Bimbi Harris.
Commuters- Wed Dec 18th. Reporter: Peter Williams. Director: Michael Connor. On board a crowded commuter train. (Southern)
Flood Warning- Mon Jan 27th 1964 Introduced by Dick Graham. Director: Harry Aldous. Visit to areas affected by the 1953 floods, to see what has been done to ensure the tragedy is not repeated. (Anglia)
Tues Jan 28th Intervewer: Michael Ingrams. Director: Jim Pople.
(no programme Jan 29th)
Instant Homes- Mon Feb 10th with Michael Robson, directed by Harry Aldous. A visit to a Norfolk factory (Anglia)
Tues Feb 11th Reporter: Michael Ingrams. Director Bimbi Harris.
A Dog Match Wed Feb 12th. Reporter: Steve Race. Director: Peter Frazer-Jones. Southampton dog owners challenge owners in Hammersmith. Judge: Joe Cartledge. (Southern)
Dog Patrol- Mon Mar 2nd with John McGregor, directed by Ron Downing. A visit to a police training establishment for dogs in Chelmsford.(Anglia)
Tues Mar 3rd Reporter: HT. Director Bimbi Harris.
The Sentence Begins Wed Mar 4th. Introduced by Terence Carroll. Director: Anthony Searle. Men recently released from jail. (Southern)
Roller Champions- Mon Apr 13th with Michael Robson. Directed by Ron Downing. A training session for skaters in Yarmouth. (Anglia)
Tues Apr 14th Reporter: Michael Ingrams. Director: Jim Pople.
Spring is Here! Wed Apr 15th. Director: Anthony Searle. A film fantasy about a teenage boy and girl. (Southern)
Bacon With Everything- Mon Apr 20th with Michael Robson. Directed by Harry Aldous. Visit to a bacon factory. (Anglia)
Man On a Hot Line Tues Apr 21st Reporter: Michael Ingrams. Director: Jim Pople. Michael Ingrams, Huw Thomas at Bentwaters Air Base in Suffolk.
A Day at the Seaside Wed Apr 22nd. With Peter Williams. Director: David Rea. About Britain's piers. (Southern)
The series ended in June 1964 before it could quite clock up 500 editions. (Note: Scottish Television ran their own Here and Now regional programme, which had no connection with this)
Six one-off stories of the Man on the Run, physical escapes, scripted by Marc Brandel.
1 Five Men for Freedom (Aug 18th 1967)
Director: Julian Amyes. Starring Calvin Lockhart, Joyce Heron, Patrick Barr and Grant Taylor.
(Pictured l-r, David McKail as Jack, Peter Newton as Willy, David Cook as Ben, and Calvin Lockhart as Kingsley.)
Set in Mississippi, 'there simply isn't any such thing as being protected by the law down here. Why, when those three boys were murdered here last summer, the governor of the state said it served them right'
2 Three to a Cell (Aug 25th 1967)
Director: Bob Hird. Starring Gordon Jackson, Bryan Pringle, Harry Towb and John Collin. 'They'll give us our share. One third. Why would they cross us? 'Don't you see, they had it all worked out from the start? There isn't going to be any pay-off"
3 A Bad Risk (Sept 1st 1967)
Director: Mike Apted. Starring Nicholas Pennell, with Bernard Hepton and Rudolph Walker. 'Why did I come back here? Why don't I tell them? If I tell them, I could get five years'
4 Private Enterprise (Sept 8th 1967)
Director: Ronald Wilson. Starring Martin Jarvis, Meg Wynn Owen, Amber Kammer and Malcolm Tierney. 'There's one thing the police don't know- how far we've got tonight. Wthatever the informer's told them, they don't expect us to break out tonight. And that's what we're going to do... and the informer's coming with us'
5 Nothing to Lose (Sept 15th 1967)
Director: Bob Hird. Starring Roy Marsden and Ann Lynn, with Jeremy Child and Michael Balfour. 'There must be ten million photographs of you plastered round this country- every one of those pictures has suddenly become a Wanted notice'
6 The Kindness of Strangers (Sept 22nd 1967)
Director: Mike Newell. Starring Michael Barlow, John Castle, Jonathon Elsom, Jerome Willis and Hannah Gordon.
That master inventor of Gobbledygook, Stanley Unwin made numerous tv appearances, but I think this was the only series of his very own. Professor Unwin takes an Unwinese look at hobbies and sports.
It was a five minute monologue made for ATV in 1966, but only partially networked. The Producer was Donald Shingler.
Some of the lectures were:
Wrestling- Sunday April 24th 1966 10.30pm
Football- May 1st 1966
Golf- May 8th 1966
Bully Off, The Noble Art of Stick Games- May 22nd 1966
The Skill of Boatyfloating- May 29th 1966
Athletty Panters - June 12th 1966
LIFE WITH THE LYONS
starring Bebe Daniel and Ben Lyon, with Barbara and Richard Lyon.
This ran for five series from 1955 until 1960. Starting and continuing on BBC radio, the first tv series was in 1955 on the BBC (pictured left), with a second beginning on May 31st 1956. For the final three series, production was in the hands of Associated Rediffusion (right picture). An early example of ITV snatching a BBC series. ITV Scripts were by Bebe Daniels, Bob Ross and
However Ronnie Hanbury took over from Bob Ross about 4.8. The director was John Phillips except where noted.
Details of the ITV programmes:
3.1 The Green-Eyed Monster (Tues Sept 17th 1957, 8.30pm) with Molly Weir as Aggie, Frank Pettitt and guest star Jack Buchanan.
Ben suspects their old friend Jack has amorous inclinations towards Bebe.
3.2 Family Secrets (Oct 1st 1957) with Molly Weir, Doris Rogers.
3.3 I've Got You Covered (Oct 15th 1957)
3.4 Cool Cat on a Hot Roof (Oct 29th 1957) - with Noelle Middleton, Molly Weir, Pat Laurence, Jill Cobbold and Brian Alexis. When Richard decides that teenage girl friends are really far too juvenile for him, he falls overboard for a glamorous and sophisticated woman of the world.
Note- Barbara Lyon sang for the first time on the programme, she gave us The Birds and The Bees.
3.5 Going Going Gone (Nov 12th 1957)
3.6 Where There's a Will (Nov 26th 1957, 8.30pm) - with Molly Weir, Doris Rogers as Florrie, Peter Stephens, Philip Ray and Maurice Hedley. The family are called to a solicitor's office to hear something t their advantage.
3.7 Unlucky Winner (Dec 10th 1957)
3.8 'Twas the Night Before (Dec 24th 1957, 9.45pm)
with Molly Weir, Doris Rogers, Norman Shelley, Leonard Monaghan, and Skeeter Lyon. All children between 9 and 90 believe in Santa Claus, and Bebe sets out to prove it to the family.
3.9 Danger-Woman at Work (Jan 7th 1958, 8.30pm)
with Molly Weir, Carl Bernard, Ruth Gower, Douglas Bradley-Smith and Skeeter Lyon.
Bebe sets off to the January sales. Ben decides to put his foot down once and for all.
3.10 Signs of the Times (Jan 21st 1958)
with Molly Weir, Doris Rogers, Hugh Morton, Richard Waring and Skeeter Lyon.
Bebe decides to run the family in an entirely new way.
4.1 Who's Your Lady Friend? (Sept 19th 1958, 6.10pm)
with Molly Weir, Doris Rogers, Wilfred Brambell, Peter Hawkins and Skeeter Lyon.
A case of mistaken identity results in the arrival of an unexpected and unusual female figure.
4.2 The Reluctant Genius (October 3rd 1958)
with Reginald Beckwith, Molly Weir, Doris Rogers, Brian Hayes and Skeeter Lyon.
Bebe decides to become an artist with devastating effects on the family and the world of art.
4.3 Dangerous Curves Ahead (Oct 17th 1958)
with Naomi Chance, Molly Weir, Bernard Horsfall, Guido Lorraine, Rufus Cruickshank and Skeeter Lyon.
Bebe suspects Ben of mixing pleasure with business at the office.
4.4 Boxing Gloves (Oct 31st 1958) - with Harry Fowler, Molly Weir, Marian Collins, Michael Collins, Colin Douglas, Frank Pemberton and Skeeter Lyon. Ben thinks it is time Richard learned to box, and takes him along to a boxing academy. But when the big fight comes, the results are not quite what the family expected.
4.5 Family Secrets (Nov 14th 1958) - this was a repeat (see 3.2)
4.6 A Guest in the House (Nov 28th 1958)
4.7 Thirteen Shoplifting Days to Christmas (Dec 12th 1958)
4.8 The Sheriff of Fractured Wrist (Dec 26th 1958)
with guest star Alfred Marks, and Molly Weir, Tony Day, Redvers Kyle, Frank Pemberton and Skeeter Lyon.
4.9 It's a Woman's World (Jan 9th 1959)
with Joan Ingram, Molly Weir, Doris Rogers, Rufus Cruickshank and Skeeter Lyon.
Bebe decides that men have things too much their own way. So she forms a woman's party to take over the government, with surprising results.
4.10 King Richard the Last (Jan 23rd 1959)
The final series was shown weekly, and the family, as in real life, have moved from Marble Arch to Holland Park.
5.1 A Cowboy in Kensington (Friday Jan 1st 1960, 6.30pm)
with David Cameron, Molly Weir, and Skeeter Lyon.
The family are visited by Bebe's cowboy nephew from America. He decides to help Ben celebrate his birthday.
5.2 Home Sweet Homicide (Jan 8th 1960)
with Wilfred Brambell, Molly Weir, Doris Rogers, and Skeeter Lyon.
Bebe suspects Ben of having homicidal tendencies and enlists Florrie to help her do battle with the 'monster.'
5.3 Stupid Cupid (Jan 15th 1960)
with Molly Weir, Toke Townley, Lilian Grassom, Margaret Clews, Patricia WIlson, Beryl Cooke, Tessa Davies and Skeeter Lyon.
Richard gets into troubles with his girl friends and accepts a little fatherly help and advice from Ben, with unexpected results.
5.4 Teddy Boys' Picnic (Fri Jan 22nd 1960) with, as teddy boys, Harry Fowler, Roy Hines and Graeme Blackwood. Also with Molly Weir, Doris Rogers, and Skeeter Lyon.
Barbara invites three juvenile delinquents to lunch. Director for this episode: Joan Kemp-Welch
5.5 For Love or Money (Jan 29th 1960)
with Virgilio Texera, Molly Weir, Doris Rogers, Ruth Gower, and Skeeter Lyon.
Bebe uses a domestic agency to get a handyman, but ends in a marriage bureau.
5.6 Just What the Doctor Ordered (Feb 5th 1960)
with Molly Weir, Doris Rogers, Toke Townley, Bartlett Mullins, John Gale, Daphne Case, Mary Miller, Johnny McTurk and Skeeter Lyon.
Ben is volunteered for a hospital staff concert, but the hospital mistake him for a volunteer for a new research experiment.
5.7 Top Secret (Feb 12th 1960)
with Molly Weir, Richard Waring, Bruce Seton, Marianne Walla, Roy Hepworth, Geoffrey Palmer, Anthony Dawes and Skeeter Lyon.
Bebe goes to the sales, getting mixed up with a gang of international spies.
5.8 Tease for Two (Feb 19th 1960)
with Vera Day, Molly Weir, Doris Rogers, Barry Took, Christopher Hodge and Skeeter Lyon.
The family think Richard has fallen for a striptease dancer.
5.9 Your Presents Are Requested (Feb 26th 1960)
with Molly Weir, Doris Rogers,Toke Townley, Patricia Wilson and Skeeter Lyon.
It's Bebe's birthday and she is hoping for a lovely surprise, but she doesn't get quite the one she expects.
5.10 A Chip Off the Old Blockhead
(Mar 4th 1960)
with Alan Gifford, Doris Rogers, Mary Miller and Skeeter Lyon.
Ben's boss calls unexpectedly during his absence, and to save the situation, Richard disguises himself as his father.
5.11 The Nelson Touch (Mar 11th 1960)
with Molly Weir, Doris Rogers, Lilian Grassom, Patricia Wilson, Tessa Davies, Michael Logan and Skeeter Lyon.
The family put on a play about the life of Nelson, with Ben as producer.
5.12 Sauce for the Goose (Mar 18th 1960)
with Molly Weir, Carl Bernard, Tessa Davies and Skeeter Lyon.
Ben decides, in defiance of the family, to give an open air dinner.
5.13 Be My Ghost (Mar 25th 1960)
with guest star Leslie Randall, and Molly Weir, Doris Rogers, Geoffrey Palmer and Skeeter Lyon.
The family go in for a spot of haunting, but things do not turn out quite as they planned.
Under Fire (1956-1959)
"The North fires a salvo at London." Initially this was a joint venture by Granada and A-R, but once Granada had their own studio in the capital, the series became solely the property of Granada.
"Aggressive and topical... no holds barred," an invited audience in the north tackles two experts 200 miles away in London.
The programme began in the Autumn 1956 schedules, the first I have noted:
Thursday October 25th 1956, 10.30-10.46pm. Directors: HK Lewenhak (Manchester) and John Rhodes (London)
Thursday December 6th 1956, 10.30-10.46pm. Chairman: Robin Day
Thursday Dec 27th 1956, 10.30-10.46pm. Chairman: Robin Day. Same directors
After a break from early in 1957, the series returned on April 6th 1957, director: Herbert Wise (Manchester).
Friday May 17th 1957, 10-10.15pm. Directors: Herbert Wise (Manchester) and John Rhodes (London)
Michael Scott became Manchester director in Autumn 1957.
Friday Dec 27th 1957, 10.30-10.46pm. Directors: Michael Scott (Manchester) and John Rhodes (London)
Monday January 10th 1958, 6-6.30pm
Friday Jan 17th 1958 at 9pm. Directors: Michael Scott (Manchester) and HK Lewenhak (London)
Success led the series to a peak time slot: starting Monday Feb 24th 1958 at 9pm. Last of series on May 5th 1958
It returned on May 26th 1958, then in the summer for a brief spell on Mondays 7-7.30pm, directors: Michael Scott and Wilfred Fielding. Photo shows Bill Grundy egging on the Manchester audience.
It was back periodically in autumn 1958 Mondays 10.15-10.45pm,
directors: Claude Whatham and Wilfred Fielding, this last series finishing in Spring 1959.
Another Granada topical discussion programme was
Youth Wants To Know (1957-1959).
Young Northerners ask questions to well known personalities. "Two celebrities with opposing views face a barrage of questions from young people in Manchester."
Typical was one programme in early May 1957. The subject was Don't Put Your Daughter on the Stage. Gordon Sandison of Equity supported the motion, "new recruits into the profession should be told of all the difficulties." Opposing was actress Margaret Rawlings, "if a young woman has a great passion for the stage and if she has a genuine talent, then nothing should stop her." The audience vote at the end was For 14, Against 114. "They're all stage struck," smiled Sandison.
First programme was on Wed Feb 20th 1957: chairman Hubert Gregg. Director: HK Lewenhak.
Leonard Sachs was a later chairman, on May 1st 1957.
The last of this series was on Thursday June 20th 1957.
After a brief break the series returned next month on Thursdays 6.20-6.45pm. In September it moved to Thursday then Tuesdays at 6pm. Michael Scott continued as the director. Elaine Grand became the regular chairman from October 1957.
From Wed Feb 19th 1958 it was shown 6.40-7pm.
Chairman Elaine Grand. Director: Michael Scott.
Some special programmes that were advertised:
Wed Mar 27th 1957 with Lady Pakenham and Barbara Kelly: on The Family v A Career.
Wed Apr 10th 1957 with Sir Richard Acland, Hugh Fraser and Prof Joseph Rotblat: on the H Bomb.
Wed Apr 17th 1957 with Angus Maude and Frank Cousins on The Future of the Middle Classes. Chairman: Hubert Gregg.
Wed May 29th 1957 with Sir Alan Herbert and Frank Sheed: on Marriage and Divorce. Director: Michael Scott.
Wed June 12th 1957 with Hector Jacks and Lord Dunsany: on Co-education. Chairman: Robert Barr. Director: Michael Scott.
Thurs Sept 13th 1957 with Lord Beveridge.
Tues Nov 26th 1957 with Sir William Williams and WJ Brown on State Support for Art?
Tues Dec 3rd 1957 with John Betjeman and Chris Brasher: Should sport be compulsory in schools?
Tues Jan 21st 1958 with Field Marshal Sir John Harding.
Tues Jan 28th 1958 with Billy Butlin.
Tues Feb 11th 1958 "This week the tables are turned, and the older generation have the chance to question four undergraduates."
Feb 26th 1958 with Peter Thorneycroft.
March 12th 1958 with Sir Ronald Howe: How to Fight Crime.
April 23rd 1958 with Sir Compton Mackenzie.
The title changed to We Want An Answer. However the emphasis was still on "young people with inquiring minds meet experts." Or, as Wiliam Blatchford wrote in 1959, "indiscriminate barracking of the sort that disgraces We Want An Answer." But there was now only one guest.
Photo shows a rehearsal in which Pat Johns stood in for the questioner.
May 14th 1958 with Rabbi Kopul Rosen.
May 21st 1958 with Sir Hugh Casson.
May 28th 1958 with Carl Foreman.
June 25th 1958 with Dame Edith Sitwell.
In the summer 1958 schedules the series moved to Fridays 7-7.30pm. Autumn 1958 saw it move to Thursdays 6.40-7pm.
By October 1958 Claude Whatham replaced long serving Michael Scott as director.
Dec 4th 1958 with Peter Hall.
Dec 18th 1958 with Stephen Potter.
Director in March 1959 was Graham Evans. Wilfred Fielding and Claude Whatham in April.
Fri Apr 17th 1959 with William Connor
Fri May 29th 1959 with Sir Ronald Gould. Director: Peter Cuff.
In the summer 1959 Malcolm Muggeridge took over the chair until the series ended that August. Director Eric Price.
Some others who appeared, dates not known: Sir Norman Birkett and Chris Brasher.
In 1960 a very similar style of programme was Who Goes Next?- "something different for those who want to know from those who know"
Jango (1961, A-R)
A gentle half hour detective series that starred Robert Urquhart, a genial detective, and Moira Redmond as his attractive ex-wife Bee. Said Cyril Coke, producer, "why these two ever got divorced is something of a mystery. Jango is always on the point of asking her to remarry him, but
somehow never gets round to it." Something no doubt due to his absent minded character. He almost bumbles by accident into crimes, but is exceptionally adept at solving them.
Crimes he solves include: a favourite aunt who has taken to shop lifting, a mysterious robbery on an underground train, the disappearance of a lorry load of cigarettes, and (ep 3) supermarket thefts in which the thieves always leave part of the cash behind!
Murder Stamp was a play in the Television Playhouse series, that introduced these characters, and it was deemed worth building this series round them. In the original play, Jango was a Professor of Criminology at Nairobi University, interested in unsolved crimes- yes, this was the original New Tricks!
0 Murder Stamp (Oct 13th 1960, 9.35-10.35) Who murdered Harry Jason? Everything points to Stanley Fletcher, but there is no real proof. After six years, it seems highly unlikely the truth will ever be discovered. With Robert Urquhart, Moira Redmond, Vincent Charles (PC Henson), Arthur White (Mr Perry), John Horsley (Det Insp Cochrane), Edward Evans (Det Sgt Oakes), Richard Mathews (Stanley Fletcher), Betty Bascomb (Mrs Fletcher), William Mervyn (Mr Whittaker), Blake Butler (Mr MacIntosh), Ray Marioni (Waiter), Julia Ratcliffe (April), Jennifer Browne (Shirley Summers), Gladys Dawson (Doris), Sheila Raynor (Mrs Jason), and Barry Wilsher (Chris Jason). Script: Geoffrey Bellman and John Whitney. Director: Jonathan Alwyn.
1 A Little of What She Fancied (Jan 25th 1961, 8-8.30) A husband is suspected of killing his wife in their flat "by remote control." She was poisoned.
Also with: Derek Francis (Supt Bullock), Manning Wilson (Insp Gold), Della Walker (Judy), Doris Yorke (Mrs Clamp), Beryl Roques (Waitress), Stanley van Beers (Forbes), and Barbara Ashcroft (Miss Marlin). Script: Albert Henry Webb. Director: Cyril Coke.
2 Mind the Doors, Please (Feb 1st 1961)
Also with: James Cairncross (Graham), Harold Goodwin (Harris), David Graham (Conway), Gwen Nelson (Miss Blane), Richard Venron (Parkinson), Joanna Vogel (Miss Mills), and Howard Pays (Guard).
Script: Peter Ling and Sheilah Ward.
Director: Cyril Coke.
3 The Bumbling Burglar (Feb 8th 1961)
Aso with: Peter Rosser (Police Inspector), Bernie Winters (Hymie), Roderick Cook (Thompson), Bernard Goldman (Bernie), Bee Duffell (Miss Dibbers), Arthur Brough (Taffe), Hannah Maria Miller (Hannah), Lane Meddick (Car dealer), and Richard Warner (Strada Humpernickel).
Script: Mike Watts.
Director: Cyril Coke.
4 The Itching Fingers of Lady Ffolkes (Feb 15th 1961)
5 Great Day for Jango (Mar 1st 1961)
6 Seven Swords of Haversham (Mar 8th 1961)
7 Treacle on Three Fingers (Mar 15th 1961)
Also with Peter Sallis as Oscar Grant and Harold Goodwin as Three Fingered Jack. Rest of cast: Robert Raglan (Insp Clark), Lawrence James (Sgt Dodds), Pat-Ann Fairfoot (Receptionist), and Brian Wilde (Cemetery attendant).
Script: Mike Watts.
Director: Cyril Coke.
8 Champagne for Dee (Mar 22nd 1961- last story)
Also with Alan Gifford as Herman. Rest of cast, many from Chez Les Dupre series: Henry de Bray (Proprietor), Peter Zander (Jean), Jean Driant (Gaston), Jacques Cey (Cashier), Andre Maranne (Anton), James Cairncross (Graham), Michael Jacques (Sergeant), Jean Serret (Superintendent), Bettine le Beau (Girl), Michael Barber (Gendarme), Elma Soiron (Madame Mary Gish), and Hugo de Vernier (George Gish).
Script: Don Matthews.
Director: Cyril Coke.
Series 1 began on June 28th 1960 and ran for 13 episodes.
After nearly a year's break, it returned for a second series on September 12th 1961. The last story was on March 13th 1962. 40 programmes were made, though Brian Armstrong (Granada Television 2003, p169) incorrectly claimed there were 50 stories.
The regular stars were Archie Duncan as
Captain Biskett and
Sam Kydd as 'Croaker' Jones, married with seven kids.
Also only in the first series, were regulars Dermot Kelly as
Blarney Finnigan, "an old sweat," Fulton Mackay as
Willie McGuinniss, "a happy Jonah," and Victor Maddern who played 'Tug' Nelson.
Ronald Hines joined the second series as the new first mate 'Dapper' Drake. The other new cast members were Michael Balfour as 'Twinkle' Martin, and Frank Atkinson as 'Fry Up' Dodds (see picture).
Blisset is put in charge of the old wreck SS Guernsey, affectionately known as The Old Cow, for series 2 he was promoted to The Jersey Lily.
The blarney introducing the programme stated: "Captain Biskett, master of the battered old coaster SS Guernsey, has to watch not only his steam pressure, but his blood pressure, as he never knows what his motley crew will be up to next. Led by the mate, that arch-schemer Tug Nelson, they spend as much time trying to outwit their skipper as they do holding the ship together."
Details of many of the stories:
1 Tuesday June 28th 1960, 8pm. Script: Talbot Rothwell. Director: Kenneth Carter. Biskett has to cope with the problem of the disappearing ship's bell.
2 The Stowaway (July 5th 1960). Script: Talbot Rothwell. Director: Kenneth Carter.
3 Croaker's Plague (July 12th 1960). Script: Talbot Rothwell. Director: Kenneth Carter.
4 The Head Shrinkers (July 19th 1960). Script: Talbot Rothwell.
5 Girl Adrift (July 26th 1960). Script: Talbot Rothwell. Director: Kenneth Carter.
6 It All Comes Out in the Wash (Aug 2nd 1960). Script: Talbot Rothwell.
Director: Kenneth Carter.
7 Blarney's Secret Past (Aug 9th 1960). Script: Talbot Rothwell. Director: Kenneth Carter.
8 Willie's Big Win (Aug 16th 1960). Script: Talbot Rothwell. Director: Kenneth Carter.
9 Croaker's Baby (Aug 23rd 1960). Script: Talbot Rothwell. Director: Kenneth Carter.
11 Night Train to Grimsby (Sept 6th 1960). Script: Talbot Rothwell. Director: Kenneth Carter.
1 The New Command (Tues Sept 12th 1961, 8.55pm): Script: Talbot Rothwell and Lew Schwarz. Producer: Eric Fawcett.
with Arnold Bell as Marine Superintendent, Sylvia Osborne as Lady in Rolls Royce, Anthony Smith as Henry the chauffeur, and William Sherwood as Mr Junkin.
Biskett has a new command, almost a new crew, and certainly a new mate. His troubles are over, or are they?
2 A Mug's Game (Sept 19th 1961): Script: Talbot Rothwell and Lew Schwarz. Director: Graeme McDonald. With Ann Blake as Agatha Carmody, Jeffrey Lyttle as Boy, Keith Smith as Vicar, and CyrilRenison as Policeman. To cash in on the gambling craze, Dapper Drake persuades the crew that there is a big future in fruit machines. Unhappily the payoff is not exactly what they expected.
3 One Way Ticket (Sept 26th 1961): Script: Talbot Rothwell and Lew Schwarz. Director: Graeme McDonald. With Arthur Lovegrove as Charlie Burke, Martin White as Delivery man, and Michael Brennan as Police sergeant. Dapper Drake finds the tables are turned when he tries to smuggle an old pal aboard for a free trip to Ireland.
6 Ain't No Justice (Oct 17th 1961): Script: Talbot Rothwell and Lew Schwarz. Director: Graeme McDonald. With Ted Carson as First policeman, Maurice Durant as Second policeman, Frank Sieman as Henri, and Steve Merrick as Accordionist. Dapper Drake, offered the job of his dreams, finds it very difficult to keep the appointment.
8 Croaker's Last Hours (Oct 31st 1961): Script: Talbot Rothwell and Lew Schwarz. Director: Graeme McDonald. With Vincent Harding as Doctor. Croaker has tummy ache and demands the full treatment. Captain Biskett decides to operate- with disastrous results.
9 Three Men On a Boat (Nov 7th 1961): Script: Talbot Rothwell and Lew Schwarz. With David Lawton as Sid 'Madame' Rose, and Sheila Robins as Sheila. When Twinkle tries to find himself a wife, he nearly succeeds in marrying off the whole crew. (The TV Times front cover showed a photo of the series this week.)
11 Three Men On a Boat (Nov 21st 1961): Script: Talbot Rothwell and Lew Schwarz. Director: Graeme McDonald. (No Michael Balfour or Frank Atkinson) When Dapper Drake sights a ghost ship, Captain Biskett is keen to investigate. Croaker Jones is petrified, and this feeling is catching.
12 The More We Are Together (Nov 28th 1961): Script: Talbot Rothwell and Lew Schwarz. Director: Graeme McDonald. (No Michael Balfour or Frank Atkinson) The crew, faced with a forced indefinite leave and unable for private reasons to go home, volunteer to spend their time in an experimental isolation unit.
13 The Skipper's Mother (Dec 5th 1961): Script: Talbot Rothwell and Lew Schwarz. With Margaret Boyd as Mrs Biskett.
14 The Typical Sailor (Dec 12th 1961): Script: Talbot Rothwell and Lew Schwarz. With Howard Lang as Melvin Statfold, Monica Evans as Sweetie, Ian Anderson as Floor manager, Pat Coombs as Advertising Woman, Mary Allen as Designer and Barry Raymond as Burly Seaman. A typical British seaman from the Jersey Lily is chosen to appear on television, and the rest of the crew try to make him into a big star
15 The Christmas Spirit (Dec 19th 1961): Script: Talbot Rothwell and Lew Schwarz. (No Michael Balfour or Frank Atkinson). Captain Biskett and the boys decide to take Christmas to the Croaker family, but when they arrive, laden with gifts and goodwill, everything is not plain sailing.
16 The Fur Thieves (Dec 26th 1961, 6.15pm): Script: Talbot Rothwell and Lew Schwarz. Director: Graeme McDonald. (No Michael Balfour or Frank Atkinson). The crew of the Jersey Lily finds themselves carrying a strange cargo.
17 Whose Baby Are You? (Jan 2nd 1962, 7.30pm): Script: Talbot Rothwell and Lew Schwarz. With Vivien Pickles as Woman, Stuart Saunders as Police sergeant, Clifford Earl as Man, and Jonathan Kydd as Baby's voice. An abandoned baby turns all members of the crew into soft-hearted nursemaids.
19 Blood from a Stone (Jan 16th 1962): Script: David Cumming and Derek Collyer. (No Michael Balfour or Frank Atkinson who had left the series). The boys are broke again.
Biskett has money. How can the boys get it?
21 The Thing from Outa Loch Ness (Jan 30th 1962): Script: Talbot Rothwell and Lew Schwarz. Director: Graeme McDonald. The crew go on a monster hunt, and what a monstrosity it turns out to be.
22 No Future in It (Feb 6th 1962): Script: Talbot Rothwell and Lew Schwarz. Director: Graeme McDonald.
Croaker, Dapper Dan and the skipper suddenly rtake a topst turvy view of the world and discover things aren't what they seem.
23 The Trouble with Women (Feb 13th 1962): Script: Talbot Rothwell and Lew Schwarz. Director: Graeme McDonald. All the nice girls lve a sailor- unless it's Croaker!
24 Bomb Happy (Feb 20th 1962): Script: Talbot Rothwell and Lew Schwarz. Director: Graeme McDonald. When the captain has a birthday, things are liable to go with a bang!
25 They Walk by Night (Feb 27th 1962): Script: Talbot Rothwell and Lew Schwarz. Director: Graeme McDonald. Does Captain Biskett walk in his sleep? Or is it two other people?
26 You're Never Alone (Mar 6th 1962): Script: Talbot Rothwell and Lew Schwarz. Director: Graeme McDonald. In an attempt to stop smoking, Croaker never gives up.
27 The Last Straw (Mar 13th 1962): Script: Talbot Rothwell and Lew Schwarz. Director: Graeme McDonald. Captain Biskett writes a letter and ends up in a sorry state.
On Stage (A-R, 1957-8)
A late evening show, not networked.
"A weekly programme about the theatre and its personalities." TV Times never revealed any theatre workers who appeared. But the show was introduced by Robert MacDermot. First director: Peter Morley. Jonathan Alwyn also worked on the series. Producer: Norman Marshall.
The first programme on July 10th 1957 consisted of a discussion between Sir Donald Wolfit and Mrs Rose of the London CC's planning committee; Yvonne Arnaud talked about matinee audiences, Anthony Quayle on Titus, and AE Matthews also appeared. This first programme was hosted by Ludovic Kennedy. The programme on July 31st 1957 included scenes from the play Oh! Mein Papa!
Details of some later programmes: Dec 12th 1957 saw
Nigel Patrick, John Fernald,
William Douglas Hume and Derek Granger
answering questions from an audience. Tuesday February 4th 1958, 11pm: included scenes from London's Windmill Theatre, first time ever on tv. This was the 26th Anniversary of the Windmill's Non Stop Revues.
May 20th 1958 edition included Gerard Heinz.
Local repertory companies featured included those at Ipswich, Hornchurch, and Oxford.
The programme's appeal was widened in June when it was renamed
With music by the Steve Race Four. Director: Bimbi Harris.
"From the heart of London, viewers meet the people who are hitting the headlines in sport, music and the world of entertainment, together with a new slant on the happenings around town."
June 10th 1958 introduced by William Lucas.
June 24th 1958 introduced by Jacqueline Mackenzie.
On July 1st 1958 it was renamed Late Extra: "personalities who give late night London its glamour, vitality and spirit." Music by the Steve Race Four. Introduced by Jacqueline Mackenzie and Michael Westmore. Director: Bimbi Harris.
Other producers of the series included Alan Morris, directors included Ian Fordyce. No presenter is often mentioned though Kenneth MacLeod and Michael Ingrams seem to have been the main interviewers.
One memorable impromptu occasion is pictured, with (left to right) Humphrey Lyttelton, Steve Race (piano), the Duke of Bedford, Peter Sellers, Norman Wisdom (clarinet), and Larry Adler.
I have a note that the guests on the August 5th 1958 edition were Edmund Purdom and Meier Tzelniker. On March 5th 1959 guest was Ronnie Carroll, Tony Estrada appeared on May 21st 1959, and Carmita on October 7th 1959.
Others who definitely appeared in this series included: Jean Nepote (Interpol), Diana Dors, Eartha Kitt, Duke Ellington (his first British tv appearance), Ann Todd, Emlyn Williams, Erskine Caldwell, Schiaparelli, John Huston, Gary Marshal, Iris Ashley and Robert McDermott.
By December 1958 the Steve Race group had grown into The Steve Race Six. In mid January the Malcolm Lockyer Sextet took over. The Ronald Cass Sextet replaced them from June 11th 1959, though Steve Race also appeared with his Sextet on some programmes. From the start of 1959 the series was shown on Thursday nights at 11pm. Director: Peter Croft. Edmund Purdom became the presenter from about Feb 26th 1959. Derek Waring was the presenter starting May 1959. (Joan Phillips was the director May 21st only).
May 4th 1960 11.10pm: Fanny Craddock introduced, with music by Steve Race. Director: Tig Roe
Show Talk (1956, ATV)
A ten minute programme shown for 17 weeks from May to September 1956 in a slot at 7.05pm on Saturdays on ATV London only.
Hosted by Clifford Davis, "TV's own columnist with his weekly report on West End entertainment." That's all that TV Times revealed, though to justify such a prime spot, there were some well known guests, unadvertised in advance, on this show, which was produced by Gil Coventry. In a trade ad at the end of the run in Sept 1956, Davis thanked his guests, which were, in alphabetical order:
Brendan Behan, Frances Bergen, George Black, Eve Boswell, Pamela Brown, Charlie Cairoli, Miss Canada, Jack Cardiff, Sir Lewis Casson, Joan Collins, Roland Culver, Diana Dors, Errol Flynn, Ben Gage, Wm Hammerstein, Roger Hancock, Radie Harris, Roberta Huby, Dennis Lotis, Rene Martz, Kenneth More, David Nixon, Val Parnell, Carol Raye, Raymond, Rossana Rory, Jacqueline Ryan, Peter Saunders, Dame Sybil Thorndike, Bruce Trent, Jack Waller, Naunton Wayne, Esther Williams, Mrs Kathleen Williams, and Norman Wisdom
Face the Mike (1957, ATV)
Shown on Saturdays 4.15-4.45pm. Don Peters was the singer/host. Jerry Allen provided the backing music. This was an opportunity for those in show business, or singers of professional standard to perform their act for four minutes or anything up to ten minutes. Around 50 people were auditioned every fortnight in London or Birmingham by Peters and his producer Fred Wilby.
Unfortunately the acts were not announced in TV Times, so I can only give scant details from other sources of a few who appeared (do email if you can add details):
March 2nd 1957: Jack Escott
March 23rd 1957: Raimund Herincx and Jean Waugh of Twickenham
April 13th 1957: Bob Davenport and Ben Marshall (The Song Spinners)
May 4th 1957: Diana Day, Daphne Stebbing, and The Petersen Brothers
May 25th 1957: Sandra Alfred (Aldred) the first child artiste on the show, Ann Loraine
June 1st 1957: Peter Groves Trio featuring Billie Ponds and Maurice Merry
The show moved to Sundays on June 16th, this programme included Phyllis Craig
June 30th 1957: Mimi Pearse a leading lady of the Folie de Londres
July 7th 1957: Diana Dove (tv debut), and also Dorothy Wayne of The Evening Stars Marine Pavilion Folkestone, and Sylvia Norman
July 21st 1957: Barry Johns from Southampton (probable date)
July 28th 1957: Jean Scott the singing commere at the Cabaret Club London W1
Aug 18th 1957: Maurice Allen and his Ј1,000 glass piano
Aug 25th 1957: Lorna Dean
Sept 8th 1957: Peter Regan
Here are details of some of the weekday afternoon outside broadcasts screened on ITV.
In this era of wall-to-wall tv, it's hard to appreciate the value of these periodic afternoon shows, which were shown as a supplement to the daily schedule. Broadcasting hours were restricted by law, only religious programmes, schools broadcasts and, strangely, Welsh language programmes were exempt from this post war rationing: only 50 hours of ordinary programmes were permitted per week. But outside broadcasts were subject to separate government legislation- 200 hours per year were allowed, in the 1960s this was increased to 440 hours pa. Thus an average of over eight hours weekly o/bs were available, around half of which went on Saturday afternoon transmissions. This meant that many weekday afternoons offered viewers only a test card to watch, it was all very hit and miss when other outside broadcasts were scheduled, and sometimes some ITV regions offered only blank screens, while other stations were bathing in some local extravaganza.
(Not included here are the many Horse Racing outside broadcasts, the first of which was on Nov 11th 1955 from Lingfield, I've also excluded Bank Holidays, and Cricket which also featured periodically in the summer schedules.)
One early series that used OB equipment was Kingsway Corner, which picked on passers-by as they passed the A-R studios.
Apart from the opening evening's ceremony, the earliest example I have noted was
5th National Fabric Fair (Tues Oct 4th 1955, 12.10-12.30pm) with Margot Lovell at the Royal Albert Hall.
Afternoon Out (Wednesday Jan 11th 1956, 4.15-4.45pm) saw Margot Lovell touring the silver vaults under Chancery Lane. Director: Bill Perry. (A-R)
Afternoon Out (Wednesday Feb 8th 1956, 4.15-4.35pm) behind the scenes at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Director: Alan Morris.
Afternoon Out (Wednesday Feb 22nd 1956, 4-4.20pm) with Margot Lovell at the Royal Albert Hall for a household textiles exhibition. Director: Alan Morris.
Afternoon Out (Wednesday Apr 11th 1956, 4.25-4.45pm) with Elaine Grand watching a display by RAF Police Dogs. Director: Alan Morris.
After a break in the spring, perhaps it was deemed that viewers would be out of doors, the programmes returned from June to September 1956 under the umbrella Afternoon Out:
The Story of Punch and Judy (Monday June 4th 1956 3.00-4pm) - no further details
Duke of Yorks' Headquarters (Mon June 4th 4-4.30)- a display by a team of army gymnasts. Director: Michael Harrison.
Design for Industry (Tues June 5th 1956, 3-4pm)- the newly opened School of Textile Design in Manchester (Granada).
Skyscraper on the South Bank (Tues June 5th 1956 4-4.30)- Sir Howard Robertson at the South Bank, where "he is plannng to alter London's skyline." Director: Graham Watts. (A-R)
The Cheshire County Show (Wed June 6th 1956, 3-4.30)- Granada's Outside Broadcasts were called The Travelling Eye, this series "Views the North." The pale blue vans were used extensively in 1956 while the studios were only partially completed. The 1956 FA Cup victory parade by the Manchester City team was one of the first transmissions by this unit.
A Visit to Kew Gardens (Thurs June 7th, 3-3.45)- Guide: Elaine Grand at the Royal Botanical Gardens. Director: Graham Watts. (A-R)
Tea at the Embassy (Thur June 7th 1956, 3.45-4.30)- a series, this edition from the Philippine Embassy, by gracious permission of his Excellency the Ambassador of the Philippines and Madame Guerrero. Among the guests: folk singer Catalina Zandueta. Arranged by Remy Hefter and Sam Cotton. Commentary: Kenneth Macleod. Director Alan Morris.
The Travelling Eye (Fri June 8h 1956, 3-3.45)- visit to one of Britain's leading dog training centres to report on Dogs on Guard (Granada).
The Travelling Eye (Fri June 8h 1956, 4.15-5pm)- from the offices of the Manchester Guardian (Granada).
No 1 London (Mon June 18th 1956, 3-3.45)- Nick Barker and Muriel Young at the Wellington Museum on the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.
The Way to the South (Mon June 18th 1856, 4.15-5pm)- Peter Cockburn and Arthur Adair at Waterloo railway station. Producer: Peter Lloyd (ATV).
Soccer Coaching (Tues June 19th 1956, 3-3.30 and 4.30 to 5.00)- from Lilleshall with Walter Winterbottom.
Inside out (Tues June 19th 1956 3.30-4.30)- Look at ATV's Outside Broadcast Unit, commentator: Peter Lloyd. Director: Stephen Wade.
Blackpool Dog Show (Wed June 20th 1956 3-4.30)- Granada's Travelling Eye at The Oval Stanley Park
Children's Hospital (Thurs June 21st 1956 3.00-3.45)- Salford Children's Infirmary.
Tea at the Embassy (Thur June 21st 1956, 3.45-4.30)- from the Finnish Embassy, by gracious permission of his Excellency the Ambassador of Finland and Madame Tuomioja. Subjects: paintings, special foods, and the Sauna. Arranged by Remy Hefter and Sam Cotton. Commentary: Kenneth Macleod. Director Alan Morris.
Handle with Care (Fri June 22nd 1956, 3-3.45 and 4.15-5pm)- on the handling of high explosives from an army battle training ground. Director: Arthur Lane.
Wimbledon 1956- the first year ITV challenged BBC coverage of the Lawn Tennis championships. Commentators included Fred Perry and Maureen Connolly.
Kent County Agricultural Show(Tuesday July 10th 1956, 4-4.30pm)- visit to Maidstone. Director: Bill Perry (A-R)
Seaside (Tuesday July 10th 1956, 4.30-5.00)- Anne Valery and Nick Barker take viewers to Clacton on Sea. Director: Michael Harrison
Kent County Agricultural Show Wednesday July 11th 1956, 3-3.45 and 4.15-5.00)- second visit with John Sharp, Stephen Black and Bill Allenby. Director: Bill Perry
Stable Companions (Thursday July 12th 1956, 3-3.45)- Bill Allenby and John Wynn Jones visit the stables of Arthur Thomas. Producer: Peter Lloyd (ATV)
The Fancy (Thursday July 12th 1956, 3.45-4.30pm)- pigeon racing with a visit to a pigeon loft in Cheshire (probably Granada production)
Industry of the Future (Monday July 16th 1956, 3-3.45, 4.15-5.00)- visit to the exhibition of the Northern Division of the Institute of Electronic Engineers in Manchester (Granada)
Dogs to the Rescue (Tuesday July 17th 1956, 3-3.45)- "remote cameras shows dogs, trained to save life, going through their paces"
Today's Children (Tuesday July 17th 1956, 4.15-5.00)- "remote cameras visit a new Secondary Modern School, the type of school thousands of children will attend for the first time next term." (no more information)
King's Cross Station (Wednesday July 18th 1956, 3-3.45)- "behind the scenes" in the engine sheds (A-R)
Baseball (Wednesday July 18th 1956, 4.15-5.00)- "for the first time," part of a league game at West Drayton between two American Service teams. Introduced by Nick Barker, commentary by Sgt Tom Craynak, director: Barry Wilson (A-R)
Liverpool Show (Thursday July 19th 1956, also for the rest of the week)- director Dave Warwick (Granada)
Royal Lancashire Show (Monday July 30th 1956, 4.15-5.00)- Sir Stanley Bell outlines the history of the show at Stanley Park. (Tuesday July 31st 1956) 3-3.45: Grand Parade. 4.15-5.00: Show Jumping (Granada)
Tea at the Embassy (Tues Aug 7th 1956, 3.45-4.30)- from the Indonesian Embassy, by gracious permission of his Excellency the Ambassador of Indonesia and Madame Supomo. Arranged by Howard S Cotton. Diplomatic liaison by Remy Hefter. Commentary: Mary Hill and Kenneth Macleod. Director Alan Morris.
Farnborough Air Show (Monday Sept 3rd 1956, 3-4.30 and Tues Sept 4th 1956 3.30-5pm)- 17th Annual Display. Commentators Colin Hodgkinson, Nick Barker, and Robert Everett. Director: Bill Perry. (A-R)
Gardening Without Tears (Wed Sept 5th 1956 3.00-3.45)- an afternoon at a market garden in Surrey with Nick Barker. Director: Graham Watts.(A-R)
Sand Yacht Racing (Thurs Sept 6th 1956 3.00-3.45)- from Fylde International Sand Yacht Club (Granada).
The Mighty Arsenal (Thurs Sept 6th 1956 4.15-5pm)- At Highbury, meet soccer personalities as Tom Whittaker, Bob Wall and Jack Crayston. Commentators: Bernard Joy and John Wynn Jones. Director: Peter Lloyd (ATV).
Chessington Zoo (Fri Sept 7th 1956, 3.00-3.45 and 4.15 to 5pm)- Producer: Anthony Flanagan.
The Keston Foreign Bird Farm (Monday September 10th 1956, 3.00-4.00) hosts J Boosey, Alec Brooksbank, and WD Cumming, commentator: Peter Lloyd. Producer: RS Compton (ATV)
The Army MT School Bordon (Monday September 10th 1956, 4-5pm) Demonstration of Hill Climbing over the Laundry Hill circuit. Commentator: Nick Barker. Director: Bill Perry.
(Tuesday September 11th 1956, 3.45-5pm): Trick riding by AMTS including the Tunnel of Flame, Jumoing the Human Ramp, and Bantum the Mechanical Clown (A-R).
Waterfront (Tuesday September 11th 1956, 3.00-3.45) Travelling Eye goes to Liverpool to watch ships being unloaded (Granada)
International Sheep Dog Trials (Thursday September 13th, 3.00-4.30pm) from Castle Park Ruthin (Granada)
Hop Festival (Friday September 14th 1956, 3.00-3.45, 4.15-5pm) The story of hops with Nick Barker and Kent Walton from Beltring. Director: Alan Morris (A-R)
Town Withour Peer (Wed Sept 26th 1956, 4-5pm)- In the Travelling Eye series, a visit to Wigan (Granada).
All That Glisters... (Thurs Sept 27th 1956 4.00-5pm)- a Mayfair fashion show. Ben Lyon discusses the models with Mary Hill. Director: Alan Morris. (A-R)
Club for Boys (Wed Oct 17th 1956 4.00-5.00)- In the Travelling Eye series, a visit to a Manchester boys' club (Granada).
The Dairy Show (Wednesday October 24th 1956, 4-5pm) The second day of the 70th British Dairy Show. Director: Alan Morris (A-R)
Tea at the Embassy (Mon Nov 19th 1956, 4.00-5pm)- from the Australian Embassy. With Acting High Commissioner Sir Edwin McCarthy. Arranged by Howard S Cotton. Diplomatic liaison by Remy Hefter. Commentary: Mary Hill and Kenneth Macleod. Director Alan Morris.
Behind the Picture (Wed Nov 21st 4-5pm)- The Travelling Eye visits the Walker Art Gallery Liverpool. Director: William Gaskill (Granada).
Smithfield Show (Wed Dec 5th 1956 4-5pm)- at Earls Court. Commentators: Muriel Young, Nick Barker and Philip Buckingham. Director: Alan Morris. (A-R)
Tea at the Embassy (Mon Dec 10th 1956, 4.00-5pm)- from the Legation of the Republic of Korea. With High Excellency the Korean Minister and Mrs Louisa Pak Lee. Arranged by Howard S Cotton. Diplomatic liaison by Remy Hefter. Commentary: Mary Hill and Kenneth Macleod. Director Alan Morris.
The Moor Mystery (Wed Dec 12th 1956 4-5pm)- The Travelling Eye investigates a 53 year old double murder on the Pennine Moors. The 1903 murderer of a young man and a gamekeeper on Marsden Moor was never caught.
Director: William Gaskill (Granada).
Frolics on Ice (Boxing Day 1956, 4-5pm)- Children's Christmas Party from Streatham Ice Rink. Host: Kent Walton with the British Open Professional Pair Champions 1955, also Lorna Eileen (Rock n roll on stilts), Patricia Pauley, Susan Gregory, Patricia Edwards, Susan Lee, the Skating Horse, and Andrew Fenner (Hammond Organ). Director: Bill Perry. (A-R)
The Enthronement of the Archbishop of Westminster (Monday February 11th 1957)- this marathon 2 hour 50 minute programme was directed by Bill Allenby.
Outside Broadcasts, apart from Horse Racing, and weekend broadcasts, were largely absent from the schedules until:
Wimbledon 1957 (from Mon June 24th 1957, 1.40pm, for two weeks) Commentators Fred Perry, Dennis Coombe, Emlyn Jones, Peter Lloyd, and Kent Walton. Directors: Alan Morris and Stephen Wade.
Royal Lancashire Show (Wed July 31st 1957, 4-5pm)- The Travelling Eye at the Royal Lancashire Agricultural Show at Blackpool. Director: John Nicholl. This was a return visit from 1956.
Hulton Boys' and Girls' Exhibition (Tues Aug 6th 1957)- Muriel Young and Kent Walton bring highlights of the Olympia show. Director: Alan Morris. (A-R)
World Scout Jubilee Jamboree (Tues Aug 6th 1957 3.00- 3.45)- The Wolf Cub Display. Commentators: Lord Baden-Powell and Ken Johnstone. (Wed Aug 7th 4.30-5pm)- Arrowe Park Sub-Camp to see the Cuban Contingent. Host: Ralph Reader. Junior Hosts: Neville Evans, Ian Grant and Michael Phillips. (Thur Aug 8th, 5-5.30pm)- Godollo Sub-Camp, hosts as Wednesday. (Fri Aug 9th, 4.30-5pm)- Copenhagen Sub-Camp, hosts as Wednesday. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV). A final visit was on Sat Aug 10th, 3-4.30pm, for the National Sea Scouts display, commentator: Ken Johnstone. The About Religion programme on August 11th included a discussion with the Chief Scout.
Afternoon Out: The 18th Annual Display at Farnborough (Tues Sept 3rd 1957 2.30-5pm).Commentators: Jeffrey Quill, Robert Everett and Neville Barker. Director: Bill Perry. (A-R)
Her Majesty The Queen opens the 46th Annual Conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (Thurs Sept 12th 1957, 11.15am- 12 noon)- From Westminster Hall. Scene described by Kenenth MacLeod. TV Presentation by Aubrey Singer and Tom Millett (by arrangement with BBC).
International Dancing Championships (Thursday Oct 31st 1957, 4-4.30pm)- from the Royal Albert Hall. Introduced by Kenneth Macleod. Commentator: Elsa Wells. Director: Bill Perry A TV Times letter claimed, "I have just been watching the afternoon session of the Dancing Champinships and I noticed during the juvenile semi-final that the iridiscent sequins on the girls' dresses showed quite distinctly in colour." (A-R).
Winter at the Wheel (Friday Nov 1st 1957, 3.30-4.30pm)- demonstration from Chelmsford on safe driving in winter. Introduced by Kent Walton. Director: Alan Morris (A-R).
University of London (Wednesday
December 4th 1957, 3.15-3.45)- Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother confers an honourary degree of Doctor of Music on HRH Princess Margaret. Commentator: Neville Barker. TV Presentation by Antony Craxton (by arrangement with BBC).
Royal Windsor Horse Show (Thursday May 15th 1958, 3.11-5pm, also May 16th 2.40-3.23 and 4.15 to 5pm)- Commentator: Viscount Allenby. Director: Bill Allenby/Stephen Wade.
Air Display (Mon May 26th 1958, 2pm)- from Rolls Royce Airfield Hucknall. Commentators: Peter Lloyd and Emlyn Jones. Director: Anthony Flanagan (ATV).
Wimbledon 1958 (from Mon June 23rd 1958, 1.45pm-5pm, then 5.30-6.45pm, for two weeks) Commentators Fred Perry, Dennis Coombe, Emlyn Jones, and Kent Walton. Directors: Alan Morris and Stephen Wade.
The Shrewsbury Musical and Floral Fete (Wednesday Aug 20th 1958, 4-5pm)- from The Quarry, with music by The Life and Welsh Guards. Commentators: Noele Gordon and Bill Allenby. Director: Kit Plant.
State Opening of Parliament (Tues Oct 28th 1958, 10.20-11.15am approx)- ITV Commentary: Robin Day (produced by BBC).
Having a Wonderful Time (Boxing Day 1958, 4.15- 5pm)- The Soho Association's annual children's party, with David Kossof, the Vipers Skiffle Group, Jackie Moran, Don Lang, Bridie Corsie, with Johnnie Haynes and Margaret Edwards. Introduced by Gordon Bradley. Director: Graham Watts. (A-R)
Freedom of the City of Portsmouth (Thursday May 14th 1959, 10-10.45am)- The Duke of Edinburgh receives the freedom of the city. Commentator: Neville Barker (Southern)
The Royal Agricultural Show (Wed July 8th 1959 and Thurs July 9th, 4.15- 5.05pm)- from Oxford. Commentators: Tom Glazer and David Calcutt. Director: Graham Watts. (A-R)
Election Results (Friday October 9th 1959). ITV's first election coverage had begun the previous evening, scheduled to end at 2.30am Friday morning. Then bright and early at 6.55am Huw Thomas had the elction results. A break from 9am but at 11am Ian Trethowan and Brian Connell gave the results, with George Ffitch, Reginald Bosanquet and John Ardagh at Party HQs. Local results were transmitted from London, director: Cyril Butcher. ITN coordinated production with directors John Rhodes and Graham Watts. The programme was due to end when the results were known.
Commonwealth Journey (Monday Dec 8th 1959, 3.30pm)- a film of the Duke of Edinburgh's tour of the Commonwealth
Note: Though there had been few weekday afternoon outside broadcasts, apart from horse racing, during 1959, the title 'Afternoon Out' had been applied to the range of Saturday afternoon events until just before Christmas, when it was altered to 'Let's Go.'
Amateur Football (Mon Apr 4th 1960, 3.45pm)- Clapton v Maori, the second half from Clapton Football Club, commentator: Kent Walton. Director: Grahame Turner (A-R)
Amateur Boxing (Tues Apr 5th 1960, 3.45pm)- English Schoolboys' trials from Manor Place Baths London. Commentator: Fred Verlander. Director: Anthony Flanagan (ATV)
Point to Point (Wednesday April 6th 1960, 3.15pm) from Wroughton in Wiltshire. Commentators: Robin Thursfield, Noel Phillips-Browne and Peter Moor. Director: Graham Watts. (A-R)
Everything Shipshape (Thurs Apr 7th 1960, 4.15pm)- visit to a shipyard in the Tyne tees area, with Bob Danvers-Walker, assisted by James Lloyd. Director: Raymond Joss (TTTV)
Greyhound Racing (Fri Apr 8th 1960, 3.45pm)- from Park Royal Stadium Middlesex. Commentator: Tony Cooke. Interviewer: John Rickman. Results: Peter Moor. Director: Grahame Turner. (A-R)
Ponies of Britain (Wednesday April 13th 1960 3.45-4.45pm)- the Stallion Show from Royal Ascot. Commentators
Mrs IM Yeomans and Noel Phillips-Browne. Director: Grahame Turner. (A-R)
Afternoon Liturgy (Good Friday April 15th 1960 3.40pm)- from Westminster Cathedral. Introduced by Rev Michael Hollings. Director: Graham Watts. (A-R)
The Royal Wedding (Friday May 6th 1960, 9.50am-1pm)
Commentators: Brian Connell and Rev Simon Phipps (inside the abbey), Kenneth MacLeod and Bettie Spurling (outside the abbey), Michael Ingrams and Nancy Wise (outside Buckingham Palace), Peter Lloyd (at Clarence House), Huw Thomas and Neville Barker (Horse Guards Parade), Sir James Scott Douglas and Dick Norton (Whitehall).
Royal Windsor Horse Show (Thursday May 12th 1960 and Friday May 13th 1960, 3.50-4.45pm)- Commentator Bill Allenby. Director: Stephen Wade (ATV). There was a final visit on the Saturday afternoon.
Farm in the North (Wed May 18th 1960, 3.50pm)- Clifton Farm near Morpeth. Introduced by Raymond Brooks-Ward, assisted by James Lloyd. Director: Raymond Joss (Tyne Tees TV).
Greyhound Racing (Thurs July 21st 1960, 3.15-4.15pm)- from Hackney Wick Stadium. Commentator: Tony Cooke, interviews by John Rickman, results from Peter Moor. Director: Graham Watts (A-R).
Show Jumping (Tuesday Aug 2nd 1960, 4-5pm)-
from the Northampton Show at Abington Park. Commentator: Viscount Allenby. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV)- a second visit, previously in 1959.
The Billingshurst Horse Show (Wed Aug 24th 1960, 3.45-4.45pm)- from The Manor House. Commentators: Muriel Young and John Cotterill. Director: Tig Roe (A-R).
Polo (Thur Aug 25th 1960, 3.45-4.45pm)- from Ham Polo Club. Commentators: Robin Addie and Emlyn Jones. Director: Grahame Turner (A-R).
Farnborough Air Display (Tues Sept 6th 1960, 2.30-4.45pm)- Commentators: Jeffrey Quill and Colin Hodgkinson. Director: Graham Watts (A-R).
Show Jumping (Wed Sept 7th 1960, 4.00-4.45pm)- from the Romsey Show in Broadlands Park. Commentator: Noel Phillips-Browne. Director: Bill Perry (Southern TV).
Junior Lawn Tennis Championships (Thurs Sept 8th 1960, 2.00-4.45pm and Fri Sept 9th 2.00-4.15pm)- from Wimbledon. Commentator: Emlyn Jones. Director: Grahame Turner (8th)/ Graham Watts (9th) (A-R).
Greyhound Racing (Thurs Oct 13th 1960, 3.45-4.45pm)- from Hackney Stadium. Commentator: Tony Cooke. Interviewer: Peter Lloyd. Betting and Results: Peter Moor. Director: Graham Watts (A-R).
Five-A-Side Football (Fri Nov 11th 1960, 3.45-4.45pm)- The national contest organised by The People. Commentator: Emlyn Jones. Director: Grahame Turner (A-R)
Marionette Rehearsal (Mon Dec 12th 1960, 4.15-4.45pm)- from Little Angel Theatre Islington where John Wright's Marionettes are rehearsing for their Christmas tour. Introduced by Nancy Wise. Director: Graham Watts (A-R).
Schoolboy Boxing (Tues Dec 13th 1960, 3.45-4.45pm)- from Albany School Enfield. Commentator: Fred Verlander. Director: J Murray Ashford (A-R).
Christmas Rush (Fri Dec 16th 1960, 4.20-4.45pm)- Peter Lloyd visits the South Eastern Parcel Office London Director: J Murray Ashford (A-R).
Forgeries And Deceptive Copies (Mon Jan 30th 1961, 4.15-4.45pm)- OB cameras at the British Museum in the Department of Prints and Drawings. Introduced by Celia Irving. Director: Graham Watts (A-R).
Greyhound Racing (Mon Feb 6th 1961, 3.45-4.45pm)- from Park Royal. Commentator: Tony Cooke. Interviewer: Peter Lloyd. Betting and Results: Peter Moor. Director: Graham Watts (A-R).
The Design Centre (Tues Feb 7th 1961, 3.45-4.15pm)- in Haymarket. With Dick Norton. Director: J Murray Ashford (A-R).
Basketball (Wed Feb 8th 1961, 4.00-4.45pm)- from Third USAF Ruislip. London Rockets v Greenham Common Pirates. Commentator: Peter Lloyd. Director: J Murray Ashford (A-R).
Canal Crusing (Tues Mar 21st 1961, 4.15-4.45pm)- from Little Venice Paddington to see the British Waterways Exhibition. Commentators: Kent Walton and Maureen Davies. Director: David Gardner (A-R).
Crookham One-Day Event (Wed Mar 22nd 1961, 3.45-4.45pm)- from Twesledown Racecourse in Hampshire to watch the show jumping. Commentator: Viscount Allenby. Director: Graham Watts (A-R).
Greyhound Racing (Thurs Mar 23rd 1961, 3.45-4.45pm)- from Stamford Bridge. Commentator: Tony Cooke. Interviewer: Peter Lloyd. Results: Peter Moor. Director: David Gardner (A-R).
Croome Hunt Point-to-Point (Tuesday Apr 4th 1961, 2.45-4.30pm)- at Ryalls Court Upton-on-Severn. Commentators: Raymond Brooks-Ward and Peter Lloyd. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV).
The Queen in the North (Wednesday May 24th 1961, 11.50am-12.40pm)- The Travelling Eye watches the Queen opening Manchester's new courts. Commentator: Bill Grundy. Director: David Warwick (Granada).
The Royal Wedding (Thursday June 8th 1961, 1.10-3.40pm)- from York Minster, the marriage of the Duke of Kent to Katharine Worsley. Commentators were the cream that ITV could produce: Ian Trethowan, Brian Connell, Bill Grundy, Tom Coye, Reginald Bosanquet, Keith Fordyce, Jenny Nasmyth, Peter Lloyd, and Gerry Loftus.
Drectors: Andy Gullen, Raymond Joss, Anthony Flanagan, David Warwick, Graham Watts, and Max Morgan-Witts. From which it can be deduced that the ITV companies cooperated on this.
Wimbledon 1961 (two weeks from Monday June 26th 1961)- the usual ITV coverage, Granada showed very little. Commentators; Fred Perry, Emlyn Jones, Kent Walton and Jaroslav Drobny. Directors: Graham Watts, Grahame Turner, and J Murray Ashford.
The Enthronement (Tuesday June 27th 1961, 1.45-3.45pm)- of the new Archbishop of Canterbury.
Commentator: Brian Connell. Director: Berkeley Smith (Southern TV).
Oh! Oh! (Tues Oct 17th 1961, 4.15-4.45pm)- OB cameras visit the OO model railway layout "at a famous London store.". Commentator: Peter Lloyd. Director: Pembroke Dutson (ATV).
Toys in the Design Centre (Wed Oct 18th 1961, 4.15-4.45pm)- from the Design Centre. With John West and Carola Mason. Director: John P Hamilton (A-R).
Tenpin Bowling (Thur Oct 19th 1961, 4.10-4.45pm)- from Leytonstone Bowl. South Ruislip (USA Ladies) v Dagenham (GB Ladies). Commentator: Emlyn Jones. Director: John P Hamilton (A-R)
A Fibre in Fashion (Fri Oct 20th 1961, 4.00-4.45pm)- A fashion show from Celanese House. Commentator: Mary Hill. Director: Bill Allenby (ATV).
National Five-A-Side Football (Tues Oct 31st 1961, 4.10-4.45pm)- from Municpal Baths Epsom. District semi finals and finals, organised by The People. Commentator: Kent Walton. Director: Grahame Turner (A-R).
Rugby Football (Wed Nov 1st 1961, 3.45-4.15pm)- from Royal Artilllery Barracks Woolwich. Second half of Royal Artillery v Royal Army Service Corps. Commentator: Gerwyn Williams. Director: Grahame Turner (A-R).
Royal Horse Guards (Thur Nov 2nd 1961, 3.45-4.20pm)- from Knightsbridge Barrakcs. Commentator: Lt-Col JA Cooke. Director: John P Hamilton (A-R).
Schoolboys Boxing (Fri Nov 3rd 1961, 4.10-4. 45pm)- from Barnfield Secondary Modern School, Burnt Oak. Commentator: Fred Verlander. Director: John P Hamilton (A-R).
Rugby (Wed Nov 8th 1961, 3.45-4.15pm)- from Old Deer Park Richmond. Second half of Surrey v Eastern Counties. Commentator: Gerwyn Williams. Director: Anthony Flanagan (ATV).
Royal Journey (Thur Nov 9th 1961, 4.10-4.45pm)- Outside broadcast from the Museum of British Transport in Clapham. Guide: John Scholes, with Celia Irving. Director: Graham Watts (A-R).
Jewellery (Fri Nov 10th 1961, 4.00-4.45pm)- a visit to Goldsmiths' Hall. Commentator: Keith Fordyce. Director: Pembroke Duttson (ATV).
Association Football (Wed Apr 11th 1962, 3-4.45pm)- from Aldershot. Army Cup Final. Commentators: Peter Lloyd and Joe Jagger. Director: John P Hamilton (A-R).
Greyhound Racing (Thur Apr 12th 1962, 3.45-4.45pm)- from Stamford Bridge. Commentator: Tony Cooke. Interviewer: John Rickman. Results: Peter Moor. Director: Graham Watts (A-R).
London Schools Amateur Boxing Association (Fri Apr 13th 1962, 3.45-4.45pm)- from St Peters Primary School Woolwich. London trials for the London v Dublin tournament. Director: J Murray Ashford (A-R).
Wimbledon 1962 (June 1962) - the usual coverage
Tennis (Wednesday July 25th 1962, 3.15-4.45pm, and Thurs 26th, and Fri 27th July)- Inter County Week from Devonshire Park Eastbourne. Commentators: Emlyn Jones and Mary Halford. Directors: J Murray Ashford and Grahame Turner (A-R by arrangement with Southern).
The Building Centre (Fri Aug 3rd 1962, 3.45-4.45pm)- John West shows round "one of Britain's best known young-marrieds." Director: Robert Fleming (A-R).
Bowls (Monday Aug 20th 1962, 3.45-4.45)- at Watney's Bowling Green Mortlake, for the Amateur National Championships. Commentator: Emlyn Jones. Director: J Murray Ashford. (A-R)
Trades Union Congress (Monday Sept 3rd 1962, 10.55am-12.30pm, and 2.15-5pm. Also Tuesday to Thursday that week commencing 9.25am)- from Winter Gardens Blackpool. The first ever broadcast of this congress. Commentators: Bill Grundy and Harold Perkin. Director: Mike Wooller (Granada).
Liberal Party Assembly (Wed Sept 19th 2-5pm, with interruptions for Schools broadcast)- from Pier Pavilion Llandudno. Travelling Eye at the party conferences for the first time. Commentators: Bill Grundy and Ian Trethowan. Director: Mike Wooller (Granada). (Note: the precise coverage was announced only the day previously. It continued until the closing speech on Saturday Sept 22nd, 10.20am. There was similar coverage of the Labour and Conservative Conferences, the latter also having to compete with Racing from York. Similar schedules also in 1963 of the party conferences.)
Institute of Directors (Wed Oct 31st 1962 10am-1pm, with interruption for Schools)- annual conference from Royal Albert Hall. Introduced by Brian Connell. Director: Graham Watts. (A-R)
The Royal Smithfield Show (Tues Dec 4th 1962 4.00-4.45pm)- from Earl's Court. Commentators: Peter Lloyd and Raymong Brooks-Ward. Director: Grahame Turner. (A-R)
A New Look at Old Ships (Wednesday Feb 27th 1963, 3.45-4.20pm)- from the Science Museum to see the new Sailing Ship Gallery with John McCarthy. Director: J Murray Ashford (A-R).
International Football (Wednesday May 8th 1963, 3.45-4.45pm)- England v Brazil from Wembley. FA Centenary match, second half coverage. Commentator: Gerry Loftus. Director: Graham Turner.
Wimbledon 1963 (fortnight commencing Monday June 24th 1963, 1.40-5pm) the usual coverage, commentators: Fred Perry, Emlyn Jones, Dennis Coombe and Mary Halford. Directors; Stephen Wade, Bill Allenby and Raymond Joss.
Show Jumping (Thursday July 11th 1963, 3.00-4.45pm, and Fri July 12th, 1.50-2.50 and Sat July 13th)- from Hickstead. Commentator: Raymond Brooks-Ward. Director: Bill Perry (Southern TV).
Tennis (Monday July 22nd 1963, 2.45-4.45pm, and Tues 23rd, and Fri 26th July)- Inter County Week from Eastbourne. Commentators: Emlyn Jones and Mary Halford. Director: Berkeley Smith (Southern TV).
Gardening Made Easy (Wed Aug 7th 1963, 4-4.45pm)- another visit to Arkley Manor near Barnet with WE Shewell-Cooper. Reporter: Celia Irving. Director: Graham Watts (A-R)
Shopping in Britain (Thur Aug 8th 1963) from the Design Centre Haymarket. Goods to appeal to the overseas visitor, introduced by Dick Norton. Director: Graham Watts.
The Stratford-upon-Avon By Election (Friday Aug 16th, 10.45-11.45am)- declaration of the result and background, caused by the resignation of John Profumo. Intorduced by Brian Connell, with David Butler. Interviewer: Reg Harcourt. Director: Raymond Joss (ATV).
Baseball (Monday Aug 19th 1963, 3.45-4.45pm)- London Rockets versus Greenham Common from US Air Force Base West Ruislip. Commentators: George Beech and Emlyn Jones. Director: Jim Pople. (A-R)
Bowls (Fri Aug 23rd 3.45-4.45)- Finals of the amateur national singles championships from Watney's Bowling Green Mortlake. Commentators: Emlyn Jones and Edward Sussam. Director: J Murray Ashford. (A-R) A letter to TV Times (no.410) gave thanks for the coverage but did note the end of the finals was not transmitted.
Softball (Mon Aug 26th 1963, 3.45-4.45)- from US Air Force Base West Ruislip. Commentators: George Beech and Emlyn Jones. Director: J Murray Ashford. (A-R)
Polo (Tues Aug 27th 1963, 3.45-4.45)- Ham versus Silver Leys from Ham Polo Club. Commentators: Robin Addie and Emlyn Jones. Director: Grahame Turner. (A-R)
Hockey (Mon Sept 9th 1963, 3.45-4.45pm)- Unicorns v SD Dickens XI. Commentator: Emlyn Jones. Director: Grahame Turner (A-R).
Liberal Party Assembly (Wed Sept 11th 1963, from 9.15am, with breaks, daily to Sept 14th)- from The Dome Brighton. Commentators: Alastair Burnet and George Ffitch. Director: Berekley Smith (Southern- only partially networked).
The Solemn Enthronement of John Heenan (Tuesday September 24th 1963, 10.55-11.30am)- from Westminster Cathedral. Commentator: Rev Bebb. Director: Bill Allenby (ITN).
International Soccer (Wednesday October 23rd 1963, 4.05pm-4.30)- England v Rest of World from Wembley Stadium- part of the second half. Commentator: Gerry Loftus. Director: Grahame Turner. (Longer highlights were shown at 9.55pm)
The Royal Smithfield Show (Monday Dec 2nd 1963, 4-4.45pm)- from Earls Court. Commentators: Rodney Crouch and Raymond Brooks-Ward. Director: Graham Watts. (A-R)
Tournament Golf (Wed Mar 25th 1964/ Thurs Mar 26th 1964, 3.15-4.45pm)- from Sunningdale. Commentators; Peter Lloyd and Bill Cox. Director: John P Hamilton. (A-R)
Afternoon Sport (Tues Apr 7th 1964, 3-4pm)- Snooker Challenge Match Lancashire v Yorkshire, John Spencer from Radcliffe plays Denis Robertson from Middlesborough. Commentators: Ted Lowe and Harold Phillips. Director: David Warwick (Granada).
Afternoon Sport (Wed Apr 8th 1964, 3-4pm)- Ice Skating from Altrincham. Commentator: Gerry Loftus. Director: David Warwick (Granada).
Afternoon Sport (Thur Apr 9th 1964, 3-4.15pm)- Hockey from Sale. South African Tourists versus Brooklands Select XI. Commentator: Gerry Loftus. Director: David Warwick (Granada).
Afternoon Sport (Fri Apr 10th 1964, 3-4pm)- Badminton from Manchester. Lancashire versus Cheshire- Ken Derrick plays Tony Jordan. Introduced by Gerry Loftus. Director: David Warwick (Granada).
At the Zoo (Mon Apr 13th 1964, 3-4pm)- Dr Desmond Morris looks at The Sea Lions at Feeding Time. Director: David Warwick (Granada).
At the Zoo (Fri Apr 17th 1964, 3-4pm)- Dr Desmond Morris looks at The Chimps' Tea Party. Director: David Warwick (Granada).
At the Zoo (Mon Apr 20th 1964, 3-4pm)- Dr Desmond Morris looks at The Penguins at Feeding Time. Director: David Warwick (Granada).
The Celebrations of the Fourth Centenary of Shakespeare's Birthday (Thursday April 23rd 1964, 10.15am-12noon)- Commentators: Shaw Taylor, David Rees, with Levi Fox. Interviewer: Judith Jackson. Producer: Raymond Joss (ATV).
Show Jumping (Thurs 30th Apr, 1-1.50pm, 2.10-2.35 and 4.20-4.45, Fri May 1st, 1.30-2.35 and 3.40-4.45)- from Hickstead. Commentator: Raymond Brooks-Ward. Director: Bill Perry (Southern TV).
Wimbledon 1964 (fortnight commencing Monday June 22nd 1964, 1.40-5pm) the usual coverage, commentators: Fred Perry, Emlyn Jones, Dennis Coombe and Kent Walton. Directors: Grahame Turner, John P Hamilton and Jim Pople.
The Royal Show (Tues July 7th 1964, 2.40-4.45pm, Wed July 8th, 2.05-4.45pm, Thursday July 9th 2.20-3.15 and Fri July 10th 2.30-2.45pm)- from Stoneleigh Abbey. Commentators: Viscount Allenby, Lionel Hamden and Raymond Brooks-Ward. Interviewer: David Lloyd. Director: Raymond Joss (ATV).
Show Jumping (Thursday July 9th 1964, 3.15-4.45pm, and Fri July 10th, 2.45-4.45 and Sat July 11th)- from Hickstead. Commentator: Raymond Brooks-Ward. Director: Bill Perry (Southern TV).
Amateur Golf (Fri July 31st 1964, 2.15-4.45)- Britain versus Rest of Europe from Muirfield. Commentators: Arthur Montford and Alex Allan. Director: Jack Sampson (Scottish TV).
Cowes Week (Sat Aug 1st 1964, Bank Holiday Mon Aug 3rd, Tues Aug 4th 1.35-2.10pm)- Commentators: Barry Westwood and
Bill Richardson. Director: Bill Perry (Southern TV).
The Ascot Jumping Show (Wed Aug 12th, Thurs Aug 13th, Fri Aug 14th 1964, 3-4.45pm, also Sat Aug 15th)- from the lawns of the Royal Ascot Racecourse. Commentator: Raymond Brooks-Ward. Director: Anthony Flanagan (ATV).
An Exhibition of Hittite Art (Fri Aug 14th 1964, 2.15-3pm)- from the Diploma Gallery of the Royal Academy with John Mills. Director: Jim Pople (Rediffusion)
Gardening Made Easy (Wed Aug 36th 1964, 3.45-4.45pm)- wirh Dr WE Shewell-Cooper Director of the International Horticultural Bureau, and Celia Irving. Director: Jim Pople (Rediffusion)
Science '64 (Thursday August 27th 1964 10am-12.30pm)- the British Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting at Nuffield Theatre Southampton. Opening by Lord Brain. Talks by HG Conway and Professor BR Williams. Commentator: Barry Westwood. Directors: John Braybon and Bill Perry (Southern TV).
Science '64 (Friday August 28th 1964 10am-12.30pm)- Talks by Prof CGC Chesters and Prof HJ Eysenck. Commentator: Barry Westwood. Directors: John Braybon and Bill Perry (Southern TV).
Science '64 (Monday August 31st 1964 10am-12.30pm)- Talks by GS Robinson, Prof WT Williams, Dr DMA Mercer and AR Manser. Commentator: Barry Westwood. Directors: John Braybon and Bill Perry (Southern TV).
Science '64 (Tuesday September 1st 1964 10am-12.30pm)- GJ Thomson on Hovercraft and A Silverleaf on Hydrofoils. Commentator: Barry Westwood. Directors: John Braybon and Peter Frazer-Jones (Southern TV).
Science '64 (Wednesday September 2nd 1964 10am-12.30pm)- Irradiation of Foodstuffs by Prof FG Young, and Accelerated Freeze Drying of Food by Prof KA Munday. Commentator: Barry Westwood. Directors: John Braybon and Bill Perry (Southern TV).
Show Jumping (Fri Sept 11th, 12.45-2.15, and 3.40-4.45)- from Hickstead. Commentator: Raymond Brooks-Ward. Director: Bill Perry (Southern TV).
National Exhibition of Children's Art (Thurs Sept 17th 1964 3.45-4.45)- from Royal Institute Galleries Piccadilly, With John Mills. Director: Jim Pople (Rediffusion).
The XVII Olympiad (from Mon 19th Oct 1964, 12noon-2.28pm) London Producer: Grahame Turner. Tokyo Producer: Bill Ward.
The State Opening of Parliament (Tues Nov 3rd 1964, 11am)- ITV Commentary: Alastair Burnet (produced by BBC).
After a break, apart from Horse Racing, OB cameras returned for
Spring Out (Monday April 12th 1965, 2.50-4.20pm)- Desmond Carrington introduced these programmes. The first was
Hockey from St Albans Hockey Club. England Schoolmasters versus England Schoolboys. Commentator: Peter Lloyd. Director: Jim Pople (Rediffusion).
Spring Out (Wednesday April 14th 1965, 2.35-4.20pm)- Desmond Carrington from Rosslyn Park Club for a rugby match. Commentators: Gerwyn Williams and Ian Todd. Director: Grahame Turner (Rediffusion).
Show Jumping (Thursday April 15th 2.00-4.20, and Good Friday 1965 1-2.45, 3.30-4.20pm, also April 17th and 19th)- from Hickstead. Commentator: Raymond Brooks-Ward. Director: Bill Perry (Southern).
Spring Out (Monday April 26th 1965, 3.20-4.20pm)- Toga and Teens, Desmond Carrington at Piccadilly Hotel for a teenage fashion fair, with Caroline Charles, and two teenagers: Jenny Hanley and Jennifer McAlister. Director: John P Hamilton (Rediffusion).
Spring Out (Tuesday April 27th 1965, 3.20-4.20pm)- What's Yours? With Desmond Carrington at the Royal College of Arts for an exhibition of Public House Design. With Joh McCarthy. Director: Jim Pople (Rediffusion).
Spring Out (Wednesday April 28th 1965, 2.55-4.45pm)- Association Football. Desmond Carrington at the National Recreation Centre Crystal Palace. The final of the Rediffusion Cup. Commentator: Peter Lloyd. Director: John P Hamilton (Rediffusion).
International Football (Wednesday May 5th 1965, 2.55-4.45pm)- from Wembley. England v Hungary. Commentators: Gerry Loftus and Johnny Haynes. Director: Grahame Turner (Rediffusion for Eurovision).
Royal Windsor Horse Show (Thursday May 13th 1965, 2.59pm- 4.45, also shared with Horse Racing on Friday May 14th)- Commenator: Raymond Brooks-Ward. Director: Stephen Wade (ATV).
The Royal Tour of Germany (Friday May 21st 4.05-4.45pm)- commentator in London: Peter Snow, in Germany: Bill Grundy and Barry Westwood. Producer in London: Stephen Wright, in Germany: Barrie Heads. Another programme on Thursday May 27th 3.00-4.20pm, same personnel except the London commentator was Andrew Gardner.
Wimbledon 1965 (fortnight from Mon June 21st 1965, 1.45pm) (ITN)
Polo (Monday July 5th 1965, 3.20pm)- from Ham Polo Club. Commentator: Raymond Brooks-Ward. Director: John P Hamilton (Rediffusion).
The Royal Show (Tuesday July 6th 1965 2.00-4.45pm, Wed July 7th 2pm, and Thurs July 8th 2.05pm)- from Stoneleigh Abbey. Commentators: Viscount Allenby and Lionel Hampden. Interviewer: Leslie Thomas. Director: Tony Palmer (ATV).
Show Jumping (Fri July 9th 1965, 2pm, also Sat 10th)- from Hickstead. Commentator: Raymond Brooks-Ward. Director: Bill Perry (Southern).
Bowling (Tues July 13th 1965, 3.15-4.50pm)- from Belle Vue. Director: David Warwick (Granada).
Show Jumping (Fri Aug 20th 1965, 2.30pm)- from Hickstead. Commentator: Raymond Brooks-Ward. Director: Bill Perry (Southern).
With No Intent... (Thurs Aug 26th 1965, 1.30-4.20) from the Police Driving School Chelmsford. "120 people who are alive and well today will be dead in 96 hours time." On the bank holiday road accidents, the programme drew attention to the causes of accidents. With Lord Lindgren, and George Eyles. Commentators: Peter Lloyd and Celia Irving. Director: Jim Pople (Rediffusion).
Show Jumping (Thursday September 9th 2.00, and Friday Sept 10th 1965 both days shared with Horse Racing from Doncaster, also Sat Sept 11th)- from Hickstead. Commentator: Raymond Brooks-Ward. Director: Bill Perry (Southern).
Liberal Party Assembly (from Wed Sept 22nd 1965, varied coverage as in previous years)- Granada's Travelling Eye from Scarborough. Commentators: Bill Grundy and George Reid. There was similar coverage of the Labour Conference from Sept 27th 1965 commentators: Bill Grundy and Michael Scott, and Conservative Conference.
A Children's Festival of Carols and lessons (Christmas Eve 1965, 3.40-4.20pm)- children from Berwick, Carlisle and Brampton (TTT)
Westminster Abbey 1065-1965 (Tuesday December 28th 1965, 10.30am-12.10pm)- commentator: Brian Connell. Director: Graham Watts (Rediffusion).
The 250th Anniversary of Westminster Hospital (Friday January 14th 1966, 11.15am-12.15pm)- commentator: Barry Westwood. Director: Jim Pople (Rediffusion).
Election '66 (Friday April 1st 1966, 9am onwards). After the late night broadcast that was scheduled to end at approx 3.30am, and the ITN Breakfats News, this mammoth production with Studio Link by Alastair Burnet with George Ffitch and Robert Kee. Director John Phillips.
Going-Going-Gone! (Tuesday April 5th 1966, 4pm)- at Christie's for an important sale of Renaissance paintings with John Mills. Director: Jim Pople (Rediffusion). Maybe this was the grandfather of all our modern day auction programmes?
Tennis (Thur April 7th 1966, 12.55pm also Good Friday and April 9th) from the Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club. Commentators: Dennis Coombe and Bill Threlfall. Directors: Jim Pople and Steve Minchin (Rediffusion). Airtime was shared with
Show Jumping (Thur April 7th 1966, from 2.30pm also Good Friday and Easter Monday)- from Hickstead. Commentator: Raymond Brooks-Ward. Director: Bill Perry (Southern).
Table Tennis (Mon April 25th 1966, 3.45-4.45pm) from the Crystal Palace. Commentators: Emlyn Jones and Peter Lowen. Director: Steve Minchin (Rediffusion).
Salad Ways (Tues April 26th 1966, 3.45-4.45pm) from Westminster Domestic Science College. Final pre-exam tests. Commentators: Celia Irving and Janne Blair-Stewart. Director: Jim Pople (Rediffusion).
Here Comes Summer (Fri April 29th 1966, 3.45pm) A visit to the Design for Leisure Exhibition at the Design Centre Haymarket.Commentators: Margo Mayne and Tony Doonan. Director: John P Hamilton (Rediffusion).
Royal Windsor Horse Show (Friday May 27th 1966, also Sat 28th)-shared with Cricket and Horse Racing. Commentator: Raymond Brooks-Ward. Director: Stephen Wade (ATV).
Wimbledon 1966 (fortnight from June 20th 1966) Commentators: Fred Perry, Dennis Coombes, Emlyn Jones and Bill Threlfall. Directors: Jim Pople, Steve Minchin and John Phillips. Presentaton by Grahame Turner.
The Royal Show (Tues July 5th 1966 2pm and Wed July 6th, Thurs July 7th)- from Stoneigh Abbey. Commentators: Raymond Brooks-Ward and Lionel Hampden. Interviewer: Leslie Thomas. Director: Tony Parker (ATV).
International Water Ski-ing (Monday July 11th 1966, 3-4pm, and Thursday July 14th, 3.45-4.45pm) from Princes Water Ski Club London Airport - commentator: Richard Davies.
Director: Graham Watts. Producer: Grahame Turner (Rediffusion).
Dance, Little Ladies (Tuesday July 12th 1966, 3.45-4.45pm) from Holland Park. Lester Clark watches rehearsals of Coppelia and talks to students and teachers of the Royal Ballet School.
Director: Jim Pople (Rediffusion).
Overseas News Special (Tuesday July 26th 1966, 9.30-9.40am, repeated at noon)- part of the World Cup coverage. Granada provided local reports.
Show Jumping (Wed Aug 17th 1966, from 1.45pm, Thur Aug 18th from 1pm, both shared with Horse Racing from York, and Fri Aug 19th 1pm)- from Hickstead. Commentator: Raymond Brooks-Ward. Director: Bill Perry (Southern).
TUC Congress (Wed Sept 7th 1966, 9.30am-12.30pm and 2.00-3.10pm)- from Blackpool. Reporters: Bill Grundy and Michael Scott. Director: Leslie Chatfield. Producer: Michael Murphy (Granada).
Show Jumping (Thur Sept 8th 1966, 1pm- 3.10, and Fri Sept 9th 1.00-2.45, 4.00-4.45)- from Hickstead. Commentator: Raymond Brooks-Ward. Director: Stephen Wade (Southern).
Liberal Party Assembly (Wed Sept 21st 1966, from 9.15am with breaks for Schools broadcasts and daily)- from The Dome Brighton. Commentators: Alastair Burnet and George Ffitch. Directors: Peter Tiffin and Stephen Wade (Southern). Similar coverage of the other party conferences, Labour and Conservative (Granada).
Table Tennis (Monday Dec 5th 1966, 3.20-4.20pm)- England v Rumania, recording of Saturday's match at Edmonton Town Hall. Commentators: Emlyn Jones and Johnny Leach. Director: Anthony Flanagan (ATV). Note- this was also advertised for Wed Dec 7th at 3.20pm.
Here Comes Christmas! (Thurs Dec 8th 1966, 3.20-4.20) Keith Fordyce at the Camden Arts Centre in Hampstead with Celia Irving for an exhibiton of old toys. Director: Jim Pople (Rediffusion).
Here Comes Christmas! (Fri Dec 9th 1966, 3.20-4.20) Keith Fordyce at the Ealing School of Hotel Keeping and Catering with Ann Aldred and Clement Freud, who are Talking Turkey. Director: Steve Minchin (Rediffusion).
Tenpin Bowling (Mon Dec 12th 1966, 3.20-4.20)-
from Edgware. Commentator: Bill Campbell. Director: Victor Rudolf (ATV).
European Professional Ballroom Dancing Championships (Tues Dec 13th 1966, 3.00-4.10pm)- recorded at The Hague. Commentator: Keith Fordyce.
Tenpin Bowling (Wed Dec 14th 1966, 3.20-4.20)-
a special event, Ladies Doubles Tournament from Edgware. Commentator: Bill Campbell. Director: Victor Rudolf (ATV)
Here Comes Christmas! (Thurs Dec 15th 1966, 3.20-4.20) Keith Fordyce at the Commonwealth Institute Theatre Kensington with Cy Grant at a dress rehearsal for Bethlehem Blues. Director: Jim Pople (Rediffusion).
Amateur Boxing (Wed Dec 21st 1966, 3.20-4.20pm) from RAF Stanmore (ATV)
Bomberg and Kemeny (Mon Mar 20th 1967, 3.20-4.23pm)- A new exhibition at the Tate Gallery, with commentators John Mills and Sheldon Williams. Director: Jim Pople (Rediffusion).
International Schoolboys' Rugby (Wed Mar 22nd 1967, 2.55-4.23pm)- England v Wales from Twickenham. Commentators: Gerwyn Williams and Ian Todd. Director: Steve Minchin (Rediffusion).
The Royal Maundy (Thur Mar 23rd 1967, 11.25am-12.30pm)- at Durham Cathedral. The first occasion this event was fully televised. Commentator: Maxwell Dees. Director: Christopher Palmer (Tyne Tees).
Association Football (Thurs Apr 6th 1967, 2.05-4pm)- from Crystal Palace. National Association of Youth Clubs' Cup Final: Lancashire v Oxfordshire. Commentators: Hugh Johns and Barry Davies. Director: Steve Minchin (Rediffusion).
Tennis (Wed May 31st 1967, 3-4.20pm, Thurs June 1st, 2.30-4.20pm and Fri June 2nd 2.30-4.20pm)- from Surbiton Lawn Tennis Club. Surrey Grass Court Championships. Commentators: Emlyn Jones and Bill Threlfall. Directors: May 31: Jim Pople, June 1: Steve Minchin, June 2: Jim Pople and George Sawford (Rediffusion)
Full Circle (Fri June 2nd 1967, 9.50-10.50am and 12.30-2.30pm)- Return of Sir Francis Chichester. Commentator: Brian Connell. Directors: Jim Pople (in Greenwich), Steve Minchin (in The Mansion House). Producer: Grahame Turner. (Rediffusion). NB as Chichester's return was delayed, the programme was retitled Home from the Sea and rescheduled for Tuesday June 13th 1967, 10am-10.50 and 12.15-1.20pm) Commentator: Brian Connell. Directors: Stephen Wade (in Greenwich), Steve Minchin (in The Mansion House), George Sawford (at Tower Pier). Producer: Graham Watts. (Rediffusion).
Another delay meant that Home from the Sea was rescheduled for Friday July 7th 1967 10am-1.15pm. All the same personnel.
Royal Richmond Horse Show (Thurs June 15th 1967, 2.45-4.23pm, and Fri June 16th 1.15-2.15pm, also Sat June 17th)- Commentator: Raymond Brooks-Ward. Director: Steve Minchin (Rediffusion).
Expo 67 (Wed June 21st 1967, Thurs June 22nd 3.20-4.23pm and Fri June 23rd 1.15-2.15pm)- from Montreal with Barry Westwood. Director: Jim Pople. Producer: Grahame Turner (Rediffusion)
Wimbledon 1967 (fortnight from June 26th 1966) Commentators: Lew Hoad, Fred Perry, Dennis Coombes, Emlyn Jones, Peter Wilson, Peter Lorenzo and Richard Davies. Directors: Anthony Flanagan, Anton Bowler and Raymond Joss.
Show Jumping (Thur July 13th 1967, 2pm- 4.45, and Fri July 14th- shared with Horse Racing, also Sat 15th)- from Hickstead. Commentator: Raymond Brooks-Ward. Director: Stephen Wade (Southern).
Table Tennis (Fri July 28th 1967, 3.00-4.45pm)- from Crystal Palace. Commentators: Emlyn Jones and Keith Fordyce. Director: Steve Minchin (Rediffusion).
National Bowls Championships (Mon Aug 14th 1967, 3.15-4.45pm)- from Watney's Mortlake. Commentators: Bill Threlfall and Ted Sussum. Director: George Sawford (Rediffusion).
European Water Ski-ing Chapionships (Tues Aug 15th 1967)- Commentators: Shaw Taylor and David Spyer. Programme Co-ordinator: Steve Minchin (Rediffusion by arrangement with Dutch TV).
Show Jumping (Wed Aug 16th 1967, Thur Aug 17th 3pm- 4.45, and Fri July 14th 2.30-4.45pm, also Sat 19th)- from Hickstead. Commentator: Raymond Brooks-Ward. Director: Stephen Wade (Southern).
Trades Union Congress The 99th Conference, from The Dome Brighton (Mon Sept 4th 1967, 10.55am-12.30pm, 2.10-4.45pm also Tues Sept 5th also mornings of Wed Sept 6th, Thurs 7th and Fri 8th) with George Ffitch and ALastair Burnet. Directors: Steve Minchin and John Phillips. Producer: Jim Pople (Rediffusion).
Show Jumping (Thurs Sept 7th 1967 from 2.40pm shared with Racing from York, and Fri Sept 8th 2.30-4.45pm, also Sat 9th)- from Hickstead. Commentator: Raymond Brooks-Ward. Director: Anthony Howard (Southern).
National Exhbition of Children's Art (Mon Sept 11th 1967 4.00-4.45pm)- with John Fitzmaurice Mills. Director: George Sawford (Rediffusion).
A Service of Memorial and Burial (Tues Nov 7th 1967 12.01pm-1.05)- Clement Atlee, from Westminster Abbey. Commentator: Brian Connell. Director: Jim Pople (Rediffusion).
RAC Rally 1967 (Wed Nov 22nd 1967, 10.35am-11.05am)- "the fullest coverage ever of a motoring event in this country." ntroduced by Richard Davies, Commentators: Stuart Turner, Barrie Gill, John Sprinzel,James Tilling and Tony Bastable. Production Team: David Rees, Raymond Joss, Robert Reed, John Sichel, John Cotter, Ann Greenwood and Sid Kilby. Executive Producer: Bill Ward. Despite the extravagant claim above, I can't find any other programmes on this rally!
Afternoon Extra! (Mon Dec 11th 1967 3.35-4.45pm)- Hosted by Jon Kelley, with Fashion Forum- at London's Playboy Club, commere Sarah Ward. Director: Steve Minchin. (Followed by Design for Living- with Trewin Copplestone)
Afternoon Extra! (Tues Dec 12th 1967 3.30-4.45pm)- Hosted by Jon Kelley, with The Face of Man- with John Fitzmaurice Mills at the Whitechapel Gallery. Director: Jim Pople. (Also after this was Parents welcome?- on the Plowden Report) (Rediffusion).
Afternoon Extra! (Wed Dec 13th 1967 3.35-4.45pm)- Hosted by Jon Kelley, with Christmas Choice- at Heal's, with Sarah Ward and Keith Fordyce. Director: George Sawford. (Also after this was an episode of Run, Buddy Run) (Rediffusion).
Afternoon Extra! (Thurs Dec 14th 1967 3.30-4.45pm)- Hosted by Jon Kelley, with Recent British Painting - with John Fitzmaurice Mills and Sheldon Williams at the Tate Gallery. Director: Jim Pople. (Also after this was an episode of The Beverly Hilbillies) (Rediffusion).
Afternoon Extra! (Mon Dec 18th 1967 3.45-4.45pm)- Hosted by Jon Kelley, with The Marsh King's Daughter - from the Little Angel Theatre Islington. John Wright shows children 'behind the scenes.' Director: Steve Minchin. (Followed by Design for Living)
Afternoon Extra! (Tues Dec 19th 1967 3.35-4.45pm)- Hosted by Jon Kelley, with Carrier Cooks Christmas- with Rbert Carrier. Compere: Michael Wale. Director: George Sawford. (Also after this was Parents welcome?- on the Plowden Report) (Rediffusion).
Afternoon Extra! (Wed Dec 20th 1967 3.20-4.45pm)- Hosted by Jon Kelley, with The Golden Robe of Merlin - from Streatham Ice Rink with Carol Ann Warner (Princess Honeydew), Harold Williams, Raymond Wilson, Linda Bernard and Elaine Long. Director: Jim Pople. (Also after this was No Time for Sergeants) (Rediffusion).
Afternoon Extra! (Thurs Dec 21st 1967 3.35-4.45pm)- Hosted by Jon Kelley, with Mince Pies and Matron - at Evelina Children's Hospital Southwark, with Freddie Earlle. Director: Steve Minchin. (Also after this was an episode of The Beverly Hilbillies) (Rediffusion).
Afternoon Extra! (Fri Dec 22nd 1967 3.45-4.45pm)- Hosted by Jon Kelley, with Super Santa! from the Beauchamp Lodge Settlement House Paddington. An improvised play. Director: George Sawford. (Also after this was More Best Sellers) (Rediffusion).
Afternoon Extra! (Mon Jan 8th 1968 3.45-4.45pm)- Hosted by Jon Kelley, with Pre-Ski!- from Crystal Palace Recreation Centre, with Robin Brock-Hollinshead and Celia Irving. Director: George Sawford. (Followed by Design for Living) (Rediffusion).
Afternoon Extra! (Tues Jan 9th 1968 3.45-4.45pm)- Hosted by Jon Kelley, with Table Tennis- from Crystal Palace Recreation Centre. Commentator: Johnny Leach. Director: Grahame Turner (Rediffusion).
Afternoon Extra! (Wed Jan 10th 1968 3.45-4.45pm)- Hosted by Jon Kelley, with International Cover Girl '68 - recording of the UK finals from the Top Rank Ballroom Croydon. Commentator: Keith Fordyce. Director: Steve Minchin. (After this was an episode of Run Buddy Run) (Rediffusion).
Afternoon Extra! (Thurs Jan 11th 1968 3.45-4.45pm)- Hosted by Jon Kelley, with Top Cooks! - from Olympia. Compere: Michael Wale. Director: George Sawford. (After this was an episode of No Time for Sergeants) (Rediffusion).
Afternoon Extra! (Fri Jan 12th 1968 3.15-4.45pm)- Hosted by Jon Kelley, with Ski-ing - Grindlewald. Commentator: Emlyn Jones. Programme Coordinator: Jim Pople. (Swiss TV Programme). (After this was More Best Sellers). This was the last of the series Afternoon Extra!
Relics of War (Mon April 8th 1968 3.15-4.15pm)- from the Imperial War Museum. Dr Noble Frankland shows Barry Westwood the new air exhibition. Director: Steve Minchin. (Rediffusion).
Hepworth at the Tate (Tues April 9th 1968 4pm)- John Fitzmaurice Mills talks to Dame Barbara Hepworth Director: Jim Pople. (Rediffusion).
Pets in Store (Wed April 10th 1968 3.45-4.30pm)- With Grahame Dangerfield. Director: George Sawford. (Rediffusion).
Show Jumping (Thurs April 11th 1968 2.00-4.30pm, and Fri April 12th 2-4pm, also Sat Apr 13 and Mon Apr 15th)- from Hickstead. Commentator: Raymond Brooks-Ward. Director: Stephen Wade. (Southern).
Wimbledon 1968 (fortnight from June 24th 1968) Commentators: Fred Perry, Emlyn Jones, Dennis Coombes, Peter Wilson, Peter Lorenzo and Richard Davies. Directors: Vic Rudolf, David Foster, Raymond Joss (ITV Presentation).
The Royal Show (Tues July 2nd, Wed July 3rd and Thurs July 4th 1968, 1pm-1.45)- from Stoneleigh Abbey. Commentators: Raymond Brooks-Ward and Lionel Hampden. Interviewer: Leslie Thomas. Director: Tony Parker (ATV).
Show Jumping (Thur July 11th 1968 2pm, and Fri July 12th shared with Racing from York, also Sat 13th and Sun 14th)- from Hickstead. Commentator: Raymond Brooks-Ward. Director: Stephen Wade (Southern).
European Athletics (Tues July 23rd 1968, 3.45pm) from Brescia Italy. Commentator: Barry Davies. Programme Coordinator: George Sawford (Rediffusion, by arrangement with the Italian Television Service).
Bowls (Friday July 26th 1968) 3.45-4.28pm) from Westminster Bank Sports Club Norbury. English Bowlng Association versus City of London Institute Bowls Association. Commentator: Neil Durden-Smith, with help from Ted Sussum. Director: George Sawford (Rediffusion- possibly their final outside broadcast).
My site ends with the change in ITV franchises, but it's interesting to record that the same old names and even programmes were back in action for the new Thames Television:
Navigator Extraordinary Captain James Cook RN (Tues Aug 6th 1968, 3.20-4.20pm) from the National Maritime Museum Greenwich with Barry Westwood and Alan Villiers. Director: George Sawford (Thames).
The Dublin Horse Show (Thurs Aug 8th 1968, 2.40-4.20pm) with Raymond Brooks-Ward. Co-ordinator: Jim Pople (Thames by arrangement with Telefis Eireann).
National Bowls Championships (Mon Aug 12th 1968, 2.45-4.10pm) from Watneys Sports Ground Mortlake. Commentators: Neil Durden-Smith and Ted Sussum. Director: George Sawford (Thames).
London Salon of Photography (Tues Aug 13th 1968, 3.20-4.20pm) from the Royal Water Society's Galleries with Barry Westwood. Director: Steve Minchin (Thames).
Show Jumping (Wed Aug 14th 1968 and Thurs 15th 2.40-4.10pm, and Fri 16th .30-4.10pm, also Sat 17th)- from Hickstead. Commentator: Raymond Brooks-Ward. Director: Stephen Wade (Southern).
British Association for the Advancement of Science (Thur Aug 22nd 1968 11.30am-12.30pm, and Fri Aug 23rd 10am-12,30pm, and at 2.30pm, Mon Aug 26th 11.30am-12.30pm)- annual meeting in Dundee. Commentator: Ron Thompson. Director: George Thomson (Grampian).
The usual TUC Congress coverage (100th congress) began on Sept 2nd 1968, but further outside broadcast information is beyond the scope of this site.
I cannot cover every region, so I would be most grateful to hear of additional weekday ITV outside broadcasts, and I would acknowledge your contribution..
Confidentially (A-R, 1955-6)
This comedy/variety series starring Reg Dixon began on September 23rd 1955.
One regular was Lucia Guillon as 'The Wife,' Dorothy Blythe and Austin Melford were also in the early shows.
Others appearing during the run included
Carl Bernard as various characters, Victor Platt as Henry, Dorothy Gordon as Sally, Dorinda Stevens, Edgar Driver, and Frederick Piper.
The story on Nov 23rd 1955 included Reg, Lucia Guillon, Norah Gordon as Aunty, Dorothy Gordon, Scott Harrold, Dorinda Stevens, Carl Bernard, Austin Melford, Fred Willis, Redmond Bailey, Anita Sharp-Bolster, Keith Smith, Dorothy Blythe and Robert Gregory.
Musical interludes from The Visionaires, The Visionettes and the Metrognomes. Director: Milo Lewis. The programme was shown irregularly, the last edition seems to have been on January 9th
1956, with Reg, Lucia Guillon, Keith Smith as Tom, Victor Platt as Sam, Tony Sympson as Shady Character, and Austin Melford as Policeman.
A novel feature from programme 3 was the inclusion of "Miss Anonymous," an idea of Reg's, to include an unknown "to whom stardom beckons." Each week a new singer, so as all the shows are lost, who knows who these ladies were? The girl pictured left was in programme 3 on October 7th 1955. Anyone know her, or any of the other anonymous Miss Anonymouses who appeared? The only definite one I have traced is Rosemary Squires who was Miss Anonymous in the final programme.
Frank Lockyer, Husband and Manager, kindly confirmed to me that Rosemary sang After You've Gone, "taking the
role of an enraged wife whose husband had walked out on her during which she picked up kitchen implements and threw them all over the place.... when Reg Dixon saw the clip he said 'That's the lady I want to play the part of my scatty wife in my next series Let's Stay Home.' So she played his scatty wife throughout the series during which she also did a
number of singing appearances as herself."
He added, "when she did the rehearsal as the
'scatty wife' as a starlet - even the orchestra members stood up and applauded."
(Rosemary had earlier had success on Ralph Reader's Chance of a Lifetime, along with Ronnie Carroll and Dave King)
The very first ITV soap opera began on Friday September 23rd 1955 at 10.45am and ran for 15 minutes each weekday, made live at the Viking Studios in Kensington. While it was screened in this improbable daytime slot, rehearsals were held each afternoon for the next day's transmission. In early 1956 it moved to an evening slot.
This was the tale of young newlyweds Bill and Sally Norton who run Sixpenny Corner, a dilapidated garage in the rural town of Springwood. They live in a bungalow nearby, but also in a flat above the garage.
Script by Jonquil Antony and Hazel Adair. Producer: John Lemont.
General Cast List for programmes 1 to 6 (Sept 23rd, Sept 26-30): Patricia Dainton as Sally Norton and Howard Pays as Bill Norton (pictured). Robert Webber played Mr Norton Bill's father, Betty Bowden was Mrs Doris Sharpe Sally's mother. Stuart Saunders was Uncle Fred, and Olive Milbourne Aunt Mabel.
Shirley Mitchell played Yvonne Sally's sister and Robert Desmond was Stan Bill's Brother. Bernard Fox was Tom Bill's youngest brother and Walter Horsbrugh Mr Sharpe Sally's father. Edward Judd was Denis Boyes and Elizabeth Gott was Mrs Boyes.
Cast lists for programmes 7 to 11 (Oct 3-7) was as before but excluded Olive Milbourne and Walter Horsbrugh, but included Christine Pollon as Grete Edler, O'Donovan Shiell as Dr Kevin O'Shea, James Lomas as PC Doakes and David Anthony as A Policeman.
Storyline: Tom and Grete his sweetheart have come to Bill's flat having quarrelled with Grete's father.
Cast lists for programmes 22 to 26 (Oct 24-28, now at 11am)
were as for the opening, only excluding Bernard Fox; also with O'Donovan Shiell, Margaret Boyd as Nanny, Bert Allison as Milkman, and Stella Wilkinson as Customer.
Storyline: Bill and Sally are anxious about a possible meeting between Tom. who is due back from Germany, and Grete, who is ill in hospital.
Sally, on the eve of her birthday, contracts a severe cold and is kept in bed with a temperature. But plans for a party go on, and her birthday cake is delivered.
Cast lists for programmes 32 to 36 (Nov 7-11)
were as for the opening, only excluding Bernard Fox and Edward Judd; also with Christine Pollon.
Storyline: Episode 31 had seen Bill and Sally pondering their difficult financial situation, following poor business results, largely due to Bill's inexperience. Uncle Fred received an unwelcome visitor when his wife Mabel announcer her intention of staying a few days longer in London.
Cast lists for programmes 42 to 46 (Nov 21-25)
were as for the opening, only excluding Edward Judd and Walter Horsbrugh; also with Christine Pollon.
Storyline: In ep 41 Bill had been hoping for better times at the garage, and Sally fewer housekeeping worries.
Cast lists for programmes 67 to 71 (Dec 26-30)
were as for the opening, except for Bernard Fox, Walter Horsburgh, Edward Judd and Elizabeth Gott. Also including: Christine Pollen, O'Donovan Shiell as Dr O'Shea, Edward Malin as Mr Marldown, Seymour Green as M Louis Delorne, Gladys Spencer as Mrs Vince, Vi Stevens as Rosie Chubb, Anne Warren as Joanie Chubb, John Ingram as Stella (sic in TV Times), John Charlesworth as Eddy Perkins, Anthony Lang as Mike Perkins, Liz Fraser as Julie Perkins, and Gay McGregor as Nurse.
The Boxing Day episode showed how the Nortons spent Christmas.
Cast lists for programmes 77-81 (Jan 9-13 1956, starting from this week, the series was moved from daytime and screened each weekday 7.06 to 7.20pm). Cast
were the same twelve as on the opening week, also with Christine Pollon, Seymour Green, Gladys Spencer, Vi Stevens, Michael Collins as Dr Tim O'Shea, John Charlesworth, and Elizabeth Fraser. Director: Ronald Marriott (husband of Hazel Adair) In the previous programmes, Sally went alone to her old firm's Twelfth Night party and missed the last train. She was driven back by Philip Collier, who faked a breakdown. But Sally saw through this..
Cast lists for programmes 82-86 (Jan 16-20 1956) as opening week except for Elizabeth Gott. Also with Christine Pollon, Margaret Boyd, Seymour Green, Gladys Spencer, Vi Stevens, Jan Miller as Moira O'Shea, Michael Collins, Anne Warren as Joanie Chubb (Rosie's daughter), Elizabeth Fraser, Patrick Boxill as Mr Boyes, and Bill Shine as JL Smithers. Director: Peter Maxwell.
On Friday 13th, Bill had returned home with bad news.
Cast lists for programmes 92-96 (Jan 30- Feb 3 1956)
were as for the opening, only excluding Elizabeth Gott and Edward Judd; also with Christine Pollon, Seymour Green as M Louis Delorme, Gladys Spencer, Vi Stevens, Charles Ross as Phillip Collier, Michael Collins, Anne Warren, Joan Ingram as Aunt Stella (Sally's aunt), and Bill Shine.
Storyline: In the previous Friday's story, Bill received a telegram from Mr Bostwick saying he had a firm offer for the garage and would sell if he didn't hear from Bill before six o'clock. On Monday Sally and Yvonne are worried about Mrs Sharpe. On Tuesday Bill accused Sally of deceiving him, and they had another quarrel, though it's quickly patched up. On Thursday Tom says he is leaving Springwood. On Friday, Yvonne and Sally persuade Mr Sharpe to go with them to 'Madame Dorice,' where he was just in time to stop Mrs Sharpe from signing her new shop away.
Cast lists for programmes 97-101 (Feb 6-10 1956)
were as for the opening, only excluding Bernard Fox, Walter Horsbrugh, Edward Judd and Elizabeth Gott. Also with O'Donovan Shiell, Christine Pollon, Mysie Monte as Mrs La Trobe, Margaret Boyd, Seymour Green, Vi Stevens, Jan Miller, Michael Collins, Anne Warren, Bill Shine, Rona Laurie as Mrs Asher, Rosemary Stevens as Charmaine, and Dorinda Stevens as Miss Golightly.
Director: Ronald Marriott.
Storyline: On Monday Dr Kevin O'Shea told his brother Tim that he had guessed his secret. Tuesday: the truth about Monsiuer Louis was discovered. Wednesday, he broke down, and Mrs Sharpe had pity on him. Thursday: Dr Tim confesses to Grete.
Cast lists for programmes 107-111 (Feb 20-24 1956)
were as for the opening, only excluding Bernard Fox, Elizabeth Gott and Edward Judd; also with Christine Pollon, Margaret Boyd, Seymour Green, Vi Stevens, Jan Miller, Michael Collins, Anne Warren, John Charlesworth, Elizabeth Fraser, Anthony Lang, Bill Shine, Dorinda Stevens, and Robert Raglan as Inspector Brown.
Director: Ronald Marriott.
Synopsis: In the last episode, Mr Smithers angered Sally, who slapped his face, but was sorry afterwards on account of the partnership. Then Bill makes a startling discovery and decides on drastic action. In Wednesday's story he receives a visit from the police. On Thursday, it's Moira's turn to learn something disturbing.
137-141 (Apr 2-6 1956). Synopsis: On Wed 4th Owen Meredith (played by Arthur Lawrence) found himself in a very embarrassing situation. Thursday's episode saw a "pleasant reconciliation." Friday: Grete accepted Dr Tim's proposal and agreed to marry him soon.
Cast lists for programmes 142-146 (Apr 9-13 1956)
were as for the opening, excluding Bernard Fox, Elizabeth Gott and Edward Judd. Also with Christine Pollon, Mysie Monte, Vi Stevens, Jan Miller, Ronald Cardew (Brigadier La Trobe), John Charlesworth, Elizabeth Fraser, Rosemary Stevens, Arthur Lawrence, Yah Ming as Lan Wang, Peter Duguid as Monty Rixby, Olive Kirby as Secretary, John Barrard as Syd, Donald Cashfield as Charlie, Frances Cohen as Celeste, Margaret Flint as Mrs Walker and Cyril Renison as AA Inspector. Director: Peter Maxwell.
Synopsis: Monday- Stan and Julie have a crushing experience. Tuesday- Yvonne tells Sally of her expectations. Wednesday- Eddie Perkins' behaviour worries Bill. Thursday- Yvonne is hysterical.
Cast lists for programmes 157-161 (Apr 30- May 4 1956)
were as for the opening, excluding Bernard Fox, Shirley Mitchell, Elizabeth Gott and Edward Judd. Also with Gwynne Whitby as Aunt Laura, Christine Pollon, Sylvia Bidmead as Beverley Patterson, Vi Stevens, Charles Ross, Michael Collins, Julia Byfield as Mrs Cobbett, Jan Miller, John Charlesworth, Elizabeth Fraser, Arthur Lowe as Mr Boswick, Susan Richards as Mrs Wilmot, Frederick Schiller as Herr Edler, Howard Lang as Mr Perkins, Eira Griffiths as Miss Lucas, Pamela Binns as Miss Stevenson, Colin Douglas as Dr Williams and Bette Vivian as Mrs Wright. Director: Ronald Marriott.
Synopsis: In last Friday's story, Eddie had had a very painful experience.
Monday- Rosie Chubb was upset by a quarrel. Tuesday- a disturbance at Dr Tim's. Wednesday- an unexpected caller at the bungalow was not very welcome. Thursday- Stan has an experience which makes him very miserable.
Cast lists for programmes 177-181 (May 28- June 1 1956)
were as for the opening, excluding Bernard Fox, Elizabeth Gott and Edward Judd.
Also with Christine Pollon, Sylvia Bidmead, Vi Stevens, Jan Miller, Michael Collins, Anne Warren, John Charlesworth, Elizabeth Fraser, Arthur Lowe, Howard Williams as Jeremy Carr, Marian Lehmann as Margaret Muller, John Crocker as Photographer, Ronald Marriott, Peter Maxwell and Hazel Adair as Three Strangers. Plus Susie the Dog.
Director: Ronald Marriott. Synopsis: The previous Friday Beverley had given Stan an ultimatum.
Monday: Grete makes an exciting discovery. Tuesday: Bill and Sally find Mr Boswick a great trial. Wednesday: Eddie learns a lesson he won't easily forget. Thursday: Stan is overjoyed.
In the summer schedules of 1956, the series ended after about 200 episodes.
Cool for Cats (A-R 1956-1961)
First screened December 1956. Mondays 7.16-7.30pm,
Later it was shown twice a week. Then expanded to half an hour's length.
Host: Kent Walton. Ker Robertson was on the turntable.
A simple format, playing new records, but a hit show, partly thanks to first director Joan Kemp-Welch who "employs all the ingenious tricks of scenery, lighting, camerwork and sheer stagecraft, which she's contrived herself, or inspired and wheedled out of her excellent team."
Here's an account by Wilfred Altman of one September 1957 show: "Record Number 1 is Fire Down Below, by Shirley Bassey. Kent Walton, a young Canadian actor with a natural modesty and warmth, gives viewers the bare details. The record is played and the screen reveals a background of blazing flames with a superimposed shape of a heart and the outline of a girl singing and dancing.... Another record, Teenage Angel, provoked the idea of having a girl on the screen with a pair of wings, dancing in the clouds... there is a number by Tommy Steele put over with superb effect by the mere focusing of the camera on a fish tank. The tank is magnified, or the divers in it are reduced in size, but on the screen, they float down until they reach the seabed."
Joan said her most unusual trick effect in the series was a matchstick sized man standing on a glass of champagne and sitting on the edge of it.
Choreography was by Douglas Squires (more of his memories are on line on the CoolforCats webpage), and design by Michael Weld. Dancers included Tony Bateman, Roy Allen, Angela van Breda, Pauline Innes and Mavis Traill.
After a break in March 1957, the series returned twice weekly, now networked, on Wednesday July 12th 1957, 6.30-6.45pm, with the same team. Also on each Friday at the same time. Some sources suggest this was a repeat, but in fact this was a completely new show. In September that year, transmissions moved to most Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6.45-7pm. Brian Taylor took over direction of a few shows towards the end of 1957. At the start of 1958 the two directors were sharing the load, most Mondays and Wednesdays at the same time. A bigger change came
in February 1957, when two half hour editions were made, one Wednesdays at 6.10pm, the second at 11pm on Fridays. With such a workload, other directors were brought in including Bimbi Harris.
Early Summer 1957 saw the show on Thursdays 7-7.30pm, Brian Taylor now in charge, but soon back to its late night Friday slot. Guest artists occasionally mixed in with the records, on June 27th 1957 Audrey Jeans and Eddie Silver, July 17th Jimmy Jackson,
November 21st 1957 The Mudlarks.
Dance directors now were Malcolm Goddard, or Jack Carter. Director: Brian Taylor, though other occasional directors included Peter Croft and Daphne Shadwell. The programme took a short break in May, after celebrating 100 shows.
It was being networked from July, with choreography by Peter Darrell or by Lennie Mayne. Directors included John P Hamilton or Peter Croft. November: John P Hamilton directed, choreography by Malcolm Goddard, Ray Landor.
A number of shows were made on location, including from an Army camp at Kingston-on-Thames, and an RAF base at Odiham (Aug 7th 1958).
After a break over Christmas 1959, the programme returned, no longer fully networked, with a new feature, Cool Cartoons by Neville Wortman.
Director normally John P Hamilton, though Peter Moffatt took over for the month of August and J Murray Ashford also directed a programme.
The 200th edition was on Friday May 6th 1960, 7pm with guest singers Mike Preston and Joy, and Dave Adams. Dance direction by Peter Darrell, Ivor Megiddo, or Malcolm Clare. The Freemen were in the June 10th show. Freddie Earlle was in two shows during July/Aug 1960.
In the autumn 1960 schedules, it was back in a late evening slot, Tuesdays at 11.7pm, with the byline "the She-Cats and He-Cats get together." On the Dec 20th programme, directed by Don Gale, the dancers are listed: Una Stubbs, Fiona Jackson, Veronica Bravo, Rex Rainer, Joan Palethorpe, Bernard Eastow, Alex Morrow, and Victor Duret. On both January 31st and February 7th 1961, directed by John P Hamilton, there were these dancers: Fiona Jackson, Veronica Bravo, Rex Rainer, Joan Palethorpe, Alex Morrow, Shirley Sunners, Ronnie Curran and Colin Stowe.
The series ended in February 1961, as Kent and Ker went to TWW to front their Discs-A-Gogo
Note: Robin Hunter was also a dancer on the programme during 1958.
Take Your Pick (A-R)
With Michael Miles. On the gong: Alec Dane. Announcer: Bob Danvers-Walker. Organist: Harold Smart.
Director: Audrey Starrett (left of first photo). Intially produced by Arlington Television and Radio Ltd for A-R, the company had first used the format on Radio Luxembourg.
The Yes No Interlude got the show off to a lively start.
Contestants, in the first shows selected from the London studio audience, then chose a key to one of ten boxes. Michael would bribe them to take some cash instead of opening the box, which could contain a booby prize (in 3 random boxes). Or possibly something nice, or even the special prize in Box 13.
Series 1 (September 1955- May 1956), Fridays 8.00- 8.30pm, later it began at 7.30pm. An early photo (not seen here) in TV Times is captioned "Mrs Miles" wielding the gong.
Series 2 (September 1956- June 1957) Fridays 7.30-8pm.
A special event, Michael Miles announced a Diamond Rush, for viewers to find where Ј1,000 worth of diamonds had been hidden just under the earth on Saturday December 8th 1956. Cheltenham was the venue. 250,000 applications were received. The next Friday's programme on December 14th included an interview with the lucky winner. March 8th 1957 saw the launch of "the biggest prize ever offered on British tv," The House Competition. The value of this new property was Ј5,000. Entry was restricted to married couples with two children, in regional heats. Round two, for Yorkshire viewers was on April 12th. On Good Friday April 19th competitiors were from the Manchester area. Then the four best entries appeared on the final programme on May 3rd 1957, with viewers voting for the winning couple. The panel of judges in the studio consisted of Lady Georgina Coleridge, Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon.
The last programme in series 2 was on June 14th 1957, with a vintage Rolls Royce as the star prize!
Other notable prizes in this era included: Collecting a Rolling Pin, the good news was that it was on the roof of the Empire State Building, a trip to Rome to get a photo of Gina Lollobrigida, and, er, a tractor.
Series 3 (September 1957- June 1958) Fridays 8-8.30pm.
A new gimmick included (on October 18th and 25th 1957) The Spinning Topper.
The viewer whose poem identified best the celebrity, was invited to take part in the quiz- from their own home. The clue on Oct 25th was 'Nine for thirty seven was pretty hot, but the following innings he took the lot,' - answer was Jim Laker of course. For Christmas, the December 27th edition had an audience and competitors entirely made up of farmers (why?).
On January 17th 1958 viewers saw filmed shots of two prize winners, round the world air travellers Mr John Milner in Beirut, and Mr Henry Case in San Francisco. Next week Cass was seen in Honolulu and Milner in Singapore.
The two strangers then met on Sydney Harbour Bridge before cashing a cheque in their joint names for, wow, Ј100. In March 1958 the show came from the Ideal Hotel Exhibition, on March 7th a dining room suite was star prize.
Programme 100 was shown on March 14th 1958, the second from the Ideal Home, the top prize was a mere Rock Garden. March 21st offered a bedroom suite.
Series 4 (September 1958- June 1959) Fridays 8-8.30pm.
Among the 'stunt' prizes, was living as Robinson Crusoe on Tobago (film on Oct 17th 1958 edition of winner Geoffrey Vokes). He was awarded the trip as a forfeit for answering incorrectly.
Oct 24th 1958 had an estate car as the top prize.
In December 1958, Mrs Grace Sweetlove opened Box 13, and found she had won a greyhound. The dog's name? Take Your Pick, of course! Among shows away from the London Studios was that on May 15th 1959 which was telerecorded at the Theatre Royal Glasgow.
Series 5 began on September 18th 1959 and ran until June 10th 1960. Fridays 8-8.25pm.
Hostess: Elizabeth Kingdon (pictured), who though not credited in TV Times, had been with the show since 1957. In 1964 she admitted, "I've grown old with the show!"
There was a special on Christmas Day 1959, 8.45-9.15pm in front of old age pensioners, plus veteran stars Shaun Glenville and Billy Danvers.
Series 6 began on September 16th 1960 and ran until 23rd June 1961. Fridays 8.30-8.55pm. Elizabeth Kingdon again hostess.
December 23rd's edition was a Christmas special with all competitors and audience from the London markets of Covent Garden, Smithfield, Billingsgate and Leadenhall. One prizewinner was a Mr Robert Churchyard, who won a huge fridge and a year's supply of groceries.
The stunts of previous years were more sedate now, with the show consistently in the Top Ten, it had no need to pull too many punches.
Series 7 commenced on 15th September 1961, once again on Fridays 8.30-8.55pm. The first show contained an audience of London street traders. Lila Joseph opened Box 13 winning "a bowler." Not much to that, with six more added, only she had to sell them in Times Square New York! Another exotic prize in November was
a humble threepenny piece. It was an ingredient in a Christmas pudding, for which the other ingredients had to be gathered from around Australia: the lucky winner was named Ernest Irving. Another winner was Mr Eric Morgan who won a 17 day tour of Russia.
At the start of 1962, the quiz was moved to Thursdays, 8-8.30pm, the first time it had not been a regular feature of Friday night viewing. However this didn't last long, at the start of February it had slotted back to Fridays, 7pm.
A special show on March 9th came from Cardiff. The final show of the series was on June 8th 1962.
The first show in Series 8 was on 14th September 1962, same time Fridays at 7pm and with "the usual team." The first of the series was the 275th programme. There was the usual Christmas special on December 28th 1962, with all the audience old age pensioners. On January 11th 1963, the show came for the first time from Manchester, from ABC's Didsbury studios.
On February 22nd 1963, the show was on the road again, with an edition from Bristol. The 300th Take Your Pick went out on March 8th 1963 with a special edition from HMS Collingwood, audience and all competitors from the Royal Navy. (This programme was an outside broadcast "in cooperation with Southern Television.) The final quiz of series 8 was on June 7th 1963.
Series 9 began in September 1963 same time same place. TAM placed Take Your Pick in the National Top Ten for 38 out of the 39 shows in this series.
Among special programmes were one from Luton on 25th October 1963, while on 20th December that year the audience were all publicans and barmaids, allegedly. Another outside broadcast was on March 20th 1964, from Lewisham Town Hall, other programmes away from Wembley Studios included one from Mile End Road London, another from Hornsey, as well as others from home counties locations. Though the studio was home for the
April 24th 1964 quiz, the audience were all from the Maidstone and Chatham area of Kent. Top prize on offer on March 6th 1964 was a loose fitting Persian lamb spring coat with a fur collar. The usual summer break began in June 1964.
TV Times celebrated the commencement of the Series 10 with a front cover montage, that was shared, of course, with Double Your Money. The first show, with the same old team, on Sept 18th 1964, was in front of an audience of dustmen (why?). Michael Miles explained the format was as before, with a few small changes. He reflected on the less popular ideas, like The Joker. But this series did see the return of viewer competitions, the first was a mystery phrase, a clue to one word of which was given each week. Winners' names were put into a hat, and a contestant drew out one lucky name, an Air Partner who then won exactly whatever the studio contestant won. A special edition of the show towards the end of 1964 offered viewers the chance to win one of two Ford Corsairs.
Other Special Audiences in this series included Aylesbury, High Wycombe and district (Oct 30th 1964), then further afield to the Tyne Tees area and Newcastle (Nov 20th 1964). As Christmas Day 1964 fell on a Friday, there was a special edition that week, before an audience of old age pensioners. Mrs Edith Graves won Ј50 in the Treasure Chest. Jan 8th 1965 was in front of the folk of Stevenage and Hemel Hempstead. Jan 29th 1965 was a special edition from the Guildhall in Southampton. Back up north on Feb 26th 1965, with a quiz from Victoria Hall Halifax, then to the Aldershot and Guildford area on March 26th.
That was the last of the advertised specials, with the series concluding on June 11th 1965.
In a TV Times article, Michael Miles mentioned some memorable winners. Most recently Herbert Marsden who had accepted the Ј30 offered for his key and given away the cash to Dr Barnardos.
Series 11 began on Friday September 24th 1965, usual time. However the one change was new hostess Jane Murray. As always, the first quiz was a special, devoted to "the British housewife." A special on October 15th had an audience who were members of the RAF. Then on October 29th the quiz came from Belfast. November 26th included taxi drivers, while on December 17th it was the turn of farm workers. A special of sorts on Feb 4th 1966 had all the audience and contestants from as far away as Fulham, Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush! But the first major change for years occurred in March 1966, as the series finished its season earlier than usual!
Series 12 started on September 30th 1966, same Friday slot, same team as the last series, "it's the same format as before." The edition on October 28th celebrated National Youth Week with members of youth clubs from all over Britain. The November 11th edition was a special for Armistice Day, audience members of the British Legion. Feb 3rd 1967 saw the audience entirely made up of newspaper workers. The show was out on the road again on March 17th 1967, and out a long way, since it came from Sydney Australia! All the audience were ex-pats. Bob Danvers-Walker accompanied Michael Miles, but there was a guest organist, Milton Saunders. This series ended in May 1967.
Series 13, the last and the longest, opened on Friday September 29th 1967, now 7.30pm-8pm.In fact a few of the later shows in the last series had been screened at different times.
No hostess was mentioned. The series opener was from RMS Queen Mary.
A new gimmick began on October 27th with Viewers' Box 13, Michael Miles phoned the lucky person at home, "make sure that you are watching." And the prize to the lucky viewer was.... Ј5. But the winner also had the opportunity to be a contestant in the following week's show. This seemed to end after about a month, and the missing Alec Dane returned with his Gong. A Christmas special on Dec 22nd 1967 consisted of blind people. Viewers Box 13 was revived starting on Jan 12th 1968, you had to send in a postcard with your name on if you wanted to be included in the draw to select the person phoned, "make sure that you are watching." The winner appeared on the Jan 19th programme, to gamble on winning a Penny Whistle, or The trip of a Lifetime. The Gong seems to have gone again, and the regions showed the quiz in different Friday slots. After a month Alec Dane had returned, alternating fortnightly with Viewers Box 13. On Mar 22nd 1968 a "Gran Tourismo" car was on offer. May 3rd had a cruise round the Med on offer, or a rubber duck! June 7th had an audience in the catering trade, had the series continued, no doubt an audience of sewer workers or members of the House of Lords, or even both together, would have happened! Announcer Bob Danvers-Walker had one week off on June 28th, replaced by John Braban. But Bob was back the next week on July 5th 1968 for a special from Aberavon Lido. This was long serving director Audrey Starrett's last programme. New producer was John P Hamilton. These last four shows were on the road: July 12th was from the Winter Gardens Blackpool. July 19th came less glamorously from the Civic Hall Solihull. The final ever show, which is still in existence, was on July 26th 1968 from the Tyne Tees Studios in Newcastle. "Don't miss this final show."
The show, in a very similar guise, was revived next year by Southern Television, until Michael's early death in 1971. Thames revived it with Des O'Connor in the 1990s, but all this is outside the scope of this site.
A Man of Our Times (1968, Rediffusion)
Max Osborne, manager at a High Wycombe furniture factory, is facing redundancy, but is offered a job in Australia. He takes 13 episodes to decide whether to go down under.
Starring as Max was the great George Cole, with Jennifer Wilson as his lover Muriel (only in eps 1-4 and 12).
A pilot was recorded on July 4th 1967. Series created by Julian Bond. Producer: Richard Bates. Executive Producer: Stella Richman.
Here are Rediffusion's own Synopses:
1. The Name of the Man (Thurs Jan 4th 1968, 9pm- other areas showed the series in another slot, Tuesdays at 10.30pm). Among the rest of the cast: Charles Tingwell, Clive Morton, Douglas Livingstone and Zuleika Robson.
In her flat, schoolteacher Muriel is serving breakfast for her schoolgirl daughter Lucy, and for Max who lives here as part of the family. She mentions their holiday plans, but Max insists his financial position will not allow it, even though he's entitled to promotion at the factory where he works, as the firm is being taken over.
On his way to work, he calls to see his bank manager, Roberts, who listens to his promotion story, but warns not to count on anything and meanwhile practise some economies.
At the factory, foreman and local shop secretary Ron Banks demands some guarantees from Max that the forthcoming takeover will not mean redundancies and Max promises to take this up with Henry Somes.
Somes is discussing the takeover with his son David, an army friend of Max's who had arranged Max's job here. Garlands, the takeover firm, are actually demanding Max should go, but David defends Max, adding that it was Max himself who had introduced Garlands to them. Somes promises to do his best, but a takeover that benefits everybody cannot be jeopardised for one man's sake.
Over a pub lunch Max tries unsuccessfully to pump David over his future, but back in his office Max telephones Muriel to say that there's a meeting at 5.30 after which she can expect good news. Muriel has to phone back with the bad news that Lucy has had an accident in the school gym, can he come home at once? Afraid to miss Somes, Max puts Muriel off, and her icy response confirms his fear that he has made the wrong decision.
David has been trying without much success, to land a job for Max among his friends. At the 5.30 meeting, Max explains Ron's fears regarding the future under the new dispensation and receives guarded assurances from Somes. As to Max's own future, there's only prevarication and David is forced to admit Garlands want him out. Max is shocked and outraged, the more so when he is offered a job as manager of a subsidiary firm in Perth Australia. There's no common ground, and Max ends up reproaching David for not warning him in advance. Consider the Perth job seriously, is David's recommendation.
Max meets Ron in the pub and is surprised by the universally enthusiastic reaction to the Perth offer.
When he gets home, Muriel is incensed by his lack of concern for Lucy, had she been his child... He offers to accompany her to hospital to see Lucy. But when she is told of the Perth job, she rebuffs him at once. If he won't travel thirty miles on her behalf, she will certainly won't go half way round the world for him.
2. The Two-Legged Chameleon (Jan 11th 1968) also with Diana Beevers as Gwen, Norman Rossington, Douglas Livingstone, Richard Leech, Michael Graham-Cox, Timothy Carlton, Anne de Vigier, Zuleika Robson, Frank Dracott, Maurice Quick and Alan Casley. Script: Julian Bond. Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg.
Following her accident, Lucy has been a hospital outpatient. Max and Muriel meet her when she is discharged, and Max promises to celebrate by taking them both to Chessington Zoo at half term. After Lucy has caught her bus, Max and Muriel revert to their customary strained relationship. She's not prepared to let him forget his faux pas and accuses him of trying to con Lucy.
At the factory, Max notices two of the men from Garlands snooping around. He and his secretary Gwen settle down to an unaccustomed sandwich lunch in their office. He tries to explain the complexities of his long standing affair with Muriel and the fact that he is still married to Sally. He feels he could not possibly go to Australia to take up his new job without Muriel or Lucy. But the enterprising Gwen has been checking up on other possible vacancies for her boss, one for a personnel officer.
At home that evening, there's a letter waiting for Max from Sally, the constant barrier between Max and Muriel. Max admits he'll be unable to take them to Chessington tomorrow, that brings on a fresh complaint from Muriel that she and Lucy are always last on his list of priorities. When she tells Lucy, she's disconcerted by her daughter's disenchanted assessment of them.
Max can't go as he's got an interview with a Mayfair management consultant. Interviewers Bellamy, Feathers and Hoare expose Max's weaknesses thus confirming him in his pessimism.
Muriel has phoned the office and discovered Max hadn't come clean over cancelling the Chessington trip. She goes there alone with Lucy. Max goes to join them there, surprised he has been shortlisted for the post. He tells all and Muriel apologises for her earlier suspicions.
After an enjoyable time, the day ends happily. Back home, Muriel shows Max the birthday present for Sally that he invariably would otherwise forget.
Next day Max gets behind and is going to be late for his next interview. Gwen offers to drive him, making it clear she'd be prepared to come with him to Australia if he fails to land this job. Max meets his prospective employer Dick Bush on the roof of his building. This man is ruthless and direct, deliberately provoking Max, but the job is Max's. When Gwen is informed, she is dismayed, having lost the chance to go down under, and feeling a fool for betraying her emotions. Max feels embarrassed and clumsy over the incident.
Later he tells Muriel he has accepted Bush's offer of a job at a lower figure than his current income and with limited prospects, for her sake. Muriel insists he turns the offer down. She also tells him he ought to have squashed Gwen's hopes, of being incapable of seeing one relationship through, of playing one against the other. Lucy breaks into their row, making an intense appeal on her own behalf. It ends with Muriel agreeing to go to Australia, but on her terms. He must divorce Sally and put an end to his blurred relationships with "suffering secretaries." It's an ultimatum. He reflects on whatever happened to love
3. Sally Go Round the Moon (Jan 18th 1968) also with Jean Harvey, Norman Eshley, Margaret Boyd, Lucy Appleby,
Christopher Witty, Michael Hall. Script: Julian Bond. Director: Alan Clarke.
Max buys a birthday present for Sally hoping that will persuade her to give him a divorce. Muriel is certain it'll fail. A young man named Simon Houlder prevents Max from going in to Sally's house. The impasse is only broken when Sally drives up, accompanied by her ex-nursemaid Edie.
When she takes Max inside, he finds his gift compares very poorly with her other presents. One is from admirer Simon, she admits she enjoys his attentions. Already aware of his unpropitious start, Max invites himself to dinner, hoping for a chance to prove his case. Also present will be his children, Clare who is met at the station, she has a special affection for her father, as exclusive of that between son Michael and his mother.
Vainly Max tries to re-establish himself as head of the family over lunch. He is also unsuccessful in getting on more friendly terms with Michael, and, an afternoon out rejected, Max takes an afternoon nap. As he searches Sally's room, he is shocked to find evidence of her relationship with an Oliver Anson. When he returns downstairs, he finds Sally flirting with Simon. Max is put in his place, she says she has every right to do what she likes in her own home. That's just what ruined the marriage in the first place, retorts Max.
Ejected, Max lands in the local churchyard and reviews what has happened. He has achieved nothing of what he had intended. He decides to pocket his pride and go back to Sally's. She does accept his apology, but also rejects his invitation to dinner. But she changes her mind when she finds that Oliver has let her down.
The meal begins well since the head waiter recognises Max. Sally meets Max half way and they dance, enjoying an unfamiliar intimacy. The ice is really broken when they see the comic side of their situation. So when he sees Sally home, Max claims he has missed his last train home, and is invited to stay, sleeping in Michael's bed. He decides not to phone Muriel. But he does see Sally in her room, to discuss the divorce. The entire Australia question depends on her. Softened, she believes Max is inviting her to accompany him down under. Max hasn't the heart to disillusion her, and takes the line of least resistance. They make love.
In the morning, he returns to Muriel, with his courage screwed up to explain his absence. But he is astonished to discover Muriel has cleared her things out and gone. There's a note, but guessing its contents, Max doesn't bother to read it
4 Got Yourself Sorted Out At All? (Jan 25th 1968) also with Jean Harvey, Charles Tingwell, Clive Morton, Maxine Audley, Maurice Hedley, Nora Swinburne, Diana Beevers,
Gabrielle Blunt, Penny Darrell, Athene Fielding, and Richard Cornish.
Script: Julian Bond. Director: Alan Clarke.
Somes resents what he sees as Max's equivocal attitude to the Australia offer and he suspects him of disloyalty. But David defends him, disapproving of his father's scheming to make use of Max if he should take the job.
Sally's parents, Mr and Mrs Prentice urge Sally to have nothing more to do with Max, alarmed when they hear about Max's offer to take her down under.
In the pub, Max describes to Shirley his difficulties in persuading his family to agree to go to Australia. David joins them and apologises again for what has happened with Max's current job. Max fills David in on his current personal problems, Muriel's ultimatum and disappearance, and Sally misunderstanding, thinking he wants her to accompany him.
In the office, Gwen holds Sally off, as per her boss' orders, and locates Muriel. Against her friend Miss Cardew's advice, Muriel meets Max in a teashop. Make your mind up about Sally and the job, then she'll consider coming back to him.
But is Max finding he quite likes the unaccustomed freedom?
Max is offered a job by a Mrs Alcon, which he turns down, but as she is in the same furniture business, she asks him for a quotation for some furniture. Another job is mooted to him, but why this sudden interest in him? Gwen suggests it's down to David, the least he can do in the circumstances.
Somes wants to know Max's decision. But he won't be rushed into accepting the Australia job as Somes wants. But then taken off guard, when Sally phones, he accepts a dinner date with her. He castigates Gwen for not protecting him from her, and that upsets Gwen.
Mrs Alcon accepts Max's quote, and Max apologises to Gwen and she joins David and him in the pub for a celebratory drink. But David makes it clear he's not behind these job offers.
The meeting with Sally also includes her parents, there for moral support. The whole thing is a disaster, the Prentices united in their mutual detestation of Max. Max retorts by claiming they had tried to buy him for Sally when she was "on the shelf." It turns out Prentice is behind those offers, bent on trying to keep Sally in England. Max comes clean and tells them that he never wanted her to go to Australia, all he wants is divorce. He is disconcerted to see Sally is relieved rather than shocked, she'd never really wanted to go to Australia at all. But she refuses point blank to consider divorce, she cannot face a public humiliation on top of her private grief. Since there is no point arguing further, Max leaves empty handed
5 It All Looks Different Through a Custard Cream (Feb 1st 1968) also with Wilfred Pickles, Michael Turner, Daphne Slater, David Bird, Diana Beevers, Michael Lees, Christopher Witty, Brian Anderson and Ronald Falk.
Script: Douglas Livingstone. Director: Alastair Reid.
Bill Harlow is an important customer whom Max entertains in the pub. He's also Australian, and urges Max to join him for a weekend's drinking. But Max can't as he has to attend his father's retirement party in Dorset. He is Sam Osborne, a widower, who retired four weeks ago, and is resentful that his employers the Wessex Cider Company have held the party over to coincide with the retirement of Richard Parker, his brother in law and managing director. Max's sister Anthea, a widow, keeps house for Sam, and the pair have settled into a joyless routine.
On the way down Max meets Ted Harvey, the firm's sales manager, who's making for the same party. The two conceal their mutual dislike, but Max is shocked to learn that Ted is staying at Sam's, since he happens to be friendly with Anthea. When they get there, Sam cuts through Anthea's plans and assures Ted that he'd be more comfortable in a local hotel. Anthea is hardly pleased and she urges Max to take their father with him to Australia: she's been looking after him for the past eighteen years, now it's his turn.
At the party at the Wessex Company, Parker is discussing the firm's future with his successor Minton. Anthea has to apologise for Max's disruptive appearance and Sam is getting steadily drunker. Thus when Parker announces Sam is to make a speech, there's only an incoherent mumbling and he leaves. Max follows him to Sam's old office. Sam says he'd always hated this job, the Parkers had forced him into it when they'd found their daughter was expecting Anthea. Though astonished at first, he gladly accepts Max's offer to go with him to Australia.
Max meets his son Michael at a restaurant. He wants to go to university at Cambridge and has no desire to join them.
Anthea and Ted attempt to revive their former intimacy, but just as he is persuading her to come to his hotel, Max interrupts. When Ted leaves, Anthea refuses to fall in with the trip to Australia. She doesn't want to be housekeeper again.
She meets Ted at the hotel, but soon realises he's more concerned with safeguarding his own position with his employers than with her. Anthea tries him out over whether she ought to go down under, and when he is enthusiastic, her fears are confirmed. So she tells Sam and Max she will go with them
6 Uncle Richard Knows Better Than You (Feb 8th 1968) also with Wilfred Pickles, Michael Turner, Daphne Slater, David Bird, Diana Beevers, Lucy Appleby, Roger Brierley, Malcolm Douglas and George Betton.
Script: Douglas Livingstone. Director: Alastair Reid.
Sam and Anthea see Max off at the station. He feels rushed by Sam's single-minded enthusiasm for the whole venture, and nagged by Anthea's exuberance. Sam has already arranged for house agent Harman to sell his house, even though Anthea is more cautious, urging to wait until plans have been finalised.
Back at work, Max is upset that the firm have refused to pay for his family's fares to Australia, and anticipating this, Gwen has some information on assisted passages. Anyway, Sam offers to help with the money.
Clare is Max's daughter. She attends a convent school. She's keen to go with them until she hears Sam and Anthea will be looking after her. After all, she hasn't seen them for eight years. So Max sets up a meeting in a London fish restaurant. Sam forces the pace with some jokes, and when Anthea and Clare discover a mutual interest in tennis, it seems the ice is breaking. However Sam is getting drunk and Clare becomes embarrassed, especially when Max tries to establish a close relationship with her. It's an unsatisfactory time and as Max and Anthea bid farewell to Sam at Waterloo station, they try to lift the gloom. For Clare has already left them, saying she has a headache. Sam has insisted Anthea stay in town to check their plans at Australia House. When the train has departed, she demands Max give a definite decision about Australia. On the train, Sam gets drunk and steps out of the train thinking it has stopped at a station. He suffers a heart attack and ends up in a coma.
When Max gets down to Sam in Dorset, his uncle Richard Parker and Ted are already there.
They visit him in hospital, he's not likely to recover. Ted takes his chance and urges Anthea to stay in England, that annoys Max who tells Ted to leave Anthea alone.
Max is furious everyone is assuming the worst for Sam. He berates Parker for forcing his father into a job he did not like. Parker points out the Sam is no better than a drunkard, no use at his job and should have been sacked years ago. Max storms out.
Sam does die. Anthea thinks it was suicide, blaming Max on his unthinking optimism and his assumption they'd all love Australia. That meeting with Clare, Sam knew had been doomed to failure. Anthea says she hates Max, all his life he's always taken, and given nothing in return but disappointment. She's going back to Ted.
Max phones Clare but can't bring himself to tell her of Sam's death
7 The Dream Time (Feb 15th 1968) also with Thorley Waters, Maurice Hedley, Terence Brady, June Jago, Noel Hood, Carmen Munro, Harry Hutchinson, Tom Criddle, Gabrielle Drake, David Dandas and Frederick Shrecker.
Script: Arden Winch. Director: Alastair Reid.
In an Oxford hotel bar, Prentice slangs Max over his treatment of Sally. Max tries to explain he only wants a divorce from Sally. Prentice leaves, leaving Max to foot the bill. Max then meets Dr Maynard, known as Wilfred, a regular figure around the city, who is as lonely as Max. They agree their time in university was a "dream time." The two embark on a sightseeing tour, finishing at his old college St Edmund Hall. Max explains how he sacrificed his Oxford career for a girl, life was never the same again. Max had met Lydia, who lived over a tobacconist's, where the attractive young Rose notoriously seduced many an undergraduate. Wilfred sympathises, he's living on a legacy that lasts as long as he remains a bachelor.
The pair visit the shop, Max horrified to find Rose is still there, a middleaged slattern. Disconcerted by the grotesque anti-climax, he determines to find Lydia again.
Over tea, Max relates how he had been forced into marrying Sally, somehow he'd never got round to marrying Lydia. Prompted by Wilfred, Max goes to the office where Lydia used to work, but a Miss Waller is uncooperative, even claiming noone by the name of Lydia had ever worked here. So he leaves frustrated, and encounters Anna, an African student, whose idealistic hopes contrast sharply with his own sense of failure. She is proud of the fact that she's the first woman from her country to study in England. She plans to start a hospital for women in her country and Max wishes her luck. It recalls his own time at university when he'd been "free."
That was more important than the actual degree he took, he reflects. Now money is all important, but then it had mattered very little.
Wilfred holds a party for his Oxford cronies, who all seem to be middle aged and seedy. One is called Robin, who has a young man Roy in tow and when he talks to him, Max is shocked to find Roy brackets him with Wilfred's generation and age group.
Roy is in fact the son of his former friend Garland.
It's also clear Max is quite out of fashion with pop music these days. Roy's girl friend Penny has found out that Lydia is now living in London.
The party over, Max is despondent
over the fact that he is middle aged and hasn't achieved anything. The dream time in Oxford had been his only happy time, but now he wonders whether even this was an illusion, the entire experience remembered as a fantasy, no relation to the truth
8 Which Side Are You On? (Feb 22nd 1968) also with Charles Tingwell, Clive Morton, Frederick Jaeger, Douglas Livingstone, Aubrey Richards, Denise Buckley, Mary Hignett, Gabrielle Blunt, Godfrey James, Henry Stamper and Shivendra Sinha.
Script: Roy Russell. Director: Gareth Davies.
Somes and David fear a Go Slow at the factory could ruin the firm, but Ron Banks the shop steward is convinced all will be well when the rich company Garlands take them over. Ron proposes leaving negotiations in Max's hands, but by now Somes is doubting Max's reliability.
Max is now back at back after Sam's funeral. He has a temporary secretary in Sandie Turner, who is most efficient. He blames the dispute on Somes who has arbitrarily moved six men without any consultation, as four are Pakistanis there's some suggestion of colour prejudice. Max meets with Ron Banks and they do agree on the principle of joint consultation. But Max strenuously denies Ron's insinuation that because Max is leaving he is only interested in himself. He's always kept his word in the past, Max claims.
In the pub, David lets Max understand that if the dispute could be resolved quickly, it would be noticed by Garlands, to mutual benefit, but resenting what sounds like a bribe, Max insists he always does the best he can anyway.
When Max probes the causes of the dispute with Ron Banks further, he discovers that the fear of victimisation is the root. When Garlands take over, the men will not have Max there to protect them. The representative of Garlands, Noel Smedley, aged 48, is of the view that Max can have no love for Garlands and David too believes Max is taking the men's side. Max however claims his past negotiation successes have always depended on his being utterly impartial.
Smedley affirms to Somes and David that Garlands will not countenance taking over an unprofitable firm, and that the transfer of all six men must stand. Max puts the men's side, that they fear Garlands might tear down the factory and erect a new office block. The men down tools. Max proposes that the local union officer Wilkinson be brought in, but the men refuse. Alongside the sympathetic Sandie, Max watches Smedley and Somes failing to attract the attention of the strikers, and he tells Sandie to put Wilkinson in the picture.
Max is asked to quieten the noisy rabble, and does so. Smedley interprets this as a sign of Max's one sided sympathies, but takes his chance and continues addressing the men, only to be met by more resentment and heckling. Wilkinson sends Gregson, not a conciliator at all and Somes blames Max for introducing him into the dispute.
But the men go back to work, Gregson however demanding that the six men be reinstated within fifteen minutes or there will be a walk out. He sees the issue as a test case against the big business interests for which Garlands stands. Poor Max can see that his old friendly methods of negotiating no longer apply. When he relays Gregson's ultimatum, Max finds himself blamed for bringing Gregson in. Inefficient and disployal Max is. Outside the factory Max meets one of the six, Askew, who feels guilty about it all. Max admits the affair is out of his hands and drowns his sorrows in the pub with Sandie
9 You Know Who Your Friends Are (Feb 29th 1968). Cast as well as George Cole were Charles Tingwell, Clive Morton, Frederick Jaeger, Douglas Livingstone, Aubrey Richards, Denise Buckley, Mary Hignett, Gabrielle Blunt, Godfrey James, Henry Stamper and Shivendra Sinha.
Script: Roy Russell. Director: Gareth Davies.
Deadlock at the factory after a week of dispute. Banks and Gregson blames Max, believing him to be concerned only with his own future. Somes and David have agreed to call on Smedley at Garlands' luxurious city offices,
blaming them for the firm's verge of collapse. Smedley offers a way out, that the takeover should be accepted at a lower price. This Somes and David flatly reject.
At the local working men's club Gregson warns the men they could be in for a hard time. One, Ken Bartlett, believes Max ought to have been given a better chance to act.
Banks fails to persuade David to reinstate Max, thinking he is not really interested in solving the dispute. David is evidently attracted to Sandie and arranges a weekend in Brighton with her.
Max holds a clandestine meeting in the pub with Jim Askew, one of the six sacked workers. Max bravely asks Jim to risk abuse from his fellow workers and reapply for his job. Next morning Jim runs the gauntlet of the picket line, and is met at the gates by Max. To everyone Max announces he will sign Jim on when the strike is over. Gregson and Banks question Jim closely over his change of heart.
Somes and David blame Garlands for sacking the men in Max's absence. With Smedley, they consider ways out of the impasse. It is agreed to give Max a free hand for twenty four hours, and Smedley gracefully agrees to keep out of his way.
The status quo is restored. At a meeting scheduled for 4pm, Gregson warns Banks not to let his distrust of Max jeopardise negotiations. The meeting takes place in Somes' office. Max tells everyone that the key figure in the dispute Jim Askew, is on a week's leave, and that another man is willing to take on the job he had refused to do. Both sides accept this, and to joint consultation in the future. Further the factory will remain a factory.
Sandie congratulates Max on success, in turn he thanks her for her encouragement. She doesn't tell him about David and he is bewildered by her lack of warmth.
Smedley thanks Max, coolly, for his efforts. Max finds that by settling the strike he has ruined himself. Had it continued the take over would have failed and he would still be in a job.
Max meets with Gregson who is bleakly contemptuous of his shattered illusions. Neither side is grateful to Max, who now learns that the men are even blaming him for their wages lost during the strike
10 Someone I Knew (Mar 7th 1968) also with Isabel Dean, Hugh Cross, John Hallam, Margot Boyd, Rosemary Rogers, Ernest Hare and Michael Sheard. Script: Julian Bond. Director: Bill Bain.
"Max drives to Southend in a hired car and joins a funeral party in the local cemetery. Among the mourners are Lydia Laing, 40, and Frank Meredith, 45. Although utterly unprepared for Max's visit, Lydia turns to him instinctively afterwards, allowing him to drive her away from her well intentioned friends and relations. Sitting in the car near the beach, she tells Max how she has spent the past eighteen years looking after her mother, until her death, so fulfilling a promise to her father on his deathbed. Lydia had always disliked her mother for the way she had subtly punished her father for being a failure during his lifetime, and afterwards had hypocritically pretended he had been perfect. Lydia is astonished at the ease with which she is confiding in Max, and in a pub he admits his journey here had been prompted by reading about her mother's death. He now gives her a partial picture of his own life, his marriage and family and his limited success as a personnel officer.
Lydia has forgotten her friends, who may be anxious on her behalf. It is twenty years since she and Max last met and she eagerly accepts his invitation to lunch. Max, pleasantly excited, wonders how long it will be before this relationship goes sour too.
In the restaurant they nostalgically recall the intimacies, delights and disasters, of their youth shared at Oxford twenty years ago. A picnic expedition to the Perch Inn which had begun romantically but ended in Max's falling in the water, a symbol of his later life. An occasion when Lydia had felt at one with Max, but he had failed to respond to her mood. Max's short lived venture into business on his own when he had invested and lost his little capital. They agree that reality had tarnished the brilliance of many of their contemporaries, that they are failures themselves.
Breaking the mood, they make an absurd show of enjoying themselves by going to the pier amusement arcade, trying all its attractions and ending in hysterical laughter. They speculate on their possible fate had they got married, as Max had wanted. Lydia consoles herself with the idea that she has been engaged for five years to Frank, but it is not a passionate relationship. Lydia invites him home to tea.
At Lydia's Victorian home they share tea and toast like students and re-enact their first meeting. Lydia is suddenly distressed by regret for the past, but refuses to let Max comfort her. She insists they are too late and too old and she does not want a further meeting. He now tells her the truth about himself: that he and Sally are separated and only married because she refuses a divorce. Max insists that he and Lydia were genuinely in love once before and they have a chance now to put the mistakes of the past right. Insisting he needs her, Max enlarges on his own troubles with Sally, Muriel and his job. He is unprepared for Lydia's outraged response. She points out she would have welcomed him at any other time but now, when he is merely looking for a support. She believes he sees her as his last resort and accuses him of tricking her with his nostalgic talk about the past. Now, as she is asking Max to go, Frank calls. He greets Max warmly and thanks him for taking care of Lydia at a critical moment. After Max has left, she dismisses him to Frank as 'someone she knew,' but Frank guesses there had been a special relationship.
Accepting the end of another dream, Max sets off home in the hired car."
11 Never Mind How We Got Here- Where Are We? (Mar 14th 1968) also with Jean Harvey, Peter Barkworth, Basil Henson, Shelagh Fraser, Christopher Witty, Lucy Appleby, Bruce Robinson, Reg Peters and Ralph Ball.
Script: Julian Bond. Director: Alan Clarke.
"When Max goes to his bank to cash a cheque, he is asked to see the manager Mr Roberts, who is anxious to know what economies Max is preparing to make. Max tells him about the Australia offer and immediately Roberts becomes more affable and promises considerable financial help if Max takes the job. Max thanks him, explains that if he can get a divorce from his wife, he will certainly take the job, and promises to look in the following day and discuss details.
Max meets Sally in Cambridge, where she has gone with Michael, who is having interviews for a place at the university. Max is horrified when he discovers that Oliver Manson, whom he knows to be a close friend of Sally's is staying at the same hotel. That evening Sally comes to Max's room with a bottle of champagne and tells him she is prepared to give him a divorce. Max is furious that she has got himself and Manson under the same roof to discuss the matter and refuses to agree to a divorce.
Over breakfast the following morning, Max and Sally continue to row and she finally storms out of the dining room closely followed by Manson. A moment later, Michael comes in and Max tells him that he is not prepared to divorce Sally and let another man look after his children. Michael seems unperturbed and announces at the end of the meal that he passed his interview.
Max returns to the bank and tells Roberts that he is unlikely to go to Australia after all. Roberts' attitude changes abruptly and he warns Max that he will have to straighten his affairs quickly. Max goes to see Clare, and tells her that he has decided to go to Australia without her. She is surprised as mother had written to her saying that she had finished with Oliver Manson. Max is equally surprised to hear this, and wonders what the devil Sally is playing at.
Max goes to Manson's house and receives a chilly reception. Finally Manson admits that he had just been away on holiday with Sally and at the end of it she told him that she did not want after all to marry him. Max goes to Sally's house and tells her that he knows that she is finished with Manson and so why does she want a divorce? Sally explains that she feels that at last she has grown up and can stand on her own two feet. She has not given Max a divorce before, in case she needed him back. Now she feels that she can live happily alone. Max agrees that they should do the decent thing. He agrees to the divorce and they part for ever."
12 If Only Wishing Could End As Loving (Mar 21st 1968) also with Norman Rossington, Garfield Morgan, Andree Evans, Ann Rye, George Tovey, Jean Driant, Gilles Milinaire, Colin Maitland, Robert Sessions, Harry Tierney, David Billa, Maria Gray, Billy McComb, Gilles Dattas, Sylvie Dattas, Jacques Cey, Michael Faure and Ann Heffernan.
Script: Julian Bond. Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg.
"In the street, Max is intercepted by Bush, who would like to employ him. Bush admits he had underrated Max before, but that he had been impressed by his handling of the Garland crisis. Now he would like an early response to his offer, but Max insists he must first resolve his personal domestic problems.
He calls for Muriel at Dawson's flat, but hears she has gone to attend Lucy's school play. After hearing that Sally has offered Max a divorce at last, and admitting their mutual dislike, Dawson urges Max to make a special gesture now towards Muriel at this critical time.
Muriel has arrived at Victoria to board The Golden Arrow and is joined by Max at the last minute. He refuses to be drawn, claiming that the surprise expedition is purely for pleasure, and Muriel is satisfied. She is further pleased by their hotel at the Pas de Calais, but outside the cold wind disperses some of their romantic feelings. That evening, as they are coming down for dinner, Muriel is dismayed to meet a fellow teacher, Heather, who is staying at the same hotel with her friend Ian. There is no room for dissembling. Both couples are engaged in illicit affairs. Recognising the risk to their vulnerable new relationships, Max rushes Muriel out to a restaurant, rather than make up a foursome suggested by Ian.
The restaurant proves disappointing and Max is disgusted with the food, wine and service, and further irritated by a boisterous wedding party. Muriel agrees that the meeting with Heather has ruined the occasion for them. Max erupts at the waiter, refusing to tip him, and then marches over to the wedding party who are amusing themselves at his expense.
He relents at the last moment, seeing the pathetic young bride, and leaves abruptly.
He and Muriel go to an amusement arcade, but fail to lift the feeling of gloom. Forced into a corner, Max explains his motive in coming here, that Sally is offering a divorce. He had taken Dawson's advice that he should make a big splash, and he has spent the whole evening trying to establish the right moment to ask Muriel to marry him. Muriel is touched by his confession, and a new tender mood is generated.
Going on to a nightclub, they are put out by the arrival of Ian and Heather, but now Muriel feels herself secure enough to cope with them. All four agree that the dinners served at both hotel and restaurant had been bad.
Heather, clearly anxious and inexperienced, begs Muriel not to desert her. Ian, self appointed 'life and soul of the party,' embarks on a series of dirty stories. Both Ian and Max are agreed on an evening of hard drinking. Muriel persuades Max to act as the cabaret conjuror's stooge, but afterwards, with his suit ruined, he recalls bitterly how Sally too used to enjoy making him appear a buffoon.
Later at the club, Max and Ian are getting on well together, reminiscing and establishing mutual acquaintances, and ignoring the women. In a drunken schoolboy mood, they decide to help the cabaret stripper take her clothes off. They are forced to beat a retreat from the restive French audience, leaving the embarrassed Muriel and Heather to pay the bill.
Having got back to the hotel, Max passes out, leaving Muriel hurt and angry. He wakes in the morning, at a disadvantage, to find Muriel dressed and packing. Defending his last night's conduct, he points out that he was coerced into stooging for the conjuror, but Muriel suggests it was really the shock of having his marriage proposal accepted that had made him get drunk.
Muriel insists that they both face the truth: that the only thing they have in common is sexual attraction, and their affair only continued because Sally had happened to find it out. Max, realising how he has cheated everybody, ascribes his character defect to his public school upbringing. Piying him, and seeing him as a baby, Muriel knows their marriage would certainly fail. Miserable and desperate they return to London on The Golden Arrow and part on the platform making a clean break."
13 Long Time Since You've Got My Breakfast (Mar 28th 1968) also with Isabel Dean, Clive Morton, Charles Tingwell, Peter Jeffrey, Douglas Livingstone, Diana Beavers, Mary Hignett and Gabrielle Blunt.
Script: Julian Bond. Director: Bill Bain.
"Gwen is in Max's office typing a farewell note for him, when Mrs Carr appears, to see if he is in yet, and has made up his mind about Australia. Gwen says she has no idea.
David Somes and his father are preparing for the first meeting of the new board of HS Soames Limited, and also wondering whether Max has made up his mind.
Max is at home getting ready to go to work for the last time, when Lydia arrives with a small parting present. For a moment it looks as though she may have come to say that she has changed her mind, but finally she goes. We see Lydia and Frank, and she tells him that she feels there is no point continuing their relationship.
The meeting has come to an end, except that David suggests that the company should make some gesture to Max. He is severely reprimanded by his father and the new chairman, Rushton.
Max arrives at his office and finds Gwen's note. He goes upstairs to see Mrs Carr and she promises to let him see Somes as soon as he is free. Rushton leaves, and David tells his father that he intends giving Max a farewell gift. He goes down to Max's office and they go to the pub together for a drink. David tells Max that he thinks Max should go to Australia and get away from all the dreary people that they both know. Max agrees that it is the only thing to do. David goes back and tells his father that he has organised a party for Max at 5.30pm and intends giving him a cheque for Ј1,000. Somes is shamed into agreeing to contribute half the amount.
That evening Max listens while Somes delivers a speech of sickening platitudes. Max is horrified at Somes' bland hypocrisy, and still more horrified at the bland way it is received by Mrs Carr, Gwen, David and Banks. He accepts David's cheque and then tells them all what he really thinks of them, and storms out.
The following morning, with a heavy hangover, Max answers the doorbell and discovers Lydia there again. She makes breakfast and he tells her what he is going to do. She tells him that she has left Frank and is also free to start again, and this is what they decide to do."
The Love of Mike
(from April 20th 1960, A-R)
A series of 26 comedy programmes made on Ampex, the first from A-R after the end of their partnership with Jack Hylton.
Michael Medwin starred as dance band trumpeter Mike Lane, who is always in a jam with debts and dames.
Carmel McSharry as the char, and Brian Wilde as Bob, who shares his flat co-starred, though Wilde was replaced by Bernard Fox as Malcolm on and from the June 8th episode. The other co-star was George Roderick as George, a henpecked neighbour, who helps out just to get away from his wife.
Director: firstly Bill Hitchcock, then Ronald Marriott (from June 8th), then Cyril Butcher (from July 4th), also Bill Turner. Theme music written by Tommy Watt.
Contemporary criticism of the first show: "Disappointing... riddled with comedy cliches and corny situations. Medwin strained too much... the laughter wore off more than halfway through to a tiny trickle... while all the supporting characters were good, the bit players were appallingly bad."
But by the July 4th 1960 story, critic John Price was able to admit, "a fine comedy team has been moulded by the director, Cyril Butcher." The story was about George buying a greengrocer's shop next door to a new supermarket. Mike's fast talking gives George the chance to sell the shop for twice the price paid, but he refuses to sell, believing he's landed a gold mine. Instead he buys another shop opposite the supermarket.
Another story showed Mike stumbling on a judge's badge for a Miss World contest, and using it to his advantage. Another had him playing in a band at the Cannes Film Festival, but as he can't get a flight ticket, he poses as the pilot.
Being a thoroughly moral series, Medwin explained, "he never gets anywhere. All his little tricks blow up in his face."
A follow up series began on May 15th 1961:
Three Live Wires
which again starred Michael Medwin, Bernard Fox and George Roderick. They were joined by Deryck Guyler as The Manager, and Derek Benfield as Higgenbottom, who was given joint starring status from story 3.
Scripts: James Kelly and Peter Miller. Director: Christopher Hodson. except for: Don Gale (June 19th, Aug 7th). John P Hamilton (June 26th, July 17th, Sept 4th, 18th, 25th)
The series was set in a tv repair shop, so an early title mooted was All Star Repair Shop..
Episodes included: 1 French Cleaner (May 15th 1961)
2 Stranger Than Fiction (May 22nd 1961) with Bernard Hunter, Patricia Haines, Vanda Godsell and guest star Sydney Tafler.
3 The Play Off (May 29th 1961) with Bill Shine, Ronnie Stevens, Constance Wake and David Morrell.
4 Room Up Above(June 5th 1961) with Barry Macgregor, Audrey Noble, Kathleen Boutall, Tony Sympson, Grace Dolan and guest stars Peter Vaughan and Moira Redmond.
5 The Recall (June 12th 1961) with Ivor Salter, Harry Littlewood, David Blake Kelly, Alister Smart, Noel Coleman and John Bosch.
6 The Critic (June 19th 1961) with Charles Morgan and guest Peter Vaughan.
7 The Suit (June 26th 1961) with Ronnie Corbett, Peter Stockbridge, Fred Abbott, Charles Stanley, plus The Dudley Moore Trio. Guest star Kieron Moore (no Deryck Guyler).
8 Falling Star (July 3rd 1961) with Lionel Murton, Ronnie Stevens, Harry Littlewood, Joe Ritchie and guest star Dickie Henderson.
9 The Ring (July 10th 1961) with Harold Berens, Arthur Lowe and Valerie Brooks. Also with Audrey Noble, Geoffrey Denton, Agatha Carroll, Jacqueline Maude, Chris Carlsen and Gay Holden (no Deryck Guyler).
10 Winner Take All (July 17th 1961) with Anthony Sager and Leslie Handford.
11 Who Was That Lady? (July 24th 1961) with Betty Huntley-Wright, Valerie Brooks, also John Dearth and Raymond Hodge.
12 The Suggestion Box (July 31st 1961) with Timothy Bateson as Mr Bligh, Steven Scott as Mr Swan and Jessie Robins as Mrs Berry.
13 Pay or Return (August 7th 1961) with guest stars Naomi Chance as Bubbles and Freddie Mills as O'Brien. Also with Vic Wise as Cookie and Ross Hutchinson as Doctor.
14 The Salesman (August 14th 1961) with Alexander Dore, Peter Welch, also Laurel Solash and Beryl Andrews.
15 The Matchmaker (August 21st 1961)
16 Reflections (August 28th 1961) with Peter Byrne, Charles Julian, also Noel Coleman and Paul Williamson.
17 The Cash Box (September 4th 1961) with Virginia Vernon and also Hugh Evans.
18 The Tea Break (September 11th 1961) with John Scott, also Timothy Bateson, Denis DeMarney and Peter Lawrence.
19 The Disappearance (September 18th 1961) with Duncan Lewis, also Malcolm Webster and Jennifer Browne (no Deryck Guyler). This script only by Gerald Kelsey and Dick Sharples.
20 The Rise (September 25th 1961) with John Scott.
In all there were 26 stories, the last being
26 The Holiday (November 6th 1961) with Ronnie Corbett, Joan Ingram, Renee Harrison and Patricia Haines..
Highland Fling (Associated Rediffusion)
Described as a musical comedy in six episodes,
this started on the August Bank Holiday 1957. The star was Richard Hearne, who had originally scripted it in 1939 as a musical at the Gaiety Theatre, but the war aborted the project. Now with Richard Waring, Hearne had adapted it for tv.
Henry Kendall produced the show, which was directed by John Phillips.
The original music was by Joyce Cochrane.
Programmes were made at Studio One Wembley before an audience.
The stories also starred James Hayter (except the first story) and Charles Heslop,
with Nicolette Roeg, Jean Bayliss, David Williams, and Charles Lamb.
1 No Sale (Monday August 5th 1957 at 9.30pm). Billy McQuirtle and his pals of the old estate agency of Nutty, Dime and Wormy
are selling a Scottish castle, but they appear to be doing their best to prevent anyone from buying it. But then Billy's best friend falls in love
with a millionaire client's beautiful daughter.
2 Desirable Residence (August 12th 1957). Millionaire Augustus Trim (James Hayter) won't be put off buying the castle.
3 Vacant Possession (August 19th 1957). Augustus Trim has invited the entire office to stay with him at the castle for the weekend.
4 (August 26th 1957).
5 Castle Plot (September 2nd 1957). Also with Rufus Cruikshank. Now that Trim is happily installed in the castle, there seems nothing that Billy and his pals can do. However, when they meet Red Wully,
a six foot four red-bearded gent, Billy gets the idea of entering Trim against him in the Highland Games.
6 Going Concern (September 9th 1957). It's Billy's last attempt to put Augustus Trim off. He haunts the castle in ghostly garb. Whether his plan will succeed, depends on Trim's reaction
to nocturnal disturbances.
The picture shows Richard Hearne in a publicity photo for A-R, taken from the top of their Kingsway building
This ABC series started on 14th June 1959, with child star
Mandy Miller, aged almost 15, starring as Mandy Proctor. Daphne Anderson co-starred as her scatty mother Evelyn Proctor.
Peter Lambda devised the series and wrote all 13 stories. Geoffrey Nethercott was the director, and the producer was Philip Dale.
Here is a contemporary account of this first story:
Mandy plays the daughter of a widow who tries to get money out of her bank manager to take a trip to New York to sell
some inventions that her husband left after he died.
When he refuses, Mandy decides to take out a loan, which is secured by her forthcoming appearance on a tv quiz.
Commented Derek Hoddinott, "I like the way the bank employees voted to support Mandy and Mandy herself was so delightful, so talented, and the direction so clever,
that I rate this the best of the new series on TV." The others in this cast were Fred Kitchen, Brian Wilde, Billy Milton, Eric Hillyard, Robert Young, Frances Leak, James Bret, Maidie Andrews, Graeme Campbell, Sheila Gill, Launce Maraschal, John Grant, Kenneth Collins, Andrew Irvine, Frank Littlewood, and Susan Tress.
Here are details of a few of the other stories:
4 The Fourth Freedom (July 5th 1959) with Hana Pravda as Anna Kovacs, Stratford Johns as Police Sgt, Anthony Jennett as Policeman, Humphrey Morton as Clerk, James Raglan as Cdr Frederick Scott, Edward Evans as Glyn Morgan, Vincent Holman as Sir Wilfred Arden, Scott Harrold as Liberal MP and Ann Tirard as Wardress. An illegal visitor from another country arouses the crusader in Evelyn. Anna must be allowed to stay! It is Mandy who brings about the 'summit talks.'
7 Care and Protection (July 26th 1959) with Joan Hathorne as Moira Arlington-Smith, Margo Andrew as Angela, Geoffrey Adams as Clerk of the Court, Colin Fry as Solicitor, and Aubrey Danvers-Walker and Charles Weston as JPs, with Little Jumbo. It seems Mandy's new friend will turn out to be just another juvenile delinquent. Mandy has an idea, and it is another youngster who supplies the answer
10 What Makes the Wheels Go Round (August 16th 1959), with Hana Pravda as Anna, Tom Macaulay as Sir Robert Freeman,
Barbara Everest as Miss Lawson,
and David Graham as Denis Quendon. Mandy finds herself up against a formidable opponent who has discovered a
protege of her late father, who has discovered a revolutionary chemical process.
11 The Star (August 23rd 1959), with Patrick Holt as Rod Silvano, and Hana Pravda,
who plays a falling star threatening to upset Mandy's little world.
12 The Emperor's Tailors (Aug 30th 1959), with Howard Payne as Harry Briggs, Sidney Vivian as Biff,
William Lyon Brown as Jasper Poole, Marion Wilson as Mrs Poole, and Ewan Roberts as
Alastair McKay. Mandy finds it difficult to understand how someone can become a genius
through no fault of his own.
13 Sunday Closing (Sept 6th 1959- final story), with Hana Pravda as Anna,
Barbara Everest as Miss Lawson, Cyril Shaps as Mr Pettigrew, Billy Milton as Magistrate, John Stuart as MP,
Vincent Holman as Sir Wilfred Arden, William Lyon Brown as Jasper Poole, Marion Wilson as Mrs Poole,
Margo Andrew as Angela, Stewart Guidotti as Johnny and Fred Kitchen as Bank Manager.
An informer tries to spoil Mandy's birthday party, but many of her old friends come to the rescue of
Miss Lawson and she is able to extend her premises.
The Verdict is Yours (Granada)
"The cases ... have no scripts... nobody in the studio knows what's coming next." However the programmes were of course rehearsed, allegedly only the story outline was revealed to the participating actors, so these rehearsals must have been fascinating. Philip Purser describes one such in the book Granada Television (2003) p125. Apparently the one playing the guilty party knew their identity, but no one else, certainly not the jury. A naturally suspicious viewer wrote in TV Times (No 144), "I fail to see how it can be unscripted," to which the reply was given, "those taking part are briefed on the character in which they appear. They are told how old they are, where they live, their family background etc. Witnesses are told whether they appear for the defence or the prosecution and what they are supposed to have seen. They then go into the witness box and answer questions impromptu. There is no rehearsal."
Director Herbert Wise stated, "the original intention was that each case should last two days, but in the end everyone agreed it would be better to add an extra day." He added, "to help speed up the action, a commentator is being used to summarise the evidence, and we will switch to him whenever a new witness is being sworn in. He is the only person in the programme who has no counterpart in a real court."
One member of the jury, which was taken from members of the public as in real life,
explained, "the jury took notes of all the salient points and discussed them very earnestly and soberly."
She refers to this case of Arthur Martin, a "far from sympathetic character, truculent and surly," but, claimed the juror, "our verdict was unanimous and based solely on facts."
One of the longest serving of the 'barristers', Simon Kester, was in all series. Rex Boyd regularly played the court usher- certainly in the third series. But unfortunately cast lists were not published (except for repeat broadcasts) and without the actual programmes,
which were taped but mostly wiped,
we will never know the casts.
First series (1958) -
Three "unscripted" half hour programmes comprised one trial.
Unfortunately TV Times didn't even provide details of the storyline for
this first series! David Ensor was the judge throughout the series, a real life solicitor whose task was to clarify
any confusing issues and sum up in two minutes, though "sometimes the director stretches a point...
and gives me an extra 40 seconds! In those two minutes I have to give a summing up
that a real judge would take two hours over."
One story in July 1958 was congratulated on for its authenticity by the secretary for the National Institute for the Deaf-
when the problem of a deaf witness with a hearing aid was accurately depicted.
Another viewer complained, erroneously, that the jury seemed to have changed the next night in the Case of the Poisoned Pen Letters.
The women on this jury were alleged to have been really horrified when they were given copies of "genuine, gruesome, poison pen stuff."
Barristers tried to prove the girl's handwriting seen on an estate agent's catalogue was the same hand as the writing in the letters.
The woman on trial for this crime was Elizabeth Redding, played by Shirley Lawrence. She was found not guilty.
Another case from this first series starred actress Barbara Burke, playing Lucy Mitchell, accused of electrocuting her mother in a bath.
In another, Eira Heath played Maria Hernandez accused of murdering her lover's wife with weedkiller. She too was acquitted.
Derren Nesbitt was in one of the first series, and his performance so impressed Irving Allen of Warwick Films that he was offered a part in the film In the Nick.
In another from this first series, the Accused Arthur Martin, was played by William Lucas. His counsel was played by Anthony Sharp
He pleaded Not Guilty to sabotaging machinery at the mill of Edmund Rudd (Rupert Davies). He had been sacked for pilfering, and his surly, truculent attitude looked likely to be his downfall.
All the evidence was against him: his boss had testified that he had seen Martin climbing over the mill wall that night. Martin's keys were found in a shed. Further Martin had access to gelignite and knew how to use it.
However Joan Rudd, the boss' daughter admits her father had been at the mill himself that night until 1.15am.
The white haired foreman of the jury of seven men and five women pronounces their verdict. Martin is discharged, without any word of thanks or even a nod.
William Lucas said afterwards, "I felt I was on trial myself. I would never have believed I could have immersed myself in a part as much as I did in Arthur Martin."
In Regina v Farrell (date 1958), script: by Geoffrey Bellman and John Whitney, director: James Ormerod, Martin Benson played the prosecuting counsel, and John Chandos defence counsel. Others appearing included Basil Dignam as Major Farrell, Helena Hughes as the major's niece who is a nun, and Monica Grey as a family doctor.
From various sources, I can confirm these definitely also appeared in this series: Tony Church, Clifford Earl, Andrew Faulds (also in On Trial), Keith Faulkner, Gretchen Franklin (as a "murderess"), John Harvey, Michael Hawkins, Geoffrey Hibbert, Thora Hird (series 3),
Edward Jewesbury, Judy Kenny, Lloyd Lamble, George Mikell, Norman Mitchell, Edna Morris (series 3), Russell Napier, Rachel Roberts (most likely series 1 or 2), Thelma Ruby, Ivor Salter, Sally Ann Shaw (series 1 or 2), Peggy Thorpe-Bates, Thorley Walters (series 3), Colin Welland (as an accused man, series 3), Neil Wilson and John Witty.
Did the tv juries always bring in the right verdicts?
In an early 1958 programme, Kevin Stoney played 30 year old Roy Cromwell, ex-Army officer, who was accused of murdering Leonard Race, another ex-officer by backing a car into him in a hotel car park after a regimental reunion. His counsel was played by Simon Kester.
Cromwell denied murder, though admitting to causing death by dangerous driving. The jury cleared him of murder, and he was convicted for manslaughter. However Kevin Stoney later confessed that his character was indeed guilty of murder. "Race had been dancing with my wife. My outbursts in the witness box should have told everybody that I was drunk that night. I told my counsel that I had fluffed my driving and he convinced the jury my story was true- a brilliant performance."
Were the tv juries different from real juries?
In Horton v Darrell (1958 exact date unknown), twenty five year old international show jumper Sarah Horton (Christine Finn) sought damages against her ex-boy friend, the shy scholarly Peter Darrell (David Aylmer) after a broken engagement.
He said aftertwards: "I expected a bill for damages, if only the nominal farthing, but the jury cleared me entirely, although I admitted the broken promise to marry."
Christine Finn responded, "the tv jury bases its findings on sentiment only, and is swayed by emotions rather than facts. Not that I am bitter because I didn't get damages. I was not keen to have the case brought in the first case."
Details of some of the cases:
Regina v Cromwell
part, in Granada archive
with date of May 28th 1958, which must be incorrect.
The first case was on
Tuesday July 1st 1958 10.15-10.45pm
Wednesday July 9th 1958 10.15-10.45pm and
Thursday July 10th 1958 10.15-10.45pm.
Case devised by Geoffrey Bellman and John Whitney
Designed by Paul Bernard
Directed by Herbert Wise.
A case of blackmail
Tuesday July 8th 1958 10.15-10.45pm
Wednesday July 9th 1958 10.15-10.45pm and
Thursday July 10th 1958 10.15-10.45pm.
Case devised by Peter Wildeblood
Designed by Paul Bernard
Directed by David Main
Tuesday August 5th 1958 10.15-10.45pm
Wednesday August 6th 1958 10.15-10.45pm and
Thursday August 7th 1958 10.15-10.45pm.
Case devised by Fenton Bresler
Designed by Paul Bernard
Directed by Max Morgan Witts
Tuesday August 12th 1958 10.15-10.45pm
Wednesday August 13th 1958 10.15-10.45pm and
Thursday August 14th 1958 10.15-10.45pm.
Case devised by Fenton Bresler
Designed by Paul Bernard
Directed by Herbert Wise
Tuesday August 19th 1958 10.15-10.45pm
Wednesday August 20th 1958 10.15-10.45pm and
Thursday August 21st 1958 10.15-10.45pm.
Case devised by Fenton Bresler
Designed by Paul Bernard
Directed by Max Morgan-Witts
Tuesday September 2nd 1958,
Wednesday September 3rd 1958, and
Thursday September 4th 1958
Case devised by Henry Kershaw
Directed by James Ormerod
Tuesday September 9th 1958,
Wednesday September 10th 1958, and
Thursday September 11th 1958
Regina v Cordoza
(complete three episodes, in Granada archive)
Wednesday September 17th 1958 10.15-10.45pm
Thursday September 18th 1958 10.15-10.45pm, and 11.00-11.30pm
Henderson v Ford
Case devised by Philip Grenville Main
Directed by Claude Whatham
(part in Granada archive)
Wednesday September 24th 1958 10.15-10.45pm
Thursday September 25th 1958 10.15-10.45pm, and 11.00-11.30pm
Case devised by LF Lampitt
Directed by James Ormerod
Wednesday October 1st 1958 10.15-10.45pm
Thursday October 2nd 1958 10.15-10.45pm, and 11.15-11.45pm
Case devised by LF Lampitt
Directed by James Ormerod
Thursday October 16th 10.15-11.15pm (this was an hour long trial)
Case devised by LF Lampitt
Wednesday October 22nd 1958 10.15-10.45pm,
Thursday October 23rd 1958 10.15-10.45pm, and 11-11.28pm
Case devised by John Hopkins
Directed by Herbert Wise
Wednesday October 29th 1958 10.15-10.45pm,
Thursday October 30th 1958 11-11.28
Case devised by Geoffrey Bellman and John Whitney.
Directed by Michael Scott
Wednesday November 5th 1958 11-11.28pm,
Thursday November 6th 1958 10.15-10.45pm, and 11-11.28pm
Case devised by LF Lampitt
Directed by James Ormerod
Wednesday November 12th 1958 11-11.30pm,
Thursday November 13th 1958 10.15-10.45pm, and 11-11.30pm
Directed by Claude Whatham
Wednesday November 19th 1958 11-11.28pm,
Thursday November 20th 1958 10.15-10.45pm, and 11-11.30pm
The Case of The Disfigured Actress
Case devised by John Hopkins
Directed by James Ormerod
(part in Granada archive)
Wednesday November 26th 1958 10.15-10,45pm,
Thursday November 27th 1958 10.15-10.45pm, and 11-11.30pm
Case devised by LF Lampitt
Directed by Michael Scott
Cast includes Jack May as Defence Counsel. Also Benice Swanson as one of the witnesses, Renee Patch
Wednesday December 3rd 1958 10.15-10.45pm,
Thursday December 4th 1958 10.15-10.45pm, and 11-11.30pm
Case devised by Harry Kershaw
Directed by Michael Scott
Wednesday December 17th 1958 10.15-10.45pm,
Thursday December 18th 1958 10.15-10.45pm, and 11-11.30pm
Case devised by Peter Fison
Directed by Warren Jenkins
Causing grievous bodily harm is the new assize court trial charge. A young Jamaican bus driver is alleged to have attacked a civil servant. In the lower courts the accused denied the allegation and reserved his defence
Note- The series In Court Today was a variation on the courtroom theme, shown in the summer of 1959, each unscripted programme 30 minutes long, the setting a Magistrates Court. Directors included James Ormerod and Graham Evans. The producer was Harry Elton. Programmes were telerecorded, for instance the case screened on Wed 6th May was actually made on Fri 1st May. Some excitement occurred off camera, since as soon as the recording was over, a detective pounced on one of the audience and arrested him!
The group of actors and actresses in the series were taken to a court in Manchester, and another in Stockport to study proceedings. No lines were written for them in the series, no notes, allegedly, about the way to act, no guidance as to how to react under cross examination. The only script consisted of the charge sheet, written in the formal language of the court.
Clerk of the Court in each story was played by John Horsley, as seen in this photo. If you know any others who appeared, I'd be pleased to hear from you.
The series was panned by critics. Equity wasn't happy either, since the role of chairman of the bench was taken by real-life magistrate Alderman J Cleary of Liverpool.
The first programme was on April 29th 1959.
The series ended at the end of June 1959.
The second series of The Verdict is Yours, with probably eleven programmes, opened at the start of July 1959.
Each case was now reduced to two half hour programmes, not shown in all ITV regions. Southern TV did not screen it,
oddly because lawyer Fenton Bresler, one of their presenters did devise some of the cases for this programme. Simon Kester and Martin Benson again regularly appeared as lawyers.
2.2 The Case of the Farmer's Bull
Wednesday July 8th 1959, 10.15-10.45pm,
Thursday July 9th 1959, 10.15-10.48pm,
Designed by George Haslam. Director: Mike Wooller.
Cast includes David Ensor as Judge, Jack May as Counsel for Defence, Martin Benson as Counsel for Prosecution.
A long standing feud between neighbouring farmers flares into violence over the right of way across a field, and farmer John Cullen is charged with shooting his neighbour's prize bull
2.4 The Case of the Fake Painting
Wednesday July 22nd 1959, 10.15-10.45pm,
Thursday July 23rd 1959, 10.15-10.48pm,
Case devised by Peter Wildeblood. Designed by George Haslam. Director: Graham Evans.
Cast includes David Ensor as Judge, Jack May as Counsel for Defence, Martin Benson as Counsel for Prosecution.
An Amercian declares that two pictures have been switched and brings an action for fraud
2.8 The Case of the Missing Golf Funds
Wednesday August 19th 1959, 10.15-10.45pm,
Thursday August 20th 1959, 10.15-10.48pm,
Designed by George Haslam. Director: Mike Woolgar.
Cast includes David Ensor as Judge,
John van Eyssen as Counsel for Defence,
William Fox as Counsel for Prosecution.
Henry Wentworth, mild elderly secretary of the Seacombe Golf Club, is unable to
challenge the accusation of the newly elected captain that Ј100 has disappeared from the club safe.
He finds himself charged with stealing it.
2.9 The Case of the Broken Engagement
Wednesday August 26th 1959, 10.15-10.45pm,
Thursday August 27th 1959, 10.15-10.48pm,
Case devised by John Whitney and Geoffrey Bellman
Designed by George Haslam. Director: Wilfred Fielding.
Cast includes David Ensor, Simon Kester and William Squire.
Prudence Eland, daughter of a rich industrialist and a member of the Mayfair bright set,
makes a satisfactory match with the 8th Marquis of Salchester. While on holiday on the Italian Riviera,
she meets Italian prince Georgio Vittoria d'Umberti, and is frequently seen in his company by a notorious
gossip columnist who makes the most of it in the English papers.
Lord Salchester breaks off the engagement, and Prudence Eland's father insists that she sue him for breach of promise.
2.10 The Case of the Bathing Accident
Wednesday September 2nd 1959, 10.20-10.50pm,
Thursday September 3rd 1959, 10.15-10.48pm,
Case devised by HV Kershaw
Director: Wilfred Fielding.
Cast includes David Ensor, Simon Kester and John Chandos.
A 17 year old girl (played by Barbara Brown) alleges that while swimming in Austria on a holiday arranged by her school,
she got into difficulties owing to lack of proper supervision and sustained injuries
during an attempted rescue. Her father sues the Principal of her school.
2.11 The Case of the Murdered Pawnbroker (last of series)
Wednesday September 9th 1959, 10.25-10.55pm,
Thursday September 10th 1959, 10.15-10.48pm,
Case devised by Fenton Bresler
Director: Mike Wooller.
David Ensor as Judge, William Squire as Counsel for Defence,
William Fox as Counsel for Prosecution,
with David Lodge and Ronald Hines.
John Gordon, a 22 year old lorry driver, is accused of the murder of an 85 year old pawnbroker,
Joseph Booth. The prosecution alleges that Gordon stabbed Mr Booth with a knife
while attempting to steal 140 gold sovereigns. Gordon denies the charge.
This seems to be a repeat:
The Case of the Offensive General
Friday February 12th 1960, 11.07pm-12 midnight (Granada region only)
Case devised by Peter Wildeblood
Director: Michael Scott.
David Ensor as Judge, Martin Benson as Counsel for Plaintiff,
William Fox as Counsel for Defendant, Ralph Michael as Lord Charlcote,
Georgina Cookson as Dr Christine Helder.
An offensive military campaign of the last war is fought
again during a slander action at Birkenhead Assizes.
On Trial, a series of recreations of real life trials followed in the summer of 1960.
After a long break The Verdict is Yours was revived:
Third series 1962/3
75 or 85 minute stories shown at peak viewing time.
Set in Birkenhead Assizes, producer Peter Wildeblood said it
was "a rewarding programme to produce, as well as a fascinating one," for
"it teaches us the art of cross examination."
3.1 Regina v Harding
Monday August 27th 1962, 9.15-10.40pm
Case devised by James Parish. Editor: Guy Morgan.
Director: Michael Scott. Producer: Peter Wildeblood.
Typist Christine Milton drowns during a midnight bathe on a lonely beach.
Police charge bank manager David Harding with procuring her death.
Mr Justic Ensor tries the case.
3.2 Regina v Talbot
Monday September 3rd 1962, 9.15-10.40pm
Case devised by Cyril Abraham.
Director: Eric Price. Producer: Peter Wildeblood.
The bosun of a British merchant ship comes up for trial before
Mr Justice Ensor on a charge of murdering a person unknown.
He is accused of fighting with a stowaway at night and throwing
him overboard, but members of the crew on watch give differing accounts of what they saw.
3.3 Braithwaite v Merton
Monday September 10th 1962, 9.15-10.40pm
Case devised by Cedric Wallis. Editor: Guy Morgan.
Director: Michael Scott. Producer: Peter Wildeblood.
Victor Braithwaite, a former county cricketer, accuses Donald
Merton, a master at his son's college, of enticing away his wife.
3.4 Regina v Zyrawska
Monday September 17th 1962, 9.15-10.30pm
Case devised by Hugh Forbes. Editor: Guy Morgan.
Director: Eric Price. Producer: Peter Wildeblood.
For years Jack and Susie Morris have been powerless to prevent the
growing domination of Katya Zyrawska, their Polish paying guest,
over their teenage daughter Paula. But when Paula gets into trouble
with the French police, they continue their fight in court.
3.7 Bardolino v Duxford
Monday October 8th 1962, 9.15pm
Case devised by Michael Gilbert. Editor: Guy Morgan.
Director: Howard Baker. Producer: Peter Wildeblood.
Lucia Bardolino, an Italian au pair living in the home of
a Cheshire MP, sues the police for damages to her reputation
as a result of being cautioned under the Street Offences Act. Verdict: the jury found for the plaintiff .
3.8 Regina v Derbyshire
Monday October 15th 1962, 9.15pm
Case devised by Cyril Abraham. Editor: Guy Morgan.
Director: Eric Price. Producer: Peter Wildeblood.
Prosecuting counsel played by Martin Benson.
For three months Robert Derbyshire's attractive Brazilian wife (played by Leda Casares) has been pestered by indecent telephone calls. When he traps a suspect in a nearby callbox there is a fight, which results in a charge of grievous bodily harm.
Leda told me in 2013, "I do remember that Alfred Burke played my husband, a terrific guy, and that Martin Benson played the prosecution counsel. Yes there was a great element of improvisation, which at that time was hard for me as I was conscious about my accent. In any case I had so little to say that it didn't matter.
What I remember was that I had a fabulous make-up artist, and that a suit was chosen for me and a velvet hat. At the end of the shoot I was given the hat as a souvenir. And, miracle I still have it." You can see it in this publicity photo of her taken for this programme. Thank you, Leda Casares
3.9 Regina v Browning
Monday October 22nd 1962, 9.15pm
Case devised by Fenton Bresler. Editor: Guy Morgan.
Director: Eric Price. Producer: Peter Wildeblood.
The police ambush three burglars who escape.
Thomas Browning, seen running away in a nearby
street, is arrested and identified, but claims he is being victimised.
3.10 Laughton v Ware
Monday October 29th 1962, 9.15pm
Case devised by Cedric Wallis. Editor: Guy Morgan.
Director: Claude Whatham. Producer: Peter Wildeblood.
Naval rating Charlie Barnes returns from sea, calls off his wedding,
and pawns the ring. As a result he finds himself charged at the Birkenhead Assizes
with receiving stolen property.
The series was now shortened to one hour,
with a return for the jury's verdict after a brief break
for the News Headlines.
3.12 Regina v Bellingham
Friday November 16th 1962, 10.15-11.10pm, verdict after News Headlines
Case devised by Vivienne Mason (pseudonymn for Vivienne Ensor, wife of David Ensor). Editor: Guy Morgan.
Director: Richard Everitt. Producer: Peter Wildeblood.
A young labourer is accused of arson after a hayrick blaze
at a village harvest festival.
3.14 Laughton v Ware
Friday November 30th 1962, 10.15-11.15pm, Verdict after News Headlines
Case devised by Maurice Wiltshire. Editor: Guy Morgan.
Director: Max Morgan-Witts. Producer: Peter Wildeblood.
An unsuccessful by-election candidate sues an undergraduate
of the local university for a rag week libel.
3.17 Regina v Cullen
December 21st 1962
Case devised by Hugh Forbes. Director: Max Morgan-Witts.
Harry Cullen is accused of 'wounding with intent' as the result of a grudge fight with a fellow member of an amateur boxing club
3.18 Henley v Laurence
Friday December 28th 1962, 10.15pm
Case devised by Nicholas Palmer. Editor: Hugh Leonard.
Director: Christopher McMaster. Producer: Claud Whatham.
The Laurences, in danger of losing their foster son Alan, decide on a showdown with
the Thompsons, the boy's parents. As a result, Harry Laurence faces a murder charge.
3.19 Purley v Devlin
January 4th 1963
Case devised by Hugh Leonard. Director: Peter Plummer.
3.20 Regina v Maldon
January 11th 1963
Case devised by Jack Rosenthal. Editor: Hugh Leonard. Director: Christopher McMaster.
Cast includes Jack May.
Graham Maldon hounds a successful decorator for payment of large sums of money. He claims he is collecting a gambling debt. The prosecution calls it blackmail
3.24 Regina v Middleton
Friday February 8th 1963, 10.15pm
Case devised by Jack Rosenthal. Editor: Hugh Leonard.
Director: Peter Plummer. Producer: Claude Whatham.
Can a wife steal from her husband? The Law says yes- in certain circumstances, and Helen Middleton is arrested on a charge of larceny following a quarrel with her husband.
3.25 Regina v Leek
Friday February 15th 1963, 10.15pm
Case devised by John Finch. Editor: Hugh Leonard.
Director: Peter Plummer. Producer: Claude Whatham.
May Featherstone leaves her husband and later marries again.
She is subsequently put on trial for bigamy. But who is the
real bigamist- May or her first husband, Jack Featherstone?
3.26 Henley v Bone
Friday February 22nd 1963, 10.15pm
Case devised by Peter Lamda. Editor: Hugh Leonard.
Director: Christopher McMaster. Producer: Claud Whatham.
William Bone, a chemist, prosecutes Don Henley, an efficiency expert,
for fraud. The case is dismissed for lack of evidence.
Now it is Henley's turn to sue Bone- for malicious prosection.
Cast includes David Ensor, Jack May (a frequent actor in the series as a barrister), Mark Eden.
Note- this exists in the Granada archive
3.29 Regina v Curry
Friday March 15th 1963, 10.15pm (final programme)
Case devised and edited by Hugh Leonard.
Director: Peter Plummer. Producer: Claud Whatham.
Hezekiah Curry stands accused of blowing up the hothouse of his neighbour
and arch-enemy Peter Boyle. Was this an accident or sabotage?
To Granada's series of real life trials, On Trial
was a series of ten dramas depicting real-life trials.
Andrew Faulds was the Narrator in all of the trials,
Peter Wildeblood producing the entire series.
1 Sir Roger Casement Friday July 8th 1960 9.35pm, repeated: Friday June 30th 1961 11.2pm (Granada region only)
Starring Peter Wyngarde in the title role,
Abraham Soafaer as Lord Chief Justice,
John Robinson as Serjeant Sullivan KC, John Westbrook as Sir FE Smith KC,
Henry Oscar as Sir George Cave.
Commentary by Brian Inglis.
Cast also included: Neil Wilson, Brian Phelan, James McLoughlin, Liam Gaffney,
Joan O'Hara, Jack Cunningham, Michael Robbins, Colin Blakely,
John Barron, Ballard Berkeley, J Leslie Frith, John Maitland.
Documented by Cedric Watts. Designed by Darrell Lass.
Director: Cliff Owen.
On Good Friday 1916, Sir Roger Casement was arrested after landing from a German U-boat on the Irish coast.
His trial for treason, overshadowed by the existence of his notorious private diaries, was one of the
most sensational in history.
Critic 'JP' commented that "the use of a narrator and a commentator (Brian Inglis) to describe events during the trial and to explain the background... was excellent... Peter Wyngarde did not have very much to say. How could he, when Casement refused to be called as a witness in his own defence? Abraham Sofaer appeared as a very upstanding and correct Lord Chief Justice, John Robinson played Defence Counsel, and John Westbrook was Prosecuting Counsel. Even Henry Oscar had only a relatively small part as the solictor general... a difficult experiment but a production well done."
2 The Baccarat Scandal July 15th 1960, Friday July 14th 1961 11.2pm rpt (Granada region)
Starring John Justin as Sir William Gordon-Cumming,
Alan Webb as Sir Edward Clarke QC,
Michael Shepley Sir Charles Russell QC,
Georgina Cookson as Mrs Arthur Wilson.
Commentary by James Laver.
Cast also included: Barry Lowe, Graham Crowden, Derek Smith, Hugh Cross,
Kevin Brennan, Redmond Phillips, Malcolm Watson, Gilbert Spurge.
Documented by William Slater. Designed by Darrell Lass.
Director: Henry Kaplan.
Sir William Gordon-Cumming is accused of cheating at cards during a society house party at which
the Prince of Wales is a guest. In spite of every effort to suppress the scandal, it breaks
out and Sir William is forced to bring an action for slander.
Critic 'GT' liked the programme, writing, "direction of Henry Kaplan was, as usual, beautifully controlled and timed to heighten and lessen tension by a single shot of a glance, a smile, a look of worry."
3 Admiral Byng (July 22nd 1960) with Donald Wolfit in the title role.
With William Mervyn as President of the Court, John Horsley Vice-Admiral Temple West, Jack May as Lord Robert Bertie, Noel Trevarthen as Capt Hervey. Narrator: Andrew Faulds, commentary by Commander Kemp RN.
Also in the cast: Richard Wordsworth as Charles Fearne, Peter Bathurst as Robert Boyd, Charles Heslop as General Lord Blakeney, Nicholas Selby as George Lawrence, John Miller as Rear-Admiral Holder, Richard Butler as Capt Simcoe, and Michael Lees as Capt Moore.
Britain is at war with France, Austria and Russia. The all important island of Minorca has fallen to the enemy, and the public demands a scapegoat. On December 28th 1756, Admiral Byng, Commander-in-chief in the Mediterranean is put on trial accused of cowardice.
The critic ('RW') who reviewed this programme was most unimpressed: ""I don't think the excess of dialogue was the fault of ... the scriptwriter as the narrator was careful to point out that the play was 'in the actual words used.' Whatever it was that kept this documented play so static and so flat it certainly added nothing to the authenticity of the trial. Donald Wolfit as the unhappy and misjudged admiral... managed a look of dismay as he heard the adverse verdict, that became the only believable thing in the whole
production. The whole subject with its exaggerated attires, its background of death before dishonour, lent itself to Ham. Everyone took advantage of it."
Director: James Ormerod.
4 Spencer Cowper Friday July 29th 1960 9.35pm, Friday July 28th 1961 11.2pm rpt (Granada region)
Starring Laurence Payne in the title role. Also starring:
George Howe (Baron Hatsell), Richard Warner (Mr Jones) and Llewelyn Rees (Sir Hans Sloane).
Cast also included: Viola Keats, George Skillan, Hamlyn Benson, Derek Tansley,
Frank Crawshaw, Felicity Young, John Woodnutt, Paul Sherwood, Rory McDermot,
William Young, Bartlett Mullins, Roger Boston, David Jarrett,
Maureen Gavin, John Ronane, John Tucker.
Designed by Darrell Lass.
Director: Michael Scott.
The body of an 18 year old Quaker girl is found floating in a village stream.
Spencer Cowper, a rising young barrister, is charged with her murder.
On July 16th 1699 at Hertford Assizes, he conducts his own defence.
5 Oscar Wilde August 5th 1960, Friday July 7th 1961 11.2pm rpt (Granada region)
Starring Michael MacLiammoir in the title role,
Andre Morrell as Sir Edward Clarke,
Martin Benson as Edward Carson,
Harold Scott as Mr Justice Charles.
Commentary by JB Priestley.
Cast also included: Lewis Wilson, Deering Wells, Alan Browning,
Derek Sydney, Brian Alexis, Clive Colin-Bowler,
Michael Caridia, Beresford Williams, Tudor Evans, Michael Bangerter.
Documented by Peter Lambda. Designed by Darrell Lass.
Director: Silvio Narizzano.
Victorian England idolises Oscar Wilde, but when his private life is exposed in the courts,
it seems that even his fame as an author cannot survive the scandal.
Two trials were shown, in a flashback the case brought for libel by Wilde against the
Marquess of Queensberry.The main trial is of Wilde in the dock at the Old Bailey. Critic 'GT' confessed he was "completely disappointed," in the director, "Narizzano's worst production to date. It lacked depth, excitement. Camera work was dull, cutting was slow." Surprising too, was some bad acting, "only Andre Morrell came off well." especially disliked was "the dreadfully bad casting" of Oscar Wilde: "I have great admiration for this actor.. but MacLiammoir had the wrong looks, the wrong build and lacked the extra-delicate sensitivity of Wilde... he hammed it up." Then "the usually reliable Martin Benson... was not the fiery cunning lawyer. He only looked like one." This programme, 'GT' described as "a complete failure"
6 The Dilke Case Aug 12th 1960
with Leo Genn as Sir Charles Dilke,
Allan Cuthbertson as Henry Matthews QC,
Laidman Browne as Walter Phillimore QC,
Rachel Roberts as Mrs Rogerson,
Joanna Dunham as Virginia Crawford.
Commentary by Roy Jenkins MP.
Others in the cast were Basil Dignam, Jack Gwillim, HM Beaufoy Milton, Ronald Adam,
Ralph Truman, Donald Pickering, John Dawson,
Walter Horsbrugh, Ian White.
Documented by William Slater. Designed by Darrell Lass.
Director: Cliff Owen.
In 1886 Sir Charles Dilke Liberal MP for Chelsea is a respected figure.
The Prime Minister, Mr Gladstone, looks on him as his political heir. Then suddenly Dilke is
named as co-respondent in a sensational divorce suit brought by a Scottish MP against his pretty
young wife Virginia Crawford.
7 The Tichborne Case Aug 19th 1960, Aug 18th 1961 11.2pm rpt (Granada only)
starring John Slater as The Claimant, with Oliver Johnston as Sir William Bovill,
Nicholas Meredith as Sir John Coleridge, William mervyn as Sgt Ballantine, Lloyd Lamble as Hardinge Giffard,
John Bailey as Henry Hawkins, Joyce Howard as Catherine Radcliffe, Edward Underdown as Lord Bellew.
Also appearing: John Harrison, John Salew, John Wentworth, Bryan Coleman,
Ian Ainsley, Malcolm Watson and Donald Bisset.
Documented by Peter Lambda. Designed by Darrell Lass.
Director: Claude Whatham.
Roger Tichborne, heir to a baronetcy and a fortune, sets off on a voyage round the world to forget an unhappy
love affair with his cousin Kate. The ship on which he sails is reported sunk with no survivors. Eighteen years later
a butcher from Wagga Wagga Australia, comes to London claiming that he is the long-lost heir.
In 1871 begins one of the longest and strangest cases in legal history.
8 WT Stead Aug 26th 1960, Aug 4th 1961 11.2pm rpt (Granada region)
with William Franklyn as Stead, costarring Douglas Wilmer (Sir Richard Webster QC),
James Raglan (Charles Russell QC), Brian Oulton (Mr Justice Lopes),
Annabel Maule (Rebecca Jarrett), Avis Bunnage (Mrs Armstrong),
Milo O'Shea (Charles Armstrong).
Others in the cast were Abb Martin, Julia Nelson, Frank Pemberton,
Howard Taylor, Daphne Foreman, Peter Burton,
Bruno Barnabe, Robert Sansom, William Wymar, Owen Berry as Archbishop of Canterbury and
Keith Ashley as Bramwell Booth.
Documented by Vincent Brome. Designed by Darrell Lass.
Director: Michael Scott.
In a series of articles exposing the corruption that lies beneath the puritanical surface of Victorian London, newspaper
editor WT Stead describes how he bought a 13 year old girl from her parents for Ј5. The scandal has an extraordinary sequel
when Stead is put on trial at the Old Bailey accused of abducting the girl.
9 The Trial of Governor Wall September 2nd 1960, September 1st 1961 rpt 11.2pm (Granada)
starring Roger Livesey as Governor Wall,
Ewen Solon as Sir Edward Law,
Anthony Sharp as Spencer Percival with
Ballard Berkeley as Mr Knowlys,
Geoffrey Toone as Thomas Poplett,
Lally Bowers as Mrs Harriet Lacy,
Glyn Owen as Evan Lewis.
Others appearing were Eric Woodburn, Ronald Ibbs, Robert Cartland, Joss Ackland,
Peter Madden, Edward Rees, Edwin Brown, David Dodimead, Henry Rayner, Raymond Mason.
Documented by Fenton Bresler. Designed by Darrell Lass.
Director: Mario Prizek.
For twenty years Joseph Wall, ex-Governor of a British penal colony, has eluded justice.
Now in 1802, he is brought to trial at the Old Bailey, charged with the murder
of Serjeant Armstong, who died after a brutal flogging ordered by this governor.
10 Horatio Bottomley September 9th 1960
starring Harold Goldblatt in the title role.
With Raymond Huntley, Geoffrey Chater, Edwin Richfield,
Hugh Moxey, Peter Williams, John Longden.
Director: Herbert Wise.
The 1922 trial of the MP on 23 counts of larceny.
Note: A 1965 BBC series JURY ROOM also dramatised a few of these celebrated cases
Hotel Imperial (A-R, 1958-1960)
A vehicle for Vic Oliver. Associated Rediffusion lured writer Alan Melville from the BBC for this series built around Vic, who played Monsieur Victor, who narrated and conducted the hotel's Palm Court orchestra. Among the semi regular supporting cast were Brian Oulton as Mr Hay the manager, Leslie Heritage as Griffiths assistant manager, Tom Gill as Pettigrew the head receptionist, Ian Macnaughton as Scottish journalist Crawford, and Gordon Phillott as the ancient head waiter Luigi. Director: John Phillips. Judging by the room numbers in the titles, this series could have run and run!
1.1 The Prima Donna in 472 (Mar 18th 1958, 8.30pm)
with Mary Ellis, and: Brian Oulton, Leslie Heritage , Tom Gill, Ian MacNaughton, Robert Crewdson, Robert Rietty, Nancy Nevinson, Gordon Phillott, Bernard Rebel, George Roderick.
1.2 The Millionaire in 901 (Mar 25th 1958)
with Barbara Coupar, and: Brian Oulton, Leslie Heritage, Tom Gill, Ian Macnaughton, Gladys Boot, Thomas Gallagher, Walter Horsbrugh, Maurice Hedley, Michael Collins, Gordon Phillott, Dennis Edwards.
1.3 The Ballerina in 628 (Apr 1st 1958)
with June Laverick, Lee Patterson and Frances Rowe. Also:
Brian Oulton, Tom Gill, Ian Macnaughton, Leslie Weston, Gordon Phillott.
1.4 The Bomb in 777 (April 8th 1958, now at 10.15pm)
with Elisabeth Welch, also Ambroisine Phillpotts, Margot Graham, Peter Dynley, Peter Rosser, Brian Oulton, Tom Gill, Ian Macnaughton, Leslie Heritage, Gordon Phillott.
1.5 The Angel in 405 (Apr 15th 1958)
1.6 The Star in the Penthouse Suite (Apr 22nd 1958)
with Bonar Colleano, Diana Decker,
and: Bill Nagy, Elizabeth Fraser, Hugh Latimer, Tom Gill, Ian Macnaughton, Gordon Phillott, Michael Partridge, Frank Pemberton, Catherine Lancaster, Meurig Wyn-Jones.
1.7 The Illusionist in 808 (Apr 29th 1958)
1.8 The Ghost in 312 (May 6th 1958)
with Brian Oulton, Susan Richmond, Ruth Gower, Tom Gill, Ian Macnaughton, Michael Collins, Wilfrid Brambell, Gordon Phillott, Sheree Winton.
1.9 The Ambassadors on the Mezzanine (May 13th 1958)
with Hugh Sinclair, Peter Bull, and: Bessie Love, Brian Oulton, Leslie Heritage, Tom Gill, Ian Macnaughton, Victor Brooks, Alan Robinson, David Lander, Gordon Phillott.
1.10 The Bride in 506 (May 20th 1958)
with Susan Stephen as Jennifer Marsh the young bride, Jean Kent, Joan Benham, Gordon Tanner, and: Derek Waring, Tom Gill, Ian Macnaughton, Gordon Phillott, Mark Bennett.
1.11 The Murderer in 512 (May 27th 1958)
with Donald Pleasence, Alan Tilvern, and: Brian Oulton, Tom Gill, Ian Macnaughton, Maurice Hedley, Carole Allen, Gordon Phillott.
1.12 final episode (June 3rd 1958)
A second series of twelve more programmes followed in 1960.
Rendezvous With Rosemary
A fifteen minute programme starring
who with her guests sang "songs old and new."
Guests included Bryan Johnson (Nov 7th), Matt Monro (Dec 12th), Bryan Johnson (Jan 3rd 1961), Matt Monro (Jan 31st). Rosemary also recalls Don Rennie was one of her guests, but TV Times didn't always give an indication of who else was in the show.
Music arranged and conducted by Ken Thorne.
Director: Daphne Shadwell.
The series ran from around November 1960 to January 1961.
It was only partially networked
I've found it difficult to track down details of this series. Can anyone kindly add to the information below? Or reveal where the series can now be found?
About 33 films made in the 1950s by Horace Shepherd, these ten minute illustrative chess games were screened on BBC in the children's series Focus during 1959 and 1960, then bought up by ATV.
The Immortal Game - London 1851 at the first International Tournament in London, the most brilliant game in the annals of chess
The Wayward Queen - she pays the supreme penalty for her greedy wanderings
The Last Word
A Blind Alley - a 1932 game, a sacrifice of rooks and queen
The King on the Run - a match between a professional and an amateur
The Sleepless Knights- Near the start, black receives an unpleasant surprise and the two white knights lead the black king to his doom in spectacular manner
A Lost Opportunity- the loser has a chance to turn the tables, but misses it, so his game drifts into the shallows where he is swiftly checkmated (played 1887)
The Prodigy- A remarkable game played simultaneously with several opponents by a boy of eight, later to gain worldwide repute
Full Circle- A 1947 game in which the white queen makes a remarkable circular tour. Half way through she checks, then moves through a complete circle to call mate on the square from which her attack began
The Ambitious Pawn-
A humble pawn, for once becoming ambitious, calls checkmate
The Smother Mate- Daring attack and defence with a surprise finish
Caught in the Web - Played in Chicago in 1904, prophetic of the gangster era. After a little finesse in the way of leadership, the two gang leaders are both liquidated. Then the lower ranks start some cunning business
The Terrible Turk- I remember this one when watching the repeats. An entertaining chess 'machine' that was a swindle
A Battle of Wits- played in Moscow in 1914 part of a simultaneous exhibition by the great Capablanca
The Greedy Bishop
Many A Slip
The Smoke Screen
A Bolt from the Blue- the shortest game ever played between two masters in a tournament in Paris in 1924
The Last Victory - played by Napoleon in exile in 1821
Means to an End- played in 1941 between an amateur and professional. Both sides attack with the same pieces, but the pupil receives a sharp lesson
Deadline Midnight (ATV)
39 stories of The Globe newspaper (a clone of The Daily Mirror according to contemporary accounts), shown during 1960 and 1961.
Adviser: Arthur Christiansen. Producer: Hugh Rennie.
Main cast: Peter Vaughan as news editor Joe Dunn,
Brian Badcoe as Robby Robinson, another news editor, and
Alexander Archdale as Holland, the editor of The Globe.
The Chief Reporter played by
Bruce Beeby was Matt Stewart, critic Guy Taylor wrote, "I particularly liked Bruce Beeby... he had quiet authority and respect." The other reporters included
Jeremy Young as Neville Crane,
James Culliford as Tom Douglas, and
Mary Law as Peggy Simpson.
Armine Sandford played Jane Smith, secretary to the news editor.
Series two saw Peter Vaughan replaced by Glyn Houston as Mike Grieves.
Some story details
1.1 (Monday June 13th 1960, 9.35pm-10.30). Apparently the story was not that advertised in TV Times but the story of "a farmer whose land is to be taken away from him for a reservoir. He shoots the local bigwig, one of the instigators of the scheme."
1.2 (Monday June 20th 1960- no ML)- script: Bill Haughton.
Also in this cast: Toke Townley as Leonard Topey,
Fred Ferris as Topey's agent,
Pauline Winter as Betty Topey,
Felicity Young as Julie Topey,
Fred Johnson as Mr Topey, and
Amy Dalby as Mrs Topey.
1.3 (Monday June 27th 1960, 9.35pm-10.30- not PV, JY)
Script- LF Lampitt. Also starring Keith Pyott as Mr Dodswell.
With Margaret Rubel as Mrs Dodswell, Hana Pravda as Anna, Basil Moss as John Mundy (also in 1.4), John Wentworth as Sir WIlliam Roe, Philip Ray as Price, and Michael Logan as General.
1.4 (July 4th 1960- no JC)
Script: Bill Craig and John Law.
Also starring Cyril Luckham as Mr Barnaby, and James Sharkey as Mr Dickson.
With William Sherwood as Prosecuting Counsel,
Noel Hood as Mrs Marlowe,
Hamlyn Benson as David Mackie,
Katy Wilde as Jennifer Marlowe,
Tracey Lloyd as Margaret Barnaby,
Norman Bowler as Andy Milne,
Hilda Fenemore as Mrs Breen,
Denis Holmes as Mr Barnes, and
Daily Globe reporters establish the innocence of a tv celebrity accused of assaulting a young girl.
1.5 (July 11th 1960, no PV, AA, BBe)- Script: Geoffrey Bellman and John Whitney. Director: Phil Brown. Starring Brian Badcoe, with Armine Sandford. Also starring
Nyree Dawn Porter as Julie Sykes and Meredith Edwards as Partidge, with Janet Joye as Miss Sykes, Gladys Tudor as Nancy Amoore, Tristram Jellinek as Rush-Thompson, Roderick Cook as Cockrel,
Vivian Pickles as Jocelyn, Michael Caine as Ted Drake, Claire Gordon as Vera, Sydney Arnold as Bennett, Kenenth Gowan as Len, Charles Rea Anthony Bates David Ludman and Shirley Butler as Reporters, and Patrick Godfrey as Photographer.
1.6 (July 18th 1960- no BBa). Script: LF Lampitt. Director: Geoffrey Nethercott.
Also starring Esmond Knight as Edward Lee, Valerie White as Mrs Tate, and Brian McDermott as Richard Lee. With Sylvia Davies as Maureen Tate, Frederick Peisley as Mr Winkworth-Brown, Basil Moss as John Mundy, Kevin Stoney as Colin Tate, Jean Harvey as Editor's secretary, Owen Berry as John Tanner (also in 1.9).
1.7 (July 25th 1960- no PV, AA, BBe)
Script: Gerald Kelsey and Dick Sharples.
Starring Patrick Magee as Hughes, and George Woodbridge as Hudson.
With Meadows White as Cresswell, Laurence Herder as Gino Borelli, John Steed as Carlo, Bernard Brown as John Stafford, Malcolm Webster as Mark Williams, Edward Palmer as Simmons, Patrick Connor, John Flint and Jack Smethurst as Miners.
Crane investigates friction at a Cornish mine between Italian workers and the local miners.
1.8 (August 1st 1960- no PV, JY, ML, AS)
Script: Michael Ashe.
Director: Phil Brown.
Also starring John Gabriel as Leonard Fordias, Clive Morton as Sir Joynson Field.
With Anne Blake as Sister Plunket, Tony Quinn as Dr McLinnie, Mary Kenton as Mrs Simpson, Rachel Herbert as Nurse Craig, Patrick Maynard as Martin Jones, Jean Harvey as Editor's secretary, and Marjorie Forsyth as Mrs Maroon.
1.9 (August 8th 1960- not BBa, BBe, JC)
Script: Geoffrey Bellman & John Whitney.
Director: Geoffrey Nethercott.
In this cast also: Barbara Lott as Mrs Fisher, Olaf Pooley as Lucas, Elizabeth Ashley as Miss X, Edward Evans as Preston, Michael Ritterman as Montez, Ivor Salter as coffee stall owner Len, Vi Stevens as Mrs Clegg, Bartlett Mullins as Arthur, Joe Gibbons as Taxi driver, Stratford Johns as Dalkin, Owen Berry as Mr Tanner, Jacqueline Lacey as Woman, and Kenneth Cowan as Globe photographer Len.
1.10 (August 15th 1960)
1.11 (August 22nd 1960)
1.12 (August 29th 1960)
1.13 September 5th 1960 Script: Bill Craig.
Director: Geoffrey Nethercott.
Starring PV, AA plus BBa, BBee, JC, JY, and also Armine Sandford. Also starring
Stuart Saunders (Marsh) and Robert Cartland (Insp Byrne), with Basil Moss (John Mundy), Mary Law (Peggy Simpson), Fred Kitchen (Worth), Gerald Lawson (Trmap), Edward Kelsey (Simmons), June Ellis (Mrs Marsh), Michael Lewis (Tony Marsh), Kenenth Nash (Johnny Duggan), Rory McDermott (Duggan), David Morrell (Desk Sergeant), and Lewis Wilson (Reporter).
The second series was shown fortnightly on Saturdays 10-11pm.
Series two also starred Glyn Houston as news editor Mike Grieves (replacing Peter Vaughan).
James Culliford also left the series.
Rex Firkin was the new producer.
2.1 Refugee (March 11th 1961)
2.2 Murder Story (March 25th 1961) Script: Louis Marks. Director: James Ferman.
Starring GH, BBee with AS. Guest star Richard Pearson (Det Supt John Berry), with Vincent Ball (Keith Durrant), Pat Gilbert (Jill Collins), Peter Fraser (Dick Seton), Patrick Connor (Ben Dagworth), Desmond Llewelyn (Police Sgt), Manning Wilson (Det Supt Stanley Warnick), June Ellis (Phyllis Berry), Judy Child (Mrs Cross), and Hayden Ward (Police constable)
2.3 Manhunt (April 8th 1961- no BBe)
Script: Allan Prior. Director: Phil Brown.
With Vincent Ball as Keith Durrant (also in 2.9, 11),
Anna Turner as Mrs Standen,
Christine Pollen as Fiona Fitzgerald,
Jacqueline Forster as Lorrie Baynes,
Hilda Barry as Miss Godbert,
Sarah Miles as Vi Vernon,
David Ludman as Simms,
Tony Sympson as Gibson,
Leon Peers as Ronald Standen,
John Evitts as Len Baynes,
Harry Walker as Colls, and
Frank Pettitt as Inspector.
2.4 The Billy Brewster Story (April 22nd 1961- no AA, BBa, ML)
Script: Bill Craig.
Also starring Harry Locke as Freddy Price,
Mary MacKenzie Laura Page,
Larry Martyn as Billy Brewster.
With Robin Richmond as Organist, Pat Gilbert as Jill Collins (also in 2.9), John Miller as Mackie, Frederick Peisley as Pringle, Roy Hepworth as Musical director, Renny Lister as Jean Lewis,
and Rex Graham as Peter Forbes.
2.5 It's a Free Country (May 6th 1961)
2.6 The Humble Win (May 20th 1961)
2.7 Bid for Glory (June 3rd 1961- not BBa, BBe)
Script: Louis Marks. Director: Wilfrid Eades.
Also starring Olaf Pooley as Mark Byron, and with Lloyd Lamble as Harold Brereton.
With Harold Littlewood as Policeman, Peter Fraser as Dick Seton (also in 2.8, 10), Andreas Malandrinos as Tony Condrini, Barrington Hunt as Doctor, Rita Webb as Mrs Condrini, Frances White as Anna Condrini, Gillian Maude as Mrs Brereton, Gillian Raine as Editor's secretary, John Baker as Mr Forsyth, Robert Lankesheer as Mr Kingly, Gordon Harris as Mr Buchanan, Frank Pendlebury as Charlie, and Vincent Charles as Porter.
2.8 The Slow Night (June 17th 1961- no GH, AA, JY, ML, AS)
Script: Ken Taylor. Director: Christopher Morahan.
Also starring Peter Fraser as Dick Seton with Terence Knapp as Paddy Joseph.
Also in this cast- Max Faulkner as Wheeler,
John Colin as Todd, Will Leighton as Reeves, Hamlyn Benson as Macdonald, Coral Atkins as Pat Joseph, Benedicts Leigh as Susan, Michael Browning as Policeman, and Roger Kemp as Police Wireless Operative.
2.9 Doggo (July 1st 1961, now at 8.50pm - no BBa, AA, BBe, ML)
Script: Allan Prior and Louis Marks. Director: James Ferman.
With Vincent Ball as Keith Durrant and Pat Gilbert as Jill Collins. The rest of the cast were:
Anna Cropper as Beth Gibson, Howard Goorney as Tim Gibson, Christopher Burgess as Charlie Hammond, Reg Manikin as Tipster, Jean Alexander as Mrs Gibson, William Kendall as Major Thomas, David Lander as George the barman, Jack Cunningham as Nelson, June Lewis as Fran, Phyllis Montefiore as Sylvia Barratt, Peter Collingwood as Barney Tutley, and Alan Browning as Niccolini.
2.10 One Man Went to Fly (July 15th 1961- no BBe)
Script: Hazel Adair. Director: Wilfrid Eades.
With Peter Fraser,
Peter Froggatt as Peter Rundle, Anthony Harrison as Jim Coates, Tenniel Evans as Eddie Yates, Frank Pendlebury as Photographer, Hannah Watt as Rhoda Martin, Richard Burrell as Rev Vernon, Margaret Anderson as Mrs Vernon, Dorothea Phillips as Mrs Gibson, Meadows White as Mr Riley, Sheila Manahan as Mrs Browning, Robin Ford as Porter, David Conville as Manley, Peter Elliott as Diplomatic Correspondent,
Timothy West and James Beck as Ambulance men, Kenneth Thornett and Geoffrey Lea as Policemen, Pamela Greer as Receptionist, Langley Howard as Mr Gibson, Richard Scott as First man, Alan Stuart as Copy-taker.
2.11 Letter from a Lady (July 29th 1961 -not AA, BBe)
Script: Hazel Adair. Director: John Knight.
Also starring Vincent Ball.
Ballard Berkeley as Managing Editor,
Nora Nicholson as Amy Prentice, Mary Merrall as Mrs Frant, and Margery Withers as Matron.
Others in this cast: Sheila Brennan as Bridie, Dixon Adams as John Forbes, Jane Jordan Rogers as Yvonne, Clifford Cox as Mr Begg, Roger Avon as Landlord, Robert Hunter as Fred, Bill Cartwright as Inspector, and Rifat Shenel as Proprietor.
2.12 Pen of Venom (August 12th 1961- no AA, BBa, BBe)
Script LF Lampitt. Director: Wilfrid Eades.
Also starring Frank Pettingell as Frank Pearson, Ernest Milton as Rector, and Arthur Brough as Billy Bloor. With Bill Maxan as PC Morton, Leslie Heritage as Harry, Ruth Haden as Mrs Pratt, Margot Macalaster as Mrs Torby-West, Rachel Thomas as Blodwyn Griffiths, Edmond Bennett as Higgins, Dorothy Darke as Miss Winterton, Robert Sansom as Coroner, Nora Gordon as Mrs Edwards, Anna Burden as Mrs Benton, Hilda Terriss as Farmer's Wife, and Henry Rayner as George.
Crane has the task of finding the writer of mischief-making letters that bring tragedy to the village of Hendersham.
2.13 One Way Ticket (August 26th 1961)
Series 3 was really a continuation of the second series, only the stories were now screened weekly, and shown on Saturdays from 10 until 11pm.
Ballard Berkeley who had appeared in series two was a regular character at the start of this new series, playing the managing editor. Vincent Ball ditto, playing reporter Keith Durrant.
3.1 The Unforgiven (September 9th 1961 - not AA, JY, ML)
Script: Bill Craig. Director: Quentin Lawrence.
Also starring Wensley Pithey as Frederick Hall, Carl Bernard as Sir James Symington, Christopher Rhodes as Dr Hoesler. Others in this story were John Ringham as Bert, Clare Owen as Receptionist, Marianne Deeming as Anna Hall, and Fred Kitchen as Walker.
Synopsis: A car breakdown on the way to London Airport causes Matt Stewart to miss the main story of a baby born on a flight from Germany. But his brief interview with the doctor who delivered the child has surprising results when the Halls see Matt's report in The Globe next day and recognise who the doctor really is.
3.2 Take Over (September 16th 1961 - not AA, BBa, BrBe, JY, VB, ML)
Script: Leon Griffiths.
Also starring: Olaf Pooley as Mark Byron (previously in 2.7), John Barrie as McLaren, John Arnatt as Pearce, and Barbara Clegg as Stella McLaren. With Norman Pitt as Ingrams, Maurice Hedley as Sir John, Ian Shand as Kenton, Nita Moyce as Miss Chrystall, Peter Hunt as Copytaster, Pat Gilbert as Jill Collins (previously in 2,4,9. She is also in 3.4, 12, 13), Edwin Apps as Reporter, Geoffrey Denton as Colonel Preistley, Colin Rix as Colson, Dennis Cleary as Chief sub, and Bruce Heighley as Copy boy.
Mark Byron of The Daily Globe arrives to see John McLaren, only to find that he has been found dead with an empty bottle beside him. McLaren had asked Byron to come and see him because he had a new ending for a story Byron was writing about him.
3.3 An Eye for Detail (September 23rd 1961 - no AA, BBa, BrBe, VB)
Script: Allan Prior. Director: John Nelson Burton.
Also starring Patricia Marmont as Penelope Harper, Harry H Corbett as Harry Briggs, and Frederick Jaeger as Martin Maxwell. With Wendy Hutchinson as Margaret Coffey,
Jeanne Watts as Debbie Briggs, Jane Merrow as Dilys Jones, Andre Bolton as Henri Paul, Louisa Vaughn as Secretary, and Ken Parry as Mr Proudfoot. Also with Peter Fraser (from series 2. He is also in 3.4, 12).
Monsieur Paul, a famous dress designer, bitterly claims that Penelope Horner, the Daily Globe's fashion editor, is responsible for a leak in the secrets of his fashion salon. Penelope and the Globe staff set out to clear her name.
3.4 Man in a Frame (September 30th 1961- no BaBe, AA, BBa, BrBe, ML, JY)
Script: Robert Holmes. Director: Geoffrey Nethercott.
Also starring Peter Fraser, and with Pat Gilbert.
Other stars: Derek Francis as Maurice Dobling, and Warren Mitchell as Andre Gudenian. With Neil Hallett as Len Bryan, Anthony Harrison as Tim Beasley, Pamela Lane as Jean Bryan, Caroline Denzil as Sylvia Potter, Patricia Denys as Doris Stanley, Charles Morgan as Det-Insp Foy, Alec Ross as Sgt Rawlings, Roy Roberts as PC Mason, Henry McGee as George Mallandine, Denis Cowles as Green, Christopher Hodge as Janitor, Margaret Stallard as Nurse, Roger Avon as Granville.
Len Bryan, financial editor of The Daily Globe, has stumbled on a story which will expose financier Andre Gudenian as a swindler. But Gudenian knows that if he can delay publication of the story for 24 hours, he will be safe- and he lays a trap for Bryan.
3.5 Exclusively Yours (October 7th 1961)
3.6 The Tenpenny Scandal (October 14th 1961) starring Glyn Houston and Olaf Pooley
Script: Raymond Bowers. Director: Phil Brown.
other regulars were JY and AS, with Jennifer Hillary (Girl), Roderick Lovell (Tenningham), Charles Lloyd Pack (Housham), Derek Newark (Mechanic), David Lawton (Hollis), James Urquhart (First passenger), John Marquand (Second passenger), Philip Anthony (Collector), Alastair Hunter (Supervisor), John Harvey (Farrar), Terence Soall (Attendant), Philip Garston Jones (Plump MP), Carmen Silvera (Woman passenger), John Rongham (Bert Trout), and Patrick Boxill (Joe Dorset).
Two Members of Parliament, Tenningham and Hosham, are rivals for a big new job in the public transport services. Mark Byron founds out how they travel to Westminster, and hoping to catch them emerging from the Underground together, sends a photographer to the station. But the picture he gets is very different from the one Mark is expecting
3.7 Before the Cock Crows (October 21st 1961)
Script: Bill Craig. Director: John Knight. With GH, BBa, BBe, also JY, AS, plus Meredith Edwards (Mr Vernon), Kenneth Cope (Joey Lippert) and Edward Evans (Lippert). Also appearing: Madeline Newbury (Judy Stewart), John Maxim (Man), Robin Wentworth (Dinely), John Matthews (Barman) and George Betton (Drunk).
3.8 The Golden Handshake (October 28th 1961)
3.9 Why George Brown Hanged (November 4th 1961 - not AA, BaBe, BBa, VB, ML)
Script: David Osborn. Director: Anthony Keary.
With: Bernard Archard as Eddie Bernstein, David Hemmings as Alan Scott, Norman Allen as Harry Wilson, John Barrett as Policeman, David Ryder as Archie, Carmel McSharry as Sylvia, Dudy Nimmo as Mary Brown, Freda Bamford as Mrs Brown, John Boxer as Mr Brown, Leslie French as Vicar, Stuart Saunders as Uncle Bill, Constance Lorne as Mrs Timpkins, John Waite as Mr Langham, Katherine Parr as Mrs Langham, Patricia Clapton as Caroline Hollick, Alexis Kanner as Arthur Watts, Marie Makino as Elderly Lady, and Daffyd Havard, Alethea Carlton, Tony Leah as Objectors.
George Brown, aged 23, has been accused, convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of an elderly nightwatchman. On the eve of the execution, Alan Scott, a sensitive young reporter, is sent to cover the story. He becomes more and more convinced of George Brown's innocence
3.10 The Girl from Harrow (November 11th 1961)
Script: Hazel Adair. Director: Royston Morley.
Starring GH, BBee, BBer, BBa, VB, also AS, Jy.
Plus: Patrick Newell (Bertie Miller), Lyn Ashley (Faye Downes), David Graham (Mansell), Dixon Adams (John Forbes), Peter Bennett (Joey Wright), Joan Pert (Rosa), Allan McClelland (Mr Downes), Denis Holmes (Martindale), Raymond Brody (Logan), Doug Sheldon (Onions), Margery Mason (Mrs Downes), Laurel Mather (Hospital Sister), Elizabeth Saunders (Nurse), Walter Horsbrugh (Harry), Martin Wyldeck (Police Inspector), Peter Wyatt (Detective), Liza Page (Leila), Joan Holley (Suzanne) and Rhona Leigh (Babs).
The Daily Globe send their man to a seaside town when the local reporter suggests that a big-time gang are making a bid to take the place over
3.11 Striptease (November 18th 1961)
3.12 The Inheritance (November 25th 1961 -not AA, BaBe, BBe, JY, ML, VB)
Script: Ken Taylor. Director: John Knight.
Also starring Pat Gilbert, and with Peter Fraser.
Other stars: Patricia Burke as Connie Starr, and John Welsh as Bill Mostyn.
With: William Gaunt as Tony Mostyn, Grace Arnold as Meg Mostyn, Tony Quinn as Parkin, Richard Rudd as Walters, Anthony Sharp as Gamble, David Bloomfield as Fields, and Tom Gill as Norman Paul.
A man called Kelvin has left Ј20,000 to his son Nicholas Smallwood. The Daily Globe sets out to trace the heir, and finds he is an adopted son of the headmaster of a small prep school in Yorkshire. The reactions of the family are not as simple as they expect.
3.13 Libel Story (December 2nd 1961 - not BaBe, BBa, ML)
Also with Pat Gilbert.
Other stars: Pamela Brown as Sarah Dryden, Edgar Wreford as Milton Laud, with Richard Longman as Dryden, John Barron as Globe's Counsel, and Nicholas Selby as Laud's Counsel.
Also appearing: John Dawson as Stannard, Elsie Wagstaff as Emmeline Chandler, Graham Leaman as Judge, Shirley Butler as Jessica Andrews, and Brian Hewlett-Jones as Court Usher.
Neville Crane finds himself at a revivalist meeting
conducted by evangelist Milton Laud, who is launching a Save Mankind mission in London. Crane suspects there is a dubious financial background to Laud's campaign, and writes an exposй which the editor, after taking legal advice, decides to print. But Laud sues the paper for libel.
The 64,000 Question
The phrase passed into the language, in this hugely popular quiz that ATV made with host Jerry Desmonde, who had also in 1956 hosted Hit the Limit. Colin Clews was the director, John Irwin the producer. The first half hour show at 7.45pm on May 19th 1956 offered a prize, not quite the same as its American counterpart, of 64,000 sixpences (over one and a half thousand pounds). This was doubled in the autumn, and if you accepted the Val Parnell bonus you could receive Ј3,520 in Defence Bonds. Robin Bailey took over the quizmaster's role for later shows which gradually lost their viewer appeal, the series ending on January 11th 1958.
An offshoot, The 64,000 Challenge, hosted by Robin Bailey, for the twelve winners of the original show "who stayed the course," started in June 1957, temporarily replacing the original show. It ran for 13 programmes. The champions competed with new challengers in an attempt to win the 64,000. However a plan to match British winners against their American counterparts does not seem to have materialised.
A novel feature at the start of The 64,000 Question was the celebrated ex Det Supt Robert Fabian who was named "Custodian of the Questions," to ensure noone cheated!
The first contestant to nearly reach the 64,000 was a schoolmaster named Vernon Goslin, but he failed on the last question on Troilus and Cressida. and on August 11th 1956, a similar fate awaited Ashley Stacey on The Bible. The first winner to answer all seven parts of the 64,000 sixpences question was 65 year old Albert Norman, a retired diamond cutter who answered questions on roses. Said producer John Irwin, "I was a bit wary of his self confidence," he even said he would name one of his future roses after members f the production team.
The first winner of the 64,000 shillings was 73 year old Jane Brown from Wolverhampton, who on October 13th 1956 answered correctly all her questions on Charles Dickens. She used the winnings for an eye operation. In 1957 another to win the Ј3,520 was Lady Cynthia Asquith, answering questions on Jane Austen.
Other full prizewinners included 17 year old Tony Moore a dental student on the 31st programme on Dec 15th 1956. His subject was British birds. James Preston a theology student who was the first person to have two chances at the top question won on Dec 29th 1956. Jerry Desmonde had been ill for the previous programme, so Tony Mariott took over a short notice. Val Parnell felt that it was only fair to give James another chance the following week.
The first hostesses were Sally Pearce, Ann Gage and Eve Vitt. The first minor change to the original programme came in the autumn of 1956 when the series moved on September 15th to 8pm, still on Saturday nights. In December 1956 it moved still later to an 8.30pm start.
A bigger alteration to proceedings came in January 1957 when Fabian was replaced by an ex policeman, but not so celebrated, Fred Narborough.
In March 1957 it was back to an 8pm start. Sally Pearce was replaced by June Sylvaine on and from March 16th, and by June 1957 Robert Fabian was back in post, accompanied by his three escorts. However the programme took a break after 57 shows to make way for
The 64,000 Challenge, which began on June 15th 1957 at 8.30pm, hosted by Robin Bailey. It was again directed by Colin Clews. John Irwin explained, "the public are now convinced of the straightness of the questions," so no custodian, but there were three new escorts, Ann Mayhew, Stafford Hutchison and Gaden Collins. The programme went out live from "one of ATV's London Theatres." It ran until September 7th 1957. Winner of the final was Dr Alfred Norris of Hull who won Ј1,600 on Bible questions defeating Ashley Stacey who had the consolation of taking away Ј160.
The following Saturday at 8pm saw the return of The 64,000 Question, now with Robin Bailey as questionmaster, and old escorts Ann Cripps and Eve Vitt plus Ann Mayhew from the 'Challenge' series. Eve was replaced by Gwynneth Tighe near the end of the year for the last few shows. ABC stopped screening the series at the start of 1958, and this heralded the end of the road, viewing figures had been dropping off anyway. There had been approximately 74 programmes, plus the 13 Challenge quizzes.
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Hoping to repeat the huge success of his long running radio show,
Peter Brough starred with his Archie Andrews in this 1958 Associated Rediffusion series that ran to 13 stories.
"It is of paramount importance, "Brough stated," that his appearance must satisfy the millions who had built up a picture
of the little fellow in their minds." As a second series of 13 stories was made in 1959, maybe this aim was achieved.
Others in the cast: Irene Handl as Archie's housekeeper (though she does not appear in 2.3 to 2.5, or 2.7 on),
Dick Emery as a jack-of-all-trades, and
Freddie Sales as the non-paying lodger
also appeared in the stories up to #2.8.
Scripts: Marty Feldman and Ronald Chesney. Ronnie Wolf replaced Chesney for the second series.
Director: Christopher Hodson (all stories to #2.8).
The series was made on film, two weeks being allowed to make each story.
It could survive somewhere! A contemporary reviewer was however unimpressed: "when one manages to see through the appalling telerecordings... one finds them midlly amusing. What I do think is so successful is the way Archie himself is presented, making him seem like a real person just as we had imagined in the radio shows. Where the show falls down, however, is that Archie himself is so unattractive.... Irene Handl, an asset to any show, Freddie Sales and Dick Emery work very hard to make the programme come off but it fails, unless it is meant for younger viewers."
Details of a few of this first series:
(Friday September 26th 1958, 6.10pm)
Brough, Archie and company take a trip to Paris,
and try to corner the market in the world of fashion.
(October 24th 1958)
When Brough and Archie discover that there is money to be made out of modern painting,
everyone wants to get into the picture.
(November 7th 1958)
This script by Barry Pevan and Marty Feldman.
In an effort to help Brough, Archie discovers that easy money
is the hardest kind to make.
(November 21st 1958)
Freddie takes up wrestling, and, with Archie's help,
he makes 'rings' round his opponent.
(January 16th 1959)
(Script: Marty Feldman and Barry Pevan.)
Details of all the second series:
2.1 The Man Who Couldn't Grow Up
(September 18th 1959, 6.30-7pm)
There is a mix-up over Freddie's birth certificate.
With Archie's help, he starts a second childhood and becomes
a mixed-up kid.
2.2 The Prune Mutiny
(September 25th 1959)
Archie and Freddie learn a few new wrinkles from a case of prunes.
2.3 The Day The Bongolis Left (October 2nd 1959)
To Brough and Archie, living on a tropical island sounds like heaven.
When they get there, it looks as if heaven is nearer than they think.
2.4 The Man Who Lost his Pants at Monte Carlo
(October 9th 1959)
Some people lose their shirts when they gamble,
but Archie and Freddie go too far.
2.5 The King and Archie
(October 16th 1959)
When Brough's home becomes the royal house of Rabelaisia,
he goes all out to reap a king sized profit.
(October 23rd 1959)
When Archie finds out that Freddie is a 'national art treasure,'
he realises the value of friends.
2.7 Don't Put Your Nephew on the Stage
(October 30th 1959)
When Archie turns Freddie into a star, he finds that fame and
fortune do not necessarily go hand in hand.
2.8 The Case of the Missing Aunt
(November 6th 1959)
Brough and Co try emigrating to Sydney under false pretences,
but find it hard
to pull the wool over the eyes of the Australians.
2.9 The Day We Fooled the Fuhrer
(November 20th 1959). This story directed by Pat Baker.
With Dick Emery, Ray Barrett, Sheena Marshe and Peter Swanwick.
During the war, Archie Brough and Dick go to entertain the troops
and find themselves at war with England.
2.10 Brough and the Bald-Headed Bandit
(November 27th 1959). Directed by Bill Turner.
With Dick Emery, Ray Barrett and Peter Swanwick.
Archie and Co go to the Wild West to try to sell hair
restorer to cowboys, but find it difficult to cover the wide open spaces.
2.11 The Man with the Golden Feet
(December 4th 1959) Directed by Bill Turner.
With Dick Emery, Ray Barrett and Max Bacon.
Archie tries to get Ray into TV, but only succeeds in getting his foot in.
(December 11th 1959)
Directed by Bill Turner.
Guest star Dora Bryan, with Dick Emery, Ray Barrett, Guy Middleton, Roy Jefferies and Harold Taylor.
Archie runs away to start a literary circle, but when
Brough interferes, he gets the book thrown at him.
(December 18th 1959)
Directed by Bill Turner.
With Dick Emery, Ray Barrett, Claude Jones and Vi Stevens.
Archie wants to become a doctor but when he tries to get through the exams,
the patients stand more chance of 'passing out' than he does.
An extra show, not fully networked was shown on Christmas Day 1959, 5.30pm-6pm.
Archie's Christmas Party, directed by Bill Turner,
with sketch written by Ronald Chesney.
In this programme Archie invited viewers to a Yuletide frolic with some friends, including
Ronald Chesney, Ossie Noble and Harold Taylor.
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In March 1958, the 'break' in Sunday broadcasting when ITV shut down at 6.15pm was finally closed when ABC began
The Sunday Break.
The first programmes were broadcast from 6.15pm to 7pm, at which latter time the already established programme Living Your Life commenced. Initially, the series was screened three out of four Sundays, with TWW's Land of Song making a monthly appearance in this slot.
The Sunday Break was billed as 'A Sunday Club for Teenagers,' opening its doors for the first time on March 16th 1958.
Social worker and ABC Religious Adviser Penry Jones who helped devise the series stated it was "about life and its meaning," and contained dancing, singing with Bible readings and discussion. A story writing competition based on Biblical themes was held, eligible entrants had to be between 16 and 21.
Producer Ben Churchill explained that most of the show was, at first, spontaneous though "the script will be written to fit the personalities of the young people." The first scripts were by Vivian Milroy. "We decided on a club atmosphere right from the start."
It was soon evident that teenagers liked it, one enthusiastically writing to TV Times, "I was beginning to tire of those smug half-hours, with clerics discussing problems without a note of urgency... this programme could well provide a shot in the arm for the revival of Christianity." Well maybe it didn't achieve quite that, but it possibly did contribute to a much needed partial modernising in the church and the flourishing of a new breed of churches.
The club gradually attracted top stars, from the religious celebrities like Rev David Sheppard and Rev Donald Soper, to rock stars like Marty Wilde and jazz legends like Nat Gonella.
One critic described the unholy mix thus, "I get the impression that the various clergy.. get more and more embarrassed each week while so-called serious discussion verges on agony column topics instead of reaching down into more profound subjects." Thus Guy Taylor (Television Today, Dec 10th 1959), though he was no teenager, but his conclusion is interesting, "is it worthwhile discussing whether debs work or not and whether the press give accurate reporting of their parties? I would venture to suggest the original idea of The Sunday Break is beginning to fade from view and seems to be emerging into something quite different."
Maybe this is why the physical club was closed in June 1960, and the programme took to the road. Now Guy Taylor gave a mixed reception to the changed format. He liked the teenagers' visits to report on the work of local churches, and he thought Janice Willett directed the programme "very well." However he found Hazel Adair's script "a little laboured at times," Reginald Barrett-Ayres musical lectures were "completely out of place," and nul points for The Sunday Break Songsters, and for the jiving competition "against a background of what appears to be galloping fungus."
The following summer a regular feature was the showing of clips from recent films, often followed by a discussion.
From late 1962 the programme saw no more pop singers and jazz players and adopted a far more sombre note. The programme took a break at the end of March 1964 before returning that summer. Then in October that year, the programme shared a slot with About Religion from 6.35 to 7.05pm. Sunday Break limped on, with occasional programmes, until September 1965.
Picture: Barry Westwood, one of the longest running presenters, who hosted The Sunday Break for about two and a half years starting in Autumn 1961.
Two pilots were made before the series began on
Sunday March 16th 1958 with Janette Scott.
Sunday March 23rd 1958 with Rev George F MacLeod and Victor Soverall.
Sunday March 30th 1958 with Canon Bryan Green and Steve Race.
Sunday April 20th 1958 with Rev David Sheppard.
Sunday May 11th 1958 with Rev Marcus Morris, plus Sheila Buxton, Alex Welsh Band.
Sunday May 18th 1958 with Rev Marcus Morris and Sheila Buxton, Alex Welsh Band.
Sunday May 25th 1958 with Margaret Jones, Steve Race, Lucille Mapp, Alex Welsh Band.
Sunday June 8th 1958 with CA Joyce, Victor Soverall and Alex Welsh's Band
Note- June saw the closing date for the painting competition, open to anyone aged between 16 and 21. There were five choices of Biblical subject: The Creation, Portrait of Amos, The Crucifixion, Cleansing of the Temple, Paul in Shipwreck.
Sunday July 6th 1958 with Rev Geoffrey Shaw, plus Rosemary Squires, Reginald Barrett-Ayres, Alex Welsh Band.
August 3rd 1958 with Canon Ernest Southcott, Victor Soverall and the Alex Welsh Band.
August 10th 1958 with Rev Max Magee, Roy Guest and the Alex Welsh Band.
August 17th 1958 with Father Peter Blake, Cy Grant, Dill Jones, Alex Welsh Band.
August 31st 1958 with Canon Bryan Green, Jeremy Lubbock, Alex Welsh Band.
September 14th 1958 with Rev Len Barnett, Jim Dale, John Disley, Alex Welsh Band.
September 28th 1958 with Rev Walter Fyfe, Barbara Lyon, Dill Jones Trio, and Dickie Hawdon.
October 12th 1958 with Canon Bryan Green, Earl of Harewood, Gerald Lascelles, Jon Vickers, Johnny Dankworth, George Chisholm, and Dill Jones Trio.
October 26th 1958 with Rev Geoffrey Shaw, Chas McDevitt, Shirley Douglas, Mick Mulligan, Dill Jones Trio
November 9th 1958 with Rev Simon Phipps and Dill Jones Trio.
November 23rd 1958 with Rev Bill Wright, Jeremy Lubbock, Mervyn Levy and Dill Jones Trio with Dave Shepherd.
November 30th 1958 with Rev Tom Colvin, Victor Soverall, Mervyn Levy and Dill Jones Trio with Johnny Dankworth.
December 21st 1958 with the Lord Bishop of Birmingham , Mervyn Levy, Johnny Duncan, Vic Ash, Johnny Scott and Dill Jones Trio.
December 28th 1958 with Canon Edward Patey, Kenny Baker, Chas McDevitt, Shirley Douglas, and the Dill Jones Trio.
January 4th 1959 with CA Joyce, Victor Soverall and Dill Jones Trio.
January 18th 1959 with Professor CD Coulson, Cy Grant, William Reid (Sadler's Wells Opera) and Dill Jones Trio.
February 1st 1959 with Rev
Donald Soper, William Reid of Sadler's Wells
and the Dill Jones Trio. Also with Humphrey Lyttelton and Yolanda.
February 15th 1959 with Lionel and Joyce Blair, and the Dill Jones Trio
February 22nd 1959 with Rev David Sheppard and Dill Jones Trio. Sheppard explained that "it might be a good idea to put the argument side away for a bit and to say what it means to get to grips with Christian teaching." This programme therefore, was the first of three which did that. His aim was to show that "confirmation is the time when somebody, having thought out his place, takes his stand in the Church as a follower of Christ."
March 1st 1959 with Rev David Sheppard, Sam Wanamaker, Mervyn Levy, TS Lowrie, and Dill Jones Trio.
March 15th 1959 with Rev James Currie, Chas McDevitt, Shirley Douglas and Dill Jones Trio.
March 29th 1959 with Rt Rev Dr Dwyer Bishop of Leeds, Mervyn Levy, Victor Soverell, and Dill Jones Trio. Director: Janice Willett
April 12th 1959 included an interview on film with Brenda Lee
April 19th 1959 with Rev Walter Fyffe and Richard Williams. The club's music by Bob Cort and Dill Jones Trio. Director: Ben Churchill.
May 10th 1959 with Rev Bill Wright, Jeremy Lubbock and Dill Jones Trio.
May 17th 1959 with Rev George D Wilkie, Gary Mills, Rev Geoffrey Beaumont.
May 24th 1959 with Rev Charles Davey, Valerie Masters with the Ray Ellington Quartet. Anthony Finigan was now producing the programmes.
June 7th 1959 with Rev Tom Colvin, Ruby Murray, Bernard Braden, Bernie Burgess, Dill Jones Trio.
June 14th 1959 with Canon ED Patey, Steve Benbow and The Hedley Ward Trio.
July 5th 1959 with Rev Charles Davey. Music by Ray Ellington Quartet
July 26th 1959 with Rev Simon Phipps and Acker Bilk 's Paramount Jazz Band
August 16th 1959 with Father Donald Proudman and the Alex Welsh Six. Producer now of the programmes was now Janice Willett.
August 30th 1959 with Father Hugh Bishop, Edric Connor and the Vic Ash Quintet.
September 6th 1959 with Rev Geoffrey Shaw, Elaine Burton MP, the Chief Constable of Manchester.
September 13th 1959 with Rev Uist Macdonald, and the Vic Ash Quintet. Producer for this programme was Eddie Kebbell.
September 27th 1959 with Rev Maurice Wood, Millicent Martin, Alex Welsh and His Band.
Producer: Janice Willett.
October 4th 1959 with Malcolm Moore, Eddie Hickey and the Norman Percival Group. Producer from now on was Eddie Kebbell. Julie Stevens was now a regular at the club, though never credited as such in TV Times.
October 11th 1959 with Rev Austen Williams, John Betjeman, Endre Muller, and The Jazz Maker.
October 25th 1959 with Father John Fitzsimmons, Tom O'Brien, Chris Langford and the Norman Percival Group.
November 1st 1959 with Rev Bill Wright, Keith Waterhouse, The Jean-Ettes and Ted Heath.
November 8th 1959 with Rev John Gardiner, Jim Dale and Mick Mulligan and His Band.
November 22nd 1959 with Philip Race, Colin McInnes and guest Marty Wilde and the Wildcats. Music: Red Price Group.
November 29th 1959 with Rev Charles Smith, The Singing Hills and the John Barry Seven.
December 6th 1959 with Rev James Currie, Lorie Mann and the Dix Disley String Quintet. Lorie mimed two songs, according to the producer it was because she was unwell.
December 20th 1959 with Canon ED Patey, John Betjeman, Allan Bruce, George Mitchell Singers, Norman Percival Group.
December 27th 1959 with Bishop Leslie Newbiggin, Jack Escott, Norman Percival Group.
January 3rd 1960 with Rev Walter Fancutt, Yvonne French, Mr Aker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band.
January 17th 1960 with Rev Kenneth Slack, Kenny Baker, the Roy Marsh Quintet.
January 24th 1960 with Rev David Sheppard, Wally Whyton, Johnny Wiltshire. Directed by Janice Willett.
January 31st 1960 with Rev Alan Booth, Woolf Phillips and His Quintet. Programmes now directed by Anthony Finigan.
February 14th 1960 with Father Clifford Howell, Craig Douglas, Nat Gonella and His Georgians.
February 21st 1960 with Rev Donald Tytler, Anstice Gibbs, and Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band.
February 28th 1960 with Rev James Maitland, Bob Cort,
Diz Disley String Quintet.
March 13th 1960 with Dr William Neil, Ken Collyer's Jazzmen.
March 20th 1960 with Rev Len Tyler, Alec Dixon, Terry Lightfoot's Band.
March 27th 1960 with Rev Donald Carpenter, Modern Jazz Committee.
April 10th 1960 with Rev Huw Pearce-Jones.
April 17th 1960 with Dr William Neil, George Mitchell Singers, Norman Percival and His Group.
April 24th 1960 with Rev EF Easson, Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band.
May 8th 1960 with Rev Cuthbert Bardsley, The Alan Ganley Quintet.
May 15th 1960 with Rev Bill Wright, Bob Cort, Alex Welsh and His Band.
May 22nd 1960 with Prof John Bachmann, The Diz Disley Quintet, The Bell-Tones.
June 5th 1960 with Father AE Basil, Robin Garton and his Band.
June 12th 1960 with Rev Donald Carpenter, Mervyn Levy, Nat Gonella and His Georgians.
Note: Twelve electricians came out on strike at ABC's Alpha Studios in Birmingham, causing the programme to be televised from the carpenters' shop, the only location where the house lighting was suitable for tv caneras. "Viewers saw discussion groups sitting on work benches among saws and drills. Noise of traffic could be heard in the background. By using the carpenters' shop noone had to do an electrician's duties and the only prop used was a bowl of imitation fruit."
June 19th 1960 with Canon Bryan Green, Steve Benbow Folk Four, George Chisholm and the Jazzers. The studio club closed after this programme.
July 3rd 1960 introduced by James Roose Evans, with Reginald Barrett-Ayres, Sunday Break Songsters. Now directed by Janice Willett again. Script by Hazel Adair.
"A new and stimulating edition," including film of two girls in a Manchester convent. In the studio they question Rev Mother Superior and Sister Michael.
July 10th 1960 with Ronnie Hilton, Reginald Barrett-Ayres and The Sunday Break Songsters. A boy and girl living at The Mayflower Centre talk to Rev David Sheppard
July 17th 1960 introduced by James Roose Evans, with Ronnie Hilton, Reginald Barrett-Ayres, Sunday Break Songsters. Film of Rev James Currie of Glasgow.
July 31st 1960 introduced by James Roose Evans, with
Ronnie Hilton, Reginald Barrett-Ayres, Sunday Break Songsters.
Two teenagers investigate Cotswold Approved School in Wiltshire, then talk to the headmaster CA Joyce.
August 7th 1960 introduced by James Roose Evans, with
Ronnie Hilton, Reginald Barrett-Ayres, Sunday Break Songsters. Two teenage boys attend the Stafford Cripps Memorial Conference.
August 14th 1960 with Ronnie Hilton, Reginald Barrett-Ayres and The Sunday Break Songsters. A film report by two teenagers, a Muslim and an agnostic, on the youth camps run by the Iona Community. In the studio they talk with Rev John Jardine and Peggy Bee
August 28th 1960 introduced by James Roose Evans, with Ronnie Hilton, Reginald Barrett-Ayres and The Sunday Break Songsters. A filmed report by Robert Weller of the Royal Sailor's Rest Devonport. In the studio to face questions: Lt Cmdr FN Savage RN, and Harry Greenwood. Script: Hazel Adair
September 4th 1960 with Ronnie Hilton etc. Film report from Tower Hill, followed by a discussion between the two young people who have visited here with Dr Donald Soper
September 11th 1960 with Ronnie Hilton etc. Film report of two young people at Scargill a Christian holiday centre. In the studio they talk with assistant warden Rev RMW Marsh
September 25th 1960 with Ronnie Hilton etc. Film report of a Catholic Youth Centre in Blackburn, and local factories. Two young people question Mary Goggins and Owen Jordan of the Youth Christian Workers' Group
October 9th 1960 with Ronnie Hilton and including the semi-finals of the Jive Competition. Also topical events for young people. Film Report: The Gorbals
December 4th 1960 introduced by Neville Barker with Lorie Mann, Dick Williams' Band. Students from London University explore the conflict between Roman Catholic studies and religion. Very Rev Mgr GA Tomlinson answers their questions.
December 18th 1960 introduced by Neville Barker with Mark Wynter, Dick Williams' Band. Two teenagers visit an Oxford Street store where the Rev Michael Harper works as a chaplain.
Christmas Day 1960: this edition was screened from 12.15pm until 1pm. A filmed report revisited personalities seen in programme, they describe how they spend the festive season: Rev David Sheppard, CA Joyce, Rev and Mrs James Currie and Rev John Jardine. Elizabeth Laurie sang carols with The Sunday Break Songsters accompanied by the Dick Williams Band. Plus a cartoon featuring the vibraphone as part of Dick Williams' guide to the orchestra series.
January 1st 1961 introduced by Neville Barker with guests Janette Scott and Jackie Rae. Beauty for Ashes- medical missionaries in Africa, then in the studio Miss Pauline Webb, also a cartoon featuring the saxophone
January 22nd 1961 introduced by Neville Barker with guests Johnny Dankworth and Susan Grey, also The Dick Williams Band. On film, Oxford and Cambridge undergraduates get a foretaste of London's East End with Rev Maurice Wood, Vicar of St Mary's Islington (is that 'East End'?)
January 29th 1961 with Cleo Laine and Johnny Dannkworth. Film report by two teenagers on A Day in the Life of a Bishop (Mervyn Stockwood), film directed by Jeremy Summers. Plus The Dick Williams Band and a cartoon featuring the drums
March 12th 1961 introduced by Neville Barker with Cy Grant. Young people of Oxford give their attitude to the Bible and Rev H Sims discusses the new version of the Bible.
March 19th 1961 with guest Sacha Distel, and Raymond le Senechal Quartet. A film report from Yardley, Birmingham, about Canon Charles Crowson's Do It Yourself parish. Followed by a discussion with Roy Nelson of Harlow and Tom Ferguson of East Lothian
March 26th 1961 introduced by Neville Barker. A performance of A Man Dies by St James' Presbyterian Church Lockleaze Bristol- the passion story told with jive and rock music
April 16th 1961 introduced by Neville Barker. With the results of the Religious Art Competition. Filmed report on a day in the life of Rev Duncan Forester and three theology students at New College Edinburgh.
May 7th 1961 introduced by Neville Barker. With Alex Welsh and His Band. Filmed report by Jeremy Summers on the YMCA Woolwich. Also John West talks about the SS Canberra. Programmes now directed by Marjory Baker.
May 21st 1961 with Neville Barker, Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen, Carole Simpson.
June 4th 1961 with Neville Barker, Dick Charlesworth and His City Gents, Jackie Lynn. Film of Luton Industrial College and Mission with Rev William Gowland.
June 11th 1961 with Neville Barker, Clyde Valley Stompers. Film of Methodist Association of Youth Clubs
annual rally. Andrew Duncan talks to members.
June 18th 1961 with Tony Iveson, Terry Lightfoot New Orleans Jazzmen, Valerie Mountain. Excerpt from The Hoodlum Priest and a discussion with Don Murray who plays the priest Father Charles Clark.
July 2nd 1961 with Neville Barker, Will Todd and His Trio, and the Bell-Tones. Filmed report on Father Frayne Liverpool Port Chaplains.
July 9th 1961 with Neville Barker, Red Price Combo, The Allisons.
July 16th 1961 with Neville Barker, Dick Charlesworth and His City Gents, Jackie Lynn. Excerpts from Between Two Worlds, about Northern Rhodesia. Rev Philip Potter talks about the church's role in the rising nations.
Neville Barker visted a Smethwick Youth Club which had a colour bar, and this provoked strong viewer reaction.
July 30th 1961 with Neville Barker, John Barry Seven, and Danny Williams. Extracts from the film Leaves of the Tree, about the translation of the Bible into an Eritrean language. Three young Welsh church members talk about their recent visit to Berlin.
August 6th 1961 with Neville Barker, Mick Mulligan's Band. George Melly. Rev Alan Keighley talks to young people about fatal accidents and Rev E Chad Varah discusses Christ's Second Coming after extracts from Whistle Down the Wind have been screened. Original producer Ben Churchill was the programme's director for the August programmes.
August 13th 1961 with Neville Barker, Monty Sunshine's Band, The Davidson Brothers. Filmed report on missionaries in East Africa with a discussion by Ven DIC Waldron and Dr Jean Waldron.
August 27th 1961 with Neville Barker, Acker Bilk's Paramount Jazz Band, Jim Dale. Excerpt from Hand in Hand, followed by a discussion on marriage between two people of different religions led by Rev JC Fenton and AI Polack. Plus a discussion on astrology with Rev Kenneth Ross and Peter Clark.
September 3rd 1961 with Neville Barker, Johnny Dankworth, Nick Villard. Squadron leader Brian Mercer discusses aerobatics at the Farnborough Air Show, and a filmed report from Nechells Secondary School Birmingham, on The 11 Plus and After. Marjory Baker had now returned to produce the series again.
September 10th 1961 with Neville Barker, Bruce Turner and His Jump Band, Ronnie Hall. Film report on the Abbeyfield Society.
September 24th 1961 with Neville Barker, Wilf Todd and His Trio, Van Doren. Bishop Ambrose Reeves discusses the colour bar.
October 29th 1961 with Barry Westwood, Ken Colyer's Jazzmen, and Gay Pursue. Film report on the work of Group Captain Cheshire VC, who afterwards in the studio answers questions from young people.
November 5th 1961 Operation Leadership- film report on the Church of Scotland's youth camp at Glenmore Lodge. With Dick Charlesworth and His City Gents, also Jackie Lynn
November 19th 1961 with Barry Westwood, Mike Cotton and His Six. Who Wants to Read Books, a filmed report by Jeremy Summers, discussed afterwards by Rev Timothy Beaumont.
November 19th 1961 with Barry Westwood, Terry Lightfoot, Clinton Ford. Film report on Toc H, plus Rabbi Rosen discussing Jews and Christians- how do they get on?
December 3rd 1961 with Barry Westwood, New Orleans Knights, Paul Raven.
Rev John Mortimer's ballet school in Surrey. The Christian attitude towards the homeless is investigated by Rev John Nicholls.
To accommodate the series Journey of a Lifetime, the programme was now shortened to thirty minutes from 6.30pm to 7pm.
December 17th 1961. Man in Time a modern nativity play performed by St James Youth Club Lockleaze Bristol.
December 24th 1961 with Barry Westwood, Melbourne New Orleans Jazz Band. No Room at the Inn- with Donald Soper and Norman Pannell. Dilys Powell talks on religious films.
December 31st 1961 with Barry Westwood, Chris Barber, Ottilie Patterson. Religion Under the Big Top- from Billy Smart's Circus. Rev WD Omand explains the role of clergy among circus folk.
January 14th 1962 with Barry Westwood, Second City Jazzmen. Rev Tom Colvin disuccses with young people the problems of being a Christian in a Communist country.
January 28th 1962 with Barry Westwood, Mike Cotton Jazzmen. The Law is discussed by Dr William Neil with young people. Inspector Leonard Hampton discusses the relationship between teenagers and the police.
February 11th 1962 with Barry Westwood. From Wingfield Music Club London, a remarkable story of courage in the face of handicap, filmed by Jeremy Summers. This is then discussed by Rev Scott Hutchison.
Thank you to Janet Cattier who appeared in this film and described it for this site: "I was filmed with my violin getting on
a bus at the top of Queen's Road in Hoe Street, Walthamstow, going to the
club. This club was held on Monday evenings in Hale End Road School for
and physically disabled children. On arriving at the school the film crew
were waiting. In the school hall, the orchestra starts up and my 'Carnival
played. Then my 'Seagulls' Flight', with Georgina Kent (who had one arm)
playing cello, and me
accompanying her on piano, was filmed. Then I was filmed getting a hot dog
from the film crew's food kiosk."
February 18th 1962 with Barry Westwood, The Galliards.
Dilys Powell, Alan Dent and Rev John Wedmore discuss whether or not films like King of Kings do good or harm. There is also a filmed report of the Student Christian movement among overseas students in London.
February 25th 1962 with Barry Westwood, Valerie Mountain. Yusef Saad discusses Do the Dead Sea Scrolls challenge the New Testament? (This follows on from the Journey of the Lifetime film on the Dead Sea Scrolls.) Dr William Neil then discussed how such discoveries affect our understanding of the Bible.
March 11th 1962 Should the Churches Advertise? - Mervyn Francis and Father Nigel Larn, with Malcolm Mitchell Trio
March 25th 1962 with Barry Westwood, Dr William Neil, songs by Carole Simpson, accompanied by Colin James. Did Christ Really Heal The Sick?
April 8th 1962 Can People Be Raised from the Dead? - Dr William Neil discusses with Heather Bloom and Gordon Watts, the story of the Raising of Lazarus. Plus: Is Pop Music Trash?- Larry Adler who thinks most of it is, discusses with a group of young people
April 15th 1962. Barry Westwood introduces an edited version of A Man Dies. The passion story performed by St James Presbyterian Church Lockleaze Bristol, told through jive and rock music. Rock Harkness played Jesus. The original production had been screened in 1961. This programme is extant in the ABC archive.
April 22nd 1962 with Barry Westwood. A film titled The Boys, about some pupils at Canterbury Cathedral. A reviewer at the time described it as "one of the dullest documentaries imaginable... a giant commercial for the school."
May 6th 1962 with Barry Westwood. Jazz On Sundays with Chris Barber's Jazzband with Ottilie Patterson
May 20th 1962 Barry Westwood narrates Cross Over Coventry. A film about the staff of the cathedral.
June 3rd 1962. Barry Westwood discusses the Journey of a Lifetime series which ends today, with its creator Dr Eric Fletcher. Music: Peter Shade Trio. Pamela Lonsdale now directed the series.
The programme now resumed its 45 minute slot starting at 6.15pm.
June 10th 1962 with Barry Westwood. Songs: Steve Arlen, accompanied by The Expresso Five.
Also in the programme: Prison- A Place of Punishment or Reform?
June 17th 1962 with Barry Westwood. Life Upon the Wicked Stage! With Rev John Hester, David Rudkin, songs by Carole Simpson and Colin James
July 8th 1962 with Barry Westwood. Music by Ronnie Ross Quartet.
Honour Thy Father and Mother: Canton Fenton Morley discusses the fifth commandment with some young people.
July 15th 1962 with Barry Westwood. Songs: Alan Klein. Theme- Violence.
July 29th 1962 introduced by Barry Westwood. Songs: Colin James. Reporter: Desmond Wilcox.
Sunday Break's "first outside broadcast" from Leicester and the third British Conference of Christian Youth.
August 5th 1962 introduced by Barry Westwood. With Steve Race and his Trio. Reporter: Gordon Watts. Theme- Christians in Conflict- more from the British Conference of Youth.
August 26th 1962 introduced by Barry Westwood. With songs by Carole Simpson accompanied by the Brian Dee Trio. Theme- Flying Doctor Service for Africa- some young volunteers from the Midlands who are travelling to Gasau in Northern Nigeria.
September 2nd 1962 introduced by Barry Westwood. With music by the Tubby Hayes Quintet. Theme- The Doubters.
September 9th 1962 introduced by Barry Westwood. With music by Joe Brown and The Bruvvers. Theme- No Jobs for The Boys, problems of unemployed school leavers,
one interviewed was a 16 year old school leaver from Liverpool Tony Hughes, who recalled Joan Bakewell's (uncredited in TV Times) part in the programme. The host was
Rev Bill Wright, and the producer for this programme only was Michael Mills.
October 7th 1962 introduced by Barry Westwood. With Alan Klein. Theme- Borstal Boys. Producer again Pamela Lonsdale.
October 21st 1962 introduced by Barry Westwood. Songs- Maureen Stobie. Theme- Never on Sundays, Sundays laws.
October 28th 1962 introduced by Barry Westwood. Songs- Jill and Terry. Theme- Best Seller, the Bible.
November 18th/ November 25th 1962 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- Love Sex and Marriage. The second programme included a clip from the film A Kind of Loving. Originally planned in three parts this mini series was extended to four "because of the enormous response from viewers." Claimed TV Times, "a real social service," with 90% of viewers praising these programmes
December 23rd 1962 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme-
Loneliness. Interviews with Rev Chad Varah and Miss Heather Jenner.
December 30th 1962 introduced by Barry Westwood. Behind the Idols. The idols of the pop world with Mike Sarne.
February 10th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme-
No Time for Politics. Young people discuss whether the church should have anything to do with politics.
February 17th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme-
No Time for Politics. This second programme featured Anthony Greenwood, Peter Kirk, and Walter James. This programme only directed by Laurence Bourne.
March 10th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme-
Your Lucky Stars. Young people talk to a professional astrologer.
March 17th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme-
Booze. Young people argue for and against total abstinence.
March 24th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme-
March 24th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme-
Lolly, Christian attitude to money. Also- Boxing, should it be banned?
April 14th 1963 - The feast of Passover with a Jewish family. Voiceover by Richard Lindley
April 21st 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme-
May 5th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme-
Go, Go, Go!, about new music in church.
May 12th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme-
Help! Three stories for Christian Aid Week. Plus- Jobs, the Youth Employment Service.
May 19th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme-
June 2nd/9th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- Africans on Africa (2 programmes).
June 16th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme-
We Teach Them All Wrong? Director: Laurence Bourne.
June 30th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- Poor Dad! Responsibilities of fathers. From now on, the director of the series was Geoff Ramsey.
July 7th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- Sin! Four young people discuss their views. Also- Young Film Makers. A discussion of one of the winning films at the National Film Theatre competition.
July 14th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood with Rev Simon Phipps joining three young people visiting Coventry Cathedral.
July 28th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- Poor Dad! With Roy Shaw (possibly same as June 30th?)
August 4th 1963 Holiday Edition with Gordon Watts.
August 11th 1963 introduced by Gordon Watts. Theme- What About the Workers? The Young Christian Workers movement.
September 8th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood.
Theme- Peace Factory. A new type of factory opening next week in Glasgow.
September 22nd 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood.
Teenagers Talking, the subjects include Buddhism and religious painting.
September 29th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood.
Theme- The Old Folk.
October 20th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- Speak Up! Young people talk about Beatniks, and a new monastic order of the young.
October 27th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme-
Is There Life After Death?
November 3rd 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme-
War Glorious War. Do books and films glamorise war?
November 17th/ 24th 1963, December 1st/8th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- All About Marriage. A series starting where the 1962 series Love Sex and Marriage left off.
December 22nd 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. The Christmas Season.
January 12th 1964 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme-
The Rat Race.
January 19th 1964 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love the Bomb.
Young people discuss the topic in the light of Stanley Kubrick's new film, and a recent Report from the British Council of Churches.
January 26th 1964 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme-
The Nurses. Director: Mike Vardy. This programme is extant in the ABC archive.
February 9th 1964 Suffer Little Children!- an investigation into modern Sunday Schools
February 16th 1964 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme-
A Man's Life, from an Army base in Surrey. Director: Ben Churchill.
March 15th 1964 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- Calypso in a Cold Climate. How West Indian immigrants fit into the British scene. Director: Ted Childs.
March 22nd 1964 introduced by Barry Westwood. Hallelujah, a programme of American gospel singing by the cast of Black nativity. Commentary by David Mahlowe.
Director: Ben Churchill.
After a break at the end of this month, the programme returned in the summer schedules, but now 30 minutes long, from 6.15-6.45pm.
July 12th 1964 Some Holiday!: interviews with those on a World Council of Churches camp
July 26th 1964 Theme: Start in Life, a visit to a school in Yorkshire. The production team now Richard Lindley, Gordon Watts, and Ted Childs.
August 2nd 1964 Theme: Some Holiday, young people at a work camp organised by the World Council of Churches.
August 9th 1964 In for Life : a young Church of England Benedictine monk talks about his vocation
August 23rd 1964 Theme: Freedom, an improvised drama by teenagers on holiday at Scargill House in the Yorkshire Dales. Directed by Ted Childs.
August 30th 1964 Theme: What is This Thing Called Love? With Frances Wigram, Maurice Geller and Una Walsh. Directed by Ted Childs.
September 6th 1964 Theme: A Question of Suitability, colour bar in employment. Directed by Ben Churchill.
September 20th 1964 Theme: Time on Our Hands. From the Midlands Arts Centre for Young People, exploring leisure time. Directed by Geoff Ramsey.
September 27th 1964 Theme: Out of the Frying Pan, young people alone in the city. Directed by Ted Childs.
The programme now filled a half hour slot from 6.35pm, which was filled by other religious programmes in other weeks.
October 24th 1964: On the Spot. Donald KcKay at Manchester College of Science and Technology answers students' questions. All the remaining programmes were directed by Ted Childs.
November 8th 1964: a filmed report from Dresden on the work of Aktion Suhneszeichen, an international movement for reconciliation.
December 20th 1964 A Man in Time, including excerpts from A Man Dies, staged earlier this year by St James Parish Youth Club Bristol.
January 3rd 1965 Is the church merely a private religious club?
January 31st 1965 The Rising Storm. A North London school facing possible closure.
February 14th 1965 White on Black Equals Grey. The British Council of Churches' report on The Future of South Africa.
March 21st 1965 Selling People Is Wrong. The story of the campaign to abolish slavery.
March 27th 1965 Sideways Christian Soldiers. Should Christians speak out on topical issues, and should they speak with a united voice?
April 11th 1965 Doing a Skipper. People sleeping rough in London, this programme dealt with the work of the Simon Community Trust.
April 25th 1965 Confrontation. Donald Soper and David Tribe, President of the National Secular Society. (see also Sept 12th 65)
May 9th 1965 One Hundred Years At War. The Salvation Army story.
May 23rd 1965 Youth on Trial. Mods, Rockers and Pop fans stand in the dock to face charges brought against them.
June 6th 1965 Perrin: Pretre Ouvrier. The story of Father Perrin a priest who found the workers of France but lost his church.
June 20th 1965 Rt Hon Michael Stewart answers questions from theology students from Edinburgh, Glasgow, and London.
The programme was now being shown erratically, the next being
August 1st 1965 How to be A Failure, an examination of the examination system.
August 15th 1965 The Restless Ones, the film that is to launch Billy Graham's Greater London Crusade in 1966. Critic George Target questions Bill Brown.
August 29th 1965 And the Walls Came Tumbling Down. The crumbling church.
September 12th 1965 Confrontation. Lord Soper and FH Amphlett Micklewright. This was the last Sunday Break programme I have been able to trace.
If you can add details of any of the other programmes shown, or appeared in the programme at all, I would love to hear from you
Five O'Clock Club and other Rediffusion TV attempts to rival BBC's Blue Peter
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Associated Rediffusion made several attempts to produce a good children's magazine.
The first embryonic attempt in 1955 was perhaps Blue Cross Society Club with Stuart Gelder, which was essentially for pet lovers.
Another specialist interest was catered for in Space Club which ran for much of 1956.
During 1957 children's ITV programmes were linked by Jimmy Hanley under the umbrella title Jolly Good Time, and this eventually became the title of a mix of miscellaneous snippets, such as Mr Happy (the controller of birthdays) and various little playlets, such as The Adventures of Twizzle. By the end of this year Jolly Good Time was confined to Tuesdays at 5pm, while on Fridays at the same time was a similar programme Let's Get Together. Jon Pertwee was one of several to host this show. Charlie Drake and various partners had a spot as Mick and Montmorency. Steve Race was the regular presenter during 1958 though in spring 1959 the show ended.
In April 1958, Nevil Whiting who had been hosting Jolly Good Time, was the host of Lucky Dip on Tuesdays at 5pm, which included Make Em Laugh, a six minute comedy spot, and Look Here, a feature on different hobbies.
In the summer, the programme was subtitled The Junior Newspaper, introduced by Ted Kavanagh, though Nevil Whiting returned as the host during the autumn. Early 'correspondents' included Peter Waterman, while Bert Weedon joined in the autumn as Music correspondent, along with Fanny and Johnny Craddock, with the Happy Cooking Page. Muriel Young near the end of the year joined as a Special Correspondent.
By 1961 she was the Fashions and Careers expert. After nearly two years, Nevil Whiting left the series in March 1960, replaced by Howard Williams.
TV Times first mentioned in May 1961 that there were "interruptions by Ollie Beak," an irritating puppet who subsequently became immensely popular with children. (Ollie and the dog Fred Barker had previously been introduced in A-R's Small Time.)
The last edition of Lucky Dip was on Tuesday September 5th 1961, for from the following week it was replaced by
Tuesday Rendezvous. "Friends old and new" was the byline, and indeed the resident hosts were the familiar Howard Williams, Muriel Young and Bert Weedon. Lo and behold guest experts were Fanny and Johnnie Craddock, and art guru John Mills was another guest expert on the first show on September 12th 1961. Grahame Dangerfield, animal expert, was also an early visitor to Tuesday Rendezvous, he had been a late recruit to Lucky Dip. Ollie Beak was in charge of The Visitors Book presumably to attempt to keep him out of mischief. And Ollie's pal, Fred Barker, received regular mention in TV Times from June 1962. One new feature was the Rendezvous Pony Club, introduced by Carole Baker. A popular early innovation throughout the series was Star Record Guest, though sadly the artist was never named in TV Times. Star Record Guest on the May 7th 1963 edition was Billy Fury.
The major difference in this new programme was that it filled the children's hour slot from 5.00 to 5.55pm.
Howard Williams soon left the programme leaving Muriel and Bert in charge. However he returned to the fold in May 1962 (possibly he was an Equity member and thus involved with the protracted dispute between that organisation and ITV). Weedon left at the end of that month, though he did return in October 1962. Christmas Day 1962 falling on a Tuesday, resulted in a special Christmas Rendezvous, a fantasy with the usual members of the team, who also included John Mills, Graham Dangerfield and Bob Wallis and His Storyville Jazzmen, who provided a history of jazz during the run of the series. A change came in summer 1963 when the programme was reduced to a length of 25 minutes. It's not clear how all the regular features managed to get squeezed in. However Bert Weedon disappeared during the summer, as in the previous year.
The very last programme was on September 24th 1963, but Muriel Young and Howard Williams returned the following week with
Five O'Clock Club
which proved to be A-R's most successful children's magazine, though it ended up as little more than a pop show. It ran continuously until 1965, then with a further run into 1966. It started on October 1st 1963, now in a regular slot on Fridays as well as Tuesdays, recalling the Jolly Good Time scheduling back in 1957. Ollie Beak and Fred Barker were also recalled and the byline of the show sounded suspiciously like that of Tuesday Rendezvous, "old friends- now new members of a Television Club." There was Graham Dangerfield on Pets, while on Fridays dear old Jimmy Hanley had a Do it Yourself spot. But at least now guests were publicised in advance, everyone from the big names, to pop hopefuls who didn't quite make it to the top! Among new novelties was Daisy a clowning cow (played by Jimmy and June Kidd). Roger Webb and His Trio provided some of the music.
These were some of the advertised guests:
Oct 1st 1963: Harry Secombe. The Innocents. Oct 4th: Rosemary Squires. Craig Douglas.
Oct 11th '63: "a large part of the programme was built round two puppets taking bets with the host and hostesses," complained an irate viewer
Oct 15th 1963: The Eagles. Oct 18th: Sir Compton Mackenzie, Bert Weedon.
Oct 22nd 1963: Hughie Green. Karl Denver Trio and Mark Wynter. Oct 25th: The Caravelles and Billy Fury.
Oct 29th 1963: Billie Davis. Adam Faith and the Roulettes (they performed The First Time). Nov 1st: Moura Lympany. The Swinging Blue Jeans. Teddy Green.
Nov 5th 1963: Freddie and the Dreamers. Joe Brown. Nov 8th: Lt-Gen Sir Brian Horrocks. Dev Douglas. The Viscounts.
Nov 12th 1963: Larry Adler. The Tornados. George Bean.
Nov 15th: Sir James Gunn. Russ Conway. Mike Sheridan and the Nightriders.
Dec 3rd 1963: The Vernons Girls. The Marksmen. Dec 6th: Bernard Tussaud. Dave Clark Five.
Christmas Eve 1963: David Kossoff. The Classmates. Muriel Smith. Dec 27th:
Laurie Jay Combo. Rosemary Lane.
Jan 14th 1964: Joe Brown. Adrienne Poster. Jan 17th:
Bert Weedon. Danny Williams. Alan Drew.
Jan 21st 1964: Susan Maughan, The Contrasts. Jan 24th: Teddy Johnson and Pearl Carr, The Bachelors, Angela Mortimer.
Jan 28th 1964: Marty Wilde. The Aces. Jan 31st:
Mike Hurst. Bill Clifton.
Feb 11th 1964: Houston Wells, and The Sundowners. Feb14th: Vince Eager, Mike Preston.
Feb 18th 1964: Chris Sandford. Cloda Rogers. Feb 21st:
Dev Douglas. The Cameos.
Feb 28th 1964: guests included Ronnie Hilton
Mar 3rd 1964: guest singers Adam Faith and The Roulettes, also Marilyn Powell. Mar 6th: The Square Pegs and Karl Denver Trio.
Mar 17th 1964: Ezz Reco and the Launchers with Boysie Grant. The Joy Strings. Mar 20th:
Gene Vincent. The Federals.
Mar 24th 1964: The Swinging Blue Jeans. Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde. No edition on Mar 27th (Good Friday).
Jay Denyer now replaced Howard Williams and Jimmy Hanley now became one of the regular resident club members. Graham Dangerfield left.
Apr 7th 1964: The Monarchs. Isla Cameron. Rick Jones. Freddie and the Dreamers. Apr 10th: The Hustlers. Maureen Scott. Spider Austin. John Mills.
No edition on Apr 14th 1964 (Budget Day). Apr 17th: Cilla Black. The Cumberland Three. Silvano's Sophisticated Chimps.
Apr 21st 1964: Millie. Malcolm Price Trio. Sid Plummer. Apr 24th: Steve Benbow. Bernard Hughes. The Footprints.
Apr 28th 1964: The Applejacks. Valerie Govinda. Gil Dova (humourous juggler). May 1st: The Bedlams. Rod and Carolyn. Tom, Dick and Harry.
Louie Ramsay now joined the residents.
May 12th 1964: Glenda Collins. Tony Sheveton and the Shevells. Sheriff Danny Arnold with Pete Stanley and Wizz Jones. May 15th: The Chimes. Morgan-James Duo.
May 19th 1964: Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. Also with Jeremy Taylor, Michael Martell, Andrew and Paul Tracey. May 22nd: Manfred Mann. Kay Garner.
May 26th 1964: Lulu and the Luvers with Steve Perry, The Islanders, Christine Quaite, Sonny Farrar. May 29th: Tony Sheridan, plus The Hi-Fi's. Jan and Kelly.
June 2nd 1964: The Countrymen, with Andee Silver, Miar Davies, The Vendettas, Vercoe. June 5th: Peter and Gordon. Susan Maughan. The Druids.
Jimmy Hanley now left the series.
June 16th 1964: Mark Wynter, Chris Barber and Ottilie Patterson with Pierre and Company. June 19th: Ricky Livid and the Tone Deafs, with Shirley Collins, The Honeycombs.
June 23rd 1964: The Cockneys, Bettina and Bryce, Bryan Davies. June 26th: Adam Faith and the Roulettes, The Other Two.
June 30th 1964: The Band of Angels. Bernard Hughes. The Orchids. July 3rd: PJ Proby. The Jynx. The Healey Sisters.
July 7th 1964: Mike Sheridan and the Nightriders. Chris Rayburn. July 10th: Long John Baldry. Jean Redpath.
July 14th 1964 and July 17th: no guests advertised in TV Times
July 28th 1964: Billy J Kramer. Mickey Finn and the Blue Men. Joey. July 31st: The Merseybeats. The Langleys. Adamo.
Aug 4th 1964: The Jynx. Adamo. Anna-Lou and Maria. Aug 7th: Gus Backus. Sandie Shaw. The Settlers.
Aug 11th 1964: The Shevelles, Mike Redway and The Dougie Squires Three. Aug 14th: Patsy Ann Noble, The Blue Aces, The Woodpeckers.
Aug 18th 1964: Marianne Faithfull, The Overlanders, Doctor Crock and His Crackpots. Aug 21st: The Migil 5, Jackie Martin, Roslynn.
Aug 25th 1964: Nola York. The Juniors. The Road Stars. Aug 28th: Helen Shapiro. Chad Stewart and Jeremy Clyde. The Showtimers.
Sept 1st 1964: Kay Garnier. Larry Parker. Herman's Hermits. Sept 4th: Lesley Gore. Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor. The Voomins.
Sept 8th 1964: The Messengers. Billie Davis. Roy Bradley and his Music Breakers. Sept 11th: Barry Kent. Julie Grant. Brian Poole and the Tremeloes.
Sept 15th 1964: Lulu. The Carefrees. Sept 18th (Muriel Young temporarily not here): The Mudlarks. Christine Quaite. The Naturals.
Sept 22nd 1964: Chris Barber and Ottilie Patterson. Carol Deane. Sept 25th: The Rustiks. Ria Bartok. The Clearways.
Sept 29th 1964: The Ladybirds. The Jones Boys. Kopy Kat. John Halford. Oct 2nd (Muriel Young returns): Tammy St John. Morgan-James Duo. The Band of Angels.
Oct 6th 1964: Pierre and Company. Lady Lee. The Zombies. Oct 9th: Barry St John. Pip and Roy. The Nutrons.
Oct 20th 1964: The Supremes. Bern Elliott and the Klan. Bernard Hughes. Oct 23rd: Dionne Warwick. The Laurie Jay Combo. Don, David and Dean.
Oct 27th 1964: Marty Wilde. Swinging Blue Jeans. Sid Plummer. Oct 30th: Peter and Gordon. Stevie Lewis. Vince Philpott and The Drags.
Nov 3rd 1964: Manfred Mann. Patsy Ann Noble. John Morris. Nov 6th: Marianne Faithfull. Bobby Shafto. Shelley.
Nov 10th 1964: Dana Valery. Malcolm Mitchell. The Clarions. Nov 13th: The Searchers. Andee Silver. The Spinners.
Nov 17th 1964: Heinz. The Hi-fi's. Peppi with the Rustlers. Nov 20th: The Caravelles. The Overlanders. The U.K.'s.
Nov 24th 1964: Larry Parker. Ian Douglas. The Yardbirds. Nov 27th: Eden Kane. The Trendsetters. Beverley Jones.
Dec 1st 1964: Stubby Kaye. The Honeycombs. Lorne Lesley. Dec 4th: The Applejacks. Julie Rogers. Clinton Ford.
Dec 8th 1964: The Contrasts. The Three Bells. The Austins. Dec 11th: Lulu. The Nashville Teens. The Countrymen.
Dec 15th 1964: Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. David Berglass. Baby Dolls. Dec 18th: The Barron Knights. Valerie Masters. Ron Moody.
Dec 22nd 1964: Susan Maghan. Des and Dave. Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames. Dec 25th (a special Christmas edition from Trafalgar Square): The Hollies. Millie. Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. The Joy Strings.
A new year, and the programme was renamed in 1965 in honour of the two puppets Ollie and Fred's Five O'Clock Club.
Muriel Young was now the sole compere. Daisy the cow continued to appear, but Roger Webb was replaced by new resident musicians. In January it was The Kingfishers.
Star guest to start the year was Stubby Kaye. He was the star guest in each edition for two months.
Jan 5th 1965: With The Singing Blue Jeans. Samantha Jones. The King Brothers. Jan 8th: With Dave Clark Five. Sandie Shaw. The Keyes.
Jan 12th 1965: With The Naturals. Larry Parker. Gitte. Jan 15th: Cilla Black. Johnny Thunder. JL Watson and the Hummelfluges.
Jan 19th 1965: With Gerry and the Pacemakers. Del Shannon. Sheila and Jenny. Jan 22nd:
With Tommy Quickly and the Remo Four. Chris Barber and his Band. Elkie Brooks.
Resident musicians now The Mike Negal Trio.
Feb 9th 1965: Mike Sheridan and the Nightriders. The Three Quarters. Patrick Kerr.
Feb 12th: Ginger Johnson and his African Drummers.
Mark Wynter. Margo and the Marvettes.
Feb 16th 1965: Tommy Bruce. Shirley and Johnny. Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tick.
Feb 19th: Manfred Mann. Marilyn Powell. Ivy League.
Star Guest now Tommy Quickly for each show, replacing Stubby Kaye.
From March 4th 1965, the Friday edition switched to Thursdays.
Mar 9th 1965: Marianne Faithfull. Gilbert and Partner. The Messengers.
Mar 11th: Tom Jones. Heinz and the Wild Boys. Adrienne Poster.
Mar 16th 1965: Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames. One Two and Three Group. Twinkle.
Mar 18th: Gerry and the Pacemakers. T.Bone-Walker. Nana Mouskouri.
Mar 23rd 1965: (from Battersea Play Park): Johnny Kidd and The Pirates. Stubby Kaye.
Mar 25th: (again from Battersea Play Park): Stubby Kaye the only special guest.
Mar 30th 1965: The Nashville Teens. Carol Deene.
Apr 2nd: The Four Pennies. Helen Shapiro. Beryl and Bobo.
(No programme on Apr 6th 1965 due to Budget).
A new star guest on all shows from now on was Jon Pertwee, replacing Tommy Quickly. And there were also new resident musicians- The Michael Hill Group.
Apr 8th: Freddie and the Dreamers. The Shevells. Jacqueline Moore.
Apr 13th 1965: The Applejacks. The Countrymen. Rosemary Squires.
Apr 15th: Susan Maughan. Tony Knight's Chess Men. Bobby Shafto.
Apr 20th 1965: The Overlanders. Donovan. Louie Ramsay (a former host).
Apr 22nd: The Walker Brothers. Lesley Duncan. The Ian Campbell Folk Group.
Apr 27th 1965: Lulu and the Luvvers. Adam, Mike and Tim. Pinky.
Apr 29th: The Searchers, The Ladybirds. Brian Gregory.
New star guest on all shows, replacing Jon Pertwee, from now on was Craig Douglas.
May 11th 1965: Manfred Mann. Beau Brummel. David and Marianne Dalmour.
May 13th: Dave Clark Five. Tony Blackburn. The Chantells.
May 18th 1965: Cilla Black. Toni Ross. Heinz and the Wild Boys.
May 20th: Janie Marden. The Woodpeckers. Kenny Miller.
May 25th 1965 Susan Maughan was temporary commere, replacing Muriel Young who had a fortnight's holiday: Richard Anthony. The Three Bells. The Shangaans.
May 20th: Susan Maughan, Connie Francis. New Faces. The Quiet 5.
The last programme was on June 3rd 1965. Muriel Young did return the following week with old pal Stubby Kaye to host Stubby's Silver Star Show. The Mike Hill Group also continued to appear, to provide some continuity. This show ended on Sept 2nd 1965, to be replaced by another spin-off
Five O'Clock Funfair.
Ollie and Fred returned, now not quite top of the bill, but Daisy the cow had gone. New host was Marjorie Sigley. The schedule continued as before, ie Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 5.25pm. Guests were:
Sept 7th and 9th 1965: The Alexis Korner Group.
Sept 14th: The Hollies.
Sept 16th: Les Flambeaux.
From now on The Alexis Korner Group became the resident regulars.
Sept 21st: The Lancastrians.
Sept 28th: The Harbour Lites. Sept 30th: The Silkie. Alan David.
Oct 12th 1965: Julie Grant. The Symbols.
Oct 14th: The New Lost City Ramblers.
Oct 19th: The Animals.
Oct 21st: Ronald Gamack.
Oct 26th: Swinging Blue Jeans. Ronald Gamack. Millie.
Oct 28th: The Animals. Kim Martyn.
Nov 2nd 1965: Paul and Barry Ryan. Hedgehoppers Anonymous.
Nov 4th: Julie Grant. The Moody Blues.
Nov 11th: Tsai Chin.
Nov 23rd: The Bow Bells.
Nov 25th: The Foremost. Sue and Sonny.
Nov 30th: The Casuals. The Karlins. The Army Catering Corps.
Dec 2nd 1965: The Searchers. Stanley Unwin.
This was the last Funfair, for returning now was the ever popular
Five O'Clock Club.
"New style" it was called, and there was a new face in Wally Whyton, though familar in one sense, for he was Ollie Beak's voice. Tommy Quickly was also a regular and of course Muriel Young. Also back were inevitably, Ollie and Fred. The Alexis Korner Group (later: Sextet) were also regulars, thus giving some sort of link with the previous series.
One other 'innovation' is that the series returned to its old Tuesday and Friday slots. Guests were:
Dec 7th 1965: Jonathan King. Chris Andrews. Danny Tigleau (Hawaiian fire dancer). Spencer Davis Group.
Dec 10th: John Summers. Valerie Mitchell. The Kinks. The Transatlantics. Janet Templar and Victor the Clown.
Dec 14th: The Bo-Street Runners. The Settlers. Ray Martine. Gina Carroll.
Dec 17th: Gerry and the Pacemakers. The Caesars. Vol Mckenna. Big Pete Duker.
Dec 21st: Lonnie Donegan. Vince Hill. Herbie's People. Norma Leon. Gary and Jan.
Dec 24th: Johnny Tillotson. The Ivy League. Lita Roza. Mike Redway. Herman's Hermits.
Dec 28th: Justin Hayward. The Varations. The Zombies. Joy Marshall.
Dec 31st: The Dalys. The Small Faces. The Honeycombs. Kenny Lynch. The Hollies.
Guest compere now Gerry Marsden (replacing Tommy Quickly).
Jan 11th 1966: Patty La Belle and the Belles. Joni Adams. David Essex. Pinkerton's (Assort.) Colours. Adamo.
Jan 14th: Josh Hanna. David and Jonathan. Elaine Delmar. Chris Farlowe. Julie Rogers.
Jan 18th: Robb Storme. The Truth. The Exciters. The Mindbenders. Lulu.
Jan 21st: Jimmy Cliff. The Nashville Teens. Dodie West. Morgan-James Duo.
Jan 25th: Paul and Barry Ryan. The Pretty Things. Doug Sheldon. John Summers.
Jan 28th: The Nigel Brooks Singers. Cliff Bennett. Neil London. The original Drifters.
Feb 1st 1966: David Ballantyne. Peter Thompson. The Merseybeats. Ernestine Anderson.
Feb 4th: The Pacemakers also appear with Gerry Marsden. Billie David and Keith Powell. The St Joseph's College Band from Beaulah Hill. Ken MacKintosh. Star Guest: Matt Monro.
Feb 8th: Roslynne. Gary Benson. The Silkie. Danny Williams.
Feb 11th: Chad and Jeremy. Billy J Kramer. Mark Murphy. A critic wrote of this show: "I liked The Soulmates and Mark Murphy, blues singer from America." The former sang Bring Your Love Back Home. "Murphy sang to his heart's content, but I think his was the only heart that was." This adult viewer sourly decided this was "not an interesting programme, particularly for the children." He observed there were a few children at the back of the audience, "but these were the quiestest kids I've sene."
Feb 15th: The Four Pennies. Brendan Phillips. Janie Marden. Roger Webb. Charlie and Inez Foxx.
Feb 18th: Tommy St John. Lorne Lesley. The Migil 5.
Feb 22nd: The Hollies. Glenda Collins. Justin and Karlsson.
Feb 25th: The King Brothers. The Twins. Adam Faith.
Mar 15th: Freddie and the Dreamers. Al Saxon. Patsy Ann Noble.
Mar 18th: The Spencer Davis Group. The Settlers.
Mar 29th: Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, Tich. Kiki Dee. Billy Joe Toyal.
Apr 1st 1966: The Peter B's. Victor Manz. And presenting Rory and Crispian St Peters.
Apr 12th: Janie Jones. The Alan Price Set.
Apr 15th: Roy Orbison. Martha and the Vandellas.
New guest compere, replacing Gerry Marsden: Joe Brown.
Una Stubbs temporarily replaces Muriel Young.
Apr 19th: Lewis Rich.
Apr 22nd: Wayne Fontana. Fram and Alen.
Muriel Young returns.
New guest compere: Bill Boyle.
Alexis Korner now has only a Quartet.
June 7th 1966: Mark Wynter. The Newby. Miki Dallon.
June 10th: The Jeeps. Dev Douglas.
June 21st: Freddie and the Dreamers. Kim Cordell.
June 24th: Susan Maughan. The Hollies.
June 28th: Michael Cox. Neil Christiansen. The Koobas.
July 1st: David and Jonathan. Also first round of IQ game, London v Home Counties.
Alexis Korner Quartet now replaced by The Mike Hill Group (who had been regulars on the series during part of the previous year).
July 5th: The Ivy League. Joy Marshall. Englebert Humperdink.
July 8th: The Fortunes. Also second round of IQ game, Norwich v Cambridge.
July 19th: Madeline Bell. Alan Price. Joe Brown.
July 22nd: Dusty Springfield. Peter and Gordon. IQ game- Birmingham v Manchester.
July 26th: The Creation. Dave Berry.
July 29th: Billy Fury. IQ game- Glasgow v Edinburgh.
Aug 2nd 1966 : Jonathan King. Lee Drummond.
Aug 5th: Manfred Mann. Lesley Dawson. IQ game- Bristol v Exeter.
Aug 9th: The Ivy League. Danny Street. Brendan Phillips.
Aug 12th: The Troggs. IQ game- Liverpool v Newcastle.
Aug 16th: Washington DC's. Chris Andrews.
Aug 19th: Wayne Fontana. Jackie Trent. The Sounds of Time. IQ game- round eight.
Aug 23rd: The King Brothers. David Essex.
Aug 26th: Vince Hill. Greg Hunter. IQ game- Quarter Final: London v Cambridge.
Joe Brown now returns briefly as the guest compere.
Aug 30th: Sandie Shaw. The Mindbenders. Ray Martine.
Sept 2nd: The Hollies. Laura Lee. IQ game- Quarter Final: Llandudno v Manchester.
Guest compere now Mitch Murray.
Sept 6th 1966: Hayes and Wadey. Cliff Bennett. Jackie Trent. Michael Skinner.
Sept 9th: The Rohtchilds. Kenny Damon. IQ game- Quarter Final: Edinburgh v Bristol.
Guest compere now sees the return of Gerry Marsden.
Sept 20th: Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames. IQ game- Semi Final
Sept 23rd 1966: Susan Maughan. The Troggs. IQ game- The Final.
This was the last meeting ever of The Five O'Clock Club. The vital question is, whatever happened to Ollie Beak and Fred Barker?
The following year Rediffusion started
Come Here Often.
I am most grateful to
Mick Robertson for his memories of working on this programme, made by Rediffusion in 1967/8.
"Come Here Often was a children’s magazine show. I was a researcher on it – one of my first jobs. Liz Cowley was the Producer, Lewis Rudd Exec Prod. Liz came fresh from A Whole Scene Going at the BBC, a very Sixties youth culture show. She brought some of that fresh and modern approach to children’s programming with Come Here Often.
The series was live and came from the same basement studio as Ready Steady Go. The Presenters were Sarah Ward and Cliff Morgan. Sarah was cutting edge, Cliff wasn’t, but he was already a legend because of his wonderful rugby career.
I can’t remember much of the content of the shows although I was helping make them. Cliff demanded directors show big close-ups of kids, "let’s see their big smiling gobs," Sarah flirted, very professionally. I know we featured bands The Who, The Herd, The Kinks etc. We also had a music talent strand featuring kids for which I was responsible. It was great though I say it myself! A sixteen year old boy called Seymour won it. The finals were judged by Spike Milligan and Alan Price amongst others. At least one of the finalists was a band that went on to be famous. That strand was the start of presenting for me, first giving the results, then introducing the strand. Eventually I replaced the legend that was Cliff Morgan, and then Associated Rediffusion lost its licence. Come Here Often ended. And because I was identified with it I wasn’t invited to present its successor ‘Magpie’ for about 2 years.
Come Here Often was a truly Sixties pioneering buccaneering show which in spite of its short life was a significant influence on future children’s television, not least on its Thames TV successor Magpie.
Of the 80 episodes made, all I have are a few photos and a script. A live show leaves no tapes and all the inserts were shot on 16mm film."
Magpie began in August 1968, and Mick was one of its hosts from 1972 to 1980.
Come Here Often began in the summer of 1967, Fridays, 5.25-5.55pm. "Talking-swinging-arguing-making type programme- indoors, outdoors and everywhere." Another byline was "pop stars and poets, pastry cooks and politicians, everybody and everything gets stirred in and stirred up." Here's a third, "bring the whole world bouncing to your doorstep. From animals to astronauts, films to football." The first director was Vic Hughes, while these later shared the job, John Phillips, Diana Potter, and Prudence Martin. Though it was not fully networked at first, it was from September 1967, when it became a twice weekly magazine (Tuesdays and Fridays).
But it returned to a weekly slot at the start of 1968, Tuesdays at 5.25pm. Cliff Morgan left the series in April 1968. TV Times announced that the "80th and last programme" was on July 23rd 1968.
Mick Robertson was advertised as co-host for the last few shows.
We must be grateful to him
for his memories, as TV Times was rarely able to announce any special guests on the show. However it can be stated that Spike Milligan was advertised to appear on January 9th and 16th 1968. The 'Special edition' mentioned by Mick Robertson was on April 9th 1968, the final of the write-your-own song competition. As well as Alan Price, George Martin was another of the judges. The series went out with a bang in July 1968, with three weeks showing film of Sarah Ward at RAF Singapore, in a Hercules turboprop from RAF Lyneham via a base they had in the Maldives."After the Royal Navy- the Royal Air Force!"- so presumably there'd been an earlier mini series on the navy.
To give a flavour of the content, one show in August 1967 showed Sarah Ward doing a parachute jump, "absolutely hair raising," she described it, "but we'd spent a small fortune getting two camera crews there to do the filming, so I had to go through with it." Another drama in November 1967 was when she and Cliff Morgan had to capsize their yacht in the Thames to show how a rescue operates. A less scary moment included a visit to Cadbury Somerset, in search of the Round Table
Destination- Downing Street (1957, A-R)
Six spy thrillers in four parts each, preceded by one single introductory story. Originally planned in 13 parts, it proved so popular with viewers that three additional four part stories were added to the run. Critics however were less enthusiastic, one describing the stories as "unreal and hysterical."
All the stories were written by St John Curzon of TV Scripts Ltd (21 Hertford Street London W1). He joked, it was "my first, and possibly last." That seems to have been the case.
The live programmes were performed at Wembley Park Studios, with a maximum of six main sets per episode, plus a few filmed linked sequences. The author claimed "the Alster sequences in Hamburg to be quite effective."
Each episode starred
John Stone as Mike Ashton on the trail of the enemy, known as ARKAB. On his team were
Sylva Langova as Sylva,
Graham Crowden as Colin,
Donald Morley as Jacques Delauny,
and also with Diana Lambert as Phoebe (who was in stories 1 to 13 only).
Destination- Downing Street was replaced by Murder Bag which did so well, which was perhaps the reason why this popular serial was not revived.
Details of the stories:
(Monday March 25th 1957, 8pm)
2 The Machiavelli Touch: Part 1
(April 1st 1957) -
this group of stories directed by Robert Tronson.
3 The Machiavelli Touch: Part 2
(April 8th 1957)
4 The Machiavelli Touch: Part 3
(April 15th 1957) - with David Garth as Dufresne. With the death of Glass, all chance of tracing the Pterodactyl has gone. The safe has been rifled, clearly the work of The Machiavelli Touch, but Machiavelli has vanished.
5 The Machiavelli Touch: Part 4
(April 22nd 1957)
6 The Green Patch: Part 1
(April 29th 1957)- this group of stories directed by Ronald Marriott.
Mike Anson and his team investigate a helicopter crash in Tanganyika- someone talks too loudly in a bar in Dar-Es-Salaam, and The Green Patch assumes an international importance.
7 The Green Patch: Part 2
(May 6th 1957)
8 The Green Patch: Part 3
(May 13th 1957)
9 The Green Patch: Part 4
(May 20th 1957)
10 Mr Crazy: Part 1
(May 27th 1957) - this group of stories directed by Robert Tronson.
Also in this episode: Nancy Graham as Mary Jane, John McLaren as Arkwright, and Arthur Gross as Mertens.
The ruthless espionage organisation known as Arkab have already involved Mike and his team in two dangerous adventures. Now they strike again, this time in an unexpected quarter, at the eccentric American millionaire that the press have nicknamed Mr Crazy.
11 Mr. Crazy: Part 2
(June 3rd 1957). Also in this story: Nancy Graham, John McLaren, Arthur Gross, John Sharplin as Charlesworth, Lawrence James as Joe, Lian-Shin Yeng as Ying, and Stratford Johns as Eisenstein.
There is only one clue as to the identity of the attackers of Mr Crazy, and Mike gives Sylva the job of following it. She succeeds in getting a lead, but is herself trapped.
12 Mr. Crazy: Part 3
(June 10th 1957). Also in this story: Nancy Graham, John McLaren, John Sharplin, Lawrence James, Lian-Shin Yeng, Stratford Johns, and Frank Shelley as Bazzini.
All roads seem to be leading to Rome. As J Harold Arkwright aka Mr Crazy sets out by plane for Italy, he is followed by his would-be assassin Joe Murray, and Mike Anson and his colleagues. Also on the plane is the sinister Gustaf Eisenstein. Is he one of Arkab's agents?
13 Mr. Crazy: Part 4
(June 17th 1957, now at 10pm)
Also in this story: Nancy Graham, John McLaren, John Sharplin, Lian-Shin Yeng, Stratford Johns, and Frank Shelley.
The ring about Arkab seems to be tightening. With Mr Crazy as bait, the trap is set, and Mike Anson and his team are waiting for 'Cato,' Arkab's agent, to fall into it. But something goes wrong and Phoebe is in great danger.
14 Two Faces East: Part 1
(June 24th 1957) - this group of stories directed by Jonathan Alwyn.
With Andre van Gyseghem as Breitmann, and Leonard Trolley as Marsham.
Mike Anson finds that faces and even fingerprints are no use against a new ruthless enemy.
15 Two Faces East: Part 2
(July 1st 1957).
With Andre van Gyseghem, Helen Misener as Frau Hoffbauer, Wanda Ronda as Frau Kohne, Michael Blythe as Hintzel, and Edward Burnham as Clubfoot.
A foreign scientist has the same fingerprints as a dead man. Is Arkab using plastic surgery in its work of sabotage? Jacques, planted in the next cell to the suspected man, and about to be deported, has received a message from Dr Chlmann to deliver to 'Melchior' in Hamburg.
16 Two Faces East: Part 3
(July 8th 1957)
With Andre van Gyseghem, Wanda Ronda, Michael Blythe,Edward Burnham,
Joss Ackland as Immelmann,
Dermot Palmer as Zeke, and
Ellen Blueth as Girl Clerk.
Jacques is safely in touch with Melchior and Mike is installed at the Winter Palace Hotel.
The widow of a famous plastic surgeon has confirmed Mike's suspicion that Arkab are operating a nefariopus Face Factory.
17 Two Faces East: Part 4
(July 15th 1957) With Andre van Gyseghem, Wanda Ronda, Michael Blythe, Edward Burnham, Joss Ackland, Dermot Palmer as Zeke.
Mistrusting the handsome Baron, Mike refuses a bridge invitation from Frau Kohne, whom he suspects to be the plastic surgeon they are looking for. Jacques, a virtual prisoner in the underground clinic, has met Zeke, an American Army deserter, whose face has been changed for an Arkab mission to the US.
18 The Empty Man: Part 1
(July 22nd 1957)-
this group of stories directed by Jonathan Alwyn.
19 The Empty Man: Part 2
(July 29th 1957)
With Frank Olegario as Yakeez, Raymond Adamson as Greg,
Petra Davies as Eldor, Barry Shawzin as Yilman, John Rumney as Rankov,
Michael Ritterman as Prof Kjoumerian, Fenella Fielding as Djemila,
and Victor Baring as Nicolaides.
Mike is in Beirut investigating the attempt to sabotage Britain's newest airliner. Sylva and Jacques have been established as listening posts in the underworld. With Inspector Yakeez, Mike hopes for the recovery of Hasheem, who is believed to have planted a time bomb.
20 The Empty Man: Part 3
(August 5th 1957).
With Frank Olegario, Raymond Adamson,
Petra Davies, Barry Shawzin, John Rumney,
and Andreas Antoniou as barman.
Hasheem, the 'empty man,' is still well beyond interrogation, though Mike has made contact with his sweetheart Eldor, the Professor's daughter, who believes Hasheem to be dead.
21 The Empty Man: Part 4
(August 12th 1957).
With Frank Olegario,
Anthony Jacobs as Ornescu,
Michael Argy as Milo, and
Julian Sherrier as Hasheem.
The poisoning of hotel porter Yilman robs Mike and his friends of another clue.
Hasheem is still unable to speak, only a shock can bring his brain to life. Then appears the suavely sinister figure of Milo who haunts Hasheem's sweetheart Eldor, and drives Rankov in panic from Beirut.
22 Danger's End (final group of stories): Part 1
(August 19th 1957)
- the first three of these stories stories directed by William Freshman.
With Anthony Jacobs as Ornescu (from last story).
Mike and his friends have been on the trail of Arkab, but now the situation is reversed.
23 Danger's End: Part 2
(August 26th 1957)
24 Danger's End: Part 3 (September 2nd 1957).
With George Pastell as The Chief, also
Andre Charisee as Inspector Baruch, and
Bernard Archard as Meissner.
In Brussels, Mike and his friends have intercepted a letter instructing Maria Voelcker to report to Innsbruck.
After disposing of the interfering Mr Behreins they think themselves in the clear, but neither they, not the unfortunate Maria, realise that in this instance Arkab is calling the tune.
25 Danger's End: Part 4
(September 9th 1957). This final episode directed by Eric Croall.
With George Pastell, also
and Jan Conrad as Lehmke.
In Innsbruck Mike has learned for the first time that Arkab is waiting for him to walk into a trap. With Colin, he trails Sylva and Mesissner to the house beyond the Swiss border, the secret headquarters, for which Jacques has the phone number.
Other actors who appeared in an unknown episode of the series were
Hugo de Vernier,
Yvonne le Dain,
Pauline Winter, Yvette Wyatt,
(Source for this list- TV Scripts Ltd)