Leisure => Cinema, Theatre, Radio & Filming => Topic started by: Ajemp on December 01, 2015, 11:15:50

Title: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Ajemp on December 01, 2015, 11:15:50

 
I can recall  some very good ,funny , and interesting radio progs from the  50?60s i remember two way family favourites.......the navy lark ...Rays a laugh...The Billy Cotton band  show........Educating Archy,,,,, A ventriloguist on the radio, Peter  brough?   Handcocks  half hour,    Jourrney into space ( Sunday  evening ) as  we all sat  eating  our  tea ,  mixed  tin fruit with  carnation milk .....memories.        luv it.
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: conan on December 01, 2015, 13:13:35
Ah yes Sunday lunch listening to the navy lark followed by two way family favourites

try this link

http://www.radioechoes.com/the-navy-lark#.Vl2cjL9KlEY

http://whirligig-tv.co.uk/radio
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Alastair on December 01, 2015, 15:03:46
Children's favourites with Uncle Mac was a must. Journey into Space was brilliant. Does anyone remember Life of Bliss? With George Cole and Psyche the dog. Late Hancock's Half Hour was another must. Tragic that he thought he wasn't funny - he was one of the all-time greats. Educating Archie (Peter Brough), Life with the Lyons and the one with Beryl Reid as Monica and Ron & Eth (June whitfield). Lots more, I'm sure but they all bring back happy memories.

Alastair
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Dave Smith on December 01, 2015, 16:24:12
Jimmy Edwards (of the handlebar moustach)was the one with Ron & Eth. Arthur Askey ( I thank yow & Buzz,buzz, busy bee).Al Read ( any more tea in that joog?). Jack Benny & his out of tune violin ( he was a very accomplished player but not quite good enough to reach the top so changed his profession to comedian).Brings back wonderful memories of life being so simple!
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: grandarog on December 01, 2015, 17:26:46
All of those plus Tommy Handley of "Its that man again" ITMA used to love the rap style ditty rhymes weekly.
  Always remember one in particular. Down in the Jungle ,living in a tent .Better  than a prefab.... No Rent.
And for a bit of excitement Dick Barton.
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Longpockets on December 01, 2015, 18:39:31

Round the Horne?

Kenneth Horne
Kenneth Williams
Hugh Paddick
John Pertwee

Sing something simple

Two Way Family Favourites

Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Stewie on December 01, 2015, 19:13:56
I like listening to Hancock's Half Hour and many of them (along with other 'old' radio shows), are broadcast on BBC Radio 4 extra here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4extra

 :)
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Troyboy on December 01, 2015, 19:39:00
Do not forget , Dick Barton and his sidekick Chalky White.
Regards Troyboy
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: smiler on December 02, 2015, 09:26:39
Clithero kid,  Radio Luxemburg
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Rochester-bred on December 02, 2015, 10:21:20
The Clithero kid ,I remember that well, I also listened to the Archers , Quatermass and also listen with mother ,my children still tell me off when I call radio's a wireless, we had a Radio rental one which had a seperate dial on the windowsill to change a station and turn it off .
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: AlanH on December 02, 2015, 10:37:50
I remember lots of them and especially listening to the calls between our lads stationed in Germany and elsewhere...2 way Family Favourites possibly. Loved Hancock's Half Hour.
The Billy Cotton Bandshow possibly. Used to sit there with Mum and Dad in Baker Street, absolutely spellbound. We had Radio Rentals radio as well after the electricity came through.
What memories, old fashioned it maybe but still great to think about occasionally. Stuff twitter twatter and FaceBook and texting.  :)
AlanH.
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: ashwood on December 02, 2015, 11:48:23
Cheerful Charlie Chester, with his down in the Jungle rhymes.
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: mmitch on December 02, 2015, 12:42:37
Being allowed on a 'school night' to stay up and listen to the Goon Show... :)
mmitch.
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: grandarog on December 02, 2015, 14:06:51
Refering back to my post no 4 on this thread.The Jungle ditties were Charlie Chester's Crazy Gang programme(not in the ITMA programme.)
A serial within the show was "Tarzan of the Tapes", featuring Stab-U the Elephant Boy and his regular order to his pachyderm,  "Git up there, Forsythe!" The scene was always set thus, "In the heart of the dreaded jungle of Janzibulla which is situated deep in the African province of Japonica . . .",
and everyone who ever heard it will remember the regular chant of the natives:

Down in the jungle, living in a tent,

Better than a prefab - no rent!
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Dave Smith on December 02, 2015, 21:16:16
Just remembered, it was the Glum family with Jimmy Edwards, etc. Others were Itma with Tommy Handly & Ray's a Laugh with Ted Ray.        In the late 40's, when I was in the RAF, we had an illicit radio & listened to A.F.N. ( American Forces Network in Europe) late at night; I think their signature tune was Stan Kenton's Peanut Vendor.
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Signals99 on December 02, 2015, 21:46:14
I have a wonderfull set of 45  r.p.m CD's titled Favourite television and radio themes,purchased from a shop calld PastTimes,it has introductory music,plus snippets from most of the programs mentiond by fellow  members .cost about 4 recently .A great investment just for the nostalgia alone ., guys and gals put it on your Christmas wish list ,i promis you will not be disappointed .it has two discus .and first class reproduction.
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: StuarttheGrant on December 02, 2015, 22:09:32
I find Radio 4 extra has all the old favorites, Quatermass the Goons, Kenneth Williams,Journey into Space. I listen daily.

Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: colin haggart on December 04, 2015, 23:21:53
My favourite is The Navy Lark, I have got over a hundred episodes. 

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Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Signals99 on December 05, 2015, 03:38:56
Hi all, my memories go back a little bit further than most of the broadcasts mentiond in Colin haggards
Excellent blog, how many of you can remember Garison theatre ,Valatine Dial The man in black,workers play time ,the family Dr half hour ,,Round the Fleet,and Alister Cooks Letter from America  .
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Alastair on December 05, 2015, 11:28:40
I remember Valentne Dyall but I can't remember the programme. Also Alistair Cooke's Letter from America. Does anyone remember Stuart Grenfell with a programme called Our Day and Age? Some of those were really good. It started with the sound of roaring traffic, a voice shouting 'Stop!' then quiet and the story started. At the end the Voice called out 'Carry on, London!'

Alastair
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Signals99 on December 05, 2015, 23:34:07
Alastair,  the program was called "In Town Tonight" and the words were "Once again we stop the mighty roar of London's traffic to bring you news and views of those in town tonight". It was an early sort of current affairs program. Would you believe it, even though it was a radio program the announcer wore full evening dress. I well recall a young lady being interviewed as Annette Mills and her companion 'Muffin the Mule'; an act which has fallen foul of PC because of its connotations. Only the BBC could turn a delightful puppet into some thing murky.
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: colin haggart on December 05, 2015, 23:48:55
Back in those days it was good fun with no smut. Mind you, half of what was said in fun then would not be allowed today.
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: conan on December 06, 2015, 08:43:15
Back in those days it was good fun with no smut. Mind you, half of what was said in fun then would not be allowed today.

I disagree with the smut comment, the double entendres and slang used by Kenneth Williams were a joy that completely went over the staid heads of the BBC.
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: johnham on December 06, 2015, 10:20:57
How about....DICK BARTON SPECIAL AGENT........with Dick, Jock and Snowy.
Also the first serialisation of Day of the Triffids.....very scary being sent to bed because " it will give you
nightmares" then creeping downstais in the dark to sit outside the living room door and listen.
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Alastair on December 06, 2015, 15:01:01
Thank you, Signals - you're quite right, it was In Town Tonight. The mists of time have dimmed whatever memory is left. I still liked Our Day and Age, though.

Alastair
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: mmitch on December 07, 2015, 09:28:04
"By the light of a passing gas works" would be lost on today's non Goon generation.  :)
mmitch.
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: AlanH on December 07, 2015, 09:33:51
Alastair Cooks "letter from America" went on for many years and was great to listen to. He died aged 95 I believe about a month after his final broadcast. Great voice and one of the all time great broadcasters.
AlanH.
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Dave Smith on December 07, 2015, 18:51:34
mmitch. You are so right, very clever writers. Afraid that today, so called commedians think they have to swear a bit- or a lot- to be "funny".
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Dave Smith on December 07, 2015, 19:14:26
Valentine Dyall introduced "The Man in Black", if I remember rightly.
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: conan on December 08, 2015, 18:51:04
don't forget

We mustn't forget 'I'm sorry I'll read that again' almost a forerunner for Monty Python it starred John Cleese,Graham Chapman,Bill Oddie,and Tim brook-Taylor and was wonderfully silly.

First broadcast in 1964 it ran until 1972 and had a few reunions and specials after that date
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: smiler on December 10, 2015, 10:55:05
What happened there conan, at first I thought the Invisible Man  :) :)
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: conan on December 10, 2015, 12:26:55
What happened there conan, at first I thought the Invisible Man  :) :)

I haven't the faintest idea smiler,but can assure you I was as sober as some judges when I posted it,hopefully Kyn can ...ah....compress the mistake down to more managable proportions
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: peterchall on December 10, 2015, 13:05:03
Is that how it's supposed to read, conan?
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: conan on December 10, 2015, 20:35:25
Is that how it's supposed to read, conan?

The bit about ISIRTA,yes,apart from the bit right at the top,where that came from I have no idea.Normally I preview posts before sending them but that one must have slipped through the radar.
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Signals99 on December 11, 2015, 01:35:06
How about the pirate radio stations ,any memories in that direction?maybe the start of'"modern"type radio presentation.Though it assuredly made the dear old BBC take a good look at itself,the establishment had to close it down,think of the damage caused by the introduction of ''free thinking'and uncontrolled reporting. To the masses ,I think the mandate was "close down at any cost" just my opinion  of course ,but interested to hear other opinions .
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: smiler on December 11, 2015, 08:28:39
As an 18 /19 yr old when the Pirate stations started broadcasting I thought they were great. Pop music all day, up until then there was only the light programme the best bit being Top Twenty presented by Alan Freeman on a Sunday afternoon and the very poor reception of Radio Luxemberg in the evenings.
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Signals99 on December 11, 2015, 09:03:33
At the time,those stationd at Kitchener barracks were banned from listening to 'pirate 'stations.smiler,thank you for mentioning Radio Luxemberg,when i composed my last blog I could just not remember the name,all that came into my head was a song advertising Ovaltine sung by children,
Now tell me ,was Dan Dare ,pilot of the future .a Luxemberg production?
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: mmitch on December 11, 2015, 10:10:01
When the pirate radio stations started the first one I heard was Caroline. Later on Radio London had better reception in Gravesend. That is all about 50 years ago now!  :)
There is still the third Caroline ship still about. The plan was to moor it at Gravesend and use it for local radio but it has ended up at Bradwell Essex.   http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/#ross_revenge.html
mmitch.
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Alastair on December 11, 2015, 12:14:25
Used to religiously tune in (valve set) to Jack Jackson's Juke Box Show on a Sunday evening. Great stuff. This was before Priate Stations.
Dan Dare was in the Eagle comic and nothing to do with Luxembourg but I follwed his exploits with great interest.

Alastair
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: conan on December 11, 2015, 12:16:29
Thanks for sorting that out Kyn :)
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: conan on December 11, 2015, 12:26:32
A list of the pirates would not be complete without a mention of Screaming Lord Sutch out on the Shivering sands forts

http://www.bobleroi.co.uk/ScrapBook/SutchCityPics1/SutchCityPics1.html
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: smiler on December 11, 2015, 12:56:26
Now tell me ,was Dan Dare ,pilot of the future .a Luxemberg production?

http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=18884.30;topicseen
 
Does ring a bell signals, Sunday evenings in the 50s?
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: colin haggart on December 12, 2015, 23:49:16
"Wagoner's Walk" on Radio Two, twice a day.   "The Archers" on Radio Four, still going.  Tony Hancock did a version of it called "The Bowmen"

Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: mmitch on December 13, 2015, 11:28:53
'Journey into Space' and a later 'OrbiterX' were 'must listen to' in the 50s. I remember a crowd in a school friend's lounge catching up on a missed episode via his dad's home built tape recorder.
I think the main attraction was radio tested your imagination, even later B&W 'Doctor Who' took some away.
mmitch.
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Signals99 on December 13, 2015, 22:33:54
MMitch,yes indeed ,the radio series  serials were made totaly spellbinding by an active imagination ,memories flood back ,sitting in my dressing gown drinking hot chocolate(if my sisters had left any)as I listened ,spellbound ,to DanDare plot of the future on radio Luxemburg wondering if the evil Mecon had at last done for our brave lad,or enjoying uncle Mac reading  'that weeks episode of 'wind in the willows'in children's hour,each and every story as brilliant as I wanted it to be.
Yes todays youngsters have super sophisticated toys ,things that we probably could not have imagined in my child hood days,perhaps that's why a lot of today's children have problems reading?my last ten years or so of working life were spent as a senior security officer at a well known univercity ,most of the student population I came into contact with ,were without a doubt very well educated people,with one exception to produce a letter without the aid of a computer was beyond there capableties.the burrser once told me "why bother  when you have a machine to do it for you" my point being have today's youngsters been robbed of something very precious by technology,or am I just an old Luddite.
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Alastair on December 14, 2015, 12:00:45
No, Signals, you are not an old Luddite, you hold on to the values that a lot of us on this Forum still cling to and cringe when we see the education of today's youth.
How many of them, for instance, know what a Luddtite is? Oh, of course, all of them - they'll just Google it.
They'll never know the programmes mentioned here or be able to look back with any form of nostalgia, unless it's to Grand Theft Auto or some other mindless computer game.
None of them will have had a childhood such as we had, but I suppose that can be said for many generations. Maybe I'm a Luddite.

Alastair
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: AlanH on December 15, 2015, 10:40:25
You two are just so right. I can remember sitting spellbound listening to various programs with Mum and Dad back in Baker St (late 40s early 50s) before we moved to Cookham Wood. The imagination ran riot as the wonderful readers of the programme told the stories.
I still listen occasionally to stories on the "wireless" here in WA when I see they're on but although it's tempting I will not have story CDs to play in the car when I'm driving long distances.
There's enough idiots driving while distracted without me joining them as I know once that once I'm deeply immersed in a book or radio story, I am concentrating on anything else at all let alone driving.
The youth of today may be technically smart but will never know the marvellous feelings your imagination gives while listening to a well read story.
AlanH.
 
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Signals99 on December 15, 2015, 11:51:01
AlanH, congratulations on your attitude towards driving and allowing yourself to be distracted, very commendable.
I have a number of CD's, mostly BBC archive recordings,of the late forties/early fifties,much of it is very good digital re-recording, so every now and then I indulge myself in pure nostalgic sessions.
Last Sunday it was an hour of  the Goon Show (did we really laugh st some of those gags) followed by a couple of Hancock`s half hour programmes, can you remember Sid James, now sadly no longer withe us.
I live on my own, by choice, so maybe I tend to live in the past a bit, but I do have my memories of the pure enjoyment Radio programs gave me then and continue to do so now. Moderator, I apologise if this is off topic.Sorry!
 
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Lyn L on December 15, 2015, 12:55:00
Ying tong diddle I po, or something like that  :) my brother bought the record, and I do remember all those programmes that have been mentioned.
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: conan on December 15, 2015, 14:01:53
Ying tong diddle I po  or something like that  :) my brother bought the record , and I do remember all those programmes that have been mentioned

Ah yes the Ying Tong song   

https://archive.org/details/TheGoons-TheYingTongSong1956
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Signals99 on December 15, 2015, 18:42:44
Conan,thank you from the bottom of my heart for the link,just shear goon type madness,once again after all this time to hear that utter rubbish produced by a total cast of head cases,unless you are a goon fan.that's just what it is stupid silly and purrile.But to a goon fan it was nectar ,the essence of Neddy see goon, and all the other cast members of The goon show .If it makes me some kind of senile moron ,so be it, you just have to be a fan to appreciate the childish world of the Goons,or ,as my grandson would say"let it all hang out man and do your own thing"
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: smiler on December 16, 2015, 08:31:24
Still going now but Desert Islands Discs has always been a great one, and can anyone recall the programme that came on Sunday afternoons giving snippets of newly released films. Seems silly listening to a film but it sure sounded good.
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: AlanH on December 16, 2015, 08:56:23
Some of those programs (both radio and TV) we considered hilarious back in the "old" days may seem a bit childish etc now but who cares? We loved them then and that's what matters.
I certainly do remember Sid James and his craggy face (I think he was originally South African maybe) but him and Tony Hancock were a great team. Just think, if Tony hadn't visited Sydney he may never have topped himself..... only kidding it's a great place once you know it.
Strangely I never really liked the Goons but absolutely loved listening to Harry Secombe singing and watching P Sellers in many things. Let's face it humour is a personal thing and what turns you into a quivering mass may not raise a grin from others......I can well remember my old Mum looking at things I thought were hilarious but her face wouldn't crack a grin for any of it.
Keep those memories coming people.
AlanH.
 
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Dave Smith on December 16, 2015, 17:55:19
AlanH. The Goons were definitely an aquired taste. I loved them ( & , like many, could impersonate Bluebottle, Eccles, Henry Crumb, etc.) but my wife didn't. We were both Tony Hancock fans tho'- with Syd, Hattie & Bill Kerr. Clever writers in those days, where have they all gone? "Only Fools"," Morecambe & Wise" & a couple of others were the last we heard from them. See how many old repeats BBC/ITV are dishing up for the Christmas period- again!
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: smiler on December 17, 2015, 08:50:08
Dont forget the 5th goon Eric Sykes another very clever man.
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: mmitch on December 17, 2015, 11:32:52
Another radio comedian was Al Read. Very droll Northern humour.
A birthday treat one year was my big sister collecting me from school and taking me to see his west end show.
mmitch.
Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: Signals99 on December 17, 2015, 16:43:32
Looking back over the years of entertainment in my life ,another' side of early radio programs come to mind,My father,like so many,was serving inthe forces during the war(actually he was a long service sailort
Twenty five years I think).,sorry I digress ,I well remember sitting on my mothers lap listening to one,William Joyce ,Lord haw haw ,extolling the virtues of the "German armed forces",Allthough at the time I obously did not have a clue of what I was listening to (I was four or five I think )why.  My mother
Listened to it I don't know,but she did,there was only three or four stations on our old wireless set ,BBC,a place calld Hilversom and Berlin,can't onestly remember much about it but I defiantly recall listening to Mr Joyce.






Title: Re: Old Radio programmes
Post by: ballysheil on December 17, 2015, 18:33:57
Hi mmitch
I saw your post about Al Read and wondered if you knew about this programme at the link below running on Radio4 Extra currently.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008xzwj