Tonight’s BBCtv… in 1968 

8 September 2014 tbs.pm/5374

D 19680908 BBCtvBBC1 The next programme follows shortly 1968From the Radio Times for Sunday 8 September 1968 comes this run down of what you could be watching. Things worth noting:

  • Sundays on BBC-1 were very heavy in the 1960s, leading to the odd contrast where BBC-2 provides the lighter choice of viewing
  • Britain has had a vibrant Asian population for as long as we’ve been involved in Asia, electing our first British Asian MP, Dadabhai Naoroji, in 1892. In the 1950s and 60s, while the UK didn’t have an “open door” immigration policy as is sometimes said, we did welcome people from all over the Commonwealth, not least because we suffered with a labour shortage coupled with white Britons becoming increasingly unwilling to do “menial” jobs. Apna Hi Ghar Samajhiye – Make Yourself at Home – was aimed at our new British Asian population, explaining to the newcomers how British society, social health and customs worked, to great success
  • BBC Wales opts out of the BBC-1 network fare at 3.16pm, first with a filler item, then with a programme of Welsh interest in English and finally with a programme in Welsh, before rejoining at 5pm
  • The Forsyte Saga, hugely popular with the vanishingly small number of people who could get BBC-2 in 1967, makes its BBC-1 debut tonight, bringing the story to a peak of 18 million viewers over the next 26 weeks.
  • NBC’s incredibly popular Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In makes its British debut tonight on BBC-2, a bare 8 months after it premièred in the States. The show was so popular for NBC that the producers gained a lot of power over the network. When asked to move the series by half an hour to allow a better timeslot for Star Trek, they refused and NBC immediately gave in, moving the sci-fi series to Friday nights and effectively killing it.

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Arthur Nibble 8 September 2014 at 4:26 pm

Not easy to see as, for some reason, it’s in a separate section just above the picture of Paul Newman, but BBC Wales also opted out for their own programme of religious singing at 6.50.

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