Tonight’s BBC-1… in 1965 

21 October 2014 tbs.pm/5415

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another new transmitter BBC North 1965From the Radio Times for Monday 25 October 1965 comes this run down of what you could be watching on BBC-1. Things worth noting:

  • BBC-2 hasn’t started yet in the North, but the “trade test” on UHF Channel 62 of Winter Hill is showing the full BBC-2 schedule anyway
  • Heddiw at 1pm is only going out on main transmitters. It’s usually said this was to provide “overlap” coverage of the Welsh hinterland. Yet it goes out on Crystal Palace as well – clearly not serving the hinterlands of anywhere. The reason is that Heddiw is serving the Welsh diaspora – Welsh people who have moved away from Wales.
  • The unstoppable Mike Neville is holding court on the Pontop Pike and Sandale North edition of Look North
  • United! at 7pm, proudly from the Midlands, was a football-based soap opera. Too soapy for men and too footbally for women, it didn’t last. And it now doesn’t exist in the archives
  • Richard Dimbleby would soon leave Panorama, dying in December of this year from what was reported as lung cancer (busting the then-taboo on reporting on cancer at all) and later revealed to have been testicular cancer (busting another taboo on that particular cancer)
  • Twenty-Four Hours was the BBC’s first attempt at a half-hour in-depth news and current affairs programme, replacing Tonight

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5 responses to this article

Arthur Nibble 21 October 2014 at 3:06 pm

Two appearances in the schedules for both Robin Day and Peter West, provided the latter is indeed involved in both “Come Dancing” and the schools programme on food processing.

I love the way the schools physics programme presenters only share their initial with us – physics appeared to be far too formal for such things as first names back then.

I also love the way Scotland alone is treated to an epilogue after the weather.

Ronnie MacLennan Baird 21 October 2014 at 8:37 pm

Something that interested me was the reference to The Magic Roundabout as A Film Series from France – it must have been later that Eric Thompson’s commentary was recognised as a British national institution!

Jeremy Rogers 21 October 2014 at 11:02 pm

Just about the lowest point for children’s programmes too – apart from Magic Roundabout there is just the Picture Book film and Blue Peter.

Arthur Nibble 22 October 2014 at 8:43 pm

The Spinners’ programme “Dance And Skylark” was also a children’s programme, according to the group’s own website. Yep, that threw me as well.

Sarah B. 14 February 2016 at 9:06 pm

OMG! it even has The Magic Roundabout in it. though, it premiered a week prior with the episode entitled, ‘Mr. Rusty Meets Zebedee.’

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