Was 1971 a golden year for pop & rock music?

There’s a new book out that suggests that 1971 was the best and definitive year for music in the 1970s: 1971 – Never a Dull Moment: Rock’s Golden Year by David Hepworth.

Goodreads.com rates it very highly in its review: “A rollicking look at 1971 – the busiest, most innovative and resonant year of the 70s, defined by the musical arrival of such stars as David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Joni david hepworth book never a dull momentMitchell.”

The review continues: “On New Year’s Eve, 1970, Paul McCartney told his lawyers to issue the writ at the High Court in London, effectively ending The Beatles. You might say this was the last day of the pop era. The following day, which was a Friday, was 1971. You might say this was the first day of the rock era. And within the remaining 364 days of this monumental year, the world would hear Don McLean’s “American Pie,” The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar,” The Who’s “Baba O’Riley,” Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May,” Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” and more.”

David Hepworth, author of “1971 – Never a Dull Moment: Rock’s Golden Year”……was twenty-one in 1971, the same age as many of the legendary artists who arrived on the scene. In the book he takes the reader on “a tour of the major moments, the events and songs of this remarkable year, he shows how musicians came together to form the perfect storm of rock and roll greatness, starting a musical era that would last longer than anyone predicted.”

Goodreads.com concludes its review: “1971 – Never a Dull Moment is more than a love song to the music of 1971. It’s also an homage to the things that inspired art and artists alike. From Soul Train to The Godfather, hot pants to table tennis, Hepworth explores both the music and its landscapes, culminating in an epic story of rock and roll’s best year.”

For the Record Press author, 1971 will always be synonymous with my childhood. It was the year that the Raleigh 1970s 1 munch bunch pencil topsChopper and its junior version the Raleigh Chipper were launched and revolutionised transportation for my friends and I. In the school playground the Munch Bunch pencil tops were all the rage. For those of a certain vintage who are struggling to remember them – they were the fruit and vegetable people who were impaled on our pencils in the classroom!!

My favourite TV shows were Catweazle, Land of the Giants, Banana Splits and The Persuaders. I have to say I hadn’t discovered pop and rock music at the time. Retrospectively I have developed a fondness for the music of 1971, without being overly enamoured with the year as a musical chapter. So I have to disagree with David Hepworth – I would opt  for 1974, 1975 ( years where  Glam Rock collided colourfully with the advent of Disco ) or 1979 ( where New Wave, Electro-pop, Reggae and Ska co-existed in the UK charts ) as being better years for music in the 1970s.

However 1971 produced some classic songs and hits as illustrated by this Record Press Top 10 Best Songs of 1971 –

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1) Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On?

2) John Lennon – Imagine

3) Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up

4) Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Heaven

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6) George Harrison – My Sweet Lord

7) Elton John – Your Song

8) Diana Ross – I’m Still Waiting

9) Elvis Presley – I Just Can’t Help Believin’

10) Rod Stewart – Maggie May

 

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Farewell Terry Wogan, Doyenne of Disc Jockeys

I was shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of broadcaster and bon viveur Terry Wogan.

My  immediate thoughts, which are always the most instinctive and therefore accurate, are that Terry Wogan was a lovely, amiable and affable chap. Heterry wogan floral dance vinyl was everybody’s favourite uncle; a member of your family. Terry Wogan possessed a bonhomie that masked a rapier wit – mischievous and cheeky, irreverent and rebellious but never cruel or callous. He was gentle: a gentleman in the true, pure sense of the word.

On TV Terry Wogan mercilessly teased his Wogan chat show guests, Blankety Blank panellists and Eurovision contestants alike but got away with it because of his self deprecating nature and humour. On radio he gently mocked his listeners ( affectionately nicknamed “TOGGS” – Terry’s Old Geezers & Gals ), but most of all he sent himself up. Terry Wogan was the consummate broadcaster because behind that deceptively languid style and delivery was a bright intellect, knowledge and mastery of language. A wordsmith of the highest  order, fuelled and fired by a vivid, technicolour imagination.

I was lucky enough to attend a BBC1 Wogan chat show in 1988 and spent time with him in the “Green Room” afterwards as a guest of his TV producer Peter Estall. Terry simply came across as a genuine, self-effacing person with humility and no ego. That was the essence of the man.

Terry Wogan was the Doyenne of Disc Jockeys. He waxed lyrical with warmth. We will all miss him dreadfully and radio and television will never be quite the same ever again.Framed Vinyl Single MFR

 

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This Top 5 Best ITV Programme Themes are Missing from Viewer Poll….

According to the exclusive viewer poll that formed the basis of countdown show The Sound of ITV: The Nation’s Favourite Theme Tune ( to mark ITV’s 60th anniversary ), the Benny Hill signature tune Yakety Sax is the all-time favourite ITV programme theme, polling at No 1.

A perfectly understandable choice as it’s so memorable and catchy. As The Guardian newspaper commented in their article on The Sound of ITV: The Nation’s Favourite Theme Tune: “Obviously, the correct way to celebrate this victory forbenny hill tv show good old-fashioned slap-and-tickle would be to initiate a snaking conga pursuit across the country by pinching the bottom of a buxom nurse – it’s what Benny would have wanted.”

But was it the best ITV programme theme of all time? Definitely not. As The Guardian article pointed out: “The win seems all the more impressive considering the competition, even with the field restricted to ITV output. Yakety Sax surpassed venerable bong hit News at Ten, the silver service tinkle of Downton Abbey and even the iconic fanfare of Richard Greene’s Robin Hood. But despite The Sound of ITV’s rundown of 20 classic themes, there were still some notable omissions.”

The newspaper lists these five ITV programme theme tunes “that regrettably didn’t make the cut”: World In Action, Bullseye, Taggart, Terrahawks & Funhouse.

The Record Press author would concur with World In Action, but not the remainder. So here is the definitive Record Press Top 5 Best ITV programme theme tunes, none of which appeared in The Sound of ITV: The Nation’s Favourite Theme Top 20 which is a total scandal –

Top 5 Best ITV Programme Themes / Theme Tunes

 

1)      The Persuaders Theme by the John Barry Orchestra

2)      The Protectors – Avenues and Alleyways sung by Tony Christie

3)      The Adventures of Black Beauty – Galloping Home by the London  String Chorale

4)      World In Action – Nantucket Sleighride performed by Mountain

5)      Cheers – Where Everybody Knows Your Name sung by Gary Portnoy 

 

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Top 10 Best ITV Programmes to mark ITV 60th Anniversary

ITV celebrates its 60th Anniversary, having launched on the 22nd September 1955. To mark the occasion Radio Times is running a poll for viewers to vote for their favourite TV show from a list of 60 memorable programmes.

The survey covers output from Saturday night entertainment shows such as Opportunity Knocks in the 1950s, Blind Date in the 1980s and current favourite The X Factor, The poll includes drama series such as Inspector Morse, brideshead revisited dvdCracker and Prime Suspect and the more recent Broadchurch. Epic 1980s dramas Brideshead Revisited and The Jewel in the Crown also  feature in a list of 60 designated programmes compiled by Radio Times for its poll.

It also includes classic documentaries such as Seven Up! and The World at War as well as cult children’s TV shows Tiswas and Magpie. As you would expect the UK’s longest-running television soap Coronation Street, which was first broadcast in 1960, has also been included.

Alison Graham, Radio Times television editor, commented: “ITV has always liked to do things differently, to shake things up a bit. It brought us the muck and brass of Coronation Street and its flinty northern women and, in another television time altogether, Prime Suspect’s DCI Jane Tennison, flawed, brilliant and impossible to forget.”

She continued: “It opened minds and changed lives with World in Action and John Pilger’s unforgettable Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia, and it has never been afraid to give us flat-out, glittery and unapologetic entertainment shows, from Sunday Night at the London Palladium to The X Factor. No list can possibly cover everyone’s beloved programmes, but we’d like to think that there’s something on here that stirs your heart and prompts you to vote for the greatest ITV programme of all time.”

Votes can be cast at www.radiotimes.com/itv60 or by post via a coupon in the new issue of Radio Times, with voting closing on the 11th September 11. The winner will be announced in the week commencing 21st September.

So here goes, this is the Record Press Top 10 Best ITV Programmes to mark ITV 60th Anniversary –

 

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1) The Avengers ( 1961-1969 )

2) Brideshead Revisited ( 1981 )

3)The Persuaders ( 1971-1972 )

4) Rising Damp ( 1974-1979 )

5) The Sweeney ( 1975-1978 )

6) Upstairs Downstairs ( 1971-1975 )

7) Bouquet of Barbed Wire ( 1976 )

8) Inspector Morse ( 1987 – 2000 )

9) Tales of the Unexpected ( 1979-1981 )

10) Cracker ( 1993-1997 )

 

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Patrick MacNee, who played John Steed in The Avengers, dies

Six months after Brian Clemens, the scriptwriter and producer behind the iconic cult TV series The Avengers passed away, Patrick Macnee who played the star of the show John Steed, has also died.

Patrick Macnee, as the suave, urbane & debonair John Steed in The Avengers, with his trademark bowler hat & umbrella, was my first hero…..

In the past four years the Record Press author has written extensively and often referenced the character of John Steed in The Avengers as the object of my first hero worship at the age of five. Patrick Macnee shared this dubious status with Roger Moore, john steed patrick macneewho played Simon Templar in The Saint. Both were cult TV series in the 1960s and both heroes captured the imagination of the infant Simon Sterland. They were dashing and debonair, but John Steed edged it with his superior sartorial elegance epitomised by his Pierre Cardin tailored three piece suits, bowler hat and umbrella.

John Steed was the quintessential Englishman as was Simon Templar and Patrick Macnee and Roger Moore came together on the big screen in the 1985 Bond film, A View To A Kill. In a way it was fitting that they should come together in celluloid having been great rivals in competing cult TV series two decades earlier.

I’m not going to labour my hero worship of Patrick Macnee and John Steed as I have paid many tributes to actor and alter ego on the Record Press blog in recent years, but suffice it to say I’m very sad at the passing of Patrick Macnee. Let’s hope Roger Moore keeps the British flag flying for a few more years yet. In the meantime, Patrick Macnee – thanks for the memories……

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Christopher Lee, unlike Dracula, will not be rising from the grave

Film actor Christopher Lee has died aged 93. His film career began in 1947 with a role in gothic romance Corridor of Mirrors but it wasn’t until the late 1950s, when Christopher Lee started working with Hammer Horror Films, that he became a household name.

christopher lee as draculaChristopher Lee’s first role with Hammer Horror Films was The Curse of Frankenstein and it was the first of twenty films that he made with Peter Cushing: the pair seemed inseparable on Hammer Films celluloid . Christopher Lee’s most famous role for Hammer was playing Dracula. In the 1970s he continued to gain fame in the horror genre with a role in The Wicker Man, a film which he and the Record Press author considered to be his best film. Christopher Lee described it as a “Wonderful film… had a hell of a time getting it made. Its power lies in the fact that you never expect what eventually happens, because everyone is so nice.”

Christopher Lee also played the Bond villain, Scaramanga, in 1974’s The Man with the Golden Gun, another favourite christopher lee as scaramangafilm of mine and certainly in a top five best Bond films. However there were some career miscalculations and mistakes: Christopher Lee declined  a role in Halloween, which he later admitted was one of his biggest career regrets. He also turned down a role in Airplane!, something he also regretted. His anxiety over being typecast in horror films led him to Hollywood and roles in Airport ‘77 and Steven Spielberg’s 1941. Christopher Lee’s career saw a reprise in 2001 with a role as Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and then as Count Dooku in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

Christopher Lee also became a regular collaborator with Tim Burton, who cast him in Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows. Burton went on to award him with a Bafta fellowship.

christopher lee in wicker manChristopher Lee  also indulged a love of music throughout much of his career, including a song on The Wicker Man soundtrack. He released his first full-length album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross in 2010. It was well-received by the heavy metal community and won him the spirit of metal award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods ceremony. His 2013 single Jingle Hell entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 22, which made him the oldest living artist to ever enter the charts.

 

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Simon Templar to be canonised as The Saint for a new generation

The Saint aka Simon Templar is to return to our TV screens, according to Radio Times.

An ITV pilot will resurrect the cult figure Simon Templar, created by novelist Leslie Charteris. The Saint was originally played from 1962 to 1969 by Roger Moore before he became James Bond in 1973. The pilot episode shouldThe Saint DVD be ready to film next year, according to Ed Whitmore who is writing the new drama with Chris Lunt. Ed Whitmore explained to RadioTimes.com: “The character of Simon Templar, best known for leaving a calling card of a stick figure of a man with a halo at the scene of his crimes, was hugely popular in his day, and the time is ripe for a modern-day re-imagining. There is a post-Breaking Bad appetite for morally grey characters – Simon Templar is a kind of Robin Hood figure, he’s timeless.”

Roger Moore played Simon Templar in “The Saint” from 1962-1969, and was one of two TV heroes of the Record Press author in my early, formative years in the 1960s: the other being John Steed in “The Avengers”. I was completely mesmerised by the suave and debonair Simon Templar; only matched by my hero worship of the equally urbane John Steed. Albeit the love affair had worn off by the time Simon Templar returned to our TV screens for one series in 1978 in “The Return Of The Saint”. Ian Ogilvy who played Simon Templar in 1978, as good an actor as he is, simply did not have Roger Moore’s charisma and star quality.  However the replacement of Simon Templar’s car was a better fit: the iconic Volvo 1800 Coupe had been replaced by a Jaguar XJS.

Roger Moore was and remains “The Saint”: apparently he loved the role so much he reportedly turned down the The Saint Volvo 1800chance to play James Bond twice, before eventually signing up as 007 in 1973. For me Roger Moore is the definitive Simon Templar and as such I cannot even contemplate someone else playing The Saint. I’m all for progress, but not if it desecrates my cherished childhood memories!!

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Meatloaf hit my TV screen like a Bat out of Hell…..

It was New Year’s Eve 1978……..The Record Press author was sixteen and short on New Year’s Eve party options……. But my New Year came in with a bang and a French kiss nevertheless!!

As I sat watching The Old Grey Whistle Test annual highlights show, a large obese American man staggered, almost out of breath,  onto the stage. Nothing could have prepared me for what was to follow…… Meatloaf hit my TV screen like a Bat out of Hell….. Initially I was convinced that a bedraggled Elvis Presley, who had died the year before, had meatloafrisen from the grave like a vampire!! In fact when Meatloaf somewhat appropriately opened with “Bat out of Hell”, I was convinced I was witnessing the reincarnation of Elvis: the voice and stage presence being just as powerful.

I watched The Old Grey Whistle Test on BBC2 with increasing incredulity as this corpulent, sweating mass of a man ( I later learned was called Meatloaf ) belted out anthemic song after anthemic song: “Bat out of Hell”, “You took the words right out of my mouth”, “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”, “Let me sleep on it”, “Two out of three ain’t bad”…… I was spellbound and when Meatloaf started French kissing and fondling his sexy co singer, Ellen Foley, I was sold. Sex and great music in one package – what more could an adolescent teenager want?

New Year’s Eve 1978 was the day that I became a Meatloaf fan. A few days later I went out and bought my first picture disc vinyl record, with the iconic motorbike exploding from a grave: and nearly 40 years later Meatloaf’s Bat out of Hell later is proudly exhibited on the wall at the bottom of my stairs as a framed record ( See image below ). Bat out of Hell is one of the most complete albums in my collection. The song writing by Jim Steinman is perfect and the power of Meatloaf’s vocals is peerless.

Let’s celebrate Meatloaf with this Record Press Top  5 Best Meatloaf Songs –

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1)      Took the words right out of my mouth ( No33 1977 )

2)      Paradise by the Dashboard Light ( Non hit 1977 )

3)      Bat out of Hell  ( No15 1979 )

4)      I’d do anything for love ( No1 1993 )

5)      Dead Ringer for Love ( No5 1981 )

 

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Avengers, Persuaders & Professionals writer Brian Clemens dies

Brian Clemens, the legendary scriptwriter and producer behind the iconic cult TV series The Avengers, New Avengers, The Persuaders and The Professionals, has died aged 83.

avengersBrian Clemens’ contribution to TV in the UK from the 1960s to 1980s was prodigious. His other TV credits included The Baron, The Protectors, Danger Man, The Invisible Man and Bergerac. His production companies created The New Avengers and The Professionals, while Brian Clemens also wrote for a number of US shows including Remington Steele, Perry Mason and the Highlander TV series.

He single handedly created the “TV Tapestry” for the Record Press author’s childhood. The Avengers was the first TV series that I engaged with between 1967 and 1969. The surreal plots / storylines captured the imagination of the five and six year old me, whilst the suave and urbane John Steed ( Patrick MacNee ) became my hero – only matched by the equally debonair Simon Templar ( Roger Moore ) in The Saint.

When The Avengers and The Saint came to an end in 1969, the void was briefly and belatedly filled for a season by The Persuaders, another adventure series showcasing international playboys Lord Brett Sinclair ( Roger Moore ) and the persuadersDanny Wilde ( Tony Curtis ). Their wonderful on screen chemistry was sadly short lived as the The Persuaders only ran for one series from 1971 to 1972. The Protectors was supposed to fill the gap, but despite a star studded cast, headed by Robert Vaughan and Nyree Dawn Porter, the series lacked the charisma and panache of The Avengers and The Persuaders.

However Brian Clemens redeemed himself very quickly when he bounced backed with The Professionals in 1977, showcasing action men Bodie ( Lewis Collins ) and Doyle ( Martin Shaw ). Another favourite of mine was the Thriller series ( 1973 to 1976 ), with its twist in the tail tales and distinctive theme music.

Thank you Brian Clemens for creating such a rich TV Tapestry and so much fun and entertainment in my for formative years, God Bless You!!the persuaders dvd

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Will BBC World Cup theme by Stevie Wonder be the 2014 Nessun Dorma?

Stevie Wonder’s track “Another Star”, from the imperious double album “Songs in the Key of Life”, will be the soundtrack to the BBC’s World Cup coverage.

The Record Press author hopes that this will bring the music of Stevie Wonder to a younger generation, who did not grow up with the artist as a prolific chart act as my generation did. Hopefully the BBC adopting “Another Star” as their World Cup theme music will do for Stevie Wonder what their use of “Nessun Dorma” as theme music during their coverage of the Italia 90 World Cup, did for Pavarotti. In both cases Pavarotti and Stevie Wonder were and are huge international stars, but there is still much currency to be had, by being associated with a high profile World Cup.

Just as Pavarotti’s “Nessun Dorma” caught the mood of the Italia 90 World Cup, then I believe Stevie Wonder’s “Another Star” will capture and convey the euphoria and flamboyance of the Brazil World Cup 2014. The song “Another Star” loops and builds on a syncopated rhythm where flutes and George Benson’s guitar fuse with congas and timbales. Stevie Wonder’s track “Another Star” conveys the feel-good, carnival Latin American ambience which will chime perfectly with the atmosphere of Brazil World Cup 2014.

Let’s just hope that Stevie Wonder’s “Another Star” does not become synonymous with Ross Barkley’s tears in the same way Pavarotti’s “Nessun Dorma” became associated with Paul “Gazza” Gascoigne’s tears in Turin, after England lost to West Germany in that World Cup Semi Final penalty shoot-out!! Ross Barkley is the closest thing that we have had to Gazza in the intervening 24 years, but England football fans should not put too much emphasis on the theme of the song, which is that Stevie Wonder “fell in love with one who would break my heart in two”.

If you are not familiar with the music of Stevie Wonder, here is a Record Press Top 10 Stevie Wonder songs to whet your appetite –

Top 10 Stevie Wonder songs

 

1) Superstition ( No11 1973 )

2) Living For The City ( No15 1974 )

3) Uptight ( Everything’s alright ) ( No14 1965 )

4) If You Really Love Me ( No20 1971 )

 5) I Was Made To Love Her ( No5 1967 )

6) For Once In My Life ( No3 1968 )

7) Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday ( No2 1969 )

8) Lately ( No3 1981 )

9) Master Blaster (Jammin’) ( No2 1980 )

10) Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours ( No15 1970 )

 

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Get a framed favourite BBC2 show DVD to mark BBC2 50th Anniversary

BBC 2 launched on the 20th April 1964. However, its launch had an inauspicious birth, by nearly being aborted!! Just as BBC2 was about to go on air, a power cut affected the whole of West London and anchor man Gerald Priestland battled on in near darkness and total chaos.

The blackout meant that the first show to be broadcast on the channel in its entirety was Playschool, which went out the following day. The channel recovered from this rather shaky start and won both critical and audience success with a wide range of ground-breaking comedy and drama series, including The Likely Lads and The Forsyte Saga.

Shows such as Match Of The Day and the flagship science programme Horizon were broadcast in the early days and are still mainstays in the schedules to this day. Seminal programmes such as (Late Night) Line Up, Jazz 625, and The Beat Room were front-runners to programmes such as Later… With Jools Holland and the channel’s Glastonbury coverage.

In 1967, with David Attenborough at the helm, BBC Two was the first channel in Europe to broadcast in colour. Released from the confines of black and white, the channel produced a series of ground-breaking factual programmes, including Civilisation and The Ascent of Man and and snooker show Pot Black, only made possible by the launch of colour television.

The 1970s saw the BBC2 launch two of the favourite TV series of the Record Press author – the manic comedy series Fawlty Towers and the Roman drama / soap I Claudius. Landmark current affairs shows such as 40 Minutes and Newsnight came to the channel, as did the arrival of cookery with Delia Smith’s Family Fare. The 1980s on BBC Two brought viewers Life On Earth; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Yes, Minister; The Boys From The Blackstuff; Edge Of Darkness; Not The Nine O’Clock News; and The Young Ones.

As BBC2 entered the 1990s, perennial favourites like Top Gear and Gardeners’ World were joined by highly acclaimed drama such as This Life and Our Friends In The North, which captured the era’s political and cultural zeitgeist. Big Train, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Gormenghast, The Royle Family, The Fast Show, Shooting The Past and The League Of Gentlemen also arrived on BBC2 during this time.

BBC2 has continued to support new comedy in the 21st century, most notably with award-winning shows Dead Ringers, Double Take, Marion And Geoff, The Office, The Kumars At No 42, and the BBC Three co-commission Little Britain.

So Happy 50th Birthday BBC2. Here’s to the next 50 years of the Brilliant Broadcasting Corporation on BBC2!!

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Star of 60s TV cult series The Champions dies, but do you remember it?

Alexandra Bastedo, best known for her role in the 1960s television sci-fi series “The Champions”, has died aged 67.

Those of a certain vintage, including the Record Press author, will remember Alexandra Bastedo as the glamorous female lynchpin in a spy trio, known as “The Champions”. It was a British espionage / detective adventure series broadcast on ITV during 1968–1969.

The series featured Alexandra Bastedo as Sharron Macready, supported by Craig Stirling ( played by Stuart Damon ) and Richard Barrett ( William Gaunt ) as agents for a United Nations law enforcement organization called “Nemesis”, based in Geneva. The trio had diverse backgrounds with Richard Barrett as a code breaker, Craig Stirling a fighter pilot, and Sharron Macready a recently widowed scientist and doctor. I remember my cousin gave me her autographed photos of the three of them, but sadly they met an undignified demise as a makeshift darts board!!

During their first mission, the plane carrying “The Champions” crashes in the Himalayas and they are rescued by an advanced tribe hidden away in the snowy mountains of Tibet, who save their lives and bestow upon them very sophisticated human faculties, including powers to communicate with one another over great distances by ESP (telepathy).

“The Champions” was one of a clutch of TV adventure series shown on ITV in the late 1960s and early 1970s that fired the imagination of the Record Press author in my formative years. My first love was the surreal “The Avengers”, starring the suave, urbane John Steed ( Patrick MacNee ) with his immaculate three piece suits, bowler hat and umbrella. He was ably supported by elegant and athletic sidekick Emma Peel ( Diana Rigg ) with her catsuits and martial arts kicks. At the same time there was the dashing and debonair Roger Moore as Simon Templar in “The Saint” and the equally dapper Jason King ( played by Peter Wyngarde ), resplendent in his cravats and smoking jackets in “Department S”.

Another of my favourite TV adventure series of that era was “The Persuaders”, which like “The Champions” only ran for one series in 1971-1972. “The Persuaders” starred Roger Moore ( sandwiched between his roles as Simon Templar and James Bond ) as aristocrat Lord Brett Sinclair and Tony Curtis as gauche New Yorker Danny Wilde. TV mogul Lew Grade took a huge risk putting the quintessential English man with the Hollywood star, but it worked despite their contrasting characters because of a natural chemistry and shared sense of humour between Roger Moore and Tony Curtis.

What really made “The Persuaders” was the glamorous international locations, sports cars, sexy ladies and sharp suits, not to mention the wonderful theme music by James Bond film producer John Barrie. With these ingredients, Roger Moore could not have had a better screen test and audition for the role of James Bond, which he was to take up the following year in 1973 in “Live & Let Die”!!

As Roger Moore took up the role of 007, the void left by “The Persuaders” was filled by the similar named “The Protectors” ( starring Robert Vaughan and Nyree Dawn Porter ), but it paled in comparison to “The Persuaders” and is best remembered for its theme music, “Avenues and Alleyways” by Tony Christie.

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Like Doctor Who, everyone has their favourite Radio1 Breakfast Show DJ

Radio 1 will be 50 in September 2017 and I’m sure the red carpet will be laid down in style at Broadcasting House for that eminent occasion, as it will be for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary celebrations later this year.

Just as we all have a favourite Doctor Who, so we all have a favourite Radio1 Breakfast Show DJ. I’ll go first!! My favourite Doctor Who was Jon Pertwee and my favourite Radio 1 Breakfast Show presenter was Noel Edmonds. It is no coincidence that Jon Pertwee ( Doctor Who from 1970-1974 ) and Noel Edmonds ( Radio 1 Breakfast Show DJ from 1973-1978 ) were more or less contemporaries of one another.

Whether it be Doctor Who or Disc Jockey, the ones we remember with most affection are normally the first we watched or listened to. They were an instrumental part of our formative years. And although I had an affection for Tom Baker ( Doctor Who from 1974-1981 ) and Mike Read (Radio 1 Breakfast Show host from 1981-1984 ), they didn’t have quite the same impact and influence on me as did Jon Pertwee and Noel Edmonds.

I loved Jon Pertwee’s suave and debonair Doctor Who, who was always uber cool, even when driving around in his antiquated vintage car named Bessie. Likewise Noel Edmonds was a similarly urbane character on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show. Like Jon Pertwee’s Doctor Who, Noel Edmonds was also given to moments of zany eccentricity, in the form of his conversations with Flynn the Milkman or practical jokes on unsuspecting members of the public via his on air “funny phone calls”.

In truth both Jon Pertwee and Noel Edmonds occupied preposterous and ludicrous worlds and they both created a fantastic vehicle for escapism. And that’s what TV drama and radio breakfast shows are all about. They should provide the viewer and the listener with a wonderful outlet for escapism and fantasy!!

So who was your favourite Radio1 Breakfast Show presenter / DJ? Was it Tony Blackburn, Dave Lee Travis ( aka The Hairy Cornflake ), Mike Read, Mike Smith or possibly one of the ladies, Sara Cox or Zoe Ball? Let us know in the Reply Box below.

 

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Merchandise – Framed DVDS & Framed Vinyl Theme Music

We are now less than a month away from the BBC’s special season of programmes, exalting and celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who!!

Whichever actor played your favourite Doctor Who, we have all engaged with the timeless Time Lord at some juncture in the past 50 years. At some point in our lives, Doctor Who has been our friend and ally and we have all shared great adventures with him…..To mark this major milestone, MyFirstRecord.co.uk is offering very unique Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Merchandise, which can be bought as a gift for yourself or a gift to others.

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Celebrate Radio Times 90th Birthday with a framed DVD of your favourite TV show

Radio Times celebrates its 90th Anniversary this year and along with a special exhibition, Radio Times is also running a poll to find out what are viewers all time favourite TV programmes.

Over the 90 years, Doctor Who has been the subject of more front cover features in the Radio Times than any other programme during the listings magazine’s long life. The Radio Times was first published in 1923 when radio was in its infancy and this landmark 90th anniversary is being celebrated with a free exhibition at the Museum of London. The displays feature many early Radio Times front covers, set in the context of the history of British broadcasting, from the BBC’s inaugural radio transmission from Alexandra Palace in London through to the modern multi-channel platform that the BBC has become in the 21st Century.

The Radio Times 90th anniversary exhibition also features a Doctor Who display, marking the Time Lord’s regular appearances in the magazine since 1964. As part of the display there is a life-size Dalek set against a backdrop of Westminster Bridge, recreating the famous 2005 “Vote Dalek” Radio Times cover ( which was voted the Cover of the Century by the Periodical Publishers Association ). Of course Doctor Who also celebrates a major milestone later this year, with its own landmark 50th anniversary in November.

Radio Times, which incidentally is the world’s longest running TV and radio listings magazine, is inviting the nation to vote for their all time favourite TV programmes, to create the ultimate night of TV as part of its 90th birthday celebrations. Over a six week period Radio Times readers will vote for their all time favourite TV shows in the following categories – children’s, entertainment, comedy, factual and drama programmes, as well as their favourite newscaster and the greatest TV moment ever ( which presumably will be the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony!! ). The results of the poll will create the ultimate television schedule for the perfect night-in and will be announced in Radio Times 90th anniversary special issue on 24th September 2013.

It’s an invidious task trying to whittle down a long list to just one all time favourite TV programme in each category, but here goes……..After much “soul searching” the Record Press author’s all-time favourite TV shows in each respective category are “Land of the Giants” ( ITV ), “Top of the Pops” ( BBC ), “Fawlty Towers” ( BBC ), “Fourteen Days in May” ( BBC documentary about a condemned man’s last two weeks on Death Row ) and “I Claudius” ( BBC ).

 

What are your all time favourite TV programmes? Let us know in the Reply Box below.

 

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You can vote for your favourite TV shows at RadioTimes.com/bestnight

 

 

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Poll – Who was the Best Doctor Who?

So the waiting is over. Peter Capaldi will be the 12th Doctor Who and will undoubtedly fit the bill as the Time Lord that transcends time in Space and of course on Earth, as Doctor Who celebrates his 50th Anniversary. Peter Capaldi has all the requisite attributes, but will probably be a sterner, more cerebral Doctor Who, in the mould of the original Doctor Who played by William Hartnell. There is a neat, fitting symmetry as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary year of Doctor Who in November 2013!!

Like James Bond, we all have our favourite Doctor Who, either because he was the first one we saw on TV or because there’s a particular stand out candidate amongst the Doctors that followed. The Record Press Author will have to go with sentiment and choose the third Doctor Who, played by Jon Pertwee.

My introduction to Doctor Who came with his predecessor, Patrick Troughton, in the late 1960s who was the polar opposite. Patrick Troughton’s Doctor Who was manic and zany; Jon Pertwee was much more level headed and considered. The world was a safer, more secure place during his tenure from 1970 to 1974 – there was something very comforting about his presence.

Despite the foppish, dandy-esque velvet jackets and capes, Jon Pertwee’s Doctor Who was a very solid character who would prevail over his enemies through coolness and common sense as much as guile and cunning. Fundamentally Jon Pertwee was “my Doctor Who” during my formative years of 8 to 11. He was my friend for four years and I remember being devastated in June 1974 when he re-generated into Tom Baker!!

So who do you think was the best Doctor Who and why? Let us know in the Reply Box below.

If you need to refresh your memory, here’s a complete  list of each Doctor Who in chronological order accompanied by a brief profile –

1. William Hartnell (1963-1966)

William Hartnell’s Doctor Who was the very first incarnation. He was positively geriatric by the time TV viewers first met Doctor Who in 1963. Although he first Doctor Who was grandfatherly, he was also a wizard or sorcerer as an early fore runner to the Harry Potter franchise.

2. Patrick Troughton (1966-1969)

Patrick Troughton’s Doctor Who was more of a trickster character than most of his later incarnations. The Second Doctor Who hid his intellect beneath the disguise of a jester.

3. Jon Pertwee (1970-1974)

Jon Pertwee’s Doctor Who had a greater warmth and humanity about him, possibly because he may have spent more time on Earth than other Doctors as a result of being exiled by his fellow Time Lords.

4. Tom Baker (1974-1981)

If there is a candidate who can challenge David Tennant’s universal popularity, it’s the legendary Tom Baker’s charismatic Fourth Doctor Who. As the only actor to portray the Doctor for seven years, the Tom Baker incarnation of the Doctor defined the character for a generation and consequently every actor who followed Tom Baker has had to live in the shadow of his manifestation of Doctor Who.

5. Peter Davison (1982-1984)

Peter Davison’s Doctor Who was more kindly, with a humanity to match Jon Pertwee. The downside of this is that the Fifth Doctor could also be racked by indecision, guilt and self-doubt, which rather goes against the grain of the commanding, authoritative figure of Doctor Who.

6. Colin Baker (1984-1986)

Colin Baker’s Doctor was sometimes more notable for his flamboyant attire ie the “Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, but the Sixth Doctor Who was remembered for his unpredictable mood swings, arrogance and abrasive ego.

7. Sylvester McCoy (1987-1996)

Sylvester McCoy was the last Doctor of the original “Doctor Who” series, who also briefly returned for the TV movie. The Seventh Doctor Who was more manipulative and secretive than his previous six incarnations and consequently the least likeable of all Doctors before or since.

8. Paul McGann (1996)

Paul McGann only got one chance to play the Doctor on television in the “Doctor Who” TV movie, so as suitable as he was, had only a small window of opportunity to make an impact.

9. Christopher Eccleston (2005)

Christopher Eccleston definitely has a following for his more aggressive, belligerent and hyperactive incarnation of the Doctor, who launched the current “Doctor Who” series. Regrettably he left after one series.

10. David Tennant (2005-2010)

Among the Doctors of the modern era, David Tennant has captured the zeitgeist like no other. Arguably the most popular Doctor Who of all.

11. Matt Smith (2010 – 2013)

Matt Smith had an incredibly hard act to follow in David Tennant, but has carved out a niche for himself as a memorable Doctor Who.

 

So who do you think was the best Doctor who and why? Let us know in the Reply Box below.

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Daleks return for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary TV Special

The Daleks are returning to Doctor Who for the show’s 50th anniversary special, starring Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt as the Doctor. The Doctor Who Special will be broadcast on the 23rd November, exactly 50 years after Doctor Who’s Tardis first landed on Earth in 1963.

It will be quite a Doctor Who re-union as Billie Piper will return as Rose Tyler and there will be a return for the Zygons, who last appeared in the show in 1975 when Tom Baker was Doctor Who.

Doctor Who writer and executive producer Steven Moffat points out: “The Doctor once said that you can judge a man by the quality of his enemies, so it’s fitting that for this very special episode, he should be facing the greatest enemies of all.”

Doctor Who was first broadcast on 23 November 1963 with a four-part adventure known as “An Unearthly Child”. To put this into some historical context, the first broadcast of Doctor Who took place the day after the assassination of President John F Kennedy!!

Other than the Daleks, who are your favourite Doctor Who enemies and why? Let us know in the Reply Box below.

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At 65, will Sooty and Sweep opt for no strings attached retirement?

It is amazing, but Sooty has just turned 65, but there is no hint of grey in that shiny golden coat of his!! That’s probably because Sweep has enough grey hair for both of them!!

It is quite amazing that since Harry Corbett first brought this hand puppet double act to our TV screens, they have become an integral part of the public consciousness in the UK. Only the British could embrace a couple of soft toys, minus legs, in the way that we have with Sooty and Sweep!! But incredibly the British public have embraced and adored this double act for over three generations now.

What is the enduring appeal of Sooty and Sweep? The Record Press author is not totally clear. I’m not even totally sure what types of animal Sooty and Sweep are – I assume Sooty is some type of bear and Sweep a dog? Whilst I have always had a soft ( toy ) spot for Sweep because he’s loveable, cheeky and naughty, personally I never took to Sooty!! I’ve always found him a malicious, nasty piece of work, with a cruel and callous streak as long as Harry Corbett’s arm!!

As a child in the 1960s I grew up in the confusion that Sweep was Sooty, because he was grey and soot coloured. Completely logical to a 5 and 6 year old!! For me Sweep has always been the star of the show and to be honest I think Sooty deep down has always been jealous of Sweep’s charisma and charm. It is this jealousy and bitterness that has caused Sooty to become so vindictive over the past 65 years!!

The way Sooty treats Soo is appalling. She has been the victim of domestic abuse for far too many years and Social ( or should that be Soo-cial ) Services should put her in secure accommodation, safe from this pernicious little puppet we know as Sooty. Meanwhile Sooty should be incarcerated at Her Majesty’s Pleasure in Wormwood Scrubs for sustained domestic abuse and his “strangeways”!!

This would leave Sweep free to pursue a solo career or simply enjoy retirement and a state pension at 65, having given so generously to three generations of children, who have grown up with the institution of Sooty and Sweep……

Which do you prefer – Sooty or Sweep? Let us know in the Reply Box below.

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We offer new memorabilia to replace what goes to the Doctor Who museum

Doctor Who fans, known as Whovians, are being invited to contribute Doctor Who memorabilia to a major exhibition at the National Media Museum in Bradford. The museum, as part of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary celebrations, is running an exhibition “Fifty Years of Doctor Who Fans” from the 12th November 2013 to the 2nd March 2014.

The “Fifty Years of Doctor Who Fans” exhibition will focus on fans’ devotion and relationship to the show. Exhibition curator Toni Booth said she was hoping people would contribute official merchandise they have collected over the years. She also encourages Doctor Who fans to donate “more personal homemade objects – the kind of things which show a fan’s love for the Doctor,” along with Doctor Who related anecdotes and experiences. She added: “We want to know why you have this object, when you got it, and your feelings towards Doctor Who then and now”. Fans have until the 9th August to offer their memorabilia, at which time the Doctor Who exhibition organisers will then make a final selection.

The 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who will air on BBC One on 23rd November, with a return for the 10th Doctor David Tennant, starring alongside the current Doctor Matt Smith.

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Andy Murray finally replaces the Wombles as British Wimbledon Champion

So finally after what has seemed like an eternity we have a British Wimbledon Champion!! Congratulations to Andy Murray and his team!! The Wombles can finally stand down as our most enduring Champions of Wimbledon since Fred Perry in the 1930s!!

The Record Press author has been following tennis since the early 1970s and some of my earliest childhood recollections were of my mother listening to Wimbledon on the transistor radio in the kitchen as she did her domestic chores or on the car radio, when she came to pick me up from school. My introduction to live tennis was seeing two legends and massive characters of the game, Jimmy Connors and Ilie Nastase, contest the final of the John Player Cup in Nottingham, the week before Wimbledon in 1976. Jimmy Connors had appeared in the two previous Wimbledon Finals and Ilie Nastase was to make it to the Wimbledon Final a couple of weeks later, where he was to lose to an up and coming star by the name of Bijorn Borg, as he began his run of five consecutive Wimbledon victories.

In the early 1970s, the British tennis star was Roger Taylor, who similar to Tim Henman, had agonisingly reached three Wimbledon Semi Finals, but just failed to make that step up to reach the Final. The last of Roger Taylor’s Wimbledon Semi Finals came in 1973, the year the Wombles arrived on our TV screens in the UK. From that point onwards until Tim Henman had his run of four Semi Finals and four Quarter Finals at Wimbledon between 1996 and 2004, the Wombles were our only credible British Champions of Wimbledon!!

Elizabeth Beresford’s furry vole like characters, who resided in burrows underneath Wimbledon Common, were transferred from book to TV screen in 1973. The Wombles were immediately embraced by the British nation, for their engaging personalities, endearing ways and visionary environmentally friendly litter picking message. The power of the Wombles brand was recognised at the end of 1973 when songwriter and music producer Mike Batt was approached to take them from stars of TV to music stars.

Mike Batt assembled a group of very talented session musicians in the studio and combined with his wonderful song writing and production values, created a series of hit singles and albums. The Wombles were the best selling UK music act of 1974, eclipsing Mud, Gary Glitter, Suzi Quatro and the Osmonds. The Wombles hits that followed were sophisticated arrangements that included strings, trumpets and saxophones. Their furry costumes on Top of the Pops did not detract in any way from their musical finesse; had they merely been a gimmick they would simply have had one or two novelty hit singles. As it was in 1974 they had three Top 5 hits and a string of successful singles and albums over the next two years. Mike Batt had written, arranged and produced some very well crafted pop songs – hence the longevity of their chart success!! Lest we forget the brilliance of Mike Batt, here is a Top 10 Best Wombles Songs

Top 10 Best Wombles Songs

1) Wombling Merry Xmas ( No2 1974 )

2) Wombling Song ( No4 1974 )

3) Banana Rock ( No9 1974 )

4) Remember You’re A Womble ( No3 1974 )

5) Wombling White Tie & Tails ( No22 1975 )

6) Minuetto Allegretto ( No16 1974 )

7) Super Womble ( No20 1975 )

8) Wombling Twist ( No22 1975 )

9) Madame Cholet ( No2 1974 )

10) Let’s Womble To The Party Tonight ( No34 1975 )

 

Which are your favourite Wombles songs and why? Let us know in the Reply Box below.

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Prince Charles becomes a Dalek to celebrate Doctor Who 50th Anniversary

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Doctor Who set at BBC Wales’ Roath Lock studios, as part of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Prince Charles, famous for his distinctive received pronunciation, saw his voice transformed into that of a dalek as he uttered the “exterminate” catchphrase into a voice modulator.

Doctor Who scriptwriter Steven Moffat commented: “I haven’t thought about how I could weave a meeting between the Doctor and the royal family. But Prince Charles’s attempt at being a Dalek was great”.

The Doctor Who tour included a visit to the set of the Tardis, as well as a display of some of the show’s monsters, including a weeping angel and a cyberman. Nicholas Briggs, who voices the Daleks, demonstrated some of their famous catchphrases, while production staff showed how a green screen set is used to generate some of the programme’s special effects.

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Win a Framed Doctor Who DVD in our 50th Anniversary Competition

This year we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who arriving on Earth from outer space, where he had traversed the Universe for eternity as a Time Lord. And over the last 50 years, he has popped up on Earth in his Tardis intermittently, but due to the wonderful invention of television, we have been able to follow Doctor Who’s travels wherever they took him throughout Space.

For the Recordpress author, my favourite Doctor Who episodes were always the ones located on Earth, whether it involved an invasion by the Daleks or the Cybermen. The Doctor Who story that has stayed with me was “The Green Death” which was broadcast on BBC1 in May / June 1973. The central plot was that miners in a Welsh mining colliery were mysteriously dying at the coalface. Doctor Who ( played by Jon Pertwee ) and his very able bodied assistant Jo Grant ( played by Katie Manning ) eventually got to the bottom of the mystery at the bottom of the coal pit……..

It transpired that the miners were being killed by giant maggots, excreting green slime – the maggots had mutated into giants due to poisoning by industrial waste being dumped by a nearby chemical plant. I recently bought “The Green Death” story on DVD and sadly the special effects have not stood the test of time!! The giant maggots had a distinct look of paper mache and the green slime bore an uncanny resemblance to the cleaning agent Swarfega!! However that did not impair my enjoyment in any way. In truth Jon Pertwee was such a charming, charismatic and engaging Doctor Who, that he carried the show with ease.

I was unclear quite why “The Green Death” story had struck a chord and remained with me for the intervening 40 years, until I watched it again on DVD. There are two reasons for it being memorable. Firstly 1973 was the year that the miners went on strike in the UK, forcing the country onto a three day working week and into the pitch darkness ( not in a coal mine but in our homes ) as power cuts struck every night. So the miners were very topical in 1973 Great Britain.

The second reason is less about History, which at the time was my favourite subject at school, and more about Biology which I was yet to start studying!! Yes, “The Green Death” was the last adventure that Jo Grant took with Doctor Who. The 10 year old Simon Sterland was devastated. I was totally smitten and in love with Jo Grant ( Katie Manning ) and I had lost her to scientist in Wales, who she decided to marry and set up home with.

More importantly Doctor Who had lost his sexy sidekick and cut a sorry, sad figure as he drove his vintage car “Bessie” away from the Welsh mining village without her. Somehow Doctor Who was never quite the same again and Jon Pertwee continued for another year as Doctor Who, before putting his foppish, dandy-esque cape away for good, to be replaced by the eccentric and brilliant Tom Baker ( 1974-81 ).

Recordpress would like to hear from you. Answer the three questions below and simply enter our Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Competition ( Prize details below ).

1) Who was your favourite Doctor Who and why?

2) Who was your favourite Doctor Who assistant and why?

3) Which was your favourite enemy or monster and why?

The author of the best reply to these three questions will WIN A PRIZE OF A FRAMED DVD OF THEIR FAVOURITE DOCTOR WHO STORY WITH A COMMEMORATIVE DOCTOR WHO 50th ANNIVERSARY PLAQUE.

E-mail your three answers to info@MyFirstRecord.co.uk  All entries must be submitted with your name and e-mail address by the 30th October 2013. The winner will be notified shortly afterwards.

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Granada Television tribute was a trip down memory’s cobbled street….

ITV’s “Goodbye Granadaland”, a tribute to Granada Television Studios which closed earlier in the year after 56 years, was very much a trip down memory’s cobbled lane, with only passing reference to the original TV cobbled road, Coronation Street!!

Host Peter Kay was joined by a glittering and diverse array of celebrities such as Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Kelly, Shaun Ryder, Sir Michael Parkinson and Paddy McGuinness.

In a similar vein to the BBC’s tribute to BBC TV Centre, as it’s doors closed for the last time back in March, this programme was a little less deferential and self regarding, in keeping with it’s blunt, Mancunian northern roots!!

Granada Television’s output was very diverse, oscillating between the imperial grandeur and opulence of “Brideshead Revisited” and “Jewel In The Crown” to the downright gritty, working class “Comedians” and “Wheeltappers & Shunters Social Club”, both of which had their origins firmly planted in the Northern social club scene. And of course, the Granada Television flagship and greatest soap of all, “Coronation Street” epitomises good honest working class Northern England, like no other television programme.

Let’s remember the halcyon days of Granada Television –

Best Granada Television Drama

Brideshead Revisited

Best Granada Television Sitcom

Brass

Best Granada Television Light Entertainment Programmes

The Comedians

Best Granada Television Current Affairs Programme

World In Action

 

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Win a Framed Doctor Who Vinyl Record in 50th Anniversary Competition

This year stages a massive 50th Anniversary……….It’s 50 years since Doctor Who’s Tardis first landed on our TV screens!! The first Doctor Who to emerge from the Tardis in November 1963 was played by William Hartnell, as a white haired eccentric mad professor type and that trend has prevailed ever since.

Anyone between the age of 5 and 65 will have grown up with Doctor Who, in one of his many incarnations. The Recordpress author’s particular Doctor Who was played by the cool, suave, debonair and urbane Jon Pertwee ( 1970-1974 ). Strictly speaking my Doctor Who viewing years spanned three Doctors, with the more eccentric Doctors played by Patrick Troughton and Tom Baker on either side of Jon Pertwee. But the latter was the Doctor Who I identified with.

I can still remember how saddened and traumatised I was when in early 1974 Jon Pertwee was regenerated into Tom Baker at the end of the series. It really was like losing a friend and father figure. I had grown up with Jon Pertwee’s Doctor Who and he had been with me from the age of seven through to eleven – those Junior school years when a delicate, impressionable schoolboy needs to be guided by a Time Lord!!

Whichever  Doctor Who you identify with, he has always been unflappable and instilled you with a feeling of well-being at the end of a harrowing episode. At some time or another, many of us have watched the programme, peeking from behind the sofa, cowering from the Daleks, Cybermen or some equally scary adversary of Doctor Who. But throughout we were confident that the Doctor would save us and mankind from the grips of the evil monster!! Here’s to many more “light years” of Doctor Who vanquishing evil across the Universe!!

 

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3) Which was your favourite enemy or monster and why?

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E-mail your three answers to info@MyFirstRecord.co.uk  All entries must be submitted with your name and e-mail address by the 30th October 2013. The winner will be notified shortly afterwards.

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Knights of the Round Building gather to pay tribute to BBC Television Centre

After 53 years, the legendary BBC Commissionaires will be closing the doors of BBC Television Centre for the final time on Easter Sunday, in order that it can be redeveloped into a hotel, flats, a cinema and office space.

The iconic circular building was allegedly inspired by a question mark scribbled on the back of an envelope by it’s architect, but far more importantly than it’s unique design and subsequent Grade II Listed status, BBC Television Centre became a creative hothouse and TV programme factory for some of the most iconic programmes on British television in the last 50 years!! As a flavour, these include Dad’s Army, I Claudius, Fawlty Towers, Top of the Pops, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, The Morecambe & Wise Show, The Two Ronnies, Blue Peter and Doctor Who, which only caresses the tip of this great monolithic iceberg!!

To pay tribute to the half century of programme-making at BBC Television Centre, on Friday night BBCFour brought together BBC luminaries and broadcasting veterans including Sir Terry Wogan, Sir David Attenborough, Sir Michael Parkinson and Sir Bruce Forsyth, who  shared their TV Centre anecdotes with Sir Michael Grade. It wasn’t so much the “Knights of the Round Table” as the “Knights of the Round Building”!!

The general concensus of opinion expressed on BBC Four’s “Goodbye Television Centre” was that the BBC were making a terrible mistake closing the venerable institution that has been BBC Television Centre. The fact that this opinion was in the main expressed by septagenarian former presenters and actors, heavily steeped in nostalgia and sentiment for the “good old days”, doesn’t diminish the value of their opinion, but equally you would not expect them at their age to embrace change and progress willingly!!

However change, progress and new technology do not detract in any way from the wealth of high quality and high calibre programme making that took place between the walls of BBC Television Centre for over 50 years. As a reminder of the brillliance of the BBC and in tribute to BBC Television Centre, here are the Recordpress Top 5 Best BBC Dramas, Top 5 Best BBC Sitcoms & Top 5 Best BBC Light Entertainment Programmes –

 

Top 5 Best BBC Dramas

1) I Claudius ( 1976 )

2) The Six Wives of Henry VIII ( 1970 )

3) Elizabeth R ( 1971 )

4) Onedin Line ( 1971-1980 )

5) Abigail’s Party ( 1977 )

 

Top 5 Best BBC Sitcoms

1) Fawlty Towers

2) Only Fools & Horses

3) The Good Life

4) Porridge

5) Butterflies

 

Top 5 Best BBC Light Entertainment Programmes

1) Morecambe & Wise Show

2) Top Of The Pops

3) The Two Ronnies

4) Blue Peter

5) Multi Coloured Swapshop

 

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Daleks inventor departs Earthly life to become a Time Lord!!

Raymond Cusick, the designer of the Daleks from the BBC’s Doctor Who series, has died aged 84 after a short illness. The Daleks quickly became the iconic villains in Doctor Who, which marks it’s 50th anniversary later in the year. Of all Doctor Who’s enemies, the Daleks quickly became his ultimate and most enduring nemesis!!

Raymond Cusick gave form to the concept of the Daleks, created by Doctor Who screenwriter Terry Nation, which first appeared in series one of Doctor Who nearly 50 years ago.The BBC and media in general will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who later in the year and it is sad that Raymond Cusick will not be around to join in the celebrations. No doubt he will be looking down with pride as an honorary Time Lord with deceased Doctor Who’s William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee.

In Doctor Who folklore, the race of Daleks was said to have been developed by a scientist to survive a war on their home planet of Skaro. However, the scientist was later killed by his own creation. The Daleks, mutants encased in studded, tank-like machinery that appear to glide over the ground, became a cultural phenomenon, with generations growing to love their famous electronic command of “Exterminate”.

At the same time, of all Doctor Who’s adversaries, the Daleks struck fear into the hearts and minds of children in the UK and the author does not mind admitting cowering behind the sofa on many an occasion. The consolation was the knowledge that Daleks couldn’t climb stairs, so unless you lived in a bungalow, you were safe at bedtime!! The rational adult mind informs us that there is nothing to fear from an object inspired by a pepperpot, looking like a dustbin sporting a sink plunger!! However it was a different matter as an eight and ten year old between 1970 and 1972. However Doctor Who aka Jon Pertwee, our caped crusader, was always on hand to re-assure us with his calming and soothing words……..and the sexy Jo Grant always offered a pleasant distraction!!

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Roobarb & Custard animator dies in the same week as it’s narrator!!

Bob Godfrey, the animator behind much loved cartoons “Roobarb & Custard” and “Henry’s Cat” has died aged 91. In a strange coincidence, he has passed away in the same week as actor Richard Briers, who’s velvety dulcet tones narrated “Roobarb & Custard”.

For those of the author’s generation, growing up in the 1970s, “Roobarb & Custard” was one of our staple diets at teatime, as we religiously watched the anarchic cartoon about a feuding cat and dog, with it’s catchy theme tune and “wobbly dog” animation. In a less sophisticated era “Roobarb and Custard” provided an innocent escape from the horrors of the school day and prefaced tedious homework with some levity. “Roobarb & Custard” wasn’t alone as it was part of a pantheon of great TV cartoons in the 1970s.

Here’s the Recordpress Top 10 Best 1970s TV Cartoons –

Top 10 Best 1970s TV Cartoons

1) Tom & Jerry

2) Scooby Doo

3) Wacky Races

4) The Flintstones

5) Roobarb & Custard

6) Top Cat

7) Mr Ben

8) Captain Pugwash

9) Yogi Bear & Boo Boo

10) Bagpuss

 

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To mark Richard Briers’ death, here’s a Top 10 Best 1970s UK Sitcoms

Rarely, if ever when a celebrity dies, do they become the lead news story across all TV channels. Infact I can’t remember the last time this happened. But yesterday the death of actor Richard Briers was headline news across terrestrial and satellite news programmes. This is in no small part to the great affection with which he was held by the general public in the UK.

Although an esteemed classical Shakespearian actor on the stage, Richard Briers will be best remembered for his role as Tom Good in the 1970s sitcom “The Good Life” ( 1975 – 1978 ). The Good Life depicted the life of a disillusioned corporate man Tom Good, who with the support and backing of his wife Barbara ( played by Felicity Kendal ), gives up the rat race for a life of self sufficiency amongst the manicured lawns of suburbia in Surbiton, South London. The humour is derived through the interplay with snobbish next door neighbour, Margo Leadbetter (  Penelope Keith ) and her long suffering husband Jerry ( Paul Eddington ).

In conjunction with a good script, the key to the success and enduring appeal of “The Good Life” was the fantastic chemistry between the four actors and the fact that a life of self sufficiency away from the rat race strikes a chord and has a resonance with most of us at one time or another!! The “Good Life” ran for four years between 1975 and 1978 and 30 episodes. The 1970s was the Golden Era of the British Sitcom and if there is any doubting that statement, here’s a Top 10 Best 1970s UK Sitcoms –

Top 10 Best 1970s UK Sitcoms

1)      Fawlty Towers

2)      Rising Damp

3)      Yes Minister

4)      The Good Life

5)      Porridge

6)      Butterflies

7)      Open All Hours

8)      Dad’s Army

9)      Steptoe & Son

10)    Whatever Happened To The likely Lads?

 

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As original Batmobile sells at auction, here’s a Top10 Corgi Toy Cars

The Batmobile from the original TV series of Batman has sold for $4.2m (£2.6m) at an auction in the USA. The Batmobile was bought by Rick Champagne, a logistics company owner from Phoenix, Arizona. With a name like that, I’m sure Mr Champagne will be celebrating being the first owner of the Batmobile since Batman!!

The Batmobile design was based on a 1955 Lincoln Futura, a concept car built in Italy by the Ford Motor Company and became a central part of the 1960s surreal, camp cult TV series “Batman”, starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as his sidekick “boy wonder” Robin.

 

It is the first occasion that car had come up for public sale since it was bought in 1965 by car-customiser George Barris, who converted it in two weeks, at the cost of $15,000 (£9,400), into the Batmobile. It had a V-8 engine, arguably one of the first in-car phones, and parachutes, which were used to help the Batmobile turn sharp corners.

The Batmobile also became a must have toy in the 1960s and 1970s, when Corgi Toys produced a die cast model in 1966. Infact it became one of the iconic toy cars of the era.

The Recordpress author would definitely place it firmly in a Top 10 Best Corgi Toy Cars  from Film & TV Series in the 1960s / 1970s –

Top 10 Best Corgi Toy Cars from Film & TV Series in the 1960s / 1970s

 

1 ) James Bond Aston Martin DB5 ( Goldfinger & Thunderball )

2) Lady Penelope Pink Rolls Royce ( Thunderbirds )

3) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flying Car

4) Batmobile

5) Simon Templar Volvo P1800 ( The Saint )

6) Emma Peel Lotus Elan ( The Avengers )

7) James Bond Toyota 2000GT ( You Only Live Twice )

8) ‘Dick Dastardly’s’ Car ( Wacky Races )

9) Starsky & Hutch Ford Gran Torino

10) James Bond Lotus Esprit ( The Spy Who Loved Me )

 

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Thunderbirds are Go but creator Gerry Anderson has Gone!!

Gerry Anderson, a name synonymous with kids TV entertainment from the 1960s onwards, has died. For those who are still none the wiser, Gerry Anderson was the creator of Thunderbirds (1965-66), Stingray (1964), Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967-68) and Joe 90 ( 1968 ).

Gerry Anderson embarked on Thunderbirds in 1964, commissioned by ATV boss Lew Grade. Lew Grade as he demonstrated with TV series The Saint and later The Persuaders very much had an eye on the US export market. Hence Thunderbirds was very “Americanised” showcasing the Tracy brothers, with their mid Atlantic accents and first names mirroring US astronauts Scott Carpenter, Virgil Grissom, Alan Shepard, John Glenn and Gordon Cooper.

Scott, Virgil, Alan, John and Gordon were brothers and members of International Rescue, based on a Tracy Island, launched by their father Jeff Tracy with the slogan “Thunderbirds are Go!”. Two of the most memorable characters were blonde aristocrat Lady Penelope (voiced by and modelled on Gerry Anderson’s wife Sylvia Thamm) and Parker, the butler and chauffeur of Lady Penelope’s 21st-century Rolls-Royce, FAB 1 ( presumably Parker was voiced by and modelled on actor Michael Caine!! ).

 

The Thunderbirds puppets were state of the art in the mid to late 1960s, superceding TV puppets Muffin the Mule, Andy Pandy and Bill and Ben, the Flowerpot Men, who were not only in black and white but somewhat amateurish in comparison. Gerry Anderson built on the success of Thunderbirds with Stingray, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons and then Joe 90. Infact the author was to fall victim to Joe 90 in the 1970s, when on account of my National Health spectacles, I was christened Joe 90, a nickname that stuck with me into early adulthood, when I finally insisted that my friends drop the pseudonym!!

Of course, going hand in hand with Gerry Anderson’s various TV series were the toys and merchandising. The must have toys in the 1960s and 1970s were the Thunderbird 2 craft and Lady Penelope’s pink Rolls Royce Fab 1, which were only matched by the iconic Corgi James Bond “Goldfinger” Aston Martin DB5. All the toys including Tracey Island were resurrected with the return of the Thunderbirds TV series in the 1990s…….

One of my favourite memories was seeing my nephew on his fourth birthday in 1992, wearing his brand new blue Thunderbirds outfit, blowing out the candles on his Thunderbird 2 birthday cake……..The Thunderbirds baton had been handed down to the younger generation!! And the enduring appeal of Gerry Anderson’s puppet programmes continues to this day.

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