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old radio programmes in pre TV days

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mrsmopp Tue 14-May-13 21:12:10

Journey into Space scared me to death!

Have A Go with Wilfred Pickles, Mabel at the table and Harry Hudson at the piano.
He went round the country interiewing ordinary people.

merlotgran Tue 14-May-13 21:13:38

Wasn't Mable, Violet Carsons (Ena Sharples)?

Ana Tue 14-May-13 21:17:27

No, it was Wilf's wife!

Ana Tue 14-May-13 21:18:13

Or rather, she was...sorry!

merlotgran Tue 14-May-13 21:22:21

I've just checked with WickyPickyPedia and she was the pianist. I thought she was in there somewhere grin

vegasmags Tue 14-May-13 21:38:29

I loved Wilfred Pickles. When I was about 8 I wrote to him and he replied with a most charming letter which I kept for years. I also loved Toytown with Dennis the dachshund and Larry the lamb.

merlotgran Tue 14-May-13 21:41:13

My first record of Peter And The Wolf was narrated by Wilfred Pickles.

bluebell Tue 14-May-13 21:58:19

I had a Saturday job when I was at school looking after the children of one of Wilfred's Pickles nieces. The whole family was interesting - a nephew was Judge James Pickles - quite a controversial figure at one time and one of the Judge's children is the actress Carolyn Pickles but the best bit is another niece was Christina Pickles who played Ross and Monica's mum in Friends and when I was 16 she gave me one of her 'old' dresses to go to the school dance and I felt so glamourous! The family felt a but 'iffy' Bout Wilfred's accent - he put it on a bit!!

Eloethan Tue 14-May-13 23:16:32

I remember my grandma listening to "Mrs Dale's Diary", and my dad liked "Round the Horn". Sundays weren't Sundays without the smell of roast coming from the kitchen and Two Way Family Favourites on the radio.

I used to love Uncle Mac on Saturday mornings - singing along to I'm a Pink Toothbrush, Little White Bull, Nellie the Elephant, etc.

bluebell Tue 14-May-13 23:27:24

Round the Horn - I recently had cause to listen to several episodes and I could not believe it - they would never be allowed now!

numberplease Tue 14-May-13 23:32:29

I loved Wilfred Pickles.
Also remember fondly listening to Workers Playtime at lunchtime on weekdays.
Mrs. Dale`s Diary, and Waggoners Walk were my favourite radio dramas.
Oh yes, and the Ovaltinies on a Sunday evening!
Nearly forgot about The Navy Lark.
And Sunday lunchtime wouldn`t have been Sunday lunchtime without Two Way Family Favourites. Loved the theme music, With a Song in my Heart,

Ana Tue 14-May-13 23:36:37

The Billy Cotton Band Show!

numberplease Tue 14-May-13 23:57:49

Oooh yes, after Family Favourites. Wakey Wakeeeeee!! Ta de de da da da, ta de de da da da!

mrsmopp Wed 15-May-13 03:53:24

Two way family favourites with Cliff Mitchelmore and
Jean Metcalf. I can smell the Sunday roast cooking!!
I think Cliff and Jean got married didnt they?

baubles Wed 15-May-13 07:04:18

I had no memory of this until I read this thread, now I have a vision of our steamy kitchen, a blazing fire and Two Way Family Favourites on the Bakelite wireless.

I can even picture me in my hand knitted, yellow, itchy sweater.

Grannyeggs Wed 15-May-13 08:02:40

Workers playtime,UncleMac and the early Archers.

PRINTMISS Wed 15-May-13 08:04:06

Used to rush home from work to catch Dick Barton - Special Agent! and what about Paul Temple? Friday Night is Music Night - I believe that is still going, and when the children were small and had their afternoon nap - (yes, they did ) I would curl up and listen to Women's hour.

Grannyeggs Wed 15-May-13 08:08:20

Printmiss you can still hearPaul Temple on Radio Four Extra. I think it is at 9am and repeated,but can't remember which days.

PRINTMISS Wed 15-May-13 08:30:31

Thanks for that Grannyeggs unfortunately, my hearing loss is such that talk on the radio is beyond me - can hear the music, not the words. Still here though!

Grannyeggs Wed 15-May-13 08:41:35

Glad you are PrintMiss. sunshine

feetlebaum Wed 15-May-13 09:29:00

Children's Hour... The Box of Delights, The Swish of the Curtain, Toytown ('Uncle Mac' again, as Larry the Lamb), Winnie-the-Pooh - with Norman Shelley as Pooh - wonderful.

I remember curling up in an armchair by the fire, with no lights on, to listen to Saturday Night Theatre - all those wonderful voices - members of the BBC Drama Repertory Company.

And the newsreaders/announcers: Stewart Hibberd, Alvar Lidell and my favourite, whose recorded voice heard today sends me straight back to childhood, Frank Phillips.

Finally, the comedians - Ted Ray, Tommy Handley, Claude Dampier, Vic Oliver (with Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon) Clapham and Dwyer, Gillie Potter - he was another favourite of mine.

LullyDully Wed 15-May-13 10:15:32

Lots of memories here great. Mrs Dale's Diary I loved that and Children's Favourites. I remember Sunday was good with Educating Archie/ Navy Lark/ Jimmy Edwards etc.etc etc.

GadaboutGran Wed 15-May-13 10:37:18

Wonderful - I loved Listen with Mother (surprised to learn Daphne Oxenford only died recently) & I was an Ovalitinie - still got the badge. Later Uncle Mac on Saturday mornings -Runaway Train, Max Bygraves etc. Paul Temple was scary & we listened as a family to the play on Saturday evenings. I remember the smell of baking on Friday nights when I came home from Guides & then had the weekly bath whilst listening to Friday Night is Music night. Sunday roasts after Chapel accompanied by Two Way Family Favourites, Round the Horne & Jimmy Edwards (plus Ron & Eth) with parents embarrassed by the risqué bits. Plus Wifred Pickles & Mabel at the table & doing homework while listening to radio plays. I also remember listening to a commentary of a boxing match between Cassius Clay & ? whilst sitting on top of a ladder doing a sketch of the ladder for art homework (still have it!).
I had 4 years of my childhood & commercial radio in Sydney and can still sing the ad for Aeroplane Jelly "I love Aeroplane jelly, Aeroplane Jelly for me, I like it for dinner, I like it for tea, A little each day is a good recipe ..."

mrsmopp Wed 15-May-13 14:27:10

In Town Tonight, In Town Tonight,
Once again we stop the mighty roar of London's traffic.......
I think that was how it went. Remember it?

numberplease Wed 15-May-13 16:09:30

Did anyone listen to the square dancing, with the man calling out all the moves? I associate that with a memory of sitting toasting bread over red coals on the end of a long toasting fork.