Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Tony Hancock. Anthony Aloysius St.John Hancock, to give him his full title.
Jon Pertwee. Chief Petty Officer Pertwee, along with Silly-ass sub-Lieutenant Leslie Philips
Tony Blackburn. 'T, t. O, o. N, n. Y, y. Schoooool Salute'
194. I remember all the posters appearing when Capital was getting ready to begin broadcasting.
Michael Bentine. Son of a Peruvian inventor father, and a Mother who was a Medium. Creator of the 'Potties'
Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan. Neddie Seagoon, Blue Bottle, Eccles, Moriarty, the list of wacky characters goes on and on
Arm-full. 'A pint. That's very nearly an arm-full. I'm sorry, I'm not walking round with an empty arm for anyone'
Bill Kerr. 'William, you buffoon'
The Adams Singers. 'We present Sing Something Simple, with the Adams Singers directed by Cliff Adams. Not only listening, but joining in we hope with all these songs you know so well.'
Jimmy Clitheroe. All I can remember about this show is listening to it on a Sunday at lunch time
'Allo 'Allo. Although there were misgivings at the topic for a comedy show with many people still alive who remember the German occupation of France. The show was so absurdly funny that all misgivings were forgotten especially as it showed the Germans as bumbling fools but the French and the British were portrayed as no better.
Monty Python's Flying Circus. Starring Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and John Cleese, 'Monty Python' was a series of madcap humour with such favourites as The Ministry of Silly Walks and the Dead Parrot Sketch.
|Which show ended each episode with two people sitting at a news desk with the catch phrase, "Now it's goodnight from me. And it's goodnight from him. Goodnight"?||British TV and Radio Catch Phrases
The Two Ronnies. Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett starred in the 'Two Ronnies' which ran on BBC1 from 1971 to 1987 until Barker retired from show business. Ronnie Barker was always a humble man who always had time for ordinary folk even at the height of his popularity. Sadly died in October 2005.
Del Boy. Del Boy of 'Only Fools and Horses' was played by David Jason. He was an entreprenuer always on the lookout for easy money and was always broke.
Bruce Forsyth. This became the catch phrase of Bruce Forsyth, host of 'The Generation Game' which was shown during the 1970's. Part of the game was a conveyor belt where 20 objects passed by your eyes and you kept every object you could remember. There was always a big cuddly toy.
Harry Secombe. An incredibly funny man who was part of the radio show "The Goons" from 1949 to 1960. He was known as "Ned of Wales" by Prince Charles. A fine actor, a great singer, he was inimitable.
|"Exterminate, Exterminate". This catch phrase made many children hide behind their sofas when this programme came on. What was the name of the show?||British TV and Radio Catch Phrases
Dr Who. The Daleks first appeared on 'Dr Who' in 1963 and their mission was to exterminate all life except for Daleks. The Daleks and the Time Lords wiped each other out in one great battle. The only Time Lord left is the Doctor.
Dixon of Dock Green. Played by Jack Warner from 1955 to 1976, Dixon personified the local "bobby" on the beat, well respected by all in the community.
During the series he was promoted from Constable to Sergeant.
Ken Dodd. Ken Dodd with his tickling stick was not only a great comedian but held several number one hit singles, most notably "Tears". Once seen, never forgotten. Even at the height of his fame, he refused to leave Knotty Ash in order to save money.
Listen With Mother. "Listen with Mother" ran from 1950 to 1982. The theme music used was 'Berceuse' from Gabriel Faure's Dolly Suite.
|Who was created the first Director General of the BBC when the corporation was established in 1927?
(His tenure lasted until 1938.)||Firsts in British Radio
John Reith. John Charles Walsham Reith was born on July 20th 1889 at Stonehaven, Kincardineshire. He was originally appointed General Manager of the BBC in 1922, becoming the Director General when the Corporation was formed in 1927.
|'Listen with Mother' was first broadcast on 16th January 1950. What much loved phrase was used to begin each episode?||Firsts in British Radio
"Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin". 'Listen with Mother' was a fifteen minute programme that went out every weekday at 1.45pm, starting on the Light Programme (Radio 2), though it later moved to the BBC Home Service (Radio 4). It ran from 1950 to 1982 and the theme music, which became synonymous with the programme, was the 'Berceuse' from Gabriel Fauré's 'Dolly Suite' for piano duet, Op. 56.
|This long-running radio programme was first broadcast on 7th October 1946 on the BBC Light Programme and was presented by Alan Ivemey. Past presenters also include Sue MacGregor, Martha Kearney, Jean Metcalfe & Jenni Murray. What is this iconic radio programme?||Firsts in British Radio
Woman's Hour. 'Woman's Hour' is one of the BBC's iconic radio programmes. Starting on the Light programme it moved to Radio 4 in 1973. On 1 January 2005, the show became 'Man's Hour' for one day only, when it was presented by Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The British government established the BBC in 1927 as a broadcasting monopoly. It was to be funded by a license fee that was payable by anyone who owned a radio, the fee amount was set by parliament. The corporation was operated by a board of governors which was presided over by a director general. Unlike in America, advertising on the radio at this time was banned.
|The first piece of music played on British Classic FM was by George Frederic Handel. What was the piece of music?||Firsts in British Radio
Zadok the Priest. The station began broadcasting at 6am on 7th November 1992, the first independent all-classical music radio station. The first show was presented by Nick Bailey. Target listening figures were 2.8 million, but after four and a half months on air official figures showed that 4.3 million people were tuning in to the station each week, making it the fourth largest in the country.
|On Easter Sunday 1964, which famous floating radio station opened its first programme with 'Not Fade Away' by the Rolling Stones?||Firsts in British Radio
Radio Caroline. The first programme presented by Simon Dee and Christopher Moore was pre-recorded because they were frightened of being caught.
1975. Tony Benn, the then Secretary of State for Industry, was the first minister to be heard being questioned in Parliament. The broadcast was presented by BBC political editor David Holmes and for Independent radio news by Edmund Boyle.
|On 8th October 1973, Britains first legal Independent local radio station began broadcasting. Starting with a two-hour news feature presented by David Jessel, what was this radio station?||Firsts in British Radio
London Broadcasting Company (LBC). This station broke the BBC's fifty year monopoly on the airwaves. It aimed to broadcast news and features programmes. Capital Radio went on air a week later as a general music and entertainment channel.
Annie Nightingale. Annie broadcast her first show on Radio 1 on New Years Day 1970, it was another 12 years before another female DJ (Janice Long) joined. She was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2002 and was the first female DJ to be inducted into the Radio Academy Hall Of Fame in 2004.