Tonight’s BBC-1… in 1964 

29 August 2014

Radio Times 29 August 1964

First day of BBC-1 in April 1964 using 2nd BBC globeIt’s a two Doctor evening for BBC-1 viewers tonight (Saturday 29 August 1964). At 5.15pm, after a packed Grandstand, is your only chance to see part 4 (of 6) of the William Hartnell Doctor Who adventure “The Reign of Terror”, as both this episode and the episode following are missing from the BBC and other archives at the time of writing.

If you stick around until 7.05pm, you’ve got the chance to see the next Doctor in action, although nobody knew it at the time. Patrick Troughton guest stars in a repeat of the seemingly unending Dr Finlay’s Casebook.

Juke Box Jury with David Jacobs is at 5.40pm, with snarly-up-wordy Stanley Unwin professory-type, Millicent Martin, Susan Baker (no idea) and current hate figure Jimmy Savile. All-in-all, a pretty standard summer BBC-1 Saturday schedule that, after about 6pm, saw people turning over to Independent Television.

When the BBC started to fight back, Dr Finlay and Perry Mason would move to Sundays. The Edinburgh Military Tattoo was exceptionally popular at the time – but then its audience were the many surviving soldiers of the two world wars.

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Arthur Nibble 29 August 2014 at 8:40 pm

There was an upcoming actress called Susan Baker who was 18 at the time. She has / had a twin sister, also an actress, called Jennifer. Maybe it was her?

Terry Christie 14 September 2014 at 3:45 pm

Saturday October 11th 1958,BBC Television Sports Programme Grandstand Introduced by The late David Coleman at The Lime Grove Studios in London.

The Classified Football Results & Cricket Scoreboard read by The late Leonard Martin and The Sports News Service & Rugby Union,Rugby League & The Horse Racing Results for many years read by John Langham used to do the job and he went upstairs and he jumped out the window to be replaced by Tim Gudgin since 1965.

The Great Sporting Memories including The Grand National,Professional Boxing,Rugby League,Golf,
Wimbledon Tennis,Snooker,Darts,Motor Racing,
Cricket,Show Jumping,Power Boat Racing,Rugby Union,Swimming,Basketball,Netball,Volleyball,
Athletics,Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race,Speedway,
Ice Skating,Horse Racing & Indoor Bowls.

The Famous F.A Cup Final on Saturday May 5th 1973 when Sunderland,The Second Division Side beat Leeds United 1-0 by The late Ian Porterfield goal in 31 Minutes & On Saturday July 30th 1966 when England beat The infamous West Germany by Geoff Hurst Hat-Trick & Martin Peters of West Ham United 4-2 in The World Cup Final at Wembley Stadium in London.

The Great Sporting Memories of BBC Television Sports Programme Grandstand.

Terry Christie,from Sunderland,Tyne & Wear.

Joseph 15 September 2014 at 11:58 pm

Can I assume that the Edinburgh Military Tattoo had been taped earlier that evening for delayed transmission?

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