Those of you who get your kicks on BBC2 might have noticed a documentary on Christmas Eve entitled The Many Faces of Les Dawson. If you watched it, you might have noticed this herbert. The nicest part of being involved … Continue reading
Monthly Archives: December 2011
There at last, and only a day late. Have a complete programme, because it’s bloody great. Johnny Mercer singing his own stuff in slightly funked up style with the Harry Roche Constellation. This is what they want.
For day 23, we head to the BBC Television Theatre for the last Wogan to come from the venerable pile before it reverted to being the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. In this clip, Charlie Drake is talking about the night he … Continue reading
I’m never not in the mood for a bit of Jake Thackray, and this song is a particular joy, largely because of the creative ways in which he chooses to describe the lady garden of the butcher’s daughter.
Oh look, it’s Christmas Day and we’re still on day 21. Best advent calendar ever. Following BBC2’s Many Faces of Les Dawson earlier, let’s see Les with Stewart Morris and Bobby Bragg after the 1990 live final of Opportunity Knocks. … Continue reading
For day 20, here’s a snippet from the recording I made when I interviewed legendary BBC LE producer Stewart Morris in 2005 for my book Turned Out Nice Again. It concerns a certain Welsh diva and an oil rig in … Continue reading
For day 19, another story from the BBC TV sound department. I’m not sure who told me, but it might have been the aforementioned Peter Neill. Or it might have been Bernie Newnham, proprietor of the Tech Ops site and … Continue reading
Look, I’m sorry, OK? Playing catch up now, and you will get full value, I promise. I’ve been busy, y’see? For day 18, let’s have Gilbert Harding’s stab at pop stardom from a 1953 Philips 78 (blue label, obviously). Over … Continue reading
An anecdote for day 17, told to me by my friend Peter Neill (BBC TV sound department – ret’d) at yesterday’s Tech Ops lunch. After rehearsals on a show from the BBC Television Theatre, sound supervisor Hugh Barker turned to … Continue reading
Having mentioned Les Dawson, let’s have the great man on Parkinson in 1974.