Going for a Song

Welcome back to the podcast celebrating growing up as a child in 1970's Britain and the central part that television played in our lives then.In this episode, our host Oliver wonders whether our society is more materialistic than in the 1970's and uses television schedules to compare and contrast. From Homes Under the Hammer, Cash in the Attic and Flog It! it appears that the schedules are full of programmes about turning a fast profit, even the supposedly superior Antiques Roadshow depends on disclosing the value of a piece for its payoff. It wasn't like that in Going for…

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Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe!

A warm welcome back to the podcast which remembers what it was like to grow up as a child in 70's Britain and the central role that television played in our society. This episode has been recorded by your host Oliver whilst he is on holiday in Jersey which gives an excellent link to a discussion on Bergerac. But before we get too carried away with thoughts of John Nettles, the Bureau des Etranges and Diamond Lil's nightclub it appears that Bergerac was a child of the 1980's so not a valid subject, although it feels like…

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Grange Hill

Welcome back to the podcast celebrating growing up in 1970's Britain and the central part that TV played in our lives then. In this episode we are going back to school. Traditionally, schools were shown in a good light on British TV without much in the way of realism. Mallory Towers and Dotheboys Hall were light years away from my school. All this changed in February 1978 when Grange Hill burst onto our screens and change children's TV for ever. Tucker Jenkins, Trisha Yates and Benny Green got into trouble, answered back to their parents and were rude to teachers. We remember…

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