BBC Children's Hour Home Service mid-late Fifties

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  • kernelbogey
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    Denis the Dachsund: always sentences with the verb at the end he spoke.

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  • gradus
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    Toytown was a staple of CH, Dennis the Dachshund, Larry the Lamb etc but I was surprised to read that it first ran from 1928 to 1932. I had previously assumed that it was created in the fifties.

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  • LMcD
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    Originally posted by rauschwerk View Post
    Helen Henschel used to talk about classical music and play the piano, but I remember nothing of this except that she introduced herself by playing the finale theme from Brahms's first symphony,
    BBC Home Service, 5.20 p.m. 20/10/1947:
    'Music at Random' with Helen Henschel.
    Alice in Wonderland, arranged as a dialogue in 5 parts.
    There's also an edition from 1945 featuring 'Uncle Mac'
    Details of these and other broadcasts can be found by googling 'BBC genome Helen Henschel'.

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  • rauschwerk
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    Helen Henschel used to talk about classical music and play the piano, but I remember nothing of this except that she introduced herself by playing the finale theme from Brahms's first symphony,

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  • Serial_Apologist
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    I was disappointed that there was no mention of Michael Bentine's "Billy Bean Built a Machine" from the late 50s on yesterday's sequence on BBC4. Otherwise it brought back fond memories.

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  • kernelbogey
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    Originally posted by LMcD View Post

    There was also a 1956 Children's Hour drama called 'Counterspy.' It was produced in Cardiff by BBC Wales and featured a young Michael Aspel. The introductory music was the opening of Stravinsky's Symphony in 3 Movements. Aspel played a Canadian called James 'Rocky' Mountain.
    Thanks for settling that, LMcD - it's been quietly nagging my memory over the years.... Here is a BBC genome record; I suppose there may be a connection with the US series featured in the Wikipedia article, but it's not mentioned there.

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  • Serial_Apologist
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    Originally posted by oddoneout View Post

    That would be sad if so - can you remember the specifics? Like you I enjoyed that documentary, and will probably watch it again tonight.
    I must have been thinking of someone else.

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  • french frank
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    Originally posted by oddoneout View Post

    That would be sad if so - can you remember the specifics? Like you I enjoyed that documentary, and will probably watch it again tonight.
    This was the only thing I could discover - in the Daily Mail, a one-sided version from a disinherited son. Nothing scandalous.

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  • oddoneout
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    Originally posted by Serial_Apologist View Post

    I read somewhere quite recently that Postgate's reputation has become sullied in some way, and feeling greately disappointed, having enjoyed that documentary and come to think of him as something of an exemplary.
    That would be sad if so - can you remember the specifics? Like you I enjoyed that documentary, and will probably watch it again tonight.

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  • LMcD
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    Originally posted by Dave2002 View Post
    Sadly I"m in the same situation. I certainly remember the opening music - loved it ever since. There was another programme - was it Naughty Maria - which had the scherzo from Dvořák​'s D minor symphony.
    There was also a 1956 Children's Hour drama called 'Counterspy.' It was produced in Cardiff by BBC Wales and featured a young Michael Aspel. The introductory music was the opening of Stravinsky's Symphony in 3 Movements. Aspel played a Canadian called James 'Rocky' Mountain.

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  • Dave2002
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    Originally posted by kernelbogey View Post
    An adventure series - I don't remember its name but the introductory music was from Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements.
    Sadly I"m in the same situation. I certainly remember the opening music - loved it ever since. There was another programme - was it Naughty Maria - which had the scherzo from Dvořák​'s D minor symphony.

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  • Serial_Apologist
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    Originally posted by oddoneout View Post
    Not radio I know but I see that BBC4 tonight is about the early days of children's TV programmes , and includes a documentary about Oliver Postgate.
    I read somewhere quite recently that Postgate's reputation has become sullied in some way, and feeling greately disappointed, having enjoyed that documentary and come to think of him as something of an exemplary.

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  • Serial_Apologist
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    Originally posted by johncorrigan View Post

    It's the fiftieth anniversary of the first broadcast of 'Bagpuss' tomorrow. Only thirteen episodes and yet it has become a TV treasure. And 'Words and Music' this evening is about Bagpuss.
    A series I completely missed out on. From long ago discussion on the forum, it seemed that the music associated with Bagpuss was interesting too, to say the least.

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  • johncorrigan
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    Originally posted by oddoneout View Post
    Not radio I know but I see that BBC4 tonight is about the early days of children's TV programmes , and includes a documentary about Oliver Postgate.
    It's the fiftieth anniversary of the first broadcast of 'Bagpuss' tomorrow. Only thirteen episodes and yet it has become a TV treasure. And 'Words and Music' this evening is about Bagpuss.
    Last edited by johncorrigan; 11-02-24, 09:59.

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  • oddoneout
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    Not radio I know but I see that BBC4 tonight is about the early days of children's TV programmes , and includes a documentary about Oliver Postgate.

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