title card for the bbc's summertime special

Summertime Special

Summertime Special, 1981 After the success of Seaside Special in the 1970's, the BBC decided to revive the idea in the 1980's.This time instead of a Big Top the BBC visited seaside piers.  Very little info...
seaside special david hamilton and tony blackburn

Seaside Special

Seaside Special - 1975 It's Summertime and we could all do with some cheering up after the last 12 months so today it's time to sit back, cringe, laugh and enjoy some good old fashioned entertainment in the co...

It’s A Royal Knockout!

The Grand Knockout Tournament, 1987 The Grand Knockout Tournament, also known as It's A royal Knockout was a one off charity event following the format seen on It's A Knockout.It was devised by HRH Prince ...

It’s That Time Of Year

No it's not the Chicken Song, although some of the tunes are nausiating, it's........... Eurovision Now to a casual viewer or listner to BBC you might be forgiven for thinking that Eurovsion is a serious busi...

The Keith Harris Show

The Keith Harris Show, 1982 Keith Harris, another entertainment legend passes away, there are now few big name ventriloquists still entertaining audiences and it makes you think how much entertainment has chan...

Last Laugh In Vegas

Last Laugh In Vegas, 2018 A five part series shown in 2018 that took a group of showbiz legends from across the decades to perform a one off show in the variety capital of the world: Las Vegas.The series f...
Comedy legend Ronnie Corbett

Ronnie Corbett’s Off To Australia

The Ronnie Corbett Show (Australia), 1987 We're off to foreign parts for this post featuring the legendary Ronnie Corbett in his own show.  It's very difficult to pin down the exact date for this show as very ...

Who Would You Do Now?

Who Would You Do Now? Earlier today we looked back at a 1970's impressionists show "Who Do You Do?" Impression shows have been around for years, but we wondered if they brought this back who would you do now? ...

A Spell In The Ads – Part 1- Arthur Lowe

A Spell In The Ads - Part 1- Arthur Lowe In a episode of Hancock entitled "The Bowmans" we saw Tony Hancock going through a "lean spell in the pilchards ads".  Whilst this was scripted comedy Hancock did indee...

Arena: Ken Dodd’s Happiness

Arena: Ken Dodd's Happiness, 2007 Arena was a TV documentary series that has been running on the BBC since 1975.  In 2007 legendary comic Ken Dodd became the subject celebrating reaching 80 years of age and st...