Last year, 2015, saw commemorations to celebrate 70 years since V.E. day. This year will see the BBC pull out all the stops to celebrate 60 years since Hancock’s Half Hour, so we thought we’d take a look back over the last 70 years at how entertainment and particuarly comedy has changed.
Through a series of posts linked together under the banner “70 years of comedy” we’ll look back at some of the best comedy output from the BBC and ITV. Looking at some of the stories behind those famous sitcoms, we’ll talk to the writers, people behind the scenes and perhaps some of the entertainers themselves.
The story behind our modern sitcom is a fascinating one, essentially starting in the theatres cmedy moved onto radio by the end of World War 2 radio was king as TV was still in it’s infancy. Take a look in our radio section, it’s surprising how important radio has been to comedy, two recent posts took us back to the dark days of World War 2, ITMA and Workers’ Playtime. As radio continued to dominate many well known comedies would debut: Round The Horne, The Goon Show, Al Read. Of course in 1954 the very first sitcom arrived on radio Hancock’s Half Hour. With the advent of the Queen’s Coronation in 1953 saw an increase in televisions, which have of course stayed with us to this day, where technology gives us so much more choice.
Today you can get your fix of TV and radio on TV, radio, smart phone, tablet etc. You can watch you favourite British shows from all over the world.
The series will run throughout 2016 taking in Hancock on TV 60th anniversary, Bread 30th anniversary. We’ll also look at the aarival of satellite and digital, comedians and gameshows and there’s a very special competition coming soon with a unique prize.
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And so many, many more, you could be forgiven for forgetting some of the side splitting comedy we’ve been treated to over the last 70 years.