NEOLITHIC SWOTATHON, kicking off on radio in 1948, before inevitable cathode-ray crossover come early 60s. Early incarnation needlessly complicated, with GEOFFREY WHEELER and DAVID DIMBLEBY in opposing assembly halls setting questions in turn, before sensible single host option adopted later in decade. PADDY FEENY, JOHN EDMUNDS and JOHN DUNN also compered. Grammar-school friendly institution, with only occasional presence of “new” comprehensive representatives. Prize was simply “taking part”, the swines.
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The sitcom repeats return, and previously one of the main attractions here was BBC2 using period continuity to introduce them, but they’re now doing that for all programmes – and we must say, rightly so. So it’s the shows themselves that are now the big deal. No surprise to see Open All Houurs, given the huge success of the revival, followed by a show that owned much of its success to the ITV strike in To The Manor Born. A less frequently repeated series rounds it off, starting here with the pilot from New Year’s Day 1980.
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