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Listen With Mother

And they wonder why Punk happened.FINAL resting place of the one-time broadcasting institution, by then very much on its last legs thanks to the machinations of Derek Griffiths and Barnaby. Glory days of youngsters giving a flying fuck about the exploits of My Naughty Little Sister and The Yompity Yo were long gone, and later years saw attempts to update wildly anachronistic approach by bringing in folk-rockers like Nola York and finally desperately involving Noel Edmonds in some capactity, but to no avail. Cancelled in 1982, to much still-enduring wailing and gnashing of teeth.



  1. Paul

    November 4, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    and one of the loveliest little theme tunes – Gabriel Faure’s Dolly Suite: Berceuse. Thank goodness I can still vaguely remember this, and always associated with clothes airing on the clothes horse and the warm glow from the dials and tuner of the radiogram in the corner.

  2. Glenn A

    October 27, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Does anyone know what the ratings were in the final years? I must admit it was on anachronism and could never really compete with Watch With Mother.

  3. Richard16378

    July 27, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Even Watch With Mother sounded very twee by the 1970s, like someone that was last relevant about the time Please Please Me was released. Even if it’s replacement See-Saw was a little dull, though that in the end was just a holding operation until CBBC started to cater for pre-schoolers towards the end of the 1987.

  4. Glenn Aylett

    August 11, 2018 at 11:17 am

    @ Richard 16378, most small children by the seventies would much sooner watch Fingerbobs, Mr Benn and Mary, Mungo and Midge than try and concentrate on a radio programme that really belonged in the pre television era. I’d imagine Listen With Mother would probably be something a parent who was an ardent Radio 4 listener putting on for their children, which would be a rarity as most young women preferred Radio 1 then, or would switch on BBC1 at 1.45 to keep the children quiet. Also BBC research when Listen With Mother was being cancelled revealed it had a cult following among long distance lorry drivers.

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