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Your Wednesday Night In… July 1976

Wednesday, 14th July 1976


There may have been a drought in full swing, but make sure you’re back from the standpipe in time for Tom O’Connor to take your mind off things with the aid of Georgie Fame, Tammy Jones, The Ladybirds, Roger De Courcey and Nookie Bear, and of course The Lionel Blair Dancers; whether Lionel actually appeared with them is sadly not specified. Given the time slot, the jury is out on whether audiences got the ‘regular’ or ‘blue’ (i.e. saying, “Whaay she’s got big tits” to women who didn’t) Nookie. Mind you, in summer – and especially one that hot and dry – a ‘night out’ can be arranged as easily as just walking to the park and back, so you may have been better advised making your own arrangements.


7.00pm GAMES PEOPLE PLAY, Radio 1
A sports quiz that apparently tested entertainers on sport and sportsmen on entertainment, this week with cheeky chappie Jimmy Tarbuck and Crossroads bloke Stan Stennett facing off against boxer John Conteh and rugby player John Dawes for a couple of rounds of Coleman-nodding Water Rattage crossover fun. You’ll never guess what the theme music was.

Slightly more highbrow quizzery – apparently spun off from Woman’s Hour – as Ned Sherrin grills Antonia Fraser, Humphrey Lyttleton, Michael Frayn and Gillian Reynolds about ‘who said what, where, when and about whom’. So everyone laughing at that ‘the boy stood on the burning deck’ thing for half an hour, then.



  1. THX 1139

    July 11, 2018 at 10:47 am

    More Nookie Bare than Nookie Bear, then?

  2. Richard16378

    July 11, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    I’ve never really clicked Roger De Courcey and Nookie Bear.

    Roger is OK when speaking on his own, but Nookie never seemed to add anything much humourwise, not helped by Roger’s less than brilliant voice throwing.

  3. Glenn Aylett

    July 12, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Nothing more seventies than Roger De Courcey and Tom O Connor. I’m sure this variety show would have been followed in the autumn by Wednesday At 8, another Tom O Connor variety show with a similar line up of guests, and the long running Name That Tune game. People nowadays might laugh at these shows, but Summer Night Out would probably have attracted 17 million viewers.

    • THX 1139

      July 14, 2018 at 12:37 am

      I think Tom O’Connor would be disappointed if they didn’t laugh at them back then…

  4. Richard16378

    July 14, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    There seemed to be a real glut of variety shows in the 1970s, with the usual chintzy sets, a Parkinson light chat segment & a current female singer doing a number in a tafita ball gown accompanied by a house band that seemed to take up half the studio.

  5. Glenn Aylett

    July 14, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    @ Richard 16378, the biggest one in summer in the seventies was Seaside Special on BBC1. Very un PC with its beauty contests and dancing girls, but 18 million people didn’t seem to mind and I can remember the whole family watching. When the budget allowed, it was sometimes shown from France.
    Tom O Connor’s show was probably an ITV rival( most likely made by Thames) for weekday nights. O Connor must have impressed Thames as this morphed into the hugely successful Wednesday At 8 and London Night Out that ran for five years. Again rather painful to watch these days, as Norman Collier’s broken microphone routine and Bernie Clifton’s ostrich riding appeared a lot, but a ratings topper for more innnocent times.

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