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Radio/TV now and then.

Bob Davis

Bob Davis
Reading the posts on what people are watching on TV, is there anything to watch anymore? If it hasn't been politicised, a classic turned into a porn film or starring overpaid ex sportsmen, then its a repeat. The comedy borders on the objectionable because of the obscenities which are thrown out by both male and female performers. And having made that sweeping statement, I realise how little has changed. I left Radio 2 when Wogan went, I tired of the relentless bullying and bias of early morning Radio 4, tried local radio which was good when Simon Bates was on, but again soon tired of that, bought a new car which had a DAB radio and found Jazz FM and Radio 4 Extra. Now my morning commute consists of ancient comedy shows, most of which have to start with an announcement about the possible inclusion of unacceptable comment, Steptoe, Round the Horne etc, and I realised that I may now object to the language that I get on Live from the Apollo, but goodness some of the double entendres of the fifties and sixties were actually far naughtier, but funnier because of the way they were fitted into the script, Julian and Sandy, Benny Hill, even some of Al Reed, we knew what they meant, we laughed out loud, even repeated them, but we never thought of complaining about them. I will not include any, but they make the morning commute a worthwhile journey. Jazz FM, is only obtainable on the Lower reaches iof the A361 and the M5, so trips to Birmingham are musical.
Bob
 

Pedrocut

Master Barmmie
One of my old favs is still going, I think, Test Match Special.

Mind you was it Johnners who came out with “the bowlers Holding the batsmans Wiley.

And was it Botham who was trying to get his leg over (the stumps)?
 

mw0njm.

Brummie Dude
Reading the posts on what people are watching on TV, is there anything to watch anymore? If it hasn't been politicised, a classic turned into a porn film or starring overpaid ex sportsmen, then its a repeat. The comedy borders on the objectionable because of the obscenities which are thrown out by both male and female performers. And having made that sweeping statement, I realise how little has changed. I left Radio 2 when Wogan went, I tired of the relentless bullying and bias of early morning Radio 4, tried local radio which was good when Simon Bates was on, but again soon tired of that, bought a new car which had a DAB radio and found Jazz FM and Radio 4 Extra. Now my morning commute consists of ancient comedy shows, most of which have to start with an announcement about the possible inclusion of unacceptable comment, Steptoe, Round the Horne etc, and I realised that I may now object to the language that I get on Live from the Apollo, but goodness some of the double entendres of the fifties and sixties were actually far naughtier, but funnier because of the way they were fitted into the script, Julian and Sandy, Benny Hill, even some of Al Reed, we knew what they meant, we laughed out loud, even repeated them, but we never thought of complaining about them. I will not include any, but they make the morning commute a worthwhile journey. Jazz FM, is only obtainable on the Lower reaches iof the A361 and the M5, so trips to Birmingham are musical.
Bob
i dont listen to the beeb anymore i listen to manx radio.1368 am or on line. sat mornings from 8.30 to 10.30 is great 60s oldies
 

rosie

brummie
I have listened to the Archers for many years but the plots are not as "pleasant" as they used to be, a great deal of arguing and changes of actors for the characters, so I'm not such a fan anymore. I suppose they have to reflect real life but it used to be a little escape from the hustle and bustle.
I miss BRMB and Les Ross! I met him at a function and he was so nice and friendly, Ed Doolan was a great help to many people.
rosie.
 

mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
Rosie
There had to be
A lot of changes in actors as many have died and of those others, retired
 

jmadone

master brummie
I have listened to the Archers for many years but the plots are not as "pleasant" as they used to be, a great deal of arguing and changes of actors for the characters, so I'm not such a fan anymore. I suppose they have to reflect real life but it used to be a little escape from the hustle and bustle.
I miss BRMB and Les Ross! I met him at a function and he was so nice and friendly, Ed Doolan was a great help to many people.
rosie.
Rosie I agree with you. My wife and I listened to the Archers since our marriage in 1970. However it has gone the way of all the soaps, Emmerdale, Corrie, Eastenders etc., and succumbed to the issues of the day e.g. Gay relationships, Political Correctness, and the promotion of "liberalism". Not wishing to become too political they have strayed from the original theme of the programme to pander to "trendy" issues to, in my opinion, the detriment of the programme. Needless to say, we no longer listen.
 

rosie

brummie
Yes Mike, poor old Walter Gabriel! He was my favourite and Nelson, etc. The actor who played Joe Grundy died recently too and is yet to be written out, and also the actress who played Caroline died, but what I meant is a lot of the young people change or sound similar to each other.
rosie.
 

mw0njm.

Brummie Dude
Rosie I agree with you. My wife and I listened to the Archers since our marriage in 1970. However it has gone the way of all the soaps, Emmerdale, Corrie, Eastenders etc., and succumbed to the issues of the day e.g. Gay relationships, Political Correctness, and the promotion of "liberalism". Not wishing to become too political they have strayed from the original theme of the programme to pander to "trendy" issues to, in my opinion, the detriment of the programme. Needless to say, we no longer listen.
yer and me. i loved the archers of a night. now its.( yer well.) from the time joe fell over,it went down hill. its not about farming anymore. even the tune changed.
 

nickcc101

master brummie
I have listened to the Archers for many years but the plots are not as "pleasant" as they used to be, a great deal of arguing and changes of actors for the characters, so I'm not such a fan anymore. I suppose they have to reflect real life but it used to be a little escape from the hustle and bustle.
I miss BRMB and Les Ross! I met him at a function and he was so nice and friendly, Ed Doolan was a great help to many people.
rosie.
My Brother in Law caused disruption when he took over the Archers before he moved on to Eastenders where he also caused much unrest with the cast. Introducing Gay characters in to the Archers seems to have been his downfall.
 

Ray T

master brummie
I don't watch them anymore, but I've noticed from promos in the TV magazines how extreme some TV soap storylines are now. I remember when Coronation Street first started and the snug of The Rovers Return would be full of tension as the end titles rolled with Minnie Cauldwell's cat Bobby still missing. Would he show up safe and well? Millions of concerned viewers tuned in for the next episode to find out. Now, the soaps need regular doses of violence and murders to keep them moving. As the song said, things ain't what they used to be....
 

maypolebaz

master brummie
yer and me. i loved the archers of a night. now its.( yer well.) from the time joe fell over,it went down hill. its not about farming anymore. even the tune changed.
Do you mean that the original Archers intro music has been changed ?
That'll upset Billy Connolly, he once suggested that we adopt it as our national anthem !
 

Big Gee

master brummie
We both watch old British and American films on the various TV channels that show them - give them 5 minutes and if they're no good we move on! We do like (most of) the various antiques progs, especially the Road Show with the lovely Fiona, and also 'Fake or Fortune' which is sensible, adult TV. 'Countryfile' used to be a regular, but it's gone total PC and is consequently boring and slightly embarrassing.

We also always check the Smithsonian and PBS channels from the USA - they show some excellent British and American travelogues, history progs and (my particular interest) aviation documentaries. Neither of us wastes our time watching any soap-opera, nor sheer rubbish such as 'Live At The Apollo' - which suggests to me that TV nowadays caters for largely-uneducated teenagers. Wogan, Ed Doolan, Parkinson and others from that era...all gone, sadly.

G
 

mw0njm.

Brummie Dude
I don't watch them anymore, but I've noticed from promos in the TV magazines how extreme some TV soap storylines are now. I remember when Coronation Street first started and the snug of The Rovers Return would be full of tension as the end titles rolled with Minnie Cauldwell's cat Bobby still missing. Would he show up safe and well? Millions of concerned viewers tuned in for the next episode to find out. Now, the soaps need regular doses of violence and murders to keep them moving. As the song said, things ain't what they used to be....
i think that was the last time i watched corporation st. i liked mouning old tatlock. lol
 

Spargone

master brummie
The Archers should have burnt in the fire along with Grace!
My dad was a great fan but my aunt didn't approve, "You should be paying more attention to your own family!"
Perhaps there should be a law restricting all 'soaps' to a maxium life-span of five years, otherwise some people start to confuse fantasy and reality. (I was in digs once and a fellow inmate came into the common room in tears as 'someone had broken into The Rover's Return!')
 

Robert Ensor (bob)

master brummie
The Archers should have burnt in the fire along with Grace!
My dad was a great fan but my aunt didn't approve, "You should be paying more attention to your own family!"
Perhaps there should be a law restricting all 'soaps' to a maxium life-span of five years, otherwise some people start to confuse fantasy and reality. (I was in digs once and a fellow inmate came into the common room in tears as 'someone had broken into The Rover's Return!')
What was stolen some scenery
 

Robert Ensor (bob)

master brummie
What ever happened to going for a song ?, Am I remembering it right where a panel of people would talk about a small thing and only one would be telling the truth
 

Bob Davis

Bob Davis
What ever happened to going for a song ?, Am I remembering it right where a panel of people would talk about a small thing and only one would be telling the truth
Going for a song was the forerunner to Antiques Road Show, famous for introducing Arthur Negus to the viewing public and starting the obsession with antiques and their worth. The show you are thinking about, I think, was Call my Bluff, chaired by Robert Robinson and among the panellists was Patrick Campbell who had a stammer. Robinson would read out a word and all four would give definitions, only one of which was correct. But thank goodness Only Connect is back tonight, a couple of times I have got the connection, and two or three times I have solved the wall. As for the Archers, it has got so confusing lately and like Eastenders beginning to get weird storylines, I stopped being an avid listener some years ago.

Bob
 
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