Do you remember the excitement of purchasing the Radio Times or TV Times at Christmas and marking all the programmes you wanted to watch or video? I did. It was certainly part of the run up to Christmas for me and I still enjoy doing it, although it is very different now as there are so many channels now, not including all the streaming sites available to watch.
In my possession I have the Daily Express television guide from December 24th and 25th December 1973 when there were only three channels BBC1, I BBC2, and ITV.
Looking at the television guide the one obvious difference between now and then was that programmes did not start until 9am and closed down just after midnight. No breakfast or late night television.
If I was watching the television in 1973 on Christmas Eve I would choose to watch BBC1 ‘Magic Roundabout’ and ‘Wonderful World of Disney’
At 12.30pm the ‘Perry Como Winter Show’ before ‘Babes In The Wood’ with, among others, Little and Large and Norman Collier. Remember them?
In the evening ‘Opportunity Knocks’. a talent show, and a television show I think we all know ‘Coronation Street’. This episode is billed as when Ena Sharples gets a Christmas box of the ears!! I love the classic characters of Coronation Street and the strong female leads including Ena and Elsie Tanner.
On the BBC they were showing ‘Doddy’s Christmas Forces Show’. Ken Dodd would be telling his jokes and on the other side another classic fun ‘Carry On Christmas’.
Christmas Day 1973 is like my dream television day. BBC1 at 1.30pm has a variety show and following on ITV at 2pm ‘The Glories Of Christmas’. This is listed as Princess Grace (Grace Kelly) in a Dior creation reads the story of the first Christmas with ‘Beverley Sisters’, ‘Pat Phoenix, (Elsie Tanner) and her husband Alan Browning’ and ‘Bob Monkhouse’.
The Classic pantomime on BBC1 had Dana in it. I saw Dana in the 70’s or early 80’s playing Snow White.
The absolute highlight for me would had been on ITV ‘Queen Of Hearts’ staring ‘Danny La Rue’, My absolute favourite. In 1973, Danny would had been top of his game in his amazingly fabulous costumes. I would had been in TV heaven.
Bruce Forsyth was there on the listings with the ‘Generation Game’ and ‘Morecambe and Wise’ with their Christmas Show. It was the classic one with Andre Previn, Vanessa Redgrave, Yehudi Menuhin, Rudolf Nureyev, Hannah Gordon and Laurence Olivier.
I notice on BBC2 there was ‘What’s My Line’ with Kenneth Williams and ‘Face the Music’ with Joyce Grenfell and if the day could not had got better the musical on BBC2 was ‘White Christmas’ my favourite Christmas musical.
Please find me a time machine and take me back to 1973 so I can watch my dream television. Mind you because we would not had had video recorders I would had struggled choosing which one to watch.
Apart from the Queen of cause! The royal one and Danny La Rue!!
Sparkle Hugs and Glitter Kisses xxx
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