|The Two Ronnies with Madeline Smith|
And these were just the beginning of the 1970s. I have to admit I am of the generation that was spoilt as far as TV was concerned - Okay we only had three channels back then (inconceivable by today's youngsters) but Bill Cotton Jr (who was head of BBC Light Entertainment) and his team knew exactly what was required to keep the family transfixed to TV screens with entertainment that appealed to everybody after the football results disappeared from our screens.
This particular Saturday night in 1971 featured two television classics.
Later on at 8.15pm; Light entertainment came alive with The Two Ronnies starring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.
In this, the second of their first series of comedy sketches and jokes for the BBC, the pair starred alongside Madeleine Smith in their classic serial Hampton Wick and featured musical guests New World and Tina Charles.
Over on BBC2 at 8.15pm Glenda Jackson portrayed Elizabeth R while Kenneth Williams followed on with a new entertainment series entitled Meanwhile on BBC2 at 10.15pm.
Radio Highlights for 17 March 1971
|The Larkins Added Some Light Relief |
To Radio 4 Schedules
Roy Plomley was back at 7.30pm hosting a new series of Many A Slip with guests Isobel Barnett, Eleanor Summerfield, David Nixon and Richard Murdoch. followed by the first of a new series of The Larkins starring Betty Miles and Betty Marsden in Just Perfick: Baby Larkin at 8pm.