Carry On Up The Zeitgeist

Six features in which Edward Blishen takes a personal look at radio, TV and theatrical events which touched the national nerve

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2: Enter Stage Right A Magician19921229

Post-war Britain was in need of a tonic: it administered the 1945 general election and the Festival of Britain but was still peaky when laughter could suddenly be heard - the Goons had arrived. (Third programe tomorrow)

3: Bernice Goes To The Royal Court19921230

In 1956 everybody started to shout. Look Back in Anger took to the stage and it was goodbye

Terence Rattigan , hello uncouth youth.

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Unknown: Edward Blishen

Unknown: Vera Lynn

Producer: Amanda Mares

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Six features in which

Edward Blishen takes a personal look at radio, TV and theatrical events which touched the national nerve - 1: Hanging the Silk Hat on the Siren

The wartime comedy show ITMA leapt out of airwaves, offering an imprisoned population half an hour of anarchic pleasure.

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Unknown: Edward Blishen

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Unknown: Edward Blishen

Producer: Amanda Mares

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Unknown: Edward Blishen.

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Unknown: Edward Blishen

Unknown: Ricky Stevens

Unknown: Jimmy Porter

Unknown: Terence Rattigan

Producer: Amanda Mares

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Unknown: Edward Blishen.

Unknown: King Ricky Stevens

Unknown: Jimmy Porter

Unknown: Terence Rattigan

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Unknown: Edward Blishen

Producer: Amanda Mares

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Unknown: Edward Blishen.

Producer: Amanda Mares

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Unknown: Edward Blishen

Unknown: Harold Wilson

Unknown: Alf Garnett

Producer: Amanda Mares

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Unknown: Edward Blishen.

Unknown: Harold Wilson

Unknown: Alf Garnett

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Producer: Amanda Mares

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Unknown: Terence Rattigan

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5: Mirror Mirror on the Wall.... 1965 and Alf Gamett speaks for England. (Final programme)

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Unknown: Alf Gamett

Mirror Mirror On The Wall19930101
Saturday Night Saturnalia19921231

That Was the Week That Was.

(Final programme tomorrow)

01Hanging The Silk Hat On The Siren19920320

The wartime comedy show ITMA leapt out of airwaves otherwise choked with Vera Lynn and sound advice - and offered an imprisoned population half an hour of anarchic pleasure. Producer Amanda Mares

01I Don't Mind If I Do19921228

Edward Blishen looks at shows which shaped an era. 1: The wartime radio comedy ITMA.

Producer Amanda Mares

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02Enter Stage Right A Magician1992032719920401

Post-war Britain, muffled, rationed and cold, was in need of a tonic: it administered the 1945 General Election, austerity and the Festival of Britain, but was still feeling a bit peaky when suddenly laughter could be heard - the Goons had arrived.

Enter Stage Right a Magician

Post-war Britain, muffled, rationed and cold, was in need of a tonic: it administered the 1945 General Election, austerity and the Festival of Britain, but was still feeling a bit peaky when wild guffaws of therapeutic laughter could suddenly be heard - the Goons had arrived. Producer Amanda Mares

03Bernice Goes To The Royal Court1992040319920408

In 1956 everybody suddenly started to shout - from Roc

king Ricky Stevens of Ashton-Under-Lyne to Jimmy Porter at the Royal Court. Look Back In Anger took to the stage and it was goodbye

Terence Rattigan and hello uncouth youth.

In 1956 everybody suddenly started to shout - from Rocking Ricky Stevens of Ashton-Under-Lyne to Jimmy Porter at the Royal Court. Look Back in Anger took to the stage and it was goodbye Terence Rattigan and hello uncouth youth. Producer Amanda Mares

04Beyond A Joke1992041019920415

As the 50s bent into the 60s a mixed bag of four young graduates took to the stage at the Edinburgh i Festival with an irreverent and satirical revue. It took ,

Edinburgh, London, New York - and Edward Blishen - by storm. It was Beyond the Fringe.

As the 50s bent into the 60s four young graduates took to the stage at the Edinburgh Festival with an irreverent, pointed and satirical revue. It took Edinburgh, London, New York - and Edward Blishen - by storm. It was Beyond the Fringe. Producer Amanda Mares

05Saturday Night Saturnalia1992041719920422

It emptied the pubs on Saturday nights, it kept the old from their beds, it enraged MPs, it offended the Church, it filled the newspapers, it outraged, it delighted and it only lived to be 18 months old. It was irreverent, it was disrespectful, it was That Was The Week That Was

Saturday Night Saturnalia

It emptied the pubs on Saturday nights, it kept the old from their beds, it enraged MPs, it offended the Church, it filled the newspapers, it outraged, it delighted and it only lived to be 18 months old... That Was The Week That Was Producer Amanda Mares

06 LASTMirror Mirror On The Wall1992042419920429

1965. Churchill is dead, the Empire is crumbling, the Beatles are strumming and Harold Wilson is at the helm. The times are changing fast and the British need to find a new spokesman to represent them. Could Alf Garnett be that man?

- 1965. Churchill is dead, the Empire is crumbling, the Beatles are strumming, and Harold Wilson is at the helm. The times are changing fast and the British need to find a new spokesman to represent them. Could Alf Garnett be that man? Producer Amanda Mares