Desmond Carrington After Seven

Desmond Carrington looks at the careers of entertainers who created their own unique style.

This episode looks at Flanders and Swann.

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Desmond Carrington looks at the careers of entertainers who created their own unique style.

This edition features Leslie A Hutchinson.

Desmond Carrington looks at the careers of entertainers who created their own unique style.

This edition features Leslie A Hutchinson.

Desmond Carrington looks at the careers of entertainers who created their own unique style.

This episode looks at Flanders and Swann.

Desmond Carrington looks at the careers of entertainers who created their own unique style.

This episode looks at Flanders and Swann.

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Desmond Carrington looks at the careers of entertainers who created their own unique style. This edition features Leslie A Hutchinson.

20050204

Desmond Carrington looks at the careers of entertainers who created their own unique style.

This edition looks at Harry Belafonte.

20050204

Desmond Carrington looks at the careers of entertainers who created their own unique style.

This edition looks at Harry Belafonte.

20060602

Desmond Carrington recalls entertainers who wrote the rule book and created their own unique style. 2/6. Our Gracie: Desmond Carrington recalls the 'lassie from Lancashire', Gracie Fields.

20060609

3/6. Desmond looks at the careers of entertainers who wrote the rule book and created their own unique style. Tonight he profiles Ronnie Hilton.

20060616

4/6. Desmond looks at the careers of entertainers who wrote the rule book and created their own unique style. Tonight he profiles the Andrews Sisters.

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Desmond Carrington looks at the careers of entertainers who created their own unique style.

This edition looks at Joyce Grenfell.

Joyce Grenfell20050211

Desmond Carrington looks at the careers of entertainers who created their own unique style.

This edition looks at Joyce Grenfell.

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29/04/200520091002

Vera Lynn has been singing all her life.

She began in working men's clubs when she was seven, sang with professional dance bands when she was a teenager, and became a soloist in her 20s.

In the 1940s her wartime radio series, Sincerely Yours, helped to make her the Forces' Sweetheart" when she regularly broadcast messages from home to servicemen and women overseas.

Memorable recordings of songs like The White Cliffs of Dover and We'll Meet Again quickly established her as the most popular singer in Britain and she was constantly featured on radio and TV throughout the 50s and 60s.By 1975, when she was created a Dame of the British Empire, Vera had become a showbusiness icon.

And in 2009 she topped the UK Album Charts at the age of 92, with an album of greatest hits which beat off competition from the re-mastered Beatles.

This is another chance to enjoy Desmond Carrington in conversation with Vera Lynn at her Sussex home in 2005.

In this revised repeat, extracts from their conversation feature alongside some of her many hundreds of records.

Another chance to hear a 2005 interview with Dame Vera Lynn"

29/04/200520091002

Vera Lynn has been singing all her life.

She began in working men's clubs when she was seven, sang with professional dance bands when she was a teenager, and became a soloist in her 20s.

In the 1940s her wartime radio series, Sincerely Yours, helped to make her the Forces' Sweetheart" when she regularly broadcast messages from home to servicemen and women overseas.

Memorable recordings of songs like The White Cliffs of Dover and We'll Meet Again quickly established her as the most popular singer in Britain and she was constantly featured on radio and TV throughout the 50s and 60s.By 1975, when she was created a Dame of the British Empire, Vera had become a showbusiness icon.

And in 2009 she topped the UK Album Charts at the age of 92, with an album of greatest hits which beat off competition from the re-mastered Beatles.

This is another chance to enjoy Desmond Carrington in conversation with Vera Lynn at her Sussex home in 2005.

In this revised repeat, extracts from their conversation feature alongside some of her many hundreds of records.

Another chance to hear a 2005 interview with Dame Vera Lynn"

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From the table- top stage in an intimate nightclub to a full house at the Palladium, Desmond Carrington looks at the careers of entertainers who wrote the rule book and created their own unique style.

This week's star in the spotlight is Matt Monro.

Born in 1930, Matt left school at 14 and soon began singing in public.

During his National Service in the army he was posted to Hong Kong, where he won so many talent competitions that he was eventually banned from competing!

After the army Matt tried hard to make his way as a professional singer, but he had to fill in with a job as a bus driver - at least until pianist Winifred Atwell happened to hear him and introduced him to her record producer at Decca.

That was the beginning of Matt's rapid rise to stardom, and his singing of the name Camay" on national TV commercials was a fortunate part of it.

When EMI producer George Martin came into the picture in 1960 Matt was swiftly guided to his first chart hit record Portrait Of My Love.

Matt's voice had few equals internationally - he even provided a Sinatra sound-alike for a Peter Sellers' album under the name of Fred Flange! During the 70s and 80s he continued working in clubs and theatres until his untimely death from cancer at the age of 54.

Desmond Carrington looks at the career of singer Matt Monro."

01Desmond Carrington After Seven20090911

From the table- top stage in an intimate nightclub to a full house at the Palladium, Desmond Carrington looks at the careers of entertainers who wrote the rule book and created their own unique style.

This week's star in the spotlight is Matt Monro.

Born in 1930, Matt left school at 14 and soon began singing in public.

During his National Service in the army he was posted to Hong Kong, where he won so many talent competitions that he was eventually banned from competing!

After the army Matt tried hard to make his way as a professional singer, but he had to fill in with a job as a bus driver - at least until pianist Winifred Atwell happened to hear him and introduced him to her record producer at Decca.

That was the beginning of Matt's rapid rise to stardom, and his singing of the name Camay" on national TV commercials was a fortunate part of it.

When EMI producer George Martin came into the picture in 1960 Matt was swiftly guided to his first chart hit record Portrait Of My Love.

Matt's voice had few equals internationally - he even provided a Sinatra sound-alike for a Peter Sellers' album under the name of Fred Flange! During the 70s and 80s he continued working in clubs and theatres until his untimely death from cancer at the age of 54.

Desmond Carrington looks at the career of singer Matt Monro."

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1/6.

Max Bygraves - I Wanna Tell You a Story: Desmond chats to Max Bygraves OBE at home in Australia about his life, from growing up in pre-war Rotherhithe to his army days, and how he got his name.

Desmond chats to Max Bygraves OBE at home in Australia about his life, from growing up in pre-war Rotherhithe to his army days, and how he got his name.

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Max Bygraves - I Wanna Tell You a Story: Desmond chats to Max Bygraves OBE at home in Australia about his life, from growing up in pre-war Rotherhithe to his army days, and how he got his name.

Desmond chats to Max Bygraves OBE at home in Australia about his life, from growing up in pre-war Rotherhithe to his army days, and how he got his name.

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Desmond Carrington recalls entertainers who wrote the rule book and created their own unique style.

2/6.

Our Gracie: Desmond Carrington recalls the 'lassie from Lancashire', Gracie Fields

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Desmond Carrington recalls entertainers who wrote the rule book and created their own unique style.

2/6.

Our Gracie: Desmond Carrington recalls the 'lassie from Lancashire', Gracie Fields

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From the table- top stage in an intimate nightclub to a full house at the Palladium, Desmond Carrington looks at the careers of entertainers who wrote the rule book and created their own unique style.

This week's star in the spotlight is Anne Shelton.

In the early 1940s Anne Shelton began singing professionally with Ambrose and his Orchestra.

It was wartime and very soon she was performing for personnel at their bases across Britain as well as broadcasting her own radio request programme, Calling Malta, on the BBC Overseas service.

At that time, a German song about Lili Marlene was popular and when Anne recorded an English version, it quickly led to her being called the Lili Marlene girl".

Her biggest record hit was Lay Down Your Arms in 1956, the success of which kept Elvis Presley off of the number one spot for several weeks.

Anne remained hugely popular with those who had served during the war, and this fact led to her many contributions to the Not Forgotten Association over many years until her death in 1994.

Today, appropriately, it is she who is not forgotten, not least because of her warm and affectionate voice and gentle presence which helped millions to cope with one of the darkest times of the 20th century.

Desmond Carrington looks at the career of singer Anne Shelton."

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From the table- top stage in an intimate nightclub to a full house at the Palladium, Desmond Carrington looks at the careers of entertainers who wrote the rule book and created their own unique style.

This week's star in the spotlight is Anne Shelton.

In the early 1940s Anne Shelton began singing professionally with Ambrose and his Orchestra.

It was wartime and very soon she was performing for personnel at their bases across Britain as well as broadcasting her own radio request programme, Calling Malta, on the BBC Overseas service.

At that time, a German song about Lili Marlene was popular and when Anne recorded an English version, it quickly led to her being called the Lili Marlene girl".

Her biggest record hit was Lay Down Your Arms in 1956, the success of which kept Elvis Presley off of the number one spot for several weeks.

Anne remained hugely popular with those who had served during the war, and this fact led to her many contributions to the Not Forgotten Association over many years until her death in 1994.

Today, appropriately, it is she who is not forgotten, not least because of her warm and affectionate voice and gentle presence which helped millions to cope with one of the darkest times of the 20th century.

Desmond Carrington looks at the career of singer Anne Shelton."

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3/6.

Desmond looks at the careers of entertainers who wrote the rule book and created their own unique style.

Tonight he profiles Ronnie Hilton.

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3/6.

Desmond looks at the careers of entertainers who wrote the rule book and created their own unique style.

Tonight he profiles Ronnie Hilton.

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From the table-top stage in an intimate nightclub to a full house at the Palladium, Desmond Carrington looks at the careers of entertainers who wrote the rule book and created their own unique style.

This week's star in the spotlight is Malcolm Vaughan.Born in a Welsh mining village in 1929, Malcolm was a talented professional actor by the age of 14, when he appeared in London in Emlyn Williams' play The Druid's Rest.

Just one year later, he was singing at the London Hippodrome and making his first radio broadcast, with his picture on the cover of Radio Times!Then came his years in variety as the straight man" in partnership with Kenny Earle, when Malcolm would generally sing something to roars of applause.

That led to a solo career and a string of best-selling records, one of which was banned by the BBC!Malcolm's ill-health at the age of 80 has prevented any new interview but Desmond Carrington uses earlier ones to illustrate the career of this powerful Welsh tenor, who still had songs in the British charts during the 50s, even though rock 'n roll was fast taking over.

Malcolm Vaughan was one of the last great ballad singers and the memories linger on, deservedly.

Desmond looks at the career of Welsh actor and tenor Malcolm Vaughan."

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From the table-top stage in an intimate nightclub to a full house at the Palladium, Desmond Carrington looks at the careers of entertainers who wrote the rule book and created their own unique style.

This week's star in the spotlight is Malcolm Vaughan.Born in a Welsh mining village in 1929, Malcolm was a talented professional actor by the age of 14, when he appeared in London in Emlyn Williams' play The Druid's Rest.

Just one year later, he was singing at the London Hippodrome and making his first radio broadcast, with his picture on the cover of Radio Times!Then came his years in variety as the straight man" in partnership with Kenny Earle, when Malcolm would generally sing something to roars of applause.

That led to a solo career and a string of best-selling records, one of which was banned by the BBC!Malcolm's ill-health at the age of 80 has prevented any new interview but Desmond Carrington uses earlier ones to illustrate the career of this powerful Welsh tenor, who still had songs in the British charts during the 50s, even though rock 'n roll was fast taking over.

Malcolm Vaughan was one of the last great ballad singers and the memories linger on, deservedly.

Desmond looks at the career of Welsh actor and tenor Malcolm Vaughan."

0420060616

4/6.

Desmond looks at the careers of entertainers who wrote the rule book and created their own unique style.

Tonight he profiles the Andrews Sisters.

If three young sisters from Minnesota weren't world-famous before they appeared with Glenn Miller's orchestra on a series of broadcasts in 1940, they certainly were afterwards!

Born of Greek and Norwegian parents, Patti, Maxene and La Verne Andrews sang together in close harmony and served their apprenticeship with several American bands until they hit the record jackpot in 1938 with a Yiddish song 'Bei Mir Bist du Schön'.

Copies sold in their millions and from that moment they literally never looked back.

With some of their famous records plus extracts from broadcasts and a phone interview with Patti Andrews, Desmond Carrington puts together a colourful snapshot of the three Andrews Sisters, full of nostalgia for some but also providing a younger generation with a fascinating glimpse of popular music as it was before the days of rock and roll.

0420060616

4/6.

Desmond looks at the careers of entertainers who wrote the rule book and created their own unique style.

Tonight he profiles the Andrews Sisters.

If three young sisters from Minnesota weren't world-famous before they appeared with Glenn Miller's orchestra on a series of broadcasts in 1940, they certainly were afterwards!

Born of Greek and Norwegian parents, Patti, Maxene and La Verne Andrews sang together in close harmony and served their apprenticeship with several American bands until they hit the record jackpot in 1938 with a Yiddish song 'Bei Mir Bist du Schön'.

Copies sold in their millions and from that moment they literally never looked back.

With some of their famous records plus extracts from broadcasts and a phone interview with Patti Andrews, Desmond Carrington puts together a colourful snapshot of the three Andrews Sisters, full of nostalgia for some but also providing a younger generation with a fascinating glimpse of popular music as it was before the days of rock and roll.

0520060623

Desmond Carrington looks at the careers of entertainers who wrote the rule book and created their own unique style, whether from the stage of an intimate nightclub or before a worldwide audience of millions.

5/6Val Doonican - Those Special YearsSeated in a rocking chair, wearing one of his chunky sweaters and strumming away gently on his guitar, Michael Valentine Doonican achieved overnight success on television, but only after some 17 years in the business! With a voice as creamy and heady as Irish coffee, Val came up the hard way from his special years as one of a poor family of eight children growing up in southern Ireland.

He's a self-taught musician, arranger, even a painter in water-colours.Now in his seventies, Val is still performing but only as and when he wants to.

He has 50 record albums to look back upon, and a million loyal fans throughout the world.

At his home in Beaconsfield, Val Doonican chats to Desmond Carrington about the special years, and some of the events that contributed to his stardom on radio, TV and in Cabaret.

Not forgetting the songs, of course!.

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Desmond Carrington looks at the careers of entertainers who wrote the rule book and created their own unique style, whether from the stage of an intimate nightclub or before a worldwide audience of millions.

5/6Val Doonican - Those Special YearsSeated in a rocking chair, wearing one of his chunky sweaters and strumming away gently on his guitar, Michael Valentine Doonican achieved overnight success on television, but only after some 17 years in the business! With a voice as creamy and heady as Irish coffee, Val came up the hard way from his special years as one of a poor family of eight children growing up in southern Ireland.

He's a self-taught musician, arranger, even a painter in water-colours.Now in his seventies, Val is still performing but only as and when he wants to.

He has 50 record albums to look back upon, and a million loyal fans throughout the world.

At his home in Beaconsfield, Val Doonican chats to Desmond Carrington about the special years, and some of the events that contributed to his stardom on radio, TV and in Cabaret.

Not forgetting the songs, of course!.