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Genome: [r4 Bd=19900711]

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19900718]

Unknown: Nigel Fountain

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19900725]

Unknown: Nigel Fountain

Unknown: Rupert Murdoch.

Unknown: Peter Rose

Unknown: Roy Greenslade

Unknown: Paul Foot.

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19900801]

Unknown: Nigel Fountain

Unknown: Peter Boizot

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19900808]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19901107]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19901114]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19901121]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19901128]

Unknown: Hugh Cudlipp

Unknown: Rupert Murdoch

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19901205]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19910327]

MEW Nigel Fountain begms another series of five programmes exploring the origins of popular cultural phenomena.

1: You Want to Bet?

The 1960 Betting and Gaming Act dissolved a shady world of street-comer betting and bookies' runners, paving the way for casinos, newspaper bingo, high-street betting offices and amusement arcades.

The new industry profited... but did society? Producer Wendy Piimer

Contributors

Producer: Wendy Piimer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910327]

Producer: Wendy Piimer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910403]

The second of five programmes exploring the origins of popular cultural phenomena. First-Time Callers

In 1968, the new BBC Radio Nottingham broadcast Britain's first radio phone-in, to be followed by agony-aunt advice shows, news debates and sexy chat-lines. Nigel Fountain asks whether the phone-in is just a cheap style of programming allowing self-publicists to commandeer air-waves.

Producer Wendy Pilmer

Contributors

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910403]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19910410]

Five programmes on the origins of popular cultural phenomena.

3: When Father Papered the Parlour

Nigel Fountain remembers the days before laminated surfaces, power-tools and textured finishes, and meets Barry Bucknell who, in the 50s, set Britain on the road to the pebble-dashed,self-assembly universe of DIY. Producer Wendy Pilmer

Contributors

Unknown: Barry Bucknell

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910410]

Unknown: Barry Bucknell

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910417]

Five programmes exploring the origins of popular cultural phenomena.

4: Shrink to Fit

In 1959 Willie Gertler J reluctantly accepted a job as the first British Levis 1 agent, dubious about the product's quality compared to the German raincoats he was supplying to

Harrods. Thirty-two years later Levis is the world's biggest clothing company and nearly everyone possesses a pair of jeans. Nigel Fountain asks whether the trousers once worn by Brando as a symbol of rebellion are now a sign of conformism. Producer Wendy Pilmer

Contributors

Unknown: Willie Gertler

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910417]

Unknown: Willie Gertler

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910424]

The last of the series.

Ice Cold in Wrexham

Thirty years ago, men drank bitter or mild, and only women sipped lager and lime. Nigel Fountain hails the arrival of head-banging beers, lager louts, badge-drinking, and probably the best advertising in the world - only lager can do this. Producer Wendy Pilmer

Contributors

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910424]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19910621]

Nigel Fountain with a five-part series exploring the origins of popular cultural phenomena. 1: You Want to Bet? The 1960 Betting and Gaming Act dissolved a shady world of street-corner betting and bookies' runners, and paved the way for casinos, newspaper bingo, high-street betting offices and amusement arcades.

The new industry profited... but did society?

Producer Wendy Pilmer

Contributors

Unknown: Nigel Fountain

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910621]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19910628]

A five-part series.

2:First Time Callers In 1968, the new BBC Radio Nottingham broadcast a programme called What Are They up to Now? It was Britain's first radio phone-in, to be followed by agony-aunt advice shows, swap-lines, news debates, sexy chat-lines, and shock-jocks.

Nigel Fountain asks whether the phone-in is just a cheap style of programming allowing self-publicists to commandeer airwaves. Producer Wendy Pilmer

Contributors

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910628]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19910705]

A five-part series exploring the origins of popular cultural phenomena.

3:When Father Papered the Parlour

Nigel Fountain remembers the days before laminated plastic work-tops, power-tools and textured finishes, and meets Barry Bucknell who, in the 1950s, set

Britain on the road to the pebble-dashed, self-assembly universe of DIY.

Producer Wendy Pilmer

Contributors

Unknown: Barry Bucknell

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910705]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19910712]

Nigel Fountain presents a five-part series exploring the origins of popular cultural phenomena. 4: Shrink to Fit

In 1959, Willie Gertler reluctantly accepted a job as the first British Levis agent, dubious about the product's quality compared to the German raincoats he was supplying to Harrods. Thirty-two years later, Levis is the world's biggest clothing company and nearly everyone possesses a pair of jeans. Are the trousers once worn by Brando as a symbol of rebellion now a sign of conformism?

Producer Wendy Pilmer

Contributors

Unknown: Willie Gertler

Producer: Wendy Pilmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910712]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19910719]

The last of five programmes exploring the origins of popular cultural phenomena. Ice Cold in Wrexham Thirty years ago men drank bitter or mild, and only women sipped lager and lime. Nigel Fountain hails the arrival of head-banging beers, lager louts and probably the best advertising in the world... Producer Wendy Rimer

Contributors

Producer: Wendy Rimer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910719]

Producer: Wendy Rimer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921016]

Nigel Fountain on key moments in popular culture.

1: The March of the 45 The 45rpm record arrived with rock 'n' roll, teenagers, Dansettes and autochangers, in the golden age of the singles chart. Today, when record companies make more money from sales of T-shirts than singles, the 7-inch piece of plastic is being replaced by cassingles, CDs, 12-inch records, DCCDs, DATs and mini-CDs.... should we shed a tear for the 45 - and for the teenager? Producer Wendy Pilmer Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921016]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921021]

Nigel Fountain on key moments in popular culture.

1: The March of the 45 The 45rpm record arrived with rock 'n' roll, teenagers, Dansettes and autochangers, in the golden age of the singles chart. Today, when record companies make more money from sales of T-shirts than singles, the 7-inch piece of plastic is being replaced by cassingles, CDs, 12-inch records, DCCDs, DATs and mini-CDs.... should we shed a tear for the 45 - and for the teenager?

Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921021]

Unknown: Nigel Fountain

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921023]

Nigel Fountain on key moments in popular culture. 2: Having It All In 1972 Helen Gurley Brown declared war on British women's magazines and set up Cosmopolitan, a good read "for the sexy girl". It came with male pin-ups, offers for the "Man Trap scent" and an article called "I was a sleep around girl", yet now claims it's a feminist magazine. Producer Wendy Pilmer. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921023]

Unknown: Nigel Fountain

Unknown: Helen Gurley

Producer: Wendy Pilmer.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921028]

Nigel Fountain on key moments in popular culture.

2: Having It AU

In 1972 Helen Gurley Brown set up

Cosmopolitan, a good read "for the sexy girl". It came with male pin-ups, offers for the "Man Trap scent" and an article called "I was a sleep around girl.... yet now claims it's a feminist magazine.

Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921028]

Unknown: Nigel Fountain

Unknown: Helen Gurley

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921030]

Nigel Fountain on key moments in popular culture.

3: My Little Honda, Norton, BSA and Triumph motorbikes once ruled the world, but in 1959 Sochiro Honda's team of engineers came to the TT Races on the Isle of Man. They were ridiculed for their neat white uniforms and odd-looking machines, but within ten years Honda had wiped out the British industry - why? Producer Wendy Pilmer. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921030]

Unknown: Nigel Fountain

Producer: Wendy Pilmer.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921104]

Nigel Fountain on key moments in popular culture.

3: My Little

Honda Norton , BSA and Triumph motorbikes once ruled the world, but in 1959 Sochiro Honda's team of engineers came to the TT Races on the Isle of Man. They were ridiculed for their neat white uniforms and odd-looking machines, but within ten years Honda had wiped out the British industry - why?

Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921104]

Unknown: Honda Norton

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921106]

Nigel Fountain on key moments in popular culture.

4: Yes We Have No Suspenders They were thick, baggy, ill-fitting and orange: tights became fashionable in 1967 with the mini-skirt boom. Manufacturers rushed to sew stockings onto panties, in the days before Lycra, American Tan, Sock Shop, 5-denier sheers, tartan fishnets and Princess Diana's "bow-tights". Producer Wendy Pilmer. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921106]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921111]

Nigel Fountain on key moments in popular culture.

4: Yes We Have No

Suspenders

The coming of tights in the 60s.

Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921113]

Nigel Fountain on key moments in popular culture. 5: Moving the Goalposts In 1961 a decision was made which changed the nature of British football: the maximum wage was abolished. It may have been a magic moment for the players - but was it for the game? Producer Wendy Pilmer. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921113]

Producer: Wendy Pilmer.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921118]

with Nigel Fountain.

5: Moving the Goalposts. Why the abolition of the maximum wage changed the face of football. Last in the series.

Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921118]

Unknown: Nigel Fountain.

Programme Catalogue - Details: Package Holidays19900808

Producer: W. PILMER

Next in series: YOU WANT TO BET?

Previous in series: PIZZA TO GO

Description

5/5. 'Off To Sunny Spain'. In 1950 Vladimir RAITZ sent a group of adventurous

Subject Categories

documentaries (programme format)

travel programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

08 Aug 1990 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

05 Dec 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Nigel Fountain

Wendy Pilmer (Producer)

Alan Sykes (rdr)

Patricia Yates (Speaker)

Jane Seddon (Speaker)

Tony Jones (Speaker)

Harold Bamberg (Speaker)

Edmund Swinglehurst (Speaker)

Vladimir Raitz (Speaker)

Paul Riches (Speaker)

Doug Goudman (Speaker)

Recorded on 1990-07-30

Programme Catalogue - Details: Package Holidays19901205

First broadcast on 1990-08-08

Producer: W. PILMER

Next in series: YOU WANT TO BET?

Previous in series: PIZZA TO GO

Description

5/5. 'Off To Sunny Spain'. In 1950 Vladimir RAITZ sent a group of adventurous

Subject Categories

documentaries (programme format)

travel programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

08 Aug 1990 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

05 Dec 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Nigel Fountain

Wendy Pilmer (Producer)

Alan Sykes (rdr)

Patricia Yates (Speaker)

Jane Seddon (Speaker)

Tony Jones (Speaker)

Harold Bamberg (Speaker)

Edmund Swinglehurst (Speaker)

Vladimir Raitz (Speaker)

Paul Riches (Speaker)

Doug Goudman (Speaker)

Recorded on 1990-07-30

Programme Catalogue - Details: PIZZA TO GO19900801

Producer: W. PILMER

Next in series: PACKAGE HOLIDAYS

Previous in series: REACH FOR THE NEW SUN

Broadcast history

01 Aug 1990 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

28 Nov 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1990-06-26

Programme Catalogue - Details: PIZZA TO GO19901128

First broadcast on 1990-08-01

Producer: W. PILMER

Next in series: PACKAGE HOLIDAYS

Previous in series: REACH FOR THE NEW SUN

Broadcast history

01 Aug 1990 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

28 Nov 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1990-06-26

Programme Catalogue - Details: REACH FOR THE NEW SUN19900725

Producer: W. PILMER

Next in series: PIZZA TO GO

Previous in series: THE FRAGRANCE ASPIRANT

Description

SBH:Reach For the New Sun - The history of 'The Sun' newspaper. Incl. exts. from TV adverts, news headlines about paper & readings from it. Reader: Alan Sykes. Presenter: Nigel Fountain.

Broadcast history

25 Jul 1990 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

21 Nov 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Alan Sykes (rdr)

Roy Greenslade (Speaker)

Paul Foot (Speaker)

Peter Rose (Speaker)

Bill Keys (Speaker)

Kelvin Mackenzie (Speaker)

Nigel Fountain (Speaker)

James Curran (Speaker)

Eric Butler (Speaker)

Mike Malloy (Speaker)

Notes: CAIRS 414942

Programme Catalogue - Details: REACH FOR THE NEW SUN19901121

First broadcast on 1990-07-25

Producer: W. PILMER

Next in series: PIZZA TO GO

Previous in series: THE FRAGRANCE ASPIRANT

Description

SBH:Reach For the New Sun - The history of 'The Sun' newspaper. Incl. exts. from TV adverts, news headlines about paper & readings from it. Reader: Alan Sykes. Presenter: Nigel Fountain.

Broadcast history

25 Jul 1990 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

21 Nov 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Alan Sykes (rdr)

Roy Greenslade (Speaker)

Paul Foot (Speaker)

Peter Rose (Speaker)

Bill Keys (Speaker)

Kelvin Mackenzie (Speaker)

Nigel Fountain (Speaker)

James Curran (Speaker)

Eric Butler (Speaker)

Mike Malloy (Speaker)

Notes: CAIRS 414942

Programme Catalogue - Details: SUCH A JOLLY LOT19900711

Producer: W. PILMER

Next in series: THE FRAGRANCE ASPIRANT

Description

SBH:'Such a Jolly Lot' - The history of British TV soap opera. With brief extracts from 'The Grove Family', 'Emergency Ward 10', 'Coronation Street', 'Compact' & 'Crossroads'. Reader: Alan Sykes. Presenter: Nigel Fountain. Producer: Wendy Pilmer.

Broadcast history

11 Jul 1990 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

07 Nov 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Wendy Pilmer (Producer)

Alan Sykes (rdr)

Julia Smith (Speaker)

Phil Redmond (Speaker)

Tony Holland (Speaker)

Peter Ling (Speaker)

Christopher Beeny (Speaker)

Nigel Fountain (Speaker)

Hilary Kingsley (Speaker)

Tony Warren (Speaker)

Michael Pertwee (Speaker)

Hazel Adair (Speaker)

Jill Browne (Speaker)

Notes: CAIRS 413886

Programme Catalogue - Details: SUCH A JOLLY LOT19901107

First broadcast on 1990-07-11

Producer: W. PILMER

Next in series: THE FRAGRANCE ASPIRANT

Description

SBH:'Such a Jolly Lot' - The history of British TV soap opera. With brief extracts from 'The Grove Family', 'Emergency Ward 10', 'Coronation Street', 'Compact' & 'Crossroads'. Reader: Alan Sykes. Presenter: Nigel Fountain. Producer: Wendy Pilmer.

Broadcast history

11 Jul 1990 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

07 Nov 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Wendy Pilmer (Producer)

Alan Sykes (rdr)

Julia Smith (Speaker)

Phil Redmond (Speaker)

Tony Holland (Speaker)

Peter Ling (Speaker)

Christopher Beeny (Speaker)

Nigel Fountain (Speaker)

Hilary Kingsley (Speaker)

Tony Warren (Speaker)

Michael Pertwee (Speaker)

Hazel Adair (Speaker)

Jill Browne (Speaker)

Notes: CAIRS 413886

Programme Catalogue - Details: THE FRAGRANCE ASPIRANT19900718

Producer: W. PILMER

Next in series: REACH FOR THE NEW SUN

Previous in series: SUCH A JOLLY LOT

Description

SBH:Nigel Fountain traces the history of after-shave in the UK. A programme in the above series. Incls. clips adverts & archive disc.

Broadcast history

18 Jul 1990 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

14 Nov 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Nigel Fountain (int)

Wendy Pilmer (Producer)

Alexandra Campbell (Speaker)

Trevor Walker (Speaker)

Peter Barnard (Speaker)

Diana Moore (Speaker)

Alain Astori (Speaker)

Gaye Myatt (Speaker)

Tony Bagnal-Smith (Speaker)

Geoffrey Sladden (Speaker)

Notes: CAIRS 550157

Programme Catalogue - Details: THE FRAGRANCE ASPIRANT19901114

First broadcast on 1990-07-18

Producer: W. PILMER

Next in series: REACH FOR THE NEW SUN

Previous in series: SUCH A JOLLY LOT

Description

SBH:Nigel Fountain traces the history of after-shave in the UK. A programme in the above series. Incls. clips adverts & archive disc.

Broadcast history

18 Jul 1990 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

14 Nov 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Nigel Fountain (int)

Wendy Pilmer (Producer)

Alexandra Campbell (Speaker)

Trevor Walker (Speaker)

Peter Barnard (Speaker)

Diana Moore (Speaker)

Alain Astori (Speaker)

Gaye Myatt (Speaker)

Tony Bagnal-Smith (Speaker)

Geoffrey Sladden (Speaker)

Notes: CAIRS 550157