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Television in Britain in the 1970s


Nostalgia with a Biographical Accent

Remembering Your Favourites in Style

In the forthcoming (June 2022) issue of RadioUser, our TV & Radio experts, Keith Hamer and Garry Smith will be looking at the 1970s in the history of the BBC, looking at the most significant technological developments of that decade, at new transmitters and exciting programmes, as well as the socio-cultural changes in Britain at the time, as reflected in television history.

This book, by Brian Viner, would seem to be the ideal companion piece to this. This is what the jacket information says:

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“The Seventies was the Decade of Faulty Towers and Porridge, A Bouquet of Barbed Wire and I, Claudius, The Sweeney and Starsky and Hutch. There was no such thing in those days as PlayStation or Wii or even video recorders; for its entertainment, the nation switched on the telly, and programmes such as The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show were practically part of the national psyche.

In this hilarious and affectionate memoir Brian Viner – who grew up to become an award-winning television critic and communist –pays tribute to an era on the small screen which happily coincided with his own formative years.”

It is a lively read that, I feel, many of you will want to add to their shack libraries. If you are of a certain age, you will find yourselves travelling down memory lane. I certainly have.

(Simon & Schuster Pocket Books, 2010).