Sunday 2 November 1986

…Watched tons of old programmes commemorating 50 years of BBC TV.
Go With Noakes (1978), Alice in Wonderland (1968),
The Railway Children (1966), Crackerjack (1965)
and Juke Box Jury (1960).
Also watched 20 Years of the Two Ronnies which was hilarious.
To commemorate 50 years of BBC television
I drew a picture of Alexandra Palace…

Also on today, which by accident, design or instruction I didn’t manage to see, was an edition of Face to Face featuring John Freeman quizzing Adam Faith, Max Robertson chairing Going For a Song, two and a half hours of the Benjamin Britten opera Peter Grimes, and the last ever edition of That Was The Week That Was, which I doubt I’d have appreciated even if I had contrived to stay up that late.

How privileged we were 25 ago in getting to chance to see dozens of full-length programmes from the BBC archives. How even more privileged we are today to be able to watch thousands of them. Except now the experience is commonplace, even mundane. Back then it was magical.

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