Friday 22nd May 2009
Meet Pudsey Bear mark 1. Save for this photo, he seems to have been airbrushed out of history – perhaps wisely.
Presumably Michael Grade arrived at the Beeb, took one look at this scruffy unkempt ragamuffin and demanded a makeover. And then he ordered a new Pudsey as well.
Friday 15th May 2009
…and we’ve just got one thing to say about the current health of the economy and the public’s opinion of elected politicians. Take it away Ronnie!
Saturday 25th April 2009
It’s 14th January 1976, and the country’s streets and fields are in a shocking state. The call goes out for a) a glamorous songstress who’s been around a bit and b) a pint-sized reassuring funnyman who can fit in a metal dustcart. Cilla and Arthur Askey are not available, so…
Wednesday 8th April 2009
To celebrate reaching a half-century of graphical archivery, here’s that official new Countryfile presenting line-up in full:
Tuesday 24th March 2009
Here are three folk clearly up to something agreeable…but what?
Wednesday 4th March 2009
A chevron-sized salute to those in or around its soon-to-be-emptied environs…
1) It’s May 1978, and a waspishly-posed Ted unveils The Gentle Secs, ahead of the very first edition of 3-2-1. Six swivel chairs was clearly a talking point in those penny-pinching pay policy days, though it’s a shame they couldn’t find half a dozen of the same model. The Secs, that is.
2) Richard Whiteley demonstrates the art of a good local newsreader, but more importantly the art of a good local newsreaders’s desk; to wit: modest glass of water; carefully-folded glasses; trimphone; stick microphone on specially mounted chipboard; stapled running order; rollerball pen (possibly); and a mystery object discreetly tucked away under a folder A3 document for viewers to speculate about while doing the pots.
3) More 3-2-1 photo opportunage. This time Cap’n Ted’s gone on a day trip up the river (with comically over-sized cap, naturally), along with six barely-dressed ladies (Secs status unclear) and, apropos a spot of girth and merriment, Harry Secombe.
4) A visitor turns up outside the studio in 1986: it’s the People’s Princess! And Diana Spencer.
5) The dog days of John Major’s administration: canvassing for pretend votes in the living room of Betty Eggleton and Seth Armstrong.
6) Richard Whiteley’s warm-up essays a few gags about federalism. Not sure what’s on the YTV display stand behind him – Pete Postlethwaite in another heartwarming tale of a man overcoming the odds to become a shining example of human decency? Co-starring Su Pollard, by the looks of it.