I have been reading Louise Bremner’s excellent biography of Jacqueline Hill and when reading about the tv shows that she worked on I have been looking on the Genome website https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/ which has digitised lots of of radio times and television listings and I found it fascinating.

In lieu of anything else I now present a new series of what was on TV or radio the day of that post.

We start 80 years today on with the week beginning Friday  July 12th 1940. There was no television at this time but there was radio and lots of it.

Basically we had The Home Service and The Forces Radio.

The Forces Radio
6.15:
News in French

6.30:
Reveille!
A cheerful selection of gramophone records

7.00:
News; Programme summary

7.15:
Morning Star
Records of Val Rosing

7.30:
To Meet the Mood
A morning miscellany of gramophone records

10.30:
Music While You Work
Records of four of London’s theatre orchestras His Majesty’s, Adelphi, London Palladium, and Drury Lane

11.00:
Time, Big Ben and programme summary; followed by: Jack Leon and his Orchestra

11.40:
Cuirm Chiuil (A Gaelic concert on gramophone records)

12.00:
Coldstream Guards Band on gramophone records

12.15:
News in French

12.30:
At the Black Dog
Mr. and Mrs. Wilkes still at home in their bar-parlour to Howard Marshall and their other friends

13.00:
News in Dutch

13.15:
Theatreland
Raymond Glendenning introduces songs, scenes, and stories of the ‘show business’ in wartime with Peter Yorke and his Concert Orchestra in an excerpt from a current West-End show.

14.00:
Front Row Girls
The graduation of famous artists from chorus to stardom.

14.30:
Kenilworth Octet

15.00:
Music While You Work
played by Reginald Foort at the theatre organ

15.30:
America Dances
to Harry James and his Orchestra at the Roseland Ballroom, New York City

16.00:
Black Dyke Mills Band

16.30:
‘ARE WE ALL HERE?’
Yes!—A get-together show with Bertha Willmott , Sidney Burchall , BBC Revue Chorus and Orchestra

17.00:
John Reynders with his Orchestra

17.40:
Ici on Parle Francais
‘Bill and Bob back in England’ with John Glyn-Jones and Rollo Gamble

18.00:
News in Dutch and French

18.30:
Join in and Sing

19.00:
Geraldo and his Dance Orchestra

19.30:
Eight Bells

20.15:
News in French
20.30:
Ici La France

21.00:
News in German

21.15:
Oi! Ben Calling: 6 detective drama

21.30:
Camp Concert

22.00:
New Songs for Old

22.40:
Dancing Time
Records of famous bands playing popular dance tunes

The Home Service

6.45:
News in Norwegian

7.00:
NEWS and summary of today’s programmes for the Forces

7.15:
Morning Star
Records of Val Rosing

7.30:
Up in the Morning Early
Exercises for younger men (7.30) and older women (7.40)

7.50:
Interlude: records

7.55:
Lift Up Your Hearts!
A thought for today

8.00:
NEWS

8.15:
‘THE KITCHEN FRONT
A talk about what to eat and where to get it by S. P. B. Mais

8.20:
CLIFFORD QUINTET

8.50:
FRANK OLSEN

9.10:
News commentary for schoolchildren

9.15:
‘TUNES OF YESTERDAY’
Gramophone records of tunes we whistled and sang a year or two ago

9.45:
TRADITIONAL SCOTTISH SONGS

10.15:
THE DAILY SERVICE
from p. 37 of ‘ New Every Morning ‘ and p. 14 of ‘ Each Returning Day ‘

10.30:
Music While You Work
Records of four of London’s theatre orchestras-His Majesty’s, Adelphi, London Palladium, and Drury Lane

11.00:
‘ WATCHING IT DONE ‘
The Food Ministry has arranged demonstrations all over the country with the idea of showing people how to make the most of those foods that we have here in abundance.

11.15:
MOZART
Quartet in D (K.575) played by the Leighton String Quartet

11.40:
FOR THE SCHOOLS
Talks for sixth forms

12.00:
BILLY MERRIN
and his Commanders

12.30:
BLACK DYKE MILLS BAND

13.00:
NEWS

13.15:
‘ THEATRELAND ‘
Raymond Glendenning introduces songs, scenes, and stories of the ‘ show business ‘ in wartime with Peter Yorke and his Concert Orchestra in an excerpt from a current West-End show

14.00:
PORTUGUESE SONGS AND DANCES on gramophone records

14.20:
FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN
Travel talk: ‘The French Empire’

14.40:
1 YSGOLION CYMRU
(For Welsh schools)

15.00:
Music While You Work
played by Reginald Foort at the theatre organ

15.30:
BBC ORCHESTRA
(Section C) led by Marie Wilson

16.15:
‘WHAT I’M READING NOW’
A talk about books by Harold Hobson

16.30:
‘ARE WE ALL HERE?’
Yes !—A get-together show with Bertha Willmott , Sidney Burchall , BBC Revue Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Ernest Longstaffe

17.00:
NEWYDDION (News in Welsh)

17.10:
AR FYR RYBUDD’
Sgwrs amserol (A Welsh talk)

17.20:
Children’s Hour

18.00:
NEWS

18.15:
Interlude: records

18.30:
News in Norwegian

18.45:
IN BRITAIN NOW’
A national magazine dealing with some of the things that are being thought, said, and done all over Britain today

19.15:
ANNOUNCEMENTS
National and Regional, followed at not earlier than’7.20 by Scottish and Northern Ireland

19.30:
‘ EIGHT BELLS ‘
Come and join the ‘ Funny Men ‘ aboard H.M.S. St. George, not forgetting Shorty, Lofty, Pincher, Nobby, the Sergeant, and the Ship’s Band

20.15:
‘ SCOTT IN THE ‘ ANTARCTIC ‘
A reconstruction from documents, letters, and diaries, of the story of the Scott expedition from the moment it was planned until its tragic conclusion in the little tent, so near and yet so far from the safetv of the expedition’s base.

21.00:
NEWS

21.20:
‘ ONCE A WEEK ‘
A talk on subjects of the moment by F. C. Hooper

21.35:
DEBUSSY
Songs and piano music

22.00:
‘NEW SONGS FOR OLD’
A programme arranged by Gordon McConnel and Christopher Stone

22.40:
ORCHESTRAL CONCERT
Conducted by Ian Whyte

23.10:
POETRY READING
‘ Places of England ‘

23.25:
HENRY HALL and his Orchestra

0.00:
NEWS

0.20:
News in Norwegian

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