Golden Classics Great OTR Shows

Golden Classics Great OTR Shows - Classic Radio Shows From the 30’s onwards

May 28th, 2019    

Dr Evadne Hinge & Dame Hilda Bracket - s01e06 - The Mediterranean Cruise

The Cruise, pt 1
The Enchanting World of Hinge and BracketSeries 1 Episode 6 of 13
The dear ladies fly off to sing on a cruise liner. Stars Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket. From April 1977.

May 28th, 2019    

The Enchanting World of Hinge and Brackett - s01e05 - Desert Island Discs - 1977.04.13

Desert Island Discs
The Enchanting World of Hinge and BracketSeries 1 Episode 5 of 13
Roy Plomley joins the dear ladies as they are cast away. Starring Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket. From April 1977.

May 28th, 2019    

The Enchanting World of Hinge and Brackett - s01e04 - The Stackton Music Festival

The Stackton Music Festival
The Enchanting World of Hinge and BracketSeries 1 Episode 4 of 13
A sonic jamboree as the two ladies are joined by Peter Pratt. Stars Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket. From April 1977.

May 26th, 2019    

The Enchanting World of Hinge and Brackett - s01e03 - Marigold’s Wedding - 1977.03.30

Marigold's Wedding
The Enchanting World of Hinge and BracketSeries 1 Episode 3 of 13
A wedding provides ample opportunity for some trademark gossip. Stars Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket. From March 1977.

May 26th, 2019    

Dr Evadne Hinge Dame Hilda Bracket - s01e03 - Quite An Eventful Weekend Is In Store

 Episode 3 of 13

The dear ladies reminisce about the day they moved in. Stars Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket. From February 1978.

May 26th, 2019    

The Enchanting World of Hinge and Brackett - s01e02 - Winters Backlog Of Work - 1977.03.23

Winter's Backlog of Work
The Enchanting World of Hinge and BracketSeries 1 Episode 2 of 13
Things are running away with the dear ladies - like the lawnmower. Stars Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket. From March 1977.

May 26th, 2019    

The Enchanting World of Hinge and Brackett - s01e01 - The Jubilee - 1977.03.16

The Jubilee
The Enchanting World of Hinge and BracketSeries 1 Episode 1 of 13
Can the dear ladies save the day at the community centre? Stars Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket. From March 1977.

May 16th, 2019    

Beyond Our Ken 58-07-01 (101) A Cockeyed Optomist

Beyond Our Ken (1958–1964) is a radio comedy program, the predecessor to Round the Horne (1965–1968). Both programs starred Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick, Betty Marsden and Bill Pertwee, with announcer Douglas Smith.  The name is a pun on Kenneth Horne's name and the (now mainly Northern English and Scots) word ken, meaning "knowledge or perception".

May 16th, 2019    

The Arthur Haynes Show Original Broadcast Date: 1963.06.23

Almost a forgotten figure in British comedy, Arthur Haynes (born in London in May 1914) was ITV's biggest star of the late 1950s through to the mid-1960s; indeed, he was the first star to be produced by the new independent channel.

As with many artists of the post-war generation, Haynes gained a foothold in variety through the armed forces entertainment units during World War Two. While serving in the Royal Engineers, he was recruited for the concert party troupe Stars in Battledress. It was here that he met the already established entertainer Charlie Chester.

Following the war, Haynes remained with Chester, appearing in the BBC radio show Stand Easy (1946-49), but he harboured ambitions for solo success and eventually went his own way. The separation, however, did not prevent Haynes appearing in The Charlie Chester Show on both television (BBC, tx. 12/1/1949) and radio (4/1/1955) .

Haynes struggled for a number of years trying to perfect his stage act, until a major television break finally came his way with the George and Alfred Black variety show for ITV, Strike a New Note (1956). Haynes began as just one among many on the bill, but such was his success with viewers, particularly with his character Oscar Pennyfeather, that he was soon headlining the show, now renamed Get Happy.

The Arthur Haynes Show (ITV, 1957-66) followed, a mixture of comedy sketches (largely scripted by Johnny Speight, who had first worked with Haynes on Get Happy) and musical interludes with guest artistes.

Haynes was noted for the unusual aggressiveness and belligerence of his comic characters, and for the emphasis on the class war in his sketches (Speight's influence was at its strongest here). These qualities were seen at their best in his most popular character, a bemedalled tramp, forever railing against society - particularly upper-class society - invariably in the form of his near-constant foil, Nicholas Parsons (another survivor from the Get Happy days).

Running to fifteen series, the shows were enormously successful, making Haynes one of the highest paid artists in variety, and winning him the Variety Club Award as ITV Personality of 1961. The same year he appeared on The Royal Variety Performance, (ITV, tx. 12/11/1961). The Arthur Haynes Show was also adapted for radio by Johnny Speight (BBC, 1962-65).

Haynes had a small role in the Rock Hudson/Gina Lollobrigida comedy Strange Bedfellows (US, 1965; filmed in London), and a larger one as an argumentative (what else?) patient in the comedy Doctor in Clover (d. Ralph Thomas, 1966). Haynes had recently returned from America, where he had appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, and was set to commence shooting on his sixteenth ITV television series, when he was struck down at the age of 52 by a heart attack. He died on 19 November 1966.

May 16th, 2019    

The Arthur Haynes Show Original Broadcast Date: 1963.01.14

Almost a forgotten figure in British comedy, Arthur Haynes (born in London in May 1914) was ITV's biggest star of the late 1950s through to the mid-1960s; indeed, he was the first star to be produced by the new independent channel.

As with many artists of the post-war generation, Haynes gained a foothold in variety through the armed forces entertainment units during World War Two. While serving in the Royal Engineers, he was recruited for the concert party troupe Stars in Battledress. It was here that he met the already established entertainer Charlie Chester.

Following the war, Haynes remained with Chester, appearing in the BBC radio show Stand Easy (1946-49), but he harboured ambitions for solo success and eventually went his own way. The separation, however, did not prevent Haynes appearing in The Charlie Chester Show on both television (BBC, tx. 12/1/1949) and radio (4/1/1955) .

Haynes struggled for a number of years trying to perfect his stage act, until a major television break finally came his way with the George and Alfred Black variety show for ITV, Strike a New Note (1956). Haynes began as just one among many on the bill, but such was his success with viewers, particularly with his character Oscar Pennyfeather, that he was soon headlining the show, now renamed Get Happy.

The Arthur Haynes Show (ITV, 1957-66) followed, a mixture of comedy sketches (largely scripted by Johnny Speight, who had first worked with Haynes on Get Happy) and musical interludes with guest artistes.

Haynes was noted for the unusual aggressiveness and belligerence of his comic characters, and for the emphasis on the class war in his sketches (Speight's influence was at its strongest here). These qualities were seen at their best in his most popular character, a bemedalled tramp, forever railing against society - particularly upper-class society - invariably in the form of his near-constant foil, Nicholas Parsons (another survivor from the Get Happy days).

Running to fifteen series, the shows were enormously successful, making Haynes one of the highest paid artists in variety, and winning him the Variety Club Award as ITV Personality of 1961. The same year he appeared on The Royal Variety Performance, (ITV, tx. 12/11/1961). The Arthur Haynes Show was also adapted for radio by Johnny Speight (BBC, 1962-65).

Haynes had a small role in the Rock Hudson/Gina Lollobrigida comedy Strange Bedfellows (US, 1965; filmed in London), and a larger one as an argumentative (what else?) patient in the comedy Doctor in Clover (d. Ralph Thomas, 1966). Haynes had recently returned from America, where he had appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, and was set to commence shooting on his sixteenth ITV television series, when he was struck down at the age of 52 by a heart attack. He died on 19 November 1966.

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