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Radio 1

Radio 1, the BBC's pop music station, began broadcasting on 31 August 1967 with Tony Blackburn spinning Flowers In The Rain by The Move. The...

Pirate Radio

The 1960s pirate radio phenomenon was founded on a simple loophole and a cunning understanding of maritime law. If a ship was moored three or...

Radio Luxembourg

Arguably the earliest commercial radio station broadcasting in the English language, Radio Luxembourg started broadcasting to the entertainment-starved listeners of the United Kingdom. Often mistakenly referred to...

Radio London

In November 1964 a 780-ton former WWII minesweeper named MV Galaxy anchored three-and-a-half miles off the Essex coast and became home to Radio London -...

Radio Caroline

The first British pirate radio station, Radio Caroline, was founded by Ronan O'Rahilly in 1964 - he chose the name of the station in honour...

Transistor Radios

When the transistor replaced the bulky and unreliable vacuum tube in amplification units, transistors did the job better and were much smaller, making it...

Wolfman Jack

1 9 3 9 - 1 9 9 5 With the on-air cool of Alan Freed and the smokestack growl of Howlin' Wolf, Robert Weston Smith - a...

Fred Dagg

Fred Dagg was actually New Zealand-born comedian and political satirist John Clarke, who appeared as Dagg on television always wearing a black singlet and...

Disc Jockeys

In Britain, Radio 1 and Top of the Pops began in the Sixties, but by 1970 the Disc Jockeys (or DJ's) had been elevated to stardom,...

Jimmy Clitheroe

James Robinson 'Jimmy' Clitheroe died on 6th June 1973 (the day of his mother's funeral). A coronial inquest found that his death was due...

2JJ (Double-Jay) Radio

Monday 20 January 1975 saw the birth of alternative Australian rock radio station, 2JJ - or "Doublejay" - using an old ABC radio standby transmitter. Apart from...

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Three On A Meathook (1973)

Billy Townsend (James Pickett) lives with his father on an old remote backwoods farm and is traumatised by memories of past events that are...

It Happened Here (1963)

A fascinating Second World War drama that examines what might have happened if the Germans had won the Battle of Britain and Hitler had successfully...

This Boy’s Life (1993)

This poignant adaptation of a Tobias Wolff memoir takes a realistic look at growing up in the 1950s. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Toby (Tobias), a young...

Bugaloos, The

1 9 7 0 - 1 9 7 1 (USA) 17 x 30 minute episodes The Bugaloos, Joy (Caroline Ellis), Courage (John Philpott), IQ (John McIndoe) and...

Paths of Glory (1957)

Based on an actual incident in World War I that was hushed up by the French authorities at the time, Paths of Glory is set at...

On The Margin

1 9 6 6 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes The brilliant Alan Bennett was allowed full rein in this short-lived but well-remembered series from BBC2. Comedy sketches,...

Captain Milkshake (1970)

Director Richard Crawford generated this profoundly-felt protest film about a young marine (Geoff Gage) on emergency leave from Vietnam falling in love with an...

Gibbsville

1 9 7 6 (USA) 8 x 60 minute episodes The saga of a small Pennsylvanian mining town and its people during the 1940s, based on The Gibbsville...