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Gone into the next room, but still on the small screen

March 17th, 2016 (01:01 am)

On Tuesday night I was discussing broadcasting history with someone and mention was made of Asa Briggs. Within an hour his death was announced. A few hours later, I learned of Sylvia Anderson's death; and now, Cliff Michelmore, a broadcaster who was moving into a retirement phase in my childhood but who still loomed large. The sense of twentieth-century Britain tidying up after itself through the death of people who seemed to epitomise aspects of the mid-late century spirit which animated last year is even stronger this. Some links:

The BBC Archive Cliff Michelmore page

Cliff Michelmore switches off Lime Grove studios, The Late Show, 1991

Cliff Michelmore interviews David Jones (the future David Bowie), Tonight, 1964

The Shadows: 'Lady Penelope' from Thunderbirds are Go - shared by [twitter.com profile] outonbluesix as a tribute to her alter ego, Sylvia Anderson

Sylvia Anderson interviewed for the third or fourth generation of fans of Lady Penelope and Thunderbirds, Blue Peter, 1995

I've not watched this, but here's Asa Briggs in discussion early last year at the University of Sussex

An episode of The Seven Ages of Radio with Asa Briggs, starting with part of one of my favourite broadcasting quotations from David Dunhill, with added Tony Blackburn, though the structure of the series seems somewhat pessimistic.

While I'm making a link post, here's a Kickstarter worth exploring: Duel for Citizenship by Holly Matthies

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2016/03/17/gone-into-the-next-room-but-still-on-the-small-screen.html.

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Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: March 17th, 2016 12:05 pm (UTC)
Worcester College

Asa Briggs was a former Provost of my college, but I never met him - he was before my time. It's an excuse to use my Worcester userpic, though!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 17th, 2016 08:27 pm (UTC)
St John's cufflink

I must respond with my St John's cufflink image, then!