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Shirley Bassey’s 1970s Shows on BBC4

BBC4 are screening episodes of Shirley Bassey’s 1970s BBC shows. The first show was shown on BBC4 on Friday 7th January (catch it on the BBC iPlayer) and another show will be broadcast on Friday 14th January at 7.15pm.

Documentaries on Lonnie Donegan and Helen Shapiro on Talking Pictures TV

On Saturday 15th January at 3.55pm Talking Pictures TV will be screening a documentary on skiffle supremo Lonnie Donegan. The following day, Sunday 16th January at 12.25 there will be a documentary on singer Helen Shapiro, who guested at the BMHS’s Day By The Sea in 2017.

In The Limelight’s January Meeting via Zoom

Thursday 20th January 2022 at 7.30pm

The Life Of Robb Wilton

Presented by Dr Tom Preston

Dr Tom Preston is the author of the only biography of Robb Wilton – The Day Laughter Broke Out, published in 2018 and he will share tales about this great actor/comedian who created the unforgettable Mr. Muddlecombe.

We are delighted to welcome Tom back after his Zoom presentation last year on Lancashire comedians.

This talk will be given via Zoom and tickets ( £3 BMHS Members; £5 Non-Members) will be on sale from Monday 6th December via Ticketsource:

Lissenden PLayers Cancel January Music Hall

The Lissenden Players’ Music Hall show scheduled for Wednesday 19th January has been cancelled.

Short of Reading Matter?

Koba and Kalee

For those of you stuck at home and short of reading matter, why not take a look at the Past Articles From The Call Boy page on the website. 7 articles have been added recently covering:

Donovan & Byl, Frances Day, Harry Champion, Hedley Claxton, Koba and Kalee, Jimmy Learmouth and Pat Lancaster.

Harry Champion

Kate Garner’s Christmas Singalong on Facebook on 19th December

Just log in to Kate Garner’s Facebook page on Sunday 19th December at 6.30pm for a Christmas Singalong!

Victorian Plums Music Hall at Enfield’s Cultural Palace




After sell out shows at the Dugdale Centre, the Victorian Plums Music Hall is coming to the Culture Palace, Palace Gardens Shopping Centre, Enfield Town, EN2 6SN. Tel. 020 8807 6680

Join us for an afternoon reliving the Good Old Days at our fully costumed show packed with singalong classics, fun and laughter.

It’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Dates and times:

Sunday 5th December at 2pm and Sunday 12th December at 2pm

Missing Believed Wiped at the British Film Institute Southbank on Saturday 27th November

At The British Film Institute Southbank, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XT on Saturday 27th November:

Session 1 at 1pm features, amongst other items, a recently discovered The London Palladium Show from 1966 featuring Dave Allen, Millicent Martin, Dickie Henderson and The Seekers.

Session 2 at 3.50pm features amongst other items, Holiday Startime, a London Weekend Television variety spectacular originally screened on Boxing Day 1970 and featuring Ted Ray, Peter Cook, Vincent Price, Thora Hird, Arthur Lowe, Les Dawson and The Bee Gees.

Further information and booking details can be found by clicking on the link below:

Fred Karno Book Launch in Lichfield on 9th December

A Podcast Biography of Alma Cogan on the PJRChive

Journalist Peter Robertson has been interviewing celebrities since 1984. Now he has turned a lot of those interviews into podcasts for a series called The PJRChive. You can hear interviews with Tony Curtis, Tommy Steele, Judi Dench, Sandie Shaw, Sacha Distel, Howard Keel and many more by typing in to your Search Engine: PJRchive.

The latest podcast from Peter is rather different – it is a biography of singer Alma Cogan with contributions from an array of names: Lionel Blair, Lonnie Donegan, Cliff Richard, Vera Lynn, Petula Clark, Barbara Windsor, George Martin, Brian Morris and Alma’s sister, actress Sandra Caron.

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