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Gracie Fields ‘Frankly Speaking’ on Radio4 Extra on Saturday 28th December


A repeat of an episode of Frankly Speaking from 1960, featuring Gracie Fields,  will be broadcast on BBC Radio4 Extra on Saturday 28th December at 2.15pm. (Repeated at 2.15am early on Sunday 29th December.)

Ken Dodd talking about Pantomime on Radio4 Extra



Ken Dodd can be heard talking to critic Michael Billington on a programme devoted to Pantomime on BBC Radio4 Extra on Friday 27th December at 1.30pm or 8.30pm. The programme, first broadcast in 1981, also features John Morley (prolific panto writer) and lasts 30 minutes.

Day By The Sea 2020

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2 Radio Christmas Treats

2 Radio treats this Christmas are:


Monday 23rd December Radio 4. 2.15pm – 3pm


David Threlfall stars as Ken Dodd in Ian Billing’s comedy about winning hearts and minds. Its 1988 and the comedian faces charges of tax evasion. The story tracks the year-long battle with the tax-man including the 1989 trial.


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Friday 27th December Radio4 Extra 10am -11am (repeated at 3pm and on Saturday 28th December at 3am!)

Puss In Boots

A repeat of a 1979 pantomime recorded before a live audience starring

Arthur Askey, Anita Harris, Alfred Marks and Kenneth Connor

with a script by Chris Emmett.



BMHS Committee Members to give talk on Marie Lloyd on 4th March at the V&A



Marie Lloyd: Queen Of The Halls

Lunchtime Lecture

Wednesday 4th March 2020 13.00 – 13.45pm

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

V&A, South Kensington

Free admission

 On the 150th anniversary of her birth and to celebrate International Women’s Day, BMHS committee members Alison Young and Christine Padwick look at the life and career of the first female celebrity of popular entertainment. Irreverent, generous, bold and mischievous, she exemplified the gusto of the music hall, the one place in Victorian England where a woman could be in control. She spanned the peak years of this unique form of entertainment from her first appearance at the age of 15 until her death in 1922. Loved by her audiences she counted Edward VII, G.B.Shaw and T.S.Eliot among her fans. In contrast her private life was often unhappy; married three times, she suffered humiliation and domestic abuse. Her song successes included The Boy I Love Is Up In The Gallery, Don’t Dilly Dally On The Way, Oh! Mr. Porter and A Little Of What You Fancy Does You Good.

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Sunday Night At The London Palladium on Talking Pictures


The television channel, Talking Pictures will be screening  vintage episodes of the ITV variety show, Sunday Night At The London Palladium on a weekly basis from Sunday 19th January 2020.

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