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Spring 1974

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Nature
(Radio 4 VHF, Wednesdays 2:45pm)
Singing Together
(Radio 4 VHF, Mondays 11:00am)
Stories & Rhymes: Poetry
(Radio 4 VHF, Thursdays 10:15am)
España es Diferente - a radiovision episode
(Radio 4 VHF, Fridays 9:40am)
Discovery
(Radio 4 VHF, Wednesdays 11:20am)
Countdown
(BBC1, Wednesdays 9:38am & Thursdays 10:03am)
Channel TV timetable for age 11-18
Ad for Macbeth & Reflections
(ITV, Mondays 10:15am & Tuesdays 11:35am)

BBC Radio

Radio 4 VHF

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
09:00
9:05 Deutsch für die Oberstufe 9:05 Religious Service for Primary SchoolsMaking a Home / The Man from Nazareth (rpt) 9:05 Halb Gewonnen
09:15
9:20 Religious Service for Primary SchoolsMaking a Home / The Man from Nazareth
9:25 Listening and Reading II 9:25 Material for Assembly
09:30
9:35 History in Evidence1380-1500: The Decay of Feudalism / 1550-1605: Establishing the Nation 9:35 Voix de France
9:40 La France Aujourd'hui 9:40 España es Diferente
09:45
9:50 Poetry Corner
9:55 The World of Work 9:55 Movement and Music Stage IThe Selfish Giant / The Old Farmer and the Turnip / The Golden Goose (rpt)
10:00 10:00 Music Workshop IIKirsty Mhor 10:00 Music Workshop IThe Wild West
10:05 Movement and Music Stage IIAlice in Wonderland / Off the Ground / Sammy the Cymbal
10:15 10:15 PlaytimeJudy Bennett 10:15 Stories and RhymesPoetry
10:30
10:45 10:45 Da Sind Wir Wieder! 10:45 History in Focus 10:45 Radio Jeunesse 10:45 Horizons de France 10:45 A Corner for Music
10:55 For Middle YearsWeb of Language / More, More, More
11:00 11:00 Singing Together(Fergus O'Kelly) 11:00 Movement and Music Stage IThe Selfish Giant / The Old Farmer and the Turnip / The Golden Goose 11:00 Inquiry 11:00 Time and TuneHassebu
11:15
11:20 Springboard 11:20 Music Club 11:20 DiscoveryWheels / Print & Paper / Living Form & Pattern 11:20 Man 11:20 Listening and Writing
11:30
11:40 Drama Workshop 11:40 episodes of 'History in Focus' and the 'Music Box Treasury' 11:40 Religion and Life 11:40 Art and Humanities 11:40 British Isles and World Studies 11:40 Prospect
11:45
12:00
14:00 14:00 Exploration EarthMan & the Earth / Man & the Animals / Man & Plants 14:00 History: Not So Long AgoEarly This Century / About One Hundred Years Ago 14:00 Movement, Mime and Music Stage IA Mummer's Play / British Columbia, etc 14:00 Living LanguageGulliver's Travels / The Wheel on the School, etc 14:00 Let's Join In
14:15
14:20 The Music Box(Gordon Reynolds) 14:20 Europe and the World 14:20 Books, Plays and PoemsThe Children's Crusade / The Dark Tower, etc 14:20 Movement and Music Stage IIAlice in Wonderland / Off the Ground / Sammy the Cymbal (rpt) 14:20 Christian Focus
14:30 14:30 Speak
14:40 Movement, Mime and Music Stage II 14:40 Stories and RhymesThe Lost Sun / Metamorphoses / Alert to Danger 14:40 Learning About Life 14:40 Adventure
14:45 14:45 Nature
15:00

Radio 4 Northern Ireland VHF

MONDAY

as England.

TUESDAY

as England.

WEDNESDAY

as England.

THURSDAY

as England except:

9:55-10:15 Explorations

FRIDAY

as England except:

11:00-11:20 Today and Yesterday in Northern Ireland: Saints and Scholars / Out and About / Your Own Writing

Radio Scotland VHF

MONDAY

as England except:

11:20-11:40 From Seven to Nine

TUESDAY

as England except:

9:20-9:40 Service for Primary Schools (Scottish)

9:55-10:15 O-Grade Modern Studies

11:40-12:00 Scottish History

WEDNESDAY

as England.

THURSDAY

as England except:

9:05-9:25 Service for Primary Schools (Scottish) (rpt)

11:40-12:00 Exploring Scotland

14:20 Think and Move

14:40-15:00 Questions of Living

FRIDAY

as England except:

14:20-14:40 Clann Og Ri Ceilear (Singing Together) (north-west Scotland only)

Radio 4 Wales VHF

DYDD LLUN

as England except:

11:20-11:40 Y Byd o'n Cwmpas (The World Around Us): Cyfathrebu / Dyn y Masurwr, etc

DYDD MAWRTH

as England except:

9:20-9:40 Gwasanaeth Crefyddol (Religious Service)

11:00-11:20 Gair yn ei Le

DYDD MERCHER

as England except:

9:05-9:25 Gwasanaeth Crefyddol (Religious Service)

11:00-11:20 Ar Grwydr yng Nghymru: Enwogion Oes y Tuduriaid, etc

14:20-14:40 Dwedwch Chi

DYDD IAU

as England except:

11:20 Symud a Chân

11:40-12:00 Stories from Welsh History: Church and Chapel, etc

14:40-15:00 Exploring Wales

DYDD GWENER

as England except:

10:55-11:20 Sain, Cerdd a Chân (Music, Notation and Song)

Notes

The main broadcasting term ran from Monday 14th January to Friday 29th March 1974. There were half term repeats in the week beginning 18th February 1974.

There were no schools programmes on Thursday 28th February, presumably as schools were closed for general election voting. All Thursday programmes were postponed by one week, and finished on Thursday 4th April 1974.

The series Dewch i Siarad (Let's Speak Welsh), which had previously been broadcast for schools in Wales, was broadcast for adults this term on Radio 4 Wales, at 8:15pm on Tuesday evenings.

BBC Local Radio

There were schools programmes on several BBC Local Radio stations this term:

  • BBC Radio Derby: Monday to Thursday at 11:10am-12:00noon
  • BBC Radio London: Monday to Thursday at 2:34-3:30pm
  • BBC Radio Merseyside: Monday to Friday at 2:40-3:30pm
  • BBC Radio Newcastle: Monday to Friday at 2:45-3:30pm

I don't know details of the actual series broadcast, and I'm not certain whether other local stations also provided a service for schools this term[1]. If you know more please get in touch by email or on the forum!

BBC Television

BBC1 England

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
09:15 9:15 Engineering Craft Studies
09:30 9:30 Economies of the Real World (rpt)
9:38 CountdownYear B 9:38 Maths Workshop: Stage 2 (rpt) 9:38 Science Session 9:38 Out of the PastTudors & Stuarts (rpt) 9:38 History 1917-73 9:38 Science All Around (rpt) 9:41 Merry-Go-RoundThe Time of Year / The North Sea / Looking for Vikings (rpt)
09:45
10:00 10:00 Merry-Go-Round 10:00 Look and ReadJoe and the Sheep Rustlers 10:00 Out of the PastTudors & Stuarts 10:00 Science Session (rpt) 10:00 Look and ReadJoe and the Sheep Rustlers (rpt)
10:03 Maths Workshop: Stage 2 10:03 CountdownYear B (rpt)
10:15
10:23 Maths Workshop: Stage 1 10:23 Exploring Science (rpt) 10:25 Science All Around 10:25 History 1917-73 (rpt) 10:23 Gwlad a Thref 10:23 Hwnt ac Yma 10:25 Television ClubAnne Gale & David Freeland (rpt) 10:23 Ffenestri 10:23 Let's Look at Wales
10:30
10:45 10:45 You and MeCrow & Alice: stories 10:45 You and MeCrow & Alice: visits & activities 10:45 You and MeCrow & Alice: play
11:00 11:00 British Social History 11:00 A Year's Journey (rpt) 11:00 Watch!Jean Rogers & Stephen Bradley 11:00 Exploring Science 11:00 Maths Workshop: Stage 1 (rpt) 11:00 Going to Work (rpt) 11:00 A Job Worth Doing (rpt)
11:15
11:22 Music TimeMari Griffith & Ian Humphris 11:18 Going to Work
11:23 Words and PicturesSam on Boffs' Island 11:25 People of Many LandsAlong the River Rhine / Morocco 11:25 Science Extra: Biology (rpt) 11:27 Scene (rpt)
11:30
11:40 Tout Compris 11:40 USA (rpt) 11:40 A Year's Journey 11:40 British Social History (rpt)
11:45 11:45 New Horizons
11:50 Twentieth Century Focus
12:00 12:00 Engineering Craft Studies (rpt)
12:05 A Job Worth Doing (rpt) 12:05 Reportage (rpt)
12:15
12:30
14:00 14:02 Words and PicturesSam on Boffs' Island 14:02 Music TimeMari Griffith & Ian Humphris (rpt) 14:02 Watch!Jean Rogers & Stephen Bradley (rpt) 14:02 Scene 14:02 Twentieth Century Focus (rpt)
14:15
14:20 USA 14:20 Tout Compris (rpt) 14:20 New Horizons (rpt)
14:25 Television ClubAnne Gale & David Freeland 14:25 Science Extra: Biology 14:25 People of Many LandsAlong the River Rhine / Morocco (rpt)
14:30
14:45

BBC1 Northern Ireland

MONDAY

as England.

TUESDAY

as England.

WEDNESDAY

as England except:

10:23-10:43 Ulster in Focus: Food and Drink (fortnightly)

THURSDAY

as England plus:

14:35-14:55 Ulster in Focus: Food and Drink (rpt) (fortnightly)

FRIDAY

as England.

(but excluding the Welsh programmes at 10:23)

BBC1 Scotland

MONDAY

as England.

TUESDAY

as England.

WEDNESDAY

as England except:

14:20-14:40 Living in Scotland

(and excluding the Welsh programmes at 10:23)

THURSDAY

as England plus:

14:35-14:55 Around Scotland

FRIDAY

as England except:

10:23-10:43 Living in Scotland (rpt)

11:00-11:20 Around Scotland (rpt)

BBC1 Wales

DYDD LLUN

as England.

DYDD MAWRTH

as England.

DYDD MERCHER

as England.

DYDD IAU

as England plus:

14:35-14:55 Gwlad a Thref (rpt) / Hwnt ac Yma (rpt)

DYDD GWENER

as England.

Notes & New Programmes

The regular broadcasting term ran from Monday 14th January to Friday 29th March 1974, with a week of half term repeats beginning on 18th February. There were no schools TV programmes on Friday 1st March, due to coverage of the general election results on BBC1. The planned schools programmes, which were almost entirely repeats, were simply dropped and the schedule resumed as planned in the following week. The missed Scene episode, All That Glitters: The Sweet was repeated after the end of term on Friday 5th April 1974.

The final afternoon schools programmes were not shown on Tuesday 12th or Wednesday 13th March. According to the Television Club teacher's notes this was done "to enable transmission of the National Hunt Festival (horse racing event) to take place," but I'm not sure exactly why, as the horse racing programmes did not start until 14:50, long after the scheduled schools programmes would have ended. For the last three weeks of term Television Club episodes were shown first on Thursday and repeated on the following Tuesday. The final Television Club episode for the term was repeated on Tuesday 2nd April. The New Horizons repeats were postponed by one week, so for the last 3 weeks of term the episode shown on Monday was repeated on Wednesday of the following week, 9 days later. The final New Horizons episode was repeated on Wednesday 3rd April 1974.

The scheduled episode of Living in Scotland went out at its normal time on Wednesday 13th March, with the Racing from Cheltenham following 10 minutes later. The scheduled schools programmes in Scotland and Wales also went out on the afternoon of Thursday 14th March, with the Racing then starting at 14:55, 5 minutes after the Racing had begun in England.

The major new series this term was You and Me - not strictly speaking a schools programme as it was aimed at 4- and 5-year-olds at home and in pre-school classes, but it was produced by the BBC Schools Television department and always sat amongst the schools programmes in the schedule. It was accompanied by a new schools radio series for the same audience - Playtime, which began in autumn 1973 and continued this term. While You and Me seems to be the better remembered of this pair, it came to an end in 1995 (or strictly speaking in 1992) while Playtime continues in the early 21st century.

The primary school miscellany series Merry-Go-Round featured a new serial play called The Raven and the Cross about the attempted Viking invasion of Saxon England. In fact, although the play was billed as new and a new book was published to accompany this transmission, it had already been produced on Merry-Go-Round in spring 1971. I understand that this original black-and-white production had been inadventently lost or deleted by the BBC by 1974, and so a new production was mounted with most of the same cast, this time filmed in colour. This version of The Raven and the Cross had a long life as, after several repeats on Merry-Go-Round it was resurrected and repeated again as part of the later miscellany series Zig Zag in autumn 1992 (when the TES expected children to enjoy it "in spite of the script which groans and squeaks with age"![2]) and these programmes were repeated by the BBC for another decade, into the early 21st century.

Outside of the schools schedules, a three-part adaptation of Tom's Midnight Garden was broadcast as part of the children's afternoon programmes on BBC1, on Mondays at 5:15pm beginning on the 7th January. This was a new, "present day" adaptation, filmed in colour, of a script written by John Tully and originally performed on Merry-Go-Round (in black and white) in autumn 1968[3]

Approximately half of the BBC's schools television programmes were in black and white this term, and the other half in colour. Notably, all of the mathematics programmes and almost all of the science programmes (barring Engineering Craft Studies, which was for colleges & post-school City & Guilds training) were still in black and white.

Out of School

Programmes introduced by Alex Glasgow, broadcast at 11:00 to about 12:10 each day as "a chance to preview some of the school television programmes for the spring and summer terms."

  • Wednesday 2nd January 1974
  • Thursday 3rd January 1974
    • programmes for 9-13-year-olds: Out of the Past, Exploring Science, Television Club and Quatre Coins de la France.
  • Friday 4th January 1974
    • programmes for 13-16 year olds: Scene, USA, Countdown and British Social History, and a report on a "school videotape system" in action at a school in Leeds.


Independent Television

Thames Television

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
09:30 9:30 Finding OutCanals / Kashmir / Volcanoes 9:30 Seeing and Doing 9:30 My World: Real Life 9:30 Stop Look ListenHarvey Higgins 9:30 Figure It Out (rpt)
9:42 The Messengers 9:42 Decision!
09:45 9:43 Meeting Our Needs
9:50 The Nature of Things 9:50 On the Farm 9:50 The World Around UsEnergy (rpt) 9:50 Writer's Workshop (rpt) 9:50 The Facts Are These (rpt)
10:00
10:05 The Living Body (rpt) 10:04 My World: Stories (rpt)
10:10 You're Telling Me
10:15 10:15 Macbeth 10:15 Reflections 10:15 Believe It Or Not (rpt)
10:22 The Time of Your Life (rpt) 10:18 Picture Box (rpt)
10:30 10:30 Le Butin de Colombert
10:33 Le Butin de Colombert (rpt)
10:45
11:00 11:00 My World: Stories 11:00 Figure It Out 11:00 Finding Out (rpt) 11:00 The Facts Are These 11:00 My World: Real Life (rpt)
11:15 11:13 The Living Body 11:15 You're Telling Me (rpt)
11:18 Picture Box 11:18 The Nature of Things (rpt) 11:18 On the Farm (rpt) 11:22 Seeing and Doing (rpt)
11:30 11:30 The World Around UsEnergy 11:30 Writer's Workshop
11:35 Macbeth (rpt) 11:35 Reflections (rpt) 11:33 Stop Look ListenHarvey Higgins (rpt)
11:40 Believe It Or Not 11:40 Meeting Our Needs (rpt)
11:45 11:45 The Messengers (rpt) 11:45 Decision! (rpt)
11:50 The Time of Your Life
12:00
12:15

ATV Midlands

MONDAY

as London.

TUESDAY

as London except

10:27 Living and Growing

WEDNESDAY

as London.

THURSDAY

as London.

FRIDAY

as London.

(but excluding Le Butin de Colombert)

Granada Television

MONDAY

as London.

TUESDAY

as London.

(but excluding Le Butin de Colombert)

WEDNESDAY

as London.

THURSDAY

as London.

FRIDAY

as London.

(but excluding Le Butin de Colombert)

Yorkshire Television

MONDAY

as London.

TUESDAY

as London except

10:27 Living and Growing (rpt)

WEDNESDAY

as London plus:

10:40 Cornerstones

THURSDAY

as London, plus:

10:35 Cornerstones (rpt)

FRIDAY

as London except:

10:37 Living and Growing

Tyne Tees Television

as Yorkshire.

Anglia Television

MONDAY

as London.

TUESDAY

as London except

10:27 Living and Growing (rpt)

WEDNESDAY

as London.

THURSDAY

as London.

FRIDAY

as London except:

10:37 Living and Growing

Southern Television

as London.

Channel Television

MONDAY

as London.

TUESDAY

as London except:

11:35-11:48 En Français

(and excluding Le Butin de Colombert)

WEDNESDAY

as London.

THURSDAY

as London except:

11:40-11:53 En Français (rpt)

FRIDAY

as London.

(but excluding Le Butin de Colombert)

Westward Television

as Midlands.

HTV Wales & HTV West

MONDAY

as London.

TUESDAY

as London.

(but excluding Le Butin de Colombert)

WEDNESDAY

as London.

THURSDAY

as London.

FRIDAY

as London.

(but excluding Le Butin de Colombert)

Ulster Television

MONDAY

as London except:

10:15 This Island About Us

TUESDAY

as London except:

11:35 This Island About Us (rpt)

WEDNESDAY

as London.

THURSDAY

as London.

FRIDAY

as London.

Grampian Television

MONDAY

as London.

TUESDAY

as London except

10:27 A Matter of Decision

WEDNESDAY

as London.

THURSDAY

as London, plus:

10:35 A Matter of Decision (rpt)

FRIDAY

as London except:

10:37 Living and Growing

Scottish Television

MONDAY

as London.

TUESDAY

as London except

10:27 A Matter of Decision

WEDNESDAY

as London.

THURSDAY

as London, plus:

10:35 A Matter of Decision (rpt)

12:00 Time to Think

FRIDAY

as London except:

10:38 Time to Think (rpt)

Border Television

MONDAY

as London.

TUESDAY

as London except

10:27 Living and Growing (rpt)

WEDNESDAY

as London.

THURSDAY

as London.

FRIDAY

as London except:

10:37 Living and Growing

Notes & New Programmes

The main term ran to exactly the same schedule as the BBC, from Monday 14th January to Friday 29th March 1974, with half term repeats in the week beginning 18th February. There were no schools programmes on Thursday 28th February or Friday 1st March due to the general election. All Thursday and Friday programmes were delayed by one week and finished on 4th & 5th April 1974.

Decision! was a new series starting this term. Shown at three-weekly intervals interspersed with the established series The Messengers, it was a vocational series on decision making aimed at teenagers staying in school due to the latest raising of the school leaving age. A similar new series also began this term in Scotland - A Matter of Decision was made by Grampian Television and also shown by Scottish Television. Both Grampian and Scottish did show Granada's Decision! as well as their own series.

Thames television's production of Macbeth, first shown in autumn 1970, was repeated this term and followed by an entirely new accompanying series caled Reflections, looking at the themes of the play.

The repeat of the French-language serial Le Butin de Colombert was only partially networked, shown on Thames Television and some other stations. It was not shown by Channel Television, the broadcaster in the Channel Islands and surely the most francophile of the ITV stations. They had their own French language series, En Français.

Several regions filled in the gap in schools programmes at around 10:30-11:00am on some mornings with their own programmes. Ulster Television showed Romper Room on Mondays & Wednesdays at 10:37am. Thames showed Adventures in Words on Wednesdays.

Out of School

Programmes from the term were previewed over the Christmas holidays as a service to teachers and parents.

  • Thursday 27th December 1973
    • Seeing and Doing, Finding Out, The World Around Us, You're Telling Me, Believe It or Not and Macbeth (Ulster TV showed This Island About Us instead of Macbeth).
  • Friday 28th December 1973
    • My World: Stories, My World: Real Life, On the Farm, Meeting Our Needs, The Nature of Things, Stop Look Listen and Figure It Out.
  • Monday 31st December 1973
    • Picture Box, The Living Body, The Messengers, Decision! and The Facts Are These.
      After these national programmes, the following extra programmes were shown by some of the regional companies: Living and Growing (Yorkshire, Tyne Tees, Anglia & Border) and Cornerstones (Yorkshire and Tyne Tees).


ILEA Television

The Inner London Education Authority's cable broadcasts to hundreds of schools in London continued this term, but I don't have any details of the specific programmes shown. If you know anything please get in touch by email or on the forum!

Sources & References

  • BBC Broadcasts to Schools - (former) BBC library collection of all publications for spring 1974, including pupils' pamphlets, teacher's notes and wallcharts
  • Channel Television Annual Programme 1973/74 for 11-18 year olds
  • The Daily Telegraph television listings 1974 (Thames, ATV, Yorkshire, Granada, HTV Wales & West, Westward, Southern, Channel & Anglia ITV schedules)
  • The Guardian television & radio listings 1974 (Yorkshire, Granada, Tyne Tees, Border, Scottish, Grampian, HTV, ATV, Anglia & Ulster ITV schedules, and all Radio 4 BBC schedules)
  • IBA (1974) Independent Broadcasting Authority Annual Report & Accounts 1973-74. London: IBA
  • Jones, Christopher 'Educational Broadcasting: IBA' in Visual Education, December 1973 p.15
  • Jones, Christopher 'Educational Broadcasting: IBA' in Visual Education, January 1974 p.11-12
  • Mulliner, Brian 'Educational Broadcasting: BBC Programmes, Spring 1974' in Visual Education, November 1973 p.21
  • Radio Times (Emergency All Editions & London Edition) television & radio listings, 1974
  • TV Times (Thames/London Edition) listings 1974, via TV Times Project database
  • TV Times (ATV/Midland Edition) listings 1974
  • with thanks to Trevor Wells


  1. It is only by virtue of their being a national emergency in early 1974 and the Radio Times being published in a single national edition with outline details of all Local Radio stations that I even know this bare bones information about the local radio broadcasts this term
  2. TES quote on The Raven and the Cross from Noble, Paul 'A new angle on Saxons' in Times Educational Supplement 11th September 1992 p.30. Unsubstantiated remarks about the BBC losing the original production and so mounting a remake based on private conversations with a producer involved in the series.
  3. The link between the 1968 and 1974 adaptations of Tom's Midnight Garden is confirmed by McGown, Alistair & Docherty, Mark (2003) The Hill and Beyond: Children's Television Drama - An Encyclopedia. London: British Film Institute, p.215. Also covered on the Television Heaven website.