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Summer 1971

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Advent of Steam
(ITV, Wednesdays 2:00pm & Fridays 11:00am)
Exploration Earth
(BBC Radio 4, Mondays 2:00pm)
Music Workshop Stage One
(BBC Radio 4, Fridays 9:45am)
Barenboim on Beethoven
(ITV, Wednesdays 2:35pm & Fridays 11:35am)
Le Butin de Colombert
(ITV, Tuesdays 11:40am & Thursdays 2:20pm)
Going to Work
(BBC1, Mondays 2:30pm & Tuesdays 11:18am)
Making Music
(BBC1, Tuesdays 11:40am & Fridays 2:05pm)
ITV schools annual programme guide 1970-71
ITV schools timetable 1970-71

BBC Radio

BBC schools radio programmes.

Radio 4 England

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
09:00
9:05 Religious Service for Primary SchoolsThe Lord's Prayer (rpt) 9:05 An Act of Worship
09:15
09:30 9:30 Religious Service for Primary SchoolsThe Lord's Prayer 9:30 History in EvidenceStuart Britain / Restoration Britain
09:45 9:45 Music Workshop Stage 2Another Shore 9:45 Music Workshop Stage 1The Tree
9:55 Movement and Music 2(James Dodding) 9:55 Movement and Music 1(Penny Whittam) (rpt)
10:00
10:15
10:30 10:30 French for Beginners 10:30 Christian Focus
10:45 10:47 Nous Voici!Planète 217, etc 10:45 Foreign Correspondent
10:50 Material for Assembly 10:50 A Corner for Music
11:00 11:01 Singing Together(John Huw Davies) 11:00 Movement and Music 1(Penny Whittam) 11:00 InquiryVoice of Youth / The Third Airport 11:00 Time and TuneFarms
11:15
11:20 Springboard 11:20 Music Club(Gary Taylor) 11:20 DiscoveryPrime Movers / Colour and Texture 11:20 Man 11:20 Listening and Writing
11:30
11:40 Drama Workshop 11:40 Religion in its Contemporary ContextLuther 11:40 Contemporary History 11:40 Geography 11:40 ProspectMan in an Industrial Society
11:45
12:00
14:00 14:00 Exploration EarthBecause It's There / Look for Yourself 14:00 World History 14:00 Movement, Mime and Music 1(James Dodding) 14:00 Living Language 14:00 Let's Join In
14:15
14:20 The Music Box(Gordon Reynolds) 14:20 Music SessionThe Beggar's Opera 14:20 Books, Plays, PoemsI Know Where I Stand / I Know Where I'm Going 14:20 Poetry Corner
14:30 14:30 Speak
14:40 Movement, Mime and Music 2(Glyn Harris) 14:40 Reproduction and Growth 14:40 Stories and Rhymes: 7-9The Wizard of Oz, etc
14:45 14:45 Nature
15:00

Radio 4 Northern Ireland

MONDAY

as England.

TUESDAY

as England.

WEDNESDAY

as England.

THURSDAY

as England.

FRIDAY

as England plus:

11:00-11:20 Today and Yesterday in Northern Ireland: Five Men of the Eighteenth Century, etc

Radio 4 Scotland

MONDAY

as England except:

9:55-10:15 Stories from Scottish History

11:20-11:40 From Seven to Nine

TUESDAY

as England except:

9:30-9:50 Religious Service for Primary Schools (Scottish)

WEDNESDAY

as England except:

11:40-12:00 For School Leavers

THURSDAY

as England except:

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

11:40-12:00 Exploring Scotland

FRIDAY

as England plus:

9:25-9:45 Think and Move

10:30-10:50 Learning About Life

14:20-14:40 Learning About Life

Radio 4 Wales

If you know which programmes were shown in the "unknown programme" gaps in this schedule please get in touch by email or on the forum.

DYDD LLUN

as England except:

11:20-11:40 Y Byd o'n Cwmpas (The World Around Us)

DYDD MAWRTH

as England except:

9:30-9:55 Gwasanaeth Crefyddol (Religious Service)

11:00-11:20 Ymlaen â Ni (On We Go)

DYDD MERCHER

as England except:

11:40-12:00 Ar Grwydr yng Nghymru (Wandering Through Wales)

14:20-14:45 unknown programme

DYDD IAU

as England except:

11:20-11:40 unknown programme

11:40-12:00 Stories from Welsh History

14:40-15:00 Exploring Wales

DYDD GWENER

as England except:

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

11:00-11:20 unknown programme

Notes

Programmes ran from Monday 26th April to Friday 25th June 1971. There were no broadcasts in England, Northern Ireland or Wales in the week beginning 31st May due to the school holidays, but all of the Scottish programmes continued as normal that week.

Religion in its Contemporary Context ran for only five episodes this term, including a two-part dramatisation of the story of Luther starring Barry Foster. After half term it was replaced by general-audience programmes. Reproduction and Growth and Prospect also did not return after half term, they were replaced by the music series Purely Personal and Growing Up with Music respectively.

There was a one-off broadcast of the Music Box Treasury Number 3 on Thursday 29th April at 9:25am.

BBC Television

BBC schools TV programmes

BBC1 England

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
09:15 9:15 Mathematics in Action
09:30
9:38 Discovering Science(Peter Kelly) 9:38 Maths Workshop Stage 1 9:38 Maths TodayYear 2 (revised) (rpt) 9:38 Science All Around(Fergus O'Kelly) 9:38 Maths TodayYear 1 (revised) (rpt) 9:38 Merry Go RoundWhere We Live / Australia / Sex Education (rpt) 9:40 Words and PicturesUp in the Attic Programme B (rpt)
09:45
10:00 10:00 Merry Go RoundWhere We Live / Australia / Sex Education 10:00 Maths Workshop Stage 2 10:00 Music Time(Mari Griffith & Ian Humphris) 10:00 Science Session(Bob Holness) (rpt) 10:00 Television ClubRoy and the Danelli Job (rpt)
10:15
10:25 Words and PicturesUp in the Attic Programme A 10:25 Words and PicturesUp in the Attic Programme B 10:25 Gweld a Siarad 10:25 Maths TodayYear 2 (revised) 10:25 Maths Workshop Stage 1 (rpt) 10:25 Hwnt ac Yma
10:30
10:45
10:50 Words and PicturesUp in the Attic Programme A (rpt)
11:00 11:00 A Year's Journey 11:00 British Social History (rpt) 11:00 Watch!(Roseanne Harvey) 11:00 Watch!(Roseanne Harvey) (rpt)
11:05 Changing Britain (rpt)
11:10 Discovering Science(Peter Kelly) (rpt)
11:15
11:18 Going to Work (rpt) 11:18 Maths Workshop Stage 2 (rpt)
11:30 11:30 New Horizons
11:35 British Social History 11:35 A Year's Journey (rpt) 11:35 Music Time(Mari Griffith & Ian Humphris) (rpt)
11:40 Making MusicThe Turtle Drum
11:45
12:00 12:00 New Horizons (rpt)
12:15
12:30
14:00
14:05 Maths TodayYear 1 (revised) 14:05 Science All Around(Fergus O'Kelly) (rpt) 14:05 Television ClubRoy and the Danelli Job 14:05 Science Session(Bob Holness) 14:05 Changing Britain 14:05 Making MusicThe Turtle Drum (rpt)
14:15
14:30 14:30 Going to Work
14:45
15:00

BBC1 Northern Ireland

MONDAY

as England.

TUESDAY

as England.

WEDNESDAY

as England except:

10:25-10:43 Ulster in Focus (fortnightly)

THURSDAY

as England plus:

14:30-14:50 Ulster in Focus (fortnightly) (rpt)

FRIDAY

as England.

BBC1 Scotland

as England, but probably excluding the Welsh programmes on Wednesdays and Fridays (please get in touch by email or on the forum if you have access to Scottish schedules and can confirm this).

BBC1 Wales

MONDAY

as England.

TUESDAY

as England.

WEDNESDAY

as England.

THURSDAY

as England plus:

14:30-14:50 Gweld a Siarad (rpt)

FRIDAY

as England.

Out of School

There were previews of BBC schools TV programmes during the Easter holidays, beginning at 1:55pm each day.

  • Tuesday 13th April 1971
  • Wednesday 14th April 1971
    • Maths Workshop Stage 1, Science All Around and A Year's Journey.
  • Thursday 15th April 1971
    • Going to Work, Science Session and Scene.
  • Friday 16th April 1971
    • History 1917-71, Europe on the Move, Science Extra: Physics and New Horizons.

Notes & New Programmes

Programmes ran from Monday 26th April to Friday 25th June 1971, with no broadcasts in the week beginning 31st May.

The sixth form series New Horizons had only 4 episodes this term - it did not begin until Monday 3rd May, and did not return after the half term break.

The BBC had live coverage of Test Cricket and Racing from Ascot during June, but both were scheduled around the schools programmes and did not disrupt the schools schedules. The Wimbledon Tennis Championships, however, did disrupt the schools schedules. Once Wimbledon coverage began on 21st June there were no more afternoon schools programmes on the BBC, and there were also no more repeats of programmes which would have been show first in the afternoon (Going to Work, Science Session and Changing Britain). The repeat of Making Music on Friday 25th June was shown at the earlier-than-usual time of 11:05am.

Maths Workshop Stage 2 was shown fortnightly like most of the other maths programmes this term, but it both of its timeslots no programmes were shown in the intervening weeks.

There were no wholly new series introduced this term, but many existing series had new episodes. Television Club changed its format significantly this term with the premiere of Roy and the Danelli Job, a seven-part crime serial. Music Time came to the end of its first series which had begun in autumn 1970.

The only BBC schools TV series to be shown in colour this term was A Year's Journey. All other programmes, even newly produced ones, were still in black and white.

Independent Television

ITV schools programmes.

Thames Television

Programmes in the London area.

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
11:00 11:00 Seeing and Doing 11:00 Picture Box(Alan Rothwell) 11:00 My World: Stories (rpt) 11:00 Rules, Rules, Rules 11:00 Advent of Steam (rpt)
11:15 11:16 Finding Out(Michael Harbour) (rpt)
11:18 Towards Mathematics 11:19 Meeting Our NeedsTransport 11:18 Primary French2nd year 11:22 Primary French2nd year
11:30 11:30 It's Fun to Read (rpt)
11:36 My World: Stories 11:35 People Work Here (rpt) 11:35 Barenboim on Beethoven (rpt)
11:40 Le Butin de Colombert 11:40 Our Neighbours (rpt)
11:45
11:50 Primary French1st year
12:00
13:30
13:40 Finding Out(Michael Harbour) 13:40 Towards Mathematics (rpt) 13:40 Seeing and Doing (rpt) 13:40 Picture Box(Alan Rothwell) (rpt) 13:40 Meeting Our NeedsTransport (rpt)
13:45
14:00 14:00 Our Neighbours 14:00 My World 2 14:00 Advent of Steam 14:00 Karl und Christa (rpt) 14:02 Rules, Rules, Rules (rpt)
14:15 14:15 People Work Here
14:20 My World 2 (rpt)
14:25 It's Fun to Read 14:23 It's Fun to Read (rpt) 14:25 Primary French1st year
14:30
14:35 Barenboim on Beethoven 14:35 You and the World (rpt)
14:38 Karl und Christa 14:38 You and the World 14:40 Le Butin de Colombert (rpt)
14:45
15:00

ATV Midlands

MONDAY

as London.

TUESDAY

as London, but excluding You and the World

WEDNESDAY

as London.

THURSDAY

as London.

FRIDAY

as London, but excluding You and the World

Anglia Television

as London.

Granada Television

MONDAY

as London.

TUESDAY

as London, but excluding Le Butin de Colombert and You and the World.

WEDNESDAY

as London.

THURSDAY

as London (Le Butin de Colombert is not a repeat).

FRIDAY

as London, but excluding You and the World

Yorkshire Television

as Midlands.

Grampian Television

MONDAY

as London.

TUESDAY

as London except:

11:18-11:38 The Police

14:40-14:58 Look and See

WEDNESDAY

as London.

THURSDAY

as London except:

14:00-14:20 The Police (rpt)

FRIDAY

as London except:

14:35-14:53 Look and See (rpt)

Other Regions

All ITV regional companies carried schools programmes, although Border Television as usual did not carry the morning broadcasts, their daily schools service began at 1:38pm. If you have the schedules for any of the regions not already carried here please get in touch by email or on the forum.

Out of School

There were previews of this term's ITV schools programmes in the Easter holidays as a service for teachers. Each day in the week following Easter there was an introduction at 11:05am followed by a selection of schools programmes from a particular company.

  • Tuesday 13th April 1971
    • Programmes produced by Granada Television: It's Fun To Read, Picture Box, Barenboim on Beethoven and Our Neighbours.
  • Wednesday 14th April 1971
    • Programmes produced by Thames Television: Seeing and Doing, Finding Out, Advent of Steam, Le Butin de Colombert and You and the World.
  • Thursday 15th April 1971
    • Programmes produced by ATV: Stop Look Listen, Towards Mathematics, Primary French, Rules, Rules, Rules and Karl und Christa.
  • Friday 16th April 1971
    • Programmes produced by Yorkshire Television: My World: Stories, My World 2, Meeting Our Needs and People Work Here.

The schedule above is for Thames Television, London. The companies which did not show You and the World during term time (including ATV Midlands, Granada and Yorkshire Television) did not show the preview on 14th April either. There must have been other variations for the regions which produced their own local schools programmes (including Grampian Television), but I don't know any more details.

Notes & New Programmes

Programmes ran from Monday 3rd May to Friday 18th June 1971, with no broadcasts in the week beginning 31st May.

On Friday 28th May Anglia Television carried a live outside broadcast of the Queen turning on the pumps which would take water from the Fens to Essex - a broadcast titled Royal Day in Essex which began at 2:31pm. That afternoon's repeat of You and the World was broadcast at the earlier-than-usual time of 12:05pm on Anglia Television only.

During June ITV had coverage of horse racing events from Sandown and Redcar in the afternoons. The sports broadcasts began after the day's schools programmes had ended, which meant that on Fridays those regions for which My World was the final schools programme of the week (such as ATV Midlands and Yorkshire Television) began their coverage at 2:29pm, while the other regions which had a final schools programme starting at 2:35pm (such as Thames Television and Southern Television) did not join the racing until 2:55pm. Later in June and July, once the schools programmes had finished, racing coverage started much earlier in the afternoon.

Le Butin de Colombert, a French-language serial about a gang of bank robbers, was new this term and was the first French serial produced by Thames Television, following in the footsteps of Associated-Rediffusion, whose final French serial Le Mystère de Valbec had been repeated by Thames in the preceding years.

Another drama series Advent of Steam was also new this term. London's Science Museum put on a lecture called 'How Steam Engines Worked' on 15th & 16th June 1971 to coincide with the series[1].

The documentary series Barenboim on Beethoven had been shown for adults, late at night on ITV, in spring 1970, but it was "specially presented for schools"[2] for the first time this term.

There were two separate units of Finding Out programmes this term. The first three episodes were about movement and were produced by Scottish Television, and the last three episodes were about forms of transport and were produced by Thames Television. All of the episodes from both companies were presented by Michael Harbour.

ITV were producing far more of their schools programmes in colour than the BBC at this time. Advent of Steam, Barenboim on Beethoven, Le Butin de Colombert, It's Fun to Read, Meeting Our Needs, My World, Our Neighbours, most episodes of Picture Box', Rules, Rules, Rules and Seeing and Doing were all shown in colour this term, the remainder of the series were in black and white. Very few schools had been able to afford colour television receivers by this point and some regional companies such as Channel Television were not even able to broadcast in colour yet, so it was important for ITV to point out that "although producers will be making programmes in colour, they will remember that most schools will be watching in black and white"[3].

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

  • Daily Mail television listings, 1971 (Thames)
  • Grampian (1970) Independent Television for Schools 1970/71 Annual Programme. Aberdeen: Grampian Television
  • The Guardian television & radio listings, 1971 (Granada, BBC nations & radio nations)
  • Mulliner, Brian & Lewis, Peter (1971) 'Educational Broadcasting' in Visual Education April 1971, pp.19-21
  • Radio Times television & radio listings, 1971
  • TV Times (Anglia edition) television listings, 1971
  • TV Times (Midland edition) television listings, 1971
  • TV Times (Yorkshire edition) television listings, 1971
  • with thanks to Robin Carmody
  1. The Science Museum lecture and its link to Advent of Steam mentioned in Mulliner & Lewis (1971) p.19 col. B
  2. Barenboim on Beethoven was "a selection of six programmes from the adult series (...) specially presented for schools" according to Grampian (1970) p.31. The series originally was titled Genius: Barenboim on Beethoven and consisted hour-long episodes shown on ITV on Friday evenings from 20th February 1970, at different times in different regions between 10:30pm and 11:05pm. It was produced by Granada Television.
  3. "They will remember that most schools will be watching in black and white" quote from Grampian (1970) p.2. The dilemmas facing broadcasters and educationalists in producing schools TV programmes in colour were covered in a 1970 conference on 'Educational Broadcasting in the Seventies', reported in Visual Education October 1970 especially pp.104-107. The debate involved Barbara Crispin from the School Broadcasting Council, and represenatives of schools and LEAs in the audience, with a contribution from a member of the Independent Television Authority's Engineering Department. The gist of the argument was that the BBC felt it was more important to get more TVs (inevitably black-and-white ones due to cost) into schools that did not have them, or did not have enough of them, rather than upgrading existing receivers (or BBC studios!) to colour. The ITA already had the intrastructure in place and so were going ahead with colour production - they didn't want their schools programmes to appear dull in comparison to the colour programmes children would see at home.