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The Jacksons was one of the first series specifically designed to interest and inspire struggling school children by harnessing the entertainment value of broadcasting.

It was a family serial all about Mr and Mrs Jackson, their children, and their neighbours the Webbs, as they encountered day to day problems and social issues such as getting a job (Ken Thinks of a Job, autumn 1960), a dance at the youth club (Fancy Dress Night at the Youth Club, summer 1962) and the marriage & subsequent moving house of Betty Jackson (Betty Gets Married, summer 1961), all designed to help children feel more confident about dealing with such issues in their own lives.

The Jacksons also tried making and doing things that children could try for themselves (Ken Starts a Garden, spring 1957; Judy Joins The Library, summer 1962).

The series was produced as an on-going drama serial, and the characters grew older and make lasting changes in their lives, even though the children listening in at school would have grown out of the series after a year or two, and new listeners would not know what had happened before. Harry Jackson wacs a schoolboy who had his 15th birthday in the second ever episode (Happy Birthday, autumn 1956), and by the end of the series he was a 21-year-old factory worker (Harry's Twenty-First, autumn 1962). There were recurring characters such as the travelling Uncle Bert, and storylines were continued across the year, just like a modern soap opera. As the series went on and the Jackson children grew up, the series focussed more on the younger children of their neighbours the Webbs.

All the programmes were presented as "BBC recordings" in the Radio Times, and according to records on the free online version of the BBC Programme Catalogue they were recorded several months in advance of broadcast, for instance an episode broadcast in March 1963 was recorded in the previous December.

The series was apparently drawn from an experimental term of radio programmes broadcast in Scotland[1], which may have been Round and About. The concept and format of The Jacksons gave inspiration to a schools television series called Friday Magazine in 1960, which then developed into the successful family serials of Television Club, lasting for another decade.

Location

The series is set in the fictional small country town of Fenton, where the Jacksons live at 23 Willow Street. They have a garden with a greenhouse.

The town is on the River Fen and has its own railway station and hospital amongst other amenities. There is a Youth Club in the town where the children gather, and the local newspaper is the Fenton Gazette. One of the neighbouring towns is called Canfield.

A map of the town was printed at the end of the teacher's notes each term, and is reproduced below.

A map of the town of Fenton. Number 23 Willow Street, where the Jacksons live, is in the top right.

Characters

Here is a list of the characters who appeared in The Jacksons, either regularly or from time to time. In order to offer a standardised list, the ages given for the characters are their ages in the summer term of 1962, as this is when I have the most comprehensive information available.

The Jackson family

Ken Jackson riding a pony, 1960
  • Mr William Jackson ("Bill"), aged 45
    Mr Jackson works at Netley's Garage.
  • Mrs Margaret Jackson ("Meg"), aged 44
    Mrs Jackson worked in an office before her marriage.
  • Betty Jackson, aged 22
    The Jacksons' only daughter works in a large shop called Truman and Hope's in the neighbouring town of Canfield. She got engaged to Johnnie Bates in September 1960 and married him in June 1961 at the local St John's Church[2], to become Betty Bates. She moved out of the family house to live in a flat with Johnnie.
  • Harry Jackson, aged 20
    After leaving school Harry works at Willett's typewriter factory in Fenton as a mechanical engineer.
  • Ken Jackson, aged 16
    Ken attended secondary modern school until 1961, and in the autumn of that year enrolled as a Police Cadet.
  • Chip
    Ken's dog.

The Webb family

The Webbs are the next-door neighbours of the Jacksons and have younger children. They live at 21 Willow Street.

  • Mr Webb ("Jack")
    Mr Webb is a town councillor.
  • Mrs Webb ("Rosie")
  • Mary Webb, aged 17
  • Judy Webb, aged 16
  • Tom Webb, aged 12
    Tom has pen friends including Jean Dubois from France. He went in to hospital to have his tonsils out in 1962.
  • Richard Webb ("Ricky"), aged 6

Other characters

These are other characters who appear with the Jacksons from time to time.

  • Mr Joseph Chapman ("grandfather")
    Mrs Jackson's father.
  • Mrs Mary Jackson ("grandmother")
    Mr Jackson's mother.
  • Uncle Bert
    A relative of the Jacksons who travels widely and returns to tell the Jacksons of his adventures. During the series he visited Australia, Canada and America, amongst other places.
  • Johnnie Bates
    Got married to Betty Jackson in 1961.
  • Charlie Best
    Harry's friend.
  • Molly
    Another of Harry's friends.
  • John Grant
    Ken's friend.
  • Tom Seward
    Another of Ken's friends, an explorer.
  • Dave Brewster
    Drives the lorry at Netley's Garage where Mr Jackson works.
  • Mr Netley
    Owner of the garage where Mr Jackson works.
  • Mr Caswell
    His allotment backs on to the Jacksons' garden. He keeps bees.
  • Mr and Mrs Nicholls
    Next-door neighbours of the Jacksons, on the other side from the Webbs. They live at 25 Willow Street.
  • P.C. Dent
    A local constable.
  • Mr Pollitt
    Keeps a shop in Fenton.

Contributors

The actors who appeared in the programmes were never credited in the Radio Times or the teacher's notes to the series, so I have very little information about who played whom. The listings in the free online version of the BBC Programme Catalogue for the few surviving episodes identify Stanley MacKenzie as the narrator.

Other actors listed as participating in the episodes are Michael Spice, Katherine Parr, Hamilton Dyce, Jean England, Peggy Butt, Terry Raven, Nigel Anthony, John Bull, Alaric Cotter, Susan Richards and Ann Totten, however the cast lists of the two listed episodes are completely different and only Terry Raven appears in both episodes.

If anybody has any more concrete information about actors in the programmes, please get in touch.

The series editor / producer in the 1960s was Rita Udall. She first wrote for the series in 1959-60, this may be when she took on the producer role too.[3]

Writers

A large number of episodes, including the first six episodes of the series, were written by Philippa Pearce who would go on to become the acclaimed author of children's books including Tom's Midnight Garden.

There seems to have been a team of regular writers who provided most of the scripts for the series. The following list shows the regular writers, how many episodes they were responsible for, and when their episodes were first broadcast.

  • Garry Lyle (39 episodes, 1957 - 1963)
  • Philippa Pearce (24 episodes, 1956 - 1960)
  • Charles E. Stidwill (23 episodes, 1957 - 1962)
  • D. J. Saint (22 episodes, 1956 - 1961)
  • Margaret J. Miller (18 episodes, 1959 - 1963)
  • Phillip Mann (16 episodes, 1958 - 1960)
  • Hugh David (13 episodes, 1957 - 1960)
  • Jeffrey Segal (13 episodes, 1960 - 1963)
  • Edward Blishen (12 episodes, 1960 - 1963)
  • Ronald Smurthwaite (7 episodes, 1961 - 1963)
  • Richard Wortley (6 episodes, 1960 - 1962)
  • Rita Udall (5 episodes, 1960 - 1961)

Other writers (and their number of scripts in brackets) were: John Allen (2), L. P. Ball (1), Alan Boucher (1), John Brodie (1), Peter Claughton (1), Alaric Cotter (2), Moira F. Doolan (1), Beryl King (1), Sam Langdon (3), Guy Lethbridge (1), Charles Mason (1), Cameron Miller (1), Rose Segal (4) and Honor Wyatt (1).

An almost complete list of the writers of almost every episode can be found on this site's episode list for the series.

Please note there are three episodes whose writer credits are not known to me.

Episodes

Here is a list of every episode of the schools radio series The Jacksons, mainly based on the Radio Times listings with a few additions from the sources listed on the main page about the series.

There are some cases where two episodes have the same title, especially towards the end of the series. I am pretty sure they are really separate episodes and it is just coincidence that the same title was used, because the writers are different. The only exception is At The Pantomime, a title used in January 1961 and January 1963, both times written by Jeffrey Segal - so it's possible this was the same episode both times.

There are three episodes in the list with no information about who wrote them. If you can fill in the missing information, please get in touch by email or on the forum.

Num Title Writer Broadcast
1. Settling In Philippa Pearce 17 Sep 1956
2. Happy Birthday Philippa Pearce 24 Sep 1956
3. The Surprise Present Philippa Pearce 1 Oct 1956
4. Building a Shed Philippa Pearce 8 Oct 1956
5. Home From The Sea Philippa Pearce 15 Oct 1956
6. Fog Philippa Pearce 22 Oct 1956
7. The Lost Dog D. J. Saint 29 Oct 1956
8. Decorating the Bedroom D. J. Saint 5 Nov 1956
9. A Night at the Theatre D. J. Saint 12 Nov 1956
10. Anogra Rabbits D. J. Saint 19 Nov 1956
11. Preparing for Christmas Philippa Pearce 26 Nov 1956
12. The Carol Concert Sam Langdon 3 Dec 1956
13. Mr Jackson Buys a Car Hugh David 14 Jan 1957
14. Harry Meets the Youth Employment Officer Hugh David 21 Jan 1957
15. Mrs Nicholls Breaks Her Leg Philippa Pearce 28 Jan 1957
16. The Postman's Story Philippa Pearce 4 Feb 1957
17. The Boys Build a Boat Hugh David 11 Feb 1957
18. A Fire at the Manor Garry Lyle 18 Feb 1957
19. Uncle Bert Comes Back from Canada John Allen 25 Feb 1957
20. A Story From Canada John Allen 4 Mar 1957
21. Ken Starts a Garden Garry Lyle 11 Mar 1957
22. A Night Listening In Philippa Pearce 18 Mar 1957
23. Harry Gets a Job Charles E. Stidwill 25 Mar 1957
24. Planning a Summer Holiday Garry Lyle 1 Apr 1957
25. Food from the Garden Garry Lyle 6 May 1957
26. The Lost Library Book D. J. Saint 13 May 1957
27. Betty Changes Her Job Philippa Pearce 20 May 1957
28. The Jacksons go for a Picnic Philippa Pearce 27 May 1957
29. Ken Breaks a Window Philippa Pearce 3 Jun 1957
30. A Visit to the Manor House D. J. Saint 17 Jun 1957
31. Ken Learns to Swim Garry Lyle 24 Jun 1957
32. Fenton Flower Show Philippa Pearce 1 Jul 1957
33. 23 Willow Street Philippa Pearce 23 Sep 1957
34. Betty Learns to Drive D. J. Saint 30 Sep 1957
35. Fenton Fair Charles E. Stidwill 7 Oct 1957
36. Mrs Jackson Goes Away Charles E. Stidwill 14 Oct 1957
37. Betty's Dance Dress D. J. Saint 21 Oct 1957
38. The Hallowe'en Ghost Philippa Pearce 28 Oct 1957
39. Uncle Bert Comes Home Again Alan Boucher 4 Nov 1957
40. Mr Jackson Builds a Garage Garry Lyle 11 Nov 1957
41. Chip Goes to the Vet D. J. Saint 18 Nov 1957
42. The Christmas Concert Sam Langdon 25 Nov 1957
43. The Fancy Dress Party Charles E. Stidwill 2 Dec 1957
44. Family Budget Philippa Pearce 13 Jan 1958
45. Burst Pipes Hugh David 20 Jan 1958
46. Key of the Door Philippa Pearce 27 Jan 1958
47. Floods at Fenton Hugh David 3 Feb 1958
48. At the Post Office Charles E. Stidwill 10 Feb 1958
49. The New Greenhouse Garry Lyle 17 Feb 1958
50. Ken's Collection D. J. Saint 24 Feb 1958
51. Breaking and Entering Phillip Mann 3 Mar 1958
52. Rehearsing a Play Phillip Mann 10 Mar 1958
53. Spring Cleaning D. J. Saint 17 Mar 1958
54. A Day in London Charles E. Stidwill 24 Mar 1958
55. Grandfather Comes to Stay Philippa Pearce 21 Apr 1958
56. What's Under the Road? Charles E. Stidwill 28 Apr 1958
57. The Boat Adventure Hugh David 5 May 1958
58. The Awkward Customer Sam Langdon 12 May 1958
59. The Lost Child Charles E. Stidwill 19 May 1958
60. The Fishpond Garry Lyle 2 Jun 1958
61. Harry's New Camera Phillip Mann 9 Jun 1958
62. Ken Minds the Baby D. J. Saint 16 Jun 1958
63. Fenton Roman Villa Garry Lyle 23 Jun 1958
64. Fenton Pageant Philippa Pearce 30 Jun 1958
65. Wedding Anniversary Philippa Pearce 22 Sep 1958
66. Harry Gets a Rise Charles E. Stidwill 29 Sep 1958
67. Accident in the Kitchen Charles E. Stidwill 6 Oct 1958
68. Councillor Webb Hugh David 13 Oct 1958
69. Ken Plays the Recorder D. J. Saint 20 Oct 1958
70. Hidden Treasure Garry Lyle 27 Oct 1958
71. Uncle Bert Home Again Phillip Mann 3 Nov 1958
72. Spaceman Ken Phillip Mann 10 Nov 1958
73. Pigeon in the Chimney Charles E. Stidwill 17 Nov 1958
74. Open Night at the Youth Club Hugh David 24 Nov 1958
75. Christmas Candles Phillip Mann 1 Dec 1958
76. The Jacksons at the Circus D. J. Saint 12 Jan 1959
77. Tree Trouble Phillip Mann 19 Jan 1959
78. Betty Learns to Skate Charles E. Stidwill 26 Jan 1959
79. P.C. Dent Visits Ken Charles E. Stidwill 2 Feb 1959
80. The New Reservoir Hugh David 9 Feb 1959
81. Laying the Lino Phillip Mann 16 Feb 1959
82. Betty Takes the Family for a Drive D. J. Saint 23 Feb 1959
83. Painting the Fence Garry Lyle 2 Mar 1959
84. Betty's Spring Outfit Philippa Pearce 9 Mar 1959
85. Chickens in the Garden Charles Mason 16 Mar 1959
86. Locked Out of 23 Willow Street Garry Lyle 20 Apr 1959
87. Ken's Museum Garry Lyle 27 Apr 1959
88. Choosing a Picture Moira F. Doolan 4 May 1959
89. Trouble at Truman and Hope's Charles E. Stidwill 11 May 1959
90. Fenton from the Air Phillip Mann 25 May 1959
91. The Lost Brooch D. J. Saint 1 Jun 1959
92. Island in the Fen Phillip Mann 8 Jun 1959
93. The Wasp's Nest D. J. Saint 15 Jun 1959
94. Harry and Ken Go To Camp Hugh David 22 Jun 1959
95. Fenton Sale of Work Margaret J. Miller 29 Jun 1959
96. Family Photograph Phillip Mann 21 Sep 1959
97. The Puppet Show 28 Sep 1959
98. Harry Finds a Friend Hugh David 5 Oct 1959
99. Chimney on Fire Charles E. Stidwill 12 Oct 1959
100. Family Misunderstanding Hugh David 19 Oct 1959
101. The Pen Friend Phillip Mann 26 Oct 1959
102. Cat up a Tree Charles E. Stidwill 2 Nov 1959
103. Fireworks at Fenton Garry Lyle 9 Nov 1959
104. Ken Meets an Explorer Garry Lyle 16 Nov 1959
105. The Bad Patient D. J. Saint 23 Nov 1959
106. Presents for Christmas D. J. Saint 30 Nov 1959
107. The Band Concert Margaret J. Miller 7 Dec 1959
108. Betty Gets a Rise Rita Udall 18 Jan 1960
109. Tom Webb's Aquarium Garry Lyle 25 Jan 1960
110. Ken Joins in a Quiz Edward Blishen 1 Feb 1960
111. Secretary of the Youth Club Charles E. Stidwill 8 Feb 1960
112. The Awkward Invitation Phillip Mann 15 Feb 1960
113. Betty's Bargain D. J. Saint 22 Feb 1960
114. Accident at Work Garry Lyle 29 Feb 1960
115. The Lost Budgerigar Charles E. Stidwill 7 Mar 1960
116. Painting the House Peter Claughton 14 Mar 1960
117. Fenton Council Meeting Phillip Mann 21 Mar 1960
118. Youth Hostel Weekend Garry Lyle 28 Mar 1960
119. Developing a Photograph Phillip Mann 2 May 1960
120. Pigeons on the Roof 9 May 1960
121. Ken Makes a Speech L. P. Ball 16 May 1960
122. The Car Accident Richard Wortley 23 May 1960
123. Television Competition Phillip Mann 30 May 1960
124. The Boat Picnic Hugh David 13 Jun 1960
125. Ken and Harry Help with the Harvest Garry Lyle 20 Jun 1960
126. Planning a Trip Abroad Edward Blishen 27 Jun 1960
127. A Dog at Boulogne Edward Blishen 4 Jul 1960
128. Betty's Engagement Philippa Pearce 19 Sep 1960
129. The Jacksons Start Saving Margaret J. Miller 26 Sep 1960
130. Ken Thinks of a Job Rita Udall 3 Oct 1960
131. Ricky Webb in Trouble Jeffrey Segal 10 Oct 1960
132. Emergency Telephone Call Garry Lyle 17 Oct 1960
133. The Rabbits on Show Charles E. Stidwill 24 Oct 1960
134. House-Hunting Philippa Pearce 31 Oct 1960
135. Ken Rides a Pony Garry Lyle 7 Nov 1960
136. Books or Magazines? Edward Blishen 14 Nov 1960
137. Judy Webb and the Stick Insects Edward Blishen 21 Nov 1960
138. The Youth Club Makes a Plan Rita Udall 28 Nov 1960
139. Toys for Christmas Richard Wortley 5 Dec 1960
140. At the Pantomime Jeffrey Segal 16 Jan 1961
141. Frost in the Greenhouse Garry Lyle 23 Jan 1961
142. Exploring Fenton Garry Lyle 30 Jan 1961
143. Sending a Parcel Abroad Margaret J. Miller 6 Feb 1961
144. Ken Sees the Youth Employment Officer Rita Udall 13 Feb 1961
145. A Visit to Grandad Charles E. Stidwill 20 Feb 1961
146. Ken Turns Cook 27 Feb 1961
147. Accident to Chip Richard Wortley 6 Mar 1961
148. The Borrowed Tape Recorder Edward Blishen 13 Mar 1961
149. Rummage Sale Margaret J. Miller 20 Mar 1961
150. Tom Webb Goes to the Dentist Margaret J. Miller 24 Apr 1961
151. Wedding Preparations D. J. Saint 1 May 1961
152. Harry Makes a Sundial John Brodie 8 May 1961
153. Treasure Hunt Garry Lyle 15 May 1961
154. Ken Applies For His Job Ronald Smurthwaite 29 May 1961
155. The Canoe Race Richard Wortley 5 Jun 1961
156. Betty Gets Married D. J. Saint 12 Jun 1961
157. The Fenton Gazette Edward Blishen 19 Jun 1961
158. Swarm in June Garry Lyle 26 Jun 1961
159. Harvest Festival Garry Lyle 18 Sep 1961
160. The Youth Club Has an Idea Margaret J. Miller 25 Sep 1961
161. Tom and Ken and Football
(working title: The Football Match)
Jeffrey Segal 2 Oct 1961
162. Ken - Police Cadet Ronald Smurthwaite 9 Oct 1961
163. Watching Television Jeffrey Segal 16 Oct 1961
164. A Visit to the Motor Show Garry Lyle 23 Oct 1961
165. Guy Fawkes' Night Richard Wortley 30 Oct 1961
166. A Present for Uncle Bert Ronald Smurthwaite 6 Nov 1961
167. Betty Moves In Rita Udall 13 Nov 1961
168. Tom's White Mice Charles E. Stidwill 20 Nov 1961
169. Newcomers to Fenton Margaret J. Miller 27 Nov 1961
170. The Christmas Treat Honor Wyatt 4 Dec 1961
171. A Visit to the Airport Garry Lyle 15 Jan 1962
172. Uncle Bert Comes Home Jeffrey Segal 22 Jan 1962
173. Judy Enters a Competition Margaret J. Miller 29 Jan 1962
174. Tom Helps Out at the Garage Garry Lyle 5 Feb 1962
175. Fancy Dress Night at the Youth Club Rose Segal 12 Feb 1962
176. Judy Joins the Library Edward Blishen 19 Feb 1962
177. Betty's Housewarming Margaret J. Miller 26 Feb 1962
178. Planning the Garden Garry Lyle 5 Mar 1962
179. Making a Bird Table Charles E. Stidwill 12 Mar 1962
180. Pocket Money Jeffrey Segal 19 Mar 1962
181. Easter Eggs Margaret J. Miller 26 Mar 1962
182. A Barbecue Garry Lyle 30 Apr 1962
183. Camping Out Richard Wortley 7 May 1962
184. Fenton Museum Edward Blishen 14 May 1962
185. Ken Learns to Drive Ronald Smurthwaite 21 May 1962
186. A Visit to the Swimming Baths Garry Lyle 28 May 1962
187. Judy Thinks About a Job Margaret J. Miller 4 Jun 1962
188. Tom Starts Collecting Stamps Charles E. Stidwill 18 Jun 1962
189. Jean Dubois Visits Tom Edward Blishen 25 Jun 1962
190. Fenton Carnival Jeffrey Segal 2 Jul 1962
191. Harry's Twenty-First Garry Lyle 17 Sep 1962
192. Ken on a Police Cadet Course Ronald Smurthwaite 24 Sep 1962
193. Tom Takes Charge Margaret J. Miller 1 Oct 1962
194. Litter Problem Garry Lyle 8 Oct 1962
195. Ricky in Hospital Edward Blishen 15 Oct 1962
196. Chimney Fire Rose Segal 22 Oct 1962
197. Fenton Fire Station Jeffrey Segal 29 Oct 1962
198. Hallowe'en Beryl King 5 Nov 1962
199. Judy at the Office Ronald Smurthwaite 12 Nov 1962
200. Ken Becomes an Uncle Margaret J. Miller 19 Nov 1962
201. Fog Jeffrey Segal 26 Nov 1962
202. Preparing for Christmas Cameron Miller 3 Dec 1962
203. Christening Party Margaret J. Miller 14 Jan 1963
204. At the Pantomime Jeffrey Segal 21 Jan 1963
205. Uncle Bert Comes Home Garry Lyle 28 Jan 1963
206. Burst Pipes Jeffrey Segal 4 Feb 1963
207. Betty's Dinner Party Margaret J. Miller 11 Feb 1963
208. A Suspicious Incident Ronald Smurthwaite 18 Feb 1963
209. Ken Buys a Scooter Guy Lethbridge 25 Feb 1963
210. The Youth Club Makes a Plan Garry Lyle 4 Mar 1963
211. Tom Learns About Photography Alaric Cotter 11 Mar 1963
212. Spring Cleaning Rose Segal 18 Mar 1963
213. A Visit to the Zoo Edward Blishen 25 Mar 1963
214. Filming in Fenton Jeffrey Segal 29 Apr 1963
215. Road Safety Rally Alaric Cotter 6 May 1963
216. Club Night Rose Segal 13 May 1963
217. Tom Goes Fishing Garry Lyle 20 May 1963
218. A Visit to London Margaret J. Miller 27 May 1963
219. Tom Takes a River Trip Garry Lyle 10 Jun 1963
220. Minding the Baby Margaret J. Miller 17 Jun 1963
221. Helping in the Garden Garry Lyle 24 Jun 1963
222. Farewell to Fenton Jeffrey Segal 1 Jul 1963

In the Archives

There was a new episode of The Jacksons every week throughout the school year for seven years, from 1956-7 to 1962-3, during which time over 200 episodes were produced.

According to the free online version of the BBC Programme Catalogue, recordings of only 2 episodes - less than 1% of those produced - have been kept by the BBC, the rest may be lost forever. I am not aware whether recordings of other episodes are held by the National Sound Archive or other collections, if anybody has any information about this please get in touch by email or on the forum.

The episodes in the BBC archive are:

Episodes that were never made

Every year the BBC used to send an annual programme guide out to schools, listing all the programmes they planned to broadcast in the coming school year. When these were printed, scripts were being prepared for the episodes of The Jacksons to be broadcast in the autumn term, but there were only provisional plans for the rest of the school year.

Several of the 'potential' episodes of The Jacksons listed in the annual programmes were never made. Here are some of the titles which were planned but abandoned:

  • Harry Goes to a Concert (spring 1961)
  • Sailing a Boat (summer 1961)
  • A Visit to the Docks (summer 1961)
  • Ken Meets a Writer (summer 1961)
  • Buying a Television Set (spring 1962)
  • Train Spotting (summer 1962) - Tom started collecting stamps instead
  • Hamsters (summer 1962)
  • The Cricket Match (summer 1962)
  • The School Trip (summer 1962)

In Scotland

The Jacksons was always broadcast at 2:30pm on Monday afternoons on the Home Service. However it was never heard in Scotland - the series Scottish Heritage was broadcast in the timeslot instead.

Scottish listeners had their own series for "less able" children of about 13: Round and About was broadcast in Scotland only on Mondays at 11:20am. Episodes of Round and About were only 15 minutes long, shorter than The Jacksons programmes, and offered a range of documentary or magazine programmes including some dramatisations of famous texts - for instance The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle, produced in 3 episodes in summer 1961, and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickins in autumn 1957.[4].

Sources & References

Sources used in compliing this page. I have never heard any of the programmes themselves.

  • BBC (1960) Broadcasts to Schools Annual Programme 1960-1
  • BBC (1961) Broadcasts to Schools Annual Programme 1961-2
  • BBC (1962) The Jacksons Notes for the Teacher Summer 1962
  • Fawdry, Kenneth (1974) Everything But Alf Garnett: A Personal View of BBC School Broadcasting, London: BBC. ISBN 0 563 12763 5 Page 94.
  1. Information about the origins of the series from Fawdry (1974).
  2. Radio Times listing said Betty and Johnnie got married at "the local church", I am inferring from the map that this was St John's Church.
  3. Rita Uddall credited as editor in BBC (1962) and as producer on records for both surviving episodes in the free online version of the BBC Programme Catalogue, from 1962-3.
  4. Information about Scottish broadcasts, and about Scottish Heritage and Round and About, from BBC (1960), BBC wallcharts summer 1962 and programme listings in the regional variations of the Midlands & London edition Radio Times.