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    This long-running show hosted by Leonard Sachs as the Chairman of the Varieties ran on the BBC from 1953 to 1983. Originating from the historic City Varieties Theatre in Leeds (built in 1865) "The Good Old Days" re-created the atmosphere of the old time Music Hall complete with the audience dressed in period costume. On the show contemporary entertainers, some of them big name, performed songs and sketches in the style of the original music hall artistes.

    This clip from 1976 features Eartha Kitt and Edward Woodward. Her performance begins at 9:05 and Edward Woodward's follows:

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    When I was a little girl I used to watch this with my Nan and I SO wanted to be a member of the audience. Leonard Sachs' introductions were brilliant. Bernard Cribbens and Mike Reid were good on that clip. Eartha Kitt seemed totally ill at ease and how lovely to see Edward Woodward singing when he became far better known for his tough guy acting roles.
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    How did the audience get those period costumes? Did you write in for tickets, get selected and if you did you also were given a costume by the BBC costume dept?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sf1378 View Post
    How did the audience get those period costumes? Did you write in for tickets, get selected and if you did you also were given a costume by the BBC costume dept?
    My understanding is at the height of the show's popularity there was a long waiting list for tickets to the show - I don't know whether it was transmitted live or pre-taped. What's really funny is if you look carefully it seems as if the costume also included a fake mustache for the gents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by victorbrunswick View Post
    My understanding is at the height of the show's popularity there was a long waiting list for tickets to the show - I don't know whether it was transmitted live or pre-taped. What's really funny is if you look carefully it seems as if the costume also included a fake mustache for the gents.

    I recall reading that there was a very long waiting list to appear as an audience member.It must have been great fun being at the shows.

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    hi J.
    did you ever apply to be in the audience.

    i never actually knew edward sang.
    and from this clip he sounds good.

    did you know leonard sachs the compère was famous for his alliterative multisyllabic introduction of each act, during which the audience would 'ooh' and 'aah' at each convoluted phrase. He ended each introduction by banging a gavel on his podium.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jacqueline View Post
    When I was a little girl I used to watch this with my Nan and I SO wanted to be a member of the audience. Leonard Sachs' introductions were brilliant. Bernard Cribbens and Mike Reid were good on that clip. Eartha Kitt seemed totally ill at ease and how lovely to see Edward Woodward singing when he became far better known for his tough guy acting roles.
    Last edited by darren; 20-04-2012 at 12:36.

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    some info i found.

    The show was first shown on 20th July 1953.
    The Good Old Days was inspired by the success of the Ridgeway's Late Joys at the Players Theatre Club in London, a private members club that ran fortnightly programmes of variety acts in London's West End.
    line ups were.
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    The 50s
    BBC Wednesday 29 December 1954
    Cast Rex Jameson, Tod Slaughter, Bertha Wilmot, Harry Bailey with host Leonard Sachs
    BBC Wednesday 19 September 1956
    Cast Barry Anthony, The Hindley-Taylor Olde Tyme Singers, Jack Daly, The Three Bolandos, Jill Summers, Gilbert and Partner, The Ballet Montmartre, Albert Burdon and Company with host Leonard Sachs
    BBC Saturday 26 December 1959
    Cast Morecambe and Wise, Betty Jumel, Cardew Robinson, Norberti, Smoothey and Layton, Manton Brothers, Patricia Bredin with host Leonard Sachs
    The 60s BBC Sunday 17 April 1960
    Cast The Gaunt Brothers, The Falcons, June Merlin and her doves, Jimmy Gay, Harry Bailey and Nancy and Molly Munks with host Leonard Sachs
    BBC1 Sunday 27 November 1966
    Cast Ted Ray, Reg Varney, Barbara Law, George Chisholm, Eithne Milne, Michael Allport and Company, Ivane and Andre Astor and Les Aguanitos with host Leonard Sachs
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    The 70s
    BBC1 Sunday 16 April 1972 at 7.25 pm
    Cast Eartha Kitt, Arthur Askey, Eira Heath, Neville King, Larry Parker, Barrie Brothers, Terry Lightfoot and His Band, Macardis with host Leonard Sachs
    BBC1 Sunday 13 August 1972 at 7.25 pm
    Cast Rod Hull, Joe Castor, Pat Mooney, Doreen Hermitage, Jan Hunt, Jimmy Webster, Tessie O'Shea, Robert Young, Patsy MacLean with host Leonard Sachs
    BBC1 Sunday 30 March 1973 at 7.25 pm
    Cast Bruce Forsyth, Georgia Brown, Charlie Williams, Julius Nehring, Gerry Atkins, Pigalle Girls with host Leonard Sachs
    BBC1 Friday 8 February 1974 at 8.15 pm
    Cast Roy Castle, Jean Bayliss, Gil Dova, Peter Wallis, Les Aguanitos with host Leonard Sachs
    BBC1 Thursday 25 March 1976 at 9.25 pm
    Cast Larry Grayson, Frank Carson, Margaret Savage, Sheila Mathews, Ted Durante, Peter Gale, Edward Woodward with host Leonard Sachs
    BBC1 Sunday 31 December 1978 at 11.05 pm
    Cast Roy Castle, Dolores Gray, Eira Heath, Michel Arene, Lido Can-Can Girls, Perkano and Christina with host Leonard Sachs
    BBC1 Friday 20 April 1979 at 8.10 pm
    Cast Eleanor McCready, Les Dawson, Sweet Substitute, Peter Hudson, Joan Merrigan, Paul Rhodes, Julia Sutton, Ralph Heid, Eve n Alan with host Leonard Sachs
    The 80s
    BBC1 Wednesday 2 January 1980 at 9.25 pm
    Cast John Inman, Gemma Craven, David Kernan, Bernard Spear, Gino Donati, Michel Arene, Lido Can-Can Girls with host Leonard Sachs
    BBC1 Monday 10 May 1982 at 9.05 pm
    Cast Bernard Cribbins, Lorna Dallas, Barry Cryer, Anna Dawson, Josephine Gordon, Bill Drysdale, Christine Cartwright, Inga-Lise with host Leonard Sachs
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    BBC1 Sunday 2 October 1983 at 8.55 pm
    Cast John Inman, Mary O'Hara, Neville King, Jacquie Toye, Ted Durante, Vince Hill with host Leonard Sachs
    BBC1 Friday 30 December 1983 at 3.50 pm
    Goodbye to the Good Old Days
    Documentary celebrating the longest running TV variety show in the UK, which ended its 30-year run this year. With Roy Hudd, Frankie Vaughan, Les Dawson, Larry Grayson and narrated by Barry Cryer

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    Quote Originally Posted by darren View Post
    hi J.i never actually knew edward sang.
    and from this clip he sounds good.
    Actually Edward Woodward recorded several albums and I didn't know that Leonard Sachs was the brother of Andrew Sachs of Fawlty Towers fame.


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    funny enough i wondered was leonard related to andrew sachs.

    sadly i never watched rthis show looking back.
    well id have been to young when it finished.

    but it sure had some great acts on it over the yrs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darren View Post
    BBC Saturday 26 December 1959
    Cast Morecambe and Wise, Betty Jumel, Cardew Robinson, Norberti, Smoothey and Layton, Manton Brothers, Patricia Bredin with host Leonard Sachs
    I would love to see Morecambe & Wise in that particular episode but I'm not sure it even exists anymore because unfortunately, the BBC didn't really start to archive their shows until the late '60s. Among the lost shows are "Running Wild", M&W's first TV show from 1954. I first learned about "The Good Old Days" from a sketch on "The Morecambe & Wise Show" where they made reference to it. In it Ernie is trying to replace Eric with a younger partner and suggests that perhaps Eric should try to get on at "The Good Old Days."

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