1973

THE BEST OF KNOCKOUT!

BBC1 Transmission (GB): Monday 1st January 1973, 2.00-2.50pm
Programme Number: not known

Notes:

"Adults and children often ask to see replays of the comical games and sequences they found exciting in It's A Knockout and Jeux Sans Frontières. Some of their requests have already been shown on Ask Aspel, but this programme concentrates into fifty minutes some of the funniest, the craziest and the most spectacular moments of the 1972 series, both at home and abroad." (Radio Times magazine)

Introduced by Stuart Hall
Produced by Barney Colehan

Made in Colour • This programme does not exist in the BBC Archives

 

BLUE PETER - Programme 1023: IT'S A KNOCKOUT AT BLENHEIM PALACE

BBC1 Transmission (GB): Thursday 17th May 1973, 4.50-5.15pm
Programme Number: LCH9269H

Notes:

Legendary children's magazine programme (1958-present) presented by John Noakes, Peter Purves and Lesley Judd which included a pre-recorded behind the scenes item on preparations for It's A Knockout at Blenheim Palace. The item featured the Blue Peter presenters setting up and testing the games for the new series. Games designer Stuart Furber and safety supervisor Geoff Lomas were interviewed as part of the feature, which had a running time of 8 minutes and 44 seconds. The Blenheim Palace event was the first domestic heat of the 1973 series and was transmitted on BBC1 on Friday 18th May 1973. Bizarrely, the preview item exists at the BBC while the IAK edition itself does not...

Producer: John Adcock
Assistant Editor: Rosemary Gill
Editor: Biddy Baxter

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the BBC Archives

 

I'M SORRY, I'LL READ THAT AGAIN (Series 9, Episode 7) (RADIO)

BBC Radio 2 Transmission: Sunday 16th December 1973, 2.02-2.30pm
Same Week Repeat: Monday 17th December 1973, 7.02-7.30pm

Recorded: Sunday 25th November 1973
Programme Number: not known

Notes:

Riotous radio comedy vehicle that brought together John "Otto" Cleese and The Goodies that ran from 1964-1973. (This edition was the penultimate entry in the series.) This programme featured a sketch spoofing It's A Knockout entitled It's A Cock Up!

Cast: Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, Graeme Garden, David Hatch, Jo Kendall, Bill Oddie
Script: Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie
Music: Dave Lee and the Boys
Musical Arrangement: Leon Cohen
Producers: David Hatch and John Cassels

Made in Mono • This programme exists in the BBC Sound Archives

 

THE GOODIES AND THE BEANSTALK

BBC2 Transmission: Monday 24th December 1973, 5.15-6.00pm
Programme Number: not known

Notes:

Festive entry in the comedy series, The Goodies, starring Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Bill Oddie. As the title implies, the plot takes its inspiration from the fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk. On their quest, the Goodies find themselves involved in a rather deadly game of Jeux Sans Frontières in Kathmandu, where pools of acid and other such nasties must be negotiated. The sequence features Eddie Waring and Arthur Ellis sending themselves up wonderfully.

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the BBC Archives

 

BLUE PETER: REVIEW OF THE YEAR 1973

BBC1 Transmission (GB): Monday 31st December 1973, 4.45-5.15pm
Programme Number: LCH1473B

Notes:

Blue Peter's review of the year includes footage from the feature about It's A Knockout at Blenheim Palace (originally transmitted 17th May 1973).

Made in Colour • This programme exists in the BBC Archives