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What goes round……..

Keith Palmer (FR) recently gave John Warner a very old file marked A HE Tel Rec (takes you back – was that Tony Cheal?). Inside was a ‘fragile’ copy of the December 1936 Television Magazine. John scanned this, and, by the miracles of email and Adobe Acrobat Pro, we’ve produced a copy which you can find in Downloads.
However, the introductory page, reproduced here, passes a comment about the state of TV in 1936 that could be appropriate today!


Tom Corcoran RIP

Please could you let everyone know that very sadly the wonderful Tom Corcoran who directed Late Night Line-Up, The Old Grey Whistle Test, The Live Aid concert in 1985, Wogan and Eight Days A Week amongst many other BBC studio and OB programmes, died last Thursday 23rd October after a short illness.

His sister Cathy is arranging for the funeral to be held at Mortlake Crematorium so that as many Beeb people as possible can attend, on 12th November.

More details see here:-Funeral of Tom Corcoran

Christmas is Coming!

Apologies for the absence of updates, but Mrs C J and I have just finished writing a book about the Great War which went to the printers yesterday afternoon. A 2½ year project it has taken up a lot of my time – I’m publishing it – but now I can return to the Oldboys website once more.

Nick Martin has just sent me the details of the Surbiton Christmas Lunch; Thursday December 4th is the date for your diaries, and you will find full details, and, in due course, a Menu at

Additionally, Richard Cox’s photographs of the last Oldboys Lunch at “The Black Horse” will be on the web in a couple of days.

Familiar faces

Ian Norman sent me a video of a live transmission from VT on Saturday, March 14th 1981. He was the cameraman for Swap Shop (Ikegami HL79) – you can find the full version in The 1980s under Swap Shop and in Programmes under VT on TV.

Two instantly recognisable faces in the still above, Murray Needham & Mick Goodenough, but take a look at the still below.

The first still is of the hexaplexer desk, with Al Goddard driving VT10, but who is the editor on VT9 (updating Grandstand titles) and who is the Sports PA?

Christmas already?

Nick Martin has just updated the 40s & 50s Reunion website with details of the Tel Rec & Friends Christmas Lunch at Surbiton on Thursday, December 5th.

Also, don’t forget the next Oldboys Lunch at our new venue at Chorleywood on Thursday, September 19th. Emails have gone out to those on the list, but everyone is welcome. Full details in Future Events, and Howard would like to know if you are coming so he can give the pub an idea of numbers.
See you there!

Next Lunch – June 20th

Apologies for not updating the website for a while, but other events have got in the way over the past weeks. This is just a little note to remind everyone that the next Oldboys & Girls Lunch will be at “The Cricketers”, Guildford, on Thursday 20th June at 12:00 for 12:30.

It must be nearly 20 years ago that we first visited Guildford (Ed & Ieuan will hopefully confirm that!) – an awful lot of water …. and beer….and wine has flowed under the bridge since then. If you haven’t been before, do come along and meet up with old friends. (But, please let me know if you are coming by Monday 17th!)