My Week In Vintage: 05-06-20

Hello and welcome to another edition of the ‘My Week In Vintage’ blog. I would like to send my best wishes to every person, place or thing affected by the current coronavirus pandemic.

1. A Brit Talks Vintage TV Podcast: A Bit of Sport and a lot of Teen Sitcoms.

In my first podcast in a while, I discuss what has been on my viewing list during the UK lockdown, caused by the coronavirus. When planning my new series of A Brit Talks Vintage TV, I wanted to channel the work of Alistair Cooke’s Letter From America. Whether I was successful is up to the listener! I also wanted to focus on a variety of subjects within the podcast by making it mildly conversational, an attempt to increase the longevity and prevent things from becoming stale too quickly. You can hear the new episode here.

2. Forces TV’s new arrivals.

Although I have often questioned why many non-military themed programs have made their way to Forces TV, there is no doubting their popularity with viewers. With a stable of comedy favourites including Bless This House, Get Some In, Executive Stress and Shelley alongside recent additions of Please Sir and Second Thoughts; The channel has become a staple for classic TV viewing. I was particularly pleased to see 1970s sci-fi Sapphire and Steel join the lineup; A show on my to-watch list for some time. Yes, these shows may mostly lack a military connection, but it’s nice to see them!

3. Destination Health (Bear Family Records)

The current release from Bear Family Records has come together at a very apt moment perhaps: Destination Health is incredibly topical in intent. Another of the German label’s themed compilations that contain a mixture of well-remembered tracks and rare gems. Hearing sounds from Johnny Burnette & The Rock ‘n’ Roll Trio, Carl Perkins, Bo Diddley, Sonny Burgess, The McGuire Sisters, Louis Jordan, Les Baxter & His Orchestra among others will be a joy for collectors of rare records. Destination Health Is Available From Bear Family Records.

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Jamie Dyer

Jamie Dyer is an experienced writer, broadcaster, musician and social media marketer. He enjoys Old Time Radio, vintage TV, collecting vinyl and supporting the New York Knicks.

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