April 6: Television

50 years ago today, the Eurovision Song Contest in colour for the first time

The 13th Eurovision Song Contest was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Spain won the contest with the song “La, la, la”, performed by Massiel. The year marked the first time the event was broadcast in colour, with several European countries transmitting the event in colour. Because BBC1 did not yet broadcast in colour, BBC2 aired an encore edition of the show in colour the following day.

The United Kingdom were second with Cliff Richard singing “Congratulations”.

Associated-Rediffusion changed its name to Rediffusion, London this day in 1964




Parsley the Lion got his own show in 1970

The Adventures of Parsley was a 32-episode children’s television series animated in stop motion and was a spin-off of The Herbs. Unlike in The Herbs the animal characters talked, a typical episode featuring a dialogue between the overenthusiastic Dill and the more laid back, deadpan Parsley. Other characters from The Herbs made occasional appearances.

Like The Herbs, The Adventures of Parsley were created and written by Michael Bond, directed by Ivor Wood. The five-minute episodes concluded the day’s broadcast of children’s programmes, and preceded the BBC’s early evening news broadcast.

ABBA wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden in 1974

The Eurovision Song Contest 1974 was the 19th edition of the annual contest, this time held in the seaside resort of Brighton on the south coast of the United Kingdom. The winner of the Contest was Sweden with the song “Waterloo” which was performed by ABBA, who went on to become one of the most popular recording acts of all time. Sweden’s win was their first. Katie Boyle returned to host her fourth Eurovision Song Contest (after hosting the contest in 1960, 1963 and 1968).

The UK came fourth with Olivia Newton-John singing “Long Live Love”.

Dennis Potter’s Brimstone and Treacle is pulled from transmission amidst controversy in 1976

Dennis Potter’s Play for Today “Brimstone and Treacle” is pulled from transmission on BBC1 due to controversy over its content, including the rape of a woman by the devil. It is eventually screened on BBC2 in 1987, after having been made into a film starring Sting in 1982.

Noah and Nelly in…SkylArk first aired today in 1976

Noah and Nelly in… SkylArk (1976–1977) is a children’s cartoon series produced by Bob Godfrey’s Movie Emporium. Created by Grange Calveley, writer of the earlier and better known Roobarb cartoon, the five-minute films depict a world loosely based around Noah’s Ark. As with the earlier Roobarb, the main narration is provided by British actor Richard Briers. However, co-narrator Peter Hawkins manages to find a different and appropriate voice for each of the many animals.


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