Monday, July 19, 2010
This LP on the BBC label is from 1974 gives a flavour of the much loved children's variety show that graced our TV sets back in the 60's and 70's. Who could forget the much coveted "Crackerjack pencil" or Double Or Drop? The regular troupe of players included Leslie Crowther, Ronnie Corbett and Peter Glaze ( included here ) along with Don Maclean, Jacqueline Clarke and Christine Ozanne. So prepare for some corny jokes and silly songs including Jake The Peg, Talk To The Animals and the old Ray Stevens classic Gitarzan.
Wikipedia says -
"The shows were filmed in front of an audience of mainly children at the BBC Television Theatre (now the Shepherds Bush Empire) and were quite frantic. The format of the programme included competitive games for teams of children, a music spot, a comedy double act, and a finale in which the cast performed a short comic play, adapting popular songs of the day and incorporating them into the action. One of the highlights of the show was called Don and Pete, being Don Maclean and Peter Glaze in a silent comedy style section lasting maybe five minutes. Shows had them fishing, as sweepers, barbers, at a riding school, on a building site, on a farm, at a circus, window cleaners, bellboys, removals, etc.
One of the most memorable games was a quiz called "Double or Drop", where each contestant was given a prize to hold for each question answered correctly, but given a cabbage if they answered incorrectly. They were out of the game if they dropped any of the items they were holding or received a third cabbage."
Variuos Artists - Crackerjack Side One