Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Waggoners' Walk

So there I am listening to David Hamilton’s afternoon show on VHF and at some point I stop tuning to 247 and stay with Radio 2 for Waggoners’ Walk.

Waggoners’ Walk was the daily soap set in Hampstead, North London. A little racier than The Archers was at the time, it ran from 1969 to 1980.

This audio posting includes the last ever edition from May 1980 with the somewhat low-key cliffhanger as to whether Sophie Richmond would accept George Underdown’s marriage proposal. There’s also part of that evening’s Radio 4 Six O'Clock News covering the end of the series which was part of the BBC’s budget cuts at the time, the newsreader is Brian Perkins. Plus I’ve tagged on part of the final omnibus edition, broadcast on AM only complete with its different theme tune arrangement.



1 comment:

Andrew said...

You know, Andy, I was thinking about "Waggs" the other day, and one of the oddest things I recall about the show was the high number of characters who didn't actually LIVE in Waggoners' Walk! Matt and Lynn Prior, Liz and Peter Tyson, Cressida Firth and Maurice Gill... and I'm sure there were others. Lynn, Matt, Peter and Liz were central long-running characters, too! Even odder, most of the residents of the Walk never actually appeared in the stories at all - or were even mentioned. Instead, we were invited to worry about Peter and Liz over at Minden Road or Lynn and Matt over at the Old Bakery on Haverstock Hill, or Cressida and Maurice at Cressida's large flat in Hampstead Village.

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