So there's not a lot left. But then there is the info.:
"There was also a radio version, on the Light Programme, 45 episodes of 30 minutes broadcast from May 1961 till July 1963, with Vera Lynn starring as herself in the second episode. Many of these radio episodes were recovered by a BBC archivist from a listener's collection of tapes in 2012."
Hmm - what archivist? What eps. have survived? And where are the recordings now? And will they get released?
BBC Radio Light Program Series 1 1961 21 x 30 minute episodes (2 missing) Series 2 1962 12 x 30 minute episodes (1 missing) Series 3 1963 13 x 30 minute episodes (1 missing)
The t.v. series (in black and white) ran on the BBC from 1956–60 and (in color) from 1971–72. Edwards took the part of Professor James Edwards, M.A., the drunken, gambling, devious, cane-swishing headmaster who tyrannized staff and children at Chiselbury public school (described in the opening titles as "for the sons of Gentlefolk". The Edwards character bore more than a passing resemblance to Sergeant Bilko as he tried to swindle the children out of their pocket money to finance his many schemes.
The first six t.v. episodes were subtitled "Six of the Best". In 1959 a film was made based on the show, called Bottoms Up!. The series was revived in colour with updated scripts in 1971–72, slightly re-titled Whacko! In all, it ran for a total of 60 episodes, with 47 of black-and-white and 13 color, of 30 minutes each. There were three special shorts. There was also a radio version, on the Light Program, 45 episodes of 30 minutes broadcast from May 1961 – July 1963, with Vera Lynn starring as herself in the second episode.
Many of the radio episodes were recovered by a BBC archivist from a listener's collection of tapes in 2012.
Radio Cast list
Professor James Edwards- Jimmy Edwards Mr. Oliver Pettigrew- Arthur Howard (first show only) Mr. Aubrey Potter- Roddy Maude-Roxby Mr. Alfred Tennyson- Frederick Treves Mr. Arnold Halliforth (series 2&3)- Edwin Apps Matron- June Whitfield A.J.Lumley (series 2&3)- Roger Shepherd Phipps (series 2)- John Coxall Fenner (series 3)- John Coxall
Radio Episode List:
Whack-O s1 1961/s01e01 - The School Strike.mp3 6.63 MB Whack-O s1 1961/s01e02 - Missing Whack-O s1 1961/s01e03 - The Grange School for Boys.mp3 27.62 MB Whack-O s1 1961/s01e04 - The French Mistress.mp3 24.93 MB Whack-O s1 1961/s01e05 - The Marchioness.mp3 24.89 MB Whack-O s1 1961/s01e06 - The Student Prince.mp3 6.53 MB Whack-O s1 1961/s01e07 - Potter Takes Over.mp3 25.01 MB Whack-O s1 1961/s01e08 - The £25 Outing.mp3 25.38 MB Whack-O s1 1961/s01e09 - The Boxing Championship.mp3 24.92 MB Whack-O s1 1961/s01e10 - The Inspector's Visit.mp3 24.97 MB Whack-O s1 1961/s01e11 - The Popularity Ballot.mp3 24.79 MB Whack-O s1 1961/s01e12 - Exposure!.mp3 24.58 MB Whack-O s1 1961/s01e13 - Task Master.mp3 24.97 MB Whack-O s1 1961/s01e14 - The Dismissal.mp3 7.05 MB Whack-O s1 1961/s01e15 - The Book Prizes.mp3 24.89 MB Whack-O s1 1961/s01e16 - The New Post.mp3 7.19 MB Whack-O s1 1961/s01e17 - The Cricket Pavillion Fire.mp3 25.01 MB Whack-O s1 1961/s01e18 - The Burglary.mp3 25.09 MB Whack-O s1 1961/s01e19 - This is Your Life.mp3 25.07 MB Whack-O s1 1961/s01e20 - The End Of Term Report.mp3 6.67 MB Whack-O s1 1961/s01e21 - Missing
Whack-O s2 1962/s02e01 - The Russian Visitor.mp3 6.75 MB Whack-O s2 1962/s02e02 - Jim's Attempt To Win Respec.mp3 6.49 MB Whack-O s2 1962/s02e03 - The Recording.mp3 6.10 MB Whack-O s2 1962/s02e04 - Missing Whack-O s2 1962/s02e05 - Mr Phipps Bet.mp3 6.86 MB Whack-O s2 1962/s02e06 - The Factory.mp3 6.94 MB Whack-O s2 1962/s02e07 - The Pools Win.mp3 6.85 MB Whack-O s2 1962/s02e08 - The Chislebury Experiment.mp3 6.78 MB Whack-O s2 1962/s02e09 - Mildreds Little Bit.mp3 6.49 MB Whack-O s2 1962/s02e10 - The New Master.mp3 6.94 MB Whack-O s2 1962/s02e11 - The Old Lag.mp3 6.89 MB Whack-O s2 1962/s02e12 - The Cross Country Cup.mp3 6.70 MB
Whack-O s3 1963/s03e01 - Missing Whack-O s3 1963/s03e02 - The Quiz Game.mp3 7.21 MB Whack-O s3 1963/s03e03 - The Girl.mp3 7.20 MB Whack-O s3 1963/s03e04 - The Whacking Machine.mp3 7.20 MB Whack-O s3 1963/s03e05 - The New Matron.mp3 7.20 MB Whack-O s3 1963/s03e06 - Jim's Better Self.mp3 6.86 MB Whack-O s3 1963/s03e07 - Top Of The Form.mp3 6.72 MB Whack-O s3 1963/s03e08 - The New Uniform.mp3 5.59 MB Whack-O s3 1963/s03e09 - The Empty Cash Box.mp3 7.13 MB Whack-O s3 1963/s03e10 - The Fete.mp3 7.11 MB Whack-O s3 1963/s03e11 - The Upjohn Statue.mp3 6.88 MB Whack-O s3 1963/s03e12 - The TV Set.mp3 7.00 MB Whack-O s3 1963/s03e13 - Jim Ahoy.mp3 6.45 MB