On the way home from the pub the other night I spotted in a bush a large case full of audio cassettes. I'm still trawling through them, but one contains off-air recordings of two 1986 episodes of The News Huddlines.
Does anyone know the archive status of the series? It would be one hell of a way to find a bit of missing radio!
Not sure. As I remember it though the Huddlines' Infax listings were far from complete, and there are certainly plenty of Week Endings not archived from as late as that. This is well worth looking into.
Thanks Robin. I've played the episodes and they are largely complete - one is missing the very beginning, the other the closing theme. Although the jokes tend not to actually be funny, the choices of subject matter are a fascinating time capsule and the performers really throw themselves into the material with gusto, creating something of an old time music hall atmosphere.
Can anyone suggest a route via which to contact the BBC? I gather you very much have to contact the right department or person or will struggle to get a successful reply.
Although I don't have transmission dates, I'll run through them again and send you a description of the content. One of them mentions that the show's election special had just won an award in Spain, if that helps (and if I haven't just missed the point of a running gag or something!).
I have a copy of The News Huddlines on C90 tape from June 1987, the week before the election (they end by saying that the next show will be "live" on election night). I guess that makes it 4th June 1987. Having read about the number of missing episodes from as late as 1986 I thought this might be relevant. Does anyone know how to find out if this one exists?
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