The December Meeting saw a welcome return of David Taylor who, ably assisted by his wife Yvonne, gave us an insight into programme making at the BBC. 

He described his career on the studio floor working on programmes as diverse as Panorama, the last Billy Cotton Bandshow and Dad’s Army.

We were told of the origins of such catch phrases as “They don’t like it up em” , “Don’t panic” and “Stupid Boy”

He explained about his work as the Director of Blankety Blank and Bob’s Full House and some of the Paul Daniel’s magic tricks,

The real highlights, however, came from the Generation Game which David produced for several years.   These were shown on video clips and had everyone roaring with laughter.  None of us can possible forget the lady making a duck face or the antics after a show when contestants had to remove wet suits. There were so many funny happenings to appreciate that we were totally exhausted!!

We understand that there may be still more in David’s archives as yet unseen in Burton Bradstock so hopefully there may be another opportunity in 2008.

We were able to recover  from our aching sides with mulled wine and delicious mince pies which were very much appreciated.


2008 gets off to a good start with two Village Society talks.  On Friday Jan 11th, David Barnikel, who gave a much appreciated illustrated talk in 2006, returns with more visual delights under the title of “Images of China today”. 

On the 8th of February, Paul Attenbury, well-known to regular TV viewers, will present “Behind the scenes at the Antique Road Show”.   Paul, who lives locally,  is a leading expert of 19th and 20th century art and architecture,.  Please do not, however, bring things for him to look at on this occasion.( PLEASE NOTE THE JANUARY BVN STATES WRONGLY THE DATE AS 4TH FEBRUARY )




for more information about this and other talks go to the Village Society's programme