June 21, 1969: Last regular appearance of Patrick Troughton in Doctor Who

The War Games 15The final episode of the seventh season of Doctor Who, The War Games, saw the departure of Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor and Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury as companions Jamie McCrimmon and Zoe Heriot. It was the first time in the history of Doctor Who that either a companion or an incarnation of the Doctor made their last regular appearance in the concluding episode of a season. It was also the first time that an incarnation of the Doctor and all his companions were written out of the program in the same story.  In addition, this was the last time the series was broadcast in black and white.

The Doctor watched Zoe as she returns to the Wheel at the exact moment she left. Everything is fine except she says she feels like she has forgotten something important.

He then asks to see Jamie, who wakes up in the middle of nowhere and immediately is shot at by a Redcoat. Jamie attacks him with his sword. The Doctor chuckles and turns to his people. He enquires what fate has in store for him. They have accepted his plea that evil has to be fought and that he has his part to play in that. He asks if he is to go free. The Time Lords says he is to be exiled on the planet Earth in the 20th century — as it is there that he has shown the most affinity. In addition, the secret of the TARDIS is to be taken away from him.

The Doctor is appalled by this. He says that he is known on Earth, and it could cause him some difficulties. The Time Lords say they will change his appearance again. He is furious at this but is placated when he is told that he can choose. He is shown five faces that he successively adjudges to be too old, fat, thin, young or that “it won’t do at all”. He wheels around and begins to shout at the Time Lords but starts to lose function and the ability to talk. He goes into a daze. He is still railing against his punishment as he begins to drift into nothingness… [tardis.wikia.com]


June 21, 1937 on UK TV: Wimbledon first shown on the BBC

TV-UK-06-21-1937The 1937 Wimbledon Championships took place on the outdoor grass courts at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom. The tournament ran from 21 June until 2 July. It was the 57th staging of the Wimbledon Championships, and the third Grand Slam tennis event of 1937. Don Budge and Dorothy Round won the singles title.

This edition marked the first time that the Wimbledon Championships were televised by the BBC. Only matches taking place on Centre Court were transmitted by the BBC for half an hour each day. Two cameras were used, one for a close up view of the match and one for a general view, and the match between Bunny Austin and George Lyttleton Rogers was the first one to be broadcast.

June 21, 1969: Royal Family

TV-UK-06-21-1969Royal Family is a documentary about the family of Queen Elizabeth II, and was aired on 21 June 1969. It was rebroadcast on ITV the following week. The film was commissioned by the Queen to celebrate the investiture of her eldest son, Charles, as Prince of Wales. The script was written by Antony Jay.

The idea was to give the public a chance to see behind the scenes at Buckingham Palace, and show that the royal family were just like everyone else. On its broadcast, it was viewed by around two thirds of the population of the United Kingdom. It has not, however, been shown since, with many believing that the royal family were concerned that they were giving the impression that they were too ordinary. The filming of the documentary, which was the first time that cameras had been allowed to film for television, includes footage of the Queen, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and their children Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.


June: Top of the Pops 1980 & 1981

1980: Volume 80 (SHM 3042)TOTP_Vol_80

Amongst the cover versions presented on this edition:

  • Theme From MASH [MASH]
  • Over You [Roxy Music]
  • No Doubt About It [Hot Chocolate]
  • Fool For Your Loving [Whitesnake]
  • We Are Glass [Gary Numan]
  • Funky Town [Lipps Inc]

Find more information at TOTP Vol 80.

Listen to the album on Spotify.

1981: Volume 86 (SHM 3080)TOTP_Vol_86

Amongst the cover versions presented on this edition:

  • Stand And Deliver [Adam & The Ants]
  • I Want To Be Free [Toyah]
  • Chequered Love [Kim Wilde]
  • Stars On 45 [Starsound]
  • One Day In Your Life [Michael Jackson]
  • You Drive Me Crazy [Shakin’ Stevens]

Find more information at TOTP Vol 86.

Listen to the album on Spotify.

More Top Of the Pops next month!

June 21, 1981 in UK cinemas: Friday the 13th Part 2

“The body count continues…

Friday_the_13th_Part2-1981Friday the 13th Part 2 is an American slasher film directed by Steve Miner, and the second installment in the Friday the 13th film series. It is a direct sequel to Friday the 13th, picking up five years after that film’s conclusion, where a new murderer stalks and begins murdering the camp counselors at a nearby training camp in Crystal Lake. The film marks the first time Jason Voorhees is the killer; his mother was the killer in the previous film. It also features the brief return of Alice Hardy, who is currently one of the only Friday the 13th heroines to return in a sequel.

Originally, Friday the 13th Part 2 was not intended to be a direct sequel but rather part of an anthology series of films based on the Friday the 13th superstition; however, after the popularity of the original film’s surprise ending where Jason Voorhees attacks the heroine, the filmmakers opted to revive Jason and the mythology surrounding Camp Crystal Lake, a trend which would be repeated in the following films.


Like the original film, Friday the 13th Part 2 faced opposition from the Motion Picture Association of America, who noted its “accumulative violence” as problematic, resulting in numerous cuts being made to allow an R rating. Although it did not gross as much as the original and still received negative reviews, the sequel grossed over $21.7 million in the United States on a budget of $1.25 million. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the Paramount Movies You Tube Channel.

June 21, 1991 in UK cinemas: King Of New York


King_Of_New_York-1991King of New York is a 1990 crime thriller film, starring Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes, Victor Argo, and Giancarlo Esposito. It was directed by independent filmmaker Abel Ferrara and written by Nicholas St. John. [Wikipedia]

After completing a lengthy prison sentence, one-time drug kingpin Frank White returns to New York intent on reestablishing his empire and making things as they were before he left. Others of course have taken over the business during his absence but that clearly isn’t going to stop White. While he is gunning down the opposition, he decides he’s going to give away the money he’ll make to modernize the hospital in his old neighbourhood. Drug dealers aren’t the only thing he has to worry about however: a group of rogue cops decide they are going to take him down. [IMDB]


Watch the trailer on the Forever Cinematic Trailers YouTube Channel.

June 21, 1949 in UK cinemas: Kind Hearts And Coronets

“He chopped down the family tree..”

Kind_Hearts_And_Coronets-1949Kind Hearts and Coronets is a British black comedy film. It features Dennis Price, Joan Greenwood, Valerie Hobson and Alec Guinness; Guinness plays nine characters. The plot is loosely based on the novel Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal (1907) by Roy Horniman. It concerns Louis D’Ascoyne Mazzini, the son of a woman disowned by her aristocratic family for marrying out of her social class. After her death Louis decides to take revenge on the family, and to take the dukedom, by murdering the eight people ahead of him in succession to the title.

Michael Balcon, the head of Ealing Studios and the producer of Kind Hearts and Coronets, appointed Robert Hamer as director. Hamer was interested in the film, and thought it an interesting project with possibilities of using the English language in a unique way in the film. Filming took place from September 1948 at Leeds Castle and other locations in Kent, and at Ealing Studios. The themes of class and sexual repression run through the film, particularly love between classes.


Watch the trailer on the Film 365 YouTube Channel.


June 21, 1961 in US cinemas: The Parent Trap

“Caught in a merry marital mix-up!”

The_Parent_Trap-1961The Parent Trap is a Walt Disney Technicolor film. It stars Hayley Mills, Maureen O’Hara and Brian Keith in a story about teenage twins on a quest to reunite their divorced parents. The screenplay by the film’s director David Swift was based upon the 1949 book Lottie and Lisa (German: Das Doppelte Lottchen) by Erich Kästner. The Parent Trap was nominated for two Academy Awards, was broadcast on television, saw three television sequels, was remade in 1998 with Lindsay Lohan. The original film was Mills’ second of six films for Disney. [Wikipedia]

Mills plays twins who, unknown to their divorced parents, meet at a summer camp. Cinema-US-06-21-1961Products of single parent households, they switch places (surprise!) so as to meet the parent they never knew, and then contrive to reunite them. [IMDB]

Watch the trailer on the wwodtv YouTube Channel.

June 21, 1959 in UK cinemas: For The First Time

“His NEW Singing Romance!”

For_The_First_Time-1959For the First Time is tenor star Mario Lanza‘s final film, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1959.

Filmed on location in 1958 in Capri, Salzburg, Berlin and at the Rome Opera House, the film told the sentimental story of an operatic tenor (Tony Costa) who finds love for the first time with a young German woman (played by Johanna von Koczian), who happens to be deaf.

The film was directed by Rudolph Mate, and featured Kurt Kasznar and Zsa Zsa Gabor in supporting roles. Critics singled out Lanza’s singing of “Vesti la Giubba” from Pagliacci and the Death Scene from Otello for special praise, with Howard Thompson of The New York Times calling it the tenor’s “most disarming vehicle in years.” [Wikipedia]


Watch the trailer on the Vince Connor YouTube Channel.