LOSE YOUR­SELF IN 1964

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CROSSROADS AIRS

One of Bri­tain’s best-loved – and si­mul­ta­ne­ously most ridiculed – TV se­ries pre­mieres on ITV.

Crossroads is set in a fic­tional mo­tel near Birm­ing­ham and is famed for its ropey sets, du­bi­ous act­ing, cheap pro­duc­tion and mak­ing a star out of Noele Gor­don.

CHURCHILL RE­TIRES

Af­ter a po­lit­i­cal ca­reer that started in 1900, Sir Win­ston Churchill re­tires as an MP at the 1964 Gen­eral Elec­tion, nine years af­ter he’d stood down as prime min­is­ter. He dies just a few months later.

BBC2 BE­GINS

Play School launches BBC2 – be­lat­edly and un­in­ten­tion­ally. The Beeb de­buts BBC2 on 20 April. Ex­cept that it doesn’t. Thanks to Bat­tersea Power Sta­tion catch­ing fire, much of west London loses power, so all that can be shown is an em­bar­rassed an­nouncer. Play School even­tu­ally be­comes the first proper pro­gramme, shown at 11am the fol­low­ing day.

THERE BE PI­RATES

Fol­low­ing pi­rate mu­sic sta­tions Ra­dio Caro­line in March, and At­lanta in May, Ra­dio Sutch starts broad­cast­ing from the Shiver­ing Sands Army Fort net­work of World War II anti-air­craft tow­ers in the Thames Estuary. Its mas­ter­mind is Scream­ing Lord Sutch, us­ing the trans­mit­ter from a Han­d­ley Page Hal­i­fax bomber.

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