This splendid programme ran on the BBC Light Programme from 1946 until 1967 and was aimed at the lady of the house, left behind after husband and children had gone off to work and school respectively. Record requests were invited and all the popular tunes of the day were played.
There was a different presenter each week but when George Elrick unwittingly left the mike switched on and hummed the signature tune, “In Party Mood”, he feared the sack. Listeners loved it, however, and he became its most famous compere.
In 1982 Russell Davies, Maureen Lipman and Julie Covington looked back on the programme with their own series called When Housewives Had the Choice. Amusing and informative, it ended with a brilliant set of spoof lyrics to the original theme. If you can remember the catchy tune and would like to sing along to it then simply drop me a s. a. e. marked “Housewives’ Choice”.
This is how it ends... Pick the boys up after school and drop them at the swimming pool And feed them up to turn them into
he- men. Do everything but actually be men. That’s the life you lead if you’re a
Help the baby count his toes, Untangle all your panty hose, Send your Auntie Maud a rose And wash your hands and blow
your nose. Chop some wood and make
a fire, Mend a fuse and patch a tyre, Join the local ladies’ choir, Find yourself the time to buy
a hat.... And that’s that.
Bandleader and singer, George Elrick, was a popular compere.