JOURNEY INTO TIME AND SPACE VIA THE 35 TRAMCAR
Just for the record, Lawrence Cohen’s memories ( JC essay, August 22) are a tad off when it comes to Journey into Space, [which incidentally you can catch now and then on Radio 4 Extra.]
Written by the prolific and brilliant Charles Chilton, it wasn’t a “children’s programme”.
It didn’t feature on Children’s Hour, but just before the 7 o’clock news on the Light Programme. Nor was it Dan Dare, hero of Eagle comic, who captained the ship.
It was Jet Morgan, played mostly by Andrew Faulds. He became an obnoxious Labour MP who told Greville Janner to “go back to Tel Aviv.”
Lemmy, the flight engineer, was played by both Alfie Bass and David Kossoff and was clearly from his “oy vey” accent, an East End Jew.
Others in the cast included Miriam Karlin who occasionally played Lemmy’s mother, but principally David Jacobs, who not only did the intros and outros, but played a whole variety of minor parts too.
Sadly, Journey was taken off the air to make way for some obscure farming nonsense called The Archers. Barry Hyman Priory View Bushey Heath Herts
Thank you for that lovely picture of a No. 35 tram (and of a 609 trolleybus).
But have you forgotten that the 35 tram did not go along Seven Sisters Road? Your snapshot actually shows the tram in Holloway Road at the Nags Head junction, travelling north to Archway Station.
And forgotten so soon? The last 35 ran as recently as Saturday, April 5 1952; for some of us that seems like yesterday. Professor Vivian Moses, Aylestone Avenue, London NW6