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: Playground

Review of the Year
Introduced bv David Rider with Keith Chegwin and Maggie Philbin Some favourite items from 1981.


Unknown: Keith Chegwin
Unknown: Maggie Philbin

: Boxing Day Breakfast with Blackburn

Tony Blackburn and David Jensen welcome a party of Leeds children to the Astoria Ballroom for a special edition of Junior Choice.
(In association with the Variety Club of Great Britain)


Presenter: Tony Blackburn
Presenter: David Jensen
Producer: Johnny Beerling
Producer: Don George

: Paul Burnett



Producer: Ron Belchier

: My Top 12

Andy Peebles invites Lenny Henry to choose 12 all-time favourite music tracks for an imaginary album.


Unknown: Andy Peebles
Unknown: Lenny Henry
Producer: Johnny Beerling

: Adrian Juste

: Paul Gambaccini

with America's Top 30 singles of 1981

: It Was in Tune When I Bought It

The electric guitar is the most popular instrument in the world.
Pete Townshend and Hank Marvin talk about the people who made it and the people who played it. Producers PADDY KINGSLAND and HENRY PARKER


Unknown: Pete Townshend
Unknown: Hank Marvin
Unknown: Henry Parker

: Rock On Special

Tommy Vance looks back on the' national and international rock scene of 1981.


Unknown: Tommy Vance

: Eric Clapton

A collection of performances from four
American tours featuring some of his best-loved live items. Edited for

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

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