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The Good Old Days (TV Series 1953–1983) Poster

(1953–1983)

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Even after the end of the televised shows in 1983, The Good Old Days remains popular to the present day as a theatre show and is a favourite outing for coach parties of older people.
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Leonard Sachs (the compère) was famous for his alliterative multisyllabic introduction of each act, during which the audience would 'ooh' and 'aah' at each convoluted phrase. He ended each introduction by banging a gavel on his podium.
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From 2016, BBC Four started re-showing a selection of the later surviving un-edited episodes, re-issued under the BBC Music branding, which makes sense due to the volume of music in the Music Hall themed series. It is a selection most likely based upon a combination of: what was recorded/filmed and kept, which tapes are broadcast-able picture and sound quality, and then the programme content Rights Clearances such as the Music Publishing, the performers appearing, and if certain songs/scenes contained material not deemed suitable in the 2010s - such as racist/blackface material. Also, due to certain, since disgraced/imprisoned, performers of the time of broadcast, appearances may have resulted in entire shows being unbroadcastable on ethical and/or taste/sensitivity grounds.
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The BBC Four re-runs, under the BBC Music banner, has none of the original broadcast series or episode numbers for each episode, but instead has a new post 2016 retro-fitted new number for the "new" series overall episode number as they are shown. By February 2018, the re-issed episodes had reached (re-numbered) episode 61. Obviously this negates the unavoidable gaps in the entire original run archive, due to lost/wiped/unsalvageable telerecordings & various video tape formats/"disgraced" performers/"of its time" acts/and Music and Performer Rights Clearance issues.
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In March 2018, as part of the BBC News obituary for the death of (Sir) Ken Dodd, they extensively used excerpts from his catalogue of many appearances on "The Good Old Days" as examples of his style of comedy performance style.
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