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Talking Proper Telly on Talk Radio

On Friday 21st December, I was thrilled to be a guest on the Late Late Early Early Show with the great Paul Ross on Talk Radio.



Our telephone chat took in classic British telly, the good old days when Quality Street came in proper big tins at Christmas and, of course, my book Proper Telly.

You can listen to our chat below




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Memories of Bagpuss - An Extract from Proper Telly

Incredibly, that wonderful saggy cloth cat Bagpuss is 45 years old today. One of the greatest and most fondly remembered children's television shows of all-time, Bagpuss was first broadcast on February 12 1974.

To mark the occasion, here is an extract from my book Proper Telly in which I recall my own personal memories of this most laid-back of cloth cats.



Let's set the scene first and get those warm nostalgic memories flooding back by watching the classic intro to Bagpuss.




Memories of Bagpuss - from Proper Telly by Stuart Ball There have been a number of polls conducted over the years on the subject of the nation’s favourite kids TV show. In the vast majority of these polls Bagpuss is invariably ranked in the top five and in many cases occupies the very top spot. The series is richly deserving of that lofty position too, especially when you consider it attained such iconic status in the space of a mere thirteen episodes.
Unlike its contemporaries Mr Men and Paddington, the na…

Talking A Question of Carry On - BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester

Here is a very enjoyable interview I had on BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester in August 2017 while promoting my book A Question of Carry On. As well as chatting about my love for the Carry On films, I also got the opportunity to present my top five pieces of Carry On trivia!

A Tribute to Windsor Davies

Like June Whitfield, who passed away in December, Windsor Davies was one of those stars that you thought would be around forever. Although he retired from acting and the public eye back in 2004, Windsor Davies was never forgotten in that time, thanks to the impact his most famous roles had on the viewing public..



Alongside the likes of Tom Jones and Max Boyce, Windsor Davies was one of the most famous Welsh stars of his day. That deep, resonant voice, made all the more distinctive by the strong Welsh accent, became a much-loved trademark. There was no doubting it was Windsor when hearing those glorious tones. It is therefore all the more surprising when you consider that this icon of Welsh entertainment was actually born in Canning Town, London in 1930 - albeit to a Welsh family.

In 1939, young Windsor returned with his family to the South Wales village of Nantymoel, the place of his father's birth. After leaving school, he worked as a miner before doing his National Service in No…

Proper Telly Favourites - Why We Love Ronnie Barker

The love and affection which the nation holds in its heart for a certain Ronald William George Barker is still as strong as ever and shows no signs of diminishing. Indeed, it could be said that Ronnie Barker is the most beloved British television star of all-time.

In a recent poll on Twitter , featuring 32 of the greatest, most loved TV comedy personalities, you voted Ronnie B as your Proper Telly Favourite Sitcom Star of the 70s & 80s. Before the poll started, I promised that the winner would be the subject of a tribute piece here on Proper Telly and this is that loving tribute.


A Tribute to Ronnie Barker from All of Us Originally this article was going to be a combination of career retrospective and personal memories of the national treasure that is Ronnie Barker. By the way, I say national treasure in the present tense because, despite it being over thirteen years since Ronnie's passing, we still love him as much as ever and he continues to entertain us to this very day. In…

Proper Telly Legends Lost in 2018

As we count down the hours to the start of yet another New Year, I'd just like to take a moment to remember some of the great names from the world of film and television that have passed away during 2018. Many wonderfully talented people who reached the height of their fame during the Proper Telly era of the seventies and eighties are no longer with us.

Dame June Whitfield

Just two days ago on December 28, we said goodbye to a lady who truly deserved her status as a national treasure. For well over sixty years, June Whitfield entertained the nation with wonderful performances in scores of television, film and stage productions. She starred alongside some of the biggest names in British comedy, such as Tony Hancock, Frankie Howerd, Dick Emery and Peter Sellers, becoming a legend herself in the process. For many of us, including myself, June will be most fondly remembered for her long-running screen partnership with the great Terry Scott, first in the sitcom Happy Ever After from 19…

Proper Telly Favourites

To celebrate the recent release of the book Proper Telly and to pay tribute to the many legendary television stars of the seventies and eighties who made the writing of the book possible, I thought it would be a nice idea to find out who your favourite stars are from the Proper Telly era.




Proper Telly Favourites is open to all of the wonderful stars from the Golden Age of British Television who still retain a place in the hearts and minds of those of us who were lucky enough to be around during those heady days of glorious British telly. All programme genres will be included, from sitcoms and variety shows to news and sport, drama and documentary to children's TV.

Each month on my Twitter page, there will be a Proper Telly Favourites Tournament poll to determine your favourite seventies/eighties star in each of the different genres. The winner will then receive a full written tribute here on the Proper Telly site. I'd love to include many of your comments in those tributes too…