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Michael Grade celebrates 1963 with special guests John Sergeant, Honor Blackman, Eve Pollard and Ann Leslie. Recorded with an audience at London's Riverside Studios.

1963 was the year of The Profumo Scandal, the murder of President Kennedy, the Beatles first number 1, The Great Train Robbery, the Beeching report on the UK's railways, Martin Luther King's 'I Have A Dream' speech, the start of the National Theatre, and the first episode of Dr Who.

It was also the year that David Frost became a national icon, presenting the hugely groundbreaking BBC TV series That Was The Week That Was.

Sir David was to have presented the series, but a few weeks before recording he died of a heart attack. As a consequence, these shows have become something of a tribute to him and will feature extracts of TW3 and discussion of its impact on British life.

One of the most memorable features of TW3 was its sig tune, performed by Millicent Martin. "THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS: 1963" features a reworked version of the wonderful tune, performed by The Segue Sisters. Ron Grainer, the composer, is sadly overlooked and his other works include the themes for Dr Who, The Prisoner and Steptoe and Son.

1963 was seen in hindsight as the year that gave birth to modern Britain and TW3 played its part in that, helping to end the previous era of deference to authority.

These hour long programmes were recorded in front of an audience at London's Riverside Studios, hosted by Michael Grade. Lord Grade was a friend of Sir David's.

Michael chats to special guests about the music, culture, social upheavals and news stories of the year, playing some great music and archive.

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57 minutes

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Tue 26 Nov 2013 22:00