About Summer in the 60s

A colourful journey through the decade in a season of programmes

BBC Radio Scotland celebrates the Swinging 60s over ten days in July leading up to the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing by man on Monday, July 20 with Summer in the 60s.

Every day for ten days BBC Radio Scotland programmes - including Music, Features, Drama, News, Sport and Religion plus all the regular shows and strands - will celebrate a year from this radical era marking the extraordinary times of this most creative, turbulent and influential of decades.

Jeff Zycinski, Head of BBC Radio Scotland, added: "The 60s mean so much to all of us – whether you lived through them, don't remember you lived through them, or were still to be born – the 60s was a time when society changed forever with a cultural explosion and liberation of fashion, art, music, drugs, politics, philosophy – and the world was never quite the same again. We invite the audience to celebrate the diversity, conflict, music, fun and spirit of the 60s and enjoy an enlightening and fun experience with Summer in the 60s on BBC Radio Scotland."

All of BBC Radio Scotland's regular strands including MacAulay and Co, Tom Morton, Get It On, Radio Café, The Jazz House, Out of Doors, Beechgrove Potting Shed, Janice Forsyth Show and Classics Unwrapped will feature news, fun, flower power and surprises with books, fashion, religion, art, culture and music from the 60s decade.

There is drama in The Last Variety Show about the decline of the music hall in the 60s, with a star-studded cast including Alex Norton, Ford Kiernan, Barbara Rafferty, Tony Roper, Gerard Kelly, Karen Dunbar, Iain Robertson, Sean Scanlon and Clare Grogan.

Whilst News and Sport will look at the big news stories and moments of the 60s, former pirate radio DJ Jack McLaughlin meets some survivors of the Scottish 60s music scene in Scotland. He'll be hearing stories of their days on the road in a three-part series 'Sex, Drugs, and Woolly Semmits' including Marmalade's Graham Knight and Maggie Bell who joined Stone the Crows.

Two teams are put through a mock Scottishness citizenship test in a 60s themed version of the Auld Grey Thistle Test hosted by Sanjeev Kohli. The teams must prove their knowledge of all things Scottish to acquire their Caledonian passport or risk deportation.

On the BBC Radio Scotland website the audience can enjoy classic photographs of key events from the moon landings to The Beatles to John F. Kennedy. BBC Radio Scotland presenters will share their memories of the decade and there will be facts and figures from the best-selling artists, the box office, plus the chance to listen to all the 60s-related programmes through BBC iPlayer.

The BBC Radio Scotland Zones will also be celebrating Summer in the 60s with various archive programmes celebrating the era.

BBC Radio Scotland's Summer in the 60s season will broadcast from Sunday, July 5 until Thursday, July 16.

The audience can listen again to all programmes in the BBC Radio Scotland Sixties season for seven days after broadcast on BBC iPlayer on bbc.co.uk/radioscotland.

Bridget Riley, Michael Vaughan, Patrick Proctor, Bryan Robertson (director of the gallery), Paul Huxley on an outside broadcast from the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London

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