Eccentrics, enthusiasts and other characters
Fame may have eluded them, history largely forgotten them, but BBC Archive remembers them.
For posterity, here is a collection of the charming characters, ebullient enthusiasts, exquisite eccentrics, magnificent misfits and the ever-so-slightly offbeat that make the BBC Archive great.
Carmelite nuns build their own chapel, 1954
"We decided as the cost of building was so extravagant, we must do it ourselves"
Traffic Musician, 1961
Alan Whicker meets a tragically underrated barber-turned-musician whose muse is the North Circular road
Banbridge drum fight, 1964
Tonight goes to the County Down town to see a stick-in between two Lambeg drummers
Witchcraft in Wales, 1964
"Reasoning man tried to stamp out the beliefs of his forefathers. He failed. Witchcraft is with us today"
Annea Lockwood - musical glass breaker, 1966
The composer and sound artist prepares for a series of ground/glass-breaking concerts
Daredevil strongman Walter Cornelius, 1967
A series of feats so dangerous that - even in the 1960s - they saw fit to issue a safety warning. DO NOT TRY ANY OF THIS!
Home Wurlitzer, 1970
Nationwide features a family with their own rescued Wurlitzer - for when an ordinary piano simply won't do
The hover scarecrow, 1970
It's not just a scarecrow, it's a Roy Rothery multipurpose hover scarecrow!
Northern working men's clubs, 1971
Are you a southern Lord? Want to go to a Geordie Club? You'll have to get past Norman the doorman first
Vinyl restoration, 1971
Why not restore your old records, like this audio aficionado on Tomorrow's World?
Evans Oil, 1972
Suffer from rheumatism, lumbago, gout, backache or car problems? This will sort you right out...
Wilf Lunn's protest bike, 1972
Wilf Lunn protests against artificial foods in time-honoured fashion - by riding his homemade bike to Woburn Abbey, to feed a fake parrot to a lion cub
Goathland Plough Stot ceremony, 1973
Nationwide reports on a pretty creepy traditional procession for local people
Gert and Daisy, 1973
Nationwide catches up with Elsie and Doris Waters, better known as comedy cockney chatterboxes, Gert and Daisy
Paw it forward, 1973
Two cats (with their own chequebook) make a conscience payment to the RSPB. This might be peak Nationwide.
Biggest Aspidistra in the world, 1973
Mrs Arnold can no longer keep the 70 year old aspidistra flying, so she is donating it to the nation
Strictly Come Footballing, 1974
Ballroom Dancing champ, Lennie Heppell, was putting a spring into the step of footballers 30 years his junior
Lisburn's #1 Manchester United fan, 1974
A little bit of Lisburn turns red and white, in honour of one man's obsession for all things Manchester United
Ferry ladies, 1974
Nationwide follows three pensioners on their 795th trip from Llandudno to the Isle of Man
Noddy's stable, 1975
Noddy's luxury Cornish stable comes with all mod cons, and looks suspiciously like a human house
Camberley Kate and her 24 dogs, 1975
"Stray spaniels, lonely labradors, absolutely any kind of down-at-heel dog finds a welcome"
That's Life: Champagne lady, 1976
This wonderful lady isn't sure about the champagne and cider on offer, so has to have another sip - all in the name of research
Nuclear-warning pub landlord, 1978
'When I hear my bleep-bleep, I get out the siren, run up to the green and crank the handle'
Toddler identifies classical composers, 1981
Young Vincent knows who composed a piece after hearing just a few notes
Cat memorabilia collector, 1983
"Britain's number one cat collector" Erika Bruce shows off a few of her favourite felines on Collecting Now
Barrel boat man world voyage, 1984
Fresh from a successful Atlantic crossing, Eric Peters sets off on a round the world voyage aboard the Tonicay Nou (a barrel)
Sparkie the champion ex-budgie, 1986
Mrs Williams and her champion ex-budgie Sparkie appear on Pet Watch.. no, this is not Monty Python