Eccentrics, enthusiasts and other characters

The art of whistling, as demonstrated by Mrs Jean Didcock in full kit attire (Blue Peter, 1972)

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
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A.E. Matthews hates lamp posts, 1958
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Mars and Venus speak to Earth, 1959
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Vox pops on flu remedies, 1959
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Petticoat Lane Market, 1960
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Arrested schoolgirl in East Germany returns, 1960
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Yorkshire horse breaker, 1960
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Mary the pipe smoker, circa 1960
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Traffic Musician, 1961
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Solo bell-ringer, 1961
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Banbridge drum fight, 1964
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Witchcraft in Wales, 1964
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Shakespeare or bust, 1964
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Annea Lockwood - musical glass breaker, 1966
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Daredevil strongman Walter Cornelius, 1967
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Singing binman record deal, 1968
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Home Wurlitzer, 1970
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The hover scarecrow, 1970
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Pig-oletto, 1970
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Antique firearms, 1970
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Northern working men's clubs, 1971
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A sex change for Bruno, 1971
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Vinyl restoration, 1971
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Evans Oil, 1972
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James IV? 1972
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Wilf Lunn's protest bike, 1972
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A horse walks into a pub, 1972
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The art of whistling, 1972
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Goathland Plough Stot ceremony, 1973
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Gert and Daisy, 1973
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Factory DJ, 1973
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Paw it forward, 1973
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Biggest Aspidistra in the world, 1973
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Marble champion, 1973
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Strictly Come Footballing, 1974
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Lisburn's #1 Manchester United fan, 1974
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'Boozy' the snail, 1974
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Ferry ladies, 1974
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Halifax charm school, 1974
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Shed radio DJ, 1974
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Noddy's stable, 1975
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Camberley Kate and her 24 dogs, 1975
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Matchstick man, 1975
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Music for tomatoes, 1975
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Shrewsbury's boating ball boy, 1975
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Introducing the Kaleidophon, 1976
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That's Life: Champagne lady, 1976
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King of Haye-on-Wye, 1977
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Ornate windmills, 1977
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Telly memories, 1977
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Sack-racing pensioner, 1977
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Nuclear-warning pub landlord, 1978
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Pub quiz scene, 1979
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Banjo collector, 1979
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Toddler identifies classical composers, 1981
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Balls the fruit bat, 1982
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Unwelcome invasion, 1982
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Cat memorabilia collector, 1983
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Dog hair dresses, 1983
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Barrel boat man world voyage, 1984
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Sparkie the champion ex-budgie, 1986
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Leigh Bowery nightclub fashion, 1986
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