The Radio 1 Roadshow began in the 70s and broadcast live from beach resorts throughout Britain. Click the images below to listen to some Roadshow jingles.


You’re bound to remember this advertising jingle from 1975. Here’s the full version. It conjures up memories of VC10s and Tridents, BAC 1-11s, Boeing 707s and Lockheed TriStars.

We’ll take more care of you - Fly the flag!

YOU HAD TO BE THERE - the decade everyone thinks they know

It gets an almost universally bad press: car strikes, IRA bombs, power-cuts, rampant inflation, glam rock, flares and long hair. But an analysis by the New Economics Foundation in 2004 showed that Britain was a happier place in 1976 than it had been in the thirty years which followed.

Even now, in our internet-covered, facebook-obsessed, twittering, computer-gaming, texting, mobile-phoning, 800-channel TV age, the happiness factor for people in the UK, as we now must call it, comes nowhere near that of Britons in the 70s.

Commentators today claim we are looking back through rose-tinted Polaroids but anyone who grew up in that amazing, groovy, disco-dancing, decade of long, hot summers before computers, surveillance cameras and political correctness knows why the 1970s was such a special time.

Iconic brands from a decade that seemed to have an endless variety of sweets - and they all tasted so good! [CLICK THE PICTURE FOR A BETTER VIEW]

Only three channels and one of those didn’t start until 7pm - but they produced some of the best and most enduring TV programmes

A selection of 70s food brands. Happily, not all have disappeared. How many do you remember?


HARRY CARPENTER - throughout the 70s, the voice of BBC boxing and Wimbledon presentation, as well as Grandstand and much other sports coverage.

A very British car of its time. The Austin Allegro rolled off the production line for the first time in 1973

Speedway fans in the ‘decade that style forgot’.

Do they look so outrageous?


‘Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry … in all the trains and banks they robbed, they never shot anyone - which made our two latter-day Robin Hoods very popular, with everyone except the railroads and the banks.’

For British speedway fans, the 1970s was possibly the best decade there has ever been for the sport, notwithstanding the even bigger crowds of the immediate pre- and post-war years. There’s much more to come about that on other pages. In this section, we just want to compile a list of words or phrases which conjure up the decade aside from our favourite sport. We’ve made a start and invite you to add your own by clicking here. (If you want to see the things people miss most about Seventies speedway, click here.)

The list is alphabetical, by the way, not in order of nostalgic preference! It includes everything from TV programmes to sweets and foods, pop bands to fashion and everything in between.


Action Man

Airfix Dogfight Doubles

Airfix kits with full instructions

Alias Smith and Jones

Arctic Roll

Arthur Scargill

 Austin A40

Austin Allegro

Aztec bars


 Bamber Gascoigne - ‘Your starter for ten, no conferring!’

 BCALJET - the British Caledonian BAC 1-11s

 Beejam’s frozen food stores

Birds Eye Chicken Pies - they’ll make a dishonest woman of you!

 Bird’s Instant Whip

Blankety Blank (The cheque-book & pen are worth a lot today!)

 Blue dot - when you switched off the TV

 British Airways (Hawker Siddeley) Trident airliners

British Rail

Brooke Bond Tea - ‘tea you can really taste!’

Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut - ‘Everyone’s a fruit and nutcase …’

Carling Black Label - ‘Hey Mabel, Black Label …’

Carry On films

Cassette and cartridge players

Castella cigar adverts


 Charrington pubs

Chopper bikes


 Coal fires - and dark, rainy evenings in front of them

 Cocktail biscuits


Corgi toys

 Corrugated sheeting (‘tin’ sheeting, to some)

Crackerjack! (Have you got a Crackerjack pencil?)

Crazy Foam

 Dad’s dinner in the oven

 Dan-Air London

Dave Alan at Large

 David Cassidy

David Coleman

Dial telephones

Dinky Toys

Dixon of Dock Green

 Doorstep deliveries of milk - it’s got a lotta bottle!

Double Diamond - works wonders!

Faulty Towers

Ford Cortina

Fry’s Five Centres chocolate bars

Fuzzy Felt

 Gordon Honeycombe

Happiness is a cigar called Hamlet, the mild cigar from Benson & Hedges

Harold Wilson

 HMV Radiogram

Hot Wheels by Mattel

Huckleberry Hound

Ice Pops

Inter-City 125

It’s a Knockout

 James Last - ‘Make the party last’

Jim Callaghan

Kent Walton

 Kodak Instamatic Cameras

Kojak - ‘Who loves ya, baby?’

 Laker Airways SkyTrain

Lava Lamps

 Led Zeppelin

Lester Piggott

Life outside the EEC/EU

 Lines on a black-and-white TV

Look and Learn




Marathon bars - ‘comes up peanuts slice after slice’

Matchbox toys

McIntosh’s Weekend chocolates

Mike Yarwood

Morecambe and Wise

Mr Jinks and Pixie & Dixie - ‘I hate you meeces to pieces!’

News at Ten

Old Jamaica chocolate - ‘laced with Jamaica Rum flavour’

Opal Fruits - ‘Made to make your mouth water …’


 Party Seven (from Watney’s)

 Penny for the guy

 Player’s No.6

 Police 5 (Shaw Taylor - ‘Keep ‘em peeled.’)


 Portable TVs with circular indoor aerials

Proper regional ITV stations

 Public Information Films

Radio 1 Roadshow

 Radios with circular tuning dials

Real Mini cars

 Red telephone boxes on every street - and the inevitable queues outside

Rishy cheese-flavoured crisps

Rising Damp

Robin Day

Rubik’s Cube

Seaside Special

 Sale of the Century - ‘From Norwich, its the quiz of the week!’

 ‘Shoot’ football annual (and comic)


Smith’s Crisps

 Sing Something Simple

Sooty and Sweep

Space Hoppers


 Sparklets soda syphons


Sportsnight with Coleman

Standard Fireworks

Starsky and Hutch

 Stars on Sunday

 Stay Press trousers




 Tea Time

Ted Heath

Television test cards

Tennant’s lager

Texan bars

The Banana Splits

The Beezer

The Flintstones

The Generation Game - ‘Didn’t they do well?!’

The Magic Roundabout - ‘time for bed,’ said Zebedee

The Martini adverts with Leonard Rossiter and Joan Collins

The Milky Bar Kid

The Smash adverts - ‘for mash get Smash’

The Sweeney

 The Test Card

The Two Ronnies

This is Your Life


Timothy Whites

Tomorrow’s World

Tony Benn

Top of the Pops


Treets - ‘the chocolate melts in your mouth, not in your hand!’

Tri-ang toys

Tudor Crisps

TV Comic





ViewMaster 3-D viewer

Vinyl singles

Watership Down

Watney’s Party Seven

Whizzer and Chips


World of Sport

Worthington E

Yogi Bear - smarter than the average bear

Your local football team’s matches on ITV every week

‘ … they are clearly a very primitive people!’


That’s the wonder of Woolworths … That’s the wonder of good old Woolies …

A well-known chemist’s in the 70s, eventually taken over by Boots

Reggie Bosanquet in the days when ITN was the finest news service on the air

‘Goodnight, all’

George Dixon signing off in another episode of DIXON OF DOCK GREEN

‘... The mild cigar from Benson and Hedges.’’

Remember those classic adverts? Cigarette advertising was banned on TV but not cigars.

Golden Wonder

Not only did they make good crisps, they also sponsored speedway!

The 70s produced some great films

Here are two highly contrasting examples in the same genre


In a decade often characterized by industrial strife, this makes interesting reading:

‘No Prime Minister, either before or since, could compare with Ted Heath in the efforts he made to establish a spirit of camaraderie with trade unions. Over the years, he revealed the human face of Toryism, at least to the trade union leaders who met him.’

Jack Jones, former General Secretary of the TGWU

‘Dad, do you know the piano’s on my foot?’

‘You hum it, son, I’ll play it.’

The Brooke-Bond Tea chimps featured in a series of popular TV adverts throughout the 70s

The number of colour TV licences in Britain didn’t exceed the number of black-and-white ones until 1977

Inter-City 125

British Rail’s first high-speed train took to the rails in 1976, slashing journey times on the East Coast route and between London and the West Country


Do they all exist only in our minds? Those endless, hot summer holidays when kids played out all day, when the mercury in our thermometers soared and the sun shone down from cloudless blue skies. No! In the 70s, thay actually happened. Here are the high summer figures for England and Wales throughout that record-breaking decade.                                                           Source: Met Office

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This Is Your Life achieved audiences in the millions throughout the 70s. Here, host Eamonn Andrews surprises football legend George Best

In the 70s, Britain was served by many independent airlines. One of the best-known was Skytrain on which Laker Airways offered the first transatlantic walk on/walk off service

Remember the sticky-sweet taste of Sugar Smacks? You can’t buy them now but these 70s boxes all featured hugely popular Gerry Anderson characters

Catweazle - Geoffrey Bayldon and Robin Davies in the classic children’s series about an 11th century wizard who travels through time to 1970s England

Tomorrow’s World - Raymond Baxter was the main presenter of the programme that took us into the future every Thursday, just before Top of the Pops  Picture: BBC

BRITISH STANDARD TIME - How the 70s began …

Harold Wilson’s Labour government had introduced the British Standard Time experiment on October 27, 1968 and it ran until October 31, 1971. During that period, the country’s clocks were set at GMT+1 throughout the year. Analysis of road accident data for the first two years of the trial, published by HMSO in October 1970, showed that while there had been an increase in casualties in the morning, there had been a greater decrease in casualties in the evening, with a total of around 2,500 fewer people killed and seriously injured during the first two winters of the experiment. At that time, about 1,000 people a day were killed or injured on the roads. However the trial had coincided with the introduction of Drink-Driving legislation, and the evidence was not as clear as it first appeared. On December 2, 1970 a Commons vote by 366 to 81 brought the experiment to an end and Britain reverted to the current GMT/British Summer Time formula on October 31, 1971.


You’re not alone! Many people think these developments came much more recently.


Lead-free petrol; the RAM memory chip


The floppy disc; pocket calculators; the microprocessor


Disposable lighters; the word processor; the video game


Genetically modified organisms; the first personal computer


Post-It notes; the Rubik Cube


Digital cameras; hybrid cars; the laser printer


Ink-jet printers; Gore-Tex


Cell-phone technology; the personal stereo


The artificial heart transplant; spreadsheets


The Sony Walkman; Rollerblades; the supercomputer

Love it or hate it, Ernő Rubik invented his famous Cube in 1974 and it became the fastest-selling toy in history


Remember these - by Ronco Records, K-Tel and others? We used to buy these when we couldn’t afford to buy all the singles. Some were imitations by soundalike bands but others were by the real artists, like Ronco’s first 20 Star Tracks shown below. ‘Original Stars! Original hits!’ read the original 1972 cover. Do you remember the songs on this playlist? Click the back cover then scroll down to the caption to read the tracks and the artists.



Viewmaster - The wonderful 3-D viewer produced by Sawyers with an enormous range of discs from every genre. There were also 3-D cameras and projectors to go with this and a talking viewmaster, too.

The Goblin Teasmade actually dates from early in the 20th century but its use reached a peak in the 1970s


In the days before personal computers, before mp3 players were compulsory and before babies in the womb had mobile phone contracts, we played board games together - and had great fun. Many games in the Seventies were based on popular TV programmes of the day like Kojak, Starsky and Hutch and The Six Million Dollar Man but there were others such as Careers and Mousetrap which were big sellers, too. Did you have a favourite?



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Fry’s 5 centre dark chocolate bar - Remember this? It looked like a Fry’s Chocolate Cream bar but had five different fillings: raspberry, pineapple, orange, strawberry and lime. Go on, enlarge the picture and make your mouth water!

Standard Fireworks

Remember  Snow Storm, Golden Rain, Bangers, Jumping Jacks and Roman Candles? Click the box for a larger view of these all-time favourites.

‘Light up the sky with Standard Fireworks - Made to remember the Fifth of November …’

‘Time for bed,’ said Zebedee - The Magic Roundabout aired just before the early evening news on BBC1, narrated by the unmistakable voice of Eric Thompson. Remember Dougal, Florence, Dylan, Ermintrude, Mr Rusty et al? How could you forget?

Crackerjack! Pencils

Remember these iconic prizes? Then you’ll also recall the great quiz on Crackerjack called Double or Drop. But do you remember the rules?

Blankety Blank - Many people associate this show with the 80s - which is when Les Dawson was the host - but it began in 1979 with Terry Wogan in charge. The ubiquitous chequebook & pen are actually worth good money these days!

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There were several Milky Bar Kids over the years but the original and best was Terry Brooks.

People argue in the pub over the words of the song that accompanied the TV advert but there were two versions of the original song. We print them below to settle those arguments.

The Milky Bar Kid is tough and strong,

The Milky Bar Kid just can’t go wrong.

The Milky Bar Kid only eats what’s right -

That’s Milky Bar, its sweet and white.

Nestle’s Milky Bar!

The Milky Bar Kid is strong and tough,

And only the best is good enough.

The creamiest Milk, the whitest bar.

The goodness that’s in Milky Bar.

Nestle’s Milky Bar!

First version SpeedwayFiction Speedway like it used to be! Home

Some of the iconic Seventies items recalled by Roy Stannard:

A Sparklets soda syphon, a Kodak Instamatic camera, the HMV Radiogram, Penny for the Guy, Players No.6 and Bamber Gascoigne - ‘Your starter for ten, no conferring’.

Remember the Teleprinter - clacking out the football results at the end of Grandstand? It was later replaced by the Videprinter which was silent - so they had to add a sound to it to give it some character!

Time of Our Lives Contact Page Second version What you say:

Roy Stannard lists the following things that particularly evoke the Seventies for him. They do it for us too, Roy, and we’ve added most of them to our Big List above.

Clackers, conkers, Ronco, Kodak Instamatic cameras, Stay Press, Two-Tone, Gordon Honeycombe, Stars On Sunday, Teatime, Austin A40, Party Seven, sideburns, ‘Shoot’ football annual, public information films, the little blue dot at the close of tv transmission, ‘Keep ‘em peeled’ (Shaw Taylor on Police Five), Make the party last - James Last, Sing Something Simple, Charlie Endell (Budgie), Martini, Sparklets Soda Syphons, cocktail biscuits, the lines on a black and white television screen, Man About The House, corrugated sheeting, The Topper comic and dark, rainy evenings in front of the coal fire, Dad’s dinner in the oven, Charrington pubs, Beejam’s frozen food stores, Player’s No.6, Penny for the guy, Bamber Gascoigne on University Challenge (‘Your starter for ten, no conferring’), Sale of the Century and HMV Radiograms,  



P.S. Who remembers Bird’s Instant Whip for pudding? No, Mrs, it wasn’t the same as Angel Delight!

SpeedwayFiction Peter O’Sullevan Eddie Waring Peter West Dan Maskell Who would you like to add to this list of instantly recognizable voices? We’d love to hear from you. What you say:

David Payne adds the following evocative items. They certainly chime with us, David, and we have added them to our Big List.

Round indoor television aerials, yellow British Telecom vans, red telephone boxes on every street and the inevitable queue outside, British Caledonian BAC-111s, Dan Air Comets, BA Tridents and Laker Skytrain. The television test card following the National Anthem every night, radios with circular tuning dials,Ben Shirman shirts and Wrangler jeans, wide duck-feet shoes, milk delivered to your doorstep and Party 10 or Party 7 beers that always exploded when pierced.   

Second version What you say:

For Graham Dickinson, the band Led Zeppelin conjures up the Seventies. This is true for other readers, too, and we have added them to our Big List, Graham.

Formed in 1968, originally as the New Yardbirds, guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham soon changed the name and Led Zeppelin became one of the most innovative and influential rock groups in history, achieving huge commercial success. Their fourth album, containing the track Stairway To Heaven, is one of the most popular in the annals of rock. A true phenomenon of the Seventies, the group disbanded in 1980 after the death of John Bonham.   

Led Zeppelin performing at the height of their popularity, live on stage in California in 1973.

Yellow British Telecom vans BCALJET Doorstep deliveries Radios with round tuning dials Red phone boxes on every street and the inevitable queues outside

One of the familiar DC10s of the Laker Airways’ SkyTrain, the first walk-on/walk-off service between London and New York