❉ The veteran broadcaster joins us for a 1-2-1 about his TV career including the BBC’s archive series Windmill.

We Are Cult are delighted to formally announce the final addition to our BRISTOL MEET panels, TV presenter Chris Serle. British viewers over a certain age will be familiar with Chris Serle’s droll, avuncular presence, hosting a number of entertainment and educational BBC TV shows in the 1970s and 1980s, including Windmill.

Windmill was the BBC’s archive series which ran from 1985 to 1988, its name taken from the BBC television archives housed at Windmill Road in West London at the time. It was one of the first shows fully to exploit the potential of the BBC’s archive, showing during its run hundreds of television clips from the 1940s to the 1980s, always based around a specific theme. Among the many shows represented were The Morecambe and Wise Show, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, The Sky at Night, Whicker’s World, Nationwide, Doctor Who, Steptoe and Son, Blue Peter, and the original 1950s Watch With Mother series. A number of clips were also shown from the television newsreels of the late 1940s.

[Above: Footage courtesy of Martin Fenton.]

In 1969, Chris Serle joined the BBC as a radio producer. After five years with Radios 2 and 4, and some moonlighting appearing in sketches in Dave Allen At Large on BBC TV, he transferred to BBC Television as producer on the Parkinson show. He moved into full time reporting on That’s Life with Esther Rantzen and then made three series of In At The Deep End in which he learnt skills including ballroom dancing, snooker, opera-singing and skippering a yacht in the Fastnet Race. also He presented The Computer Programme, Secret Coastline, Sailaway, People, 60 Minutes, LWT’s Friday Now and Points Of View.

Chris will be in conversation with writer and broadcaster Louis Barfe, author of Where Have All the Good Times Gone?, Turned Out Nice Again and The Trials and Triumphs of Les Dawson.

❉ We Are Cult‘s debut convention, its BRISTOL MEET is happening on Saturday 22 June, 2019, at To The Moon, 27-29 Midland Road, Bristol BS2 0JT. Tickets are £30.00 each. For more in formation, visit wearecult.rocks/events and to BOOK TICKETS, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/we-are-cult-manc-meet-tickets-55184438140

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