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Best of British is the UK’s premier nostalgia magazine covering every aspect of life from the 1930s to today.

Each issue encourages you to:

  • Explore readers’ own recollections and memories in our Yesterday Remembered section
  • Discover more about days gone past with stories on everything from vintage transport to great Britons and from Christmas traditions to great days out
  • Enjoy regular reader favourites such as Treasures in the Attic, 1940s Post, Postcard from… and of course our Puzzle Page and Crossword

We hope you like reading our magazine as much as we love compiling it. In the meantime here is this month’s letter from our Editor, Simon Stabler

From Our Own Correspondent
Back when I was a regular listener to BBC Radio 1, I could never imagine retuning to Radio 4. Yet this issue finds me editing a magazine that pays tribute to some of the station’s best-loved programmes.

It was its dramatisation of Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future in the early 90s that first got me reaching for the dial, and by the end of the decade, thanks to John Peel’s Home Truths, I’d rarely switch back again. After Radio 2, Radio 4 is the nation’s most popular radio station, and with good cause thanks to its quality drama, comedy and news. Even the Shipping Forecast is a much-loved part of our national identity.

One of its most popular offerings is I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, “the antidote to panel shows”, recently named best radio comedy – much to the surprise and dismay of long-term contestant Barry Cryer, who wonders why “everything has to be a competition” and asked: “Are we really better than Hancock or Round the Horne?” Well, Baz, you are.

Its flagship drama, of course, is The Archers, a programme that made its nationwide debut 70 years ago this month. To celebrate the occasion, we examine the history of the show and some of its best-known storylines, and speak to actor Terry Molloy who played “milkman from hell” Mike Tucker.

There’s also a look back at Waggoners’ Walk, the daily soap that aired on BBC Radio 2 between 1969 and 1980. Predominantly a music station, it’s now hard to believe that Radio 2 ever broadcast drama, but then there was a time when Radio 1 was once home to edgy comedies such as The Mary Whitehouse Experience and Blue Jam, both of which would later transfer over to television.

And with Radio 1 now playing it safe by repeatedly playing the latest formulaic ballad to emerge from a tired TV talent show, it’s easy to understand why I’d rather listen to Barry Cryer attempting to sing the lyrics from Teenage Kicks to the tune of Barwick Green, the theme from The Archers.