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  • In the January issue of Best of British
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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

Then I’ll Begin
My memories of Listen With Mother are sketchy. I know I had a cassette of songs from the show as a child but I haven’t even been able to find it online to jog my memory. However, I don’t need clues to remind me of its television equivalent, Watch With Mother, as many of the classic shows from that strand are seared into my brain.

I may have missed out on programmes such as Flower Pot Men and Andy Pandy but, like Emily, I loved Bagpuss the “saggy, old cloth cat” and while slightly envious of Mr Benn’s ability to travel to different worlds by walking into a shop’s changing room, I was grateful I’d avoided the slightly sinister Shopkeeper while trying on Terylene school trousers at the likes of British Home Stores.

Over on the other side came classic animation from Cosgrove Hall Films – the Manchester-based outpost of Thames Television, also celebrated in this issue. Down the years, Cosgrove Hall gave us glorious memories such as Jamie and the Magic Torch, The Wind in the Willows and Danger Mouse, which I’m happy to say has made a comeback and is delighting a new generation of fans.

In the days of Thames, its programmes began with a familiar collage of London landmarks, rolling up from the river to the stirring sound of Johnny Hawksworth’s trumpet fanfare. It wasn’t the only TV company to have a striking identity tune; in this issue, we speak to Gwen Taylor, whose shows on Yorkshire Television, including Duty Free, A Bit of a Do and Heartbeat, would have been introduced by a yellow chevron and an extract from On Ilkla Moor Baht ’at.

We also look at the life of Jack Hargreaves, who is perhaps best known for presenting shows such as How and Out of Town for Southern Television, but he was also an integral part behind the scenes at the same production company. In fact, given how much he did, I wouldn’t put it past him to have played the acoustic guitars heard on Southern’s distinctive station theme, Southern Rhapsody.