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Life's a Cavalcade

Life's a Cavalcade

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Glen Michael hosted Cavalcade, one of STV's most popular programmes ever, playing to millions of viewers during its 26-year run. And I let people think that it was a talking lamp but my idea was that inside that lamp was a person and he started off as a Highlander and I used to talk like that into the thing and you know what I mean?

I remember a Director saying to me (I can't remember who it was now), "We've got new neck mikes, would you like to survey the boom? Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by interview participants are personal and do not necessarily reflect the views of the History Project or any of its volunteers, employees or representatives. Then David Johnston and then we had, well, I forget the other ones, there was the one who went to London, I can't remember his name. Michael made a brief cameo in an episode of the BBC series VideoGaiden, playing himself in a speaking role. Oh," he said, "we're quite happy for you to get, I thought perhaps you'd like to come behind the scenes and produce and so forth.We did thirty-two episodes which, in those days they used to wipe the tapes because they had no, they hadn't got enough tapes so they used to wipe the tapes and put new material on and, of course, they wiped thirty-two episodes of Francie and Josie, which I lost, which is a tragedy because they were brilliant! Children's birthday greetings sent in by viewers was a regular popular feature, with Michael's production team also sending birthday cards to those who could not have their greetings read on air. Michael loves his showbusiness biographies, I see, spying those of Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra among others. So we had problems but we finished up, I think, we started off at five o' clock at night, just before the News, and that was a terrific slot, you know, but there were good slots. The couple moved to Ayrshire many moons ago from Hyndland, Glasgow, with their two children Yonnie and Christopher, both long since grown with adult children of their own.

I: What I'm, I'm trying to think is there something that we haven't really covered that you would like to talk about? I mean one of the personalities that they used to have in STV I thought, in my day, were people like John Toye who was an absolutely wonderful Presenter! Pepe Le Pew, for instance, was often a bit naughty, so Michael stopped showing it because it got too risque. His daughter Yonnie is features editor at the Ayrshire Post and his son Christopher is a film editor in Glasgow.I think the main impact came from the fact that it was actually, without being forced down their throats, it was coming from a venue. Glen Michael's Cavalcade was one of STV's most popular programmes ever, playing to millions of viewers during its 26-year run. It made for an interesting childhood, although one not without sadness - he lost a brother to meningitis - but the world of stage and theatre would offer a compelling escape. He came up to Scotland from Torquay for one week's variety in 1953 — and stayed in Scotland ever since.

Service in the RAF with Ralph Reader's famous 'Gang Shows', as well as other successes, led to films and a role in the Academy Award Winning Ealing Studios film 'The Blue Lamp'. It is important that we continue to promote these adverts as our local businesses need as much support as possible during these challenging times. Glen's career continued with a move to Scotland, where he continued to appear on stage as well as in numerous TV plays and light entertainment shows for the BBC and the fledgling STV. Michael began his career as an entertainer on stage for the army and worked his way up with his many shows that encompassed his talent for comedy, in particular, impersonations.R: I think the best thing I can say about that is that I think the contribution that STV made in their early days was enormous. We also hope it will help the comments section fulfil its promise as a part of Scotland's conversation with itself. And I'd thought about actually Aladdin's Lamp, that was the idea and it feels, and still do today, they meet me and they say, "The talking lamp!

So I phoned this number and it took me twenty-five minutes to speak to a person while they tell me about, 'You can do this and you can go online and you can talk to your Aunt Fanny here and you can do this!Thinking about STV in general, did you feel happy and at ease in everything you were doing within STV in terms of you didn't have to run up hill pushing spaghetti to get things done? He was a regular in a string of STV comedy series, including The Rikki Fulton Hour ( 1965), Rikki (STV, 1966/ 7), Did You See Una? As did Kate Matheson who was at STV as a continuity announcer who later married Rikki and became his second wife.



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