BBC News and current affairs magazine programme covering a diverse array of stories ranging from the serious to the surreal.




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Series cast summary:
Frank Bough Frank Bough ...  Himself - Presenter / ... 7 episodes, 1972-1982
Bob Wellings Bob Wellings ...  Himself - Presenter 6 episodes, 1970-1974
Sue Lawley ...  Herself - Presenter 5 episodes, 1974-1983
Michael Barratt Michael Barratt ...  Himself - Presenter 5 episodes, 1972-1974
Richard Stilgoe Richard Stilgoe ...  Himself - Presenter: Consumer Unit 3 episodes, 1974-1983
Tom Baker ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1976-1980
Marty Feldman ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1970-1977
Jimmy Savile ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1971-1974
Valerie Singleton Valerie Singleton ...  Herself - Presenter: Consumer Unit 2 episodes, 1974
Diana Rigg ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1977-1982
Peter Davison ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1980-1983
Nicholas Woolley Nicholas Woolley ...  Himself - Reporter 1 episode, 1977
Brian Ash Brian Ash ...  Himself - Reporter 1 episode, 1970
Pauline Laville Pauline Laville ...  Herself 1 episode, 1973
Richard Kershaw Richard Kershaw ...  Himself - Presenter 1 episode, 1983
Ray Fuller Ray Fuller ...  Himself 1 episode, 1973
Elida Fuller Elida Fuller ...  Herself 1 episode, 1973
John Bonham ...  Himself 1 episode, 1970
Ray Coleman Ray Coleman ...  Himself 1 episode, 1970
Roberta Gibbs Roberta Gibbs ...  Herself 1 episode, 1970
Robert Plant ...  Himself 1 episode, 1970
Rock Bottom Rock Bottom ...  Themselves 1 episode, 1974
Gaye Brown Gaye Brown ...  Herself 1 episode, 1974
Diane Langton Diane Langton ...  Herself 1 episode, 1974
Annabel Leventon Annabel Leventon ...  Herself 1 episode, 1974
Joanna Lumley 2 episodes, 1974-1975


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Sad and very 70s
17 April 2004 | by de_niro_2001See all my reviews

I was only a kid when Nationwide was broadcast and looking back it epitomised a decade best forgotten. The reports it did were supposed to be of interest to the viewing public but they just gave air-time to sad characters like a bunch of middle-aged men playing war games with remote controlled model tanks, bikers who owed hundreds of pounds in unpaid fines for refusing to wear crash helmets, and people who'd decided to re-christen themselves Elvis Presley or Marlon Brando. It took trivial matters that most people weren't interested in too seriously. For a while it featured a nostalgia item called Memory Lane where it looked back to a certain year. It seemed to me in the 1970s that the BBC was always looking on the past instead of the present. I also think it should have really been called Englandwide. Items from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland very rarely appeared in it. Michael Barratt, its anchorman in the early years, couldn't have thought too highly of Nationwide otherwise he wouldn't have agreed to do these parodies of it on The Goodies.

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