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Britain: Media, Communications And Leisure: 1960-1979 - Media And Entertainment

As part of GCSE History students will look at the media, communications and leisure in Britain during the period from 1960 to 1979. One aspect that they will study is the entertainment that was popular at the time.

In an era of growing leisure and affluence, people had greater access to the media and to a wider range of opportunities for entertainment. There was a high level of possession both of TV's and of radios. The popularity of both of these communications meant that the arts were able to flourish as never before.

See how much you know about the media, communications, leisure and entertainment of the 1960s and 70s in this interesting quiz.

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  1. Which broadsheet newspaper, formerly a regional paper, was relaunched in 1959 under a different name and soon became the champion of left/liberal values?
    The broadsheet press was fiercely competitive, but this paper found a niche
  2. Founded in 1964, this tabloid newspaper was relaunched in 1969, and before long it had become the best-selling daily newspaper. Which paper was this?
    There was keen competition among the tabloids as well. One way to stay ahead of the pack was to go further downmarket
  3. What role did the following people play in broadcasting during the 60s and 70s? - Robert Dougall, Kenneth Kendall and Kenneth Baker.
    All three became well known through their frequent appearances on TV
  4. Sir Malcolm Sargent was a well known classical music conductor, who died in 1967. With which annual summer music festival, based at the Royal Albert Hall in London, was he closely associated?
    He was probably the outstanding conductor of choral music of his time
  5. Which TV soap opera, first broadcast in 1960, is set in the fictional town of Weatherfield?
    TV soaps often run for many years, enjoying a huge following among viewers
  6. "Beyond our Ken", "Round the Horne", "Just a Minute" and "I'm sorry I haven't a clue" were all comedy shows of the '60s and '70s. In what medium were they presented?
    All of these shows were very popular and "Just a Minute" is still going today
  7. Which Fleet Street newspaper changed the format of its front page in 1966 by removing advertisements and replacing them with news?
    All newspapers had to adapt to compete in an increasingly tough market environment
  8. In 1967 the BBC Home Service changed its name. What was it now called?
    BBC Radio still maintained its original mission statement: "to inform, to educate and to entertain"
  9. Which was the first James Bond film?
    With their mixture of romance, escapism and fantasy the first Bond films were all popular successes in the 1960s
  10. Which of the following musicals was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber?
    Musicals were extremely popular during the 1960s and 1970s, and Lloyd Webber was the most successful writer of musicals in Britain

Author: Edward Towne

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