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Britain: Media, Communications And Leisure: 1960-1979 - Media And Entertainment
Musicals were extremely popular in the 1960s and the 1970s.

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.
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?
The Daily Mirror
The Sun
The Daily Sport
The Daily Star
There was keen competition among the tabloids as well. One way to stay ahead of the pack was to go further downmarket
2.
What role did the following people play in broadcasting during the 60s and 70s? - Robert Dougall, Kenneth Kendall and Kenneth Baker.
Weather presenters
Newsreaders
Actors in TV drama
Musicians
All three became well known through their frequent appearances on TV
3.
Which of the following musicals was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber?
Oliver
Jesus Christ Superstar
Fiddler on the Roof
Godspell
Musicals were extremely popular during the 1960s and 1970s, and Lloyd Webber was the most successful writer of musicals in Britain
4.
Which was the first James Bond film?
Goldfinger
Dr. No
From Russia with Love
You only Live Twice
With their mixture of romance, escapism and fantasy the first Bond films were all popular successes in the 1960s
5.
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?
The Holland Park Festival
The City of London Festival
The Proms
The Westminster Festival
He was probably the outstanding conductor of choral music of his time
6.
In 1967 the BBC Home Service changed its name. What was it now called?
Radio 1
Radio 3
Radio 4
Radio 2
BBC Radio still maintained its original mission statement: "to inform, to educate and to entertain"
7.
"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?
TV
Film
Theatre
Radio
All of these shows were very popular and "Just a Minute" is still going today
8.
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 Daily Telegraph
The Guardian
The Financial Times
The Independent
The broadsheet press was fiercely competitive, but this paper found a niche
9.
Which Fleet Street newspaper changed the format of its front page in 1966 by removing advertisements and replacing them with news?
The Daily Mail
The Daily Express
The Times
The Daily Herald
All newspapers had to adapt to compete in an increasingly tough market environment
10.
Which TV soap opera, first broadcast in 1960, is set in the fictional town of Weatherfield?
EastEnders
Emmerdale
Coronation Street
Crossroads
TV soaps often run for many years, enjoying a huge following among viewers
Author:  Edward Towne

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