In a tribute to the Radio Times through the ages, the Museum of London are displaying a host of iconic editions for the magazine’s grand old 90th birthday. ‘Cover Story: Radio Times at 90’ opens on August 2 (to November 3) and reflects the history of the British broadcasting industry, covering everything from Royal weddings and Coronations to the outbreak of war and peace – and even moon landings and the unusual case of a victorious World Cup. Covers will star the likes of Tony Hancock, ‘The Goon Show’, and good old Corrie, and some London favourites too including ‘Only Fools …’, ‘EastEnders’, and ‘Call The Midwife’. Oh, and ‘Doctor Who’ fans, there is going to be an exclusive display dedicated to the great man. You can even battle the Daleks yourself recreating the famous 2005 “Vote Dalek” Radio Times cover.
Visitors will be able to earwig the BBC’s first ever radio transmission, see a Nazi map plotting the Radio Times as an air-raid target, and landmark broadcasts and archive clips, as well as photographs and artwork from names including CRW Nevinson, John Gilroy and influential British graphic designer Abram Games. Considering that the Radio Times is the world’s longest running television and radio listings magazine, this free exhibition ought to pull even the most die-hard TV geeks away from their box-sets. Kitty Knowles
For info, see ‘Cover Story: Radio Times at 90‘.