Hightlights:-

  • The 1964 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch when Jim Clark won.

  • The state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill, January 1965.

  • The 1966 world cup at Wembley.

  • Wimbledon Tennis, a regular event for MCR21 

  • The Investiture of HRH Prince of Wales at Caernafon in 1969 

One of the objectives of our Trust is to document the history of MCR21 and those who worked on it.    The list below is a “work in progress”  and as information comes to light we will work to complete this programme schedule.  The “dates” given are generally the start of the rig for a programme.

 In the 1960s:-

12/11/1963     1st Registered for Excise duty to the British Broadcasting Corporation

20 April 1964. BBC 2 television service starts broadcasting.

Date                Programme           Location
22/06/1964   Lawn Tennis Championships,   Wimbledon
11/07/1964   British Grand Prix,   Brands Hatch
14/07/1964   Davis Cup Tennis,   Bristol
28/07/1964   Cricket,   Hove
xx/08/1964   The Proms,   Royal Albert Hall, London
xx/08/1964   Racing,   Newbury
xx/08/1964   Athletics,   White City Stadium, London
19/08/1964   Engineering Design,    Ransomes Agricultural, Ipswich.
25/08/1964   National Youth Orchestra,    Wembley Town Hall, London.
31/08/1964   Songs of Praise,    St. James’s Church, Clacton on Sea                 NOTES
3/09/1964   Holiday Knockout,   Butlins Holiday Camp, Clacton on Sea             NOTES
10/09/1964   Farnborough Air Show,   Farnborough                                               PICTURE
19/09/1964   Last Night of the Proms,   Albert Hall, London
22/09/1964   Royal College of Surgeons,   Leatherhead
xx/10/1964   Races,   Wetherby
xx/10/1964   Races,   Ascot
15/10/1964   General Election,   Bush House (of BBC world service)
25-26/10/1964   Brian Rix Farce,   Whitehall Theatre, London
29-30/10/1964   Dance Championships,   Lyceum Ballroom
11/11/1964   State Opening of Parliament,   Westminster, London
13/11/1964   Cheltenham Races,   Cheltenham                                                      NOTES
15/11/1964   Festival of Remembrance,   Whitehall, London
xx/11/1964   Top of the Form,  Hastings Girls’ High School.
xx/11/1964   Boxing,   Royal Albert Hall, London
25-28/11/1964  Royal College of Surgeons,
4-5/12/1964    ?   Aldershot
07/12/1964   ?    Royal Albert Hall, London
16-17/12/1964   Motor Racing,    Brands Hatch
24-26/12/1964   Motor Racing,    Brands Hatch
28/12/1964   Come Dancing,    Lyceum Ballroom
30/12/1964   Wheelbase,    Palace of Arts, Wembley, London
xx/12/1964   Concert,   Fairfield Hall, Croydon
xx/12/1964   Jazz Bernado,s,   Marquee club
xx/12/1964   Ice skating,   Richmond.

—————————————–1965——————————————————

7-8/01/1965    Racing,   Haydock Park
16-17/01/1965   Lyceum Club Night,    Bradford
22/01/1965    Racing,    Lingfield.
26-27/01/1965   Racing Car Show,    Olympia West Hall
30/01/1965  Churchill’s Funeral,   St. Paul’s, London                               Technical synchronisation notes
4-5/02/1965   Racing,    Kempton Park
12/02/1965    Football,   Arsenal
21/02/1965   Folk like Folk, Folk Songs,  Royal Albert Hall
23-24/02/1965   Songs of Praise,   Hildenborough Hall, Kent.
25-26/02/1965  Racing,    Lingfield.
11-12/03/1965   Racing,   Kempton Park
19/03/1965   Rugby,    Twickenham
23-26/03/1965   Racing, grand National,   Aintree
1-2/04/1965    Athletics,    Empire Pool, Wembley
8-10/04/1965   Racing,    Newbury
26-30/04/1965   Golf,    Sandwich
7-8/05/1965    Racing,   Kempton Park
12-14/05/1965   Air show,   Biggin Hill.
17/05/1965   Globe Trotters,   Wembley
21/05/1965   Worcester Cricket,   Worcester
xx/05/1965,    The Darby,    Epsom.
4-5/06/1965   Racing,    Kempton Park.
9-10/06/1965   Magna Carta,    St. Pauls, London.
14-19/06/1965   Racing,  Ascot.
21-22/06/1965  Queens Speech, Grade 1 programme,   House of Parliament, Westminster
26/06/1965    Greyhound races,    White City, London.
29-30/06/1965  Tennis,    Wimbledon
04/07/1965   Music,    Festival Hall.
19-24/07/1965   ??      White City
19-20/08/1965   Swimming?   Empire Pool, Wood Street, Cardiff.
23/08/1965   ??   Ruislip Lido.
27-30/08/1965   Racing,   Brands Hatch
31/08 to 3/09 1965   Edinburgh Festival.                                               Info  Pic 1  Pic 2 
4-5/09/1965   Seeing and Believing,   All Hallows, Wallbrook.
07/09/1965    Boxing,   Earls Court, London
12/09/1965    Jazz,    Marquee Club, Wardour Street, London.
16-18/09/1965    Racing,    Kempton Park.
21-22/09/1965   Top of the Form,    Bangor.
25-30/09/1965   Labour Party Conference,    Blackpool.
05/10/1965   Rugby League,   St. Helens.
09/10/1965   Moscow Philharmonic,    Royal Albert Hall.
12-16/10/1965   Golf,    Wentworth.
19-20/10/1965   Magic Festival Preview,    Scala Theatre
26-28/10/1965   Racing,   Ascot.
5-8/11/1965   Billy Smarts Circus,   Clapham.
11/11/1965   Erith By-Election,   TA Drill Hall Erith.
13-15/11/1965  Billy Smarts Circus,   Clapham.
18-20/11/1965  Racing,   Ascot.
26-27/11/1965   Hill Climb,   Wendover
02/12/1965   Amateur Boxing,   Royal Albert Hall.
12/12/1965   Jazz,  Marquee Club. Wardour Street, London.
14-16/12/1965   Racing,   Ascot Heath
18-19/12/1965   Seeing and Believing,    All Hallows, London Wall.
undated        Motor Racing,   Lydden Hill

—————————————–1966——————————————————

1-2/01/1966   Arts Forum,    Lamda Theatre.
05/01/1966   Boat Show,    Earls Court, London.
16-18/01/1966   Circus,    Olympia, London.
27-29/01/1966   Racing,   Windsor.
07/02/1966   Organ Recital (Marie Claire Allain),   St. Albans.
11-12/02/1966   Rugby,    Twickenham.
15-17/02/1966   Racing,    Ascot.
24/02/1966   Amateur Boxing,   Hornsey Town Hall.
28/02/1966   Marine Band,    Royal Albert Hall.
4-5/03/1966   Rugby,    Northampton.
11-12/03/1966   Racing,    Wetherby.
14-15/03/1966   Fort Dunlop Top Firm,    Birmingham.
23-26/03/1966  Oxford – Cambridge Boat Race,    Mortlake, London.
30-31/03/1966   Election,  ??
4-6/04/1966   The Army, RAF sound,   Royal Albert Hall, London.
10-11/04/1966   Racing,   Market Rasen, Lincolnshire.
 23-24/04/1966   Wheelbase,   Brighton.
26-30/04/1966   Golf,    Sauton.
4-7/05/1966   Racing,    Haydock Park.
11/05/1966   Top of the Form,  Fairfield Grammar School, Bristol,  Tx BBC1, 2/6/1966. 
18-21/05/1966    Golf??,   Long Ashton.
24/05/1966   ???    Joseph’s Church, Highgate st.
26-29/05/1966     Holiday Helicopter,   Above Kent,  Tx BBC1 29/5/1966               Pictures
1-4/06/1966        Golf,    Wentworth.
10-11/06/1966   Trooping the Colour,    Whitehall, London.
15-18/06/1966   Die Fledermaus,   Sadlers Wells.
22/06/1966    ???   Dorchester Hotel, London.
25/06/1966   Greyhound Derby,   White City, London.
2-3/07/1966   Cricket,   Eastbourne.
9-10/07/1966   ???    All Hallows, London Wall.
14-16/07/1966   Racing,   Ascot.
20/07/1966   Institute of Civil Engineers,    12 Great George Street.
30/07/1966  World Cup Final,   Wembley Stadium, London 
26-28/08/1966   Racing,   Newcastle.
2-3/09/1966   Cricket,   Lords.
9-10/09/1966   Cricket,   Lords.
12-13/09/1966   Cricket,   Lords.
16-17/09/1966   Swimming Great Britain v. Sweden,   Wembley Pool.  For BBC1 Grandstand.
20-24/09/1966   Liberal Party Conference,   Brighton.                              For BBC2
27-29/09/1966   Fighting Vehicles,    Chertsey.
2-7/10/1966    Labour Party Conference,    Brighton.                                For BBC2  
10/10/1966    ??   Portsmouth Locarno.
13/10/1966    Boxing,    Royal Albert Hall.
17-19/10/1966   Wheelbase,   Earls Court, London.
21-24/10/1966   Westminster Abbey,  
28-29/10/1966   Rugby League,    Swinton.                                                For BBC1 Grandstand.
5-7/11/1966   Christmas Circus,   
12-14/11/1966   Easter Circus,
17-18/11/1966   Filton Bristol.
22-23/11/1966   ???   Cuckfield.
3/12/1966     ???   Festival Hall.
6/12/1966     ???    Downing Street, London.
7-8/12/1966   Wheelbase,   Bart’s Medical school.
9-10/12/1966   MOTD Spurs.
23-25/12/1966   Meet the Kids,   Carshalton Hospital.

—————————————–1967——————————————————

6-7/01/1967    Rugby,    Twickenham.
18-20/01/67   ???   Olymipia,  London.
26-17/01/67   Racing,   Windsor.
02/02/1967   Boxing,    Royal Albert Hall,  London.
07/02/1967   Football,   QPR.
12-13/02/67   Come Dancing semi finals,    Pontypool.                           For BBC1
18/02/1967    Weight Lifting,   Tottenham Town Hall.
21-23/02/67   Racing,   Ascot.
27/02/1967    Quiz Ball,    St. Joseph’s  Highgate.
1-2/03/1967   Trades Union Congress,    Central Hall, Westminster.
08/03/1967   Boulez Concert,    Festival Hall.
11-12/03/67   Seeing and Believing,   St. Mary, Aldermary.
17-19/03/67   ???   Whitelands Col. West Hill Putney.
21/03/1967   Boxing,   Wembley Pool. London.
25/03/1967   Rugby,   Wakefield.
30-31/03/67   Racing,   Ascot.
7-8/04/1967    Rugger,   Melrose.
11-12/04/67   Greyhound Trophy,   Glasgow Celtic.
15-16/04/67   Stars for Spastics,    Wembley Pool.
19-21/04/67   Dance Championships,   Wembley Pool.
26-27/04/67   Election,    Briely Hill, Birmingham.
30/04/1967   Lamda Theatre.
03/05/1967   ???   London Opera Centre, Commercial Road.
05/05/1967   Boxing,   Wembley.
11-12/05/67  ???  RC Cathedral, Liverpool.
19-30/05/67  Cricket,   Lords.
1-3/06/1967    Racing,   Newbury.
05/06/1967    Panorama,    Royal Institution Chartered Surveyors, Westminster.
14-15/06/67   ???   Stanmore Orthopaedic Hospital.
18/06/1967    Donovan,    18 Denbeigh Close, Notting Hill.
21/06/1967 to 10/07/1967  Tennis, Wimbledon.
12-15/07/67 Open Golf Championship,  Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.           Picture
13-15/07/67   ???   White City, London. ??
23-26/07/67   Horse Show,   White City, London.
15-17/08/67   ???    Royal Aircraft Est.  Filton, Bristol.
24-26/08/67   Racing,    Goodwood.
1-2/09/1967   Cricket,   Lords.
8-12/09/67   Cricket,   Lords.
14-16/09/67   Racing,   Newbury.
19-20/09/67    Top of the Form,  Crawley.
23/09/1967    Match of the Day,   Arsenal.
17-18/10/67    Wheelbase,   Earls Court, London.
24-25/10/67   Sudbury Wasps Rugger.
14-15/11/67   Wheelbase,   Nantwich.
17/11/1967   Lectures,   Royal Institution, London.
19/11/1967  Talk of the Town,   ???
26/11/1967  Talk of the Town,   ???
28-30/11/67   Wheelbase,   Beulieu.
03/12/1967  Talk of the Town,   ???
06/12/1967   Hippodrome,  Golders Green.
10/12/1967  Talk of the Town,   ???
19/12/1967   Rugby,   St. Helens.

—————————————–1968——————————————————

30/03/1968   Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race.    TX BBC Grandstand  15.40          PICTURE 

—————————————–1969——————————————————

12-18/01/69  Top of the Form, Romford.  TX BBC1 6/3/69                                NOTES
June/1969   Conversion to colour with 2 Philips PC60 colour cameras

01/07/1969  Investiture of HRH the Prince of Wales,   Caernarfon                   NOTES
18/11/1969   Tennis,    Royal Albert Hall, London
04/12/1969   Parliamentary Bye Election,  Wellingborough.

—————————————–1970——————————————————

29/05/1970   Racing,    Newbury 

16-25/05/70  Commonwealth Games, Edinburgh.                                                  NOTES

04/09/1970   Cricket, Gillette Cup,    Lords

—————————————–1971——————————————————

02/07/1971   HRH Princess Anne opening the Erskine Bridge Scotland. TX BBC2 14.25     PICTURE
07/07/1971   Open Golf Championship,   Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport,                       NOTES

02/11/1971   Wheelbase, Lancaster Hotel,  London,  Driver Awards
05-06/11/71  Racing,  Worcester,  plus insert into Cilla Black Show                                        
NOTES
12-13/11/71  Racing,  Cheltenham,  almost certainly the remote site in the centre of the course.
19-20/11/71  RAC Rally, Harwood House,  Nr Harrogate
22-23/11/71  RAC Rally,  Wheelbase,  Machynlleth                                                                      NOTES
26-27/11/71  Cross Country Running,  Parliament Hill Fields,  Hampstead.   
03-04/12/71  Racing,  Chepstow
07/12/1971   Wheelbase,  Steering Wheel Club,  Curzon St.
09-11/12/71  Racing,  Cheltenham
17-18/12/71  Live Cilla Black Show,  from RAF Aldergrove,  Northern Ireland.

30 Dec 71 – 01 Jan 72   Racing,  Newbury,  remote again.

—————————————–1972——————————————————

By 1972 MCR21 had EMI 2001 cameras installed.

05/01/1972    ?        Liverpool?? 
10/01/1972    ?        Wolverhampton?
12-14/01/72  “The Man Outside”  Drama, first episode “Last Target”            NOTES
24-25/01/72  Engelbert Humperdinck Show (OB insert for), Horsted Keynes station    NOTES
27-28/01/72 “The Man Outside”  Drama, White Waltham
03-04/02/72 “The Man Outside”  Drama,  Cambridge Rd., Kilburn NW6
08/02/1972    People Who Play,     Roy Castle’s Home.
24-25/02/72 “The Man Outside”  Drama,  Norland Square, W11
06-07/03/72  Engelbert Humperdinck Show (OB insert for), Vauxhalls Luton car plant
11-15/04/72   State Visit of the Queen and Prince of the Netherlands,  Windsor Castle.
21/04/1972    ?        Arundel, Duke of Norfolk’s estate
22/04/1972    ?        Swimming pool
23/04/1972    ?        Berkhamsted?
05/05/1972   Racing,   Kempton Park
08-09/05/72  “The Man Outside” Drama,  50 Woodville Gardens, Ealing     
10/05/1972   Open University,   Crenwoods School,  Riverfield Road SE9
15/05/1972   Wheelbase,   Llandrindod Wells Llynbarried Hall, Nanthel
19/05/1972   Racing,   Newbury
29-31/05/72  Operation Vague,  RAF Benson,  Live TX BBC 31/5/72              NOTES
22/06/1972   Lawn Tennis Championships,   Wimbledon
10/07/1972   Open Golf Championship,   Muirfield Golf Links, Gullane
19/07/1972    ?            Consett Civic Hall
24/07/1972    Racing Glorious Goodwood,   Goodwood
05/08/1972    Racing,   Lingfield
08/08/1972    ?              Middle Wallop
11/08/1972    ?              Eridge
17/08/1972    Show Jumping,   Hickstead
25/08/1972    Racing Goodwood,   Goodwood
27/08/1972    Motor Racing,   Brands Hatch
29/08/1972    LO21 re-rig? cameras??
04/09/1972    ?              Grantham
11/09/1972    Wheelbase,   Jaguar Coventry
19/09/1972     ?              Banbury
20/09/1972   Motor Show for Wheelbase,   Earls Court,  London
28/09/1972   Golf,   Turnberry
11/10/1972   Golf,   Wentworth
20/10/1972   Races,   Newbury
23/10/1972   State Visit,    Windsor Castle
25/10/1972   Banquet Guildhall,   London
30/10/1972   Royal Variety Performance,   London
10/11/1972   Races,   Cheltenham
14/11/1972   The Stone Tape drama,   East Horsley
18/11/1972   Royal Courts of Justice,   Temple Bar London
24/11/1972   Races,   Newbury
27/11/1972   Wheelbase,   Marlboro Art Galleries, Albemarle street, London
02/12/1972   RAC Rally,   York
08/12/1972   Races,   Cheltenham
12/12/1972    ?           Lyceum Theatre
14/12/1972   Sports Review,   Park House Winchester Road, Kingsclere, Hants.
23/12/1972   Races,   Kempton Park
30/12/1972   Races,   Newbury

—————————————–1973——————————————————

02/01/1973   Banquet,   Hampton Court 
03/01/1973   Special Performance, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
08/01/1973   Waterline Corinthian Sailing Club,   Upper Mall, W6
12/01/1973   Softly Softly,   Bryant St. Chatham
14/01/1973    ?                Gutteridge Marina Cowes Waterline
20/01/1973   Rugby plus,   Cilla, Wales
01/02/1973   Patrick Moore look at Saturn,   39 West St. Selsey
06/02/1973   Pilot Quiz,   Swindon
14/02/1973    ?                 Caerphilly
15/02/1973   Racing,   Chepstow
23/02/1973   Racing,   Kempton Park
01/03/1973    ?             Basingstoke
02/03/1973   Racing,   Newbury
07/03/1973   Pendragon Perils,   Dyfinnog
16/03/1973   Racing,   Chepstow        OR……Clarification needed?.
16/03/1973   Opening by the Queen of New London Bridge.   TX BBC1 11.45
21/03/1973    ?             High St. Gloucester
24/03/1973   Racing,   Newbury
28/03/1973   Grand National,   Aintree 
02/04/1973   Mexican State visit,   Windsor
06/04/1973   FA Cup semi final,   Hillsborough
13/04/1973   Racing,   Newbury
16/04/1973   Cricket international,   The Oval, London
20/04/1973   Racing,   Kempton Park
25/04/1973   Pendragon Perils,   Caio
27/04/1973   Pendragon Perils,   Dyfinnog
08/05/1973   Wheelbase Rolls Royce,   Pyms Lane, Crewe
09/05/1973   Motor Racing,   Castle Donnington
17/05/1973   ?                  Biggin Hill
25/05/1973   Racing,   Newbury
29/05/1973   Wheelbase,   Reed House,  82 Piccadilly, London
31/05/1973   Racing,   Kempton Park
05/06/1973   The Derby,  Epsom
11/06/1973    ?             New Forest
12/06/1973   Wheelbase,   27 Grays Inn Rd.
13/06/1973    ?            New Forest Stoney Cross
18/06/1973   Racing,   Ascot
25/06/1973   Wheelbase,   Fanham Hall, Ware
28/06/1973    ?             Imber Court Thames Ditton
01/07/1973   Fun Flying,   Tollerton 
03/07/1973   Cricket,   Headingly
11/07/1973   British Grand Prix,   Silverstone 
18/07/1973   One Man & his Dog,   Gasworks Meadow, Dalton in Furness
19/07/1973   Animal Scene,   Barrow in Furness
24/07/1973   Animal Scene,   Keswick
30/07/1973   Races,   Goodwood
07/08/1973   Drama,   Great Hall Lincoln’s Inn,  Holborn, London
16/08/1973   Races,   Newbury
19/08/1973   Athletics,    Crystal Palace Sports Centre 
24/08/1973   Races,   Goodwood
28/08/1973   Experimental Session,   Bletchley
31/08/1973   Races,   Kempton Park
05/09/1973   Show Jumping,    Hickstead
01/10/1973   Wheelbase,   Land Rover factory Solihull
09/10/1973   Golf,   Wentworth
19/10/1973   Races,    Kempton Park
26/10/1973   Races,   Newbury
30/10/1973   Wheelbase,    Pirelli factory, Burton on Trent

—————————————–1974 onwards——————————————————

—————————————–1975 onwards——————————————————

In Feb  1975 MCR21 was listed as LO21 and had EMI 2001 cameras installed.
The camera van was 413 EXH and the tender was ELC 5973,  Notes from KA EM’s red data book. 

03/11/1975  North Sea Oil-Forties Field on Stream.  Grade One Programme, TX BBC1         Picture & Notes

 

—————————————–1976 onwards——————————————————

07/08/1976   Seaside Special,   Cherbourg, France 

 

1977   It has been suggested that at some point MCR21 had Philips LDK5 cameras with Varotal 16 lenses installed as an evaluation of how these cameras might be used on outside broadcasts in the next generation of type 5 OB vans. It is now thought that this was actually a second vehicle that inherited the LO21 designation as MCR21 was retired.   More information about this is sought.

1978   End of BBC service.

1979   Now redundant and sold privately

 

These notes are compiled from the recollections & diaries of the crews who worked on MCR21.               

 Any additions or corrections are welcome.