The Good Old Days
|The Good Old Days|
|Genre||Old Time Variety, Family|
|Country of origin||UK|
|No. of seasons||30|
|Location(s)||Leeds City Varieties Music Hall|
|First shown in||1953|
|Original run||1953 – 1983|
It was performed at the Leeds City Varieties and recreated an authentic atmosphere of the Victorian–Edwardian music hall with songs and sketches of the era performed by present-day performers in the style of the original artistes.
The audience dressed in period costume and joined in the singing, especially "Down at the Old Bull and Bush" which closed the show. The show was compered by Leonard Sachs. In the course of its run it featured about 2,000 performers.
The show was first broadcast on 20 July 1953.
The Good Old Days was inspired by the success of the "Ridgeway's Late Joys" at the Players' Theatre Club in London: a private members' club that ran fortnightly programmes of variety acts in London's West End.
Typical line-ups were :
- BBC Wednesday 29 December 1954
- Cast: Rex Jameson, Tod Slaughter, Bertha Wilmot, Harry Bailey with host Leonard Sachs
- BBC Wednesday 19 September 1956
- Cast: Barry Anthony, The Hindley-Taylor Olde Tyme Singers, Jack Daly, The Three Bolandos, Jill Summers, Gilbert and Partner, The Ballet Montmartre, Albert Burdon and Company with host Leonard Sachs
- BBC Saturday 26 December 1959
- Cast: Morecambe and Wise, Betty Jumel, Cardew Robinson, Norberti, Smoothey and Layton, Manton Brothers, Patricia Bredin with host Leonard Sachs
- BBC Sunday 17 April 1960
- Cast The Gaunt Brothers, The Falcons, June Merlin and her doves, Jimmy Gay, Harry Bailey and Nancy and Molly Munks with host Leonard Sachs
- BBC1 Sunday 15 January 1964
- Cast Ray Martine (Compere), Kathy Kirby, Debbie Lee, Tommy Bruce, Al Saxon, Lynne Perrie, Arthur Casey Byron, The Alan Braden Band and Quartet. 
- BBC1 Sunday 27 November 1966
- Cast Ted Ray, Reg Varney, Barbara Law, George Chisholm, Eithne Milne, Michael Allport and Company, Ivane and Andre Astor and Les Aguanitos with host Leonard Sachs
- BBC1 Sunday 16 April 1972 at 7.25 pm
- Cast Eartha Kitt, Arthur Askey, Eira Heath, Neville King, Larry Parker, Barrie Brothers, Terry Lightfoot and His Band, Macardis with host Leonard Sachs
- BBC1 Sunday 13 August 1972 at 7.25 pm
- Cast Rod Hull, Joe Castor, Pat Mooney, Doreen Hermitage, Jan Hunt, Jimmy Webster, Tessie O'Shea, Robert Young, Patsy MacLean with host Leonard Sachs
- BBC1 Sunday 30 March 1973 at 7.25 pm
- Cast Bruce Forsyth, Georgia Brown, Charlie Williams, Julius Nehring, Gerry Atkins, Pigalle Girls with host Leonard Sachs
- BBC1 Friday 8 February 1974 at 8.15 pm
- Cast Roy Castle, Jean Bayliss, Gil Dova, Peter Wallis, Les Aguanitos with host Leonard Sachs
- BBC1 Thursday 25 March 1976 at 9.25 pm
- Cast Larry Grayson, Frank Carson, Margaret Savage, Sheila Mathews, Ted Durante, Peter Gale, Edward Woodward with host Leonard Sachs
- BBC1 Sunday 31 December 1978 at 11.05 pm
- Cast Roy Castle, Dolores Gray, Eira Heath, Michel Arene, Lido Can-Can Girls, Perkano and Christina with host Leonard Sachs
- BBC1 Friday 20 April 1979 at 8.10 pm
- Cast Eleanor McCready, Les Dawson, Sweet Substitute, Peter Hudson, Joan Merrigan, Paul Rhodes, Julia Sutton, Ralph Heid, Eve n Alan with host Leonard Sachs
- BBC1 Wednesday 2 January 1980 at 9.25 pm
- Cast John Inman, Gemma Craven, David Kernan, Bernard Spear, Gino Donati, Michel Arene, Lido Can-Can Girls with host Leonard Sachs
- BBC1 Monday 10 May 1982 at 9.05 pm
- Cast Bernard Cribbins, Lorna Dallas, Barry Cryer, Anna Dawson, Josephine Gordon, Bill Drysdale, Christine Cartwright, Inga-Lise with host Leonard Sachs
- BBC1 Sunday 2 October 1983 at 8.55 pm
- Cast John Inman, Mary O'Hara, Neville King, Jacquie Toye, Ted Durante, Vince Hill with host Leonard Sachs
- BBC1 Friday 30 December 1983 at 3.50 pm
- Goodbye to the Good Old Days
- Documentary celebrating the longest running TV variety show in the UK, which ended its 30-year run this year. With Roy Hudd, Frankie Vaughan, Les Dawson, Larry Grayson and narrated by Barry Cryer
- http://www.lostshows.com/default.aspx?episode=9013aa68-89db-4b90-92b1-dddd9f994082 Retrieved 2013-02-10.
- '1950's British TV Milestones', Whirligig (2003). Retrieved 1 June 2005.
- 'History Of The Players' Theatre Club', The Players' Theatre (2004). Retrieved 1 June 2005.
- The Good Old Days at the Internet Movie Database