The Way We Were

A single series of eight programmes, each 30 minutes long and shown on Thursday nights in the Granada region. Various celebrities gave their recollections on the weeks topic, alongside archive film clips.

Episode 1 Christmas 6th Jan 2005
Episode 2     Work 13th Jan 2005
Episode 3 Royal visits 20th Jan 2005
Episode 4 War 27th Jan 2005
Episode 5 Transport 3rd Feb 2005
Episode 6 Sport 10th Feb 2005
Episode 7 Public Services 24th Feb 2005
Episode 8 Religion 4th Mar 2005

Episode 1 – Christmas

Tommy and Bobby’s reminiscences from episode 1

B: You’d think ‘I’m going to stop up all night now and wait for Santa Claus to come’, and you’d wait, and one night I knew my Dad was struggling for money when I were a kid, because I were listening for Santa Claus like that, and I heard this bang, and my Dad come in and Said ‘Santa Ckaus has shot himself’. Well, I knew then we weren’t getting any presents.
T:Is that a joke?
B:That was a joke, that, actually.

T: The excitement of Christmas Eve was fantastic, because although you went to sleep, you can bet your bottom dollar at five o’clock, you were up, and you were probably downstairs before your parents anyway.

T: I think my memory of Christmas is my dad bought me a train set, I had a bicycle, I thought all my dreams had come true in one hit, and my train used to run all the way through the house, from the little lounge into the kitchen with the old stone sink, back round and underneath the old fashioned sideboard with all steam coming out of the engine. I thought it was absolutely fantastic.

B: Mam and Dad could only afford one big present, so they used to take it in turns per year. Like one year I’d get a big buccannear gun, and this year our Mavis got a doll, a big walking doll, which the eyes closed, when you put it’s head back it went like that with its eyes.
T: You still have that
B: No, shut up. And I was that jealous I poked its eyes out. And my sister’s never forgiven me from that day.

T: Sprouts…you could only get them at Christmas time. Now you can get them all year round. Thats the truth. And I never had turkey, it was a cows heart. Now I know you’re laughing at that, but its true.

B: I’ll tell you what you used to do, you’d get your presents, you used to play with them for a few hours, which was fantastic, and then you would go out and see what all your mates had got, around you. ‘What have you had for Christmas?’ and all that. And in them days you used to go in each others houses, all the time.