|The Good Old Days|
|Genre||Old Time Variety, Family, music hall|
|Country of origin||UK|
|No. of seasons||30|
|Production location(s)||Leeds City Varieties Music Hall|
|First shown in||1953|
|Original release||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, who introduced the acts from a desk situated at the side of the stage. In the course of its run it featured about 2,000 performers. Each show was up to an hour long. All acts were in the style of late Victorian/Edwardian stage acts.
The show was first broadcast on 20 July 1953 and the first two shows were compered by Don Gemmell.
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.
Out of 245 episodes, 108 are believed to survive complete. 63 of the programmes were broadcast on BBC Four between November 2015 and January 2018.