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From Pirate to Politician

Radio Caroline, the first offshore pirate radio station, which began broadcasting exactly 50 years ago, launched the careers of many famous disc jockeys: people like Roger Day, Johnnie Walker and Tony Blackburn.

But one of the very first Radio Caroline DJs hung up his headphones and decided to follow a very different career path, as our political correspondent Phil Hornby reports, with Sir Roger Gale MP.

Radio Caroline Birthday Feature - full version!

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

We've already posted up the two-part features about Radio Caroline's 50th birthday - but if you'd rather watch them all in a single eight-minute mega-anorak session, then here it is!

David Johns reports, starting with a clip of the BBC's Director of Sound Broadcasting, Frank Gillard in 1966, then interviews with DJs Keith Skues, Johnny Lewis, Paul Graham and Roger Day, plus a lovely archive clip of the then Postmaster General Tony Benn MP. Finally Caroline manager, Peter Moore.

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Here's to the next 50 years, Radio Caroline

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Precisely 50 years ago today, test tansmissions began for a radio station that would help to change the face of broadcasting across the UK. That radio station was Caroline - an unlicensed, "pirate" broadcaster, transmitting from a ship anchored just outside British waters.

Here's David Johns to remind us how Caroline fought the law - and what's happened to it since the sixties. He speaks to Caroline's current manager, Peter Moore, plus DJs Johnny Lewis and Roger Day.

The Radio Caroline Story - Part 1

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

This Friday marks a very special anniversary: it'll be exactly fifty years since the first full broadcasts began from Radio Caroline, a so-called "pirate" radio ship moored a few miles off the Kent coast. Caroline and the other estuary pirates made history - and made legends of their DJs.

We've compiled three special features about the ship and its history - and here's David Johns with the first - a look back at how it all started.

It features archive clips from the BBC's Frank Gillard in 1966, interviews with presenters Keith Skues, Johnny Lewis, Paul Graham and Roger Day, a lovely bit fo archive Tony Benn (then Postmaster-General) and comment from Caroline's current manager, Peter Moore.

Laughing all the way to Maidstone

Some critics have described Andrew Lawrence's comedy as a 'Victorian blend of rage and good grammar''. Credit: Idil Sukan

Comedy lovers in Maidstone will be getting another dose of laughter this weekend when comedian Andrew Lawrence performs at the Hazlitt Arts Centre. A regular on the Edinburgh fringe and Live at the Apollo Andrew is now touring with the show "There is No Escape".

It follows the success of Stephen K Amos' show at the venue in February.

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£50,000 thought to be raised selling Midsomer clothes

Video. Here's a treat for fans of ITV drama Midsomer Murder. A local charity was astonished when they were told all the costumes and clothes used to make the detective series were heading their way.

Hats and gloves, suits and ties, dresses and blouses are all up for sale in Aylesbury this weekend. Money raised will go to the Oxford based Helen and Douglas House.

Penny Silvester spoke to Lesley Gorton from Helen and Douglas House and Pat Edhouse from the Midsomer Muders' Society.

The sale of the clothes and costumes is this weekend, from 9:30am-5:30pm. To find out more, click here.

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