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And I kept going and I just laughed and made up a bit of story towards the end of it and finished it off and said, "Well, there you are! Clem Ashby again was a very good voice over for all the different things that he did and he was very, very popular so there were identifiable people in STV in my early days which, Bill Tennent was another who did a tremendous amount of work on Here and Now, another programme. And you spoke in to the camera and you sat on your own and I started to tell the story of Sam, the pig, which I'd got at home and I thought this was ideal for children because this was who the programme was going to be aimed at, I thought, and I got three quarters of the way through the story and then I forgot what I was talking about! Working in theatre, comedy, film and variety, he never quite expected to become a children’s TV host. At an age when most people would be content with a quiet retirement, for Glen the show goes on, most recently in his stint on 'Saga FM'.

Probably the thing when I was quietly told by Sandy Ross that probably the time was coming when I would have to give up doing the show because you do realise your age and I think I was well into my sixties and I couldn't understand what he was talking about! Phone your older relatives and friends to let them know you are thinking about them and ask if they need anything. And I'd actually been in the theatre with him and I never, he never told me and I didn't know anything about it! which makes me feel terrible because I'm still nineteen, well, turn it the other way round, ninety-one! In the episode, Michael receives a coconut and some flowers in the mail (in an attempt to recreate the Nintendo game Animal Crossing) and sends a thankful letter in response.

It's the biggest mistake I've ever made in my life, I think because looking back on it now, I would love to have gone and produced programmes and, stupidly, I was in love with Cavalcade unfortunately. If this room represents his professional life, then the living room - where we have coffee and biscuits later - represents his personal life. The quality of programmes that they put out and the varied mixture that they had by Here and Now, the Larry Marshall shows for comedy, the Francie and Josie stars, I think the early days of television were absolutely wonderful, I thought, and in the early days, yes, I think the early days of STV when they were establishing themselves, I thought, were really great. I think there was a great humour ran through the Company and I think that's why people worked so well.

But I actually did The Tower, which was another one, with Liam Hood as one of the Executives at STV and he was Producer of that and that was very good, it was all about a television station a way out in the country but that was very good.The guy who introduced me, he was so nervous, the Newsreader, he said, "And now over to Glen Campbell. So, I went in and I came up the stairs and there was Francis Essex sitting behind a big desk and I sat down and I said, "I'm sorry! It made for an interesting childhood, although one not without sadness - he lost a brother to meningitis - but the world of stage and theatre would offer a compelling escape. I remember coming up, because we lived in Ayr most of our life, our working life, and I remember coming up to do a recording and coming in to the studios and I thought, 'Ahh, I haven't brought Totty the Robot! Michael is rightly proud of his long and varied career, which began at the age of 17 and spanned theatre, variety, comedy and film.

I still see them today and they are all grey-haired, little, old people and they say, "I used to watch you when I was five! Glen, who’s backing Age Scotland’s push to ease loneliness on World Friendship Day today, said: “My wife died and all of a sudden I was on my own. Older people often need a hand with some household chores like changing a lightbulb or cooking for themselves, so a nice gesture might be to take round an extra plate of hot home-cooked food. I forget the name of the group now but he had hair and everything as a young man and he came on the show.And then we also did, of course, the Jimmy Logan Annan theatre, the Jimmy Logan from the Empress Theatre, which he owned.

The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. That appearance was at the old Paisley Theatre, where he did a comedy spot of his own as part of the bill.From Tuesday 1 May 1962 he was given his own nine-week record programme on the Scottish Home Service, That Reminds Me, in which, according to his producer Ben Lyons, he would "look at some of the more recent news, dip into vintage newspaper reports, add his own lighthearted comments, and illustrate the combined result with some records". and so I had visions of this wee fellow inside the lamp doing all the talking and being cheeky to me and that seemed to catch on! Glen Michael's Cavalcade was one of STV's most popular programmes ever, playing to millions of viewers during its 26-year run. These adverts enable local businesses to get in front of their target audience – the local community. That was the last of the Theatre Royal but they were very, very happy days in the Theatre Royal and recording.

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