Newspaper Cuttings

♦A selection of personal, theatre and television articles concerning Noele over the years going back to her earliest days in theatre in 1938.

Norwood News, May 1939

A look at Noele’s career so far, including the colour TV experiments at Crystal Palace and her Penge Theatre work.

Norwood News, February 1941

Noele Gordon announces her forthcoming marriage to a Cheshire Captain.

The Stage, March 1947

Noele Gordon is one of the many theatre stars drafted in by impresario Jack Hylton to woo Maurice Chevalier to perform in London.

The People, February 1947

Universal News Reels caused blushes for Noel Gay when he was muddled up with Noele Gordon during a spring fashion cinema feature.

The Stage, January 1947

Noele Gordon writes an article for The Stage about the importance of how pantomime is put together for the children in the audience.

Reveille Newspaper, February 1947

A lucky pools winner gets the added bonus of a kiss on the cheek from Miss. Noele Gordon star of the Adelphi Theatre pantomime.

The Stage, November 1949

The Stage’s special supplement feature on the 1949 Royal Variety Performance, with a closer look at the Noele Gordon segment in the feature.

Evening Express, December 1951

A feature on Noele Gordon during her run at the London Palladium in festive pantomime Humpty Dumpty alongside Terry Thomas, Peggy Mount and Jean Bayless to name a few.

The Stage, September 1951

The Stage’s Variety Stage section welcomes a letter by Noele rebuking their notion that there is no longer any funny female comedy stars on the stage – she’s one.

Birmingham Gazette, May 1951

The Birmingham newspaper welcomes the return of Noele to the region following her previous two successful stints in pantomime and rep performances.

The Guardian, March 1955

The beginning of Associated Television is reported on in the national press, initially the company was the ITPC.

The Times, March 1955

National news report on the merger of Associated Broadcasting Development Company with the Incorporated Television Programme Company to form ATV.

The Stage, November 1955

The Stage report that Associated Television is set to arrive in Birmingham on a search for telly talent. Noele Gordon was one of the execs on a mission in the city.

The London News, November 1955

London regional newspaper reports on how ATV is set to launch in the Midlands – this follows the launch of ATV London in September of 1955.

Birmingham Gazette, December 1955

One of the Birmingham regional newspapers covers ATV’s month-long stint in Birmingham looking for ideas for the impending launch of ITV in the region.

The Guardian, February 1956

Independent Television from ATV Midlands and ABC Television is set to go on air from the Alpha Television Studios in Aston Cross, Birmingham.

Coventry Evening Telegraph, May 1956

Newspaper report on a car crash involving Noele Gordon, her TV director and another vehicle as they were traveling back to Birmingham.

The Birmingham Post, January 1957

ATV in the Midlands has proved a ratings hit with viewers with Noele’s programmes proving a draw. TAM viewing logs also note Christmas Lunch Box proved popular.

The Daily Mail, February 1957

How a moment on American TV gave Noele Gordon the idea to create Lunch Box.

Coventry Evening Telegraph, September 1957

Noele Gordon and Beryl Reid unite for a four-part situation comedy about two poles apart next-door neighbours.

The Stage, December 1959

New producer of Lunch Box Jack Barton is shaking things up, while the Christmas Day edition of the show will be networked once more on ITV.

The Stage, October 1959

It has been mooted that STV, Tyne Tees Television and ATV Midlands may ‘link-up’ for their 1pm broadcasts which would have been ‘Nationwide’ a decade before…

Coventry Evening Telegraph, August 1959

The first ‘Lunch Box themed’ restaurant was opened by Noele Gordon and Reg Watson in Coventry.

The Daily Mirror, December 1959

Noele is given her first network ITV programme from ATV London and another festive networking of Lunch Box.

The Stage, April 1959

A feature on Noele Gordon and ATV Midland’s hit mid-day show Lunch Box that is now shown on the ITV Network.

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