BRING back The McFlannels – it would be the ‘perfect tonic’ for us all, reckon Times Past readers.

Our recent story about the popular radio soap about the lives and loves of a handful of Glasgow families, sparked a few memories for readers.

Elizabeth Carroll, from Airdrie, was delighted to see the popular show appear in one of our articles recently.

“I was born in Glasgow, and lived there until I was around eight years old,” she told us. “We stayed in Maryhill Road and my dad worked at The Regent, where he was a cocktail barman.

“My gran always listened to the McFlannels on the radio – every Saturday night, without fail. I remember it so well – and I am 80 years old now. I wish they would make it into a TV series…”

Ginny Wilson, now living in East Kilbride, grew up in Pollokshields and still remembers rushing home on a Saturday to listen to the show.

“It was always very funny and warm,” she says. “Nothing like today’s depressing soap operas. They should bring it back for us all during these days of lockdown and restrictions – it would be the perfect tonic.”

After 12 years of broadcasting in the Scottish Home Service, this picture from the BBC archives show the final broadcast on Saturday 10 March 1951.

From left to right, it shows Arthur Shaw as Peter, Eric Wightman as Uncle Donald and Anna Donald as Auntie Nell.

Arthur doubled as 'effects assistant' when a caller rang The McFlannels' doorbell.