Tuesday October 23rdMy 8th birthday. At most schools I’ve attended, my birthday usually fell during the half-term holiday, and this year is no exception. Though for some reason the half-term holidays in 1980 and 1981 fell on different dates and I spent the merry day at school. This might be the year I got Atomic Man, my first Action Man figure, which, if memory serves me correctly, was a present from my Auntie Pauline. It was just like a normal Action Man, but with a cybernetic heart in his chest that made a clicking sound when you pressed it. Yes. Even my Action Man had to be a sci-fi one.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Part 7 (final episode)Cabaret Voltaire’s first album, Mix-Up, is released.Not The Nine O’Clock News: Series 1, Episode 2 - still casting a wide net searching for an identity, but impressively there’s a sketch about Saint Vincent gaining its independence, which is just about to happen (see Saturday). Which gets interrupted by a man moaning about “the bloody rubbish we’ve had to put up with since ITV went on strike” (see tomorrow).
Peter Sutcliffe is interviewed by police in connection with the Yorkshire Ripper murders - more specifically, regarding the fact that his car had been spotted 36 times in some of the red light areas under investigation. This is the sixth time he’s been interviewed in two years. Unfortunately, thanks to an archaic filing system, a previous report flagging him up as a serious suspect hasn’t yet been processed. The officers in charge take a sample of his handwriting but, since it doesn’t match the handwriting in the fake letters sent by the hoaxerwho has been pretending to be the Yorkshire Ripper for a laugh, they eliminate him from the investigation.
Top of the Pops - presented by Peter Powell, with music from The Specials, Lena Martell and Janet Brown doing an impression of Margaret Thatcher.Basil the Rat, the final episode of Fawlty Towers, is finally broadcast by the BBC, a day after the final episode of the similarly Python-related Ripping Yarns. It was originally scheduled as part of Series 2(broadcast Feb to Mar 1979) but hadn’t been completed owing to a strike at the BBC.Friday October 26thSouth Korean president Park Chung Hee is assassinated by Kim Jae Kyu, the head of his own intelligence service.