Friday November 16thPrime Minister Margaret Thatcher names Anthony Blunt as the “fourth man” of the Cambridge Spy Ring.BBC 2 screens the first ever episode of Japanese TV programme Monkey, following the exploits of Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy as they trek west from China to India, in service of the ‘boy’ monk Tripitaka. It has one of the best intro sequences of any TV programme I’ve ever seen, with terrific voice acting from the British actors dubbed onto the soundtrack, and rapidly becomes very popular at school.The last ever episode of Sykes
Wednesday November 14thPresident Carter issues an executive order, freezing all Iranian assets in the United States in response to the hostage crisis.Quatermass - Part 4
Tuesday November 13thThe Times is published for the first time in nearly a year – it had been off the stands since 1978 owing to a disputebetween management and unions over manning levels and the introduction of new technology.Not The Nine O’Clock News: Series 1, E5After all the attempts in previous weeks to make the episode seem specifically relevant to the weeks in which they were shown, this episode is for some reason Christmas themed. Seems bizarre. But on reflection, having written for and performed in an actual BBC Comedy, my Christmas song was actually broadcast in the middle of November, so maybe it’s a thing.