Monday November 12th In response to the hostage situation in Tehran, U.S. President Jimmy Carter orders a halt to all oil imports from Iran into the United States. Here’s what he had to say about it. Tuesday November 13th The Times is published for the first time in nearly a year – it had been off the stands since 1978 owing to a dispute between management and unions over manning levels and the introduction of new technology. Not The Nine O’Clock News: Series 1, Ep 5 After 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. The Skids perform live on The Old Grey Whistle Test. The drummer in this line-up is Rusty Egan, one of the founding members of Visage. Ronald Reagan announces his intention to run for President of the United States. Watching his candidacy speech, it’s tempting to think the Republican party has changed since 1979. But keep listening - the message is the same. It’s just the method of delivery that’s different. Wednesday November 14th President Carter issues an executive order, freezing all Iranian assets in the United States in response to the hostage crisis. Quatermass - Part 4 Thursday November 15th Doctor Who Weekly No 6 Star Wars Weekly No 91 Top of the Pops: presented by Kid Jensen, with music from Suzi Quatro, BA Robertson and The Moody Blues Friday November 16th Prime 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. BBC 1: The last ever episode of Sykes. Saturday November 17th Ayatollah Khomeini orders the release of 13 American hostages (eight black men and five women) being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, on the basis that they are unlikely to be spies. Another 77 remain captive. BBC Continuity Doctor Who: The Creature from the Pit - Part Four The Professionals: Dead Reckoning 2000 AD Prog 140: a special issue featuring the debut of two new strips, The VCs and The Stainless Steel Rat, both of which I loved. The cover advertises the new Star Trek movie (the first of the franchise), heralding its imminent release (though I may not have seen it until some time in 1980). Season 3 of Dallas begins in the UK. The series was fairly popular at the time but about to get a lot bigger. Here’s the iconic title sequence. Sunday November 18th UK SINGLES CHART No 1: When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman Dr Hook No 15: Complex Gary Numan No 34: Working for the Yankee Dollar Skids No 35: Union City Blue Blondie No 55: The Ballad of Lucy Jordan Marianne Faithfull No 62: Spacer Shelia and B Devotion No 73: Off The Wall Michael Jackson UK ALBUMS CHART No 1: Greatest Hits Vol. 2 ABBA No 4: Setting Sons The Jam No 65: Broken English Marianne Faithfull
Monday November 12th - Sunday November 18th, 1979
TERM 1: Week 10
TERM 1 (Sept - Dec 1979) Week 0 (Aug 25 - Sep 2, 1979) Week 1 (Sep 3 - Sep 9, 1979) Week 2 (Sep 10 - Sep 16, 1979) Week 3 (Sep 17 - Sep 23, 1979) Week 4 (Sep 24 - Sep 30, 1979) Week 5 (Oct 1 - Oct 7, 1979) Week 6 (Oct 8 - Oct 14, 1979) Week 7 (Oct 15 - Oct 21, 1979) Half Term (Oct 22 - Oct 28, 1979) Week 8 (Oct 29 - Nov 4, 1979) Week 9 (Nov 5 - Nov 11, 1979) Week 10 (Nov 12 - Nov 18, 1979) Week 11 (Nov 19 - Nov 25, 1979) Week 12 (Nov 26 - Dec 2, 1979) Week 13 (Dec 3 - Dec 9, 1979) Week 14 (Dec 10 - Dec 16, 1979) Week 15 (Dec 17 - Dec 23, 1979) Christmas (Dec 24 - Dec 30, 1979) New Year’s Eve (Dec 31, 1979)
TERM 1 IN LINK FORM
Destiny of the Daleks Sep 1, 1979
Cars Gary Numan
ITV Returns Oct 24,1979
The Path of Least Resistance The Human League
Iran Hostage Crisis Nov 4, 1979
Life of Brian Debate Nov 9, 1979
Monday November 12th In response to the hostage situation in Tehran, U.S. President Jimmy Carter orders a halt to all oil imports from Iran into the United States. Here’s what he had to say about it.
Monday November 12th - Sunday November 18th, 1979
TERM 1: Week 10
Sunday November 18th UK SINGLES CHART No 1: When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman Dr Hook No 15: Complex Gary Numan No 34: Working for the Yankee Dollar Skids No 35: Union City Blue Blondie No 55: The Ballad of Lucy Jordan Marianne Faithfull No 62: Spacer Shelia and B Devotion No 73: Off The Wall Michael Jackson UK ALBUMS CHART No 1: Greatest Hits Vol. 2 ABBA No 4: Setting Sons The Jam No 65: Broken English Marianne Faithfull
Ayatollah Khomeini orders the release of 13 American hostages (eight black men and five women) being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, on the basis that they are unlikely to be spies. Another 77 remain captive.
Friday November 16th Prime 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
Thursday November 15th Doctor Who Weekly No 6 Star Wars Weekly No 91 Top of the Pops: presented by Kid Jensen, with music from Suzi Quatro, BA Robertson and The Moody Blues
Wednesday November 14th President Carter issues an executive order, freezing all Iranian assets in the United States in response to the hostage crisis. Quatermass - Part 4
Tuesday November 13th The Times is published for the first time in nearly a year – it had been off the stands since 1978 owing to a dispute between management and unions over manning levels and the introduction of new technology. Not The Nine O’Clock News: Series 1, E5 After 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.
The Skids perform live on The Old Grey Whistle Test. The drummer in this line-up is Rusty Egan, one of the founding members of Visage.
2000 AD Prog 140: a special issue featuring the debut of two new strips, The VCs and The Stainless Steel Rat, both of which I loved. The cover advertises the new Star Trek movie (the first of the franchise), heralding its imminent release (though I may not have seen it until some time in 1980). Season 3 of Dallas begins in the UK. The series was fairly popular at the time but about to get a lot bigger. Here’s the iconic title sequence.
TERM 1 IN LINK FORM
Destiny of the Daleks Sep 1, 1979
Cars Gary Numan
ITV Returns Oct 24,1979
Iran Hostage Crisis Nov 4, 1979
Life of Brian Debate Nov 9, 1979
Ronald Reagan announces his intention to run for President of the United States. Watching his candidacy speech, it’s tempting to think the Republican party has changed since 1979. But keep listening - the message is the same. It’s just the method of delivery that’s different.