Thursday November 29th History: People in the Old Stone Age (Part 3) - this is the last recorded date for anything I wrote in Term 1. Doctor Who Weekly No 8 Star Wars Weekly No 93 Top of the Pops - another one for which there doesn’t appear to have been any newly recorded material, relying on pre-filmed promos and performances we’ve already seen. Even presenter Peter Powell appears only as a voice over. I can only assume it was affected by a strike. Presumably the same one that ruined Doctor Who. Friday November 30th Mike Oldfield’s brand spanking new semi-electronic version of the Blue Peter theme is released as a single, the royalties from which go towards the show’s Cambodia appeal. Though I didn’t buy the single, I do remember the school organising a bring and buy sale for a Blue Peter appeal, which may well have been around this time. The presenters at the time were Simon Groom, Tina Heath and Christopher Wenner. Here’s a clip of Simon Groom joining Mike Oldfield for a day in the studio recording the theme. Adam and the Ants release their first album, Dirk Wears White Sox. It’s also their last, in a way, before Malcolm McLaren decides to mess it all up. After two weeks of uncertainty amid a strike by the ABS, Doctor Who’s producer Graham Williams is informed that his final story, Shada, written by Douglas Adams, will have its remaining studio blocks reallocated to other shows, without any opportunity to remount in the future. As a result, Shada is never completed and the current season of Doctor Who will finish early. Saturday December 1st BBC Continuity Doctor Who: Nightmare of Eden - Part Two Specially filmed trailer for the latest series of Emu’s Broadcasting Company, due to start tomorrow at 5pm. (The video title says it’s November, but the series actually started on Sunday December 2nd.) On BBC 2, this week’s edition of Something Else comes from Belfast, featuring music from Rudi and The Undertones. See it in full here. 2000 AD Prog 142: The front cover announces the imminent release of Disney’s The Black Hole - I didn’t actually see the film at the time but I did buy some action figures from it (or at least one, a robot called V.I.N.C.E.N.T). Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now is released in UK cinemas (according to this page, though this site reckons it didn’t premiere till December 18th). It would be another 14 years before I actually saw it, and 17 before I saw it without other people talking all the way through about how bad they thought it was. Here’s the trailer. The Professionals: A Hiding to Nothing Sunday December 2nd A new series of The South Bank Show begins with a programme about Francis Ford Coppola (reinforcing the probability that Apocalypse Now was just released in the UK this week). UK SINGLES CHART No 1: Walking on the Moon The Police No 56: My Feet Keep Dancing Chic No 64: Moonlight and Muzak M No 67: Tears of a Clown / Ranking Full Stop The Beat No 72: Blue Peter Mike Oldfield No 74: Please Don’t Go KC and the Sunshine Band UK ALBUMS CHART No 1: Greatest Hits Rod Stewart No 3: The Wall Pink Floyd No 18: Metal Box Public Image Ltd No 48: Platinum Mike Oldfield No 65: On Parole Motorhead
Monday November 26th - Sunday December 2nd, 1979
TERM 1: Week 12
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
Thursday November 29th History: People in the Old Stone Age (Part 3) - this is the last recorded date for anything I wrote in Term 1. Doctor Who Weekly No 8 Star Wars Weekly No 93 Top of the Pops - another one for which there doesn’t appear to have been any newly recorded material, relying on pre-filmed promos and performances we’ve already seen. Even presenter Peter Powell appears only as a voice over. I can only assume it was affected by a strike. Presumably the same one that ruined Doctor Who.
Monday November 26th - Sunday December 2nd, 1979
TERM 1: Week 12
Sunday December 2nd A new series of The South Bank Show begins with a programme about Francis Ford Coppola (reinforcing the probability that Apocalypse Now was just released in the UK this week). UK SINGLES CHART No 1: Walking on the Moon The Police No 56: My Feet Keep Dancing Chic No 64: Moonlight and Muzak M No 67: Tears of a Clown / Ranking Full Stop The Beat No 72: Blue Peter Mike Oldfield No 74: Please Don’t Go KC and the Sunshine Band UK ALBUMS CHART No 1: Greatest Hits Rod Stewart No 3: The Wall Pink Floyd No 18: Metal Box Public Image Ltd No 48: Platinum Mike Oldfield No 65: On Parole Motorhead
Saturday December 1st BBC Continuity Doctor Who: Nightmare of Eden - Part Two On BBC 2, this week’s edition of Something Else comes from Belfast, featuring music from Rudi and The Undertones. See it in full here. 2000 AD Prog 142: The front cover announces the imminent release of Disney’s The Black Hole - I didn’t actually see the film at the time but I did buy some action figures from it (or at least one, a robot called V.I.N.C.E.N.T). Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now is released in UK cinemas (according to this page, though this site reckons it didn’t premiere till December 18th). It would be another 14 years before I actually saw it, and 17 before I saw it without other people talking all the way through about how bad they thought it was. Here’s the trailer. The Professionals: A Hiding to Nothing
Adam and the Ants release their first album, Dirk Wears White Sox. It’s also their last, in a way, before Malcolm McLaren decided to mess it all up.
Friday November 30th Mike Oldfield’s brand spanking new semi-electronic version of the Blue Peter theme is released as a single, the royalties from which go towards the show’s Cambodia appeal. Though I didn’t buy the single, I do remember the school organising a bring and buy sale for a Blue Peter appeal, which may well have been around this time. The presenters at the time were Simon Groom, Tina Heath and Christopher Wenner. Here’s a clip of Simon Groom joining Mike Oldfield for a day in the studio recording the theme.
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
Specially filmed trailer for the latest series of Emu’s Broadcasting Company, due to start tomorrow at 5pm. (The video title says it’s November, but the series actually started on Sunday December 2nd.)
After two weeks of uncertainty amid a strike by the ABS, Doctor Who’s producer Graham Williams is informed that his final story, Shada, written by Douglas Adams, will have its remaining studio blocks reallocated to other shows, without any opportunity to remount in the future. As a result, Shada is never completed and the current season of Doctor Who will finish early.