Tuesday December 18th Oil ministers from 13 OPEC nations meet in Caracas to discuss the price of oil, in the context of Iran’s continuing dispute with the US over the hostage situation in Tehran. Thursday December 20th A new Housing Bill offers council tenants the right to buy their council homes. Doctor Who Weekly No 11 Star Wars Weekly No 96 Top of the Pops - yet again presented by serial child rapist Jimmy Savile, who thankfully doesn’t show up much in these clips: A Merry Jingle Greedies (actually Thin Lizzy with the two remaining Sex Pistols) Working for the Yankee Dollar Skids 7 Teen The Regents Blue Peter Mike Oldfield (via Legs & Co) I’m in the Mood for Dancing The Nolans Friday December 21st The Lancaster House Agreement is signed in London, bringing a formal end to the 15-year-long Rhodesian Bush War and legally ending white minority rule in Rhodesia. This is, as far as I can guess, the last day of my first term at Fairburn School. But since I’ve no hard evidence I was even there after November 29th, I can’t be absolutely certain. Saturday December 22nd Tiswas Doctor Who: The Horns of Nimon - Part One 2000 AD Prog 145: the front cover warmly offers “A Thrill-Powered Christmas to All Earthlets!” Trailer for tomorrow’s Christmas edition of Emu’s Broadcasting Company BBC 2, 5.10 pm: Something Else, featuring music from Skids and The Revillos BBC 1, 6.35 pm: Christmas Snowtime Special, filmed in Leysin, Switzerland and presented by Dame Edna Everage. Because various edits of this programme were made for overseas sale and it may have been remixed with various other BBC snowtime specials, I’m not entirely sure which of these performances actually made it into the show. But it may or may not have included: ABBA - Chiquitita ABBA failing miserably at skating The Jacksons - Destiny The Jacksons doing Blame It On The Boogie on a snowy mountainside, surrounded by kids Kate Bush - Wow Kate Bush - December Will Be Magic Again Boney M rehearsing in skiing outfits Boney M - Hooray! Hooray! It’s a Holi-Holiday Sunday December 23rd BBC 1, 9.40 am: The Sunday Gang - Christmas episode of the Christian kids’ show with Mackintosh Mouse, currently available to see here. Of all the old shows I’ve watched to create this timeline, this has to be the most disappointing. Despite being brought up in a most-definitely-not-Christian household (my parents refused to have me baptised or ‘Christened’ which was quite an oddity where I lived at the time) and always being told I was free to grow up and ‘find my own religion,’ I always quite enjoyed watching this lively Sunday morning show if I caught it, with its sprightly enthusiastic cast members and the Caledonian tones of the cheeky Mackintosh Mouse. So what a slap in the face it is to come across this. I shan’t comment on the lacklustre Gang and the insidious Christian stuff’s neither here nor there, but that mouse might well be one of the shittest puppets I’ve ever seen in my life. In my memory, he was large and forthright, a bulky figure with a staggering comic presence. In real life, he’s a feeble little shivering rag with a dreadful Scots accent and a propensity for making weak racist jokes without even moving his lips. Oh and don’t get me started on the guy visiting the actual stable where Jesus was born. Meanwhile on ITV, The South Bank Show broadcasts this programme about Talking Heads (date according to TV Maze). UK SINGLES CHART No 1: Another Brick in the Wall Pink Floyd UK ALBUMS CHART No 1: Greatest Hits Rod Stewart Also, some time around now... The first edition of Viz goes on sale in Newcastle pubs for the extortionate price of 20p. The cover date is December 1979, which means it could have gone on sale any time in November or December. Needless to say, I had no idea it existed at the time and wouldn’t hear of it until the publication of The Big Hard One in 1986.
Monday December 17th - Sunday December 23rd, 1979
TERM 1: Week 15
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
Tuesday December 18th Oil ministers from 13 OPEC nations meet in Caracas to discuss the price of oil, in the context of Iran’s continuing dispute with the US over the hostage situation in Tehran. Thursday December 20th A new Housing Bill offers council tenants the right to buy their council homes. Doctor Who Weekly No 11 Star Wars Weekly No 96 Top of the Pops - yet again presented by serial child rapist Jimmy Savile, who thankfully doesn’t show up much in these clips: A Merry Jingle Greedies (actually Thin Lizzy with the two remaining Sex Pistols) Working for the Yankee Dollar Skids 7 Teen The Regents Blue Peter Mike Oldfield (via Legs & Co) I’m in the Mood for Dancing The Nolans
Monday December 17th - Sunday December 23rd, 1979
TERM 1: Week 15
Also, some time around now... The first edition of Viz goes on sale in Newcastle pubs for the extortionate price of 20p. The cover date is December 1979, which means it could have gone on sale any time in November or December. Needless to say, I had no idea it existed at the time and wouldn’t hear of it until the publication of The Big Hard One in 1986.
Saturday December 22nd Tiswas Doctor Who: The Horns of Nimon - Part One 2000 AD Prog 145: the front cover warmly offers “A Thrill- Powered Christmas to All Earthlets!” Trailer for tomorrow’s Christmas edition of Emu’s Broadcasting Company BBC 2, 5.10 pm: Something Else, featuring music from Skids and The Revillos BBC 1, 6.35 pm: Christmas Snowtime Special, filmed in Leysin, Switzerland and presented by Dame Edna Everage. Because various edits of this programme were made for overseas sale and it may have been remixed with various other BBC snowtime specials, I’m not entirely sure which of these performances actually made it into the show. But it may or may not have included: ABBA - Chiquitita ABBA failing miserably at skating The Jacksons - Destiny The Jacksons doing Blame It On The Boogie on a snowy mountainside, surrounded by kids Kate Bush - Wow Kate Bush - December Will Be Magic Again Boney M rehearsing in skiing outfits Boney M - Hooray! Hooray! It’s a Holi-Holiday
Friday December 21st The Lancaster House Agreement is signed in London, bringing a formal end to the 15-year-long Rhodesian Bush War and legally ending white minority rule in Rhodesia. This is, as far as I can guess, the last day of my first term at Fairburn School. But since I’ve no hard evidence I was even there after November 29th, I can’t be absolutely certain.
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
Sunday December 23rd BBC 1, 9.40 am: The Sunday Gang - Christmas episode of the Christian kids’ show with Mackintosh Mouse, currently available to see here. Of all the old shows I’ve watched to create this timeline, this has to be the most disappointing. Despite being brought up in a most-definitely-not- Christian household (my parents refused to have me baptised or ‘Christened’ which was quite an oddity where I lived at the time) and always being told I was free to grow up and ‘find my own religion,’ I always quite enjoyed watching this lively Sunday morning show if I caught it, with its sprightly enthusiastic cast members and the Caledonian tones of the cheeky Mackintosh Mouse. So what a slap in the face it is to come across this. I shan’t comment on the lacklustre Gang and the insidious Christian stuff’s neither here nor there, but that mouse might well be one of the shittest puppets I’ve ever seen in my life. In my memory, he was large and forthright, a bulky figure with a staggering comic presence. In real life, he’s a feeble little shivering rag with a dreadful Scots accent and a propensity for making weak racist jokes without even moving his lips. Oh and don’t get me started on the guy visiting the actual stable where Jesus was born.
Meanwhile on ITV, The South Bank Show broadcasts this programme about Talking Heads (date according to TV Maze).