Monday September 10th BBC 2 screens the first episode of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (now available to watch on Britbox). Wednesday September 12th Alan Clarke’s uncompromising film Scum is released in UK cinemas. Thursday September 13th Michael Rodd demonstrates a prototype for a mobile telephone on Tomorrow’s World. It’s not quite as big as you’d imagine, but the bloody great dial on the front is ginormous. Star Wars Weekly No 82 Top of the Pops - difficult to find information about this one online, but this list tells me it was presented by Dave Lee Travis, who was under investigation as part of Operation Yewtree and has therefore been excised from history. Friday September 14th The first official date in any of my Fairburn books: the beginning of Topic 1. Carole Hersee, the test card girl, reveals what she looks like all grown-up on BBC 1’s Points of View. Saturday September 15th 2000 AD Prog 131 - this week’s Judge Dredd (Sob Story) is set on an aerial superhighway where a housing shortage has resulted in citizens constantly driving around the city in their mobile homes. Probably the story that inspired Russell T Davies to write the 2007 Doctor Who episode Gridlock. Doctor Who: Destiny of the Daleks, Part Three - in which Davros, creator of the Daleks, has been resurrected after sitting in a corridor for thousands of years. This time played by a different actor, but using the original actor’s face mask. Which doesn’t entirely work. There’s also a scene where the Doctor violently rips open a woman’s top to have a look at her chest. It’s to check whether or not she’s a robot - you have to rip their blouses open to do that, apparently - but pretty disturbing nonetheless. And if that’s not enough to rouse your interest, this is also the episode in which the Doctor infamously orders the Daleks to “spack off”. Over on BBC 2 at roughly the same time, the youth show Something Else (“a programme for youngsters made by youngsters”) features music from The Jam and Joy Division, poetry from John Cooper Clarke and, alarmingly, an interview with Liberal MP Cyril Smith, who earlier in the year had been accused of child sexual abuse. Many years later, he was indeed posthumously declared a prolific child sex offender. Something Else: Full episode The Jam: Eton Rifles The Jam: When You’re Young Joy Division: Transmission Joy Division: She’s Lost Control Sunday September 16th UK SINGLES CHART No 1: Cars Gary Numan No 8: Message in a Bottle The Police No 35: Whatever You Want Status Quo No 55: Every Day Hurts Sad Cafe No 56: When You’re in Love With a Beautiful Woman Dr Hook No 57: Video Killed the Radio Star Buggles No 63: Making Plans for Nigel XTC No 74: The Chosen Few The Dooleys UK ALBUMS CHART No 1: The Pleasure Principle Gary Numan No 13: Join Hands Siouxsie and the Banshees
Monday September 10th - Sunday September 16th, 1979
TERM 1: Week 2
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
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 September 10th BBC 2 screens the first episode of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (now available to watch on Britbox). Wednesday September 12th Alan Clarke’s uncompromising film Scum is released in UK cinemas. Thursday September 13th Michael Rodd demonstrates a prototype mobile telephone on Tomorrow’s World. It’s not as big as you’d imagine, but the bloody great dial on the front is.
Monday September 10th - Sunday September 16th, 1979
TERM 1: Week 2
Sunday September 16th UK SINGLES CHART No 1: Cars Gary Numan No 8: Message in a Bottle The Police No 35: Whatever You Want Status Quo No 55: Every Day Hurts Sad Cafe No 56: When You’re in Love With a Beautiful Woman Dr Hook No 57: Video Killed the Radio Star Buggles No 63: Making Plans for Nigel XTC No 74: The Chosen Few The Dooleys UK ALBUMS CHART No 1: The Pleasure Principle Gary Numan No 13: Join Hands Siouxsie and the Banshees
Saturday September 15th 2000 AD Prog 131 - this week’s Judge Dredd (Sob Story) is set on an aerial superhighway where a housing shortage has resulted in citizens constantly driving around the city in their mobile homes. Probably the story that inspired Russell T Davies to write the 2007 Doctor Who episode Gridlock.
Over on BBC 2 at roughly the same time, the youth show Something Else (“a programme for youngsters made by youngsters”) features music from The Jam and Joy Division, poetry from John Cooper Clarke and, alarmingly, an interview with Liberal MP Cyril Smith, who earlier in the year had been accused of child sexual abuse. Many years later, he was indeed posthumously declared a prolific child sex offender. Something Else: Full episode The Jam: Eton Rifles The Jam: When You’re Young Joy Division: Transmission Joy Division: She’s Lost Control
Star Wars Weekly No 82 Top of the Pops - difficult to find information about this one online, but this list tells me it was presented by Dave Lee Travis, who was under investigation as part of Operation Yewtree and has therefore been excised from history. Friday September 14th The first official date in any of my Fairburn books: the beginning of Topic 1. Carole Hersee, the test card girl, reveals what she looks like all grown-up on BBC 1’s Points of View.
Doctor Who: Destiny of the Daleks, Part Three - in which Davros, creator of the Daleks, has been resurrected after sitting in a corridor for thousands of years. This time played by a different actor, but using the original actor’s face mask. Which doesn’t entirely work. There’s also a scene where the Doctor violently rips open a woman’s top to have a look at her chest. It’s to check whether or not she’s a robot - you have to rip their blouses open to do that, apparently - but pretty disturbing nonetheless. And if that’s not enough to rouse your interest, this is also the episode in which the Doctor infamously orders the Daleks to “spack off”.
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