Monday September 24th Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Part 3 Tuesday September 25th Doctor Who and the War Games is published by Target Books. The BBC broadcasts the first ever edition of Question Time. Hosted by Robin Day, the panel features Conservative politician Teddy Taylor, novelist and playwright Edna O’ Brien, the Archbishop of Liverpool Derek Worlock and Labour’s deputy leader Michael Foot. You can see a short clip here (which is infuriatingly in the wrong aspect ratio). There’s also another clip here. Thursday September 27th Star Wars Weekly No 84 Top of the Pops - TRIGGER WARNING: this episode is presented by serial child rapist Jimmy Savile, who may appear on some of these clips. If you can get past that, it’s mainly notable for an amazing performance of Charade by The Skids in which singer Richard Jobson leaps about in a yellow jump suit. Also featured this week: Don’t Be a Dummy John Du Cann Queen of Hearts Dave Edmunds You Can Do It Al Hudson & The Partners (via Legs & Co) OK Fred Errol Dunkley The Chosen Few The Dooleys Spirit, Body and Soul The Nolans Strut Your Funky Stuff Frantique Friday September 28th The first edition of Friday Night, Saturday Morning, presented by Ned Sherrin, with guests including Christopher Reeve and Willie Rushton. Saturday September 29th John-Paul II becomes the first Pope to visit Ireland. At Killineer, he calls for an end to violence and a “return to the ways of peace”. Doctor Who: City of Death - Part One, in which - ***SPOILER WARNING!!*** - a green-headed Cyclops from Paris forces Leonardo da Vinci to paint six Mona Lisas so that he might sell them all in the future in order to finance a time travel experiment such that he may travel back in time and stop himself blowing up in a spaceship at the exact same time as the dawn of life on Earth, which obviously has to be stopped or we’d all cease to exist. This was written largely by Douglas Adams under a pseudonym, though it would be another year or so before I recognised that name. Given the stories we’ve heard since about the circumstances under which this story was written, I like to think the character of Professor Kerensky, locked in a cellar and forced to work too hard, too fast, without any sleep, is actually Adams writing about himself. 2000 AD Prog 133 Sunday September 30th First ever episode of To the Manor Born, a wildly popular sitcom starring Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles. At the time of writing, it’s possible to watch it here. UK SINGLES CHART No 1: Message in a Bottle The Police No 53: Tusk Fleetwood Mac No 69: Luton Airport Cats UK No 70: Straight Lines New Muzik UK ALBUMS CHART No 1: The Pleasure Principle Gary Numan No 6: The Raven The Stranglers No 11: Unleashed in the East Judas Priest No 43: Quadrophenia (Original Soundtrack) The Who Tracks from The Raven (I’ve always quite liked it): Duchess (Top of the Pops, August 30, 1979) Don’t Bring Harry (Top of the Pops, October 1979) Dead Loss Angeles (Paris, 1979) Shah Shah a Go Go/Ice (Nottingham, 1980) Nuclear Device/Genetix (Nottingham, 1980) Meninblack (Emerald City, 1981 - audio only) Baroque Bordello (Utrecht, 1982) The Raven (Paris, 1983)
Monday September 24th - Sunday September 30th, 1979
TERM 1: Week 4
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
Monday September 24th Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Part 3 Tuesday September 25th Doctor Who and the War Games is published by Target Books. The BBC broadcasts the first ever edition of Question Time. Hosted by Robin Day, the panel features Conservative politician Teddy Taylor, novelist and playwright Edna O’ Brien, the Archbishop of Liverpool Derek Worlock and Labour’s deputy leader Michael Foot. You can see a short clip here (which is infuriatingly in the wrong aspect ratio). There’s another clip here.
Monday September 24th - Sunday September 30th, 1979
TERM 1: Week 4
Sunday September 30th First ever episode of To the Manor Born, a wildly popular sitcom starring Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles. At the time of writing, it’s possible to watch it here. UK SINGLES CHART No 1: Message in a Bottle The Police No 53: Tusk Fleetwood Mac No 69: Luton Airport Cats UK No 70: Straight Lines New Muzik UK ALBUMS CHART No 1: The Pleasure Principle Gary Numan No 6: The Raven The Stranglers No 11: Unleashed in the East Judas Priest No 43: Quadrophenia (Original Soundtrack) The Who
Saturday September 29th John-Paul II becomes the first Pope to visit Ireland. At Killineer, he calls for an end to violence and a “return to the ways of peace”. Doctor Who: City of Death - Part One, in which - ***SPOILER WARNING!!*** - a green-headed Cyclops from Paris forces Leonardo da Vinci to paint six Mona Lisas so that he might sell them all in the future in order to finance a time travel experiment such that he may travel back in time and stop himself blowing up in a spaceship at the exact same time as the dawn of life on Earth, which obviously has to be stopped or we’d all cease to exist. This was written largely by Douglas Adams under a pseudonym, though it would be another year or so before I recognised that name. Given the stories we’ve heard since about the circumstances under which this story was written, I like to think the character of Professor Kerensky, locked in a cellar and forced to work too hard, too fast, without any sleep, is actually Adams writing about himself. 2000 AD Prog 133
Friday September 28th The first edition of Friday Night, Saturday Morning, presented by Ned Sherrin, with guests including Christopher Reeve and Willie Rushton.
Thursday September 27th Star Wars Weekly No 84 Top of the Pops - TRIGGER WARNING: this episode is presented by serial child rapist Jimmy Savile, who may appear on some of these clips. If you can get past that, it’s mainly notable for an amazing performance of Charade by The Skids in which singer Richard Jobson leaps about in a yellow jump suit. Also featured this week: Don’t Be a Dummy John Du Cann Queen of Hearts Dave Edmunds You Can Do It Al Hudson & The Partners (via Legs & Co) OK Fred Errol Dunkley The Chosen Few The Dooleys Spirit, Body and Soul The Nolans Strut Your Funky Stuff Frantique
Tracks from The Raven (I’ve always quite liked it): Duchess (Top of the Pops, August 30, 1979) Don’t Bring Harry (Top of the Pops, October 1979) Dead Loss Angeles (Paris, 1979) Shah Shah a Go Go/Ice (Nottingham, 1980) Nuclear Device/Genetix (Nottingham, 1980) Meninblack (Emerald City, 1981 - audio only) Baroque Bordello (Utrecht, 1982) The Raven (Paris, 1983)
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