Monday October 15th English: Sheet Lightning Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Part 6 Tuesday October 16th The first ever episode of Not the Nine O’Clock News, starring the initial core team of Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson, Mel Smith and Chris Langham. I definitely didn’t see it at the time and wouldn’t have been allowed to stay up late enough in any case. I’d have to wait a good twelve months or so before I even heard of the show. It’s a strange episode this, hasn’t quite found its feet yet. The sketch that points the way forward is this one, which skewers its target mercilessly and still has the power to shock. Also sadly still relevant. At the time of writing, you can see the full episode here, but don’t expect it to stay there for long. Wednesday October 17th Ripping Yarns: Golden Gordon Thursday October 18th Dad amazes me by bringing home the second edition of Doctor Who Weekly. I had no idea such a comic was available or even possible. Featuring a seminal comic strip called The Iron Legion, a free set of transfers and a synopsis of the very first Doctor Who story, An Unearthly Child, I can safely say this comic changed my life. Until this day, I thought the first ever Doctor Who story was called Doctor Who and the Daleks and the first Doctor, William Hartnell, had only ever filmed four stories (thanks to there only being four Hartnell books available in the range of novelisations published by Target - well, actually there were five but I didn’t know about the other one). Doctor Who Weekly changed all that - not just for me, but for thousands of other kids as well, who suddenly had easy access to an ever- growing library of information about the show. Though I had loved Doctor Who all the way through my childhood and my interest in the show itself was actually waning at the time, this day was the true beginning of my fandom - the day when I started to know way too much about Doctor Who. Star Wars Weekly No 87 Science: Water Pressure Top of the Pops - another one that isn’t available to watch (at least not in the UK), nor is it listed in the BBC’s official online list. But it definitely exists, as evidenced here. It seems this one was airbrushed out of history thanks to Operation Yewtree, which was investigating claims made against presenter Dave Lee Travis at the time all these shows were repeated on BBC Four. Blankety Blank - Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Friday October 19th Last day of my first half-term. The second of two editions of Friday Night Saturday Morning with guest host Harold Wilson. His guests this week include Mike Yarwood and Robin Day. Available to see in its entirety here. Saturday October 20th Half term holiday begins. Doctor Who: City of Death - Part Four. With an audience of 16.1 million, this episode attained the highest viewing figures Doctor Who has ever managed. Though this story is considered by many to be among the series’ best, the most likely reason the show got such high ratings is because ITV was on strike and thus there were only two channels (BBC 1 and BBC 2) to choose from. Oh and there’s a great scene with Eleanor Bron and John Cleese. 2000 AD Prog 136 Sunday October 21st UK SINGLES CHART No 1: One Day at a Time Lena Martell No 41: A Message to You Rudy The Specials No 49: Ladies Night Kool and the Gang No 74: Tryouts for the Human Race Sparks UK ALBUMS CHART No 1: Regatta de Blanc The Police No 2: Tusk Fleetwood Mac No 12: Bomber Motorhead No 32: Days in Europa Skids
Monday October 15th - Sunday October 21st, 1979
TERM 1: Week 7
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
Iran Hostage Crisis Nov 4, 1979
Monday October 15th English: Sheet Lightning Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Part 6 Tuesday October 16th The first ever episode of Not the Nine O’Clock News, starring the initial core team of Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson, Mel Smith and Chris Langham. I definitely didn’t see it at the time and wouldn’t have been allowed to stay up late enough in any case. I’d have to wait a good twelve months or so before I even heard of the show. It’s a strange episode this, hasn’t quite found its feet yet. The sketch that points the way forward is this one, which skewers its target mercilessly and still has the power to shock. Also sadly still relevant. At the time of writing, you can see the full episode here, but don’t expect it to stay there for long. Wednesday October 17th Ripping Yarns: Golden Gordon
Monday October 15th - Sunday October 21st, 1979
TERM 1: Week 7
Sunday October 21st UK SINGLES CHART No 1: One Day at a Time Lena Martell No 41: A Message to You Rudy The Specials No 49: Ladies Night Kool and the Gang No 74: Tryouts for the Human Race Sparks UK ALBUMS CHART No 1: Regatta de Blanc The Police No 2: Tusk Fleetwood Mac No 12: Bomber Motorhead No 32: Days in Europa Skids
Saturday October 20th Half term holiday begins. Doctor Who: City of Death - Part Four. With an audience of 16.1 million, this episode attained the highest viewing figures Doctor Who has ever managed. Though this story is considered by many to be among the series’ best, the most likely reason the show got such high ratings is because ITV was on strike and thus there were only two channels (BBC 1 and BBC 2) to choose from. Oh and there’s a great scene with Eleanor Bron and John Cleese. 2000 AD Prog 136
The second of two editions of Friday Night Saturday Morning with guest host Harold Wilson. His guests this week include Mike Yarwood and Robin Day. Available to see in its entirety here.
Top of the Pops - another one that isn’t available to watch (at least not in the UK), nor is it listed in the BBC’s official online list. But it definitely exists, as evidenced here. It seems this one was airbrushed out of history thanks to Operation Yewtree, which was investigating claims made against presenter Dave Lee Travis at the time all these shows were repeated on BBC Four. Blankety Blank - Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Friday October 19th Last day of my first half-term.
Thursday October 18th Dad amazes me by bringing home the second edition of Doctor Who Weekly. I had no idea such a comic was available or even possible. Featuring a seminal comic strip called The Iron Legion, a free set of transfers and a synopsis of the very first Doctor Who story, An Unearthly Child, I can safely say this comic changed my life. Until this day, I thought the first ever Doctor Who story was called Doctor Who and the Daleks and the first Doctor, William Hartnell, had only ever filmed four stories (thanks to there only being four Hartnell books available in the range of novelisations published by Target - well, actually there were five but I didn’t know about the other one). Doctor Who Weekly changed all that - not just for me, but for thousands of other kids as well, who suddenly had easy access to an ever-growing library of information about the show. Though I had loved Doctor Who all the way through my childhood and my interest in the show itself was actually waning at the time, this day was the true beginning of my fandom - the day when I started to know way too much about Doctor Who.
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