ITV, 11.39 am: Making a Living - this week the studio audience discuss political activism and the possibility of people having more democratic control over their lives, with anti-apartheid campaigner and future Labour minister Peter Hain.ITV, 7 pm: The Kenny Everett Video Show, Series 3 Episode 5- featuring:•Stupid Girl Ellen Foley•Silver Dream MachineDavid Essex•Baby Talks Dirty The Knack (via Hot Gossip)BBC 1, 7.15 pm: Blake’s 7 - Moloch: an interesting episode with more good stuff for Vila and some truly vile, thuggish baddies, completely undermined by the single worst alien creature puppet ever seen in any British sci-fi series. Ever. Not kidding, it’s that bad.
ITV, 5.08 pm: ITN News & Continuity:•Annabel Schild is finally freed after seven months in captivity at the hands of Sardinian bandits•Speaking in Bournemouth, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher says her Government will stick to their economic policies, even if it means the Conservatives losing the next election. We don’t hear any details in the programme about what those policies actually are•Liberal leader David Steel calls on Chancellor Geoffrey Howe to introduce a windfall tax on bank profits in next Wednesday’s budget, in order to help small firms facing high interest rates•Chancellor Geoffrey Howe enjoys a pint outside a pub with his wife, sons and dog•An inquiry has begun into the collapse of a section of the as-yet-incomplete Humber Bridge, which injured three construction workers•Britain’s Hockey Council have voted to boycott the Moscow Olympics unless “the situation in Afghanistan changes”•A trailer for tonight’s Dick Turpin followsITV, 9.45 pm: Tales of the Unexpected - The Hitch Hiker
Friday March 21stUS President Jimmy Carterannounces that the United States will boycott this summer’s Olympic Games in Moscow, in response to the USSR’s invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.Also in the US, Series 3 of Dallas ends with popular villain JR being gunned down in his office by an unknown assailant, prompting a growing frenzy over the next few months as people across the Western world ask the question, ‘Who Shot JR?’ - an early example of the power of TV marketing to cross the Atlantic. But slowly. We’ll have to wait another two months before it’s shown over here.Meanwhile in the UK, Stranglers singer Hugh Cornwell is sentenced to eight weeks in prison for possession of illegal drugs (“the narcotics equivalent of a whole chemistry set… that included cocaine, heroin and cannabis” according to the liner notes for this CD).
BBC 1, 8.30 pm: The Real Thing - The Private Eye: a brilliant new documentary by James Burke looking at human perception and how our brains make sense of the world around us. This first episode plays out like a film noir, complete with Humphrey Bogart impersonator. Sets me on the long road towards doing a degree in Psychology. Also inspires a piece in my Topic book about Optical Illusions.