Monday March 17th BBC 1, 11 am: Merry-Go-Round - Ceremonies: after which we wrote about it in our English books English: Ceremonies History: The Story of Nelson - Part Five 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 Machine David 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. UK cinema release of Kramer vs Kramer (according to IMDB). Wednesday March 19th English: For Sale Thursday March 20th English: School Rules The Target novelisation Doctor Who and The Stones of Blood is published. The boat carrying pirate radio station Radio Caroline - which is somehow still going in the 1980s - sinks in the Thames estuary. No one is seriously hurt. The radio station jumps ship and is actually still going in the 2020s (though now as a licensed station) but the boat, Mi Amigo, is officially a wreck, still lying in the place where it sank. There’s a fascinating page about it here. Star Wars Weekly No 109 Spectacular Spider-Man Weekly No 368 Starburst No 20 Rampage No 22 Savage Sword of Conan No 30 Doctor Who Weekly No 24 - featuring an ad for Weetabix, which is currently offering free Star Trek cards in every pack, and an anti-smoking ad starring Superman, which appears to be running on the back page of most comics this week. Incredible Hulk Weekly No 56 - heralding the advent of an exciting new comic - but it doesn’t say if it’s actually out yet. Better check back next week. Look-in No 13 - Tiswas cover and article, plus another example of that Weetabix Star Trek ad. BBC 1, 7.20 pm: Top of the Pops - presented by Mike Read, with: Let’s Do Rock Steady The Bodysnatchers Spirit of the Radio Rush (via Legs & Co) My Oh My Sad Cafe Poison Ivy Lambrettas January February Barbara Dickson Food For Thought UB40 Kool in the Kaftan BA Robertson 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. Friday March 21st US President Jimmy Carter announces 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). ITV Ads & Continuity Saturday March 22nd 2000 AD Prog 158 - featuring an ad for Shoot! magazine and yet another ad for Star Trek Weetabix cards. I think it’s safe to say this is the week they started doing Star Trek Weetabix cards. There’s also a brilliant full-page ad for next week’s issue. 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 follows ITV, 9.45 pm: Tales of the Unexpected - The Hitch Hiker Sunday March 23rd UK SINGLES CHART No 1: Going Underground The Jam No 25: Living After Midnight Judas Priest No 32: No One Driving John Foxx No 38: Sexy Eyes Dr Hook No 51: Missing Words The Selecter No 75: Outside My Window Stevie Wonder UK ALBUMS CHART No 1: Tears and Laughter Johnny Mathis No 69: Initial Success BA Robertson
Monday March 17th - Sunday March 23rd, 1980
TERM 2: Week 10
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TERM 2 (Jan - Apr 1980) New Year (Jan 1 - Jan 6, 1980) Week 1 (Jan 7 - Jan 13, 1980) Week 2 (Jan 14 - Jan 20, 1980) Week 3 (Jan 21 - Jan 27, 1980) Week 4 (Jan 28 - Feb 3, 1980) Week 5 (Feb 4 - Feb 10, 1980) Week 6 (Feb 11 - Feb 17, 1980) Half Term (Feb 18 - Feb 24, 1980) Week 7 (Feb 25 - Mar 2, 1980) Week 8 (Mar 3 - Mar 9, 1980) Week 9 (Mar 10 - Mar 16, 1980) Week 10 (Mar 17 - Mar 23, 1980) Week 11 (Mar 24 - Mar 30, 1980) Easter 1 (Mar 31 - Apr 6, 1980) Easter 2 (Apr 7 - Apr 13, 1980)
TERM 2 IN LINK FORM
TERM 1 (Sep - Dec 1979)
Hi-de-Hi! Jan 1, 1980
Steelworkers Strike Jan 2, 1980
St Pauls Riots Apr 2, 1980
State of the Union Jan 23, 1980
My Girl Madness
Blake’s 7 Returns Jan 7, 1980
Barbara Woodhouse Jan 7, 1980
Grange Hill Roof Death Feb 25, 1980
Atomic Blondie
Echo Beach Martha and the Muffins
Games Without Frontiers Peter Gabriel
Underpass John Foxx
Judge Death Jan 19, 1980
TERM 3 (Apr - Jul 1980)
Monday March 17th - Sunday March 23rd, 1980
Hi-de-Hi! Jan 1, 1980
Steel Strike Jan 2, 1980
St Pauls Riots Apr 2, 1980
Judge Death Jan 19, 1980
My Girl Madness
Blake’s 7 Returns Jan 7, 1980
Barbara Woodhouse Jan 7, 1980
Grange Hill Roof Death Feb 25, 1980
Underpass John Foxx
Mugabe Elected Mar 4, 1980
Atomic Blondie
Games Without Frontiers Peter Gabriel
Echo Beach Martha and the Muffins
TERM 2 IN LINK FORM
State of the Union Jan 23, 1980
TERM 2: Week 10
Star Wars Weekly No 109 Spectacular Spider-Man Weekly No 368 Starburst No 20 Rampage No 22 Savage Sword of Conan No 30 Doctor Who Weekly No 24 - featuring an ad for Weetabix, which is currently offering free Star Trek cards in every pack, and an anti-smoking ad starring Superman, which appears to be running on the back page of most comics this week. Incredible Hulk Weekly No 56 - heralding the advent of an exciting new comic - but it doesn’t say if it’s actually out yet. Better check back next week. Look-in No 13 - Tiswas cover and article, plus another example of that Weetabix Star Trek ad. BBC 1, 7.20 pm: Top of the Pops - presented by Mike Read, with: Let’s Do Rock Steady The Bodysnatchers Spirit of the Radio Rush (via Legs & Co) My Oh My Sad Cafe Poison Ivy Lambrettas January February Barbara Dickson Food For Thought UB40 Kool in the Kaftan BA Robertson
Monday March 17th BBC 1, 11 am: Merry-Go-Round - Ceremonies: after which we wrote about it in our English books English: Ceremonies History: The Story of Nelson - Part Five
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 Machine David 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.
Sunday March 23rd UK SINGLES CHART No 1: Going Underground The Jam No 25: Living After Midnight Judas Priest No 32: No One Driving John Foxx No 38: Sexy Eyes Dr Hook No 51: Missing Words The Selecter No 75: Outside My Window Stevie Wonder UK ALBUMS CHART No 1: Tears and Laughter Johnny Mathis No 69: Initial Success BA Robertson
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 follows ITV, 9.45 pm: Tales of the Unexpected - The Hitch Hiker
Friday March 21st US President Jimmy Carter announces 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).
Saturday March 22nd 2000 AD Prog 158 - featuring an ad for Shoot! magazine and yet another ad for Star Trek Weetabix cards. I think it’s safe to say this is the week they started doing Star Trek Weetabix cards. There’s also a brilliant full-page ad for next week’s issue.
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.
UK cinema release of Kramer vs Kramer (according to IMDB). Wednesday March 19th English: For Sale
Thursday March 20th English: School Rules The Target novelisation Doctor Who and The Stones of Blood is published. The boat carrying pirate radio station Radio Caroline - which is somehow still going in the 1980s - sinks in the Thames estuary. No one is seriously hurt. The radio station jumps ship and is actually still going in the 2020s (though now as a licensed station) but the boat, Mi Amigo, is officially a wreck, still lying in the place where it sank. There’s a fascinating page about it here.
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