Monday February 4th English: Ward’s 7 - Move of the Galaxy and Alpha Centauri (estimated). BBC 2, 6.50 pm: Training Dogs the Woodhouse Way, Ep 5: here’s a short clip. BBC 1, 7.15 pm: Blake’s 7 - The Harvest of Kairos: this one hasn’t aged well. Excruciating gender politics, vomit-worthy dialogue, terrible fight choreography and embarrassing insect costumes combine to make this one a stinker. It’s disappointing to see Servalan so enthralled by Jarvik, especially after he sexually assaults her. Not good. BBC 2, 8.10 pm: The Goodies - U-Friend or UFO? - Another memorable episode which appears to have been written two or three years prior (the main inspirations are Star Wars and Close Encounters, both from 1977), but I’ll forgive it anything for the beautifully disrespectful way they treat R2-D2. Amazed Lucasfilm allowed it to be honest - it’s genuinely R2-D2 and they treat it like shit - but it’s very funny. Tuesday February 5th English: Ward’s 7 - Escape to Mother Ship (estimated). BBC 1, 5.15 pm: Grange Hill - Series 3, Episode 9, in which Penny Lewis refuses to apologize for the defamatory article she writes about Michael Doyle in the school magazine. Wednesday February 6th English: Blake’s 7 Thursday February 7th English: Ward’s 7 - Death Planet and Ward’s 7 - The Hunt Star Wars Weekly No 103 Spectacular Spider-Man Weekly No 362 Incredible Hulk Weekly No 50 Doctor Who Weekly No 18: featuring yet another Crazy Caption competition that I almost manage to think up a decent caption for. It’s the right idea, just not necessarily expressed in the best way. There’s also a letter from a young fan called Matthew Waterhouse - apparently just a couple of weeks before he was offered the part of the next Doctor Who companion. Lastly, there’s an ad for a new monthly magazine called Frantic, which is apparently “on sale now”. A satirical comic from Marvel UK filled with parodies of films, TV shows and even Marvel’s own superheroes, I absolutely loved this mag and bought it nearly every month this year. It had a huge impact on my work. I thought the back page was the funniest thing I’d ever read in my life. It’s impossible to say exactly what day of the month it was usually published but most evidence suggests that, after this, it was the second Thursday of each month - I’ll assume that’s the case from now on. Meanwhile in Bradford, Peter Sutcliffe is interviewed by police for a ninth and final time concerning the Yorkshire Ripper murders. This time, he is able to provide convincing alibis and, in conjunction with the fact that his handwriting doesn’t match the hoaxer’s handwriting in the fake letters and his voice doesn’t sound like the hoaxer’s voice on the fake tapes, he is effectively eliminated from the inquiry. It will be another eleven months before he is finally arrested and charged. BBC 1, 7.25 pm: Top of the Pops - presented for the first time by Steve Wright, with music from: So Good To Be Back Home Again The Tourists And the Beat Goes On The Whispers (via Legs & Co) Someone’s Looking At You Boomtown Rats I’m in the Mood for Dancing The Nolans Maybe Tomorrow The Chords 7 Teen Regents Three Minute Hero The Selecter Touch Too Much AC/DC The Plastic Age Buggles Friday February 8th BBC 1, 5.10 pm: Grange Hill - Series 3, Episode 10: featuring a rare storyline for fondly-remembered character Benny Green, who even appears briefly in a couple of studio scenes towards the end (we usually only ever see him on location). BBC 2, 6.05 pm: Monkey - Pigsy’s in the Well Saturday February 9th 2000 AD Prog 152: a new Judge Dredd strip, The Blood of Satanus, begins this week - featuring the immortal Dredd line “Suck my kid glove, punk!” This story turned out to be of paramount importance to the young me and my Fairburn books over the next couple of weeks. This issue also features the first episode of Fiends of the Eastern Front - another story I wrote about in my English book - and, most excitingly of all, a banner on the front cover shouts “ROBOTS++FUTURE-WAR++MONSTERS++BLACK HOLES++BIG CASH PRIZES” - everything a young boy needs!
Monday February 4th - Sunday February 10th, 1980
TERM 2: Week 5
Sunday February 10th ITV: Worzel Gummidge - Worzel in the Limelight, in which Worzel and Aunt Sally enter the village talent contest. Featuring a scene where Worzel briefly dons his Swedish Circus Head. UK SINGLES CHART No 1: Coward of the County Kenny Rogers No 17: I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down Elvis Costello No 37: All Night Long Rainbow No 45: At The Edge Stiff Little Fingers No 46: Together We Are Beautiful Fern Kinney No 54: On the Radio Donna Summer No 63: Hot Dog Shakin’ Stevens No 68: So Lonely The Police No 75: Gandhara (Theme from Monkey) Godiego UK ALBUMS CHART No 1: The Last Dance Various Artists No 54: Flogging a Dead Horse Sex Pistols No 58: Argybargy Squeeze No 64: The Age of Plastic Buggles No 67: Soldier Iggy Pop No 70: The Flying Lizards The Flying Lizards No 75: Tell Me On A Sunday Marti Webb
MEANWHILE, IN AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE… Doctor Who: Shada - Part Four Another cracking episode of Douglas Adams’ crowning Doctor Who statement. Might be the best ep so far. I love the Krargs, no matter how silly they are
Crazy Caption No 18: "Let's go back to the table and have a drink" HELP ME KEEP THIS WEBSITE ALIVE
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)
TERM 2: Week 5
Monday February 4th - Sunday February 10th, 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
Crazy Caption No 18: "Let's go back to the table and have a drink"
Monday February 4th English: Ward’s 7 - Move of the Galaxy and Alpha Centauri (estimated). BBC 2, 6.50 pm: Training Dogs the Woodhouse Way, Ep 5: here’s a short clip. BBC 1, 7.15 pm: Blake’s 7 - The Harvest of Kairos: this one hasn’t aged well. Excruciating gender politics, vomit-worthy dialogue, terrible fight choreography and embarrassing insect costumes combine to make this one a stinker. It’s disappointing to see Servalan so enthralled by Jarvik, especially after he sexually assaults her. Not good.
BBC 2, 6.05 pm: Monkey - Pigsy’s in the Well Saturday February 9th 2000 AD Prog 152: a new Judge Dredd strip, The Blood of Satanus, begins this week - featuring the immortal Dredd line “Suck my kid glove, punk!” This story turned out to be of paramount importance to the young me and my Fairburn books over the next couple of weeks. This issue also features the first episode of Fiends of the Eastern Front - another story I wrote about in my English book - and, most excitingly of all, a banner on the front cover shouts “ROBOTS++FUTURE-WAR++MONSTERS++BLACK HOLES++BIG CASH PRIZES” - everything a young boy needs!
BBC 1, 7.25 pm: Top of the Pops - presented for the first time by Steve Wright, with music from: So Good To Be Back Home Again The Tourists And the Beat Goes On The Whispers (via Legs & Co) Someone’s Looking At You Boomtown Rats I’m in the Mood for Dancing The Nolans Maybe Tomorrow The Chords 7 Teen Regents Three Minute Hero The Selecter Touch Too Much AC/DC The Plastic Age Buggles Friday February 8th BBC 1, 5.10 pm: Grange Hill - Series 3, Episode 10: featuring a rare storyline for fondly- remembered character Benny Green, who even appears briefly in a couple of studio scenes towards the end (we usually only ever see him on location).
Wednesday February 6th English: Blake’s 7 Thursday February 7th English: Ward’s 7 - Death Planet and Ward’s 7 - The Hunt Star Wars Weekly No 103 Spectacular Spider-Man Weekly No 362 Incredible Hulk Weekly No 50 Doctor Who Weekly No 18: featuring yet another Crazy Caption competition that I almost manage to think up a decent caption for. It’s the right idea, just not necessarily expressed in the best way. There’s also a letter from a young fan called Matthew Waterhouse - apparently just a couple of weeks before he was offered the part of the next Doctor Who companion.
BBC 2, 8.10 pm: The Goodies - U-Friend or UFO? - Another memorable episode which appears to have been written two or three years prior (the main inspirations are Star Wars and Close Encounters, both from 1977), but I’ll forgive it anything for the beautifully disrespectful way they treat R2- D2. Amazed Lucasfilm allowed it to be honest - it’s genuinely R2-D2 and they treat it like shit - but it’s very funny. Tuesday February 5th English: Ward’s 7 - Escape to Mother Ship (estimated). BBC 1, 5.15 pm: Grange Hill - Series 3, Episode 9, in which Penny Lewis refuses to apologize for the defamatory article she writes about Michael Doyle in the school magazine.
MEANWHILE, IN AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE… Doctor Who: Shada - Part Four Another cracking episode of Douglas Adams’ crowning Doctor Who statement. Might be the best ep so far. I love the Krargs, no matter how silly they are
Sunday February 10th ITV: Worzel Gummidge - Worzel in the Limelight, in which Worzel and Aunt Sally enter the village talent contest. Featuring a scene where Worzel briefly dons his Swedish Circus Head.
UK SINGLES CHART No 1: Coward of the County Kenny Rogers No 17: I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down Elvis Costello No 37: All Night Long Rainbow No 45: At The Edge Stiff Little Fingers No 46: Together We Are Beautiful Fern Kinney No 54: On the Radio Donna Summer No 63: Hot Dog Shakin’ Stevens No 68: So Lonely The Police No 75: Gandhara (Theme from Monkey) Godiego UK ALBUMS CHART No 1: Pretenders Pretenders No 54: Flogging a Dead Horse Sex Pistols No 58: Argybargy Squeeze No 64: The Age of Plastic Buggles No 67: Soldier Iggy Pop No 70: The Flying Lizards The Flying Lizards
Lastly, there’s an ad for a new monthly magazine called Frantic, which is apparently “on sale now”. A satirical comic from Marvel UK filled with parodies of films, TV shows and even Marvel’s own superheroes, I absolutely loved this mag and bought it nearly every month this year. It had a huge impact on my work. I thought the back page was the funniest thing I’d ever read in my life. It’s impossible to say exactly what day of the month it was usually published but most evidence suggests that, after this, it was the second Thursday of each month - I’ll assume that’s the case from now on.
Meanwhile in Bradford, Peter Sutcliffe is interviewed by police for a ninth and final time concerning the Yorkshire Ripper murders. This time, he is able to provide convincing alibis and, in conjunction with the fact that his handwriting doesn’t match the hoaxer’s handwriting in the fake letters and his voice doesn’t sound like the hoaxer’s voice on the fake tapes, he is effectively eliminated from the inquiry. It will be another eleven months before he is finally arrested and charged.
HELP ME KEEP THIS WEBSITE ALIVE