Monday March 3rd ITV, 11.39 am: Making a Living - Arthur Scargill speaks to a small group of young adults as part of a series focusing on the views of political figures who have “firmly and publicly stated views on the major issues of today.” Absolutely fascinating and highly recommended if you’re interested in where the country was at politically in the early 1980s. It’s basically a cheap, young person’s version of Question Time, but they’re actually talking about the fundamental ideas underpinning the guest’s political views. And they don’t necessarily agree with him - or whatever they think he stands for. ITV, 7 pm: The Kenny Everett Video Show - Series 3, Episode 3, featuring: Singing the Blues Dave Edmunds & Rockpile Carrie Cliff Richard The Hardest Part Blondie (as interpreted by Hot Gossip - watch out for a sneaky cameo by Bob Geldof) BBC 1, 7.15 pm: Blake’s Seven - Sarcophagus. Another great episode with a strong sci-fi concept, which for once actually gives Jan Chappell something to do. Now it’s Dayna’s turn to be woefully underused, but even she gets a song. Brilliant character work with some genuinely bristling moments. It might be a bit more Star Trek than your typical Blake’s 7, but the show’s earned its right to be the British Trek now. Tuesday March 4th English: The Mountain Called Tyrannosaurus Rex Robert Mugabe is elected Prime Minister of an independent Zimbabwe. The joys and concerns are well-captured by this edition of Newsnight, featuring illuminating interviews with Mugabe, Joshua Nkomo and a handful of devastated white Rhodesians. Thursday March 6th My Mum’s 27th birthday, just over a month after my Dad’s. It does my head in how young they were. History: Florence Nightingale (the factual version) English: Florence Nightingale (a fictional account) Star Wars Weekly No 107 Doctor Who Weekly No 22 Spectacular Spider-Man Weekly No 366 Incredible Hulk Weekly No 54 Look-in No 11: with articles about Queen and Suzi Quatro, and a competition to win a Magical Musical Thing. A tiny ‘Star Snap’ piece about judo star Brian Jacks reminds me that around this time, my Dad once spotted him in a motorway service station and asked him for his autograph - ostensibly for me, though I didn’t really know who he was. It might have been written on the back of a fag packet (my parents were both smokers then, much to my dismay). I’ve no idea what happened to it. BBC 1, 7.20 pm: Top of the Pops - presented by Dave Lee Travis, with: Poison Ivy Lambrettas Warhead UK Subs Hands Off She’s Mine The Beat Echo Beach Martha and the Muffins Hot Dog Shakin’ Stevens Another Nail in My Heart Squeeze Together We Are Beautiful Fern Kinney (Legs & Co) ITV, 8.30 pm: TV Eye - a difficult conversation between two opposing forces in the ongoing steel strike - Bill Sirs, General Secretary of the ISTC and Sir Charles Villiers, Chairman of the British Steel Corporation. Only recommended if you’re really into the minutiae of 1980s UK trade disputes. Friday March 7th BBC 2, 6 pm: Monkey - Catfish, Saint and the Shape-Changer Saturday March 8th Tbilisi-80, the Soviet Union’s first ever official rock music festival, begins in Tbilisi, Georgia. Here’s a selection of some of the prize winning songs. And here’s some footage of Aquarium playing at the festival. 2000 AD Prog 156 - featuring Part 1 of the 26-part Judge Dredd epic, The Judge Child, which will take Dredd on a huge journey out of Mega City One and, for the first time, off-world. Of all the stories I read in 2000 AD at the time, this was my favourite. There’s also a competition to win a Thur Flash Pistol and/or a copy of the 2000 AD Space Quiz Book. ITV, 9.45 pm: Tales of the Unexpected - Skin Sunday March 9th ITV Continuity UK SINGLES CHART No 1: Together We Are Beautiful Fern Kinney No 35: Turn It On Again Genesis No 36: Happy House Siouxsie and the Banshees No 44: Let’s Do Rock Steady The Bodysnatchers No 59: January February Barbara Dickson UK ALBUMS CHART No 1: String of Hits The Shadows No 9: Nobody’s Heroes Stiff Little Fingers No 18: The Psychedelic Furs The Psychedelic Furs No 74: Metro Music Martha and the Muffins
Monday March 3rd - Sunday March 9th, 1980
TERM 2: Week 8
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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 February 25th - Sunday March 2nd, 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 7
Friday March 7th BBC 2, 6 pm: Monkey - Catfish, Saint and the Shape-Changer Saturday March 8th Tbilisi-80, the Soviet Union’s first ever official rock music festival, begins in Tbilisi, Georgia. Here’s a selection of some of the prize winning songs. And here’s some footage of Aquarium playing at the festival. 2000 AD Prog 156 - featuring Part 1 of the 26-part Judge Dredd epic, The Judge Child, which will take Dredd on a huge journey out of Mega City One and, for the first time, off- world. Of all the stories I read in 2000 AD at the time, this was my favourite. There’s also a competition to win a Thur Flash Pistol and/or a copy of the 2000 AD Space Quiz Book. ITV, 9.45 pm: Tales of the Unexpected - Skin
Monday March 3rd ITV: Making a Living - Arthur Scargill speaks to a small group of young adults as part of a series focusing on the views of political figures who have “firmly and publicly stated views on the major issues of today.” Absolutely fascinating and highly recommended if you’re interested in where the country was at politically in the early 1980s. It’s basically a cheap, young person’s version of Question Time, but they’re actually talking about the fundamental ideas underpinning the guest’s political views. And they don’t necessarily agree with him - or whatever they think he stands for.
ITV, 7 pm: The Kenny Everett Video Show - Series 3, Episode 3, featuring: Singing the Blues Dave Edmunds & Rockpile Carrie Cliff Richard The Hardest Part Blondie (as interpreted by Hot Gossip - watch out for a sneaky cameo by Bob Geldof) BBC 1, 7.15 pm: Blake’s Seven - Sarcophagus. Another great episode with a strong sci-fi concept, which for once actually gives Jan Chappell something to do. Now it’s Dayna’s turn to be woefully underused, but even she gets a song. Brilliant character work with some genuinely bristling moments. It might be a bit more Star Trek than your typical Blake’s 7, but the show’s earned its right to be the British Trek now. Tuesday March 4th English: The Mountain Called Tyrannosaurus Rex Robert Mugabe is elected Prime Minister of an independent Zimbabwe. The joys and concerns are well- captured by this edition of Newsnight, featuring illuminating interviews with Mugabe, Joshua Nkomo and a handful of devastated white Rhodesians.
Sunday March 9th ITV Continuity UK SINGLES CHART No 1: Together We Are Beautiful Fern Kinney No 35: Turn It On Again Genesis No 36: Happy House Siouxsie and the Banshees No 44: Let’s Do Rock Steady The Bodysnatchers No 59: January February Barbara Dickson UK ALBUMS CHART No 1: String of Hits The Shadows No 9: Nobody’s Heroes Stiff Little Fingers No 18: The Psychedelic Furs The Psychedelic Furs No 74: Metro Music Martha and the Muffins
Thursday March 6th My Mum’s 27th birthday, just over a month after my Dad’s. It does my head in how young they were. History: Florence Nightingale (the factual version) English: Florence Nightingale (a fictional account) Star Wars Weekly No 107 Doctor Who Weekly No 22 Spectacular Spider-Man Weekly No 366 Incredible Hulk Weekly No 54 Look-in No 11: with articles about Queen and Suzi Quatro, and a competition to win a Magical Musical Thing. A tiny ‘Star Snap’ piece about judo star Brian Jacks reminds me that around this time, my Dad once spotted him in a motorway service station and asked him for his autograph - ostensibly for me, though I didn’t really know who he was. It might have been written on the back of a fag packet (my parents were both smokers then, much to my dismay). I’ve no idea what happened to it. BBC 1, 7.20 pm: Top of the Pops - presented by Dave Lee Travis, with: Poison Ivy Lambrettas Warhead UK Subs Hands Off She’s Mine The Beat Echo Beach Martha and the Muffins Hot Dog Shakin’ Stevens Another Nail in My Heart Squeeze Together We Are Beautiful Fern Kinney (Legs & Co)
ITV, 8.30 pm: TV Eye - a difficult conversation between two opposing forces in the ongoing steel strike - Bill Sirs, General Secretary of the ISTC and Sir Charles Villiers, Chairman of the British Steel Corporation. Only recommended if you’re really into the minutiae of 1980s UK trade disputes.
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