Friday March 7thBBC 2, 6 pm: Monkey - Catfish, Saint and the Shape-ChangerSaturday March 8thTbilisi-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 3rdITV: 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 Chappellsomething 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 4thEnglish: The Mountain Called Tyrannosaurus RexRobert 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.
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.