Monday April 14th - Sunday April 20th, 1980
TERM 3: Week 1
HELP ME KEEP THIS WEBSITE ALIVE
Monday April 14th First day back at school after the Easter break. The day’s work includes the return of my stupid gorilla character Apeth in Apeth (frum Ota Sbees) and a diagram of my daily route through the village (actually just round the corner) in My Way To School. BBC 1, 4.20 pm: Cheggers Plays Pop, featuring: Poison Ivy Lambrettas January February - Barbara Dickson I Want To Be Me - Pussyfoot ITV, 7 pm: Kenny Everett returns after last week’s asbsence for the eighth and final episode of Series 3 of his Video Show. The show ends with him performing a striptease in the guise of his French character Marcel, before finally stripping off his mask and gleefully announcing that Marcel was actually him all along. In 2022, this looks as gloriously silly as it ever did. To this eight year old in 1980, it was utterly mindblowing. I just couldn’t believe someone would just gleefully burst his own bubble like that. Amazing. This week’s musical delights: It’s Alright For You The Police Rough Boys Pete Townshend Coming Up - Paul McCartney Rebel Rebel David Bowie (via Hot Gossip) BBC 2, 9 pm: Not The Nine O’Clock News - Series 2, Episode 3 - at the time of writing, this is still available to see here (but with Swedish subtitles). Tuesday April 15th English: Exploring the Underworld BBC 1, 9.25 pm: Kelly Monteith - a one-off half-hour special of Monteith’s fourth-wall-breaking sitcom, billed as the BBC’s comedy entry for this year’s Montreux Festival, where it won the silver prize. An edited version of the episode can be seen here, complete with explanatory 21st century inserts. BBC 2, 11.30 pm: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark on The Old Grey Whistle Test: Messages Dancing Wednesday April 16th English: Copy Writing History: The Story of Nelson - Part Six Thursday April 17th Look-in No 17: featuring the third Worzel Gummidge cover of the year, this time to tie in with the hit single. Which is a shame because it just dropped out of the Top 75 the previous week. Star Wars Weekly No 113 Incredible Hulk Weekly No 60 Spectacular Spider-Man Weekly No 372 Doctor Who Weekly No 28 Rampage No 23 Savage Sword of Conan No 31 Spider-Man Pocket Book No 2 Fantastic Four Pocket Book No 2 Chiller Pocket Book No 2 Star Heroes Pocket Book No 2 BBC 1, 7.20 pm: Top of the Pops - presented by serial child rapist Jimmy Savile, with appearances from: Dear Miss Lonely Hearts Phil Lynott Staring at the Rude Boys The Ruts Food For Thought UB40 Tell the Children Sham 69 Geno Dexy’s Midnight Runners BBC 1, 8.30 pm: The Real Thing - The View From Within Friday April 18th Zimbabwe is officially granted independence by the United Kingdom. Bob Marley sings. Prince Charles gives a farewell salute. Robert Mugabe is the country’s first Prime Minister. Saturday April 19th 2000 AD Prog 162 - featuring new strips in the form of MACH Zero and The Mind of Wolfie Smith BBC 1, 8 pm: The 25th Eurovision Song Contest is held in The Hague, but whether this constitutes a war crime is up to you. The full programme in all its grim majesty can be seen here, but the many highlights include: Pet’r Oil Ajda Pekkan (Turkey) - my secret favourite. Strange, dark and funky, could easily have made the soundtrack for Dirty Harry Papa Pingouin Sophie & Magaly (Luxembourg) - bad. Very bad. Irritating. Annoying. Man dressed as a penguin. My God Non So Che Darei Alan Sorrenti (Italy) - a cutprice George Harrison turns up to a wedding and sings karaoke in the style of Smokey Robinson Just Nu! Tomas Ledin (Sweden) - weirdly ahead of its time, like a-ha doing mid-80s electro rock for a Brat Pack film. But the singer might be a cock Samiid Aednan Sverre Kjelsberg & Mattis Haetta (Norway) - starts as a meandering prog ballad. And then the guy comes on in fancy dress. Wow Theater Katja Ebstein (Germany) - dull, but worth it for the backing mimes. Comes second Love Enough For Two Prima Donna (UK) - our own saccharine, cheesy effort, which still comes third stacked up against this competition What’s Another Year Johnny Logan (Ireland) - the obvious winner. An Elvis-worthy country ballad sung with conviction by a man with a beautiful voice. Gets quite excited when he wins Euro-Vision Telex (Belgium) - an actual proper electronic group with an interesting novelty song. Too smart and self-referential to do well, but definitely ends the set on a high Sunday April 20th UK SINGLES CHART No 1: Call Me Blondie No 44: Breathing Kate Bush No 47: The Greatest Cockney Rip-Off Cockney Rejects No 51: Fool For Your Loving Whitesnake No 59: This World of Water New Musik No 69: Let’s Go Round Again Average White Band No 72: My Friend Jack Boney M UK ALBUMS CHART No 1: Greatest Hits Rose Royce No 4: Iron Maiden Iron Maiden No 6: Hypnotised The Undertones No 7: Sky 2 Sky No 29: Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath No 42: Solo in Soho Phil Lynott No 69: Ska ‘n’ B Bad Manners
TERM 3 (Apr - Jul 1980) Week 1 (Apr 14 - Apr 20, 1980) Week 2 (Apr 21 - Apr 27, 1980) Week 3 (Apr 28 - May 4, 1980) Week 4 (May 5 - May 11, 1980) Week 5 (May 12 - May 18, 1980) Week 6 (May 19 - May 25, 1980) Whitsun 1 (May 26 - Jun 1, 1980) Whitsun 2 (Jun 2 - Jun 8, 1980) Week 7 (Jun 9 - Jun 15, 1980) Week 8 (Jun 16 - Jun 22, 1980) Week 9 (Jun 23 - Jun 29, 1980) Week 10 (Jun 30 - Jul 6, 1980) Week 11 (Jul 7 - Jul 13, 1980) Week 12 (Jul 14 - Jul 20, 1980)
TERM 3 IN LINK FORM
TERM 1 (Sep - Dec 1979) TERM 2 (Jan - Apr 1980)
The Adventure Game May 24, 1980
Iranian Embassy Siege May 5, 1980
Messages OMD
The Big Time Jul 2, 1980
Babooshka Kate Bush
Borg v McEnroe Jul 6, 1980
Q9 Jun 17, 1980
Could You Be Loved? Bob Marley
Who Shot JR? May 26, 1980
Tomorrow’s World Jul 18, 1980
Reagan For President Jul 16, 1980
Monday April 14th - Sunday April 20th, 1980
TERM 3: Week 1
HELP ME KEEP THIS WEBSITE ALIVE
This week’s musical delights: It’s Alright For You The Police Rough Boys Pete Townshend Coming Up - Paul McCartney Rebel Rebel David Bowie (via Hot Gossip) BBC 2, 9 pm: Not The Nine O’Clock News - Series 2, Episode 3 - at the time of writing, this is still available to see here (but with Swedish subtitles). Tuesday April 15th English: Exploring the Underworld BBC 1, 9.25 pm: Kelly Monteith - a one-off half-hour special of Monteith’s fourth-wall-breaking sitcom, billed as the BBC’s comedy entry for this year’s Montreux Festival, where it won the silver prize. An edited version of the episode can be seen here, complete with explanatory 21st century inserts. BBC 2, 11.30 pm: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark on The Old Grey Whistle Test: Messages Dancing Wednesday April 16th English: Copy Writing History: The Story of Nelson - Part Six
Sunday April 20th UK SINGLES CHART No 1: Call Me Blondie No 44: Breathing Kate Bush No 47: The Greatest Cockney Rip-Off Cockney Rejects No 51: Fool For Your Loving Whitesnake No 59: This World of Water New Musik No 69: Let’s Go Round Again Average White Band No 72: My Friend Jack Boney M UK ALBUMS CHART No 1: Greatest Hits Rose Royce No 4: Iron Maiden Iron Maiden No 6: Hypnotised The Undertones No 7: Sky 2 Sky No 29: Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath No 42: Solo in Soho Phil Lynott No 69: Ska ‘n’ B Bad Manners
Saturday April 19th 2000 AD Prog 162 - featuring new strips in the form of MACH Zero and The Mind of Wolfie Smith BBC 1, 8 pm: The 25th Eurovision Song Contest is held in The Hague, but whether this constitutes a war crime is up to you. The full programme in all its grim majesty can be seen here, but the many highlights include: Pet’r Oil Ajda Pekkan (Turkey) - my secret favourite. Strange, dark and funky, could easily have made the soundtrack for Dirty Harry Papa Pingouin Sophie & Magaly (Luxembourg) - bad. Very bad. Irritating. Annoying. Man dressed as a penguin. My God Non So Che Darei Alan Sorrenti (Italy) - a cutprice George Harrison turns up to a wedding and sings karaoke in the style of Smokey Robinson Just Nu! Tomas Ledin (Sweden) - weirdly ahead of its time, like a-ha doing mid-80s electro rock for a Brat Pack film. But the singer might be a cock Samiid Aednan Sverre Kjelsberg & Mattis Haetta (Norway) - starts as a meandering prog ballad. And then the guy comes on in fancy dress. Wow Theater Katja Ebstein (Germany) - dull, but worth it for the backing mimes. Comes second Love Enough For Two Prima Donna (UK) - our own saccharine, cheesy effort, which still comes third stacked up against this competition What’s Another Year Johnny Logan (Ireland) - the obvious winner. An Elvis-worthy country ballad sung with conviction by a man with a beautiful voice. Gets quite excited when he wins Euro-Vision Telex (Belgium) - an actual proper electronic group with an interesting novelty song. Too smart and self-referential to do well, but definitely ends the set on a high
BBC 1, 7.20 pm: Top of the Pops - presented by serial child rapist Jimmy Savile, with appearances from: Dear Miss Lonely Hearts Phil Lynott Staring at the Rude Boys The Ruts Food For Thought UB40 Tell the Children Sham 69 Geno Dexy’s Midnight Runners BBC 1, 8.30 pm: The Real Thing - The View From Within
Monday April 14th First day back at school after the Easter break. The day’s work includes the return of my stupid gorilla character Apeth in Apeth (frum Ota Sbees) and a diagram of my daily route through the village (actually just round the corner) in My Way To School. BBC 1, 4.20 pm: Cheggers Plays Pop, featuring: Poison Ivy Lambrettas January February - Barbara Dickson I Want To Be Me - Pussyfoot ITV, 7 pm: Kenny Everett returns after last week’s asbsence for the eighth and final episode of Series 3 of his Video Show. The show ends with him performing a striptease in the guise of his French character Marcel, before finally stripping off his mask and gleefully announcing that Marcel was actually him all along. In 2022, this looks as gloriously silly as it ever did. To this eight year old in 1980, it was utterly mindblowing. I just couldn’t believe someone would actually do that.
TERM 3 IN LINK FORM
The Adventure Game May 24, 1980
Iranian Embassy Siege May 5, 1980
Messages OMD
The Big Time Jul 2, 1980
Babooshka Kate Bush
Borg v McEnroe Jul 6, 1980
Q9 Jun 17, 1980
Could You Be Loved? Bob Marley
Who Shot JR? May 26, 1980
Reagan For President Jul 16, 1980
Friday April 18th Zimbabwe is officially granted independence by the United Kingdom. Bob Marley sings. Prince Charles gives a farewell salute. Robert Mugabe is the country’s first Prime Minister.