Back to April 1979 (4th April 1979)

During the next seven days I’ll be sampling April’s schedules between 1979 and 1985. As before, I’m only going to choose programmes that I can actually source from my archive, so anything which looks intriguing but I don’t have will have to be sadly passed over. Let’s dive in ….

BBC1 offers a repeat of Happy Ever After which is followed by a repeat of Accident (no doubt the high preponderance of repeats was irritating certain viewers).

Accident has reached episode two, Take Your Partners. It’s an interesting series, which focuses on the ramifications of the same event (a multi vehicle accident) from different perspectives. This gives it a similar feel to Villains (LWT, 1972). There’s no shortage of good actors across the series’ eight episodes and this was one of three directed by the always reliable Douglas Camfield.

Over on ITV, there’s chicken issues in Coronation Street (a short-lived but nevertheless amusing plotline which sees an initially reluctant Hilda transformed into a doting fowl lover). Later I’ll be crossing over to BBC2 for the start of a new series – Q8. By this point, Spike Milligan’s idiosyncratic sketch show defies any sort of description – but, if you’re in the right mood, there’s usually some nuggets of gold still to be found.

2 thoughts on “Back to April 1979 (4th April 1979)

  1. Probably worth putting in the text that this was a Wednesday.

    I should think that my six-year old self probably watched a great stretch of BBC1 all the time from returning from school up to my dinner, from The Hair Bear Bunch up to Nationwide, as was customary. In the years since, I’ve seen those episodes of Accident and Coronation Street. Despite having Happy Ever After and Q8 on DVD for years, I still haven’t seen them.

    Imagining myself back into 1979, I would watch Crossroads, switch off This Is Your Life after a minute having established that the subject (J.P.R Williams) was insufficiently interesting, and Coronation Street. And then two interesting, possibly unorthodox, single plays by women. Alma Cullen’s ‘A Taste Of Love’, a lavish ATV production, was a rare attempt to write an original television musical. The BBC2 Play Of The Week, Stepping Out, is intriguingly billed as devised (rather than written) by Sarah Pia Anderson and Sheila Kelly.

    If I was in during the day I would probably watch The Cedar Tree and Break In The Sun, too.

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  2. I remember Think of a Number, and it would have been the first run of The Perishers. ITV were stingy with children’s programme with only two children’s shows.

    I think Neol Edmonds’ quiz show Lucky Number was on Wednesdays, but it must have finished in March.

    I saw Q6, Q7 and Q9, but I missed Q8.

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