Back to November 1982 (21st November 1982)

I’ll be spending the next seven days in 1982. As before, I’ll only be highlighting programmes that I have access to and can actually watch. Let’s dive into Sunday’s schedule ….

First stop is a re-run of The Computer Programme. We’ve reached episode seven – Let’s Pretend in which Ian Macnaught-Davis and Chris Searle look at computer modelling and simulations. That’s the cue for Macnaught-Davis and Searle to spend more time huddled round a BBC B computer, although slightly more powerful systems are also available. I’ve recently rewatched the whole series but it’s never a chore to dip into it again.

There’s an episode of Maigret repeated at 4.05 pm on BBC1 – The Fontenay Murders. Having been unavailable for so many years, the series has been dragged back into the light recently – it’s now available on Blu Ray and DVD from Network and is also running on Talking Pictures TV. Truth to tell, I’ve found it to be something of a disappointment – I love 1960’s tv in general and there’s no shortage of appealing guest stars, but many of the episodes are rather dull and stodgy. Still, I’ll give this one a go and maybe it’ll appeal.

I’ll be sticking with BBC1 later for part four of Beau Geste. It’s from that endearing era of television where an English sandpit could be pressed into service as the unforgiving Algerian desert and no-one would bat an eyelid. Still, with Douglas Camfield directing a host of familiar faces (hurrah, there’s Pat Gorman!) I’m not complaining.

Today’s Hi-De-Hi! story carries on from last week. Jeff is still caught on the horns of a moral dilemma thanks to the machinations of Joe Maplin (which is the cue for more letters from the Maplins boss which have to be read out by the squirming Jeff).  This is still the imperial era of the series, with all the original cast members present and correct (as mentioned before, most Croft/Perry and Croft/Lloyd never knew when to stop and tended to carry on past their sell by dates).

Then it’ll be time to switch over to ITV for The Professionals and Tales of the Unexpected. You’ll Be All Right was the fifth and final Professionals script by Gerry O’Hara. It’s not quite the series at its peak but still passes an hour very agreeably.

Tales of the Unexpected is a series that was always incredibly uneven (one day I’ve promised myself I’ll watch all 112 episodes in order – maybe next year). Today’s offering is The Absence of Emily with Anthony Valentine and Francis Tomelty and it looks to be decent, so hopefully it’ll end the evening off with a chill or two.

2 thoughts on “Back to November 1982 (21st November 1982)

  1. Forty years ago I followed Beau Geste. I don’t know which of his own works Barry Letts was proudest of, but I think the Sunday serials were his second greatest contribution to television.

    I would have watched that episode of Hi-De-Hi, which meant I would have missed Russ Abbot, although I thin Jeffrey Holland was part of Russ Abbot’s team by then.

    I saw a bit of Haywire, which sounds a bit like Mommie Dearest. But it was the type of mini-series that I dislike.

    Tales of the Unexpected had become Tales of the Predicatable.

    Omnibus with Barry Norman visiting the Folies Bergere sounded interesting, but it clashed with The South Bank Show. Unfair.

    We didn’t get Channel 4 until over two years after it started. I have seen Solaris and Little Foxes at the cinema. Tarkovsky used classic paintings in the same way Stanley Kubrick used classical music. Little Foxes was one of several Bette Davis films shown in cinemas in 2008 to mark her centenary, the best of which was Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?. Goodbye Mr Chips, shown on BBC1 that day, was too pro-public school.


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