We’re back in the days when Children In Need didn’t dominate the entire BBC1 evening schedule. Indeed, it’s surprising just how little coverage there is (less is more, maybe?). From the available programmes, I’ll be taking Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?
Whenever I tweet something about the series, you can guarantee that someone will pop up to tell me that nasty old James Bolam blocked any repeats. But there’s no evidence of this (indeed, the fact that the Daily Mirror’s Stan bemoans the fact that WHTTLL? is often dug out as a schedule filler rather proves the opposite).
There’s another old sitcom repeat on BBC2 (Dad’s Army). The series wasn’t quite as obliquitous in re-runs during the early eighties, which meant that this was probably when I saw a lot of these episodes for the first time. Today’s offering is Man Hunt from 1969, not a stellar episode, but it’ll still pass thirty minutes very agreeably.
Finally there’s a new programme to enjoy. ITV at 9.00 pm is Gentle Touch time. P.J. Hammond is scripting, which is the guarantee for an odd and unsettling fifty minutes (today’s ep features a very effective guest turn from Sheila Gish as Adela Baker).
4 thoughts on “Back To November 1982 (26th November 1982)”
I missed Children In Need because I was at Venture Scouts. You should have done this week in 1983.
Was the pre-credits scene on The Gentle Touch shot at Covent Garden?
The best thing on that day was Dad’s Army: Man Hunt.
A decent evening’s viewing there. Apart from the ones you’ve mentioned, the Alan Bennett play ‘A Day Out’ is well with a watch (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068449/), and I don’t know how I missed that reggae programme at 8pm on 4…well I do…being a Friday night I was probably starting an evening’s boozing around then.
*worth a watch, obviously.
I may have seen a bit of the Alan Bennett play when I got home from Venture Scouts.