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BBC1Wales in the Seventies
Monday, 22.35, BBC1 Wales

We should look at the nations’ output a bit more but, to be honest, we always forget – but we’re not going to forget a name like that, are we? Insert the joke about it being hard to tell the difference here. Seems a pretty low-concept show, to be honest, but with the news that among those sharing their memories is the mighty Gaz Top, it’s well worth navigating the outer reaches of the EPG if you’re not in the principality.

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BBC1Points of View
Sunday, 16.00, BBC1

We hope readers of the Daily Express weren’t watching last week as the feature where Whovians were invited to quiz the Executive Producer included a number of correspondents clearly from outside the UK, including two American kids who seemed to be asking for a complete summary of the plot of the Christmas show. They don’t even pay the licence fee!

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Channel 4It Was Alright In The Seventies
Saturday, 21.00, Channel 4

What nobody ever mentions is that Elizabeth didn’t even have enough prize money to afford the mink coat, or indeed any of the other prizes, not that it stopped Nick going through his spiel anyway. Some intriguing clippage here last week and we’re always suckers for a bit of Smokers Wild, especially with Barry Cryer on hand to explain the value of a fag to a comedian. We’re looking forward to some more absolutely fascinating fare in this second part.

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BBC2The Home That Two Built
Friday, 19.00, BBC2

People say there are too many cookery shows on telly these days but they’re hardly of the “here’s one I made earlier” variety where you’re expected to follow the recipe along with the host, a la Ria in Butterflies, and they’re far more to do with celebrating food and getting people together. In this show though we’re back in the seventies where instruction rather than entertainment was the name of the game, emphasised by Delia’s no-nonsense Family Fare.

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BBC4Top of the Pops
Thursday, 19.30, 01.00, BBC4

We thought the Mike Read-fronted episode was pretty fascinating all told, with some good answers if they ever do Sparks Singles or Darts Singles on Pointless, and we do genuinely love those singles by Thin Lizzy and, yes, BA Robertson, although it was only when someone mentioned it on Twitter that we realised the music is blatantly a slowed-down version of his Swap Shop theme. Sadly this week’s is extremely similar but there are some other interesting bits and, if you don’t want to hear that Suzi Quatro song again, you could always listen to the slightly different version she recorded for the BBC Christmas tape.

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Channel 4Confessions of a Copper
Wednesday, 22.00, Channel 4

Been nearly a decade now since Life on Mars mined plenty of drama and no little humour from the rather obvious differences in law enforcement between the seventies and the present day. Like the clip show on Saturday night here’s a look at what was commonplace at the time now sounds totally bizarre, some of it undoubtedly amusing while other stories about sexism, racism and brutality are slightly less edifying but no less fascinating.

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BBC4The Many Faces of Les Dawson
Tuesday, 21.00, BBC4

Challenge don’t seemed to have bothered buying any more Tel or Les-fronted episodes of Blankety Blank, content to repeat the ones they’ve already shown over and over again, which is a bit of a shame because the series was absolutely miles ahead of its time and Les especially took the show into the realms of the surreal. While we wait for some more to turn up here’s the nice documentary from the other Christmas.

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BBC Radio 2What Macca Did Next – The Decade With Wings
Monday, 22.00, BBC Radio 2

One of the few bits where Alan Partridge falls down comedically is that we think his musical taste is actually really rather good, not just ABBA of course but also Kate Bush, Gary Numan and indeed Wings. It’s fair to say the bonny one didn’t quite exercise the constant midas touch he did in his previous band and their work was somewhat patchy – their biggest-selling single was almost certainly their worst, while you can certainly question the merits of Give Ireland Back To The Irish given Macca’s argument didn’t seem to get much further than him thinking the Irish were a great bunch of lads. Plenty to enjoy, though, as Johnnie Walker will recall.

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BBC4The Great War
Sunday, 19.00, BBC4

Looks like we are getting the whole of this series, or at least a decent chunk of it. Rightly so as well, because it remains probably as relevant as all the other World War one anniversary programming we’re getting, if not more so as we get to hear from the people involved.

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Channel 4It Was Alright In The Seventies
Saturday, 21.00, Channel 4

The first of two programmes looks back at telly from the seventies to basically marvel at stuff that seemed commonplace at the time but now seems totally bizarre. As far as Creamguide is concerned we can’t get enough of people smoking on telly, it amuses us every time, and to be honest we’d watch a show just of that. There’s other stuff too though and, while it may sound like it may just be laughing at old things for being old, we know there’s been some very good people involved behind the scenes and we’re certain there’ll be some absolutely fascinating (and probably quite scary) clips you definitely won’t have seen before.

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BBC2The House That Two Built
Friday, 19.00, BBC2

Every single thinkpiece about the future of the BBC drones on about how they should remove all the cookery and gardening from BBC2 to make way for more culturally-enriching fare, but of course cookery and gardening have been part of BBC2 from day one. And here’s the proof with the first of a new series that looks at how design and lifestyle has been featured on the channel over the past five decades, starting with Fanny Cradock and friends in the sixties.

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GoldMonty Python – The Meaning of Live
Thursday, 21.00, Gold

Unless somebody wafts a pile of money under their noses – especially under John’s nose – this summer was apparently the last time the Pythons would ever perform together. Given its significance it’s clearly not going unrecorded, as after the documentary looking at the rehearsals and the live transmission of the show, here’s what happened behind the scenes.

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BBC ParliamentElection 64
Wednesday, 10.00, BBC Parliament

A bit off from the anniversary, this, but as long as we’re getting it, it doesn’t really matter when. Starting with that fantastic shot of hundreds of people milling around the studio, this is probably the first election night broadcast as we know it today in terms of its scale and also its informality, Richard Dimbleby bringing an infectious sense of fun to the whole thing, an incredible performance given he had to redo all his notes 24 hours before and he was already very ill. Such is his performance it’s often been plundered for clips but always exciting to see the whole thing.

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ITVThe Nation’s Favourite Queen Song
Tuesday, 21.00, ITV

If ever there was a poll with a more predictable winner, we haven’t seen it, so of course the main point of this programme is not to surprise us with its findings but just play a load of Queen songs interspersed by anecdotes by Brian and Roger and various celebrities saying they’re brilliant. Whether that’s worth moving the news for, we’re not sure.

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BBC4Norman Wisdom – His Story
Monday, 21.00, BBC4

Norman certainly wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea but you have to admit he certainly put in the hours, Bob Monkhouse in his autobiography talking about he once arrived at ATV two days before a guest appearance on The Golden Shot to rehearse, before the set had even been put up. Here’s another outing for the documentary which speaks to family and friends, the excellent news being it’s not accompanied by any of his films.

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BBC4Brian Cox – Space, Time and Videotape
Sunday, 21.00, BBC4

Here’s something you don’t see very often these days, a proper theme night with a well-known person taking their pick from the BBC archives. It’s Brian Cox who gets to do the rummaging tonight, and to kick it all off he’s joined by Brian Blessed and Alice Roberts to have a look at how telly has covered science fiction and science fact over the years. You’ll know about the Carl Sagan and James Burke programmes here but of perhaps most interest here is The Day After Tomorrow at 22.50, the one and only episode of a planned Gerry Anderson-produced kids’ series from 1975 starring Brian Blessed, shown twice on BBC1 and then seemingly never again. Worth a look now, then.

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BBC1Doctor Who
Saturday, 20.00, BBC1

Last part of what we think has been the most consistent and entertaining series for a long time with only a couple of clunkers and Capaldi certainly fitting in perfectly. We’ve also enjoyed the scheduling because having this and Strictly on the same night has been like having half a dozen extra Christmas Days. And that’s when we’ll see it again, though who knows what we’ll have learned by then?

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BBC4The Heart of Country – How Nashville Became Music City USA
Friday, 21.00, BBC4

As we’re seeing on this channel 24 hours earlier 1979 wasn’t only the height of new wave but seemingly also the height of country, with Dr Hook replacing Lena Martell at the top of the charts. This new documentary looks at how Nashville became the hub for the genre, then there’s a new compilation, heavy on the Dolly of course but going right up to Taylor Swift.

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BBC4Top of the Pops
Thursday, 19.30, 00.30, BBC4

If Andy Peebles had worked out what to do with his arm that wasn’t holding the microphone, he may have relaxed a little bit more into the role and we’d see him again soon, but sadly not. While the quality of the music is certainly the best we’ve had in this entire run the set design at the moment really is appalling and it only gets worse as we get nearer to Christmas. Fresh from his UKIP song only getting to number 44, much to the disgust of Media Guardian who couldn’t run a story slagging off the BBC for either playing it or not playing it on the Top 40, it’s Mike Read this week and though we don’t hear The Chosen Few again the ace Swap Shop pop continues with an equally daft song from BA Robertson.

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Sky Arts 1Anarchy in Manchester
Wednesday, 23.00, Sky Arts 1

Very strange interview with Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers last week where half the band were on one side of the studio and the other half miles away on the other side – we’re not even sure if they were there at the same time – with Tony out of vision entirely, while only Johnny appeared to have a microphone anyway so the rest of the band were totally inaudible. Still, as a bit of primitive punk telly we suppose it was quite successful.

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