FROM THE DESK OF DOIG. Yup, this was another of Clive’s 1980s epics, only this bestrode the schedules like some corduroy collosus. Not once, not twice, not thrice, but four-weekly pupils v teachers grillathon based, somewhat lazily it has to be admitted, on plain old noughts and crosses. Pupil was “O”, their teacher “X” and “Board” was giant annoyingly clacketty tic-tac-toe grid, each space with four possible configurations – “O”, blank, “X”, blank. Answer a typically riddle-me-ree question correctly (sample: Is the day after tomorrow week the same as yesterday fortnight? How many legs does each contestant have in a three-legged race?), and get to turn squares a certain number of times by nominating positions, in a style later ripped off by Rob Curling’s TURNABOUT, with ultimate aim being, well, tic-tac-toe. First brought to us by HOWARD STABLEFORD before, and this order is correct, PAUL JONES (yup, out of Manfred Mann) then TREVOR “Bruno” BROOKES. Naturally it went downhill from there, Brookes’ arrival coinciding with the replacement of the half-decent Grange Hill-style opening theme with an annoying rap effort and lots of objectionable kids running about objectionably in the title sequence. Winners of first series, if you’re out there, were the pupils and teachers of Monk’s Wall School, Welwyn Garden City.
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These shows get their first screening on Fridays but we’re going to carry on billing them here mostly because there’s nothing else on Wednesdays. Having now seen this series, we’re pleased to report it’s great fun, with plenty of Tony Wilson’s links, and these are fantastic – whether he’s slagging off Malcolm McLaren for claiming no TV company wanted to show the Sex Pistols when apparently they’d arranged to film them twice and McLaren pulled them out at the last minute, or refusing to apologise for showing footage of a fight in the audience of a Penetration gig, because “the best rock music has always had an aggressive, violent edge” and the fighting was “no worse than you’d find in a dozen pubs within a mile of the venue”. We like the punk-inspired presentation, too, coping with the irremovable original credits on some of the clips by just scribbling their own credits over them. Well worth a look.
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