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An A-Z of BBC2′s first 50 years

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TV Cream offers its own string of bunting to be hung at BBC2′s 50th birthday party: a courageous* inventory of what we rate to be the channel’s defining stars, scars, flaps and flops of its first half-century.

*In the Jim Hacker sense

A is for…

"Ah dear, Pollicks, you have pressed too soon"

“Ah dear, Pollicks, you have pressed too soon”

Acka Raga

Signature tune to Ask the Family. A touch creepy, vaguely over-familiar yet damned impossible to forget. Welcome to BBC2.

Apocalypse Wow

One of a number of fucking atrocious episode titles to crop up during the otherwise unimpeachable This Life, along with The Bi Who Came In From The Cold, Milly Liar and Wish You Were Queer. Utterly sublime theme tune by The Way Out, lest we forget.

Armchair shepherds

Fans of One Man and His Dog who tartly brushed the creases from their Rohan-trousered form to stand as one in protest when the show was axed as a regular series in 1999 after 23 years. Their complaints resonated with as much volume as a dog whistle.

David Attenborough

Danced cheek-to-cheek with Joan Bakewell around the BBC TV Centre doughnut after a particularly lively edition of Late Night Line-up. Controller of BBC2 1965-69.

B is for…

‘Bear in mind I’ve given you a lot of machines’

Sir Jim’ll shows Louis Theroux his own version of a top-down reorganisation of the NHS. This was the year 2000, and it was all there, in plain, spangly-suited sight.

Best logo in the history of television

This one.

New balls

“They’re competing for the Joe Davis decanter”

Black and White Rag

Hectic honky tonk whose octave-tickling cut through any living room melee like a snooker cue through butter to announce the arrival of perennial ratings-rescuer Pot Black.

‘But this was a fantasy’

Catchphrase of documentary-maker and clippage-cobbler Adam Curtis, usually detonated immediately after a sequence of a Cold War politician gesticulating, a posh woman buying a frock and a giant reel of computer tape rotating first one way then the other, all to the sound of The New Vaudeville Band.

C is for…

Cardboard box

Collapsible cuboid tossed at Brian Cant and other drama graduates by Play School leaderene Joy Whitby with the command: “Now row out at sea”. A recruitment policy recently revived at London Live.

Candle

Star turn of BBC2′s opening night. Snuffed it 24 hours later.

The theme from The Carpetbaggers

Breath-stealingly cool slice of jazz funk, whose farting brass and braying horns are forever associated by at least one generation with Sunday evening teatime and Valerie Singleton trying to make stagflation and consumer protection sound sexy on The Money Programme.

‘Chutney! Let’s do it! Let’s get on with it!’

Condiment-infused battle cry from the first (and best) series of The Apprentice.

D is for…

Desmond’s Weepies

Mocking but accurate nickname for documentary series Man Alive, thanks to the proclivity of the titular Wilcox for poking his lens into the mucky tear-smeared face of a provincial down-and-out.

"He appointed Jill Chance general manager"

“He appointed Jill Chance general manager”

Did You See?

what we did there?

Doogy rev

Catchphrase from, and description of, The Adventure Game.

Dr Who

Often to be seen on BBC2 in various states of undress, sometimes half-clothed (Peter Davidson in A Very Peculiar Practice), sometimes with arse on display (Tom Baker in The Lives and Loves of a She-Devil, Matt Smith in Christopher and His Kind), though you’d have to retune to BBC4 to see it ALL on display (Christopher Eccleston in Lennon Naked).

E is for…

Egg

Hapless ovoid in need of weekly transportation, usually but not exclusively involving pipe cleaners.

F is for…

Fatality

Alex Mitchell, 50, who died from laughing too much during an episode of The Goodies in 1975.

"Bom-bommm, bom-bom, bom-bommmm"

“Bom-bommm, bom-bom, bom-bommmm”

Floating neon bottle

You want one image that sums up the entire 50 years of BBC2? This is it.

Food and drink

Chilli chutney sandwiches (Red Dwarf), soggy leeks (Butterflies), oranges (…Are Not The Only Fruit), Bollinger (Absolutely Fabulous), scotch eggs (I’m Alan Partridge), turnips (Threads), waldorf salads (Fawlty Towers), livers (The Body in Question).

Food and Drink

Taught the nation how to sniff wine, grope fish, finger cauliflower and burnish tarts. Anything but consume the fucking things, basically.

Fry and Laurie arriving at BBC Television Centre

What’s not to love?

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G is for…

Gargantuan personal dining room

What Aubrey Singer converted his new office annexe into while BBC2 controller from 1974-78. “It’s not my personal dining room,” he insisted to junior colleagues. “I don’t want that appearing in Private Eye.”

Goldfish

Best bit of Working Lunch (yes, even better than you, Chiles).

Goodbye-eee

Musical fancy trilled by Cook and Moore at the conclusion of each episode of Not Only… But Also…, and sarcastic salutation of BBC mandarins when ordering the archived destruction thereof.

Green peppers

Far and away the coolest of the two vegetable-themed giant-sized cards waved by the adjudicating audience at the conclusion of every edition of Ready Steady Cook.

H is for…

Janice Hadlow

Liked “intelligent pleasure” but was “not opposed to romping”. BBC2 controller 2008-14.

"Yeah, you go an' all... Maria... MARIA!"

“Yeah, you go an’ all… Maria… MARIA!”

An hour

What The Bureau was closed for.

Hullabaloo and Custard

Two cartoon kangaroos that were the original BBC2 logo. Axed by David Attenborough, who called them “demented”.

I is for…

I

What Claudius was.

‘I can’t believe there’s no hope’

Peter Kerrigan’s death-rattle lament for Liverpool at the end of Boys From The Blackstuff.

‘It was a maaaad year!’

Britt Ekland discharging the exposition in I Love 1971.

‘I’ve got a story to tell you – it’s all about spies’

Hwyel Bennett discharging the exposition in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

IP

What everyone tried to “trace-route” in Attachments.

J is for…

Michael Jackson

Used to cut up issues of Radio Times as a child. Turned up late to meetings as he thought “that was what a channel controller ought to do”. BBC2 controller 1992-96.

K is for…

Roly Keating

Had to go into hiding with security protection after Jerry Springer: the Opera in 2005. BBC2 controller 2004-08.

Kinda lingers

Fourway kiss-off from Not The Nine O’Clock News.

L is for…

Last thing at night

Still a slot crying out for a topical, daily, witty, must-see show. Late Night Line-up was almost it. The Late Show wasn’t late enough.

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Likely stories

Forever bobbing to the surface of the BBC2 schedule cauldron like a skittish apple, you can trace this genre all the way back to the eponymous Lads, through Yes Minister, Colin’s Sandwich and Coogan’s Run to The Trip and Inside No 9.

M is for…

Graeme McDonald

Needed a medical doctor to help him prepare for a press conference. BBC2 controller 1982-87.

Bob Monkhouse chatting to comics in a pretend front parlour

Possibly the finest Monday night alternative to Panorama ever.

N is for…

"And I know that your next band is Altern-8!"

“And I know that your next band is Altern-8!”

Normski

Aka Norman Anderson, sometime Mr Janet Street-Porter, and the trendiest man ever to appear on BBC2. Dance Energy was also the liveliest thing ever to appear on the channel, while Dance Energy House Party – direct from inside your man’s titular crib – the most preposterous. Never dull, always entertaining, frequently unmissable. To whom else could the nation turn for a guide to the correct way to do a 1990-era handshake? Let arf!

O is for…

Opera

Remit-filling last resort. This fat lady has sung more times than a chorus in a Glenn Medeiros fade-out, including at least two complete multi-week performances of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Aubrey Singer’s Opera Month, Mike Smith attempting to popularise recitatives in The Opera Roadshow, and Jeremy Isaacs almost bringing down The House.

Overblown tart

Paul Merton’s favourite description of Princess Diana on Have I Got News For You pre-1997. All these episodes are now buried underneath Television Centre along with all the Jim’ll editions of Top of the Pops.

P is for…

Michael Peacock

Convinced the nation that spaghetti grows on trees. BBC2 controller 1963-65.

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‘The prime minister now stands to speak’

Sample BBC commentary on Westminster Live during the early years of the televising of the House of Commons. This was also when, like Elvis, you couldn’t show MPs below the waist.

Puddle of blood

Sprayed across the studio floor at Television Centre after Vivian Stanshall cut his hand on a glass of Bloody Mary during a Christmas episode of Up Sunday.

"We have... to touch people..."

“Into this pond were flushed four million people…”

Puddle of mud

The most important thing BBC2 has ever broadcast.

R is for…

Jane Root

Described her favourite programmes as “culture snacks” from “the edges of life”. BBC2 controller 1998-2004.

S is for…

Sagas

Turn up on BBC2 with the tedious inevitability of an unloved season. First came the never-ending Forsytes, all black-and-white bodices and clicking teeth. The Pallisers tried to repeat the trick in colour but flopped. Then came The Borgias (“They got nipples together”) and The Cleopatras with Richard Griffiths in drag. Our Friends in the North and In a Land of Plenty rescued the format, but Gormenghast wrecked everything and now nobody’s got any money. What a saga.

Saturday nights devoted to seasons of subtitled films or Amnesty International concerts

BBC2 c. 1987-92 (see Alan Yentob)

Robin Scott

Co-writer of Ruby Murray’s 1955 number one, Softly Softly. Real name Robin Scutt. BBC2 controller 1969-74.

Shakespeare

Subject of a gargantuan dose of doublet and hose by way of the Beeb’s Bardathon from 1978-85, during which adaptations of every single play were shown on BBC2. A very mixed endeavour. About the only consistent things were the straw on studio floors and close-ups to disguise the fact the sets looked crap. The Shakespeare in Perspective spin-off shows were better, with the likes of George Melly, Clive James, Dennis Potter and Barry Took doing chipper “study guides” designed to appeal to sitcom characters played by Penelope Wilton.

Silent piano

Star of Face the Music.

6

Number of English towns visited by Alec Clifton-Taylor; number of wives taken by Henry VIII.

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625

Any BBC2 programme in the 1960s with these numbers in its title meant you were in for a treat. Jazz 625 was pretty much the channel’s first proper hit, and still looks ace today. Theatre 625 was BBC2′s “alternative” to 30 Minute Theatre, where Nigel Kneale, Alun Owen and John Hopkins could run amok with scarves, sauce and socialism.

Staggering stories

…of depressed pandas, recalcitrant popes, pontificating pilots, sex, old women, Soviet politicians, toffs, drugs, English villages, housewives, working class oiks, mad medics, rock’n'roll, boffins, Ronald Reagan… and Ferdinand de Bargos. Look: a Ukip parody!

Janet Street-Porter

First person rung up by Alan Yentob after he was made BBC2 controller. DEF II and Normski (qv) was the result.

T is for…

"...But no one was available for interview."

“…But no one was available for interview.”

10.30pm

Home of Newsnight, now and forever. Probably.

Theme nights

The best thing about bank holidays in the early 1990s. Top five: TV Hell; Granadaland; Goodbye to Lime Grove; One Day in the 60s; Radio Night.

Mark Thompson

Axed This Life because he didn’t understand it. Sold BBC Television Centre. Owns a solid gold house. BBC2 controller 1996-98.

A tree

What Bob Peck got turned into at the end of Edge of Darkness.

Tuesday Term

Centrepiece of Michael Peacock’s daffy Seven Faces of the Week idea for the inaugural BBC2 schedule. Tough shit if Tuesday was your night for babysitting duties: you’d a whole evening of educational series for company. You should’ve picked Thursday: an entire night of shows about obscure hobbies.

U is for…

University of the air

Original name for the Open University, as dreamed up by Harold Wilson.

V is for…

Video diary

One part tedious, two parts terrific strand of do-our-job-for-us programming that threaded its way through the early 90s, both as full-length documentaries and five-minute snapshots. Swearing, homelessness, drinking, posh people and yoofs abounded. Major’s Britain as full-colour Canon fodder.

W is for…

War

Responsible for two multi-part, multi-cameo blockbusters documentaries, both of which were only just over by Christmas: The Great War and Cold War. See also The World at War, nicked off Thames for a repeat run in the 1990s, and recent stellar-cast-list sit-and-chats on Yugoslavia, Israel and Iraq.

Take or leave it as you please

“We’ve had 12 straight hours of meatball surgery!”

Wednesday evening, 9pm

“…it’s time for this week’s episode of M*A*S*H.”

Brian Wenham

Fond of wearing a raincoat and lying on his desk. BBC2 controller 1978-82.

Whisper

A character in Live and Let Die who gets squashed by an inflatable sofa; a particularly awkward type of lunch endured by Larry David and Richard Lewis; and a presentational decibel level popularised by Bob Harris.

Windmill Road

Former home of the BBC archives, which gave half its name to the original – and best – of the Beeb’s bran tubs of old clippage, brusquely hosted by a freshly de-Rantzenised Chris Serle.

The world

…specifically, About Us. More specifically, about us on Kodachrome given a spit and polish up by BBC Bristol.

Worst logo in the history of television

This one.

X is for…

X-rated

Well, it was this or xylophone. Often self-evident in Moviedrome, crepuscular film slot introduced by first Alex Cox then Mark Cousins.

Y is for…

Alan Yentob

Inordinately fond of rewriting Radio Times billings. Inordinately not fond of Eldorado. BBC2 controller 1987-92.

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Z is for…

Zircon

Spy satellite, subject of an episode of the 1987 documentary series Secret Society that was notoriously pulled from air just before transmission after [sentence redacted following issue of a government D-notice on grounds of unsubtle satirical purposes]

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TV Cream’s 75 Memorable TV Moments

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The inside of TV Cream Towers, yesterday75 years ago this week, the UK’s first television service began, live and direct from Alexandra Palace in north London.

You’d be forgiven for not being aware of this grand anniversary, given how little is being made of it, not least on the box itself.

Why this week’s BBC4 schedules aren’t filled with choice archivery is beyond us. Heavens, they could even have pretended it was a trial run for when the cuts kick in.

Anyway, here at TV Cream Towers we’re not going to let this occasion pass without suitable commemoration, by which we mean A Very Long List.

Below you’ll find what we’re calling 75 quintessential trend-shaping, genre-justifying, nation-mesmirising, synapse-tingling small screen moments.

Well, we’re not – we’re actually calling them TV Cream’s 75 Memorable TV Moments.

Moreover they’re not THE most 75 memorable of all time, because there’s actually around 75,000 of those, and by the time we’d finished listing all them there’d have already been another 75,000 more.

We’ve also limited our choices to TV hailing solely from these shores.

So perhaps it’s best to treat the following simply as 75 reasons television is one of the greatest things in the world.

1

Michael Palin returning to London at the end of Around The World in 80 Days to be greeted by, among others, a foul-mouthed newspaper seller (BBC1, 1989)

2

John Betjeman reaching the end of the line in Metro-land and concluding “grass triumphs – and I must say, I’m rather glad” (BBC1, 1973)

3

Jack Regan (John Thaw) bellowing “This is going to be a right bastard” in the episode of The Sweeney ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’ (ITV, 1975)

4

"I hope you've got plenty of puff!"

"I hope you've got plenty of puff!"

Kenneth Williams volunteering the information that he’s “one of the biggest puffs in the business” on All-Star Record Breakers (BBC1, 1977)

5

John Gordillo and dog walking out of BBC Television Centre to the sound of The Sundays’ Here’s Where The Story Ends during the very last sequence of the very last edition of The RDA (BBC Choice, 2001)

6

Martin Bryce (Richard Briers) having his itinerary of events for a local old people’s home hijacked by Paul Ryman (Peter Egan) in Ever Decreasing Circles (BBC1, 1984)

7

"Bigmouth - ha ha ha ha!"

"Bigmouth - ha ha ha ha!"

The Smiths performing Bigmouth Strikes Again on The Whistle Test (BBC2, 1986)

8

Tiny Clanger conducting the “music of the spheres” in The Clangers (BBC1, 1972)

9

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) referring to Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) as “my best friend” in the adventure ‘The Seeds of Doom’ (BBC1, 1976)

10

Spike (Dexter Fletcher) and Lynda (Julia Sawalha) doing a slow dance to imaginary music at the end of the Press Gang episode ‘The Big Finish?’ (ITV, 1990)

11

Lionel Blair being Gotcha’d for Noel’s House Party during a performance of Don’t Dress For Dinner at the Bournemouth Pier Theatre (BBC1, 1992)

12

"TW, adieu, adieu!"

"TW, adieu, adieu!"

Millicent Martin duetting with herself on the very last That Was The Week That Was (BBC1, 1963)

13

Jacob Bronowski crouching in a pool at Auschwitz and scooping up a handful of mud while saying “we have to touch people” in The Ascent of Man (BBC2, 1973)

14

The twist at the end of the Thriller episode ‘A Coffin For The Bride’ (ITV, 1974)

15

Philip Marlow (Michael Gambon) and Dr Gibbon (Bill Paterson) playing word games in The Singing Detective episode ‘Pitter Patter’ (BBC1, 1986)

Six of the best

16

Aztec Camera performing Oblivious on Pebble Mill at One (BBC1, 1983)

17

Jeffrey Fairbrother (Simon Cadell) reading a letter from Joe Maplin to his assembled staff in Hi-De-Hi! (BBC1, 1983)

18

Bottle-bobbing goodness

Bottle-bobbing goodness

The neon bottled, Brian Eno-backed opening titles to every edition of Arena (BBC2, 1975-date)

19

Sherlock Holmes (Jeremy Brett) jumping for joy off a flight of stone steps at the end of the episode ‘The Second Stain’ (ITV, 1986)

20

The death of Augustus (Brian Blessed) in I, Claudius (BBC2, 1976)

21

"Like a - teddy bear?"

"Like a - teddy bear?"

Michael Parkinson being possessed by a malevolent spirit in Ghostwatch (BBC1, 1992)

22

Alistair Cooke playing a burst of New Orleans jazz on the piano in his history of America (BBC2, 1972)

23

The Chalk Farm Salvation Army Band arriving in the studio for the Christmas editions of Blue Peter (BBC1, 1958-date)

24

"Fancy Lady? Well, fancy that!"

"Fancy Lady? Well, fancy that!"

‘Attitudes Night’ on The Day Today (BBC2, 1994)

25

The entire TV Hell theme night (BBC2, 1992)

26

Michael Aspel announcing the end of the world in The War Game (BBC, 1965, not broadcast until 1985)

27

The Prisoner (Patrick McGoohan) psychologically and literally jousting with another version of himself in the episode ‘The Schizoid Man’ (ITV, 1967)

28

The death of Lou Beale (Anna Wing) in EastEnders (BBC1, 1988)

29

Bruce Forsyth struggling to help a non-musical father and daughter join in with a team of professional bell-ringers on The Generation Game (BBC1, 1975)

30

Richard Dimbleby giving a sartorial guide to all the people working behind the scenes during Election 64 (BBC1, 1964)

Six or so of the best

31

The ‘Election Night Special’ sketch on Monty Python’s Flying Circus (BBC1, 1970)

32

Michael Murray (Robert Lindsay) simultaneously beset by nervous twitches, an angry neglected wife and a Dr Who fan convention in the GBH episode ‘Message Sent’ (Channel 4, 1991)

33

Chris Evans, Zig and Zag trying and failing to demonstrate how to make the world’s quickest chocolate cake on The Big Breakfast (Channel 4, 1992)

34

Pet Shop Boys performing Can You Forgive Her? on Top of the Pops (BBC1, 1993)

35

The evil in all of us

The evil in all of us

The first appearance of the dead body of a “demon” in Quatermass and the Pit (BBC1, 1958)

36

Bob Monkhouse coolly and expertly dealing with a malfunctioning draw machine on The National Lottery Live (BBC1, 1996)

37

Jamie MacDonald (Paul Higgins) splenetically berating Ollie Reeder (Chris Addison) for making fun of Al Jolson in The Thick Of It (BBC4, 2007)

38

"Steady on, Ken!"

"Steady on, Ken!"

Kenny Everett producing an oversized “READY” stick before bending Terry Wogan’s microphone on Blankety Blank (BBC1, 1979)

39

Monique (Angela Richards) singing If This Is The Last Time I See You in Secret Army (BBC1, 1979)

40

Stephen Fry “killing” Hugh Laurie in a musical misunderstanding over the lid on jar of coffee in A Bit of Fry and Laurie (BBC2, 1990)

41

Gonch Gardner trying to undercut the school canteen by selling toast in the Grange Hill playground (BBC1, 1985)

42

Nationwide staging a studio-bound summer fair to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee (BBC1, 1977)

43

"Jude-ah-Jude-ah..."

"Jude-ah-Jude-ah..."

The Beatles performing Hey Jude on Frost on Sunday (ITV, 1968)

44

George Malone (Peter Kerrigan) confessing “I can’t believe that there’s no hope” in Boys from the Blackstuff (BBC2, 1982)

45

A “fight” breaking out among, in Des Lynam’s words, “our highly professional team” during the opening seconds of an edition of Grandstand (BBC1, 1983)

A good deal more than six of the best

46

Damon Grant (Simon O’Brien) breaking down on completing his YTS only to find nobody will take him on for work in Brookside (C4, 1986)

47

Clive James’s Review of the 80s, culminating in our host jiving to a performance by “woman of the decade” Kylie Minogue (BBC1, 1989)

48

Margaret Thatcher giving her verdict on record releases, including a favourable review of Beautiful Imbalance by Thrashing Doves, on Saturday Superstore (BBC1, 1987)

49

None shall sleep

None shall sleep

The opening sequence of the BBC’s World Cup 90 coverage, and Des Lynam’s subsequent patronage of Pavarotti – “Cue Luciano!” (BBC1, 1990)

50

Hilda Ogden (Jean Alexander) breaking down on opening the spectacle case of her recently deceased husband Stan in Coronation Street (ITV, 1984)

51

Adam Carter (Rupert Penry-Jones) being blown up while driving a car bomb away from a Remembrance Sunday ceremony in Spooks (BBC1, 2008)

52

"Ready when you are, Ronnie!"

"Ready when you are, Ronnie!"

Larry Grayson attempting – and failing – to master disco dancing on The Generation Game (BBC1, 1979)

53

One half of Bucks Fizz performing Run For Your Life in Jersey while the other half performs it in London at exactly the same time on Saturday Superstore (BBC1, 1983)

54

The BBC screening an emergency edition of Dad’s Army when a power failure hit part of Television Centre during Euro 2000 (BBC1, 2000)

55

The Special AKA, along with The Beat and Elvis Costello, performing Free Nelson Mandela on The Tube (C4, 1984)

56

Wing Commander Marsh (Michael Bryant) feigning mental illness to be repatriated out of Colditz, but ending up genuinely insane (BBC1, 1972)

57

Adam Curtis saying the words “but this was a fantasy” on The Power of Nightmares (BBC2, 2004)

58

"We've just heard a newsflash from the ITN"

"We've a newsflash from the ITN"

Bob Monkhouse announcing the end of the power workers’ strike live during an edition of The Golden Shot (ITV, 1970)

59

Jim fixing it for a child to appear in an episode of Terry and June, accosting Terry on a cross-channel ferry concerning the smell of his Camembert cheese (BBC1, 1983)

60

John Lennon and Paul McCartney compering The Music of Lennon and McCartney (ITV, 1965)

Just a load of very good people

61

Leonard Bernstein throwing a tantrum during recording sessions for West Side Story in an edition of Omnibus (BBC1, 1985)

62

Morecambe and Wise and assorted BBC faces performing There Is Nothing Like A Dame (BBC1, 1977)

63

Seven-year-old Nick Hitchon declaring “If I could change the world, I would change it into a diamond” on Seven Up (ITV, 1963)

64

Rearranging Billy Crystal

Rearranging Billy Crystal

Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish recreating The Crystal Maze in puppet form for Channel 4′s 15th birthday (C4, 1997)

65

Radiation-infused survivors of the nuclear holocaust depicted in Threads watching the transmission of an edition of Words and Pictures (BBC2, 1984)

66

Tony Hart drawing a giant elephant in the sand in Vision On (BBC1, 1964-76)

67

Derek Griffiths singing Why Don’t You Build Yourself A Word? in Look and Read (BBC, 1982)

68

Angus Deayton asking teams on Have I Got News For You? to guess the missing word in the headline “I made Thatcher WHAT? boasts Lawson”, and Paul Merton replying, “It is ‘swallow’?” (BBC1, 1992)

69

"The cancer's called 'Rupert'"

"The cancer's called 'Rupert'"

Dennis Potter quoting the line “Will there be any stars in my crown, when the evening sun goes down?” while reminiscing about childhood hymns with Melvyn Bragg in his last ever interview on Without Walls (C4, 1994)

70

The opening titles of All Creatures Great and Small (BBC1, 1978)

71

Deirdre Barlow (Anne Kirkbride) discovering she had been the victim of con-man Phil Jennings (Tommy Boyle) in Coronation Street (ITV, 1997)

72

"I did a quick waltz"

"I did a quick waltz"

Rolf Harris performing Jake the Peg (BBC1, 1969)

73

Messrs Barker and Corbett conducting overlapping telephone conversations in Sainsbury’s (BBC1, 1981)

74

John Cleese guesting on The Muppet Show (ITV, 1978)

75

The BBC’s celebrations for the 50th anniversary of television, including an entire week of archive programmes on BBC2 (1986)

Nation shall speak peace unto nation

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Posted in T is for... by TV Cream | 2 Comments »

THE END of the world, Sheffield-style. Nuclear war followed by nuclear winter on the mean streets of Ecclesall. Lots of shit, piss, blood and vomit, including the demise of REECE DINSDALE. One of the most nightmare-inducing bits of telly you could watch as a kid in the 1980s. Utterly without relief, and even the aftermath is appalling: radiation victim, pregnant, gives birth to a hideous lump of flesh.

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