WHAT RICHARD O’SULLIVAN was to Friday night telly in the 80s. Call-to-arms curtain-raiser for the weekend and ubiquitous front room appointment-to-view, helmed by KEITH FORDYCE, MICHAEL ALDRED and a big star in the 60s and an ever bigger star in the, er, CATHY MCGOWAN. What your school disco would’ve been like without teachers present. Much hyped exaggerated 60s swingingness and “hey there!” shambolic presenter style would go on to define all pop shows for evermore. The Beatles appeared, as did Glenda Collins and The Orchids. Got axed just as British rock was on a roll. For some reason Dave Clark (of the Dave Clark Five) ended up owning the rights, re-packaging what highlights remained in the archive as a series of compilation shows bundled out on Channel 4 in the 1980s…to an assuredly far greater audience than the one which saw it the first time round.Read More
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Here are some new episodes to follow the two programmes last year where the archives are scoured for those tapes with “never to be repeated ever again” on them and all kinds of examples of sexism, racism, homophobia and other unpleasantness are dug out. There was some fascinating stuff last time out although to be honest we’d happily just watch an hour of people smoking on television, which we’re absolutely obsessed with. No doubt there’ll be some more intriguing stuff here, often plundered from Christmas tapes that are to our mind often more scary than offensive.
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Points of View
- In 'Creamvote #2 The most unforgettable news theme!', Des E says: "Did I say *throughout* the show’s 40+ years on air? Scratch that – it spent the early ’90s in exile,..."
- In 'Monday’s Newcomers', Richard Davies says: "There were a few “off the record” things like this on TV, like the IBA transmitter information broadcasts, which..."
- In 'Captain Caveman', Richard Davies says: "HB seemed to like recycling stuff between series. At least this was OK in a “waiting for the next thing on CBBC way” & the end..."
- In 'Captain Caveman', Droogie says: "Always thought this show a lazy mash-up combining of one of the Boulder Brothers from Wacky Races and a crime-solving Josie And The Pussycats girl..."
- In 'Captain Caveman', Scott McPhee says: "I thought that the admins for this site, would have observed that Taffy, looks like she was based on Farah Fawcett."