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Your Friday Night In… August 1979


Friday, 24th August 1979

PICK OF THE DAY

9pm ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL, BBC1
It’s prime Carol Drinkwater and pre-Calum Buchanan – basically it’s imperial era All Creatures Grunt and Smell, albeit a Friday night repeat of an episode first shown the previous year. ‘Breath of Life’ was one of those series finales back when telly didn’t really do that, save for being slightly more elegiac than usual.  Here we have another turn for that whole ‘circle of life’-type parable beloved of programmes where animals die.  Additional note: isn’t the drumming on the title music deceptively funky?

ALSO SHOWING:

7pm SURVIVAL SPECIAL, ITV
Ostensibly the survivor referred to in the show’s title is the creature featured in that week’s episode. However to our impressionable young eyes, it felt like the real survivor was the ropey old film the show was shot on. This week’s episode features man’s greatest fear… it’s sharks!

8pm SEVEN TO ONE, BBC2
The weekend is here – it’s the late 1970s, so what do you know?  It’s a high concept chat show from the BBC. The innovation here is that each week “seven people from all walks of life have a chance to meet and exchange views with a personality of their choice.”  On this edition the person of choice is James Burke.  With seven interviewers at hand, surely one of them has to ask “what’s it like living with your stupid surname?”

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  1. Glenn A

    August 26, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    ITV would have been on strike in August 1979, so I assume had they returned to work, Survival would have been shown.
    I do remember the strike well and for all ITV going off air for ten weeks wouldn’t mean much now, it meant you had to rely on the BBC, which in the summer meant three things, repeats, more repeats and Test Match cricket. Also many viewers who mostly watched ITV were irate as their favourite channel had gone and I can remember one old woman on a radio phone in going ballistic as Crossroads had been stopped and the BBC was for posh people. How times change as few people would shed any tears if ITV was off air for ten weeks these days.

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