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Your Friday Night In… March 1977


Friday, 11th March 1977

PICK OF THE DAY

11.40pm UFO, ITV
This episode scoops the coveted POTD badge, along with regulated enhanced billing thanks entirely down to its write up in TV Times which reads as follows: “Two members of an intercepter crew go berserk, and try to kill their colleagues, in the belief that they are in fact killing their enemies.” In fact as impossibly exciting as this text reads, the episode is – if anything – even more impossibly exciting, turning UFO. first into a weird spaghetti Western and then into a full blooded analysis of its own fictionality.  Take that Philip Martin!

ALSO SHOWING:

10.50pm MAX BOYCE IN CONCERT, BBC1
There’s nothing not to like in this weekend wind down featuring the titular Welsh amusenik, ably supported by the weirdly prolific folk troupe The Spinners.

10.20pm ROADS TO FREEDOM, BBC2
The thinking channel hit us with the ninth part of their ongoing Sartre adaptation. Originally shown in 1970, the cast list reads like the inside of the gents toilets at Big Finish Towers, complete with Colin Baker at the hand dryer, Christopher Benjamin in trap one and James Bree contemplating a big dump.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. David Smith

    March 10, 2017 at 7:44 am

    My mum used to like the Spinners, I remember their yellow sweaters. I also remember a PIF they did for giving blood…

  2. Glenn A

    March 10, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Distinctly surreal choice of viewing in 1977, even if this was late at night, a Welsh comedian and some Liverpudlians singing comedy folk songs, Sartre and Mexican cowboys in space, only in the seventies, kids. Beats The Nightly Show and yet another bloody Chase repeat( do ITV ever tire of this).

  3. THX 1139

    March 11, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Were there not any new programmes on that evening? UFO was from 1970 as well…

    Max Boyce, the only man for whom it was acceptable to take a big leek on the stage every night.

  4. Ian Coulson

    March 15, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Two days after I was born. Thanks Cream.

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