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Your Friday Night In… March 1978


Friday, 31st March 1978

PICK OF THE DAY

7.30pm A SONG FOR EUROPE, BBC1
Two hours of primetime Friday evening telly is what it takes to adjudicate which of 12 truly superlative tracks is the one that we should take forward to Eurovision.  The dozen runners and riders on this occasion included Labi Siffre, The Fruit Eating Bears and The Jarvis Brothers (Martin and sibling, perhaps?) It was the superfluously hyphened Co-Co who would take the good fight to the final in Paris, where the five-piece finished up 1th.  Band member Cheryl Baker vowed revenge that night.

ALSO SHOWING:

9.30pm HINGE AND BRACKET, BBC2
Oddly shrill duo of Patrick Fyffe and George Logan take us through an array of standards (such as The Mikado), the likes of which you never see anyone perform on television anywhere these days.

7.30pm MIXED BLESSINGS, ITV
Mixed race newly-weds sitcom manages to be less offensive than it might, but also not that funny.  Enlivened, of course, by Joan Sanderson playing a disapproving … somebody or other (the details aren’t that important, the disapproval is the pertinent point).

 

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. David Smith

    March 31, 2017 at 7:37 am

    George Logan (Dr Evadne Hinge) is still with us – running a B&B in France with his partner (his life partner, not Dame Hilda, who is no longer with us) #factsamazing

  2. Glenn A

    March 31, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Awful entry for Eurovision, but the following year we had the even worse Black Lace representing us. At least Bucks Fizz, Cheryl’s revenge, never had a song as awful as Agadoo.

  3. Glenn A

    April 1, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Mixed Blessings must have been the next sitcom after Maggie and Her on ITV in 1978. Both fairly daring by ITV standards, a sitcom about a mixed race couple and one about a single woman, but not very amusing, in common with most other seventies and eighties sitcoms from ITV. Indeed of this era, I can only really think of On The Buses, Rising Damp, Get Some In and Duty Free that were any good, although ITV did rather better with their comedians such as Benny Hill, Stanley Baxter and Kenny Everett.

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