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Your Friday Night In… May 1972


Friday, 12th May 1972

PICK OF THE DAY

8.10pm THE BROTHERS, BBC1
This road haulage power struggle family saga was a huge deal in its day, though now it seems destined to be remembered only by Doctor Who fans, and even then only as the show in which Colin Baker ‘shot’ to fame as ‘villainous Paul Merroney’. In this climactic pre-Colin season-closer – which Doctor Who fans might like to note was entitled ‘Full Circle’ – several intertwining affair-driven storylines came to a hair-pully conclusion while elsewhere, Hammond Transport Services announced expansion plans. Now that’s a cliffhanger!

ALSO SHOWING:

7.00pm HIS AND HERS, ITV
Baffletastic Yorkshire TV role-reversal sitcom subversion wherein Barbara Murray goes off jetsetting and deal-brokering while Ronald Lewis stays at home to tend to the dusting and deal with outlandish comic plots that would have made even Victor Meldrew and Tom Chance throw up their hands in non-believing of it. Short of an ITV3 revival, quite why so many Russian Spies took refuge in his laundry cupboard will have to remain something of a mystery.

8.30pm SHIRLEY’S WORLD, ITV
ITC were well into their plot-losage by now, and in among the Zoo Gangs, Adventurers, Protectors and Skiboys came this half-hour adventure-comedy in which Shirley Maclaine slummed it as a mystery-prone photojournalist at large. This week’s instalment was the first of a two-parter in which Shirley tried to give a career boost to pavement artist Nicky Henson but found that the demands of the MSM clashed with his slab-scribbling integrity.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. THX 1139

    May 12, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Shirl was having a bit of a career crisis in ’72, she’d just been in Desperate Characters which was an incredibly depressing drama with a nude scene for her, as a bonus for the audience for the overall misery, and then right after her dodgy sitcom she was in the grim horror The Possession of Joel Delaney. She bounced back a few years later, and is still working. So that’s nice, though she did make Davina McCall cry by being nasty to her once, so swings and roundabouts.

  2. Glenn A

    May 12, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    I can remember The Brothers clashing with Planet Of The Apes in the Border region in 1975 and for some reason my family’s television couldn’t receive BBC1 that night. A major victory for me that night as at the age of seven a bunch of apes taking over the world was more fun than the machinactions of a Midlands haulage company.

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