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Your Wednesday Night In… April 1988

Wednesday, 13th April 1988


4.30pm TAKE TWO, BBC1
We’re in Pip-era here, and really we should have loved Take Two, but it never quite worked out that way. The series was ostentatiously serious, in much the same way that Bite Back or Saturday Matters were.  No mucking around behind the scenes on the latest series of Doctor Who, instead it was earnest, atmos-less interviews and boring vox-pops from school swots.  On this episode – the second of the run (last week they were behind the scenes at Going Lives!) – Schofield grills Jason Donovan, while the aforementioned swots dissect Why Don’t You and Knock Knock (Who’s there? Oh, Peter Simon, again).


The 374th episode of those Antipodean [click]… is probably best categorised as early-peak era Neighbours.  The A-plot consists of Lucy Robinson stuck down a drain and then becoming blind. Meanwhile, Scott, Mike and Jane are getting stressed about their exams.  One can only hope this editions contains the seminal Clive Gibbons scene where he teaches Scott to remember basic scientific facts by turning  them into raps: “Acid and alkaline met one day…”

A very much of its time series, not least due to its perfunctory title, which was considered quite a classy move back then.  The title sequence with rudimentary pre-Photoshop computer airbrushing is a treat, as is the way the word “the” then becomes part of the word “Clothes”.  Quite clever that. That said, there would have been nothing in this episode to interest us, because there was never anything in an episode of The Clothes Show to interest us.





  1. THX 1139

    April 11, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Who was the first presenter of Take Two? Before Mr Schofield? Joanne somebody, maybe? One of those big-haired, no-nonsense young TV ladies of the 80s, anyway.

    • TV Cream

      April 11, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      Josephine Buchan!

      • THX 1139

        April 11, 2018 at 3:40 pm

        Of course! Many thanks. Sorry for forgetting you, Josephine. A quick Google reveals she is heavily involved in theatre these days.

  2. Richard16378

    April 11, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    I remember a Man with Fred Harris-style curly hair presenting Take 2 in the early 1980s.

    Floella Benjamin once had to step in for Pip when he had to have an emergency appendix operation.

  3. Glenn Aylett

    April 11, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Neighbours was beginning its imperial phase in the spring of 1988, with 18 million watching its two episodes each day, and I was one of the brave few who never got the appeal of something that was on a par with Sons and Daughters and admitted to saying Neighbours was rubbish.
    At university, it was always good to go to the refectory at 5.30 as it was so quiet and get served quickly and eat among the refuseniks, who were few in number but at least weren’t prepared to sell out. Then, of course, true to student form, went to the union 2 minutes walk away to get drunk.

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