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Your Wednesday Night In… February 1988


Wednesday, 10th February 1988

PICK OF THE DAY

9pm HANNAY, ITV
Robert Powell’s Buchan-skewing swashbucking-with-additional-paperwork further adventures of Richard Hannay are hardly talked about now, but at the time they were the massively-hyped must-see of the week, complete with a none-more-late-1980s-ITV Raiders Of The Lost Ark Gone Polite orchestral theme. This week, Hannay steps in to defend a damsel in distress and finds himself in direct confrontation with his arch enemy Von Schwabing. So, basically, exactly the same as every other episode.

ALSO SHOWING:

7.40pm THE ROCK’N’ROLL YEARS, BBC2
It’s 1959, and one of those early editions where threadbare archive cupboards mean that we get decidedly more of Tennessee Ernie Ford and Kay Starr With The Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra playing over newsreel footage of Fidel Castro and Ham the Space Chimp than we do actual clips of top pop performances. There’s room for Connie Francis, Cliff Richard, and clean-cut piano-pounder Russ Conway and his one tune, though, and only another couple of episodes until the entire running time is taken up by Incense and Peppermints playing over footage of 1960s ‘unrest’

10pm THE BEST OF ENGLISH, RADIO 2
Everyone’s favourite Ghost Of Motley Hall, Arthur English, was, surprisingly, the subject of his own six-week series of chats with Michael Pointon and a studio audience about his lengthy career in variety, film and television, and as this third instalment is subtitled ‘Birth Of A Spiv’, it’s unlikely that we’ll get much in the way of natter about Follyfoot or Barry McKenzie Holds His Own.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Richard16378

    February 7, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    I really liked THE ROCK’N’ROLL YEARS & still have quite a few on video.

    !959 had a lot of Eddie Cochran, seemingly to show us how much he was cut down in is prime the next year.

  2. Glenn Aylett

    February 11, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    The Rock and Roll Years was always useful filler for the BBC in summer months, or for the slot opposite Coronation St when they needed something cheap to keep the small numbers of Corrie refuseniks watching. I always quite enjoyed this show and remembered a clip from 1975 of Yes playing keyboards at Tintagel dressed as wizards.

  3. George White

    February 11, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    RTE show the Irish version Reeling in the Years every 5 years. Only native archive thing they show.

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