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Weekend World

FIRST TV show to think that thunderously self-important po-faced analysis of politics would go down a treat at Sunday lunchtime. First TV show of its kind to keep on getting recommissioned despite less than 34 people watching. First TV show to put PETER JAY on camera. First TV show to put BRIAN WALDEN on camera. And, most importantly, the first TV show to get the axe once Greg Dyke took control of LWT. Guitar-heavy theme was Nantucket Sleighride by Mountain, personally selected by John Birt from…the record collection of John Birt.



  1. ansonort

    September 28, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Ooo, that theme tune! The only excuse you had for rocking out before Sunday lunch.

  2. Great Bustard

    August 8, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Once you know why the theme tune is called Nantucket Sleighride you’ll be so revolted that you’ll never be able to enjoy the song again.

  3. Glenn A

    August 8, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    About the only reason to watch it was the brilliant theme tune.

  4. Matt Patton

    August 9, 2010 at 5:56 am

    There are self-important Sunday political chat shows that get CANCELED? This would be amazing to the average American TV viewer . . .

  5. wilberforce

    August 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    i always seemed to catch this last few minutes of this when i turned the telly on for “The Big Match”. Later on its place as Sunday afternoon pre-football fodder was taken by an Aussie drama about air sea rescue, that sadly didn’t interest me any more than Bwian Walden prattling on…

  6. bbbeyer

    August 14, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I know this is nothing to do with “Weekend World”…but why no TVC obit. for Jack Parnell, musical director of ATV from 1956 to 1981, who died last week?

  7. Alan B

    August 21, 2010 at 8:21 am

    I have always wondered if Brian Walden’s nickname at school was ‘Saffron’.

  8. Rob Free

    August 21, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    I can do a great impression of Brian Walden. It never got me anywhere in life though.

    • TV Cream

      August 22, 2010 at 10:38 am

      It’s a valuable skill! Rare is the impression of Walden that manages not to turn into Harry H Corbett after a couple of sentences.

  9. fl3m

    August 22, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I remember David Baddiel incorporating an impression of Brian Walden into his stand up routine once

  10. john gerard

    January 12, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I remember my dad always watching ‘weekend world’ and its ‘nantucket sleighride’ by Mountain blaring out of the TV all distorted while my brother was asleep underneath ‘the observer’. my mum would be cooking a fry-up. and i mean a fry up – none of this grilled nonsense – proper 70s style fried bread cooked in ‘trex’ etc., even when it was boiling hot outside.

  11. Wombat Harness

    August 11, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Nantucket Sleigh-ride by Mountain was the brilliant theme tune – a ‘Nantucket Sleigh-ride’ was the name given to the moments immediately after harpooning a Whale – in a small Whaling boat!

  12. tian

    October 6, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Brian walden was a self important cnut and class traitor. Ironically Thacther had the last laugh on the bag of shit with this put down…

    Brian Walden: “You come over as being someone who one of your backbenchers said is slightly off her trolley, authoritarian, domineering, refusing to listen to anybody else – why? Why cannot you publicly project what you have just told me is your private character?”
    Margaret Thatcher: “Brian, if anyone’s coming over as domineering in this interview, it’s you.”

  13. Glenn Aylett

    January 26, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Political shows still make up a large part of BBC One’s Sunday morning schedules. Should I want to fall asleep again, all I have to do is switch on The Sunday Politics and nod off to a debate about Brexit and fall asleep even faster when Richard Moss, the world’s most boring journalist ans little known outside the North East and Cumbria, does his regional round up of local politics. The Sunday Politics doesn’t even have a decent theme tune to save itself.

  14. Tom Ronson

    March 6, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Completely agree with the synopsis – an unrelentingly serious programme that would not stand a hope in hell’s chance of being commissioned nowadays. Brian Walden, a man who bore an uncanny resemblance to Bela Lugosi in Dracula mode, discussing political matters in an exceedingly dry fashion, intercut with reports about escalating wars, industrial action, civil disobedience and pay cuts for public sector employees. One great big grey, foreboding slab of impenetrable adult tedium, and one of the few programmes (along with Out of Town and Last of the Summer Wine) that made me actively terrified of growing up.

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