Friday, 12th August 1983
PICK OF THE DAY
8.30pm SUMMER HARTY, BBC1
Wither the eccentric? Leaving to one side the eponymous presenter’s own distant proximity to what constitutes normality, part of Harty’s stock-in-trade was to celebrate the great British oddball. These usually came in the form of bewhiskered gentlemen of a certain age, often hat wearing, who wafted through life following their own singular path. These days such a character would elicit suspicion, and so we don’t tend to see them on our screens anymore. But on this summer sojourn, Russell fetches up at Longleat House to look at wacky inventions. The Marquis of Bath, DLT, chimpanzees and Patrick Moore also feature.
10:30pm ME AND MY TOWN – SU POLLARD, BBC1
Cultural polymath (and we really kind of mean that), Su Pollard traipses around her hometown of Nottingham, all intercut to what seems to be studio interviews, in which Su catches up with her bossy sister, best friend and director pal, John Evans – and that’s not all one person, by the way. If you don’t enjoy Su’s singing there is some funny business in a joke shop, and Su quaffing a pint of lager. But actually, why don’t you enjoy Su’s singing?
8pm UNFORGETTABLE, C4
One of those weird early days Channel 4 “happenings”, which was bereft of any cool people and doesn’t even seem to be designed to appeal to cool people. In this episode, Alan Freeman intros the Rockin Berries, Desmond Dekker, Lipstick and The Mike Morton Band – all coming atcha from Cinatras dancing club in Croydon.