Friday, 12th December 1986
PICK OF THE DAY
5.35pm MASTERTEAM, BBC1
Let’s play! It’s the quarter-finals of the teatime pub quiz-team Olympiad, pitting quaintly-nicknamed trios of local government officials and sub-postmistresses against one another over the Crispy Pancakes. In tonight’s encounter, the irresistible force of the Antrim Coasters from Northern Ireland met the immovable object of the Triple Connection from London, under the matronly aegis of a fiercely bloused Angela Rippon. Look away now if you don’t want to know the score, for the Coasters went to sweep the board in the final, receiving their trophy from Bill Cotton, back when BBC mandarins made it their business to appear on screen at every possible opportunity.
5pm DOMESDAY DETECTIVES, BBC2
For a good portion of the 1980s, the BBC wouldn’t stop going on about the Domesday Project, its ambitious scheme to mark the 900th anniversary of the Domesday Book by cataloguing every square inch of modern-day Britain on that beacon of Micro Live-era technology Which Experts Predict Will Soon Be In Every Home, the Laserdisc. In essence, it was the biggest school project ever attempted, but it wasn’t entirely in vain, for the findings provided the questions for this daytime quiz fronted by a sweatshirted Paul Coia, which, for some reason, had the intro to A Forest by The Cure as its theme tune. The law of averages suggests that more than a few questions related to topography, making this, we’re saying, an actual Paul Coia quiz show about hills.
8.30pm THE TWO OF US, ITV
The final instalment in the first run of LWT’s likeable co-habitation sitcom, starring Nicholas Lyndhurst and Janet Dibley as the titular “Two” sharing a sizeable collection of Habitat shelving and a bright yellow 2CV, as seen in stop-motion photography in the opening titles. Domiciled upstairs was Lyndhurst’s raffish grandfather Perce, giving Patrick Troughton a well-deserved break from delivering creaky cross-talk with Jon P’twee at Doctor Who conventions in America. Alas, this was to be Pat’s last appearance in the series, due to his untimely death at, well, a Doctor Who convention in America.