Friday, 13th January 1978
PICK OF THE DAY
7.30pm MAGGIE AND HER, ITV
Julia Mackenzie plays it vaguely working class as unlucky in love divorcee Maggie, and Irene Handl plays it – well – like Irene Handl as Her. Or Mrs Perry, known to Maggie as Mrs P. And, inevitably, she’s a malaprop-afflicted eccentric. The sit? Simply that they’re neighbours in a London high rise, and here’s where their story begins, as the constant presence of window cleaner Bernard Holley prompts Mrs P and co – ie. Anna Wing – to jump to the wrong conclusion. The second part of a double-bill of comedy that was kicked off by Mind Your Language. Theme by Laurie ‘Beadle’s About’ Holloway sung by Julia herself, winsomely musing, “Someday very soon…” “Oh yeah?” interjects Handl.
7.00pm THE PINK PANTHER SHOW, BBC1
Quick question: There are lots of funny animals in all this world, but have you ever seen a panther that is pink? Think! We’ll leave that with you, while considering the antics of the gentleman, scholar and acrobat who arrived at the Chinese Cinema being cabbied by The Stig, who’d opted for a short-cut up Washed-Out Film Stock boulevard. Today’s triple-pack of funnies hail from season one – because The Pink Panther Show has an episode guide and seasons – and saw the fuchsia-feline end up in hospital, ‘The Inspector’ (as he was fastidiously billed) sit on a swivel chair and accidentally tumble out of a window (“I ‘ope none of you are laughing!”), and the panther, again, spray-paint a car. A MIRISCH GEOFFREY DePATIE-FRELENG PRODUCTION.
8.25pm THE MONEY PROGRAMME, BBC2
Majestically scored financial journalism, which always threw up an impassively panicked episode title. Tonight: ‘Can Britain Manage?’ James Bellini ventures into the field to talk to British managers – the people who take the decisions about industry (ah, remember industry?). How good are they? Are they committed to their companies, their products (remember products?) and their employees?