Friday, 30th July 1982
PICK OF THE DAY
7.00pm WINNER TAKES ALL, ITV
“Press those buttons and gamble away!” Feet up for the sedate brains-and-betting quiz with Jimmy Tarbuck on hand to detect a “slight difference of opinion” and Geoffrey Wheeler as the invisible proto-Osman doing the admin. We were always slightly confused by Geoff’s wide-ranging portfolio, especially when we had to listen to him presenting the BBC’s Thursday morning radio assembly for schools, although that might explain why the Come And Praise songbooks had the same logo as Winner Takes All. “We all called it Winner Takes Sod All after that!”
8.30pm RUSSELL HARTY AT THE SEASIDE, BBC1
It often seems Russell was genuinely never off the telly in the 1980s, interrogating the Grace and the good on his twice-weekly chat show, before heading to the coast for this summer season of postcards live from the nation’s holiday resorts, starting tonight on Blackpool beach. Being the sort of northerner who never needed an excuse to start reminiscing about guest houses and charabancs, Russ was in his element among the glamorous grannies and knobbly knees competitions, promising “a choir of seaside landladies” on this week’s edition.
10.00pm THE UNDERGROUND TEST, BBC2
Brrr, here’s a classic piece of Cold War telly that’s largely been overshadowed by Threads and the like. Five days earlier, we’d had QED’s A Guide To Armageddon, a measured, forensic examination of what would happen if a nuclear bomb exploded over St Paul’s Cathedral, annotated by Ludovic “Ludo” Kennedy (spoiler alert: it’s not looking good for ballet dancers). In this companion piece, two couples dig up the rhododendrons and see what it’s like to live in a nuclear bunker for 10 days, with less grimly amusing results than that Dave Allen sketch.