Wednesday, 20th June 1984
PICK OF THE DAY
8pm MIKE REID’S MATES AND MUSIC, ITV
And there’s your elevator pitch right there! Sold! The trowel-voiced funny fella pops on the Reactolite Rapides, straightens his dicky bow, and helms an hour of post-Corrie comedy and song with Harry Fowler, Ray Alan, Sandra Dickinson, Gary Wilmot, Fogwell Flax, Helen Shapiro and – it says here – “macho man” Duncan Norvelle. “I’ve never had a single threat or word of abuse from anyone,” reported the then 27-year-old “chase me!” stand-up, who’d been discovered the previous year on Lionel Blair’s Saturday Royal. “I’ve always deliberately played up the camp bit – but it’s all an innocent bit of fun.”
21.50pm THE BOB MONKHOUSE SHOW, BBC1
Ah! And then here’s the man with the Reactolite tan! “Another chance to see” the staged – and all the better for it – chat show in which Lord Bob meets, and acts as a feed for, various funny folks from the UK, America and Canada. Tonight’s assemblage: Janet Brown, Bob Hope (of Sammy Davis Jr: “He hits a nice ball, about 90 yards… and his jewelry goes about 110.”) and Rich Little. With music, of course, from The Harry Stoneham Band. First aired the previous October on BBC2.
9pm LEAVING, BBC2
Keith Barron and Susan Hampshire star in the Carla Lane sitcom about a married couple who want to part amicably. Ran for two series. Theme music (RESL 147) available from retailers