Tonight’s BBCtv… in 1968 

12 October 2014

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BBC1 Olympic clock 1968From the Radio Times for Saturday 10 October 1968 comes this run down of what you could be watching. Things worth noting:

  • Part 5 of “The Mind Robber” Doctor Who serial at 5.20pm. For once, this is a Patrick Troughton adventure that still exists in the archives. This particular serial was unpopular with the viewers at the time – it is very, very strange – but has since become seen as a classic by fans
  • The 1968 Mexico summer Olympic Games begin tonight, with the opening ceremony being shown live by geostationary satellite for the first time in Europe. The programme is simulcast between BBC-1 (with the viewers) and BBC-2 (with colour). The standards conversion, from 525-line colour NTSC to 625-line colour PAL and 405-line monochrome (plus 819-line monochrome for France and Wallonia) must’ve kept the technicians at Eurovision on their toes
  • This was the third time the summer games were held outside of summer due to the host country’s climate
  • This was your only chance to see this episode of Marty in full. Only some individual sketches from the series now still exist

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Arthur Nibble 12 October 2014 at 2:10 pm

As can be seen by BBC2’s programme at 7.40, back in the day Romania used to be spelt Rumania.

Nana Mouskouri is now 79 and she’s still playing gigs – currently finishing her ‘Happy Birthday’ tour.

I wonder how many guest stars have ever been described as lanky? Poor Jim Dale gets the treatment in the Val Doonican Show listing.

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