Tonight’s Yorkshire TV… in 1982 

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The TVTimes tells us what was on Yorkshire Television on Monday 25 October 1982. Things worth noting include:

  • The day before this particular schedule was transmitted, the ITV network showed, for the first time, Star Wars, as illustrated on that edition’s TV Times cover. What has become the fourth film in a long-running, ongoing canon is still regularly broadcast on ITV to this day. The impending launch of Channel 4, and a competition to win the car which had just replaced the Ford Cortina, put a contemporaneous stamp to the cover of this edition.
  • With the Autumn half-term break in progress, the previous week’s schools schedule is shown again on this Monday morning – one wonders how many viewers, never mind young students, tuned in to rewatch these programmes? The youth are the subject of a documentary series from Scottish Television broadcast at 12.30pm, with a further STV production to be seen at 4.00pm.
  • A staple of the ITV daytime schedule for around 20 years, YTV’s own Farmhouse Kitchen commences a new series at 1.30pm, followed by a Monday Matinee from the Merchant-Ivory stable, released in 1969 and featuring a well-known television chef – Madhur Jaffrey.
  • Shown as part of the Watch It! strand, Educating Marmalade was the creation of Andrew Davies, eventually best known for his popular adaptations of British literary classics in the 1990s. The lost-too-soon Charlotte Coleman plays the mischievous main character, while Kathy Burke features among the young cast.
  • Two American sitcoms straddle each side of the early-evening ITN and Calendar news bulletins. Of these, The Two of Us was based on LWT’s Two’s Company, and is not related to LWT’s own later The Two of Us with Nicholas Lyndhurst.
  • Not a condensed repeat of Dennis Spooner’s cult series for ITC, The Champions shown on this day asks a question which would take 31 years to answer. The career of the subject, Buster Mottram (real first name Christopher), would peak in 1983, and a world ranking high of 15.
  • Granada enjoy a triple-bill of productions in prime-time: three of the cast credited for this episode of Coronation Street remain in the series to date, while World in Action returns to Monday evenings after a two-month hiatus.
  • As profiled on these schedule pages, Yorkshire Television’s production of Gerald Seymour’s 1975 novel about an undercover agent on a mission to expose IRA activity, Harry’s Game, was transmitted across three consecutive evenings. The evocative end credits theme, by Donegal’s Clannad, went on to reach Number 4 in the UK singles chart.
  • Around the regions, early-evening slots for American comedy series (Diff’rent Strokes, mainly) also feature on Anglia, Granada and Tyne Tees; while, like YTV, 10.40pm is used by Anglia and Tyne Tees for their local current affairs programmes. Viewers in the North East, and the Midlands, also get a chance to see Ed Asner as Lou Grant before closedown.

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Arthur Nibble 25 October 2017 at 2:21 pm

Not one, but two Scottish TV programmes on display, with “Hear Here” at 4.0. I wonder why Yorkshire thought their folk would like to hear some north of the border music?

A ‘worlds collide’ coalition at 4.20 with Dexy’s, I assume that Pauline Black out of The Selecter, and Frank Carson. Look up Colin Crispen on IMDB and this show’s his sole entry.

Only two Yorkshire programmes with “Calendar” in the title today. They’re slipping.

I see the film “The Sound Barrier” not only gets two different descriptions in the listings, but Ralph Richardson’s first name gets changed in the latter. Ralph received a cameo in a recent BBC4 “Top Of The Pops” re-run for his part in Paul McCartney’s, ahem, epic “Give My Regards to Broad Street” which got used in the video for the hit single “No More Lonely Nights”.

Neil Crosswaite 25 October 2017 at 5:48 pm

Sorry to be awkward but there are three programmes with “Calendar” in the title.

Cockleshell Bay I seem to recall had a storyline about Robin and Rosie talking about their baby sibling.

Joanne Gray 25 October 2017 at 9:02 pm

Also worth noting in the Educating Marmalade cast is her mother, played by Lynda Marchal and better known to the world as Lynda la Plante.

Arthur Nibble 26 October 2017 at 2:40 pm

“Sorry to be awkward but there are three programmes with “Calendar” in the title.”

My fault. I’m slipping!

Colin Daffern 29 October 2017 at 4:26 pm

Interesting to note that Yorkshire closed down at midnight, which seems to be a good bit before most of the other regions listed!

Paul Mason 30 October 2017 at 7:47 am

A classic Coronation Street cast soon to be disrupted by scandal (Peter Adamson), old age (Doris Speed had to retire) , Geoffrey Hughes (quit). Within 18 months or so Jack Howarth, Violet Carson and Bernard Youens were dead, the last one breaking up the classic
Trinity of Stan, Hilda and Eddie. No mention of Liz Dawn, who we lost this year.

Victor Field 3 November 2017 at 7:48 am

“The Two Of Us” may have been based on an LWT show but the US version was sort-of made by ATV (as it camefrom ITC’s American arm Marble Arch Productions).

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