BBCtv on 22 March 1969

From the Radio Times for Saturday 22 February 1969 comes this run down of what you could be watching across the BBC. Things worth noting:

  • The day starts with adult education on BBC-1 and an opportunity to start learning Spanish and Italian and to improve your French. You could also buy a vinyl record from BBC Enterprises with conversational excerpts to repeat.
  • Forty minutes of comedy and cartoons from 12.05pm are all that passes for Saturday morning children’s programming.
  • This was your only chance to see episode 3 of the Doctor Who serial “The Space Pirates”. It and episodes 1, 4, 5 and 6 are all missing. You’re not missing out – fans widely pan this serial.
  • BBC-2 pops on air at 3pm for a film, providing a creaky 1957 Western, Run of the Arrow, as an alternative to the sport on both BBC-1 and ITV. It then pops off again until 7.20pm.
  • The Welsh are spared Here’s Lucy and instead get Disc a Dawn.
  • Oh, Rolf. Tsk.
  • BBC-1 wheels out the 1946 film The Stranger at 8.15pm. A box office hit at the time, it was hated by contemporary critics, as the Radio Times admits.
  • It’s time for That’s Life! at 10.50pm… oh, sorry, Braden’s Week, which isn’t the same thing AT ALL because that would mean Esther didn’t invent the format.
  • NBC’s Ironside, retitled A Man Called Ironside by the BBC for no discernible reason, is cruelly treated by being shoved to 11.25pm.
  • BBC-2’s highbrow evening schedule – with the addition of colour – was killing LWT’s highbrow evening schedule of the time. LWT responded in the only way possible, by dramatically collapsing and having to call in Rupert Murdoch. The BBC also leavens the mix with some groovy light entertainment from Julie Felix and from Colour Me Pop, a lesson LWT would learn later.

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