Streets Apart From A BBC One Closedown

Here’s how BBC One closed down in the middle of November in 1988.

Nice looking menu, with some intriguing items on it. We’ve already had a look at Wyatt’s Watchdogs during my Last Of The Summer Wine marathon, what with it being the show Foggy left to do. So let’s have a quick look at the sitcom that followed it – remember when there were two sitcoms on a night?

Streets Apart was written by Adrienne Conway, and starred Amanda Redman and James Hazeldine. She wrote it as a vehicle for herself initially, and it ran for two series. It was good apparently, but I can’t find any clips, or even screenshots for you.

Birds Of A Feather At 30

Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the debut of the Marks & Gran sitcom Birds Of A Feather. That it’s still one of the highest rated shows on TV, all these years later, is a testament to the strength of the premise, the quality of the writing, and the talent of the cast and crew.

Let’s have a quick look at what else was on the BBC that day.

Yer standard daytime fair back in 1989 was Kilroy, an episode of Ironside, Open Air (including a well dodgy guest), and the quiz show Four Square.

The early evening kicked off with Wogan, and his guest host Joanna Lumley, Watchdog, and an episode of Telly Addicts.

After the news there was a Panorama about the perils of privatising British Rail, followed by a film in the Murder One strand called Slayground.

I’ll be honest, Mel Smith looks epic in this.

BBC One closed down with a showing of Women Of The Year, hosted by Angela Rippon.

On BBC Two the same afternoon, on Behind The Screen, Neil Mullarkey went backstage on Blackadder Goes Forth.

Rik & Ade In Waiting For Godot On Box Office

I’ve been trying to find footage of Rik & Ade doing Waiting For Godot for the longest time without much luck (make your own jokes), when suddenly it pops up on YouTube unsolicited.

This is a segment from Channel Four’s morning show Box Office, circa 1991, featuring interviews, reviews, and rehearsal footage.

Never realised Christopher Ryan was in it too.