Night Moves

There’s something marvellous about a world in which I can watch continuity from the 1980s on a whim, and learn about things that have long slipped into oblivion.

First of all, I’d quite forgotten that the TWO logo faded back into white like that. This selection of junctions comes from 11th April 1987 (thanks to BBC Genome). At first I wondered if Badminton had been cancelled because of The Great Storm, but then remember that happened later on in October.

For some reason, the idea of The Daley Review reminds me of this.

But it’s the show Night Moves that has me the most intrigued. It’s listed as postponed from 19th December …

Why? What pre-empted it? Was there something in it that was untimely and insensitive? Did some sporting event overrun? I need to know.

Fifty years ago, Basil Wright and Harry Watts ‘s classic documentary Night Mail celebrated the role of the railways as the nation’s distributor of goods, mail, food and other essentials. In 1987, 84 per cent of all goods are transported by road – the age of steam has become the day of the articulated lorry. With Timothy Spall as The Fool on the Road and specially commissioned music by Ian Dury.

How can I not want to watch this now? Why can’t I find it to view? Arrrgh.

Fox’s First Foray

This is how the newly minted Fox Network lined up its shows for its prime time launch in 1987.

Some of those shows will be familiar to you, but some of them can’t pass us by without remark.

Werewolf premiered with a two hour pilot, and followed with 28 episodes. It had a nice little reference to Night Stalker, with the naming of Janos Skorzeny, and also featured a character called Joe Rogan. It was created by Frank Lupo, who had previously created The A-Team and Riptide.

I’m not sure the opening titles suggest as much, but Duet was a sitcom created by Ruth Bennett and Susan Seeger. It ran for three seasons, and produced the spin-off Open House. It made it to UK screens on Channel 4 in 1991.

Mr President was created by Ed Weinberger and Johnny Carson, and ran for two seasons, and I wrote about Second Chance here.

You’ve got to marvel at the mixed visuals of The New Adventures Of Beans Baxter in that promo, which is just a mess if you ask me. The title role was originally offered to David Spade.

And then there’s Women In Prison, a sitcom, that ran for 13 episodes. That theme tune is remarkable, and the size of the cell she steps into … doesn’t it look a bit like the bunk room in Red Dwarf? Just watch it again, and find out who sponsored the show.