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.

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