I switched on just as Todd Carty was returning to 'Grange Hill'. He's aged a lot since I last saw him (funnily enough, probably in the final moments of the last ep of Grange Hill), but he's still recognisable. Which is more than can be said for Michelle Herbert! These programmes make you realise just what a huge amount of time has passed since your own childhood. Last time I saw 'Trisha Yates', she was a pretty fit 16 year old girl with very long blonde hair. Seeing the upper middle-aged woman with the unflattering jet black 'oriental' hair style caused me to exclaim, in true 'Tucker Jenkins' style, "Flippin' 'eck!!!!" OK, I could still see it was her, but no way would I have known if they hadn't told us. Still, 1978 was a long time ago. An interesting experience, but it just makes me realise how old I'd probably look to my 15 year old self!
"What are you two, some kind of music hall act?" "Whatever we are..." "...you made us!" "TA-DAA!!"
"What was I thinking of, hitting him? Nothing. No, I know. I hate him! I hate his guts, I hate everything he stands for with his PACE and his plus and his statements of purpose and his smiling at the punters and his have a nice day! I mean when was the last time he ever nicked anybody, eh? A real villain! When was the last time he ever put himself on the line?"
Caught the 1978 edition of this for the first time last night & it was quite an enjoyable couple of hours , with some shows you have not heard of in ages .
What surprised me though , for a programme counting down the most watched shows in 1978 , there was no mention of The Professionals , as season 1 aired early in the year & season 2 in the autumn schedule
The Sweeney gets a mention , but only manages to reach position 14 . At first , it sounded like it was being referred to as a new show altogether & then at the last minute it said it was the 4th & final season .
One of my favourite clips , as you can imagine , was the factory robbery in Coronation Street , with the villains in a green mk4 Cortina , attempting to hijack Ernest Bishop in a yellow Vauxhall Victor FE estate , which
I m sure was Mike Baldwin s car at the time .
Even more of a surprise , was the top show of 1978 , being "the quiz of the week from Norwich", Sale of the Century , which by then was reaching "end of its sell by date" territory , but still managed to soldier on until 1983 !
This may have been something to do with , Minder & Bond girl , Carole Ashby , demonstrating the prizes , dressed in a French maid outfit !!! - You certainly would not see that in a quiz show today . It would most definitely