Saturday, October 18, 2014

Flatline: Relative Dimension

'Oh, that can't be good!;
'Something nearby is leeching all the exterior dimensions.' 'Aliens?' 'Possibly. Oh, who am I kidding? Probably!' Time And Relative Dimension In Space. An acronym which has found a place in the Oxford English Dictionary. Doctor Who is forever exploring the nuts and bolt of both time and, indeed, space but it has rarely ventured into the other component of the acronym. The clue as to what the latest episode of the BBC's popular long-running family SF drama is about is, somewhat, in the title, Flatline, as a new menace from a 2D plane assails locals on a Bristol housing estate, quite literally flattening them into the walls. 'Whatever they are,' says The Doctor at one point, 'they're experimenting, testing, dissecting.' Separated from Clara, he has his own problems when the TARDIS its very self starts to shrink. After Clara stormed off two episodes ago, viewers might have wondered if they would ever see her again. However, one thing the climax of Kill The Moon proved is that here is a companion who is quite willing to speak her mind and is more than capable of going it alone. And sure enough, here she is, for once apart from The Doctor and facing a menace from another dimension, an enemy that exists beyond human perception. She has people to save - but how is it possible to hide when the walls provide no protection? What starts out as a basic 'locked room mystery' story with a bit of a horror twist soon turns personal as Clara, The Doctor and the TARDIS her very self all find themselves under threat from an unnamed species for which death is a mere by-product of its quest to understand how our dimension works.
'Whatever the are, they are experimenting. They're testing. They're ... dissecting. Trying to understand us. Trying to understand three dimensions' Directed by Line Of Duty's Douglas Mackinnon - who did such a brilliant job with Listen earlier in the year - and written by Jamie Mathieson (who also scripted last week's Orient-Express excursion), Flatline is a tense and startlingly imaginative piece of television. It pokes fun at the Time Lord, gives Clara and graffiti artist Rigsy (Big School's Joivan Wade) - whose resemblance, or otherwise, to any similarly-named graffiti artist dead or alive in real-life is, of course, purely co-incidental - a chance to prove their mettle, and it invents a foe that is properly dimensionally transcendental.
'These readings are very ish-y.' According to much pre-publicity, this is the 'Doctor-lite' episode of the current series. To be honest, though, you struggle to support that description in terms of The Doctor's actual engagement with the story. And, for that matter, the amount of time that he's actually on-screen. It's true that circumstances mean he and Clara are separated for much of the episode, but he is always there to lend her a hand – quite literally, if fact.
'Clara, I need you to pick up the TARDIS.' Clara's increased attention in this year's episodes seems to have drawn mixed reactions with some of fandom whingers who've spent considerable time boo-hooing to anyone that will listen about the series having become, if you will, Clara Who. But, frankly, they're the kind of Special People whom one would usually cross the street to avoid and, their opinions are worthless to the point that no one should gives a good God damn what they think. About anything. Anyway, intentionally or not this episode certainly taps right into the increased prominence of Clara - armed, here with the sonic screwdriver and psychic paper - trying out living in the Doc Marten boots of The Doctor. It's done in a playful, witty way at first - 'Does this mean I'm you now?' and 'I'm The Doctor. But, you can call me Clara!' - but Clara quickly learns that being The Doctor is not as easy as she might previously have thought, particularly when lives are at stake. It's a clever little dark mirror to the final scenes of Kill The Moon and it brings back some of the prevalent themes this year reflecting on the nature of Capaldi's regeneration. Clara's 'Doctor' even gets a bunch of companions of her own in the shape of a Community Service gang. Joivan Wade's Rigsy is the stand-out here whilst the excellent Christopher Fairbank gets a meaty, snarly role. 'Looks like your number's up, George!'
'Apparently, they're in the walls.' There is a terrific central idea at the heart of this episode and it's one that, rather surprising, the series hasn't tackled before, particularly given that reference to 'Relative Dimension' within the TARDIS acronym. As with Mummy On The Orient Express, Mathieson doesn't hesitate to enter chilling territory, with Mackinnon again giving the episode an clammy air of impending doom, with some very effective use of light, shadows and unusual perspective via weird camera angles. He injects an air of macabre claustrophobia which means that there are some genuinely scary moments and a very nice visual treatment for this week's menace – as well as for those poor unfortunates that find themselves affected by its various doings. Like The Foretold, the enemy creatures here are nicely realised and brought to life with some impressive CG, particularly once they have 'evolved'. It's rare that CG work can be as unnerving as it is in this episode and huge credit should be awarded to the team for what they manage to come up with.
'I don't know if you'll ever hear this Clara. I don't even know if you're still alive.' We're back to present day Earth this week but, due to a mix of a malfunctioning TARDIS and some plot contrivance, The Doctor and Clara land a hundred miles away from Danny and Coal Hill and are, immediately, thrown into the middle of a gritty, urban nightmare. That said, it's not all darkness – there are some wonderful moments of character humour, as well as one of either the cleverest or the daftest visual gags the programme has ever done. The relationship between The Doctor and Clara takes yet another turn and, it has to be said, The Lord Thy God Steven Moffat was probably right in his comparison of their relationship with that of Sarah Jane Smith with her two Doctors – like that, the change in the leading man has brought out a whole new side of the companion. 'In a universe as immense and bizarre as this you, it never pays to judge.'
Continuity: There are references to Full Circle ('if the TARDIS were to land with it's true weight, it would fracture the surface of the Earth.' 'Yeah, maybe a story for another time!'), The Edge Of Destruction, Logopolis (the Cloister Bell) and Death To The Daleks (the conceit of a power supply being directly linked to dimensional instability). There were also a few nods in the general direction of Fear Her, Army Of Ghosts, Hide, Image Of The Fendhal, Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS, The Robots Of Death (the 'perspective' scene), The Girl Who Waited ('I hacked your optic nerve'), Deep Breath ('he's a pudding brain, worse, he's a florescent pudding brain'), Frontios ('structural integrity is failing'), The Christmas Invasion ('you are not wlecome here, this plane is protected!') The Sea Devils ('we can reverse the process'), Resurrection Of the Daleks ('a lot of people died... and maybe the wrong people survived') and Planet Of Fire ('what do you mean, "shrink ray?"')
'Please don't do that, that's just wrong!' The dialogue is, again, great. 'There's not enough power. The TARDIS couldn't boil an egg at the moment,' for instance. And: 'I am the one chance you've got of staying alive. That's who I am.' And: 'Will you not spoil this moment of me not knowing something, it happens to rarely!' And: 'Stop laughing, this is serious!' And: 'Why Doctor Oswald, you are hilarious!' And: 'It's bigger on the inside ...' 'You know, I don't think that statement's ever been truer!' 'What are you, aliens or something?' 'No. well, he is!' And: 'He's usually out of the box.' And: 'They can't jump, can they?' The Doctor/Clara exchanges, in particular, are some of the best of the series so far. 'Nice. Not technically lying!' And: 'It takes quite a lack of imagination to beat psychic paper!' And:'Are we really hiding from killer graffiti?' 'Oh, we'll have to think of a better name for it than that.' And: 'I just hope I can keep them all alive.' 'Hah! Welcome to my world. So, what's next Doctor Clara?' 'Lie to them. Isn't that what you always do?' And: 'We're not calling it a deflattener!' And: 'Do you want the good news or the bad news? ' 'We're in the bad news. I'm living the bad news!' And: 'I quite liked that headband.' And: 'You are monsters, that is the role you are determined to play. So, it seems that I must play mine. The man that stops the monsters.' And: 'Your last painting was so good it saved the world, I can't wait to see what you do next!' And: 'That's how you think isn't it?' 'Largely so other people don't have to.'
'Oh, he's a bright one, hang on to him!' We're given plausible reasons as to why The Doctor acts the way he does, and while it's not all that far away from what we would have guessed, it's important - and, actually, quite life-affirming - to hear the normally closed-off Twelfth Doctor actually state out loud something which is very close to his mission statement; even if, as Clara realises, it's very unlikely that they'll save everyone from a horrible death. 'Welcome to my world,' The Doctor intones grimly. 'You were an exceptional Doctor, Clara. Goodness had nothing to do with it.'
'Sorry, I stopped listening a while ago.' Although some of the ideas may sound a little like the remake of Fear Her there is, trust me, no need to worry on that sore. In fact, if you're looking for a closer recent parallel, then it could probably be something like Turn Left, or maybe Blink. But let's be clear: Flatline is a true original. An episode that kind of reminds you why you watch Doctor Who in the first place. The utter, incandescent fury of Capaldi towards the end of the episode is where the series has been heading since Deep Breath; perhaps the Twelfth Doctor's defining moment was in Flatline where he saves as many lives as he can, can't get too attached because he knows that everyone can't make it and hides his sorrow of that behind cynical bluster. But, his true terror is of what he's capable of when he finds someone who is deliberately causing harm. The clever bit is that, on a smaller scale, we can probably all recognise elements of ourselves in that. And, that's why he's so reluctant to tell Clara how well she did when taking on in his role. Plus, The Addams Family bit was well funny.
'This is huge. Not literally huge ...' Flatline, then, is Doctor Who showing, once again, that when it comes to imaginative ideas and a constant thirst for the new, it's where it's been since 1963, ahead of the pack. 'Of course, the next stage! 3D!'
The Apprentice dropped around six hundred thousand viewers for its second episode on Wednesday, overnight figures reveal. The latest episode still easily topped the night with 6.07 million punters at 9pm on BBC1. BBC2's You're Fired spin-off brought in 2.18m at 10pm. Later on BBC1, A Question of Sport attracted 1.93m at 10.35pm. BBC2's repeat run of Horizon: Cat Watch continued with 1.04m at 7pm, followed by Trust Me, I'm A Doctor with 2.74m at 8pm and the documentary Swallowed By The Sea with 2.18m at 9pm. On ITV, Celebrity Squares risibly failed to entertain 2.91m at 8pm, while Scott & Bailey held steady with 3.71m at 9pm. Channel Four's Supervet was seen by 1.66m at 8pm. Grand Designs gathered 1.88m at 9pm, followed by Cutting Edge with seven hundred and sixty three thousand at 10pm. On Channel Five, The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door attracted 1.44m, followed by Can't Pay? We'll Take It Away with 1.57m at 9pm. Wentworth's latest episode was seen by six hundred and twenty four thousand viewers at 10pm.

The Great Fire's launch episode topped Thursday's overnight ratings outside soaps. The new ITV period drama attracted an average 4.44 million at 9pm. Earlier, Paul O'Grady's For The Love Of Dogs appealed to 4.38m at 8.30pm. On BBC1, Watchdog interested 3.17m at 8pm, followed by Crimewatch with 3.21m at 9pm. Question Time brought in 2.13m at 10.35pm. BBC2's It Takes Two had an audience of 1.74m at 6.30pm, while Horizon: Cat Watch continued with 1.27m at 7pm. The Great British Bake Off Masterclass drew 2.04m at 8pm. Peaky Blinders' latest episode had an audience of 1.59m at 9pm, up over one hundred thousand viewers from last week's episode. On Channel Four, the series finale of Location, Location, Location was seen by 1.25m at 8pm, followed by Educating The East End with 1.18m at 9pm and Scrotal Recall with four hundred and thirteen thousand at 10pm. Channel Five's Benefits Britain intrigued seven hundred and forty nine thousand at 8pm, while No Foreigners Here attracted six hundred and six thousand at 9pm. The new Clive Owen drama The Knick debuted with one hundred and five thousand at 9pm on Sky Atlantic. Homes By The Sea launched with five hundred and sixty five thousand at 9pm on More4.

Gogglebox: Celebrity Special played to an audience of 3.72 million overnight viewers on Friday evening. Channel Four's Stand Up To Cancer charity special kicked off with 1.19 million at 7pm, although viewership increased throughout the show. An average audience of 1.53 million watched Taylor Swift and Jamie Oliver's Naked Chef sketch at around 7.30pm, while 1.84 million tuned-in for Andy Murray in Andy Murray: The Movie. Average viewing figures rose to 2.28 million between 8.30 and 9.15pm. On ITV, the second episode of Lewis was the evening's highest-rated show excluding soaps, playing to an average audience of 4.54 million at 9pm. 2.87 million viewers watched Secrets From The Sky an hour earlier at 8pm. BBC1's evening began with 3.55 million for The ONE Show at 7pm, followed by 2.88 million for A Question Of Sport. Would I Lie To You? entertained 3.15 million at 8.30pm, while the channel's evening peaked with 4.05 million for Have I Got News For You with guest host Frank Skinner and an appearance by the excellent Sara Pascoe. BBC1's night ended with 3.24 million for The Graham Norton Show, which featured guests Robert Duvall, and Robert Downey Jr. On BBC2, The Great British Bake Off Masterclass picked up an average of 1.54 million iewers at 7pm, followed by an evening high of 2.18 million for Mastermind at 8pm. Elsewhere, Lorraine Pascale: How To Be A Better Cook informed 1.19 million viewers at 8.30pm, Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes continued with 1.06 million at 9pm, while Gardeners' World played to 1.42 million at 9.30pm. Qi was seen by a slightly reduced audience of 1.77 million at 10pm in an episode enhanced by the presence of the divine Victoria Coren Mitchell but, otherwise, totally ruined by that worthless, unfunny, risible lanky streak of piss Jack Whitehall. Who the hell is it in television who keeps giving this waste-of-oxygen work? Cut it out, will ya. Titanic: Three Hours That Shook The World was Channel Five's highest-rated show of the evening with seven hundred and thirty eight thousand at 8pm, while fie hundred and ninety eighty thousand tuned in for Body Of Proof.
The director behind the first Doctor Who serial, Waris Hussein, is to be honoured at this year's Asian Media Awards. The seventy five-year-old, who was tasked with launching the long-running BBC family SF drama with An Unearthly Child in 1963 and returned to direct the majority of the fourth serial Marco Polo a few months later, will receive the Outstanding Contribution Award at the ceremony on 28 October. Hussein was the first director of Indian origin to join the BBC's Drama Department and, at the time of his appointment in 1960, was the youngest director that the BBC had ever had. He has since gone on to win a BAFTA and an EMMY for his work on the 1978 miniseries Edward & Mrs Simpson and a further EMMy in 1986 for the Barry Manilow musical Copacabana. Hussein is currently preparing to direct a film based on his experience working with the late Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton during the couple's last on-screen collaboration.

Sky has axed Nick Frost's drama Mr Sloane after one series. The six-episode drama, set in 1969, starred Frostie as the hapless titular character and was created by Curb Your Enthusiasm's Bob Weide. Posting on the show's official Facebook page, the production team spoke of their 'disappointment and confusion' over the cancellation. 'The thinking behind this decision is a bit baffling even to us, since Sky had been very supportive during the first series and claims the show to have been a success for them by every measure,' the post read. 'However, there is a new channel head at Sky who, it seems, has a new agenda for the channel that doesn't include our pal, Sloaney. What that agenda is, we imagine, will become more evident over the coming year.' A Sky spokesperson said: 'We can confirm that Mr Sloane will not be returning to Sky Atlantic HD. We're incredibly proud of the series and would like to thank its creator Bob Weide, marvellous cast led by Nick Frost, and Big Talk Productions. Sky has made a huge investment in original new content but as part of that, we do still have to make difficult decisions as to which series we should bring back and where we should explore new opportunities instead. In this case, we have decided not to bring back Mr Sloane but would love to work with the team behind it again in the future.' Meanwhile, the Sky Living comedy Trying Again will also not be returning, according to Radio Times. Chris Addison starred in the show as Lake District tourist officer Matt, who struggles to mend his relationship with his girlfriend (played by Jo Joyner) after she has an affair. The alleged 'comedy' was written by Addison and The Thick of It's Simon Blackwell. A statement from Sky Living said: 'Trying Again won't be returning to Sky Living for a second series [because it was crap and no one watch it, probably] but we'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in this critically acclaimed comedy.'

Dazzling Dezza Brown was up to his usual mind-boggling tricks on the Stand Up To Cancer telethon on Friday. The illusionist and mentalist was joined by Sherlock couple Martin Freeman (sporting a quite magnificent beard) and Amanda Abbington for a very special card trick. The night raised over fourteen million quid, beating its previous total of eight million in 2012.
The BBC has teased the prospect of a new Benedict Cumberbatch project. An image on BBC1's Facebook page features the caption 'Benedict Cumberbatch filming something special for BBC1 and BBC2. More details soon.'
Meanwhile, Benny's Sherlock co-star Amanda Abbington - wearing a totally different coloured hair to the one she was sporting on Stand Up To Cancer at more or less exactly the same time on another channel! Now, that's magic - provided one of the TV comedy moments of the week during her appearance on Would I Lie To You? with her tale of rabbit murder.
Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling are to star in London Spy. The pair will appear alongside Ben Whishaw and Edward Holcroft in the forthcoming BBC2 espionage thriller. The five-part series - from Child Forty Four author Tom Rob Smith - will begin filming in London next month. Whishaw will play Danny, described as 'an innocent, young romantic' who 'gets caught up in a world of espionage and conspiracy.' As you do. The series will be set on a London street which houses the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service on one side and the headquarters of the gay clubbing scene on the other. Whishaw's character falls for the anti-social Alex after a chance encounter, but when Alex suddenly disappears he must decide whether he has what it takes to find out what happened to him. Smith said: 'Ben Whishaw is quite simply one of the best actors in the country. It's an extraordinary privilege, as a writer, to have him play the lead.' Polly Hill, BBC's head of independent drama, added: 'This is a beautifully written love story, caught up in a spy thriller. A wonderfully complex and surprising story, of one man's search for the truth.' London Spy will be broadcast on BBC2 in 2015.

The BBC has announced three new Sir David Attenborough series, including Waking Giants for BBC1. Attenborough's Paradise Birds and Attenborough's Big Birds have also been commissioned to be shown on BBC2. Waking Giants will follow the recent discovery of dinosaur bones beneath the South American desert, while Paradise Birds will see Dangerous Dave following the avians through the jungles of New Guinea and Indonesia. 'For me birds of paradise are the most romantic and glamorous birds in the world. And this is a film I have wanted to make for forty years,' Attenborough said. Big Birds will follow Attenborough as he meets some of the world's strangest birds. The broadcaster has also announced details of two new landmark series: Shark and Dynasty. The former will feature the BBC's Natural History Unit as they use the latest 4K and high-speed camera technology to observe the behaviour of sharks. Dynasty - which is scheduled to be broadcast in 2018 - is a five-part series from executive producer Mike Gunton. It will follow lions, African hunting dogs, chimpanzees, tigers and emperor penguins as they strive to produce the next generation. Tony Hall, the Director General of the BBC, said: 'No-one does natural history like the BBC. We've got the best back catalogue in the world and an exciting future ahead of us. Today I'm delighted to announce what I think is the most ambitious range of Natural History we've ever commissioned - with Sir David Attenborough going on some big new adventures for us.' Meanwhile, Pets Wild At Heart will look at 'the inner wild side' of the animals that have lived alongside humans for generations, while Ireland - The Wild Edge Of The World will explore the country's spectacular coastline. Three-part series Invisible Nature: Flight and five-parter Animals Like Us - Super Spy will also be shown on BBC1, with three-part series The Wild West commissioned for BBC2. BBC Earth will be the new digital home for BBC nature content in the UK, and will include personalised interactive feature Your Life On Earth, which will reveal to users how much the world has changed around them since their birth.
Six senior Sun journalists were 'prepared to break the law' in the pursuit of a story by paying public officials for confidential information, a jury has heard. The journalists had 'a calculated and deliberate' policy of paying police officers, members of the military and healthcare staff, Kingston crown court was told on Friday. Sources included staff at Broadmoor high-security hospital, with leaks providing confidential information on the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, and Rachel Nickell’s killer, Robert Napper. At one point, Sun reporter Jamie Pyatt told his head of news Chris Pharo, of his Broadmoor sources: 'This is a gold mine I've hit in these two contacts.' The sources would 'provide the Sun endlessly.' One of these alleged sources, Broadmoor healthcare assistant Robert Neave, known as 'Tipster Bob', supplied several stories to Pyatt, said Peter Wright, QC, opening the case against the six. The court was told that Neave also gave the reporter Sutcliffe's psychiatric report to read. Pyatt claimed a thousand smackers to pay Neave for a story on Sutcliffe being stabbed by another inmate, and the source, Wright said, also helped the newspaper take a photograph of Napper in the grounds of Broadmoor. In one request, Pyatt e-mailed Pharo and former deputy news editor Ben O'Driscoll, saying that he 'needed cash' for his 'Broadmoor contact' as 'there is a major mole hunt on for my contact and it is obvious he cannot have NI [News International] payments in his bank account.' The six journalists – Pharo, managing editor Graham Dudman, O'Driscoll, picture editor John Edwards and reporters Pyatt and John Troup – all deny conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. Wright said that the jury would hear evidence that such a 'gross breach of confidence' at Broadmoor had the capacity to cause 'serious disruption.' The information leaked and the 'sensationalist' way it was used by the Sun led to mistrust between patients and staff, Wright said. Such a breach exposes others to the 'risk of reprisal' and was corrosive of trust, he said. 'It exposes staff and fellow patient alike to danger.' The trial has heard that Pharo had at 'least five' reporters who sought authorisation from him for payments to public officials. He authorised cash payments to various public officials, including a source at Sandhurst, where Prince William was undergoing his military training, and a seven hundred and fifty quid 'welcome aboard' payment to a new Pyatt Broadmoor source, the court heard. The Sandhurst source had obtained a photograph of a sergeant, who had trained the prince, and who was accused of killing a police officer in a car crash, the jury heard. Chasing a one grand payment, one reporter emailed Pharo saying his contact was 'my eyes and ears' at Sandhurst, and had obtained the photograph 'at huge personal risk (his army pension!)' Pharo 'realised the value of having someone on the inside at Sandhurst,' claimed Wright, and approved the payment immediately, with the words 'I'll sort it, old son.' Another request, from Pyatt, was for an army private at the Combermere barracks in Windsor, where Prince Harry was based before and after his first tour of Afghanistan. The reporter requested five hundred knicker to get the source 'totally onside for the future.' Later, he requested a thousand quid cash payment for 'an exclusive' on the younger prince's wish to serve at the frontline. Explaining to Pharo why cash was required, Pyatt wrote: 'He is a soldier living in the barracks.' The payment was approved, said Wright. O'Driscoll was also 'no stranger to the activities', said Wright. When requested by Pyatt for a seven hundred and fifty notes cash payment to 'keep this guy on side in Broadmoor', O'Driscoll responded: 'Get it in today, dude.' This 'casual response' demonstrated 'casual indifference to what these men were actually engaged in', said Wright. Troup requested three hundred smackers cash to pay 'a source' for a story about a prisoner suicide at a category A prison. Dudman asked the reporter why it had to be cash, said Wright. Troup responded that the 'tipster is a prison officer' who 'doesn't want any record of his name anywhere.' Dudman replied: 'That’s fine – thanks', the jury heard. Wright said Dudman's reply was 'as casual and matter of fact as it was informative about the methods the Sun used to get leads.' Pharo denies six counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, O'Driscoll and Dudman each deny four counts, Edwards and Pyatt each deny three counts, and Troup denies two counts. Dudman is accused of paying an unknown City of London police officer or officers for information on the Soham murders of ten-year-old schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman. Leaked information included details about two officers on Operation Fincham, the Soham inquiry, being arrested for allegedly downloading child pornography. Matthew Tapp, who headed the Cambridgeshire police media strategy during the investigation, said that he was 'not aware' of any 'bungs' paid by reporters to officers on the case. He agreed, under cross examination from Dudman's counsel, Oliver Blunt QC, that the arrests of a family liaison officer working with the Chapman family, and an exhibits officer in the case, was 'of public interest' and 'a shattering blow' to the inquiry. While the police force had confirmed the arrests, the details surrounding the allegations that were published in the Sun had not come officially from the police, which would have been 'totally and wholly inappropriate,' said Tapp. Blunt said: 'This wasn't a story about titillation and amusement. This was a horrific story and also an utterly sorry state of affairs with regard to the investigating officers.' The court heard Dudman claimed cash payments of three hundred and fifty and four hundred smackers, allegedly for his source or sources and the requests were made in false names. He also submitted receipts on three occasions for entertaining his contacts at a Chinese restaurant and twice for entertaining at an Indian restaurant, restaurants which were, the jury heard, 'extremely local to his home address.' Questioned by Troup's counsel William Clegg, QC, Tapp agreed that he knew the reporter from working for police forces in East Anglia, and considered him to be honest, and had never heard of any suggestions he had offered money to police officers. The six journalists were arrested on separate occasions between 2011 and 2013. On arrest, Pyatt was asked by police about references to 'police contacts' in his expenses and e-mails, the jury heard. He said it was 'a very, very wide term' that could apply to a girlfriend or wife of a police officer, said Wright. Asked what the term 'public interest' meant, he replied 'public interest is what interests our readers, what makes them when they open the paper say: "That's a great read.' It makes them laugh, it makes them cry.' Wright told the jury: 'It is the prosecution's case that the public interest and what interests the public are two different things.' The trial extremely continues.

There was a fair bit of effing and blinding in John Humphrys' on-stage conversation with fellow BBC radio presenter Nicky Campbell at the Radio Festival in Salford on Monday of this week. It was also a bit like a scene from BBC2's The Trip, except instead of Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan doing impressions of Michael Caine, Humphers and Nick competed with passable imitations of Gordon Brown. Both suffered at Brown's hands – 'fucking BBC Tories' Campbell remembered hearing the former Prime Minister whinge after an interview on Radio 5Live – while Humphrys recalled the phone call from another Campbell – the terrifying Alastair – arranging a hastily convened interview with Tony Blair for his BBC1 show On The Record. 'All right you cunt? You want to come here tomorrow?' Humphrys remembered Campbell telling him. 'Chequers, Blair, one o'clock.' Humphrys also looked back on his controversial 2012 Today interview with Ed Milimolimandi in which he appeared to imply that Milimolimandi was 'too ugly' to lead the Labour party. The Today presenter said it was 'mildly toe-curling' but added: 'I think I would still defend it. He said, "Oh! You are saying I'm too ugly to be Prime Minister are you?" No, of course not. You can't say yes even if you think it, which I don't, obviously.' So ... that's cleared that up.

Viewers saw double during a BBC weather bulletin when two moving images of presenter Helen Willetts appeared on screen at once. 'A technical gaffe' meant that the forecast on Thursday became, if you will, a 'two-cast' as the BBC News channel presenter and her twin guided viewers through the outlook for the next few hours. News presenter Huw Edwards also appeared bemused when the two Helens handed back to him during the broadcast. He told viewers: 'Not just one Helen, but two Helens, and, frankly, I'm happy with two, three, four, five Helens.' Sycophant. A BBC spokeswoman said: 'We experienced a technical problem with our weather graphics which led to two Helens appearing instead of one.'
Seven producer and executive producer roles will be cut from in-house drama in England as part of changes to how the department operates. Mark Freeland, controller of fiction and entertainment, said that the proposals will 'enable drama production in England to become more flexible and dynamic' in 'a highly competitive and changing marketplace. Right now and in the future, drama is such a key genre for BBC Production - in the UK and globally. We need to be in best shape in order to be flexible, fleet-of-foot and on fire, creatively,' Freeland told drama staff in an e-mail on Tuesday. He conceded that the announcement comes on top of 'an unsettling six months' and that there would be 'a difficult day and period ahead for many of you'. BECTU has been advised of the proposals, with the BBC discussing the implications with the union in due course. Under the proposals, BBC drama production in England will move to a 'development business model' with two creative teams - in London and in Salford. Four new development executive positions will be created within the teams, roles that will develop ideas, writers and scripts. But four development producer and producer roles will be cut as part of the plans, along with three executive producer posts in Drama England. 'We have looked very carefully at in-house drama's current and projected business levels and it has become clear that we currently have too many executive producer roles to cover the current workload and to keep us truly competitive,' Freeland said. He added that, in future, producers will be brought in on a freelance basis when they are needed. The proposals are part of wider changes to in-house drama, with three high-profile appointments announced recently to lead the creative teams. Hilary Salmon and Christopher Aird are new drama heads in London, while Hilary Martin is their counterpart in Salford. They replace Kate Harwood, who was head of drama in England. Continuing drama series and daytime drama are unaffected by the proposed changes, but the former will now report directly to Aird. BBC drama production is responsible for shows such as EastEnders, Doctors, Holby City, Casualty, Doctor Who and Our Girl. It faces an uncertain future after Tony Hall proposed that it becomes 'a more commercial enterprise' that competes for all BBC commissions and makes programmes for other broadcasters.

Pixies are to re-release their 1989 LP Doolittle to mark its twenty fifth anniversary, along with previously unreleased demos. Titled Doolittle Twenty five, the three-CD collection features fifty songs including B-sides and BBC radio sessions from The John Peel Show. Announcing the special edition on their website, the band said that nearly half the recordings on the collection had not been commercially released before. The collection will be released on 1 December. Considered one of rocks most influential bands, Pixies formed in 1986 in Boston. While they received only modest success in their home country, they instead found greater popularity in the UK where their four LPs were all top ten hits. They split in 1993 but reunited in 2004, announcing a full tour. To celebrate Doolittle's Twentieth anniversary in 2009, the band went on tour performing the entire LP. Earlier this year they released Indie Cindy, their first studio CD since 1991's Trompe Le Monde, reaching number six in the UK charts.

And finally, dear blog reader, on Tuesday 17 January 1967, you could have been watching all of this on BBC1. In North London, at Abbey Road, The Be-Atles (a popular beat combo of the 1960s, you might have heard of them) were in Studio Two putting the finishing touches to a new Paul McCartney song, 'Penny Lane'. Meanwhile, down the corridor in Studio Three, a hugely under-rated five-piece beat combo from Manchester were recording this. And, that's yer actual Keith Telly Topping's 45 of the Day.

"I Wasn't There, I Watched It On The Telly!" (Part One)

The BBC Genome Project, unveiled on Thursday of this week, certainly seems to have been something of a hit with the general public, dear blog reader. Facebook and Twitter have been positively chock-a-block full of people proudly showing off the BBC telly line-up for the day they were born. Even yer actual Keith Telly Topping's been at it. What is also fascinating, however, is looking up the TV schedules for the days when, you know, 'stuff happened.' Like, the outbreak of the second World War, for instance, the last day of television in the UK for seven years. So, on the off-chance that you're interested, dear blog reader, here are the BBC schedules for certain days, in no particular order other than the purely chronological:-

The opening of BBC Television, the world's first High Definition television service.
The day the BBC broadcast an adaptation of Karel Capek's RUR, the first ever example of TV science-fiction drama.
The post-war reopening of the BBC Television Service.
The first edition of The BBC Television Newsreel broadcast.
The BBC broadcast coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the 1948 London Olympics.
The first episode of Andy Pandy broadcast (subsequently part of the Watch With Mother strand).
Television Crosses The Channel features the first ever live link-up outside broadcast between Britain and France.
The first episode of What's My Line? broadcast.
The day that Arrow To The Heart - the first collaboration between director Rudolph Cartier and writer Nigel Kneale - is broadcast.
The first episode of The Flowerpot Men broadcast.
The day Patrick Troughton becomes television's first Robin Hood.
The day the BBC brought into service television transmitters at Pontop Pike (in County Durham) and Glencairn (in Belfast) to improve coverage prior to the Coronation broadcast.
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Sales of TV sets rise sharply in the weeks leading up to the event. It was also one of the earliest broadcasts to be deliberately recorded for posterity and still exists in its entirety.
The first episode of The Quatermass Experiment broadcast.
The first episode of The Good Old Days broadcast.
The first episode of Panorama broadcast.
The first episode of Sportsview broadcast.
The first episode of The Grove Family broadcast.
The day Roger Bannister broke the four minute mile.
The first live broadcast of the BBC's adaptation of Nineteen Eighty Four.
The first episode of David Attenborough's Zoo Quest broadcast.
The first Sports Review Of The Year ceremony, featuring the Sports Personality Of The year Award broadcast.
The first episode of Dixon Of Dock Green broadcast.
The first episode of This Is Your Life broadcast.
The day MP Christopher Mayhew took LSD on-camera for a - subsequently unbroadcast - episode of Panorama.
The day commercial television starts in the UK, with the launch of ITV in London - Associated-Rediffusion on weekdays, Associated Television Network at weekends. The rest of the UK receive their ITV regions over the next seven years. The BBC cleverly conspire to fuck-up ITV's big opening night by killing off the popular character of Grace in the radio soap The Archers.
The first episode of Quatermass II broadcast.
After being broadcast on radio since 1932, the Royal Christmas Message is broadcast on British television for the first time, albeit in sound only at 3.00pm. The first visual Christmas message from Her Maj was shown in 1957.
The day 'Heartbreak Hotel' made the UK charts.
The first episode of the TV version of Hancock's Half Hour broadcast.
The first episode of The Billy Cotton Band Show broadcast.
The first episode of The Six-Five Special broadcast.
The day Panorama broadcasts the famous 'Spaghetti trees' April Fools hoax report.
The day All You Own included a feature on the skiffle craze by Hugh Weldon which included a teenage Jimmy Page.
The first episode of The Sky At Night broadcast.
The day future alcoholic wife-beating Scouse junkie John Lennon first met yer actual Paul McCartney his very self.
The first episode of Face To Face broadcast.
The first episode of Monitor broadcast.
The day of the Munich air disaster.
The first episode of The Black & White Minstrel Show broadcast. For which we'll just have to apologise.
The first episode of Grandstand broadcast.
The first episode of Blue Peter broadcast.
The first episode of Quatermass & The Pit broadcast.
The day The Music Died.
The first episode of Juke Box Jury broadcast.
The first episode of Sykes & A ... broadcast/
The day of Harold MacMillan's 'winds of change' speech in Cape Town.
The day Soviet surface-to-air missiles shoot down an American U-2 spy plane. Its CIA pilot, Gary Powers, is captured.
The day the BBC Television Centre is opened.
The day The Pilkington Committee on Broadcasting is established to consider the future of broadcasting, cable and 'the possibility of television for public showing.' Their report, published in 1962, criticises the 'crass populism' of ITV, and recommends that Britain's third national television channel should be awarded to the BBC.
The day of the first Kennedy/Nixon TV debate.
The day Penguin Books is found not guilty of obscenity, in the case of DH Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterley's Lover.
The first episode of Coronation Street broadcast on Granada and several other ITV regions. And this is what was on opposite it.
The day the BBC announces it is dropping the radio programme Children's Hour on the grounds that television has 'diminished its audience.'
The day Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space.
The day the spy George Blake was arrested.
The day of The Bay of Pigs fiasco in Cuba.
The day Bertrand Russell and Arnold Wesker were jailed for inciting a breach of the peace at a CND protest in Trafalgar Square.
The first episode of Songs Of Praise broadcast.
The first episode of Points Of View broadcast.
The first episode of A For Andromeda broadcast.
The day Hawker-Siddeley publicly unveiled the P1127, the first Harrier Jet.
The first episode of Z Cars broadcast.
The first episode of Steptoe & Son broadcast.
The first episode of Animal Magic broadcast.
The day the first issue of Private Eye is published.
The day Adolf Eichmann is hanged in Israel for grievous crimes against humanity. And, for, you know, 'being a Nazi shithead'.
The day that the Telstar satellite brought the birth of the global communication age with the first televised cross-Atlantic link-up.
The day on which, in what the press dubs 'the Night of the Long Knives', Harold Macmillan dismisses one-third of his Cabinet.
The day on which fascist supporters of Oswald Mosley parade in East London. Leading, inevitably, to 'a bit of bother' and considerable wailing and kicking of teeth. The first episode of Dr Finlay's Casebook broadcast.
The day the Cuban Missile Crisis threatened to bring about World War three.
The first episode of Top Of The Form broadcast.
The first episode of That Was The Week That Was broadcast.
The day Britain woke up to find itself under a blanket of snow which didn't thaw for the next three months and was the direct cause of the biggest baby boom since the end of the war.
The broadcast of The Madhouse On Castle Street featuring a then virtually unknown Bob Dylan.
The day Harold Wilson replaced the late Hugh Gaitskell as leader of the Labour Party.
The day the spy Kim Philby defected to the Soviet Union.
The day Richard Beeching issues a report, The Reshaping of British Railways, calling for huge and swingeing cuts to the country's rail network.
The day John Profumo made his dramatic resignation speech to the House of Commons over his having lies about his involvement in general scandalous naughtiness with Christine Keeler.
The first episode of The Dick Emery Show broadcast.
The day the Peerage Act was passed, thus allowing Anthony Wedgewood-Benn to become an MP.
The day Bruce, Ronnie, Buster and co pulled The Great Train Robbery. But, they didn't get away with it so that was okay.
The day of the March On Washington and Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech.
The day Harold Wilson made the so-called 'white heat of technology' speech at the Labour Party Conference.
The day Sir Alec Douglas-Home succeeded Harold MacMillan as Prime Minister. To the surprise of most commentators who had assumed Rab Butler would get the gig. Iain MacLeod and Enoch Powell refuse to serve in Home's government. MacLeod subsequently claimed that the change of leadership had been 'stitched-up' by 'a Magic Circle of Old Etonians.'
The day John Kennedy was assassinated.
The day on which Jack Ruby shot Lee Oswald live on national telly.
The first episode of Doctor Who broadcast.
The first episode of Top Of The Pops broadcast.
The day The Be-Atles (a popular beat combo of the 1960s, you might have heard of them) made their US debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.
The day Muhammed Ali beat Sonny Liston for the World Heavyweight Championship.
The day Radio Caroline began broadcasting.
The day BBC2 began transmission. A power failure prevents the planned opening night's schedule from happening and all that can be screened is announcer Gerald Priestland delivering a grovelling series of apologies from Alexandra Palace.
The first episode of Play School broadcast (on BBC2).
The first episode of Horizon broadcast(on BBC2).
The first episode of Theatre 625 broadcast.
The day Nelson Mandela was jailed for life in South Africa.
The day Lenny Bruce was tried for obscenity in New York.
The first episode of The Beat Room broadcast (on BBC2).
The day the North Vietnamese navy attacked the US destroyer the Maddox in the Gulf on Tonkin, an incident which escalated the inevitable slide towards all out war in South East Asia.
The day Peter Allen and Gwynne Evans became the last men to be hanged in Britain for the murder of John West.
The day that scores of youths were given prison sentences following a Whitsun weekend of violent clashes between gangs of Mods and Rockers at a number of resorts on the South coast of England.
The first episode of Match Of The Day broadcast (on BBC2).
The first episode of Late Night Line-Up broadcast (on BBC2).
The day of the publication of The Warren Commission Report.
The day Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was deposed, Labour won the General Election ending thirteen years of Tory rule and China became the world's third nuclear power with their first atomic test.
The day a spokesperson for The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired Men - one David Jones of Bromley - appeared on Tonight, whinging to an unimpressed Cliff Michelmore about people referring to him (and people like him) as 'darling'!
The first episode of The Singing Ringing Tree broadcast as part of Tales From Europe.
The day Sam Cooke was murdered in Los Angeles.
The day Peter Watkins's 'docudrama' Culloden broadcast.
The first episode of The Likely Lads was broadcast (on BBC2).
The day Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's first episode of Not Only ... But Also began transmission (on BBC2).
The day Sir Winston Churchill died.
The day Malcolm X was assassinated in New York.
The first episode of Mogul - subsequently renamed The Troubleshooters - broadcast.
The first episode of Gadzooks! It's All Happening broadcast (on BBC2).
The first episode of Tomorrow's World broadcast.
The first episode of Till Death Us Do Part broadcast.
The day of the Watts Riots in Los Angeles.
The first episode of Out Of The Unknown broadcast.
The day the Post Office Tower opened.
The first episode of Thirty Minute Theatre broadcast (on BBC2)
The first episode of Call My Bluff broadcast (on BBC2).
The first episode of The Magic Roundabout broadcast.
The first episode of The Wednesday Play broadcast.
The first episode of Man Alive broadcast (on BBC2).
The day Rhodesian President Ian Smith made a unilateral declaration of independence from Britain.
The day Kenneth Tynan became the first man to use the word 'fuck' on British TV on an episode of BBC3. (Probably when he saw Bill Oddie was also in it.)
The day Rubber Soul was released.
The first episode of Jackanory broadcast.
The first episode of Camberwick Green broadcast.
The first episodes of Softly Softly and A Whole Scene Going broadcast.
The first episode of The Frost Report broadcast.
The day of the 1966 General Election.
The first episode of The Money Programme broadcast (on BBC2).
The day Ian Brady and Myra Hindley were extremely jailed for life for the Moors Murders.
The first episode of Quick, Before They Catch Us broadcast.
The day Bob Dylan & The Band played Manchester and that idiot in the crowd shouted 'Judas!' And, the first episode of All Gas & Gaiters broadcast (as part of Comedy Playhouse).
The first episode of Adam Adamant Lives! broadcast.
The day a cabinet reshuffle was expected after George Brown's increasingly erratic behaviour culminated in him 'forgetting' to appear for a live television debate on the government's economic freeze.
The day England won the World Cup. And yes it was over the line.
The day Revolver was released.
The first episode of It's A KnockOut! broadcast.
The day Harry Roberts murdered three police officers in Shepherd's Bush.
The day Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution began in China.
The day of the Aberfan disaster.
The day Patrick Troughton replaced William Hartnell as the Doctor.
Cathy Come Home broadcast.
The day the first episode of Trumpton broadcast and the Vatican condemned clergy who used 'modern beat music' during services. The damn heathens.
The day Donald Campbell, attempting to be the first man to break three hundred mph on water, died when his Bluebird turbo-jet crashed on Lake Coniston. Also the day of the 'one-armed bandit murder of Angus Sibbet in South Hetton. The following trial resulted in life sentences for Dennis Stafford and Michael Luvaglio.
The first episode of The Forsyte Saga broadcast (on BBC2).
The first episode of The Rolf Harris Show broadcast (not that you'll be seeing a repeat of that any time soon).
The day of the first BBC broadcast of the English-dubbed version of The Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe.
The day the tanker Torrey Canyon was wrecked in storms off the Cornish coast, leading to the worst environmental disaster in Britain.
The day one hundred-to-one outsider Foinavon won The Grand National.
The day fifty people were arrested in Brussels after demonstrations in which rotten eggs were thrown at the motorcade of US Vice-President Herbert Humphreys, NASA's report into the Apollo 1 disaster highlighted 'many deficiencies' and The Last Exit to Brooklyn obscenity trial began.
The day that Alexandra Palace hosted the Fourteen Hour Technicolour Dream, a benefit party for the underground International Times newspaper, described as 'the first tribal gathering of the British beautiful people' (when they could all have been at in their gaffs watching episode four of The Faceless Ones and having a much better time, frankly).
The day The Pink Floyd performed 'Astronomy Domine' on The Look Of The Week after which Syd Barrett and Roger Waters got a right earful from Hans Keller for being 'too loud', apparently.
The day of 'The Lion of Lisbon' as Glasgow Celtic beat Inter Milan in the European Cup final. And, alcoholic wife-beating Scouse junkie John Lennon's psychedelic-painted Rolls Royce was photographed in London by most of the papers. Because, they didn't have any 'real' news to report.
The day that American scientists at the University of Arizona stated that, after careful consideration, they had determined the planet Venus to be 'hot, dry and dead', a state of emergency was declared in Nigeria after Biafran separatists under Colonel Ojukwu spoke in favour of regional independence, Martin Burney, a newspaper and souvenir seller, spent the weekend guarding a few yards of pavement outside the Post Office tower after having been told by officials that he was being evicted to make way for some potted shrubs - when he could have been at home watching The Evil Of The Daleks episode two -and the Duke of Edinburgh was injured after falling heavily during a game of polo at Windsor.
The day Francis Chichester completed his solo circumnavigation of the world in Gypsy Moth.
The day Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was released.
The day the Six Day War between Israeli and Arab forces began.
The day Muhammed Ali fought the law (and the law - temporarily- won).
The day seventeen British troops died in Aden during an Arab army mutiny, convicted Great Train Robber Gordon Goody sued the Sunday People over allegations made in an article in 1964, Paul McCartney was criticised by Billy Graham following Macca's recent admission that he had taken LSD, the company owning a helicopter used in an episode of The Saint were fined over a stunt manoeuvre which contravened Board of Trade flying regulations, the 'mini-car murder' trial of Raymond Cook, Eric Jones and Kim Newell took place at Oxford Assizes, UN Secretary General U Thant bitterly criticised remarks made by Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban, racial violence broke out in Atlanta following a speech by black activist Stokely Carmichael, the West German government reached agreement with Brazilian authorities over the extradition of alleged war criminal Franz Stangl and NBC aired a documentary highly critical of New Orleans DA Jim Garrison's ongoing criminal investigations into the assassination of President Kennedy.
The day President Johnson and Soviet Premier Kosygin met in New Jersey, controversial comments made by Manny Shinwell MP during a Commons debate provoked an angry response from Colonel Lohan, secretary of the D-Notice committee concerning his relationship with Chapman Pincher the defence correspondent for the Daily Express, Mary Whitehouse wrote to the Prime Minister requesting the new BBC Chairman of Governors should have a salaried position 'significantly in excess' of the Director General (her bête noire, Hugh Greene) 'to leave no doubt who holds the senior position' and it was announced that the jurisdiction of the Lord Chamberlain's office over the content of theatre productions was to be abolished the following year.
The day Our World, the first live, international, satellite television production was broadcast.
The day Mick Jagger and Keith Richards got sent to The Big House for doing drugs (subsequently overturned on appeal).
The day colour transmissions began on BBC2.
The day Tommy Simpson died during the Tour De France, the Postmaster General, Ted Short, announced that pirate radio stations would be banned from August, the rebellion of French and Belgian mercenaries in the Eastern Congo appeared to have collapsed, President Johnson announced one hundred thousand more US troops were being sent to Vietnam, eight British soldiers were injured by a hand grenade attack in Aden, Keith Richards, on bail waiting his appeal against his one year prison sentence was given permission to travel abroad on holiday to Morocco with Brian Jones and Anita Pallenberg and a woman whose husband insisted on having a python in their bed was granted a divorced in Stuttgart. 'I was used to living with a devil, but a snake was too much,' she said.
The day homosexuality was decriminalised in the UK with the passing of the Sexual Offences Act.
The day Keith Moon's twenty first birthday party at a Hotel Inn in Flint, Michinna got, ahem, 'a bit out of hand' and a Lincoln Continental ended up in the swimming pool.
The day Radio 1 began transmission. And, this was what you could hear on it.
The day revolutionary spirit, and left-wing hero, Che Guevara was killed in Bolivia by government forces.
The first episode of Omnibus broadcast.
The day abortion was legalised in England, Scotland and Wales with the passing of the Abortion Act.
The day the Tet offensive began as Communist forces launched a series of attacks on South Vietnam.
The day Jim Callaghan passed the Commonwealth Immigration Act.
The day of the My Lai massacre.
The day of the Grosvenor Square demonstration.
The day A Man Called Ironside began broadcasting in the UK.
The day Martin Luther King was assassinated.
The day Enoch Powell made his -despicably racist - 'Rivers of Blood' speech in Birmingham.
The day of the Paris riots.
The day Don Fox missed a sitter in the Rugby League Challenge Cup final for Wakefield Trinity and got much sympathy from Eddie Waring, the government faced a back-bench rebellion over prices and income policy, the student riots in Paris reached their height as Prime Minister Pompidou, after consultation with General de Gaulle, ordered the police to withdraw from the Latin Quarter and the Sorbonne was closed, further arrests by Nipper Reed's Murder Squad detectives followed the apprehension of Ronnie and Reggie Kray, the Rolling Stones played their first gig in two years at the NME poll winners concert, a German professor parachuted into a field in Scotland to highlight the continued imprisonment in Spandau of Rudolph Hess, Manchester City dramatically snatched the First Division title with a memorable last day 4-3 win at Newcastle whilst rivals The Scum were losing at home to Sunderland, the first meeting between American and North Vietnamese representatives took place in Paris and Ted Heath got a right soaking when his boat - Blue Harbour - capsized.
The day The Scum won The European Cup.
The day Bobby Kennedy was assassinated.
The first episode of Colour Me Pop broadcast (on BBC2).
The day Tony Hancock died in Australia.
The day the first episode of Dad's Army was broadcast.
The Year Of The Sex Olympics broadcast.
The day a Warsaw Pact forces invasion of Czechoslovakia, threatened since Alexander Dubcek began his liberalisation policies in the spring, finally happened.
The day Princess Maria of Kent died from a brain tumour, plans were announced to remove the colliery waste tip from Aberfan, prison officers at Parkhurst fought with seven high-security prisoners, strikes by busmen in Great Yarmouth, Plymouth and Dundee continued, seventy arrests followed clashes between police and 'yippies' at an anti-war demonstration in Chicago and a woman who bought a 'love potion, guaranteed to make spouses amorous' from a 'wandering charlatan' in Peru was arrested after her husband alleged she had tried to poison him.
The day Gary Sobers hit six sixes live on telly, the newly opened Victoria Line on London's underground had a busy start, there were riots at the Democratic Convention in Chicago and some delegates became victims of heavy-handed policing by Mayor Daley's stick-wielding officers breaking-up anti-war demonstrations, Alexander Dubček issued a statement that the Czech Communist party had 'not taken enough note of the strategic and general interests of the USSR and other member of the Warsaw pact', after a recent fire at Nottingham Forest's City Ground, the chief officer of Coventry Fire Brigade called for new safety measures for football stadia. united action by immigration organisations was being considered against institutions which operated a 'colour bar.', a spokesman for Batley Trades & Friendly Club, which had such a policy, stated 'a man has a choice of deciding with whom he spends his leisure time. Our members felt they would prefer to spend that time among their own kind', London zoo's new attraction was the female giant panda, Chi-Chi, whom it was hoped would mate with resident male, An-An, Sirhan Sirhan and James Earl Ray - awaiting trial respectively for the murders of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King - were both said to have sold the film rights to their stories, a consumer group in Basingstoke announced the price of fish and chips had 'risen alarming' and the cross-Channel hovercraft Princess Margaret was out of action due to ‘wear and tear to her skirt.’
The day The Morecambe & Wise Show began transmission (on BBC2).
The first episode of Sportnight With Coleman broadcast.
The day the winter MCC tour to South Africa was cancelled over The D'Oliveira Affair.
The day dockers' leader Jack Dash told a Young Conservatives Supper Club in Epsom he had been 'ashamed' of his colleagues recent march in support of Enoch Powell. To silence his occasionally noisy London neighbour, Herman Richards drilled a hole in the wall and 'gave him a whiff of gas' (Richards pleaded extremely guilty to 'maliciously administering coal gas with intent to annoy'), after persuading a backer, 'a young woman of considerable means' to invest ten grand in his music magazine, Beat Wave, Robin Allen took his mother and a female friend to Paris for the weekend, a court was told. Allen stated the object of the trip was 'to photograph The Monkees.'
The day Hair opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
The day David Heremy won the four hundred metres hurdles gold medal. Two of the surviving five 'Thorns Sextuplets' were said to be in a critical condition at Birmingham Maternity Hospital, more of Britain's top medical specialists were reported to have joined 'the brain drain' to America with promises of better facilities and funding and The Old Lion Inn in Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire successfully applied for an extended licence so that customers could watch the Olympics overnight on 'the only colour TV set in the village.' Having, hopefully, earlier watched episode two of The Mind Robber. In black and white.
The day 'The Troubles' began in earnest in Northern Ireland with Republican riots in Londonderry against sectarian discrimination.
The day Tommie Smith and John Carlos did the so-called 'Black Power' salute at the Mexico Olympics, Pergamon Press, owned by Robert Maxwell, made a twenty six million quid takeover bid for the Scum of the World, John Stonehouse, the Postmaster General, assured MPs that the new two-tier postal system was 'going better than we expected', Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Spiro Agnew promised to standardise welfare if elected, at the UN Argentina asserted its sovereignty claims over the Falkland Islands and The Scum lost to Estudiantes - striped shirts, black panties - in the World Cup Championship.
The day alcoholic wife-beating Scouse junkie John Lennon and Yoko Ono were busted for possession by the Drug Squad - led by the notorious Nobby Pilcher (who brought his own just to be on the safe side.) To his dying day, Lennon alleged he had been planted, having been tipped off three weeks earlier by Don Shorter, a Daily Mirra journalist, that Sgt Pilcher, the man who had previously busted Donovan, Mike Jagger and Keith Richards had Lennon next on his 'hit list.' Also Bob Beamon broke Lynn Davies's world long jump record, Jacqueline Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis married in Skorpios, legislative moves to make Canada a bilingual country were set in motion and a witness in the trial of Ronnie and Reggie Kray told the court that, on the night of the murder of Jack 'The Hat' McVitie she had encountered the twins who were wearing socks on their hands and who told her there had been 'a bit of trouble' and they were 'tidying up the mess.'
The day Graham Hill won the World Motor Racing Championship, Cypriot President Archbishop Makarios accepted the resignation of Interior Minister Polycarpos Georghadjis after charges from Athens that he'd 'masterminded' the attempted assassination of Greek Prime Minister Papadopoulos and Monaco's Prince Rainier and his wife, Grace Kelly, competed in the RAC's London to Brighton veteran car rally.
The day Richard Nixon beat Hubert Humphreys in the US presidential election.
The day The Cybermen came out of the sewers an invaded London.
The first episode of Holiday 69 broadcast.
The day The Jimi Hendrix Experience played an impromptu tribute for the recently disbanded Cream - 'Sunshine For Your Love' - on an episode of Happening For Lulu to the chagrin of the producers.
The day the Kray Twins were found not guilty of the 1966 murder of Frankie 'The Mad Axeman' Mitchell, James Earl Ray recanted the confession he made in court in Memphis when jailed for ninety nine years for shooting Martin Luther King, third division Swindon beat The Arse in the League Cup final at Wembley, one hundred people died in an air crash in Venezuala, Britain's third successful heart transplant was carried out at Guy's Hopsital and Venus Five, a Soviet probe, landed on the planet.
The day The White Album was released.
The day Czech student Jan Palach, attempted suicide in Prague's Wenceslas Square by setting fire to himself as protest against his country's occupation by the Soviet Union.
The day Concorde made its first flight.
The first episode of Civilisation broadcast (on BBC2).
The day Ronnie and Reggie for life for the murders of Jack The Hat and George Cornell.
The first episode of Spike Milligan's Q5 broadcast (on BBC2).
The first episode of The Liver Birds broadcast.
The day yer actual Keith Telly Topping's beloved (although, even then, unsellable) Magpies won the Inter City Fairs Cup against crack Hungarian outfit Újpest Dózsa. The release of unexpected record export figures meant a slash in the trade gap, welcome news for the government particularly as Harold Wilson and Barbara Castle were locked in talks with TUC General Secretary Vic Feather over clauses in the Industrial Relations Bill. Anthony Crossland, the Social Services Minister announced a top increase of seven shillings and seven pence in National Insurance Contributions to 'protect the low paid', a heated parliamentary debate saw Smethwick MP Andrew Faulds challenge Enoch Powell to make his immigration speech, which Faulds considered 'unchristian' and 'racialist', in the Commons where it could be debated. The Bishop of Stepney, Trevor Huddlestone, went further calling Powell's latest speech 'evil.' Spain closed the border with Gibraltar, The Italian Job opened in the UK, two West Bromwich women, Florence Bright and Gladys Pinnock, started work as labourers on a section of the M6, Kidderminster magistrates sent a sixteen year old girl – who was reportedly 'infatuated' with an older man – to an approved school after she refused to stop seeing him and student Roger Darvey was awarded a three thousand knicker grant for a three year philosophy degree concerned 'the growth of football into an industry.'
The day Lulu the elephant 'ran amok' on Blue Peter.
The day Star Trek first broadcast in the UK.
The day Tony Jacklin - in his garish purple jumper - became the first Englishman to win the British Open in eighteen years. IPC was expected to back a bid by Robert Maxwell to buy the Sun, stone-throwing youths fought running battles with police on the streets of Londonderry, Marianne Faithful regained consciousness after her suicide attempt in Sydney where her fiancé, Mick Jagger, was filming Ned Kelly, the Soviet Union launched an unmanned moon rocket, Luna Fifteen, three days before NASA's forthcoming Apollo 11, Teignmouth Electron, the boat of round-the-world yachtsman Donald Crowhurst, was found adrift and unoccupied in the Atlantic. One man was killed and two were described as 'gravely ill' after the annual 'running of the bulls' in Pamplona, Spain and the BBC announced that its soap The Newcomers was to end and would be replaced by a new twice-weekly drama The Doctors.
The day Edward Kennedy drove his car off a bridge at Chappaquiddick Island killing campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne.
The day Neil and Buzz landed on the Moon. On ITV, Man On The Moon, hosted by David Frost, mixed reportage with Sunday night variety show via 'special studio guests Englebert Humperdinck, Cliff Richard, Cilla Black and Lulu.' Comedian Michael Palin recorded 'the extraordinary thing about the evening was that, until 3:56 am … we had seen no space pictures at all and yet ITV somehow contrived to fill ten hours with a programme devoted to the landing.' Science Fiction author Ray Bradbury reportedly found the whole thing 'frivolous' and walked out of the studio before he was due to be interviewed. In Johannesburg claims that a fifty eight year old woman had given birth were revealed to be a hoax, typists in the Department of Economic Affairs, the offices of which were suffering form infestation by mice, had pleaded with officials to 'bring back the cats', Eddy Merckx won his first Tour de France in Paris and a survey among schoolchildren revealed television was more popular than 'courting.'
The day Charles Manson’s Family cult murdered actress Sharon Tate and four friends in Bel Air.
The day six hundred thousand stoned, lice-ridden hippies assembled in upstate New York for the Woodstock festival and nobody had the common sense to point a thermonuclear device in their general direction (although, to be fair, The Who were excellent).
The first episode of Nationwide broadcast.
The first episode of Up Pompeii! broadcast.
The first episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus broadcast. With its initial audience of insomniacs, intellectuals and burglars.
The first episode of Chigley broadcast.
The day colour transmissions began on BBC1.
The first episode of Clangers broadcast.
The day Meredith Hunter was murdered by Hell's Angels at The Rolling Stones free concert at Altamont Speedway Stadium in California. Sandy Brown scored a memorable own goal in the Merseyside derby on Match Of The Day, thirty year old 'public-relations man' and, briefly, international sprinter Jeffrey Archer won the Louth by-election for the Tories, in Los Angeles, the District Attorney applied for a 'Conspiracy to Murder' indictment against Charles Manson, described as 'the bearded high-priest of the hippy commune believed responsible for the Sharon Tate killings.' In Washington, Lt. William Calley – the officer accused of the My Lai massacre – appeared before a military board of enquiry, a group of students occupied Harvard University in a demonstration organised by the militant Organization for Black Unity, former Olympic long-distance champion Emil Zatopek was dismissed an a Colonel in the Czech army for 'violating legal norms' and Liverpool footballer Alun Evans received sixty stitches to his face after being glassed in a Wolverhampton nightclub.
The day Jon Pertwee replaced Patrick Troughton as The Doctor.
The day Macca announced The Be-Atles (a popular beat combo of the 1960s, you might have heard of them) had broken up.
The day Dirty Leeds and Moscow Chelski FC drew 2-2 in the FA Cup Final at Wembley, the match going to extra time and causing a delay in the broadcast of episode four of The Ambassadors Of Death.
The day Apollo 13 told Houston it had 'a problem'.
The day a complaint was made to police under the 1965 Race Relations Act by one Peter Tooms of Oxfordshire against the Prime Minister, John Arlott, Peter Hain, the Right Reverend David Sheppard and others who had voiced their disapproval of Apartheid in a BBC Panorama documentary on the cancellation of a proposed South African cricket tour to Britain. Also, supporters of the Black Panthers and the recently jailed Chicago Eight were alleged to be planning an armed confrontation with police at Yale University, a mother in Florida was sentenced to three hundred days in jail for giving her ten year old daughter LSD and The Morecambe and Wise Show and The Benny Hill Show were Britain's entries into the Golden Rose of Montreaux TV festival.
The day Chelsea beat Leeds (after extra time) in the Cup Final reply, one of the dirtiest games of football ever witnessed. Leeds trooping off dejectedly was captured by BBC cameras – something that was to become, over the next few years, a familiar sight. In 1998, Premiership referee David Elleray was asked by Sky Sports to 'replay' the match under then-current FIFA rules. He concluded that six men should have been sent off and every single player, bar Leeds goalkeeper David Harvey, booked. In the actual match, the referee Eric Jennings booked just one player – Ian Hutchinson for an angry retaliatory push on Billy Bremner. The game - broadcast on both BBC1 and ITV - had a combined audience in excess of thirty two million.
The day of the Kent State massacre in Ohio.
The day Brazil beat England in the World Cup in Mexico.
The day of the 1970 General Election.
The day Ted Heath formed his first cabinet. Presumably he did it early in the day so everyone could be home in time to watch the final episode of Inferno.
The day Oh! Calcutta! opened its London run at The Roundhouse.
The day Leila Khaled and Patrick Argüello attempted the hijack of El Al Flight 219 from Amsterdam to New York.
The day Jimi Hendrix choked on his own vomit.
The first episode of Menace broadcast (on BBC2).
The first episode of Play For Today broadcast.
The first episode of The Goodies broadcast.
The day the Employment Secretary Robert Carr's home was bombed by The Angry Brigade.
The day Rolls Royce Engines was placed in receivership putting the future of the RB211 engine into doubt.
The day decimal currency began in the UK.
The first episode of The Two Ronnies broadcast.
The day George C Scott became the first actor to reject an Oscar, for his role in the movie Patton, claiming that the Academy Awards were 'a two-hour meat parade, a public display with contrived suspense for economic reasons' and that he did not feel himself to be 'in competition' with other actors.
The day London saw a large demonstration of East Pakistanis calling for the recognition of the state of Bangladesh, the retiring head of the British Board of Film Censors, John Trevelyan, addressed a seminar and warned of the dangers of violence in film and TV whilst hoping that censorship would not be allowed to interfere with artistic integrity. He used the examples of The Wild Bunch and Performance to illustrate movies which had 'something to say about society.' Conservative MP Sir Gerald Nabarro urged that the makers of the sex education film Growing Up should be prosecuted and that Education Secretary Margaret Thatcher should warn local authorities about the film's 'undesirability.' Egypt, Syria and Libya, at the instigation of Colonel Ghaddafi, formed a Federation of Arab States which sought to unify foreign policy, Howard Moore, a defence lawyer for black activists Angela Davies and the 'Soledad Brothers' arrived in London seeking European support for the case, Time Out magazine was banned by WH Smiths because of legal considerations and Penny Brahams, an actress and model, aged twenty and the widow of millionaire property developer Clive Raphael, challenged her late husband’s will which left her one shilling and four nude photographs of herself.
 The day the Pope was criticised by the Italian conservative press for holding an audience with 'young people' which included 'members of rock bands' and 'girls in hot pants.' And, West Bromwich Albinos beat Dirty Leeds at Elland Road in controversial circumstances with a pitch invasion - virtual riot - being actively encouraged by Barry Davies on Match Of The Day.
The day The Arse beat Liverpool in the Cup final. Roy Smith, the Croydon headmaster who suspended a thirteen year old boy who refused to accept the cane said he would take the same action again, West Germany and the Netherland floated the Mark and the Guilder to restore financial stability and the government announced it was changing the locks on official safes after the revelation that tools existed which could detect combinations. Also, Pakistani forces shelled the Indian border area of Sonamura. In the Vietnamese city of Huế a Buddhist monk committed suicide by setting himself ablaze. the first US attempt to send a spacecraft into orbit around Mars ended when Mariner 8 crashed into the Atlantic. John Pestridge, aged seventy eight, claimed to have spent fifty years fighting for a war pension after his sight was damaged during the First World War. Legal aid was 'a waste of time and money' according to Lord Hailsham who noted 'a judicious plea of guilty accompanied by a discreet and concise plea for mitigation will, if he would only realise it, often get a defendant off with less. Robert Pounder of County Durham revealed police had located his wife whose disappearance had led to the digging up of his garden. She was alive and living in Newcastle but 'declined her husband's invitation to return home.'
The first episode of Parkinson broadcast.
The day the Oz obscenity trial began. And, the day that it ended with Richard Neville, Felix Dennis and James Anderson, the editors of the magazine convicted of obscenity at the Old Bailey over the 'schoolkidz' edition. They were found not guilty of 'conspiring to corrupt morals.' A subsequent appeal found that Justice Argyle had grossly misdirected the jury on numerous occasions and the sentences were quashed. Also Lancashire beat Gloucester in a thrilling Gillette Cup semi-final that didn't finish until almost nine o'clock, Labour's NEC voted not to support Britain joining the Common Market, Apollo 15 (not one of the particularly famous ones which had a movie made about it) neared the moon. The Minister for Aerospace announced the government would continue to support Rolls Royce's RB211 engine even if the intended client, Lockheed's Tristar Airbus, didn't secure funding from Congress.
The day Jimmy Reid made his famous 'there will be no bevvying' speech to shipyard workers in Glasgow.
The day of George Harrison's Concert For Bangladesh.
The day Harvey Smith 'flicked the V' at Hickstead and the football season started with a 'relatively quiet' Saturday, police reporting only seventy three arrests across the country, this, despite the cancellation of all leave in Derby where The Scum supporters had reportedly threatened to 'smash the town up.'
The day Soviet writer and dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn complained about the activities of the KGB, Prime Minister Heath won the Admiral's Cup aboard his yacht Morning Cloud and President Nixon announced a suspension of the gold standard relating to the US dollar. Also, there were calls by both politicians – including Shadow Home Secretary Jim Callaghan - and civil rights groups to end internment in Northern Ireland and an 'International Socialists' rally in Hyde Park with a man brandishing a placard mounted with a pig's head describing the Prime Minister as 'a war criminal.' A top Scotland Yard officer, known only as Commander X, was asked to investigate an explosion at an army recruiting office which the Angry Brigade had claimed responsibility for and Jackie Stewart won his second World Motor Racing Championship despite crashing in the Austrian Grand Prix. A strike by TV technicians who refused to operate colour recording equipment meant that episodes of some ITV show - including Budgie, Upstairs, Downstairs, Timeslip and Escape Into Night - were filmed in monochrome. American chess champion Bobby Fischer, soon to face Soviet master Tigran Petrosain, told an interviewer that 'The Russians cheat at chess to keep the world title.' It was reported that a ten year old Argentinian girl had given birth. The Los Angeles Times claimed several US servicemen 'in charge of atomic weapons' has been caught taking marijuana and LSD and comedian Felix Bowness was fined one hundred quid by the actors union Equity for refusing to strike at his summer show in Bognar Regis.
The first episode of The Old Grey Whistle Test broadcast (on BBC2).
The first episode of The Generation Game broadcast.
The day the Inner London Education Authority announced a ban on corporal punishment in primary schools.
The most important day in the history of popular music, bar none, as Chicory Tip release 'Son Of My Father'.
The day of the start of the trial of Clifford Irving for fraud over this alleged biography of Howard Hughes.
The day of 'Bloody Sunday'.
The day Bernadette Devlin slapped Home Secretary Reggie Maulding across the chops in the House of Commons when he claimed - wrongly - that the Paras had fired in self-defence.
The day Ronnie Radford scored 'the goal of the Century' as non-league Hereford dumped yer actual keith Telly Topping's beloved (though, even then, unsellable) Newcastle out of the FA Cup.
The day two of the Britain's biggest brewers - Watneys and Courage - announced a rise in the price of beer, the miners strike continued and power-cuts were threatened as NUM pickets were arrested in pithead battles in Yorkshire and Derbyshire, Britain officially recognised Bangladesh as an independent state, both A Clockwork Orange and The French Connection opened in the UK, in Rhodesia the daughter of former Prime Minister Todd, Judith, went on hunger strike protesting at being held in prison without charge, the Bishop of Southwell, made a speech extolling the virtues of discipline. '[It's] almost a dirty word these days. The more acceptable word seems to be "permissiveness"' and Millwall fan Roger Holmes celebrated the birth of his son, Spencer, by giving him nineteen middle names, those of the entire first team squad. 'They're a great team' noted Roger.
The day Timothy Davey was jailed in Turkey for selling pot.
The first episode of The Lotus Eaters broadcast (on BBC2).
The day Gunter Netzer took England to the cleaners at Wembley in the European Nations Cup.
The day 'Kids' Lib' leader Ginger Finch was charged with using insulting behaviour and obstruction after a mass 'pupil power' demo in North London. Eight hundred pupils from five North London schools met to urge teenagers away from their classrooms. The demo was called by the Rebel Schools' Action Union, who were protesting against caning, detention, uniforms and 'headmaster dictatorship.' When the crowd were joined by pupils from Sarah Siddons Girls' School the demonstrators set out on an eight-mile march to enlist support from other schools. At Marylebone Grammar School they charged into the front hall, but 'a tall school prefect' pushed them back into retreat. The rebels raided the playground, mingling with the girl pupils and jeering at those who refused to join the demo. Twenty invaders broke into the school building where they kicked classroom doors and called out 'Everybody Out.'
The day of the Watergate break-in (if only Gordon Liddy and Howard Hunt had got the Cubans to watch part five of The Time Monster instead of breaking into the Democrats campaign office, how different US political history might have been).
The day David Bowie performed 'Starman' on Top Of The Pops with The Spiders and camped it up with Mick Ronson like a good'un.
The day Stan Smith beat Ille Nastasi at Wimbledon.
The day the last US combat troops left Vietnam.
The day Iceland announced that British trawlermen fishing inside a fifty mile radius would be arrested, starting the 'Cod War'.
The day Black September terrorists began their siege at the Munich Olympics holding Israeli athletes as hostages.
The day the trial of 'Stoke Newington Eight', members of The Angry Brigade, ended with a series of lengthy prison sentences for their bombing campaign. A terrible indictment of what happens when public schoolgirls get access to weapons.
The day the US supreme Court upheld Roe Versus Wade.
The day Great Britain joined the EEC.
The first episode of Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads? broadcast.
The day Roy Castle broke the world's fastest tap-dance on an episode of The Record Breakers. That's dedication.
The day Gareth Edwards scored that try for the Barbarians against the All Blacks and Cliff Morgan went totally off it.
The day Dark Side Of The Moon was released.
The day Red Rum won his first Grand National.
The day Sayeret Matkal commandos (led by future Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak) and Mossad agents launched raids into Beirut and Sidon, assassinating several high-level PLO officials including some with links to the 1972 Munich massacre.
The day The Wailers made their UK TV debut on The Old Grey Whistle Test.
The day the first episode of Doctor Bronowski's The Ascent Of Man was broadcast.
The day hippies in St Ives were told by the council if they kept away from the West Pier they would not be harassed by security guards, with dogs.
The day when Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in 'The Battle of the Sexes'.
The day when, in response to the escalating Yom Kippur war, OPEC, the Arab oil producing countries, cut production and quadrupled the world price of petroleum. This single move effectively ended the relative affluence on which, as Ian MacDonald wrote in Revolution in the Head, 'the preceding ten years of happy-go-lucky excess in the West had chiefly depended.' And, also, the day Poland knocked England out of the World Cup. This failure to reach the final stages of a tournament that England had won just seven years previously may seem insignificant to some. But, just as that famous 'some people are on the pitch' victory in 1966 seemed to encapsulate the spirit of an age – when England (and, specifically, London) was, literally, on top of the world – so the gloom that settled over the country during the winter of 1973-74, with its three-day weeks, power cuts, runaway inflation, industrial disputes and 'cod war' with Iceland, was inextricably tied to the failing fortunes of Sir Alf Ramsey's ageing side. So, you see, it really was all Norman Hunter's fault.
The day Uri Geller appeared on The Dimbleby Talk-In and bent a lot of spoons becoming an overnight sensation in the process.
The day Northern Ireland Secretary Willie Whitelaw signed the power-sharing Sunningdale Agreement despite loud Loyalist opposition.
The day Ted Heath announced the start of the Three Day Week.
The first episode of Carrie's War broadcast.
The day Patty Hearst was kidnapped by the 'urban guerilla' Symbionese Liberation Army.
The day Shadow Chancellor Dennis Healey, in a speech in Lincoln, said that a future labour government intended to 'squeeze property speculators until the pips squeak'.
The day of the first General Election of 1974.
The day ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest.
The day John Poulson and T Dan Smith were jailed for fraud and corruption in local government.
The day ruthless West German efficiency beat maverick Dutch totaalvoetbal flair in the final of the 1974 World Cup.
The day the IRA bombed Birmingham and Manchester.
The day Richard Nixon resigned.
The first episode of Porridge broadcast.
The day of the second General Election of 1974.
The day of The Rumble In The Jungle.
The day Lord Lucan allegedly murdered his children's nanny, Sandra Rivett and went totally missing.
The day the first McDonald's takeaway opened in the UK, in Woolwich, helped enormously to promote the cause of childhood obesity in Britain.
The day former Postmaster General John Stonehouse faked his own death and disappeared.
The day Tom Baker replaced Jon Pertwee as The Doctor.
The first episode of The Changes broadcast.
The day Donald Neilson - 'The Black Panther' - kidnapped the heiress Lesley Whittle.
The day Maggie Thatcher ousted Ted Heath as leader of the Conservatives.
The first episode of Rutland Weekend Television broadcast (on BBC2).
The day of the United Kingdom European Communities membership referendum.
The day the trial of West German terrorist Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and other members of the Red Army Faction began in Stuttgart.
The first episode of Jim'll Fix It broadcast.
The day the kidnapped Italian magnate Vallarino Gancia was freed after a shoot out between the police and members of the terrorist Reds Brigade.
The day The Streaker ran on at Lord's.
The day supporters of the convicted bank robber George Davis dug up the pitch at Headingly causing the abandonment of the Third Test.
The first episode of Fawlty Towers broadcast (on BBC2).
The day Chris Bonnington's expedition climbed Everest by the South-West face.
The day the Spaghetti House Siege began in London.
The day Ali fought Smokin' Joe in The Thrilla In Manilla.
The day Marion Coyle and Eddie Gallagher kidnapped the Dutch industrialist Tiede Herrema near his home in Castletroy.
The day the Guildford Four were, wrongly, jailed.
The day hit man Andrew Newton shot Norman Scott's dog, Rinka, an event which would, eventually, lead to the trial (and acquittal) of Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe for conspiracy to murder.
The day Peter Sutcliffe - The Yorkshire Ripper - murdered his first victim, Wilma Mccann, in Leeds.
The day Norman Hunter chinned Franny Lee.
The Sex Pistols play their first live gig at St Martin's College.
The day the Sex Discrimination Act became law.
The day The Times ran an article quoting Norman Tebbit as accusing Michael Foot of 'undiluted fascism'.
The day Ross McWhirter was murdered by the IRA.
The day The Balcome Street Siege began.
The day Carlos The Jackal led a terrorist team that attacked a meeting of OPEC leaders in Vienna.
The day that pupils at Heaton School in Newcastle went on strike after the headmaster, Henry Askew, proposed that in the name of 'equality' 'uncouth and nasty' girl pupils would be caned as well as boys. Askew's announcement was followed by two days of demonstrations when two hundred teenage girls 'went on the rampage', including running on to a football pitch during a game and stealing the ball. Way to go, sisters!

And, that takes us to the start of 1976. We might return to this exceptionally Asperger's-like list, if yer actual Keith Telly Topping can a) be bothered to do 1976 - 1982 and b) manages to convince himself that doing this sort of thing doesn't make him look, to dear blog readers, like a complete glake.

So, no change there, then.