Christmas Day TV (UK) 1980

Here is a little reminder of what was on the TV 33 years ago. The only difference between then and now is that we only had three channels of shite to choose from in those days.

Christmas Day 1980 – Thursday 25th December 1980
BBC-1 Television

8:55am Watch: The story of the Nativity, with James Earl Adair, Louise Hall-Taylor (repeat)
9:25am Mr Benn
9:40am Pink Panther Show (cartoons)
10:00am Morning Worship: from the Clifton Cathedral
11:15am The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962 film) starring Laurence Harvey, Karl Boehm, Claire Bloom
1:10pm Carols from Warwick Castle, with Vince Hill, Iris Williams, introduced by Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
2:00pm Top of the Pops ’80 (part 1)
Featured singers include: Abba, Blondie, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Dexy’s Midnight Runners
3:00pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
3:10pm 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954 Disney film) starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Peter Lorre
5:15pm The Paul Daniels Magic Christmas Show
6:05pm News, with Angela Rippon
6:10pm Larry Grayson’s Generation Game, with Isla St Clair
7:15pm Dallas: An extortionist threatens to blow up the Ewing 23 oil well, and JR out manoeuvres Bobby
8:45pm Airport 1975 (1974 film) starring Charlton Heston, Karen Black, George Kennedy, Sid Caesar
10:30pm News, with Angela Rippon
10:40pm Parkinson at Christmas: guests, Penelope Keith, James Galway, Ben Vereen
11:40pm Christmas Comedy Classic: Fawlty Towers (repeat)
12:10am Weather

BBC-2 Television
11:00-11:25am Play School:
3:10pm A Year in the Life of an Exmoor Man: Film about Tom Rook, auctioneer and estate agent.
4:10pm Blue Skies (1946 film) starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astarie, Joan Caulfield
5:50pm Little Swallow (Shanghai cartoon)
6:05pm The Band Wagon (1953 MGM musical) starring Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse
7:55pm News
8:05pm Tosca (Italian film of Puccini’s opera)
10:10pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
10:20pm One Hundred Great Paintings: Seurat’sLa Grand Jatte, with Milton Brown
hung at the Art Institute in Chicago
10:30-12:15pm The Front Page (1974 film) starring Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon

ITV – Thames Television (London)
9:00am A Merry Morning; Leeds area children’s party,
host: Don McLean, with Guys and Dolls, and the Chuckle Brothers
9:45am Christmas Eucharist: Live from Canterbury Cathedral
10:45am A Christmas Star (cartoon)
11:10am Christmas Runaround: Quiz with the contestants on ice-skates, with Mike Reid
11:40am Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World (1973 film) starring Jim Dale, Spike Milligan, Angela Douglas
1:15pm Christmas Crossroads
1:45pm Billy Smart’s Christmas Circus
3:00pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
3:10pm George and Mildred (1980 film) starring Brian Murphy and Yootha Joyce
4:55pm News
5:05pm 3-2-1 Pantomime:
host Ted Rogers, guests Nicholas Parsons, Derek Batey, Sheila Steafel, Bill Maynard, Mike Reid
6:00pm The Man with the Golden Gun (1974 James Bond film)
starring Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Bernard Lee
8:30pm Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show:
guests: Peter Barkworth, Hannah Gordon, Glenda Jackson, Alec Guinness, Jill Gascoine, Gemma Craven, Peter Vaughan
9:30pm This is Your Life
10:00pm Janet and Company: Janet Brown with Roy Kinnear, Frank Windsor
10:30pm News
10:40pm A Touch of Class (1972 film) starring George Segal, Glenda Jackson
12:30am It’s Christmas: Children of St. Richards with St. Andrews School, Ham, Surrey – sing carols

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A Brief History of Teletext

This is a re-posting, from an old blog site, about the birth, life and demise of a truly innovative communication medium – Teletext. If you try to tell the kids of today that this was the way we did things before the internet was invented, they wouldn’t believe you!
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