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    Just out of curiosity...I searched what programmes were on the Beeb during 11 August 1980. And I have to say, there were some stonking-good shows on during that summer hols:

    https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedule...don/1980-08-11



    https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/binarie.../l/aug1980.pdf

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    The start of the 1980s seemed such a good time to look at old schedules - it's where the 1970s meets the 1980s in many ways. I would have liked to go a year later to around the time Charles married Diana - different ITV regions had holiday morning schedules which consisted of a Sesame Street here, a Wattoo, Wattoo there, and a Flying Kiwi everywhere else as well. That sort of thing inspired me to write about the films that were scheduled in a similar way. And then the Big Bang of the 1980s happened on Friday 1st January 1982 - goodbye ATV.

    The Monday to Friday repeats of children's TV programmes on BBC 1 (pre-CBBC) feel so welcoming where you would find Why Don't You; Take Hart; Cheggers Plays Pop and others - repeated every weekday at the same time. Now we get Homes Under the Hammer in the same slot just like every other time of the year. Even the "Mr Mitchell" era of Grange Hill got repeats like that towards the end of the 1970s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1978 View Post
    The Monday to Friday repeats of children's TV programmes on BBC 1 (pre-CBBC) feel so welcoming where you would find Why Don't You; Take Hart; Cheggers Plays Pop and others - repeated every weekday at the same time. Now we get Homes Under the Hammer in the same slot just like every other time of the year. Even the "Mr Mitchell" era of Grange Hill got repeats like that towards the end of the 1970s.
    That's one of the things I noticed first! Back then I used to look forward to watching some of those shows I missed first time during the holidays, not having a VCR back in them dayz. Especially liked the Grange Hill repeats before the new eps were shown! Now it's mainly the crappo you mentioned and stuff like Don't Get Done Get Dom! you're lucky if they put on a decent ep. of Rockford Files!

    BTW, something else I remember is that BBC2 used to show movies on Sunday afternoons, while ITV showed The Big Match. One film in particular that I remember was Smashing Time with Lynn Redgrave and Rita Tushingham as two Northern Gals who go down south looking for fun during the swinging '60s. Would love to know when that aired...

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    My family didn't have a VCR until 1989 (the same year that we had a telephone for the first time!) I do wish that: A) I was at least 20 years older than I was back then; and: B) I had a VCR certainly from the start of the 1980s onwards.

    I probably know what sort of the stuff I would have taped from 1981 to 1983 if I was in my 20s or 30s and also had a VCR back then: Charles and Diana saying "I do"; ATV becoming Central; Pope John Paul II visiting Britain; Channel 4 starting up; Breakfast Time and TV-am starting up; Shakin' Stevens, Bucks Fizz, Adam Ant and others on Top of the Pops; the 1983 General Election; hours of adverts, etc, not to mention what was on a Christmas, New Year and Bank Holidays. My point is that there was so much change and development in television from the Spring of 1981 to the Autumn of 1983, and the closest we had to a VCR was a tape recorder (with C90 inside) next to the speaker of the TV set, risking a family member talking in the background.

    I must get my DVD recorder out of the box and set it up...
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    My first big purchase from my very first job was a Ferguson Videostar I bought around 1987. Looking back, it was a piece of cr@p! But at the time it did the job, and I was able to tape America's Top 10, Oprah winfrey's shows and all kinds of goodies like music from TOTP. It was a revelation to be able to record a movie and then rewind and pause and enjoy it all over again - Anytime I wanted! I still have around 3 - 400 vHs cassettes I need to sort out one day! Later on I upgraded to a better Nicam Stereo Mitsubishi deck which I still own, and then a Panasonic DVD recorder and plasma TV - All much better IMO as there was no FF or Rewing. Now of course those decks are redundant due to my sat box with its hard disk recording, and the VCR only sees use when I'm clearing out some tapes. My sat box even records onto USB so I can watch stuff back on my PC!!

    BTW, I was sad to hear about the death of André Previn the conductor / composer; I remember his adverts for Ferguson's products back in the late '70s.
    If I had bought a VCR in the early '80s it would've cost me a fortune, because even though it would've been great to tape some TOTP from back then, and movies that haven't seen the light of day since, blank tape was really expensive when I was using my VCR - it was about 10 quid each, for 3 hours!!! Later, I found a shop where I could bulk buy a box of 10 for about 2 quid a piece.

    Have found some really interesting stuff during my clear-outs - adverts - continuity - etc.
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    i also had the ferguson videostar, it was a top loader shaped like a large housebrick cost about £200, today a dvd player can be bought for £30 brand new
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    A DVD player would probably be around £30, but a DVD recorder would still cost a bit more than that.
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