- ABC television show called, "Fridays" a
live entertainment program to rival "Saturday Night Live"...Andy
Kaufman fought everyone on the set - and it was broadcast live...apparently
included in protest and survive - and depicted in the Milos Forman
film, the man in the moon (the story of Andy Kaufman's life)...
- The 1968 Elvis comeback special.
- A clip of a press conference where a senator from Pennsylvania shoots
himself on television...
- John Waters - Female Trouble
On Fridays we wouldn't go to school. We would go to the new video
shop and get the most extreme videos we were able to hire out. This
was when video was new, I'm not sure if there was much control over
what went out and to whom! I think things are tighter now? But any
way, we watched all the crap horror - Zombie Flesh Eaters, etc; -
some funny porn type stuff - we could handle it all! But one day we
got Female Trouble and sat in stunned silence, mixed with the occasional
laugh, then a look round at your friends to see if they were laughing
too, just to see if it was alright to laugh at what we were seeing!
"If I don't get those Cha Cha heels . . . !"
- 6 O'clock News
Can't remember the date, it must have been early 80's. All the family
were in the living room with our dinner plates on our knees watching
the news. It was sunny. The footage showed two men, thought to be
English soldiers but they weren't in uniform, driving their car into
an IRA funeral. They were surrounded and drew pistols, which they
fired into the air, I think, trying to scare the crowd away. This
didn't work; they were taken from their car, taken to a place away
from the cameras and police helicopter and killed.
- Changes - BBC Childrens drama
- Pipkins episode where Mr. Pipkins dies and it's explained
- 1st Eastenders
- Sound of intro music (with Big Ben) of news.
- Star Trek where Patrick Stewart changes into a borg.
- That's Life (any)
- Flight simulator approach to twin towers.
- Belovy [The Belovs] Directed by Viktor Kosakovskii, In Russian
with English subtitles, Lendoc Studios, St Petersburg, 1992, Producer
Iurii Filimonov, Photography Leonid Konovalov, Viktor Kosakovskii,
Art direction Galina Potselueva. Fine Cut, BBC2, 27 May 1995,
- 'Animal Passions' is the title of the C4 1998 documentary
on zoophilia / bestiality I would cite as my most bizarre TV viewing
moment - I watched it wondering whether satire had gone one step too
far, or whether I was indeed watching the breaking of yet another
is a good informative (ie non pervy) URL about the programme.
- John Ronson's journey around places in East Anglia with American
Names, I don't know why really as this was a very 'simple' programme
but it has always stuck with me. I like his style of working with
people. I was especially fond of the scene at the end where he held
a really abject party for all the people he'd met - including Woody
the Bear from the Pleasurewoods Park who had recently been demoted
by Mr Blobby in a take over bid. Most recently when Louis
Theroux met the Hamiltons could well be entering my all-time
TV moments list!
- Neil Armstong - landing on the moon.
- Twin Towers
- Partridge Family: "I Can Get it For You Retail"
Determined to buy a mink coat for his mother, Danny recruits Chris
to help him auction off Keith's belongings and locks of hair to the
girls in school. Good popstar adulation scenes.
Writer: Bernard Slade, Director: Russ Mayberry, Additional Cast: Darcy
Klega as First Girl, Amber Smale as Second Girl, Donna Lynn as ten-year-old
Girl, Sari Price as Saleswoman. Song: "Every Little Bit o'You",
music and lyrics by Irwin Levine and L.Russell Brown (located on the
Album "Shopping Bag")
- The Brady Bunch: "Mail Order Hero"
Bobby (the youngest son) has a dream that he's playing football with
Joe Nameth (the Gary Lineker of American Football) and that Joe throws
him the winning touchdown pass. When playing with friends later (he
braggs) and claims to know Joe Nameth. His friends don't believe him.
Cindy (the youngest daughter) overhears the goings-on and feeling
sorry for Bobby writes to Joe, claiming that Bobby is seriously ill.
Her letter succeeds, Joe arrives-to everyone's surprise. When the
scam is confessed Bobby and Cindy get in trouble but Joe understands.
Writer: Martin A.Ragway, Director: Bruce Bilson, Additional Cast:
Joe Nameth (as himself), Tim Herbert as Herb, Larry Michaels as Burt,
Eric Woods as Tom, Kerry Macleane as Eric. Original airdate: 21 September
- Finger Bobs
I used to be in love with finger mouse my sister told me recently,
hum, I love the little ditty 'these hands were made for making and
thats what they must do' it has a sort of tragic double edge to it
- a tone of resignation. Finger mouse would always be sent of to find
different things, soft things, like feathers or hard things like stones
for the puppet master to show us how to be inventive with them, often
this would lead to a story. I think I was always really enthralled
as a child and I still have some finger puppets I made at the time.
- Close Encounters
The scene where the lead character is in his suburban house and he
has destroyed his living room to make this rock formation out of the
furniture and stuff of everyday life. The rock formation somewhere
in the desert is the place where the aliens are going to land and
loads of ordinary people have become obsessed my it's image shape
and form without having seen it, or knowing why. There is a great
moment where he makes the rock out of mashed potatoes in front of
his wife and kids round the dinner table. So we get to the point where
he has ripped up the whole of his living room, (I think his family
have left home by now) he is totally crazed and he stops to look out
of the window at the calm suburban scene below - people mowing there
lawns in lines - then the said land mass appears on TV in the remains
of his room, and so on ... I suppose it just struck a cord of recognition!
- Tomorrow's World April Fool
They pretended that spagetti grew on trees and people believed them.
I think I was just really confused and shocked that you could lie
to everyone on TV on such a serious program, and that the whole country
had been involved in the same April fool. I don't even know if I saw
this I think my mum told me about it.
- Morecombe & Wise with Shirley Bassey