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THE OBSERVER : TV column index by date

ORIGINAL, COMPLETE ABRIDGED or EDITED NO CLIVE THIS WEEK MISSING EDITION
1972 OBSERVER COLUMN TITLE
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 OBSERVER
 PICADOR
VBM / TCB / GTB TITLE
VBM — Visions Before Midnight
TCB — The Crystal Bucket
GTB — Glued to the Box
REMARKS
27 Aug 72  The Perry and Sherry showLate Night Line-Up
Craven Arms
The Vanishing Hedgerows
Dieppe 1942
 Clive James’s debut column
03 Sep 72  Wood Lane’s wonder boysOlympic Games, Munich, Week 1  Auntie goes to Munich  VBM merges 03 Sep & 10 Sep content
10 Sep 72  Mood change at MunichOlympic Games, Munich, Week 2
17 Sep 72  Blockbuster in a mistIf Britain Had Fallen
Late Night Line-Up
World in Action
Midweek
Nationwide
Z-Cars
Softly, Softly
Van der Valk
Betjeman in Australia
A Class by Himself
Miss Great Britain 1972
 Storm over England
24 Sep 72  Compassion in transitThe Block
Late Night Line-Up
The Watercress Girl
The Mill
My Wife Next Door
Home James
Film 72
Midweek
Controversy
01 Oct 72  Confusing the issuesWorld in Action
Midweek
The Bronx Is Burning
A Subject of Struggle
Late Night Line-Up
Mastermind
Out of the Box
Hamlet
Breeze Anstey
War and Peace
08 Oct 72  Dodging the big oneWar and Peace
Six Faces
Rural Rides
Betjeman in Australia
World in Action
Controversy
The Incredible Robert Baldick
Mrs Warren’s Profession
The Millionairess
Peer Gynt
Z-Cars
Softly, Softly
 Overture to War and Peace
15 Oct 72  Bananas with the DuchessThe Duchess of Malfi
Six Faces
The Creditors
The Reporters
Scoop
The Insect Man
Man Alive
World in Action
Panorama
22 Oct 72  Cuddling up with TolstoyWar and Peace  Tolstoy makes TV History
29 Oct 72  Heroes and hardwareColditz
Hedda Gabler
Man Alive
Full House
05 Nov 72  Eating your interviewerLate Night Line-up
Anywhere but England
Weekend World
Full House
12 Nov 72  Hitler turned hoodThe Gangster Show
Looking In
50 Years of Music
Sez Les
Monty Python’s Flying Circus
The Royal Variety Performance
Mastermind
The Ashes of Atlantis
Dead of Night
19 Nov 72  The Great Weariness bogyFilm 72
The Price of Violence
Panorama
One Man’s China
America
A Phoenix Too Frequent
Better than the Movies
Mastermind
The Nine O'Clock News
News at Ten
26 Nov 72  Rattigan revisitedThe General’s Day
World in Action
The Commanders
The Edwardians
Man Alive
The Taming of the Shrew
The Strauss Family
03 Dec 72  Lobbing match over a cat’s-cradleSomething to Say
The Commanders
King Oedipus
The Bankrupt
The Edwardians
America
Omnibus
 Knickers
10 Dec 72  [exists but orig. title unknown]Miss World
Talk-in
But Seriously — It’s Sheila Hancock
The Web
World in Action
Midweek
Man Alive
 Liberating Miss World  Obs issue missing, VBM version temp subst
17 Dec 72  Observer issue missing
24 Dec 72  Observer issue missing
31 Dec 72  Observer issue missing
OBSERVER COLUMN TITLE O P VBM / TCB / GTB TITLE REMARKS
07 Jan 73  Bad for bizAt Last the 1973 Show
Top of the Year
A Star is Born
Dietrich
Love Story
4th M/F. Sh. Flat
Fanfare
Ironside
 A Living Legend
14 Jan 73  The search for HitlerReal Time
The Adventures of Don Quixote
Shakespeare or Bust
Lloyd George
The Death of Adolf Hitler
21 Jan 73  Soap-operatic splendourTwo Old Dears
The Brothers
Conjugal Rights
Land of Green Ginger
Arturo Ui
Monty Python’s Flying Circus
28 Jan 73  When life begins at fiftyKisses at Fifty
Whoops Baghdad
04 Feb 73  Redeeming appearancesZ-Cars
Softly, Softly
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club
Man Alive
All in a Day
Comedy Playhouse
Crosstalk
11 Feb 73  Authority and control(News programme policy)
Song at Twilight
Country Matters
America
War and Peace
Love Story
European Figure Skating
 Several illegible lines
18 Feb 73  Potter’s wheels within wheelsOnly Make Believe
Come Dancing
25 Feb 73  Jokers at workOmnibus
Show of the Week
One Pair of Eyes
A Point in Time
Love Story
For Sylvia, or the Air Show
04 Mar 73  Exaltation on iceWorld Figure-Skating Championships
The Frost Programme
Parkinson
Firing Line
Metro-Land
The Saboteurs of Telemark
Panorama
11 Mar 73  Keeping the weenies quietTop of the Pops
Operation Magic Carpet
Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?
Alias Smith and Jones
My Father Hokusai
Edith Evans
Whicker’s South Seas
 Likely Lads
18 Mar 73  Pins and needlesThe Question of Ulster
Horizon
World in Action
The Pearcross Girls
Country Matters
Enclosed
Hard Labour
Miss England, Miss Scotland and Miss Wales
The Special London Bridge Special
The Kinks In Concert
25 Mar 73  Home fires dampenerThe Maltese Falcon
Pot Black
The World About Us
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Frost
The Sunday Debate
Achilles Heel
Man Above Men
Judas Goat
Man Alive
Ironside
Leap in the Dark
01 Apr 73 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
08 Apr 73 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
15 Apr 73  Caught on the hop by FrostShow of the Week
Open Door
Man Alive
Olga
Midweek
Total Eclipse
Steeleye Span In Concert
Party Political Broadcast
22 Apr 73  Call for the swordsmenPot Black
A Thinking Man as Hero
Panorama
Man Alive
World in Action
29 Apr 73  Olivier’s Great JourneyLong Day’s Journey Into Night
Owen MD
A Thinking Man as Hero
Billy Smart’s Circus
The Old Grey Whistle Test
Menace
06 May 73  Nixon through the night skyRichard Nixon
This Week
World in Action
For the Sake of Appearance
One Pair of Eyes
A Picture of Katherine Mansfield
 Nixon on the skids
13 May 73  It’s Carry On CommentatorThe U-Boat War
Cup Final
Sportsnight
World in Action
The Old Grey Whistle Test
McCartney
The Ascent of Man
That Monday Morning Feeling
Party Political Broadcast
 Harry Commentator
20 May 73  Banging the door openOpen Door
The Philpott File
World in Action
That Monday Morning Feeling
Horizon
The Caucasian Chalk Circle
The Appointment
Between the Wars
Milligan in Spring
27 May 73  Allsop in wild New York CityThe World About Us
Midweek
Man Alive
Panorama
World in Action
The Philpott File
The Team
Kali-Yug, Goddess of Vengeance
Ironside
Metro-Land
Cider with Rosie
Jumping for the Jelly-Beans
03 Jun 73  Nut week’s flying startBBC News
Sodom and Gomorrah
The Citadel
The Phantom of the Opera
Hollywood: The Dream Factory
The Sand Pebbles
Die Entführung aus dem Serail
That’s Life
A Picture of Katherine Mansfield
Pot Black
The Philpott File
The Song of Songs
10 Jun 73  It certainly can be bad, Sport!Reporter At Large
Can’t Be Bad If It’s Sport, Sport
Warship
Three’s One
Omnibus
Charles Darwin Lived Here
The Sky at Night
Cinema
17 Jun 73  Caught by the throatZ-Cars
World in Action
Romantic v. Classic Art
It’s a Knockout
A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night
The Old Grey Whistle Test
M.A.S.H
Sam
The Roses of Eyam
 Eddie Waring Communicates
24 Jun 73  Don’t miss the busSam
Song of Songs
The Energy Crunch
Who Needs a Conductor?
01 Jul 73  [exists but orig. title unknown]Miss TV Times 73
A Kind of Freedom
Divorce His, Divorce Hers
 Kinds of freedom  Observer issue missg, VBM temp subst
08 Jul 73  [exists but orig. title unknown]Panorama
One Pair of Eyes
The World of the Eleventh Duke
 Blue-bloods on parade  Obs issue missg, VBM 08 & 22 Jul temp subst
15 Jul 73  Observer issue missing
22 Jul 73  [exists but orig. title unknown]Panorama
One Pair of Eyes
The World of the Eleventh Duke
 Blue-bloods on parade  Obs issue missg, VBM 08 & 22 Jul temp subst
29 Jul 73  Observer issue missing
05 Aug 73  Observer issue missing
12 Aug 73  Observer issue missing
19 Aug 73  [exists but orig. title unknown]Hadleigh  Squire Hadleigh  Observer issue missg, VBM temp subst
26 Aug 73  [Francis Matthews letter](Letter from Francis Matthews)  Observer issue missing
02 Sep 73  Donny, Spike and all thatTop of the Pops
Milligan in Summer
The Play’s The Thing
The Middle-of-the-road Roadshow for All the Family
High Kampf
Yesterday's Witness
Midweek
The World of Liberace
The Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Miss Great Britain
The Most Magnificent and Expensive Diversion
09 Sep 73  Two sides to the truthMastermind
Controversy
Ten Years On
The Promised Land
16 Sep 73  Moonbase blast-offStar Trek
Moonbase 3
Softly, Softly
Spy Trap
The Death of Glory
Controversy
The Fly
 Drained crystals
23 Sep 73  Solzhenitsyn’s ‘Love Girl’The Love Girl and the Innocent
30 Sep 73  Magnus Polo’s travelsChina
The Unlucky Australians
The Sydney Opera House
07 Oct 73  With Whicker in a gay worldShow of the Week
Whicker Way Out West
China
The Brontës of Haworth
Jane Eyre
14 Oct 73  The phantom PhantomsMidweek
The Horse of the Year Show
Cut and Thrust
Omnibus
The Dragon’s Opponent
The Ballad of Henry Ford
Second House
Aquarius
21 Oct 73  Fighting it out in a sandy seaThis Week
Real Time
The Life Game
Horizon
Helen — A Woman of Today
Spy Trap
Moonbase 3
28 Oct 73  Bus-ride to ArmageddonNews Extra
Nationwide
One Pair of Eyes
Horizon
Panorama
Eastward with Attenborough
Danger — Take Two a Day
Ego Hugo
04 Nov 73  The Borneo bomberEastward with Attenborough
Springhill
Coronation Street
Diana
Thank You, Ron
Jack Point
The World At War
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Quite a Family
The Black and White Minstrel Show
11 Nov 73  The way the war was won?The Way the War was Won
The Book Programme
Horizon
18 Nov 73  Steeplechase to the altarThe Frost Show
(Coverage of Anne & Mark wedding)
 Anne and Mark get married
25 Nov 73  The jolly SwastikaTarget Tirpitz
Midweek
Europa
World Cinema
The World At War
The Runaway
02 Dec 73  The miracle of Sir HughCudlipp and be Damned  Just call me ‘Captain’
09 Dec 73  The golden crumpetThe Golden Bowl
Call My Bluff
Miss London 1973
Sitting on a Fortune
Last Night Another Soldier...
Banzai!
Elton John and Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye To Norma Jean And Other Things
16 Dec 73  Happiness is Flynn-shapedScaramouche
Happy being Happy
The Year of the Torturer
Sunday Night at the London Palladium
23 Dec 73  A distinct shortage of juiceThe Two Ronnies
Anchors Aweigh
Barbra
Spy Trap
30 Dec 73  Anything for a laughCasino Royale
The Fox
Wuthering Heights
The Odd Couple
Modern Times
How the West Was Won
Christmas Music from Lincoln
The Stanley Baxter Big Picture Show
Match of the Day
Morecambe and Wise
Carry On Christmas
Dick Emery
The Benny Hill Show
Kula — a Reason for Giving
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06 Jan 74  Cleo in CuckoolandThe Languages of Animals
News at Ten
Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?
It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum
Cleopatra
Alpha Beta
The World At War
The World About Us
Sporting Superstars
Call My Bluff
13 Jan 74  Through dune and wadiHoliday 74
What’s It All About?
Confrontation at Clay Cross
Cilla
Colditz
Z-Cars
News at Ten
 Earthshrinker
20 Jan 74  Medicine man called GellerOthello
Is Seeing Believing?
News at Ten
Tuesday Documentary
The Lonely Man’s Lover
Vienna 1900
Beryl’s Lot
Cinderella on Ice
 The bending of the spoons
27 Jan 74  Rugby-watcher’s sob-storyFrost’s Weekly
Rugby Special
Dummy Run
Up and Under
Columbo
The Changeling
Within These Walls
Horizon
The World About Us
03 Feb 74  It really is fantastic!All Good Men
Barlow
The Pallisers
The World of Hugh M. Hefner
 More like it
10 Feb 74  Facilitated to deathNationwide
The Brothers
Panorama
Six from Colditz
Barlow
Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?
17 Feb 74  The Merchant of MillerThe Merchant of Venice
The Writing’s on the Wall
Come Dancing
Young Scientists of the Year
 A pound of flash
24 Feb 74  Earnest and the ElectionThe Importance of being Earnest
Come Dancing
Best in the Ballroom
The World At War
World in Action
News at Ten
03 Mar 74  [Election Special, part](General Election coverage)  Page scan incomplete
10 Mar 74  Kahn goes Boom!Midweek
The Future Goes Boom!
Nicol Williamson
The Public's Right to Know
 Hermie
17 Mar 74  Children of the Holy WarWhatever Happened to the Likely Lads?
Children in Crossfire
Napoleon and Love
 Fortune is a woman
24 Mar 74 [No column submitted]  Clive James filming in Paris
31 Mar 74  Enter the ChancellorThe Brothers
Night and Day
Panorama
Electric Folk
Max
Come Dancing
What On Earth Are We Doing?
Four Corners of the Marketplace
The World At War
07 Apr 74  Supercharged SuffragettesThe Pallisers
Shoulder to Shoulder
BBC News Extra
Midweek
The Philpott File
The World About Us
14 Apr 74  Facing our WaterlooEurovision Song Contest  What Katie did
21 Apr 74  Real — but artificialThe Family
Shoulder to Shoulder
The World At War
The Japanese Experience
A Rothschild and his Red Gold
Man Alive
Catholics
On Tour with The Osmonds
Aquarius
Big Bands
Ravel
The Pallisers
28 Apr 74  Barbarity to childrenBaa Baa, Black Sheep
Panorama
Success Story
A Place in History
05 May 74  Noddy and the lunch-breaksSuccess Story
Good Afternoon
Really, Raquel
Federico Fellini
Pot Black
Sportsnight
Jack Charlton — The Boss
 Noddy gets it on
12 May 74  Some Final thoughtsCup Final Knock-Out
Success Story
Full Circle
Panorama
Dear Love
Shoulder to Shoulder
19 May 74  O Lord, preserve usStars on Sunday
See You Sunday
Twelfth Night
Aquarius
Success Story
Lord Peter Wimsey
 Why Viola, thou art updated!
26 May 74 [No column submitted]  Clive James on assignment, USA
02 Jun 74  Consolations from America(Television Advertising)
The Movie Quiz
The Matteotti Affair
Cleo Laine
09 Jun 74  Over-dumb about YogaThe Roots of Yoga
Man Alive
 Wisdom of the East
16 Jun 74  Kick-off at the World Cup sleep-in(World Cup coverage)
Nationwide
The Trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
In Vision
The Living Wall
Search for Life
The Accursed Kings
The Pallisers
23 Jun 74  Black horror showIdi Amin — A Portrait
The Family
Almost a Sickness
Panorama
Man Alive
The Secrets of Sleep
Seven Faces of Woman
Intent to Murder
30 Jun 74  So much for StradivariusThe Tommy Cooper Hour
Thick as Thieves
World Cup
The Couch
Panorama
Horizon
07 Jul 74  One minute of irrelevant silenceWorld Cup
Wimbledon
Panorama
The 1,000 Plane Raid
The Broken Bridge
Man Alive
The Glory That Remains
Sprout
What the Papers Say
14 Jul 74  That old sinking sensationLove from A to Z
Moods of Love
World Cup
The Race for the Double Helix
Panorama
Comedy Playhouse
The Old Grey Whistle Test
I Know What I Meant
Convictions
 Hi! I’m Liza
21 Jul 74  Morecambe, Mercer and WiseAndré Previn Meets...
Omnibus
Centre Play
Horizon
Man Alive
Julia and Dick in Covent Garden
Today
Showjumping from Hickstead
28 Jul 74  Checked and double checkedNews at Ten
Moonwalk One
British Grand Prix
Whicker
The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau
The Ship That Never Sailed
Village Hall
Man Alive
The World About Us
André Previn Meets...
What is Jazz?
04 Aug 74  Sir Lew and the serpent of old NileAntony and Cleopatra
11 Aug 74  Plugged out of the action(Nixon)
News at Ten
Midweek
McCloud
 Exit Tricky Dick
18 Aug 74  From Ulster to the OsmondsOmnibus at the Proms
Ulster — Five Long Years
The Rise and Fall of DDT
The World About Us
We Call Them Killers
The Osmonds
 Hot lolly
25 Aug 74  Fuzz on the screenJustice
Ironside
The Inheritors
The Haggard Falcon
America
Wynford
Pathfinders
 Rough justice
01 Sep 74  Cops and sopranosKojak
The Marcus-Nelson Murders
Till Tomorrow
Julie Andrews and Jackie Gleason Together
Holiday with Strings
The Thirties Revisited
After the Parcel Exploded
Wynford
Preludes
08 Sep 74 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
15 Sep 74 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
22 Sep 74 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
29 Sep 74 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
06 Oct 74  I’d just like to say...Panorama
Softly, Softly
Worldwide: China Today
Twiggs
Father Brown
Campaign Report
The Frost Interview
Microbes and Men
 The Hawk walks
13 Oct 74  The Night of the MachinesElection 74  Bob’s wonderful machines
20 Oct 74  Bees with PhDsSurvival
Getaway
The Frost Interview
Midweek
One Pair of Eyes
Coronation Street
Aquarius
27 Oct 74  For the rest of their livesStill in a Class of Their Own
Panorama
Softly, Softly
Telling It Like It Is
The Case of Eliza Armstrong
Microbes and Men
Jennie
Electra
The Dimbleby Lecture
Heil Caesar
Intimate Strangers
The Unsettled Peace
A Taste of Britain
The Book Programme
Aquarius
Second House
Warship
People and Politics
Sykes
03 Nov 74  Taking it below the chinWorld Heavyweight Boxing Championship
Leeds — United
The Country Girl
The Pallisers
Jennie
Bogeyman - Prophet - Guardian (Schoenberg)
Omnibus
Aquarius
10 Nov 74  Fighting over foodHorizon
Panorama
World in Action
Globe Theatre: Smog
Who is Buying Up Britain?
Eliza Armstrong
This Week
Aquarius
World Wide
Victor Borge
Monty Python’s Flying Circus
 Several illegible lines
17 Nov 74  In praise of the lordMonty Python‘s Flying Circus
Face Your Image
Notorious Woman
Eliza Armstrong
Softly, Softly
Frost
Disappearing World
Midweek
The Lord Mayot‘s Banquet
 Lord Longford rides again
24 Nov 74  The wind machineThe Weather Machine
The Mighty Continent
Cakes and Ale
Jennie
01 Dec 74  The way Miss World endsMiss World
News at Ten
Man Alive
The Hudson Report
The Selling of Las Vegas
Task Force
Notorious Woman
Disappearing World
08 Dec 74  Blood, toil, tears — and BurtonWalk with Destiny
Jennie
Notorious Woman
Panorama
The World About Us
Disappearing World
15 Dec 74  Knocked out by AliParkinson
Joey
A Passion for Churches
Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?
 Pink predominates
22 Dec 74  Pole-axedNotorious Woman
The Early Life of Stephen Hind
The Four Beauties
David Copperfield
Dad‘s Army
The Sun is God
Inside the News
Panorama
Lifestyle
 Chopin snuffs it
29 Dec 74  Christmas treatsFor This Christmas Only
Ice Station Zebra
The Undefeated
True Grit
Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
The Great Race
Return to the River Kwai
Omnibus
Way Out West
The Golden Girls of Gowrie Beach
The Old Grey Whistle Test
André Previn‘s Christmas Music Night
The Mass of the Nativity
Mastermind
Horizon
The Likely Lads
The Best of Not Only But Also
Dick Emery
Mike Yarwood
Tonight with Danny La Rue
Parkinson Christmas: Morecambe and Wise
Frost
The Bridge on the River Kwai
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05 Jan 75  Drama of JFK’s finest hourOpportunity Knocks
The Missiles of October
Dr Watson and the Darkwater Hall Mystery
Spectacular Britain
Pilger
Robinson Crusoe
Nimmo in Australia
S’Wonderful
The Sweeney
12 Jan 75  This is impossibleMission: Impossible
Columbo
Barlow
In Vision
Horizon
Larger Than Life
Churchill’s People
The Venturers
 Mission Unspeakable
19 Jan 75  Taking the week’s pulseRussell Harty
Horizon
Joby
Mrs Ackland’s Ghosts
Snooker
The After Dinner Game
The Venturers
Panorama
Pilger
After That, This
26 Jan 75  A lesson in great actingSix Million Dollar Man
Panorama
The House on the Hill
The Venturers
Aladdin on Ice
The Apple Cart
Pygmalion
Breath
Man Alive
World in Action
The Love School
02 Feb 75  In case you haven’t heardAkenfield
Aquarius
The Main Event
Parkinson
Churchill’s People
 The Turkey in Winter
09 Feb 75  Getting Mrs T into focusMidweek
World in Action
News Extra
News at Ten
The Love School
Taste for Adventure
Inside Story
 Thatcher takes command
16 Feb 75  Gloriana to the rescueMidweek
Parkinson
This Week
Chronicle
Man Alive
23 Feb 75  Children in the melting-potPanorama
The World’s Worst Air-Crash
The School for Scandal
Sunset Across the Bay
 Many illegible lines
02 Mar 75  It’s all over, IngmarSix Scenes From A Marriage
Horizon
 The higher trash
09 Mar 75  Savaged by dog-loversSecond House
The War That Never Ended
Imagine a City Called Berlin
Omnibus
The Great Dictator
The World About Us
The Venturers
News Review
Birthday Celebration
Rugby Special
16 Mar 75  Fired into operatic orbitWhatever Happened to the Likely Lads?
Patrick Moore’s World Premiere
Panorama
Taste for Adventure
England v West Germany
Honeymoon in the Sky
Kojak
The Six Million Dollar Man
You’re On Your Own
The Sweeney
Z-Cars
23 Mar 75  Hungry worldThe Face of Famine
The Way We Live
Economics of the Real World
World in Action
The Fight Against Slavery
Sportsnight
Come Dancing
30 Mar 75  Wishing you welcomeLate Call
The Eurovision Song Contest
King Lear
Buddy Can You Spare A Dime
The World About Us
06 Apr 75  The agony of VietnamPope Paul’s Easter Mass
Labour Party Political Broadcast
BBC News
News at Ten
The Robe
Camelot
Rio Bravo
Point Blank
The Revivalist
Gala Performance
20th-Century Fox Presents
Remember All The Good Things
One Man’s Week
Man Alive
13 Apr 75  Royal bubble-bathEdward the Seventh
A Legacy
The Brothers
Panorama
Omnibus
Grandstand
20 Apr 75  Suffering the Budget’s birth-pangs(Budget coverage)
World Amateur Latin-American Championships
Survivors
Silverstone 75
27 Apr 75  The main thing about MainThe Main Chance
Sadie It’s Cold Outside
The Good Life
Wodehouse Playhouse
Churchill’s People
World in Action
Edward the Seventh
The Italian Way
Little House on the Prairie
04 May 75  Fleeing and survivingThe Brothers
Survivors
Spy Trap
Six Days of Justice
The Two Deaths of Adolf Hitler
Prepare to Meet Thy Boom
The Seven Black Years
A Portrait of Katherine Mansfield
Twiggy
News at Ten
A Wartime Screen
The Scott Trial
11 May 75  Playing up the plump sideThe Naked Jungle
Cannon
The Girls of Slender Means
Wednesday Love
Scenario: The Peace Game
A Dream of Loving
Wonderful Amy
Horizon
 Killer ants
18 May 75  The need to be everybodyDon’t Quote Me
The Girls of Slender Means
The Male Menopause
World in Action
Inside Story
News at Ten
 What is a television critic?
25 May 75  The Great Re-tread ShowNews Review
OpenDoor
Omnibus
Stavisky
Edward the Seventh
Star Trek
 Some lines illegible
01 Jun 75  Formula for soap operaPrivate Affairs
The Longest Day
How the War Ended
Inside Story
Chastity, Poverty and Obedience
European Champions’ Cup Final
Midweek
08 Jun 75  In the land of TimbuctooThe Tribal Eye
The David Nixon Show
Checkmate
Anno Domini
15 Jun 75  A burning passionCarol’s Story
Mini
Looking for Clancy
The Melting Pot
Helen Reddy
Edward the Seventh
The Tribal Eye
Barbara of the House of Grebe
Horizon
A World of Percussion
 Problem Children
22 Jun 75  Bombing the bombshell imageDon’t Quote Me
News Extra
News at Ten
The Poisoning of Charles Bravo
Only on Sunday
The Shah of Iran
 Biggest bitch in Fleet Street
29 Jun 75  Here is the tennis situationWimbledon
Read All About It
Don’t Ask Me
The Poisoning of Charles Bravo
Looking for Clancy
The Mangling of the Middle Class
Edward the Seventh
The Brothers
06 Jul 75  Beware of the dogsThe Case Against Dogs
World in Action
The Tribal Eye
Panorama
Edward the Seventh
The Poisoning of Charles Bravo
Wimbledon
 Rancid coils
13 Jul 75  Mankind’s perfect petThe Passing of Leviathan
The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau
Yesterday's Witness
The Nearly Man
Feeling His Way
The Last Act
Pilots at Sea
Ben Hall
20 Jul 75  Bognor, here we come!(Apollo-Soyuz Test Project)
Newsround Extra
 Several lines illegible
27 Jul 75  Plugging the new patronageInternational Horse of the Year Show
International Motor Racing
Johnny Go Home
Eleventh Hour: The Boundary
03 Aug 75  Banging on about booksRead All About It
First Night of the Proms
The Likes of... Lord Hailsham
Horizon
Police Woman
Success Story
The Sky At Night
10 Aug 75 [No edition this week]  Observer not published
17 Aug 75  Reality and the BombTo Die — To Live
The Peter Jay Interview
Second House
Auschwitz
Cannabis
The Likes of... Uri Geller
24 Aug 75  12 years of griefThe Final Solution: Auschwitz  The hard taskmasters
31 Aug 75  Cosmological hokumNews at Ten
News Extra
Oil Strike North
Softly, Softly
Kojak
The Return of Ulysses
The World About Us
07 Sep 75  Ski-ing down EverestThe Man Who Skied Down Everest
Quiller
Angels
14 Sep 75  The perfect butlerTwo’s Company
Angels
Upstairs, Downstairs
Days of Hope
Ben Hall
The Other Half of the Sky
21 Sep 75 [No column submitted]  Clive James in Italy
28 Sep 75  Margot My WayBlue Peter
Angels
Panorama
The Book Programme
Whicker’s World: Vienna
Daft as a brush
Madame Bovary
05 Oct 75  Playing the language gameMaking Faces
Fawlty Towers
Parkinson
Arena
The Book Programme
Madame Bovary
Ben Hall
Girl in a Broken Mirror
 Language games
12 Oct 75  The sandwich-manAquarius
Omnibus
Film Night
Arena
Tonight
The Philpott File
A Little More, Please
Poldark
 Very Peter Hall
19 Oct 75  Deep in a married messPlaintiffs and Defendants
Inside the News
Panorama
Crisis at The Observer
26 Oct 75 [No column submitted]  Clive James on tour
02 Nov 75 [No column submitted]  Clive James on tour
09 Nov 75 [No column submitted]  Clive James on tour
16 Nov 75 [No column submitted]  Clive James on tour
23 Nov 75  O for a glimpse of my friends!(‘Together At Last’ tour with Pete Atkin)
Superstars
Miss World
Angels
The Right to Live, the Right to Die
Twiggy
Arena
30 Nov 75  The prisoners on our conscienceOrders from Above
Q6
Space 1999
 Many lines illegible
07 Dec 75  Pounded by psychic energyInto the Unknown
The Ghost Hunters
Second House
Aquarius
Hell
Robin Hood
Twiggy
The Nearly Man
Through the Night
State of Emergency
Face the Music
14 Dec 75  Week of the RatsRoyal Appointment
Into the Unknown
The Sky at Night
Anno Domini
Nationwide
The Book Programme
Passage to England
Sports Review of 1975
21 Dec 75  Gymnastic kitschInternational Gymnastics
The Naked Civil Servant
The Good Life
The World About Us
The Nearly Man
Rumpole of the Bailey
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Spirit of the Age
28 Dec 75  A touch of menaceThe Queen
Mastermind
Punch Review
Morecambe and Wise
Great Big Groovy Horse
Porridge
It’s a Christmas Knockout
Grandstand
Merry Christmas, Fred, from the Crosbys
Parkinson
Prince Charles, Pilot Royal
Flying Prince of Wildlife
Celebrity Squares
The Generation Game
Lawrence of Arabia
The Lion in Winter
The Agony and the Ecstasy
The Wizard of Oz
Tom Thumb
The Railway Children
The Magic Flute
OBSERVER COLUMN TITLE O P VBM / TCB / GTB TITLE REMARKS
04 Jan 76  The Burke and Burr Laugh-inThe Inventing of America
La Bohème
11 Jan 76  Coward’s tinsel classicBrief Encounter
Panorama
Warship
Tomkinson’s Schooldays
18 Jan 76  Lenny the lecturerNine O'Clock News
The Unanswered Question
Ready When You Are, Mr McGill
The Masque of the Red Death
Ellery Queen
25 Jan 76  A Cambridge generationThe Glittering Prizes
Clayhanger
How Green Was My Valley
Doran’s Box
A Fair Share of What Little We Have
Read All About It
Who Says It Could Never Happen Here
 Schmlittering prizes
01 Feb 76  The comic truthFawlty Towers
The Glittering Prizes
Bouquet of Barbed Wire
A Third Testament
The Brothers
Grease Monkey
Trilby
Decision — Steel
 A Muggeridge fragment
08 Feb 76  Set and match to Miss MacLaine(Shirley MacLaine)
Just a Nimmo
Evening Standard Drama Awards
The Glittering Prizes
Aquarius
Arena
Panorama
15 Feb 76  UnintelligibühlityEarl Wild
Newsday
Olympic Grandstand
News at Ten
Bouquet of Barbed Wire
When the Boat Comes In
Clayhanger
The Brothers
Terra Firma
Nationwide
 Unintelligibühl
22 Feb 76  Feeling disconnectedBBC News
This Week
Breakdown
Death of an Informer
Cilla
The Freddie Starr Show
Parkinson
Match of the Day
 Standing at the window
29 Feb 76  Silly songs and fine folliesA Song for Europe
Rock Follies
The Glittering Prizes
07 Mar 76  This awkward problem of freedomPanorama: Solzhenitsyn
Open Door
 Solzhenitsyn warns the West
14 Mar 76  The man from SpandauNewsday
Second House
The Money Programme
Now Is Too Late
The Brothers
Hadleigh
Today
Nationwide
 Hitler’s Faults
21 Mar 76  Prize performanceThe British Screen Awards
In Praise of Love
Panorama
Horizon
Hearts and Minds
Tonight
28 Mar 76 [No column submitted]  Clive James in Australia
04 Apr 76 [No column submitted]  Clive James in Australia
11 Apr 76 [No column submitted]  Clive James in Australia
18 Apr 76 [No column submitted]  Clive James in Australia
25 Apr 76  BronsonisedThe Brothers
The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
A Much Maligned Monarch
Sunshine in Brixton
Camille
Survival
The Benny Hill Show
Luke’s Kingdom
The Man Alive Report
The Burke Special
Just a Year
02 May 76  Writing by numbersQB VII
Chronicle
Pilger in Australia
 The QB VII travesty
09 May 76  Wotting notSign of the Pagan
Hadleigh
Cup Final Grandstand
Royal Festival Hall
Panorama
The Nine O'Clock News
Horizon
Discovery
Man Alive
This Week
Nurse of the Year
Inside Story
The Pattern of Beauty
16 May 76  Stationary kicksCome Dancing
Cannon
Star Trek
Spitfire!
Discovery
Spirit of ’76
Shuttlecock
This Week
Worldwide
Omnibus
23 May 76  Klonged on the headDiscovery
The House on the Klong
The Nicest Man in the World
Whicker Down Under
Spirit of ’76
 Cant-struck
30 May 76  The ReaperHorizon
Bayreuth
Benny Lynch
Whicker
Spirit of ’76
06 Jun 76  Blowing a BloomsburySecond House
Dangerous Knowledge
Dad’s Army
Porridge
Gianni Schicchi
Hadleigh
 Hoggart on class
13 Jun 76  Windy PhenomenonThe Roussos Phenomenon
Bill Brand
Angola — Spring 1976
A Home Like Ours
News at Ten
The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau
 Larger than life
20 Jun 76  Hardware heroesThe Six Million Dollar Man
Come Dancing
This Week
Whicker
Stop to Think
Horizon
The Conservative Party Political Broadcast
Pot Black
Newsday
 March of the androids
27 Jun 76  Matter of black and whiteTonight
The Editors
The Changes
Clayhanger
Omnibus
04 Jul 76  Serving at 140 mphWimbledon
The World About Us
The Editors
Destination America
The Battle of the Somme
Omnibus
The Explorers
David Munrow
The Shadow Line
11 Jul 76  Flash to Dr WhoFlash Gordon
Doctor Who
The Great American Picure Show
Bill Brand
The Philpott File
Eleanor and Franklin
A Royal Pursuit
 Mutiny in the Furnace Room
18 Jul 76  Horsiness and homageThe Queen’s Garden
The Nine O'Clock News
The Royal International Horse Show
The Golden Trashery of Ogden Nashery
Rembrandt
Rich Man, Poor Man
Last Hours Before Morning
Bert D’Angelo
25 Jul 76  Frank & David & Alan & RonOlympic Games
Rich Man, Poor Man
Orde Wingate
Seaside Special
Second House
The Madness
The World About Us
01 Aug 76  Olympic absolutesOlympic Games
Remembering the Thirties
Panorama
 Onward to Montreal
08 Aug 76  Paean to the military qualitiesOrde Wingate
Sailor
Who Said That?
Call My Bluff
Face to Face
Forty Years
Word of Mouth
It’s Childsplay
15 Aug 76  Thoughts of Idi and AdolfLate Night Extra
The World At War
Collision Course
This is Waugh
22 Aug 76  A load of burst balloonsLook Stranger
The Girls of Slender Means
Bill Brand
This is Waugh
Inside Story
Sailor
29 Aug 76  Blood, Bron and black-outsThe World in a Box
The Blood Donor
This is Waugh
If You Knew Susie
Inside Medicine
Don’t Shoot the Ref!
05 Sep 76  The rebellion that can’t be stopped This Week
What Do You Think Of It So Far?
Tito Gobbi’s Tuscan Summer
12 Sep 76  Back to ‘The Brothers’The Brothers
Softly, Softly
Within These Walls
The Duchess of Duke Street
What the Papers Say
19 Sep 76  Wet lipsThe Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
Bar Mitzvah Boy
Panorama
The Rise of Mao Tsetung
26 Sep 76  Speaking personallyPilger
ITV, This Is Your Life
Three Days in Szczecin
Tonight
I, Claudius
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Rogue Male
Summer of 76
03 Oct 76  The Britting of RodRod the Mod Has Come of Age
Newsday
Summer of 76
The Duchess of Duke Street
I, Claudius
The Water Margin
10 Oct 76 [No column submitted]  Clive James on tour
17 Oct 76 [No column submitted]  Clive James on tour
24 Oct 76 [No column submitted]  Clive James on tour
31 Oct 76 [No column submitted]  Clive James on tour
07 Nov 76  Wisdom of the EastThe Water Margin
The New Avengers
The Gemini Man
(Jimmy Carter)
The Kissinger Years
Tonight
14 Nov 76  David and the machinesPanorama
Billion Dollar Bubble
The Memory of Justice
I, Claudius
Stars on Sunday
Anno Domini
 The Weld this Week
21 Nov 76  Sir Oswald’s WhoppersTonight
I, Claudius
The Brothers
Miss World
The Royal Variety Performance
 The Truly Strong Man
28 Nov 76  Patrick and the luteFace the Music
The Lively Arts
The Violins of Saint Jacques
Onegin
The Barber of Seville
Read All About It
The Book Programme
Tonight
Aquarius
Abide With Me
Kennedy’s Been Shot
 Patrick’s invisible lute
05 Dec 76  A load of punkToday
Tonight
Horizon
12 Dec 76  Last of the RomansI Claudius
Laurence Olivier Presents: The Best Play of the Year 19__
Madame Butterfly
The Big Time
Dickens of London
The Immigrants
Angels
Tonight
Panorama
19 Dec 76  Dish of Southern fried turkeyCat on a Hot Tin Roof
Lady of the Camellias
Panorama
Horizon
Fear On Trial
 Over the Tarp
26 Dec 76 [No edition this week]  Observer not published
OBSERVER COLUMN TITLE O P VBM / TCB / GTB TITLE REMARKS
02 Jan 77  And now ... Supermind!Mastermind
Liberal Party Political Broadcast
Supermind
The Superstars
The John Curry Spectacular
This Week
Pleasure at Her Majesty’s
Morecambe and Wise
Stanley Baxter’s Christmas Box
Private Lives
Five Easy Pieces
La Grande Illusion
Kismet
A Man For All Seasons
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Airport
Solomon and Sheba
 Supermind, Superbody
09 Jan 77  Hero of Our TimeThis Week
The Secret War
The Secret War of Dr Jones
What Choice For Your Child Now?
Love On A Gunboat
Survival Special
16 Jan 77  Charlie’s brainless angelsNationwide
Charlie’s Angels
Wings
The Age of Uncertainty
The Lover
Wildlife on One
According to Hoyle
Guilty or Innocent
The Lively Arts
Another Bouquet
23 Jan 77  Holy MosesMoses
Opinion
Stars on Sunday
The Archaeology of the Bible Lands
The Disappearance of Aimee
Norma
The Winslow Boy
Arena: Cinema
30 Jan 77  Matter of rapeDo As I Say
Act of Rape
The Disappearing World
The Velvet Glove
Eleanor Marx
The Age of Uncertainty
Moses
The Muppet Show
06 Feb 77  Hailsham’s royal hooraysPanorama
The Year She Came in
The Key to the Universe
Fathers and Families
Moscow State Circus
 Rings a bell
13 Feb 77  Cloth-cap heroesChronicle
When the Boat Comes In
Holding On
Wings
Just a Nimmo
The Cuckoo Waltz
Robin’s Nest
This Year, Next Year
Another Bouquet
Fathers and Families
Serpico
Omnibus
20 Feb 77  [exists but orig. title unknown]Winifred Wagner
The State of the Nation
Another Bouquet
The Country Wife
 Wini und Wolf  Obs review section missg, TCB temp subst
27 Feb 77  Moses hits the dirtMoses — The Lawgiver
Opinion
The Flying Dutchman
BC
Nationwide
Serpico
Headmaster
 Moses hits the dirt
06 Mar 77  Bumpy landingsThe World Figure Skating Chmpionships
Rodeo Girl
Just William
All You Need Is Love
Panorama
Nationwide
Man Alive
Omnibus
Patterns of Faith
13 Mar 77  Beyond a jokeThree Piece Suite
The Age of Uncertainty
Man Alive
World in Action
America Salutes Jimmy Carter
Romance
Oscar Peterson Invites
All You Need Is Love
20 Mar 77  Odour situationNationwide
Goodbye Longfellow Road
Spend, Spend, Spend
Headmaster
Inside Story
Horses in our Blood
 Odour situation
27 Mar 77  The fallible PopePanorama
The Poisoning of Michigan
Capriccio
Romance
The British Academy Awards
03 Apr 77  The fallible criticThe Best Years?
The World Table Tennis Championships
Nationwide
Panorama
World in Action
Tonight
Come Dancing
The Chancellor of the Exchequer
10 Apr 77  The Grade GospelJesus of Nazareth
The Writing on the Wall
Weekend in Vermont
The Six Million Dollar Man
 The Lew Testament
17 Apr 77  Roots of our timeA Child Of Our Time
Roots
The Fight against Slavery
Jesus of Nazareth
All You Need Is Love
Power Without Glory
 Roots of our time
24 Apr 77 [No column submitted]  Clive James on assignment in USSR
01 May 77  Princely posturesThe Queen’s Silver Jubilee Appeal
The Lively Arts
Tonight
Conservative Party Political Broadcast
Nationwide
Tomorrow’s World
Blind Love
The Country Party
Top of the Pops
Royal Heritage
The Old Grey Whistle Test
08 May 77  A lot of slop-overThe Nixon Interviews
Vienna: The Mask of Gold
Roots
Rock Follies
A Picture of Tom Keating
Sportsnight
 My daughter Tricia
15 May 77  The Son-in-LawThe Question of Broadcasting
The Eurovision Song Contest
Salome
22 May 77  The terrifying truthEveryman
Marriage Guidance
Murder Most English
Heartbreak House
Rich Man, Poor Man
29 May 77  Mass of offencesThe Nixon Interviews
All You Need Is Love
The Lively Arts
London Heathrow
 The Red Sandwich
05 Jun 77  Hail to the HallIt’s A Knockout
Royal Windsor Big-Top
The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Gala
Philby, Burgess and Maclean
City of Dreams
The World About Us
12 Jun 77  This Great DaceFires of Friendship
A Day of Celebration
Nationwide
The Thames Royal River Pageant and Fireworks
Tonight
19 Jun 77  My fall from graisPanorama
Fidel Castro Speaks
Tonight
Ascot
26 Jun 77  Release Bukovsky!Bukovsky
Last Summer
Arena
Alternative 3
The Frost Programme
03 Jul 77  Harry’s WmbldnWimbledon
Tonight
The Hunting of Force Z
The Story of Ruth Ellis
The Frost Programme
Rubens
Grapevine
Everyman
10 Jul 77  Taking a shuftiKossoff and Company
The Frost Programme
Omnibus
Reports Action
Red Alert
For Adults Only
17 Jul 77  Thalassa pottahsA Small City Garden
The Muppet Show
British Open
Test Cricket
A Day in the Life of the World
ITN Story
Panorama
These 25 Years
The Philpott File
The Young Man and the Lion
24 Jul 77  Ransom and the owlThe Royal International House Show
Wildlife on One
A Good Human Story
Ask a Silly Answer
Devenish
Horizon
I, Claudius
Aquarius
84 Charing Cross Road
31 Jul 77  Digesting JapanWorld in Action
Owner Occupied
The Girl Most Likely To...
Marti
The Rather Reassuring Programme
White Rhodesia
The Forties Revisited
The Philpott File
A Chink in the Wall
Double Dare
Ghosts
 A load of chunk
07 Aug 77  Bamber’s GospelThe Christians
Rough Justice
Cannon
The Glory Guys
Seaside Special
Supernatural
News
Festival 77
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Through The Night
Miss Universe
14 Aug 77 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
21 Aug 77  Lament for ElvisThe Christians
Elvis — Loving You
That'’s The Way It Was
Robbie
Hammer and Thistle
28 Aug 77  Woman’s LabMarie Curie
The Case of Yolande McShane
Other Voices
Portrait
The XYY Man
 Woman’s Lab
04 Sep 77  Bonjour twistesseRough Justice
The Foundation
Mastermind
Arlecchio
 Bonjour twistesse
11 Sep 77  The mind-grindThe Krypton Factor
Whicker’s World
Robinson’s Travels
Other Voices
Personal Report
Race
Van der Valk
Portrait
18 Sep 77 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
25 Sep 77 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
02 Oct 77  Nicola KareninaAnna Karenina
Love for Lydia
Russell Harty
The Barry Humphries Show
09 Oct 77  Heaven help weParkinson
The World About Us
The Long Search
Everyman
World in Action
The Labour Party Conference
The Upchat Line
 Heaven help we
16 Oct 77  Water on the brainHorizon
Man from Atlantis
Tonight
The Rockford Files
1990
The World About Us
Sight and Sound in Concert
The Best of Abba
David Essex
Pam Ayres
Nationwide
 Nershment
23 Oct 77  Champagne and subtletyThe Norman Conquests
Stronger Than The Sun
A Little Outing
Ripping Yarns
Fidelio
30 Oct 77  The smell of seaweedThe Question of Faith
Nationwide
Hard Times
Anna Karenina
Shooting the Chandelier
Kilvert’s Diary
Harold and Maude
06 Nov 77  Pulling the plugsMastermind
The Nine O'Clock News
Charlie’s Angels
Hard Times
You Never Can Tell
 A boy forever
13 Nov 77  Hammer and kissesRussian Week
Hammer and Sickle
Boris Godunov
The Nutcracker
Gymnastics: World Championships
Where Karpov is King
The Book Programme
The Money Programme
Dummy
A Prime Minister on Prime Ministers
20 Nov 77  Waffen waffleNews at Ten
Nationwide
Billy
Thames at Six
Labour Party Political Broadcast
The Two Ronnies
Miss World
You Were Never Lovelier
27 Nov 77  The amazing Mark(Mark Phillips)
Nationwide
One Day at a Time
The Other One
Are You Being Served?
The Treasures of Porto Santo
04 Dec 77 [No edition this week]  Observer not published due to strike
11 Dec 77  Chastity pantsRock Follies of 77
Macbeth
Eustace and Hilda
 Chastity pants
18 Dec 77  High-born ladiesOnce Upon A Time ... Is Now
Charades
The Big Time
25 Dec 77 [No edition this week]  Observer not published
OBSERVER COLUMN TITLE O P VBM / TCB / GTB TITLE REMARKS
01 Jan 78  Tellie’s olde rubbisheBing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas
Perry Como’s Olde Englishe Christmas
The Best of Benny Hill
The Best of Stanley Baxter
The Two Ronnies
Mike Yarwood’s Christmas Show
Max’s Holiday Hour
Morecambe and Wise
World of Sport
The Little and Largest Show on Earth
Christmas with The Osmonds
The Guns of Navarone
The Dirty Dozen
Dark Star
Silent Running
Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
The Lively Arts
 Olde rubbishe
08 Jan 78  Soap opera parableWashington: Behind Closed Doors
Professional Foul
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
 Doors
15 Jan 78  Rose Bowl battleGrandstand
The Master Game
The Bronowski Memorial Lecture
Licking Hitler
Propaganda With Facts
Tonight
22 Jan 78  The Arts! The Best!Arena
The South Bank Show
Daphne Laureola
Kissinger on Communism
Men of Ideas
Caught In Time
 Melly’s golden stream
29 Jan 78  Stand by for gungeGrandstand
Wilde Alliance
The Professionals
Blake’s Seven
Gangsters
Doors
The Moneychangers
The Spongers
Scum
 Good hang  TCB merges some 29 Jan with 26 Feb content
05 Feb 78  Top of the popsIn the Looking Glass
Men of Ideas
Panorama
Destiny
Parkinson
12 Feb 78  Mao and Miao-yuUnity Dam
Joris Ivens’s China
Training at the Peking Circus
China Entertains
The Chinese Way
Arena
The Seagull
19 Feb 78  Bad jokes, blind eyesWas it ‘Before Hindsight’?
This Week
Panorama
Behind the Front
The South Bank Show
The Mayor of Casterbridge
Crufts
26 Feb 78  Visions for NellyNationwide
Mexican Madnrss
Ski Sunday
Living in the Past
Q7
 Good hang  TCB merges some 29 Jan with 26 Feb content
05 Mar 78 [No column submitted]  Clive James on assignment in Japan
12 Mar 78 [No column submitted]  Clive James on assignment in Japan
19 Mar 78  Swamped by the samurai(Samurai)
Send In The Girls
Pennies From Heaven
The British Academy Awards
26 Mar 78  Better than nothingGoing Straight
Motor Racing at Silverstone
International Rugby Union
02 Apr 78  That sinking feelingGrandstand
Late Night News
The Rutles
Ulysses
King of Kings
Bernini
The South Bank Show
 Tragic finish
09 Apr 78  Case of TorynitskynConservative Party Political Broadcast
Are We Really Going to be Rich
Horizon
Miss England 1978
The Fiftieth Academy Awards
 Personal freedom
16 Apr 78  Rumpled RumpoleRumpole of the Bailey
The Standard
Quiet as a Nun
The Marriage Counsellor
Angels
Lawrence Durrell’s Egypt
The Back Page
The Muppet Show
The London Weekend Show
23 Apr 78  Talking horse senseThe Badminton Horse Trials
Sportsnight Special: England v. Brazil
The Americans
The Comedy of Errors
Arena
Panorama
30 Apr 78  The Bad Old SoundsThe Eurovision Song Contest
The South Bank Show
The Ragazza
Law and Order
Cold Harbour
 Not by any means full
07 May 78  Mere mortal MansWorld Snooker
Falstaff
Carmen
ITV Playhouse
14 May 78 [No edition this week]  Observer not published due to strike
21 May 78  Plantagenet PlaceThe Devil’s Crown
Man Alive
Faces of Communism
Dance Month
A Month in the Country
La Valse
The Dream
Les Noces
The Bionic Woman
28 May 78  Mr Most fires his RevolverRevolver
Top of the Pops
Don’t Quote Me
Arena
The Pye Television Awards
International Football: Scotland v. England
Panorama
This Week
04 Jun 78  Ballroom baloneyBallroom Dancing Championships
Dance Month
A Month in the Country
Enigma Variations
Leda and the Swan
The World Cup
79 Park Avenue
11 Jun 78  Chewing the sporran(The World Cup coverage)
Wheels
Conservative Party Political Broadcast
 Chewing the sporran
18 Jun 78  Lad from StratfordWill Shakespeare
Wheels
An Englishman’s Castle
Tonight
25 Jun 78  They’re Going MAD!News at Ten
World of Sport
Grandstand
The South Bank Show
Newsday
The Nuts and Bolts of the Economy
 Something of themselves
02 Jul 78  Wonderful WmlnWimbledon
Panorama
Palestine
09 Jul 78  Desperate about DanWimbledon 78
The Foundation
The Devil’s Crown
Spaceships of the Mind
16 Jul 78  Liberated SistersGolden Gala
Wonder Woman
The Kenny Everett Video Show
Palestine
 Unbearable suffrage
23 Jul 78  Carry on CreatingBest Sellers: A Testimony of Two Men
Clouds of Glory
Will Shakespeare
Multi-Racial Britain
Thames at Six
Nationwide
Rhythm on Two
Elkie & Co.
 Carry on creating
30 Jul 78 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
06 Aug 78 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
13 Aug 78 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
20 Aug 78 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
27 Aug 78 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
03 Sep 78  [exists but orig. title unknown]The Incredible Hulk
Out
Z-Cars
Jane Fonda
 Green beef  Obs review section missg, TCB temp subst
10 Sep 78  Road to AuschwitzHolocaust  Holocaust
17 Sep 78  Boredom enigmaHorizon
Skateboard Kings
Beneath the Pennines
Stalin
Panorama
Live from the Proms
 Manganese nodules
24 Sep 78  The Pinter sistersLangrishe, Go Down
Disraeli
Dallas
Crest of a Wave
Cooper — Just Like That
01 Oct 78  Horowitz in his heavenHorowitz
Wuthering Heights
Lillie
Lady Caroline Lamb
The Foundation
Tycoon
Albion in the Orient
Must Wear Tights
LingLongaMax
Fairies
Something’s Wrong
08 Oct 78  Wuthering DepthsWuthering Heights
Do You Remember Vietnam?
No Man’s Land
Fearless Frank
Luigi Nono
 Wuthering depths
15 Oct 78  Our bionic heroThe Six Million Dollar Man
Fantasy Island
Bruce Forsyth’s Big Night
The World About Us
22 Oct 78  Achtung! OTRAG!Panorama
Connections
Nina
29 Oct 78  Wilde and Whistler ShowLillie
The World About Us
Omnibus
Lust for Life
Panorama
Victims of Apartheid
 Wilde and Whistler
05 Nov 78  A case of the jittersThe Voyage of Charles Darwin
World Gymnastics
 Voyage of the Beagle
12 Nov 78  Blood and gutsThe Body in Question
Dylan
Edward and Mrs Simpson
 Blood and guts
19 Nov 78  Tearful occasionMiss World
Botanic Man
The Voyage of Charles Darwin
The Body in Question
BBC News
Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em
The Royal Veriety Performance
 Howareowebees
26 Nov 78  Getting away with murderHorizon
World in Action
The World About Us
A Winter’s Journey
Top of the Pops
 Dr Beckman’s apparatus
03 Dec 78  Existentialist actorKean
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Charlie’s Angels
 Jean-Paul Kean
10 Dec 78  The fantastic voyageThe Voyage of Charles Darwin
Romeo and Juliet
Me, I’m Afraid of Virginia Woolf
 Island of the stud tortoises
17 Dec 78  Disco dementiaThe World Disco Dancing Championships
Lohengrin
Richard II
 The flying feet of Frankie Foo
24 Dec 78  Alpine idiociesChristmas Showtime Soecial
Ski Sunday
A Few of Our Favourite Things
Lillie
Thank You, Comrades
Edward and Mrs Simpson
31 Dec 78  Sound of JulieThe Sound of Music
El Cid
The French Connection
Charade
The Battle of the Bulge
Custer
Diamonds Are Forever
Carefree
Swing Time
Morecambe and Wise
The Two Ronnies
This Is Your Life
 Underneath her wimple
OBSERVER COLUMN TITLE O P VBM / TCB / GTB TITLE REMARKS
07 Jan 79 [No column submitted]  Clive James on assignment in Rome
14 Jan 79  Banker BarkworthTelford’s Change
Callas
The White Tribe of Africa
TV Eye
Our People
Morecambe and Wise at the BBC
Top of the Pops
21 Jan 79  Freezing situation(Michael Fish)
Ski Sunday
Superstars
Grandstand
Match of the Day
Play of the Month
 Freezing fog situation
28 Jan 79  Gorgeous varietyLife on Earth
The Aphrodite Inheritance
The Library of Congress
Once in a Lifetime
 Life on earth
04 Feb 79  Crumbling CrowdThe Old Crowd
Blue Remembered Hills
Man Alive
The Fishing Race
The Great Egg Race
 Exploring the Medium
11 Feb 79  Enoch’s answerThe Parliamentarians
The Voysey Inheritance
The Rockford Files
Twenty Years On
Rebecca
18 Feb 79  The true artistsOmnibus
Tiswas
Multi-Coloured Swap Shop
The Muppet Show
Julius Caesar
Panorama
American Short Stories
World Championship Darts
25 Feb 79  For good measureWorld of Sport
Seven Seas to Calais
Shakespeare in Perspective
Measure for Measure
One Fine Day
Where We Live Now
Too Good to be True
The Kenny Everett Video Show
Circus World Championships
 No credit for Puccini
04 Mar 79  Squirrel NuttgensWhere We Live Now
The South Bank Show
The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eighth
Telford’s Change
Youngblood Hawke
11 Mar 79  Belfast dreamerI’m a Dreamer, Montreal
Degree of Uncertainty
The Serpent Son
Life on Earth
 Kodswallop
18 Mar 79  The sorry SerpentThe Serpent Son
David Frost’s Global Village
Omnibus
Arena
25 Mar 79 [No column submitted]  Clive James on assignment in USA
01 Apr 79  You gonna know!(American TV)
Blankety Blank
Arena
Omnibus
 You gonna know!
08 Apr 79  Sense of justiceKing
Carmen Jones
Carmen
The National Skating Association Centenary Gala
Malice Aforethought
15 Apr 79  O’er col and cwmThe Fifty-First Hollywood Academy Awards
The British Rock and Pop Awards
Everest Unmasked
The Wings of the Dove
Wings Over the World
 That’s right, yeah
22 Apr 79  Of Bach and BergJesus of Nazareth
Jesus Christ Superstar
The Greatest Story Ever Told
The St Matthew Passion
Lulu
Do the Thing Properly
Cosi fan tutte
David Frost’s Global Village
Portrait of a ‘Terrorist’
The Book Programme
29 Apr 79  Super-snookersWorld Championship Snooker
Badminton Horse Trials
After Julius
It’s About Time
The Benny Hill Show
Q8
06 May 79  Swingomania(Election coverage)  Busy old night
13 May 79  Lashings of styleDesign for Living
Man Without a Star
Attila the Hun
A Fire in the Sky
 Zorba the Hun
20 May 79  Football funniesThe FA Cup Final
Crossroads
A Family Affair
The Word
The Fifties
Journey Through the Human Body
The Clone Affair
Omnibus
27 May 79  The great LenyaNews at Ten
Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht: A Salute
Omnibus
Horizon
03 Jun 79  Undying HopeNationwide
Bob Hope at the London Palladium
The Word
Centennial
Crime and Punishment
The South Bank Show
Grandstand: England v. Scotland
 While there’s Hope
10 Jun 79  The Great HwanEurogala
The Guinea Pig Club
Camera
Tennis to Win
17 Jun 79  Votes for BabsDecision for Europe
Tonight
Red Alert
Bombers
The Paper Chase
The Deep Concern
24 Jun 79  The work of SatanPanorama
Yesterday’s Witness
Rumpole of the Bailey
 Not the chief
01 Jul 79  Days of Dan(Wimbledon coverage)
The Mallens
Women in Captivity
 Carpenter the Rain King
08 Jul 79  Last British HopeWimbledon
International Athletics
The French Grand Prix
The Wooldridge View
 Immaculate length of Borg
15 Jul 79  Baebius lives!News at Ten
Outcasts on the China Seas
Panorama
State of the Nation
TV Eye
 Baebius lives!
22 Jul 79  Nucular GoldBBC News
News at Ten
The Royal Tournament
The Wooldridge View
Murder at the Wedding
Der Rosenkavalier
Gossip from the Forest
29 Jul 79 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
05 Aug 79 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
12 Aug 79 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
19 Aug 79 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
26 Aug 79 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
02 Sep 79  Great stone!Hitler — A Film From Germany
International Curling
Brecht and Co.
Circuit Eleven Miami
The Mini
The Half Million Pound Magic Carpet
 I’m a star!
09 Sep 79  Hail and farewellMiss United Kingdom
The Pirate
Prince Regent
16 Sep 79  Plonking purgatoryThe Italian Grand Prix
Tomorrow’s World
Nationwide
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Public School
Ring of Bright Water and Beyond
 Plonking
23 Sep 79  The genuine jogger(President Carter)
Something Else
The Labour Party Political Broadcast
Panorama
Bloody Ivory
Frederick Ashton
 Joggers
30 Sep 79  West wins throughChurchill and the Generals
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Panorama
 Black dog
07 Oct 79  Marginally betterGrand Prix
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Angels
Roadshow Disco
Friday Night ... Saturday Morning
Soho After Dark
Mastermind
International Show Jumping
14 Oct 79  Carry on Trekkies!Star Trek
Something Else
Roadshow Disco
Mainstream
Panorama
Tosca in Tokyo
 Negative, Captain
21 Oct 79  Harold and HarryFriday Night ... Saturday Morning
Shirley Williams in Conversation
Newsweek
Penmarric
The Camerons
Discovering English Churches
 Really terrible
28 Oct 79  Monster’s returnQuatermass
3-2-1
Blankety Blank
Prince Regent
To the Manor Born
Not the Nine O'Clock News
Ripping Yarns
Question Time
Ike
Mainstream
Survival
04 Nov 79  Sorry, Quaterfans!Quatermass
Kissinger and Frost
Year Zero
Panorama
 Maging a moggery
11 Nov 79  Lord, deliver usNationwide
Testament of Youth
The Magic of Dance
Kitty: Return to Auschwitz
 Mother of Shirley Williams
18 Nov 79  Beauty and the BeebMiss World 1979
News at Ten
Mastermind
The Arts of Chinese Communism
School Play
Billy
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
 Miss World and Mrs Mao
25 Nov 79  Getting in a panicThe Dimbleby Lecture
Top of the Hill
02 Dec 79  All the AnthonysSuez 1956
Testament of Youth
Nancy
Platform One
 All the Anthonys
09 Dec 79  In deepest DallasNationwide
Dallas
The South Bank Show
Mainstream
 Out to lernch
16 Dec 79  Dashing downhillSki Sunday
Sports Review of 1979
Sportsnight
Henry IV, Part 1
Shakespeare in Perspective
The South Bank Show
Charlie Muffin
 Quite slim indeed
23 Dec 79  St Vitus’s gospelA Famous Journey
Henry IV, Part 2
The South Bank Show
World of Sport
The World Disco Dancing Championship
Robinson’s Travels
Before the Monsoon
 St Vitus’s gospel
30 Dec 79  Santa and the SeedThe Tamarind Seed
The Go-Between
Cleopatra
Ben-Hur
Where Eagles Dare
The Poseidon Adventure
Let It Be
My Fair Lady
The Knowledge
Christmas with Eric and Ernie
The Sting
The Dick Cavett Magic Show
Parkinson
This Is Your Life
 Santa and the Seed
OBSERVER COLUMN TITLE O P VBM / TCB / GTB TITLE REMARKS
06 Jan 80 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
13 Jan 80  School for scandalTop of the Pops
Hollywood
The War School
Man Alive
20 Jan 80  Cultural divisions(Pink Floyd)
Public School
Spirit of Asia
Panorama
World in Action
Dreams of Leaving
27 Jan 80  In the doghouseTraining Dogs the Woodhouse Way
Man Alive
Gentle Folk
Blind Ambition
The Lynda Carter Special
 Scoop it!
03 Feb 80  Question of qualityNewsnight
Pride and Prejudice
The Misanthrope
Public School
10 Feb 80  Blake’s balderdashBlake’s Seven
The Moonies
Instant Enlightenment Including VAT
Hollywood
Movie Showcase
Watch This Space
Company and Co.
 Face your dog
17 Feb 80  Power-house FrankLiberace’s Valentine Night Special
Frank Sinatra — The First Forty Years
The Enigma
Very Like A Whale
 Ultimately and forever
24 Feb 80  The British Miracle(Winter Olympic Games coverage)  Cold gold
02 Mar 80  The washed-up catNationwide
Open University
Free to Choose
The Tempest
Just for Today
Secret Orchards
A Gift from Nessus
 Washed-up cat
09 Mar 80  Woodhouse walkiesTraining Dogs the Woodhouse Way
Charlie’s Angels
Change of Direction
Dallas
Public School
The Lost Boys
Parting Shots From Animals
The Brinsworth Tribute Show
The South Bank Show
What the Papers Say
 Woodhouse walkies
16 Mar 80  Beautiful bear-hugRussian — Language and People
Thérèse Raquin
The Best of Friends
Horizon
Come On, Cousins!
Training Dogs the Woodhouse Way
 Tanya talks Russian
23 Mar 80  Shadows in UlsterShadows on our Skin
Omnibus
China
Writers and Places
Thérèse Raquin
The Real Thing
 Three famous, three high
30 Mar 80  God help EuropeThe Real Thing
A Song For Europe
The Kenny Everett Video Show
World in Action
Bloody Kids
Thérèse Raquin
 Your brain’s got it wrong
06 Apr 80  Flashing frost-biteNews at Ten
Newsnight
The Grand National
Lucrezia Borgia
Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?
 Nude bathing in Britain
13 Apr 80  Master of the worldMastermind International
Fox
Dallas
The South Bank Show
Red Roses For Me
The Silver Tassie
Ain’t Many Angels
A Man Called Intrepid
20 Apr 80  So long, Jeanne-PaulThe Executioner
The Rear Column
Whicker’s World: California
Lou Grant
Newsnight
The Academy Awards
 Moral imagination
27 Apr 80  Armless in ChinaTV Eye
The Imitation Game
The World Professional Snooker Championship
Pot Black
Manon Lescaut
Gates of Eden
World of Sport
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
The White Bird Passes
 All fingers and toes
04 May 80  Blitzed by the ATSThe World Professional Snooker Championship
The Philpott File
 Oodnadatta Fats
11 May 80  Going with a bangNewsnight
’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
The Book Programme
Panorama
 How do you feel?
18 May 80  The girls — and LenMiss Great Britain 1980
The Nine O’Clock News
The Flying Machines of Ken Wallis
Whicker’s World
The FA Cup Final
25 May 80  Cutting a fine caperMurphy’s Stroke
Rock Athlete
Fred Dibnah, Steeplejack
Frontier
Hollywood Nights
 Master stroke
01 Jun 80  JR bites the dustThe Nine O’Clock News
Shakespeare in Perspective: Hamlet
Hamlet
As the Japanese Like It
The South Bank Show
 Someone shart JR
08 Jun 80  Chaos situationsNancy Mitford
The Levin Interviews
World in Action
The Nine O’Clock News
Nearly a Happy Ending
Panorama
Coronation Street
Dunkirk
World of Sport
 Idi in exile
15 Jun 80  Football fanaticismNewsnight
News at Ten
Question Time
Platform One
Saturday Night at the Mill
The Wind and the Lion
It’ll Be Alright on the Night
The South Bank Show
22 Jun 80  This sporting lifeThe European Football Championship
The Crossley Carpets Tennis Trophy
The Stella Artois Grass Court Championship
The United States Open Golf Championship
Wonder Woman
Q9
Love Among the Artists
Inside a Multinational
Thames Report
Panorama
Barney Miller
Taxi
Lou Grant
29 Jun 80  Bouncing raindropsWimbledon
Borg
In Evidence
Dance Month
I Am A Dancer
No Maps on My Taps
You’ll Never Get Rich
 Hrry Crpntr
06 Jul 80  That little bit extraWimbledon
Buccaneer
Only in America
Thames Report
The Big Time
 Borg’s little bit extra
13 Jul 80  What a gentleman!Wimbledon
Galileo
Young Joe
Love Among the Artists
Nationwide
20 Jul 80  Rampant DallasitisDallas
Knot’s Landing
Nationwide
The Big Time
Panorama
Golf: The Open
 Big-time Sue
27 Jul 80 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
03 Aug 80 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
10 Aug 80  Back to RamesesI Have Seen Yesterday
Montaillou
Women of Courage
Inside Story
 There is no death
17 Aug 80  Donging the gongJeux Sans Frontières
The Martian Chronicles
The Christians
William Cowper in Olney
 You tested the gyroscope?
24 Aug 80 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
31 Aug 80  Cash of the DayShowjumping from Hickstead
Match of the Day
The Martian Chronicles
The Legend of Walks Far Woman
Mork and Mindy
Roustabout
News at Ten
Newsnight
Chaos Supersedes Ensa
The British Greats
Betjeman’s Britain
Ladies from Hell
Swan Lake
Miss United Kingdom
 A horse called Sanyo Music Centre
07 Sep 80 [No column submitted]  Clive James on assignment in USA
14 Sep 80  Lethal frivolitiesLou Grant
The Miracle Workers
Invitation to the Dance
Cambodia: Year One
Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World
Mackenzie
 This false peace
21 Sep 80  Deep-sea spaghettiThe World About Us
Panorama
Spitfire MII 434
The Battle of Britain
Blitz on Britain
Horizon
News at Ten
Langrishe, Go Down
Peter Cook & Co.
Morecambe and Wise
Flickers
We, The Accused
Mackenzie
 Bottom of the sea
28 Sep 80  The master builderMackenzie
The Greeks
Parkinson
 Bouquet of barbed haggis
05 Oct 80  Torture by TelethonTelethon
The Shock of the New
Rex Whistler
The President’s Son of a Bitch
Battlestar Galactica
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Lynda Carter Encore
 Thank you, wow
12 Oct 80  High-speed maggotsHorizon
News Headlines
Rock Around the Clock
Heroes of Rock ’n’ Roll
Jailhouse Rock
Kate Bush in Concert
Shadows of Light
Making ‘The Shining’
 Fast maggots
19 Oct 80  Heart of the matterPanorama
Goodbye Gutenberg
Weekend World
World of Sport
UK Disco Championships
Best of British
Forgive Our Foolish Ways
 Donor kebab
26 Oct 80 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
02 Nov 80  Mary and the factsBritain’s Strongest Man
Question Time
Newsnight
Weekend World
Rain on the Roof
Not the Nine O’Clock News
The Sky at Night
Newsnight
Lord Mountbatten Remembers
Oppenheimer
Battlestar Galactica
 Very lovely salver
09 Nov 80  Night of the bluesNewsnight
In Evidence — The Bomb
Oppenheimer
Cream in my Coffee
Great Railway Journeys of the World
 Good lug
16 Nov 80  The talking ducksThe Shock of the New
Miss World
Rabbit Pie Day
Horizon
The Waterfall
 I am a tropical fish
23 Nov 80  Taming Rod’s tigerRussell Harty
Français, si vous saviez
International Tennis
The Waterfall
 Not psychic myself
30 Nov 80  Heroes on wheelsDallas
Mackenzie
The Waterfall
Oppenheimer
World of Sport
Shoestring
Not the Nine O’Clock News
The Royal Variety Performance
 Back in showbiz
07 Dec 80 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
14 Dec 80 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
21 Dec 80 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
28 Dec 80 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
OBSERVER COLUMN TITLE O P VBM / TCB / GTB TITLE REMARKS
04 Jan 81  Pumping out pulp(Australian Television)
In This Your Honour
The Kenny Everett New Year’s Daze Show
The Old Grey Whistle Test
A Happy New Year
Papillon
Doctor Zhivago
Parkinson
11 Jan 81  Womb with a viewAn Everyday Miracle
Ski Sunday
The Tales of Hoffmann
All’s Well That Ends Well
The History Man
Triangle
 Yes sir, that’s my foetus
18 Jan 81  Auschwitz nightmarePlaying for Time
The Troubles
Robert Kee’s Ireland
Panorama
 While the music lasts
25 Jan 81  Heavy with SnowThe Night Visitor
The Treachery Game
The Nine O’Clock News
Nationwide
Ironside
Did You See...?
Wolcott
Babylon
Parkinson
 Snow job
01 Feb 81  Mass in the crevasseNationwide
Labour Party Conference
Weekend World
Panorama
The History Man
Solo
Second Chance
Grace Kennedy
Russell Harty
The Restless Eye
The World About Us
 Mass in the crevasse
08 Feb 81  Robin and the bulletsQuestion Time
Degas
Triangle
Cover
Partners
Ski Sunday
Sportsnight
 Ferry funny
15 Feb 81  Turning bright yellowNationwide
Triangle
Horizon
Beloved Enemy
Man Alive
TV Eye
Wildlife on One
The Winter’s Tale
 Paint it yellow
22 Feb 81  Bomb-happy ColonelsThe World About Us
The South Bank Show
The Kamikaze Ground Staff Reunion Dinner
 The Colonels are nuts
01 Mar 81  On the Charles trailNationwide  Wedding announcement
08 Mar 81  An admirable AdrianaThe Glazebrook Touch
Second Chance
Hi-De-Hi!
Fawlty Towers
Man Alive
The Kilnsey Show
 Bovis and Basil
15 Mar 81 [No column submitted]  Clive James on assignment in New York
22 Mar 81  The Whacky World(American TV)
Muggeridge Ancient and Modern
Open Secret
Newsnight
TV Eye
Man Alive
Nationwide
Top of the Pops
 Whacky world of weather
29 Mar 81  Exporting our secretsNews at Ten
After the Awards
Unity
Only a Game
Horizon
 Beastly to everybody
05 Apr 81  Fingers on the triggerPebble Mill at One
TV Eye
An Actor’s Life For Me
The Academy Awards
News at Ten
Bavarian Night
12 Apr 81  English as she is sungNews at Ten
The Eurovision Song Contest
(The Boat Race)
Cupid’s Darts
Omnibus
 Actual flow
19 Apr 81  Fun ride in spaceTomorrow’s World
Horizon
The Sky at Night
The Good Soldier
Dallas
The Life and Times of Lloyd George
 Hail Columbia!
26 Apr 81  The Grand InquisitorsOmnibus
The Crucible
The Life and Times of Lloyd George
World Championship Snooker
Baby Talk
 Steve doesn’t smoke
03 May 81  The Chinese connectionThe South Bank Show
Breador Blood
The Chinese Detective
Man Alive
The Crime of Captain Colyhurst
Lion
Hockney At Work
 Ho ho!
10 May 81  From Levin to LeakeyThe Levin Interviews
The Making of Mankind
Bread or Blood
Heroes
Hindsight
Arms and the Man
A Streetcar Named Desire
17 May 81  Instant horrorPlatform One
Jim’ll Fix It
Antony and Cleopatra
Jonathan Miller Directs
24 May 81  No joking matterDid You See...?
Private Schulz
People from the Forest
Barry Norman on Broadway
Right Royal Company
Personal Pleasures
Grand Prix
 No kidding
31 May 81  Snap judgmentsSnowdon on Camera
Goodbye Darling...
Rod Stewart
Rockstage
Loretta
The Pursuit of Power
 Three dots for suspense
07 Jun 81  Just good friendsGoodbye Darling...
World Cup Grandstand
Question Time
Weekend World
Landseer
Grand Prix
 Two goals down
14 Jun 81  Prejudicial furyWhere It Matters
Platform One
Tennis 81
The Stella Artois Grass Court Championships
The Caretaker
The Making of Mankind
 Forbidden kiss
21 Jun 81  Satirical shotsA Town Like Alice
John Keats
Big Blonde
28 Jun 81  The SS criminalsSS
The Levin Interviews
International Golf: The US Open
Henry VIII
TV Eye
Cosmos
Wimbledon
 Them again
05 Jul 81  Dan’s winning lobWimbledon  Dan’s winning lob
12 Jul 81 [No column submitted]  Clive James on assignment in New York
19 Jul 81  The riot reportsWar on Crime
Close
Cosmos
Rush
 Heavenly pink light
26 Jul 81  Mr Bellini’s BritainNewsnight
Rule Britannia
Bellamy’s Backyard Safari
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Masterclass
A Ferry Ride Away
Sports Special
The Editors
Under the Weather
02 Aug 81  The Day the World WatchedThames News
Nationwide
A Prince for Our Time
HRH The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer
Nationwide
The Royal Fireworks
 Wedding of the century
09 Aug 81  Load of BagwashThe God That Fled
Checkpoint Berlin
Under The Weather
The South Bank Show
Spearhead
The Editors
 The Bagwash speaks
16 Aug 81  Amok in the MedSeagull Island
Prostitute I Am — Common I’m Not
Ready When You Are, Mr de Mille
Elvis Lives
Face The Press
Rigoletto
 Lindi’s built-in barbecue
23 Aug 81  To have or have notThe Flame and the Arrow
Rule Britannia
The Shattered Dream
A Town Like New Orleans
Richard’s Things
Flamingo Road
Condominium: When the Hurricane Struck
 Ideological intervention, man
30 Aug 81 [No column submitted]  Clive James on holiday
06 Sep 81  Strong medicineFlamingo Road
Medical Express
The Flame Trees of Thika
Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Mourning Becomes Elektra
Masters of Modern Sculpture
Shoestring
Callan ... Wet Job
The Eagle Has Landed
13 Sep 81  To hell with him(Albert Speer)
Stay With Me Till Morning
Murder in Texas
Fighter Pilot
The Defence of the United States
Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years
The Day of the Triffids
Diamonds
Blood Money
International Athletics
 Speer checks out
20 Sep 81  The wasp wayThe World About Us
Wildlife on One
Grand Prix
The US Open Tennis Championships
Fighter Pilot
The Eagle and the Bear
The Defence of the United States
Labour Party Political Broadcast
 Hot pistils
27 Sep 81  Flights of fancy(Party politics and the media)
One Way Ticket to Hualampong
East of Eden
Flamingo Road
Panorama
Revolting Women
Romer’s Egypt
Fame
04 Oct 81  Blinding flashesThe Cassandra Crossing
The Defence of the United States
The Labour Party Conference
Panorama
The Bob Hope Golf Classic
 Blinding white flash
11 Oct 81  Revolting jokesRevolting Women
Lou Grant
The World Chess Championships
Othello
The War Lord
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Blood Money
Johnny Carson
18 Oct 81 [No column submitted]  Clive James on assignment in Las Vegas
25 Oct 81 [No column submitted]  Clive James on assignment in Las Vegas
01 Nov 81  The nose trickBarbara’'s World of Horses and Ponies
The Borgias
Brideshead Revisited
Byron
 Borgias on my mind
08 Nov 81 [No column submitted]  Clive James in Australia
15 Nov 81 [No column submitted]  Clive James in Australia
22 Nov 81  Fanatic devotionMiss World
Brideshead Revisited
40 Minutes
 A man called insipid
29 Nov 81  Unsubtle signalsNewsnight  Signals from the void
06 Dec 81  Grotto-BlottoThe Borgias
The Shogun Inheritance
Zone of Occupation
To the Manor Born
Dallas
Flamingo Road
 More Borgias
13 Dec 81  Agitprop artistsBlake’s Seven
United Kingdom
The South Bank Show
Cliff
20 Dec 81  Dance of goldA Lot of Happiness
The World Freestyle Dancin’ Championships
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Question Time
 Midwinter night’s dream
27 Dec 81 [No edition this week]  Observer not published
OBSERVER COLUMN TITLE O P VBM / TCB / GTB TITLE REMARKS
03 Jan 82  Walkies out WestSweeney 2
El Cid
2001: A Space Odyssey
Gone With The Wind
Salute to Fred Astaire
The Savage Bees
Barbara Woodhouse Goes to Beverly Hills
Brideshead Revisited
10 Jan 82  A man of ironMan of Marble
Man of Iron
Aida
Samson et Dalila
Dallas
The Star-Maker
Nationwide
 Man of Marshmallow
17 Jan 82  The ultimate sinShoestring
Minder
Kung Fu
The Bell
OTT
The 6 O’Clock Show
Omnibus
 Nobody understands all
24 Jan 82  Hamming it upPolice
Airline
Muck and Brass
Porridge
Chronicle
The Most Valuable Englishman Ever
Ski Sunday
Go Tell The Spartans
31 Jan 82  Ding dong batsThe Bell
Wood and Walters
Did You See...?
OTT
 Rebarbative reverberations
07 Feb 82  The wrong noteNot the Nine O’Clock News
News at Ten
Newsnight
Arena
Preview
The George Formby Story
The Medusa Touch
International Snooker
 Guardians of party orthodoxy
14 Feb 82  The railway trioPanorama
The South Bank Show
OTT
Les Dawson
Wood and Walters
 Terms of reference
21 Feb 82  Sent to sleepNationwide
Question Time
TV Eye
Panorama
East 103rd Street
25 Years Ago — ‘Tonight’
 Spirit of Bishop’s Stortford
28 Feb 82  Marvels of MinderMinder
Film 82
Isadora
Hot Champagne and First Night Nerves
 Make mine Minder
07 Mar 82  Better than everA Voyage Round My Father
The Barbican
The Auden Landscape
Falcon Crest
Forged Papers
 Rumpole recollects
14 Mar 82  Hill Street JoysHill Street Blues
We’ll Meet Again
Alexa
A Week With Svetlana
The World About Us
The Flight of the Condor
 Ernest Hemingway Schopenhauer
21 Mar 82  Brilliant banalityHome Sweet Home
Manon
The World Figure Skating Championships
That’s Life
Labour Party Political Broadcast
 Stop treading on the rug!
28 Mar 82  India to HillheadA Song For Europe
Arena
Newsnight
 One last look  Clive James’s farewell column
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Updated 7th May 2024
[ There’s a little more background HERE, in Midnight Voices — SJB ]