What we were watching
Do you remember these shows that were on TV this week ten, 20, 30 and 40 years ago?
More than 15 million tuned in to see Gracie Fields, 80, sing on The Royal Variety Performance on BBC1. The Second World War forces’ sweetheart made her last TV appearance in January 1979 on The Merv Griffin Show in America.
Viewers were shocked by BBC1 drama First Born, as geneticist Edward Forester (Charles Dance, right) bred a cross between a gorilla and a man. In the last episode the hybrid, Gor, met his birth mother, only to be violently rejected by her.
Cold Feet began on ITV, with Hermione Norris and Robert Bathurst as Karen and David (right). The show had seemed doomed when its pilot drew just 3m viewers but the episode then won the coveted Golden Rose of Montreux TV award, securing the series’ future.
Martin Shaw played a priest who performed exorcisms (right) in BBC1 drama Apparitions – and there were spooky events during filming. ‘My co-star Shaun Dooley found the residual water from his shower formed a perfect cross shape,’ said Martin.