What we were watch­ing

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Do you re­mem­ber th­ese shows that were on TV this week ten, 20, 30 and 40 years ago?

1978

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.

1988

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.

1998

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.

2008

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.

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