Thursday, 31 May 2018

A Couple of 80s Week In, Week Out Documentaries from BBC Wales

Week In, Week Out was an investigative series produced by BBC Wales between 1963 - 2017. It may not be as well known as other current affairs programmes due to the fact that it was never networked and was only broadcast on BBC One Wales. The series was, due to my growing up at the opposite side of the country to Wales, completely unknown to me, but whilst digging about on YouTube I stumbled across a few episodes. And, in particular, two of them stood out as interesting slices of society and culture in the 1980s, so here they are:

Sunday, 27 May 2018

15 Terrible Prizes up for Grabs on Fun House

Fun House was an ITV children's game show presented Pat Sharp (prime mullet era) which genuinely promised to deliver on the "whole lot of fun" ethos of its insanely catch theme tune. And there were also some decent - if not "outrageous" as the theme tune advised - prizes on offer such as helicopter trips, computers and holidays. However, in amongst these great prizes were some truly diabolical prizes. I suspect that the majority of these 'prizes' were either discarded after one use or, more likely, left behind in the studio by the children.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

The Mad Death: DVD Review

Packed full of tension, The Mad Death is a chilling, disturbing watch and, after watching it, one that ensures you'll never stroke a dog in the same way again. Not seen on British TV screens since the mid 1980s, The Mad Death is finally available on DVD for the first time through Simply Media.

First transmitted in July 1983 on BBC1, The Mad Death was a three-part drama series which examined the impact of a rabies outbreak in Britain. Based on Nigel Slater's novel of the same name, The Mad Death tapped into a contemporary fear of rabies. Despite Britain being declared rabies free since 1922, the ominous threat of the disease still hung heavy in the air due to the risk posed by animals imported from the continent. Helping to instill fear into the hearts of millions, numerous public information films were released throughout the 1970s and 80s to warn about the horrors of rabies.  

The Mad Death, however, manages to trump all of these with a disturbing ease.