Sunday, 16 October 2011

14. The Gentle Touch: Blade (LWT, ITV, 9 May 1980, Series 1, Episode 5)


A convincingly functional headline from the
Standard. Of interest is what the surrounding genuine headlines tell us about the preoccupations of 1980 readers; "Steelmen stay out in row over cutbacks - 'Now sort out the jobs'" tells a convoluted story, while, "Peters and Lee to split up" suggests that it was a pretty thin newsday.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

13. Bergerac: A Miracle Every Week (BBC1, Series 2, Episode 7, 20 March 1983)


I'm unpersuaded by this edition of the Jersey Evening Post. There's no narrative interest for the reader in this lead story, and the headline is so drearily factual that its hard to see what the motivation is to read on.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

12. The Goodies: Goodies Rule - OK? (BBC2, 21 December 1975)


Our first sighting of the discarded newspaper blowing in the wind, a device occasionally used for pathos or to mark the passing of time. The teaser "ZIPPY UNDIES!" strapline next to the masthead is particularly inspired, I think - both absurd and wholly plausible.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

11. The Goodies: Goodies Rule - OK? (BBC2, 21 December 1975)

Rather thrillingly, this newspaper actually spins towards the viewer, 1930s Hollywood-style. By 1975, you could only get away with that always-enjoyable convention in a comedy. The use of the obviously real Rhodesia secondary story adds credence to the self-evidently made-up headline.

Friday, 9 September 2011

10. Ghost Squad: Ticket For Blackmail (ATV, ITV, Series 1, Episode 1, 9 September 1961)

Perhaps a rather functional headline on the Daily Globe today. As this is the first frame of the episode, I wonder where the picture of the unfortunate millionaire was sourced from - I like to imagine that its the father of the continuity girl.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

9. Manhunt: A Different Kind Of War (LWT, ITV, Episode 8, 20 February 1970)

Manhunt was a 26-part French resistance drama, and pretty much relentlessly bleak and brutal. Obviously its a nonsense that French papers would have English headlines, but the moment when a a young Jewish woman uncovers a cache of these newspapers in the wardrobe of (what appears to be) a safe house is characteristically horrible.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

8. Thunderbirds: Trapped In The Sky (ITC, ITV, 30 September 1965)


World News provides yet more evidence, if ever it were needed, for Thunderbirds' status as a work of non-realism. (Thanks to Jonathan Bignell)