Sunday, 26 March 2017
First viewed : 14 October 1983
Now things get a bit more fractured as we enter my university days. I didn't have a portable TV for my room . There was a TV lounge in my hall of residence but it was shared with 80+ other people and the house entertainments committee were often renting videos as well. Therefore , after missing the final part of The Old Men At The Zoo and my continued anxiety over The Prisoner , I consciously avoided starting serials so there'll be a bias towards one off programmes as we cover the next three years. It's also the case that these programmes don't seem quite as distant now.
Ladybirds was a series of hour-long documentaries on Channel 4, each featuring a female singer. The only one I can definitely recall watching about was about Jane Birkin. Birkin remains a one hit wonder in the UK with Je t'aime ...moi non plus but that's largely through her own choice as she records and acts mainly in French having settled there since her relationship with Serge Gainsbourg began in 1968. By the time of the documentary she was 37 and had split up with him although they were still working together musically. I can't remember too much of the programme except that it concluded with her saying rather sweetly that she hoped people in Britain still remembered her.