RTP 1 and RTP 2 (19/07/1980)


another schedule of RTP 1 and RTP 2 is about to be reviewed and get an opinion later. This time, we’re going to the one from Saturday, 19th July 1980, the day the Summer Olympic Games 1980 in Moscow started (since the Summer Olympic Games 2012 in London will start in less than two months and the 1980 ones will soon celebrate their 32th anniversary):

13:00Repensar a escola (educational program… in summer times)

13:25: Luculos e bróculos (cooking program presented by Michel, already known in the portuguese cooking circles at the time)

13:50: Sumário (first news of the day (and most probably, summary of the schedule for the channel made by a on-vision continuity person) in 5 minutes. On weekdays, that’s when the regular programing really started in here)

13:55Jogos Olímpicos de Moscovo-1980: Cerimónia de abertura (the opening of the Summer Olympic Games 1980 in Moscow. A edition with a huge scandal due to a boycot led by USA, but with a peculiar set of broken world and olympic records and also a unforgettable mascot: Misha) (C)

16:50Michael (children teleplay performed by the Jackanory Playhouse company)

17:15As aventuras da Super Mulher (original title: “Wonder Woman”, the series that made Lynda Carter an instant star for her portayal of the main character. Altough it’s credited in here as being in the 2nd episode, this is actually the 4th episode of the 2nd season of the series called “The Bermuda Triangle crisis” (here translated as “A crise no Triângulo das Bermudas”) (C)

18:10: O povo e a música (music program envisioned and created by Michel Giacometti whose importance is to discover the portuguese folk music roots. On that day, the focus was on the Rancho Folclórico de Custóias)

18:30: Animação (animation program presented by Vasco Granja, a unforgettable presenter in the television medium, animation-wise. The program was as well as a mind-captivator for the children and teenagers due to its extravagant content (its biggest attribute is to show animated series and shorts coming from Eastern Europe and also the more familiar american animated shorts – mostly coming from Warner Bros). On that day, we’d find out the importance of documentation in animation) (C)

19:00II Gala Internacional dos Pequenos Cantores (the portuguese version of Zecchino d’Oro, with its 1st part transmitted live in the Casino Peninsular of Figueira da Foz. In here, both portuguese and international contestants would fight for several prizes in the contest. A regular presenter of the contest during the 80’s, Sansão Coelho, became a popular figure with younger people)

20:30: Telejornal (main news bulletin that reverted back to its original name after adopting in 19781979 the name “Jornal RTP-1”) (C)

21:05Os marretas (original title: “The Muppet show”, became a craze not only in USA, but in several european countries, from which Portugal is included. On that day, we were on the 81st show (from the 4th season of 1979-80) whose guest star was operatic soprano singer Beverly Sills) (C)

21:30O tempo (the weather broadcast for the next day) (C)

21:35Património, o que é? (a program about Portugal, it seems, and its patrimony) (C)

22:00Animal Olympians (wildlife documentary made by BBC whose purpose is to compare the athletic prowess and the beauty of it in the animal kingdom with the human sportsmen. It was created, produced and narrated by Jeffery Boswall, who was part of the BBC Natural History Unit and was also a ornithologist) (C)

23:10Volta à França em bicicleta (a ten-minute resume info of the current stage of the famous cyclism tournament known as Tour de France) (C)

23:20A mulher marcada (original title: “Marked woman”. Made in 1937 by Lloyd Bacon and starring, between others, Bette Davis (in future time, she’d become famous by participating in such movies as “Jezebel”“Dark Victory”, “All About Eve” and “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?”), Humphrey Bogart (in future time, he’d have his most famous role in “Casablanca”. Both Bette and Humphrey would work together again in a couple of movies) and Lola Lane, it’s a crime melodrama movie about a crusading District Attorney who persuades a clip joint “party girl” to testify against her mobster boss after her innocent sister is accidentally murdered during one of his unsavory “parties”. It’s been said the movie was loosely based on the life of Thomas E. Dewey, a D.A. who was sucessfull in his fight against organized crime. After that, it’s closedown time)

20:30Animação (not only Vasco Granja has his program on the 1st channel, he also has a place in the 2nd channel in the same day. As said before, the program was a mind-captivator for the children and teenagers due to its extravagant content (its biggest attribute is to show animated series and shorts coming from Eastern Europe and also the more familiar american animated shorts – mostly coming from Warner Bros). On that day, we’d see… a strange animated short movie) (C)

21:00Sinhazinha Flô (brazilian soap-opera produced by Rede Globo in 19771978, adaptated from three José de Alencar novels: “Til”, “A viuvinha” e “O sertanejo”, centered in the year of 1880, a year slavery was in process of not existing anymore and whose story deranges from easy-going to difficult love stories, “bang-bang” fights and also the search of original roots, the latter one being centered on the main character, Flô (Bete Mendes), that was actually adopted by the coronel Gervásio Campelo (Castro Gonzaga) and his wife Ermelinda (Ana Lúcia Torre), therefore she wasn’t their daughter by birth. On that day, we were on the 24th episode. A soap-opera on a Saturday wasn’t a common thing back then: this was the first one to have it transmitted in addition to weekdays. The second one would be also a 1977 production from Rede Globo, “Dona Xepa”, transmitted in late-1980 in here and it was the last one for a while. Only a few years recently, we have soap-operas (of our own and in other channels) that also transmit on Saturday in addition to weekdays) (C)

21:30A par e passo (news magazine concerning the national and international reports and news of the week, coordinated by Fátima Martins Perreira and Paulo David) (C)

22:30Os grandes escritores (documentary about the greatest writers of the century that would make its premiere on that day. After that, it’s closedown time) (C)

(C) – means program in colour (except programs, movies and series originally made in black and white). Despite official colour transmissions on 7th March 1980, we’d have to wait for the 2nd half of the year to have the full schedule on colour

(source: Diário de Lisboa all rights reserved)

I’m still astounded by the television schedule of the only two channels we could get: from sports to series, theatre to music contests, funny shows to news, animated series programs and also soap-operas, documentaries and cooking programmes. What is nowadays an attribute to cable channels, on those days it was done on two channels only

A final treat for you – a excerpt of the 2nd Season of “Wonder Woman” (quite Olympic Games alusive):

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)


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