RTP – I Programa and RTP – II Programa (16/01/1972)

Hi,

time for television and for another TV schedule of both RTP 1 and RTP 2, the only portuguese channels transmitted at the time. And we go more backwards than ever, as we discover the schedule of Sunday, 16th January 1972. A note: RTP 1 and RTP 2 were known as I (Primeiro) Programa and II (Segundo) Programa back then:

12:30: Missa de Domingo (since it’s Sunday, the programming always started with religion on a church somewhere in Portugal. This still exists as Eucaristia Dominical (Dominical Eucharist) on RTP 1, although it has been transmitted on RTP 2 for a handful of years in the 90’s and in the 2000’s)

13:10: Dia do Senhor (religious program. If I’m not wrong, a representant of the church would be talking about religious issues)

13:35: Nos bastidores da aventura (I wonder what was this programme. Perhaps it’s an institutional program)

13:45: Telejornal (1ª edição) (main news bulletin. Back then, this was divided in several editions. This was the 1st edition of the main news bulletin. Few years later, a news bulletin on this hour would cease to exist and wouldn’t be back until the 80’s)

14:00: Robin dos Bosques (original name “The Adventures of Robin Hood”. Produced by ITC Entertainment (the same company who would make several other shows as “Space: 1999”) and shown originally on United Kingdom‘s 3rd terrestrial channel, ITV (Independent Television), the series follow the adventures of Robin Hood in a series of attaching adventurous stories and having Richard Greene as the actor portraying the legendary medieval hero who’d steal from the rich to give to the poor. A funny trivia is that this was actually a repeat, since the series had its debut as far as back in the late 50’s on our television screens)

14:30: Hoje pode ver… (RTP section. The main purpose of it is that an in-vision continuity announcer would say what we would still see for that day)

14:45: TV Educativa (educational program. On week days, the educational programs, known as TV School, were transmitted always during the afternoon for several hours. On weekends, this only happens in less than an hour. On that day, it would be time for musical education (adults)

15:10: Cowboy em África (original title: “Cowboy in Africa”. Produced by Ivan Tors and with exectuive production of Aaron Spelling (the same that would create some of the most famous american series of all time, like “Charlie’s Angels” and “Dynasty”. And also would be the father of actress Tori Spelling) and originally broadcasted on its home country, U.S.A., on ABC in 1967 and 1968, the center of the series is in Kenya, where rodeo champion Jim Sinclair (Chuck Connors) comes by invitation of Commander Hayes (Ronald Hoiward) in order to introduce some modern methods to a game ranch he was implementing. Other characters are Hayes‘ helper and best friend John Henry (Tom Nardini), a Navajo indian and Samson (Gerald Edwards), a 10 year-old orphan boy who’s adopted by Jim right on the first episode. On that day, the 19th episode titled The red hand of Michael O’Neill was shown (translated in here as “Temperamento de irlandês” (“The irish’s temperament”). Noting that this was already shown before in Portugal a few years before, so it was a rerun)

16:00: Campeonato da Europa de Patinagem Artistica (aka. 1972 European Figure Skating Championships. Held in Gothenburg, Sweden, it started on 11th January 1972 and ended on 15th January 2012. On that day, we’d see, with one day of delay from its live transmission, the exhibition of the winners of the four offiical categories. Results in here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1972_European_Figure_Skating_Championships )

18:00: Desenhos animados (animated series section. Normally, short animated features were transmitted in here, like those from Hanna Barbera, Tex Avery, Looney Tunes, etc…)

18:15: Domingo desportivo (sports magazine on its 1st edition. In time, this would only be transmitted on sunday late evenings from the 80’s until its end in the 2000’s)

18:30: Expedição (documentary program)

19:00: TV Rural (agriculture program. Created in 1959 and always presented by iconic figure Eng. Sousa Veloso, it was one of the programmes that lasted the most in the history of the portuguese television, ending in late 1990 and has marked several generations of people)

19:30: Telejornal (2ª edição) (main news bulletin. Back then, this was divided in several editions. This was the 2nd edition of the main news bulletin)

19:45: Filme infantil (animated series section. Normally, short animated features were transmitted in here, like those from Hanna Barbera, Tex Avery, Looney Tunes, etc… in a way, on this hour, a “good night” animated short for kids would also be transmitted, this specific one being a portuguese creation portrayed the Família Pituxa (different from its counterpart in the 60’s, the Família Teleóó (which was, in part, inspired by the famous Família Telerín from TVE (Spain)

20:00: Olho vivo (original title: “Get Smart”. Created by Mel Brooks (noted for his hilarious comedy movies such as “Blazing Saddles”) and Buck Henry (actor, most known for being in the first years of “Saturday Night Live”) and also transmitted by NBC (1965 to 1969) and CBS (1969 and 1970), here we have a satire on the secret agent genre where everything could happen. The two main characters work for CONTROL, a secret U.S. government counter-intelligence agency based in Washington, D.C. fighting against KAOS‘ evil ways: Maxwell Smart aka. Agent 86 (Don Adams), the quite clumsy agent that, somehow, never fails to save the day and Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon), the more experient agent)

20:35: TV 7 (news magazine where the most important news of the week would be in discussion)

21:30: Telejornal (3ª edição) (main news bulletin. Back then, this was divided in several editions. This was the 3rd edition of the main news bulletin and also the longest one – therefore, the most important one)

21:55: Boletim meteorológico (the weather forecast for the next day)

22:05: Os persuasores (original title: “The Persuaders”. Created by Robert S. Baker and transmitted firstly on ITV (United Kingdom) from late 1971 to 1972, this british stylish action/adventure series had future 007 James Bond, Roger Moore and “Some Like it Hot” star, Tony Curtis as globe-trotting playboys Lord Brett Sinclair and Danny Wilde respectively, who disliked each other at first, but after a series of fights and being arrested, they work as agents for retired Judge Fulton (Laurence Naismith) and are involved in several adventures throughout the series. This series, although not as big in the countries of the main stars, was a tremendous sucess internationally, including in Germany, France and Portugal. On that day, the 15th episode called “Element of risk” was transmitted (translated in here as “Troca de identidades” (“Change of identities”)

23:05: Fados e guitarradas (music program about “fado” music. On that day, fado singer Manuel de Almeida would sing some compositions such as “Quadras soltas”, “Nos fins do século passado”, “Não vale a pena, meu bem” and “Como te quis e te quero”)

23:20: Domingo desportivo (sports magazine on its 1st edition. In time, this would only be transmitted on sunday late evenings from the 80’s until its end in the 2000’s)

23:40: Marcha do mundo (late news bulletin with the resume of the news of the day and also the latest news, when needed)

23:50: Meditação (it’s closedown time. A in-vision continuity person would present what’ll be the schedule for tomorrow and then would say good night to the TV-viewers + we’d hear the national hymn of Portugal: “A portuguesa”)

20:30: Dó Lá Si (music program)

21:00: Amor e mau génio (original title: “The Honeymooners”. Directed by Frank Satenstein and transmitted by CBS (1955 and 1956), it was one of the first american sitcom series to portray working-class married couples (in this case, two) in a grittier non-idyllic manner living in a run down Brooklyn apartment complex. Starring in the series were Jackie Gleason (already a star back then, but he’d have much more with celebrated 1961 drama movie “The Hustler” and with the 1977 comedy film “Smokey & The Bandit” and its two sequels), Audrey Meadows (who replaced Pert Kelton from 8th episode until the end of series), Art Carney (who would win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the 1974 road movie “Harry & Tonto”) and Joyce Randolph)

21:30: Telejornal (3ª edição) (main news bulletin. Back then, this was divided in several editions. This was the 3rd edition of the main news bulletin and also the longest one – therefore, the most important one. At the time, the 2nd channel of RTP would also transmit this at the same time as its older brother channel)

21:55: Boletim meteorológico (the weather forecast for the next day. At the time, the 2nd channel of RTP would also transmit this at the same time as its older brother channel)

22:00: Noite de cinema (the movie in question that day was “Avec le sourire” (in the source, the portuguese title was “Como vencer na vida a sorrir”, eventhough on iMDB, the portuguese title is known as “O rei dos optimistas”), a musical comedy directed by Maurice Torneur in 1936. General plot: Victor Larmois (Maurice Chevalier), after spending much of his lifetime in South Africa, returns to the capital of FranceParis, willing to get into the spotlight. Working at first as a doorman in “Le Palace”, he soon knows about Gisèle Berthier (Marie Glory). From then on, we witness the crescent rise of Victor: from rags to riches. After the movie, it’s closedown time)

(source: ReT (Rádio e Televisão) all rights reserved)

Interesting schedule and much varied: religious programs, animated series and shorts, agricultute, sport, news magazines, documentaries. And the biggest “dishes” of the day: four series, one of which european (and particulary, one of the best coming from United Kingdom) and a french movie

As a last appetizer, the opening and the ending of “The Persuaders”, with a blasting music composed by John Barry (an all-time composer for his numerous movie scores, especially a suculent number of 007 James Bond movies (12):

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)

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