RTP – I Programa and RTP – II Programa (30/08/1975)


It’s been quite a long time since I made my previous television schedule for the two only portuguese channels we could watch back in the 70’s. It’s now the time of doing it so and we’re going back to Saturday, 30th August 1975. A note: RTP 1 and RTP 2 were known as I (Primeiro) Programa and II (Segundo) Programa back then:

12:45Abertura (the opening of the edition after the testcard and the clock showing. In-vision continuity speaker for that hour: Gomes Ferreira)

12:47Desenhos animados (animated series section. On that day, we’d see four short animated cartoons coming from Warner Bros.: “Young and healthy” from 1933, “Organ grinder” from 1933, “Red headed baby” from 1931 and “Moonlight for two” from 1932)

13:12Stop (program about street prevention. Presented by Luis Filipe Nogueira, the main course of that day was an interview with two representants of motor factories: engineer Sérgio de Fonseca and Manuel Vieira)

13:30Retrospectiva (sports news program. Between the many events on focus that day, we’d have news about the latest competitions of cycling, athletics, rowing, football, etc…)

13:47Telejornal (1ª edição) (main news bulletin. Back then, this was divided in several editions. This was the 1st edition of the main news bulletin, presented that day by famed journalist Joaquim Furtado)

14:08Rock em stock (music program presented that day by Nuno Martins. Special focus that day on soul singer Billy Paul (famous for his 1972 hit “Me and Mrs. Jones”). Note: this is not really related with a radio program of the same name transmitted by Rádio Comercial later on)

14:34Diário de um professor (original title: “Diario di un maestro”. Directed and screenplayed by Vittorio de Seta and produced by RAI in 1972 (but only transmitted in early 1973), the series was based on Albino Bernardini‘s novel “Un anno a Pietralata” and recounts the story of Bruno d’Angelo (played by Bruno Cirino), a teacher who just arrives to a roman school. However, he becomes bored with his own classes and decides to teach his knowledge to children who can’t afford to attend there against the normal ideals of scholarship. In its original run, it was transmitted in 4 episodes of a bit more than an hour, but in Portugal, it was divided into half an hour episodes. Therefore, we were watching the 7th episode that day)

15:04: O perigo é a minha profissão (foreign documentary series, it showcased the activity of the cinema double actors (known technically as “stunt men/women”) and their several trials and tests for both movies and scientific experiences. On that day, we were watching the 1st episode (thanks to Miguel Frias for the synopsis of this series)

15:27Salto mortal (original title: “Salto mortal”. Made in 1961 and directed by Mariano Ozores, the tragicomedy movie concerns the bearing financial crisis of a circus that only does a good profit when someone from their artists’ circle has an accident. Needing money once again, they decide to do the trick once again by iluding a young man to do a triple somersault on the trapeze. The movie has as stars José Luis Ozores and António Ozores (the director’s brothers), including as well: Diana Lorys, Goyo Leberero and Loya Gaos)

16:26Ensaio (it seems like (somehow) an institutional program whose objective was to show institutional videos)

17:08Desenhos animados (animated series section. On that day, we’d see four short animated cartoons made by Tex Avery: “Cook a doodle dog” from 1951, “Caballero Droppy” from 1952“Bad luck Blackie” from 1949 and “Doggone tired” from 1949. The actual first one (called in portuguese as “Uma mulher às direitas”), shown at the indicated hour, was merely shown for time schedule and image correction)

17:50Expedição (documentary program. On the day, the main focus was the preservation and protection of animals in Southern Africa)

18:15A ilha do tesouro (original title: “Die Schatzinsel / L’île au trésor”. Based on Robert Louis Stevenson‘s famous novel “Treasure Island” (more about its story in here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasure_Island ), directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner, produced by DEROPA Film und Fernseh GmbH and Franco London Film, as well financed by ZDF (West Germany) and ORTF (France) in 1966. In the leading roles of Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver, we respectively have young german actor Michael Ande (formerly a child star known for his participation in the 1955 movie “Die Trapp-Familie” and its 1956 sequel, “Die Trapp-Familie in Amerika”) and veteran british actor Ivor Dean (known internationally as Chief Inspector Claud Eustace  Teal in the highly famous 19621969 british series, “The Saint”). On that day, we were watching the 5th episode)

18:45: Cinema de 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 animation, between other things, in health issues)

19:07: Cada dia uma esperança (religious program conducted by dominican order religious Luis de França)

19:19Cartaz TV (television program presented by RTP‘s seasoned veteran presenter, Jorge Alves. The main purpose of the program was to highlight the most important programs of next week’s schedule on both RTP 1 (I Programa) and RTP 2 (II Programa)

19:40: Sabe o que é o Ginásio Clube Português? (sport news documentary about the Ginásio Clube Português, one of the oldest sport institutions on our country (it was founded on 18th March 1875 and it’s known for being the site where many of its athletes are chosen to represent Portugal at the Summer Olympic Games) located in Lisbon. Veteran sport news presenter, Raul Ferrão, was there to guide us into its facilities and also to see an interview with Mestre Crisóstomo)

20:31Telejornal (2ª edição) (main news bulletin. Back then, this was divided in several editions. This was the 2nd edition (and most important bloc) of the main news bulletin. Presenting it that day were journalists Raul Durão and José de Melo)

21:12Há só uma terra (documentary program presented by Luís Filipe Costa. On that day, a resume film about the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm, Sweden from 5th to 16th June 1972 was shown. More about the conference here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Conference_on_the_Human_Environment )

21:32Noite de cinema (with a preface presented by portuguese cinema critic and director, Lauro António, the movie shown that day in the referred cinema program was “Chapéu alto”. Original title: “Top Hat” ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_Hat ). Made in 1935 and directed by Mark Sandrich, the screwball comedy musical movie has quite a simple story: american dancer Jerry Travers (Fred Astaire, back then one of the most known top billing actors in Hollywood) comes to London in order to star a show produced by Horace Hardwick (Edward Everett Horton, a character actor mostly known for being in several movies starring Fred Astaire). In the course of the movie, though, he will know and fall in love with Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers, actress known for her several collaborations with Fred Astaire) whom he wants to win her affection. Other actors in the movie include Erik Rhodes (by then, a seasoned actor on Broadway musicals), Helen Broderick and Eric Blore (renowned british actor who would become famous for his appearances in a couple of Hollywood movies). Note: before her TV sucesses with “I love Lucy” in the 50’s, Lucille Ball had a short participation as a flower shop clerk)

23:22: 1º Grande Prémio Clock de Ciclismo (special sport program about cycling presented on that day by sport journalist A. J. Freitas. As referenced on the program’s title, the main focus was a resume coverage of the 1º Grande Prémio Clock de Ciclismo event)

23:36Telejornal (3ª edição) (main news bulletin. Back then, this was divided in several editions. This was the late news bulletin with the resume of the news of the day and also the latest news, when needed. On that day, it was presented by journalist A. Santos)

23:53Fecho (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 (on this day, that was done by Maria Margarida Gaspar. Since her debut on TV in 1972, she would become a very known name on the television circles by the viewers) + we’d hear the national hymn of Portugal“A portuguesa”)

20:00Desenhos animados (animated series section. At the time, RTP 2 (II Programa) was mostly known as the “repeat” channel: therefore this one is a repeat of what was shown on RTP 1 (I Programa) at 12:47)

20:27Stop (program about street prevention. Seen before on RTP 1 (I Programa) at 13:12 (see more info above the post)

20:45O perigo é a minha profissão (foreign series, 1st episode. Seen before on RTP 1 (I Programa) at 15:04 (see more info above the post)

21:09Diário de um professor (italian drama series, 7th episode. Seen before on RTP 1 (I Programa) at 14:34 (see more info above the post)

21:38Telejornal (2ª edição) (2nd edition of main news bulletin. Seen before on RTP 1 (I Programa) at 20:31 (see more info above the post)

22:15O barão Von den Trenck (original title: Die merkwürdige Lebensgeschichte des Friedrich Freiherrn von der Trenck. Directed by Fritz Umgelter (later known for directing the famous 1978 teen series, “Die Rote Zora und ihre Bande”), with music by Miloslav Hurka and produced by ZDF in 1972, the series is based on the real life story of Friedrich von der Trenckhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_von_der_Trenck . Newcoming german actor Matthias Habich became known for encarnating the principal figure of the series, while seasoned real life and voice dubbing german actor Rolf Becker encarnated the figure of king Frederick II. A special note for italian actress Nicoletta Machiavelli in a rare dramatic series or movies appearance (most (if not almost all) of her films were in the comedy genre) encarnating the king’s sister, Amalie. On that day, the 6th and last episode (titled “Die Gruft” (“A armadilha” as translated in Portugal) was transmitted)

23:23Uma pedrada no charco (viniculture program. The main focus of the program that day was showing a news report about… viniculture in the municipality of Alenquerhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alenquer_Municipality,_Portugal )

00:16Fecho (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 (on this day, that was done by Maria Margarida Gaspar. Since her debut on TV in 1972, she would become a very known name on the television circles by the viewers) + we’d hear the national hymn of Portugal“A portuguesa”)

(source: Diário de Lisboa and RTP‘s “E depois do adeus” website, image source: Tele Semana  all rights reserved)

A big and yet impressive schedule, I’d say. From sports to institutional programs, lots of series and movies, there was a bit of everything for all audiences. A pity the second channel was not yet as different on its programming as other 2nd terrestrial channels all over Europe, but that was what it was at the time: a “repeat” channel

Before ending the post, two videos: the animated short “Caballero Droppy” (shown on RTP 1 (I Programa) that day) and a scene from “Die merkwürdige Lebensgeschichte des Friedrich Freiherrn von der Trenck” (series shown on RTP 2 (II Programa):

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)


Posted on 15 de July de 2013, in Television. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. The series O Perigo é a Minha Profissão was an excelente documentary that reported the cinema double actors activity. In this series. Theses actors made diferent kind of trials and tests, some for the cinema movies and for scientific duties, too.
    I was a young boy when this series began and loved to see it. I have good memories of that time when we used to run home earlier to see this and other different kind of television programs.

    • Thank you very much for telling what the series was about: that was one I hadn’t much information of – I tried some searching about it without much sucess (Muito obrigado pela informação a respeito da série: era uma daquelas que não tinha muita informação – já tentei procurar alguma coisa sobre essa série… sem algum sucesso)

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