RTP – I Programa and RTP – II Programa (20/05/1973)


it’s time for television and for a brand new schedule TV schedule of both RTP 1 and RTP 2, the only portuguese channels transmitted at the time. And we move on with the schedule of Sunday, 20th May 1973. A note: RTP 1 and RTP 2 were known as I (Primeiro) Programa and II (Segundo) Programa back then:

12:28Mira técnica (a short “testcard” before the begining of a new edition)

12:30Missa de Domingo (Sunday time, the programming always started with religion on either a church somewhere in Portugal or even in RTP‘s studios. 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)

13:10Dia do Senhor (religious program. On that day, it was presented by a representant of the church: Father Francisco Videira Pires)

13:35Hoje pode ver (institutional RTP program, enumerating the schedule (especially some of the highlights) for the current day)

13:45Telejornal (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)

14:00Robin 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 channelITV (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)

14:25TV 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), lectured by José Atalaya)

14:50: Motonáutica: Grande Prémio do Mercado da Primavera (a powerboating competition that took place in Lisbon, more precisely in the Belém zone, close to the Mercado da Primavera)

15:20Automobilismo: Grande Prémio da Bélgica (aka. Formula One 1973’s season, Belgian Grand Prix. Held in Heusden-Zolder, LimburgBelgium on 20th May 1973, it was won by the eventual general winner of the 1973 season of Formula One, british racer Jackie Stewart, beating big candidates such as brazilian racing star Emerson Fitipaldi (who had generally won in 1970 and 1972) and future austrian racer star Niki Lauda. Complete results in here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1973_Belgian_Grand_Prix  )

18:05TV Infantil (children section. Normally, short animated features were transmitted in here, like those from Hanna BarberaTex AveryLooney Tunes, etc… and there was also time for puppetry, theatre, etc…)

18:30TV 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)

18:55Semi-breve (music program. All the latest news from what’s going on in music worldwide presented by Dinis de Abreu, jazz critic Luís Vilas-Boas and all-time irreverent iconic presenter Carlos Cruz)

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

19:45Circo (documentary program about circus. On this day, the focus was on the tigers that usually give mixed feelings to the audience, whether it’s amazement or emotion)

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

21:00As solteironas (original title: “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”. Created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns and transmitted by CBS (1970 to 1977), the main focus of the sitcom was on Mary Richards, a single 30-year old woman who, after being jilted by her boyfriend for 2 years who goes to Minneapolis and gets a job as an associate producer of WJM‘s “Six O’Clock News”. From then on, it’s all about her life and the people whom she meets everyday on both the TV station and in apartment where she lives. Famed actress Mary Tyler Moore starred in a leading role that turned her into a solo household name after being a permanent fix on The Dick van Dyke Show (a 60’s sitcom show). This also was the turning point for Ed Asner with his role of Mary‘s boss, Lou Grant (a role that led to a serious drama spin-off series for his character from 1977 to 1982) and for Gavin McLeod as newswriter Murray Slaughter (Gavin would become even more famous as Captain Stubing on another famous sitcom series, “The Love Boat”). The sitcom also starred famous cinema actress Cloris Leachman as Mary‘s snobbish friend and neighbour Phyllis. On that day, we were watching the 1st season‘s 6th episode titled “Support your local mother” (in portuguese, it was titled as “A visita importuna”)

21:30Telejornal (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. In the end of the news bulletin, there was time next day’s weather forecast)

22:05Domingo à noite (variety talk-show presented normally by two known faces from RTP, Alice Cruz and Henrique Mendes and two fresh faces from RTP, Eládio Climaco and Maria Margarida Gaspar. On that day, we’d see fado singers Lenita Gentil and Manuel de Almeida performing, as well as a single born in South Africa but radicated in Portugal, Vicky (therefore, no confusion with the famous greek born singer Vicky Leandros who participated in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1967 and 1972 representing Luxembourg). Then, Luis Filipe Costa would interview Cid, a caricature animator who was working in several newspapers and magazines at the time. Opera singer Maria Manuela Bigail would give us classical music moments, accompained by Jaime Jorge Mota at the piano. In between acts, acting couple Florbela Queiroz and Norberto de Sousa were responsible for the comedy moments. The show would end with an international act: in this case, german pop-rock group Love Generation (who are no strangers to the hardcore Eurovision Song Contest fans, since they would later try to represent Germany in 1975 and 1976)

23:45Domingo 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)

00:00Telejornal (4ª edição) (late news bulletin with the resume of the news of the day and also the latest news, when needed)

00:05Meditação (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”)

20:28Mira técnica (a short “testcard” before the begining of a new edition)

21:00: O regresso de Lucy (original title: “Here’s Lucy”. Created by Bob O’Brien and Milt Josefsberg and transmitted by CBS (1968 to 1974), it puts all focus on Lucy Carter, a hard working woman living in Los Angeles with her two teenage children, Kim and Craig, who gets a job in the Carter’s Unique Employment Agency. Lucille Ball was back for another series of hers, accompained by her real life children Lucie Arnaz (who is also known to moviegoers as being in the 1980 remake of the 1927 movie “The Jazz Singer”) and Desi Arnaz Jr. (also known for playing a pivotal role in 19831984 TV-series “Automan”). On that day, we were watching the 3rd season‘s 2nd episode titled “Lucy, the Skydiver”)

20:30Dó Lá Si (music program presented by Maria José Guerra where the international music scene is the main focus. Note: this was a repeat, since it had been broadcasted the day before on RTP 1)

21:30Telejornal (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. In the end of the news bulletin, there was time next day’s weather forecast. At the time, the 2nd channel of RTP would also transmit this at the same time as its older brother channel)

22:00Antologia (the movie in question that day was “Zywot Mateusza (in the source, the portuguese title was “Os dias de Mateus”), a dramatic movie directed by Witold Leszczynzski in 1968General plot: Mateusz (Franciszek Pieczka) is supposedly a mentally retarted person living with his sister Olga (Anna Milewska). The story itself gives us a deep and profund character story of the main protagonist and the world he lives in. After the movie, it’s closedown time)

(source: Tele Semana (content), R&T (images)  all rights reserved)

As always, a total varied programing of those days: religious programs, children section, agricultute, sport, news magazines, documentaries, cinema. And the two main highlights of the day: a famous 70’s american sitcom series and and a portuguese variety talk-show in primetime schedule

As a last appetizer, the opening of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, famous for Mary’s hat tossing at the end (bad quality, but that’s the only thing avaiable):

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)


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