RTP 1 and RTP 2 (26/12/1979)


it’s been a long time since the blog had a TV schedule of both RTP 1 and RTP 2, the only portuguese channels transmitted at the time, posted. So, the day in question will be Wednesday, 26th December 1979:

18:10Sumário (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. That’s when the regular programing really started in here)

18:15Bolek e LolekPlastel e Linchen (two short animated series. The first one doesn’t need much introduction, being one of the most popular polish short animated series of all time: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolek_and_Lolek . About the second one… curiously, there’s no info about it at all)

18:30História com pés e cabeça (children program whose importance was to tell a story every Wednesday)

19:00País, país (regional news. Nowadays, the format has another name called “Portugal em Directo”)

19:20Diga 33 (institutional magazine. Presented by Dr. Varejão Castelo Branco, that day’s program was about tuberculosis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuberculosis )

19:55Manuel e Beatriz (a daily animated static-motion short about two children and their convienience with their parents. Since UNICEF had declared 1979 as the International Year of the Child, this animated short was specifically made for that purpose)

20:00: Telejornal (main news bulletin (between late 1978 and late 1979, it was called Jornal RTP-1)

20:30: Dancin’ days (brazilian soap opera from Rede Globo, first seen in July 1978 on its own country. Main plot: Júlia Matos (Sônia Braga), after 11 years (of a 22 year prison sentence, after being accused of fatally running over a person by accident), is out of prison by conditional freedom. Wanting to forget the past, she is about to rebuild her life. Her first goal being reconnecting with her daughter Marisa (Glória Pires), something that her older sister, Yolanda Pratini (Joana Fomm), fears to see happening, as it will mean losing Marisa – which leads Yolanda to do anything to prevent any reconciliation between Júlia and Marisa. On that day, we were on the 51st episode)

21:20Vamos jogar no Totobola (a program on which we’d find out the results on one more extraction of Totobola, a lottery game concerning football (for example, Spain has its own football lottery, La Quinela) on which, in order to get big prizes in cash, you’d have to guess up to 13 fixtures correctly (nowadyas, we have 14). Before that, we’d have a short documentary. In this case, about the ballet and the profession of “ballet dancer”, by the vision of a male and female dancer working in the Companhia Nacional de Bailado)

22:30Cinema (The movie for this day was “Os optimistas”, original title: “The Optimists” (also known as “The Optimists of Nine Elms“: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Optimists_of_Nine_Elms  ). Made in 1973 and directed by Anthony Simmons (who also wrote the 1964 novel of the same name from which the film was based), this british drama movie had Peter Sellers (“The Pink Panther”, “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”, etc…) as the leading star, playing the role of Sam, a former entertainer who works as a street musician to make a living. On the way, he befriends two children: Mark (John Chaffey) and Liz (Donna Mullane). From then on, the story starts to flow in terms of realistic fantasy)

23:2524 (Vinte e quatro) Horas (late news bulletin with the resume of the news of the day and also the latest news, when needed. After that, it’s closedown time)

20:32Tony Bennett in Hawaii Special (special music show concerning Tony Bennett, famed adult contemporary and jazz singer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Bennett )

21:30Informação/2 (Dois) (main news bulletin of the channel, done in a different way than the RTP 1 news bulletin)

22:00Velhos são os trapos (documentary program whose main focus was to chronicle the lives of the elderly people (their every day life, their struggles, their ambitions, the society’s treatment, etc…). On that day, we were watching the 1st part (it was, therefore, the première of the documentary in question). After that, it’s closedown time)

(source: TV Guia  all rights reserved)

There’s no doubt the TV schedule from those years was highly diverse (well, there were only two channels…): from children programming to institutional magazines, as also as documentaries, live music shows, lottery games and the two main courses of the day: the always present soap-opera (or telenovela, as we call it that way) and a quite obscure movie with Peter Sellers as the star figure

Two final treats for you – a scene from the 1978 brazilian soap-opera  “Dancin’ days”, as well as a scene from the 1973 british drama movie “The Optimists”:

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)


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