But anyway, what was on ITV on the 26th April 1979:
7.00 The Bionic Woman 8.00 Leave It To Charlie 8.30 TV Eye 9.00 Party Political Broadcast 9.10 Hazell 10.10 News 10.50 Thames Report
Whilst on BBC1:
6.55 Tomorrow's World 7.20 Top of the Pops 7.55 Blankety Blank 8.30 Living Legends 9.00 Party Political Broadcast 9.10 News 9.40 The Mourning Brooch
And Top of the Pops lined up like this:
26-4-79: Presenter: David Jensen
(16) NEIL DIAMOND – Forever In Blue Jeans (and charts)
(23) GENERATION X – Valley Of The Dolls
(7) SUPERTRAMP – The Logical Song (video)
(28) ERUPTION – One Way Ticket
(24) SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES – The Staircase (Mystery) (video)
(2) RACEY – Some Girls
(20) AMII STEWART – Knock On Wood (footage from Snowtime Special: Disco In The Snow 9-4-79)
(18) SHAM 69 – Questions And Answers
(19) BONEY M – Hooray Hooray It’s A Holi-Holiday (footage from Snowtime Special: Disco In The Snow 9-4-79)
(43) MONKS – Nice Legs Shame About Her Face
(21) THE BEE GEES – Love You Inside Out (danced to by Legs & Co)
(1) ART GARFUNKEL – Bright Eyes (video)
(17) SHOWADDYWADDY – Remember Then (and credits)
Grease ~ eat your heart out!
Neil Diamond ~ plays over the chart rundown with Forever in Blue Jeans at its peak chart position.
Generation X ~ Also at its peak was Valley of the Dolls, and this was also the final top 40 hit for Generation X.
Supertramp ~ And guess what, The Logical Song was currently at its peak in the charts too!
Eruption ~ Sorry I missed this one (presuming it wasn't edited out) - not quite as fine a cover as I Can't Stand the Rain, but still well worth a watch. One Way Ticket was their second and final UK hit. I also recall Paul Nicholas doing a very different sounding version of this at around the same time.
Siouxsie and the Banshees ~ I'd have quite liked to have seen this one too - will have to catch it all on iplayer tomorrow. Another song at its peak in the charts on tonight's show.
Racey ~ same blue suits but a new performance and a new (mystery) girl to dance with, and at number two in the charts, this was also as far as Some Girls would go.
Amii Stewart ~ They certainly seemed to have a lot of fun on Snowtime Special didn't they? This cover of Eddie Floyd's 1966 original reached number one in the USA and was the first of two top ten UK hits for Amii in 1979.
Sham 69 ~ edited out of the 7.30 show - but seems like it was a new performance of Questions and Answers which was, of course, at its chart peak.
Boney M ~ Looking more like they were dressed for Ascot than a disco in the snow, this song marks the end of an era for the band, being their final top ten hit (except for their 'Megamix' of the late 80's).
Monks ~ Hard to imagine how this band evolved from The Strawbs, but here are Richard Hudson and John Ford, writers of Part of the Union, with a song infamously described by Johnny Rotten on Juke Box Jury as 'rubbish' - a bit harsh, not a bad novelty record really and I like the twist at the end.
The Bee Gees ~ Legs and Co go all Japanese this week dancing to this lesser known Bee Gees hit (although maybe not so lesser known in the USA where it got to number one!)
Art Garfunkel ~ Another 60 seconds of rabbit action, with Art now half way through his six weeks stay at the top of the charts and with sales of 1.2 million Bright Eyes was 1979's biggest selling single.
Showaddywaddy ~ This week's show began with a song at its peak in the charts, and it ends the same way with Remember Then playing over the credits.
Next week's show, the 5th of May 1979, is the first of ten this year to be hosted by Jimmy Savile, and so will be skipped, moving us on instead to the 10th May and Mike Read.