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f#*k on Cocks by T_Emery_Lolsworth on 05-03-2007
Today we are talking about TV-am
Because we have to talk about something. Besides, the 1987 strike was so awesome that everyone should learn about it at some point
Oh yeah. A 24-hour strike by the technical staff that turned into the biggest clusterf#*k in UK broadcasting history. It was only meant to be a little one day thing but Bruce Gyngell, the DG of the station, wouldn't let the poor sods back in
He ended up running the network with himself and a bunch of caretakers and tealadies for like six f#*king months, desperately plugging the schedules with cheaply imported repeats of Happy Days, Batman and Flipper, shown in random order and occasionally backwards
TV-am was Margaret Thatcher's pet breakfast channel and Gyngell was like Thatcherism in a fleshy shell. This one incident of extreme stubborness and assholity, leading to six months of surrealist breakfast television, pretty much sums up the Thatcher years by itself
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