September 12, 1988: Stoppit and Tidyup clean up on BBC1

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Stoppit and Tidyup (1988)

Stoppit and Tidyup was a British children’s animated cartoon series originally broadcast by the BBC in 1988. The stories feature two protagonists, Stoppit and Tidyup, interacting with various other characters in the mythical land of Do As You’re Told. Each episode was five minutes in length and narrated by Terry Wogan. The series was partly funded by The Tidy Britain Group.

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September 12, 1968: Sportsnight first broadcast on BBC TV

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Sportsnight (1968-1997)

Sportsnight was a midweek BBC television sports programme that ran from 1968 until 1997. Shown on Tuesday nights until it moved to Wednesdays in 1973, the programme was not broadcast during the summer months and was generally on air from September until the following April. Its theme tune was composed by Tony Hatch.

Sportsnight was a successor to Sportsview which started in 1954. The BBC Sports Personality of the Year award evolved as a spin-off from Sportsview, when the last show of its inception year featured the Sports Review of 1954. Frank Bough took over as main host in 1964 and Sportsview was cancelled/replaced by Sportsnight with Coleman from 1968.

The show broadcast many sports and acted as a midweek version of Grandstand, although almost all of its coverage was in highlights form, often featuring midweek football action, particularly international matches and FA Cup replays. In the final few years the Sportsnight brand was used when the BBC was showing live European football.

Hosts

  • David Coleman (1968-1972)
  • Tony Gubba (1972-1975)
  • Harry Carpenter (1975-1985)
  • Steve Rider (1985-1991)
  • Des Lynam (1991-1997)

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September 12, 1998: All Saints take their “Bootie Call” to No 1

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“Bootie Call” (1998) by All Saints

“Bootie Call” is a song performed by British-Canadian girl group All Saints from their debut album, All Saints (1998). The song was first released on August 31, 1998. “Bootie Call” achieved chart success; topping the UK Singles Chart for one week on September 12, 1998, and at the same time becoming the group’s third consecutive number-one hit. The single achieved Silver certification by BPI.

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September 12, 1988: The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice is published

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The Queen of the Damned (1988) by Anne Rice [first edition]
The Queen of the Damned is a horror novel by American writer Anne Rice, the third in her The Vampire Chronicles series. It follows Interview with the Vampire (1976) and The Vampire Lestat (1985). This novel is a continuation of the story that ends in a cliffhanger in The Vampire Lestat and explores the rich history and mythology of the origin of the vampires, which dates back to Ancient Egypt.

A feature film version, which included elements from The Vampire Lestat was released in 2002.

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