January 25, 1978: Holocaust 2000 opens in UK cinemas

Holocaust 2000 (1977)

Holocaust 2000 (aka The Chosen or Rain of Fire) is a horror film starring Kirk Douglas.

The world will be destroyed in a rain of fire. It is written.

Despite doomsday warnings from throngs of locals, wealthy industrialist Robert Caine makes the controversial decision to build a nuclear power plant near a sacred cave in the Middle East. But before Caine can reap the benefits of his latest bid for global domination, he discovers that his son, Angel, is the Antichrist, who is planning to use his father’s project to trigger the end of the world.

Notable cast & crew

  • Kirk Douglas, “Robert Caine”
  • Simon Ward, “Angel Caine”
  • Anthony Quayle, “Professor Griffith”
  • Virginia McKenna, “Eva Caine”
  • Geoffrey Keen, “Gynecologist”
  • Ennio Morricone, soundtrack

Selections from the soundtrack by Ennio Morricone


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Strange Report (ITV, 1969)

Strange Report (1969) titlecard

Strange Report is a British television drama starring Anthony Quayle as Adam Strange. It was produced by ITC Entertainment and first broadcast on September 21, 1969.

Adam Strange, a retired Home Office criminologist, solves bizarre cases – which had been marked “Open File” by various government departments – with the help of Hamlyn Gynt (Kaz Garas), Evelyn (Anneke Wills) and Professor Marks (Charles Lloyd-Pack). He employed the latest techniques in forensic investigation, which he undertook in his own laboratory in his flat in Warwick Crescent in the Maida Vale/Little Venice area of Paddington.

Unlike other ITC productions, which were created in order to be sold to the U.S. market, Strange Report was created in collaboration with NBC’s films unit Arena in the United States (the show’s executive producer was Norman Felton, better known for his involvement in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), with the suggestion that the first half of the series would take place in the United Kingdom and the second half would see Strange visiting the United States. This fell through, which explains why such a short season of episodes was created. The second series also fell through because Quayle and Wills decided not to continue due to personal concerns.

In the United States, NBC broadcast Strange Report from January 8, 1971.

The series opening theme was composed by Roger Webb.

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“I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

“I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” (1982) by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Joan Jett saw the Arrows perform “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” on their weekly UK television series Arrows when she was touring England with the Runaways in 1976. She first recorded the song in 1979 with two of the Sex Pistols: Steve Jones and Paul Cook. This first version was released on vinyl in 1979 on Vertigo records as a B-side to “You Don’t Own Me”.

In 1981, Jett re-recorded the song, this time with her band, the Blackhearts. This recording became a U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single for seven weeks.

Released on January 19, 1982, the single peaked at No 4 in the UK for three consecutive weeks.

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January 17, 1970: Sinn Féin founded

Sinn_Féin (1905/1970-), logo
Sinn_Féin (1905/1970-), logo

Sinn Féin is a left-wing Irish republican political party active in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Sinn Féin are also the only party that may be elected to the Oireachtas, Northern Ireland Executive & Westminster.

The original Sinn Féin organisation was founded on November 28, 1905 by Arthur Griffith. It took its current form on January 17, 1970 after a split within the party (with the other side becoming the Workers’ Party of Ireland) and has historically been associated with the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA).

Sinn Féin is the largest nationalist party in the Northern Ireland Assembly, and the joint-largest overall (alongside the Democratic Unionist Party); it had four ministerial posts in the most recent power-sharing Northern Ireland Executive. It holds seven of Northern Ireland’s 18 seats—the second-largest bloc after the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)—at Westminster, where it follows a policy of abstentionism, refusing to attend parliament or vote on bills. It is the third-largest party, and the largest party on the left, in the Oireachtas, the parliament of the Republic of Ireland.


January 7, 1940: the BBC Forces Programme is launched

The BBC Forces Programme was a BBC radio station which operated from January 7, 1940 until February 26, 1944.

Upon the outbreak of World War II, the BBC closed the existing BBC National Programme and BBC Regional Programme, combining the two to form a single channel known as the BBC Home Service.

Domestically, the BBC’s medium-wave transmitters continued to broadcast only the Home Service until the start of 1940, when – the lack of choice and of lighter programming for people serving in the Armed Forces having been noted – some of the former regional frequencies (804 and 877 kHz) were given over to a new service known as the BBC Forces Programme.

The BBC Forces Programme was replaced when the influx of American soldiers, used to a different style of entertainment programming, had to be catered for in the run up to D-Day. The replacement service was named the BBC General Forces Programme and was also broadcast on the shortwave frequencies of the BBC Overseas Service (which itself had been known until 1939 as the BBC Empire Service and was relaunched again in 1965 as the BBC World Service).

After VE-Day, the frequencies of the former National Programme (200 and 1149 kHz) were taken over by the new BBC Light Programme.


January 1, 1927: The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is formed

BBC logo (1927-1988)
BBC logo (1927-1988) [Logopedia]
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) came into existence on January 1, 1927, and John Reith (who had been MD for the British Broadcasting Company) – newly knighted – was appointed its first Director General. To represent its purpose and (stated) values, the new corporation adopted the coat of arms, including the motto “Nation shall speak peace unto Nation”.