November 19, 1988: Kylie – The Album make returns to No 1 in the UK albums chart

Kylie (1988) by Kylie Minogue

Kylie is the debut studio album by Australian singer Kylie Minogue, released July 4, 1988. The album was produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman, who also wrote nine of the ten tracks on the album.

The album has received a mixed reception from music critics; many applauded the album itself, while some did not like another bubblegum pop musician. Despite the mixed critical reaction, Kylie was a worldwide success. It peaked at number one in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Japan. Kylie was certified seven times platinum in the UK and has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

Kylie was at No 1 for four weeks from August 27, 1988 but returned for a further two on November 19, 1988.

Kylie had a total of six singles released from the album worldwide. Her debut single was a cover of the Little Eva single “The Loco-Motion”, which charted worldwide and went to number one in a total of eight countries, and peaked in the top ten of twenty countries, becoming one of Minogue’s most successful singles to date. The follow up single was “I Should Be So Lucky”, which went to number one in seven countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom.


October 17, 1988, 20:00 – Wyatt’s Watchdogs on BBC One

Wyatt’s Watchdogs

Wyatt’s Watchdogs (1988) title card [Wikipedia]
Wyatt’s Watchdogs is a 30-minute BBC1 situation comedy that starred Brian Wilde and Trevor Bannister. The six-episode series was transmitted in the autumn of 1988 from October 17. The music was composed by Ronnie Hazlehurst. The series was primarily devised as a vehicle for Wilde after he had left the cast of Last of the Summer Wine three years prior. Although initially getting passable ratings, the BBC felt that the sitcom had not really caught on, and it was dropped after one series; Wilde returned to Last of the Summer Wine in 1990.


Radio Times

October 17, 1988 at 20:00

“One Big , One Not So Big”

When the retired Major Wyatt hears that his sister Edwina’s house has been burgled in broad daylight, he decides that the time has come to take action as a citizen against the rising tide of crime. Without bothering to wait for proper police help, he sets about forming his own Neighbourhood Watch.

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October 16, 1958, 17:00 – Blue Peter

Children’s Television presents: Blue Peter

BBC Television, October 16, 1958 at 17.00

Toys, model railways, games, stories, cartoons.
A new weekly programme for younger viewers with Christopher Trace and Leila Williams.

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Christopher Trace and Leila Williams [BBC]
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October 12, 1988 on BBC 1: Doctor Who


Doctor Who “Remembrance of the Daleks” (1988), title card [Doctor Who Collectors’ Wiki]

Remembrance of the Daleks


Remembrance of the Daleks was the first serial of season 25 of Doctor Who. The story’s setting brought the Doctor back to 76 Totter’s Lane in the year 1963, where the series began in An Unearthly Child.

Radio Times

19:35 – Doctor Who

“Remembrance of the Daleks” Part 2

Second part of a four-part adventure by Ben Aaronovitch

Starring Sylvester McCoy

London, 1963: the Doctor wants to bury the past – before it buries him…


  • The Doctor: Sylvester McCoy
  • Ace: Sophie Aldred
  • Headmaster: Michael Sheard
  • Kaufman: Derek Keller
  • Girl: Jasmine Breaks
  • Mike: Dursley McLinden
  • Gilmore: Simon Williams
  • Rachel: Pamela Salem
  • Allison: Karen Gledhill
  • John: Joseph Marcell
  • Martin: William Thomas
  • Ratcliffe: George Sewell
  • Vicar: Peter Halliday
  • Dalek operator: John Scott Martin
  • Dalek operator: Hugh Spight
  • Dalek operator: Tony Starr
  • Dalek operator: Cy Town
  • Voices: Roy Skelton
  • Voices: Royce Mills
  • Voices: Brian Miller
  • Voices: John Leeson

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October 10, 1968 on BBC1: Top of the Pops

Top of the Pops (1964-2006), February 1968 title [YouTube]

19:30 – Top of the Pops

Discs-Stars-News from this week’s TOP TWENTY

Introduced by Alan Freeman, with the Top of the Pops Orchestra


“Those Were The Days” by Mary Hopkin

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October 10, 1923: 2BD Aberdeen begins broadcasting

2BD was a local radio station opened on October 10, 1923 in Aberdeen, Scotland, by the British Broadcasting Company (later to become the British Broadcasting Corporation). Operating from a studio at the rear of a shop belonging to Aberdeen Electrical Engineering at 17 Belmont Street and a transmitter located on the premises of the Aberdeen Steam Laundry Company, the station broadcast on a frequency of 606 kHz (495 m) medium wave.

In May 1925, 2BD’s premises were extended to take in number 15 Belmont Street; however, in 1926 the “Geneva Frequency Plan” cut the number of available wavelengths by 50%. 2BD’s frequency was changed to 610 kHz (491.8 m) with effect from November 14, 1926 and then a month later – because of the interference caused by 2BD having to share a frequency with the BBC’s Birmingham station, 5IT – to 600 kHz (500 m). In time, the Aberdeen station, along with other local Scottish transmitters, was replaced by a Scottish Regional Programme covering most of the country on a single high-power medium-wave frequency, while a long-wave transmitter (sited first at Chelmsford, then Daventry, and finally at Droitwich) was powerful enough to provide a National Programme audible throughout most of the United Kingdom, and “2BD” was last heard from in 1929.