Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1981) – Journey to Oasis

Mark Lenard guest stars in the second feature length instalment of what is Buck Rogers derided second season. Written by Bob Mitchell, this double episode first aired on 22 January, 1981, and sees Buck (Gil Gerard) leading a party – despite the presence of a higher ranking officer, COLONEL Wilma Deering (Erin Gray) in the…

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1981) – Time of the Hawk

So the retooled Buck Rogers launched on 15 January, 1981, with a two hour premiere that was written by Norman Hudis. Fans at the time, and anyone rewatching the series, like me, must have been scratching their head over the nonsensical changes that had been forced onto the series, even as it tried to shoehorn…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Keeper of Traken

  Tom Baker’s penultimate tale as The Doctor was a four-parter written by Johnny Byrne that aired from 31 January to 21 February, 1981. It introduced a new companion, Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) and the return of The Master in the form of Geoffrey Beevers and the  Anthony Ainley. The Doctor and Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) arrive…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – Warriors Gate

  This four part story that was written by Steve Gallagher and ran from 3 January to 24 January, 1981 saw, by stories end the departure of Romana (Lalla Ward) as well as K9 from the TARDIS, as the E-Space Trilogy comes to an end. Biroc (David Weston) gets aboard the TARDIS, and steers it…

Magnum, P.I. (1981) – Never Again… Never Again & The Ugliest Dog in Hawaii

  Thomas (Tom Selleck) finds his way into more trouble this week, with this double dose of the Hawaii detective (sorry, investigator). The first episode, Never Again… Never Again, hit televisions on 22 January, 1981. It was written for the series by Babs Greyhosky, based on a story by Jim Carlson and Terrence McDonnell. It was directed…

Magnum, P.I. (1981) – No Need to Know & Skin Deep

  The new year starts off with a bang for Thomas  (Tom Selleck). First off, he ends up tangling with the IRA in No Need to Know. This episode originally aired 8 January, 1981, and was written by Frank Lupo. It seems Robin has offered the estate to be used by one of Higgins’ (John…