1980 TV coverage and Movie Specials
The Risk Business

First broadcast on 9th April 1980, this BBC program takes a look at what was perceived to be a huge risk, making a sequel to what was then the biggest movie of all time, Star Wars.

It also takes a fascinating look at the workings of the UK crews, and the differences to their American counterparts. And we learn that to build the Falcon cost a HUGE £70,000.

Star Wars Music by John Williams BBC

Rare BBC documentary which has never been repeated or officially released. Witness John Williams composing the legendary score for The Empire Strikes and conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. It was produced, written and directed by David Buckton, narrated by Antony Horder and was first broadcast May 18, 1980, as a tie in to the release of “The Empire Strikes Back.”

Muppet Show: episode 417

First broadcast on February 21, 1980. Kermit has booked Angus McGonagle, the argyle gargoyle who gargles Gershwin (gorgeously). But at the start of the show, the cast of Star Wars — Luke Skywalker, C-3PO and R2-D2 smash through the wall, looking for Chewbacca. Kermit is thrilled to have them on his show, until he finds out that they won’t actually perform anything.

Luke mollifies Kermit by bringing in his “cousin”, Mark Hamill — but when Kermit sees Mark sing and dance, he throws him out. Finally, the Star Wars crew hijacks the Swinetrek. With First Mate Piggy subbing in as Princess Leia, they face Dearth Nadir (Gonzo) who is holding Chewbacca prisoner.

Sesame Street: episode 1364

First broadcast on January 31, 1980. Episode 1364 is the first of two episodes in which C-3PO and R2-D2 from Star Wars visit Sesame Street. The droids returned in Episode 1396.

Big Bird sees a flying saucer land in the yard behind the courtyard, and two metal men getting out. The adults just think it’s his imagination, but are soon shocked when two droids from Star Wars (C-3PO and R2-D2) quickly shuffle (and roll) by.

Sesame Street: episode 1396

First broadcast on March 17, 1980: Episode 1396 is the second of two episodes in which C-3PO and R2-D2 from Star Wars visit Sesame Street. The droids first appeared in Episode 1364.

Big Bird is at the bus stop to wait for C-3PO and R2-D2. When the bus arrives he sees them again but he gets into the bus as it keeps moving!

Jim'll Fix It

Air date unknown, but since the Dagobah set is still up it must have been recorded in 1979 and perhaps broadcast for the 6th season of the show. The host Jimmy Savile was later accused of pedophilia and the show’s name has been tainted ever since. I still put this video up because of the footage of the Dagobah set and Mark Hamill. Despite the disgusting practices of Jimmy Savile, this is still part of Star Wars history.

 

The footage however is awesome. One lucky kid got to have a picknick with Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker on the Dagobah set. Too bad not much more is known about the visit, or more video or photography available. After the scandal I doubt more info will ever surface.