Thames can brighten up a cold winter in the middle of a recession, this advert from 5 January 1982 claims

There’s no better way to spend this cold, dreary winter than Watching Thames Television’s terrific line-up of programmes.

For a start, on our light entertainment side is Let There Be Love. Paul Eddington stars as a confirmed bachelor, who to the bewilderment of his best friend Henry McGee, decides to marry the beautiful and intriguing Nanette Newman appearing in her first ever comedy role.

There are plenty more laughs in store with Don’t Rock The Boat. Nigel Davenport succeeds in disrupting his well-ordered all male family boat-building business when he brings home a showgirls, the vivacious Sheila White and proposes marriage.

And of course old favourites Benny Hill, Jim Davidson and Shelley return to keep you laughing. While Eric and Ernie take a revealing look at some of the great comedy duos of all time in a one hour special with Alan Whicker.

When the laughter dies down, relax and enjoy our first rate drama season. Laurence Olivier and Alan Bates star in Voyage Round My Father. It’s the true inspiring life story of the author, John Mortimer’s relationship with his tragically blinded father.

Something else you’ll be sure not to miss is that devilish double-act Dennis Waterman and George Cole back in an all new action-packed series of Minder.

Of course, no Thames winter would be complete without a fabulous selection of films. The season starts with a brand new Best seller, The Star Maker, starring Rock Hudson and Suzanne Pleshette. The compelling drama of a Hollywood Director with a unique style for turning beautiful faces into overnight sensations.

Amongst the great feature films to look forward to is Ryan’s Daughter. Set in rural southern Ireland, Sarah Miles, Sir John Mills, Robert Mitchum and Trevor Howard star in David Lean’s Academy Award-winning motion picture.

And two of Hollywood’s biggest names Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford star as the ill-matched lovers in the British Television Film Première of The Way We Were.

This is just the start of a great entertainment season ahead. So cheer up! Isn’t it good to know that there is a bright side this winter?

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