So what accompanied TOTP on BBC1 Thursday nights in September 1976? Well, with all specific listings corresponding to the 30th (for which the corresponding show won't be on until mid-October, but never mind)...
3.55 PLAY SCHOOL
Presenters FLOELLA BENJAMIN, JOHNNY BALL and JON GLOVER
More adventures of space traveller Astronut and his earthbound pal Oscar
With MICHAEL JAYSTON
Princess Spindrift by SHEILA MACDONALD
4.40 BLUE PETER
with JOHN NOAKES, PETER PURVES, LESLEY JUDD
From Blue Peter: Inside The Archives, a complete and comprehensive BP episode guide compiled by former editor Richard Marson published in 2008 and just about still in publication, we know that the series started on the 13th with 'JOHN ON CRUTCHES AFTER GO WITH NOAKES FILMING MISHAP', on Thursday 16th 'WATER SAVING TIPS' (well, it was 1976) sat uneasily alongside 'WOMBLES WEATHER MACHINE + PA "RAINMAKER"', by Monday 27th they were on to 'BBC TEA LEAVES FROM CANTEEN FOR COMPOST', and the 30th offered 'SUB LOO AND PERISCOPE' and 'PENGE JUNIOR LATIN GIRLS TEAM'.
5.5 JOHN CRAVEN'S NEWSROUND
5.10 THE ODDBALL COUPLE
Elegant Spiffy and Messy Fleabag have nothing in common except a habit of falling into the same kind of trouble.
5.35 NOAH AND NELLY
Told by RICHARD BRIERS and PETER HAWKINS
5.40 EVENING NEWS
with KENNETH KENDALL
The scene Nationwide co-ordinated this week by MICHAEL BARRATT, FRANK BOUGH, DILYS MORGAN, VALERIE SINGLETON and BOB WELLINGS
6.45 TOMORROW'S EUROPE
from the Royal School of Artillery, Larkhill. RAYMOND BAXTER, WILLIAM WOOLLARD, MICHAEL RODD and JUDITH HANN look at the prospects for European collaboration on weapons for the rest of the 20th century. Will European countries pull together to achieve more punch per pound, or wore separately to win the battle for lucrative arms exports in a European tug of war? If you were a Middle East defence minister, would you buy British or French missiles? German or British submarines? A German-Italian-British field gun? Or simply buy American?
(This series began on September 16th, preceded by Bellamy's New World)
7.10 TOP OF THE POPS
Introduced by DAVE LEE TRAVIS
TOP OF THE POPS ORCHESTRA
RUBY FLIPPER (though this was their last showing in the six-strong lineup)
Musical Director JOHNNY PEARSON; Choreography FLICK COLBY; Sound KEITH GUNN; Associate Producer PHIL BISHOP; Producer BRIAN WHITEHOUSE
7.40 HAPPY EVER AFTER
Starring TERRY SCOTT and JUNE WHITFIELD
Mistaken identity can lead to all sorts of problems, especially if you're Terry.
Another episode starring TELLY SAVALAS as Police Lieutenant Theo Kojak, a tough cop with a tough job in a tough town - New York.
9.0 NINE O'CLOCK NEWS
with KENNETH KENDALL
A frank account of life on the ocean waves in one of Her Majesty's ships. A series of ten programmes.
A series of six programmes by PHILIP MARTIN with AHMEA KHALIL, ELIZABETH CASSIDY, PAUL ANTRIM, PAUL BARBER, ALIBE
PARSONS, SAEED JAFFREY and MAURICE COLBOURNE as John Kline
Incident 4 - On the top of a modern skyscraper block, there is a general falling out of friends. Can John Kline avoid execution at the hands of three gunman? What is the extent of his partner Dermot Macavoy's treachery?
with its nightly look at some of the people and topics that provoke, entertain, worry or interest us. DENIS TUOHY is in the Tonight studio and Tonight's reporters are out and about at home and abroad.
The Day Debate: ROBIN DAY examines an important topical issue with the people involved.
JACK SCOTT with prospects for this weekend and October
Meanwhile, BBC2 has Play School and the Labour Party Conference, then Open University between five and seven, and then...
7.10 TAKE ANOTHER LOOK
at The Beginning of Life
Throughout the animal kingdom, the creation of new life from an egg and a sperm is a both beautiful and mysterious process. Narrator ERIC THOMPSON
Presented by MICHAEL CHARLTON and CHARLES WHEELER, including every Thursday UK REPORT from BBC news correspondents in Britain, with ROBIN DAY at the Labour Party Conference. Newsreader PETER WOODS.
8.5 DIARY OF A VILLAGE
One year in Heddington, Wiltshire. A documentary serial in eight parts.
8.35 FIRST IMPRESSIONS
The new monthly edition of THE BOOK PROGRAMME in which guest critics review a selection of the month's top titles in conversation with ROBERT ROBINSON. This month's critics are RICHARD HOGGART, GERMAINE GREER and MICHAEL BILLINGTON
9.0 THE HOLLYWOOD MUSICAL: OKLAHOMA!
11.15 LATE NEWS ON 2
MARTIN MUNCASTER reads THE UNKNOWN CITIZEN by WH AUDEN