Bruce was forced to provide a management run schedule in 1987/1988 when he locked out his staff when they walked out on a one day strike, hoping to return. They were not planning an all out strike like Thames had to deal with in 1984. However yes, the run of imports and repeats are the basic diet for a management run emergency service.
I do wonder if it provided some kind of inspiration or template.
The TV-am lock out schedule for the first couple of weeks was simply live links by a presenter to either short news summaries, repeats of interviews they did from their TV-am archive and of course the main diet of imported material of Happy Days, Batman and Flipper.
However towards Christmas 1987 they managed to do what Thames Television didn't really do, and bring a full live, management run shorter edition of their morning magazine programme Good Morning Britain, at first a 30 minute edition, later extended to a one hour edition, with the remaining hours padded out with repeats and imports.
I have a feeling with time, the management grew in confidence, and increased the amount of live programming they could do in their management run service, with less reliance on Happy Days, Batman etc - Thames had to stick mostly with repeats and imports, I am not sure if Thames News ran a full programme during the 1984 strike.