Nostalgia Central is a giant online scrapbook looking back at five decades of music, movies, television, pop culture and social history. You can use this site like a reference guide, a library, a map, or (if you want to do yourself some permanent damage) it can be read end-to-end like a long, long story. Enjoy your trip in the time machine!

LATEST NEWS

ABC To Run Classic Countdown In Original Timeslot

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) will play classic Countdown episodes in the show’s original timeslot from 17 September. Classic Countdown will air on Sunday nights...

US comedy legend Jerry Lewis dies aged 91

20 August 2017 American comedian Jerry Lewis - famous for his double-act with Dean Martin and his starring role in slapstick comedy films during the...

Didn’t He Do Well? : Bruce Forsyth dies aged 89

18 August 2017 Sir Bruce Forsyth, the veteran entertainer and presenter of many successful TV shows, has died aged 89. The former Strictly Come Dancing host...

Martin Landau, star of Space 1999 and Mission: Impossible, dies aged...

15 July 2017 Martin Landau has died. He was 89, and his death was confirmed by his publicist "following a short hospitalisation". Arguably Landau’s career high...

Grotbags star Carol Lee Scott dies aged 74

6 July 2017 Children's TV star Carol Lee Scott, best known as Grotbags the witch, has died aged 74. The entertainer appeared in several children's programmes...

TV Batman actor Adam West dies at 88

10 June 2017 Adam West, the US actor best known as the star of the hit 1960s TV series Batman, has died aged 88. West died...

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LATEST MUSIC POSTS

John (Cougar) Mellencamp

John Mellencamp grew up in Seymour, Indiana. By seventeen he was married, and at nineteen he was a father, pouring concrete for a living...

Little Richard

Little Richard made the kind of Rock 'n' Roll you think only exists in the movies. Richard pounds the piano, scats out some vocals, the...

Georgie Fame

Clive Powell was born in 1943 in the small Lancashire town of Leigh (which was ultimately to be lost in the encroaching industrial conurbation...

Tracy Chapman

In April 1988, 24-year-old Tracy Chapman - a former Boston street busker with a degree in anthropology - released her folky debut album on...

Twisted Sister

Formed in New Jersey in 1973 (and originally called Silverstar) Twisted Sister signed to an unknown German label in the 70s, and following a...

Soft Cell

They were an odd couple: Dave Ball broodingly poking his keyboards in the background while out front, Marc Almond - all black eyeliner and...

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LATEST TELEVISION POSTS

Poparound

1 9 8 5 - 1 9 8 6 (UK) Chirpy Cockney chappie Gary Crowley (well-known to viewers in the London area as a DJ on...

Grundy

1 9 8 0 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes This short-lived comedy series from Thames Television presented the younger Steptoe, Harry H Corbett (in his final...

Hagen

1 9 8 0 (USA) 9 x 60 minute episodes Paul Hagen (Chad Everett) was a hunter, trapper, outdoorsman and rugged adventurer who moved from Idaho to...

Lawman

1 9 5 8 - 1 9 6 2 (USA) Film actor John Russell played Marshal Dan Troop in this popular western adventure series set in...

High Living

1 9 6 9 - 1 9 7 1 (Scotland) Scotland's very first TV soap opera was about life in a Glasgow tower block and documented...

Birds of a Feather

1 9 8 9 - 1 9 9 4 (UK) 1 9 9 7 - 1 9 9 8 (UK) 102 x 30 minute episodes Sharon (Pauline Quirke) and...

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LATEST POP CULTURE POSTS

Tammy

Barbie, Barbie, Barbie. If you're a doll and your name doesn't begin with a B, life just isn't a walk in the park, no...

Game of Jaws, The

Steven Spielberg’s 1975 summer blockbuster shark flick didn’t spawn a whole lot of licensed merchandise, but it made up for it with The Game...

Men of the Cloth – The low-down on four of London’s...

John Simons Little did he know it, but in 1965 the clothes stylist John Simons was about to start the skinhead movement in Britain. Simons, a pure Mod at...

Terry Wogan

A one-time bank clerk, Wogan joined the BBC in the 1960s and was one of Radio 1's original team of presenters in 1967. His...

Peggy Moffitt

The top American model of the 1960s, Peggy Moffitt was a startling innovator who didn't just wear fashions, she inspired them. The daughter of screenwriter Jack...

Rudi Gernreich

Like his art world contemporary Andy Warhol, Rudi Gernreich was a modern visionary and shrewd press manipulator. He guaranteed himself media exposure with sound...

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LATEST MOVIES POSTS

Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life (1983)

Vignette-style cradle-to-grave guide to the ultimate questions; Why we're born, why we die, and why we should know when one wafer-thin after-dinner mint is...

On the Buses (1971)

The first time the TV series On The Buses toppled Coronation Street from the top of the TV ratings was a clear indication that it would inevitably make...

About Face (1952)

Biff Roberts (Eddie Bracken), Tony Williams (Gordon MacRae) and Dave Crouse (Dick Wesson) are just three months away from graduating as US Army officers...

Hardcore (1979)

George C Scott plays a Midwestern Christian fundamentalist trying to find his runaway daughter in LA's seedy porno film-making precincts, where he enlists the...

4D Man (1959)

Research scientist Robert Lansing discovers the secret of penetrating solid matter when he accidentally opens a fourth dimension thanks to an electric motor stirring...

Mandy (1952)

Alexander Mackendrick’s pioneering drama about the experiences of a young deaf girl remains underrated alongside his great Ealing comedies Whisky Galore! and The Ladykillers (1955). When...

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LATEST BLOG POSTS

Public Information Films (PIFs) in Britain – The Green Cross Man...

Once upon a time in a country where children were served warm milk for free in the middle of the morning, the TV overlords...

Colour TV – The Dawn of Glam Television

It's no coincidence that Britain embraced Glam at precisely the moment that colour TV sets became affordable. It was a visual revolution which would...

Five of the worst TV comebacks

We are sticklers for a spot of nostalgia, whether that's the return of former Saturday night fave Stars in their Eyes or the constant...

The Girl On The School Sign Steps Out

She has what must be Britain's best-known silhouette - yet for 40 years she has been anonymous herself. Since 1964, the sign displaying a little...

Top 50 Greatest Toys of all time

In 2014, executives from 100 British toy companies were invited to cast their votes on the games which they thought had most shaped the industry and childhoods...

That’s Where It Was At . . .

The doorway was just south of Shaftesbury Avenue on the west side of Wardour Street. Walk along the echoey hall, down the stairs to...

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LATEST AUSTRALIA POSTS

ABC To Run Classic Countdown In Original Timeslot

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) will play classic Countdown episodes in the show’s original timeslot from 17 September. Classic Countdown will air on Sunday nights...

Strictly Ballroom (1992)

A movie about the dull people who live in an intense little community Down Under obsessed with ballroom competitions. Virtually everyone in the film carries...

Mystrys, The

Masked mavericks The Mystrys burst onto the Australian pop scene in 1966 with a spaced-out single, Witch Girl, and some downright intergalactic hype, before vanishing almost...

Whiplash

1 9 6 0 - 1 9 6 1 (Australia) 34 x 25 minute episodes A Wild West-style action series set in Australia in the 1850s. Peter...

Lost Islands, The

1 9 7 6 (Australia) 26 x 30 minute episodes A group of five school children (Tony from Australia, Mark from America, David from England, Anna...

Young Doctors, The

1 9 7 6 - 1 9 8 1 (Australia) 1396 x 30 minute episodes Back in 1979 in Australia, you could watch The Young Doctors and either ogle Delvene...

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