Witches and the Grinnygog, The

1 9 8 3 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes Set in the countryside around Winchester, this was a story of sorcery and magic as three good witches rose from the marshes to hunt for a small, enchanted stone figure: the Grinnygog, which was placed in their charge centuries ago and was now lost. The Grinnygog,(…)

Charge!

1 9 6 9 (UK) 5 x 30 minute episodes This BBC comedy series starred portly Robert Morley (who also co-wrote the series with Jeremy Paul) as the self-centred, pompous and arrogant Herbert Todhunter. Todhunter had moved in with his brother-in-law Partridge (Robert Raglan) onboard his houseboat and after two years showed no sign of leaving. Mrs(…)

Two In Clover

1 9 6 9 – 1 9 7 0 (UK) 13 x 30 minute episodes Londoner Sid Turner (Carry On star Sid James) and Welshman Vic Evans (Victor Spinetti) were clerks in a City insurance firm and thoroughly fed up with their lot. Throwing in their jobs, they purchased Clover Farm, a smallholding of 40 acres in Finchley with(…)

Television sitcom writer Carla Lane dies, aged 87

31 May 2016 Television writer Carla Lane, who created shows including 1980s Liverpool sitcom Bread, has died aged 87. Lane, who was born in Liverpool and later became known for her animal rights activism, also wrote Butterflies and co-wrote The Liver Birds. Lane first became known for The Liver Birds, a sitcom which focused on(…)

Nat King Cole Show, The

1 9 5 6 – 1 9 5 7 (USA) This NBC series (the first TV variety show hosted by an African-American) began as a modest 15-minute show, but soon expanded to 30 minutes thanks to Nat King Cole‘s unique talent. Unfortunately, despite the positive audience response, national sponsors feared that 1956 was not the ideal(…)

Selling Hitler

1 9 9 1 (UK) 5 x 60 minute episodes In 1981, Gerd Heidemann, a senior reporter for the German magazine Stern, believes he has stumbled onto the greatest literary find of the century: the personal diaries of Adolf Hitler. Shrouded in secrecy, Heidemann (dubbed ‘the bloodhound’ for his ability to sniff out a story) and(…)

All in Good Faith

1 9 8 5 – 1 9 8 8 (UK) 18 x 30 minute episodes Reverend Philip Lambe Richard Briers Emma Lambe Barbara Ferris Peter Lambe James Campbell

Goodbye, Mr. Kent

1 9 8 2 (UK) 7 x 30 minute episodes This BBC comedy had all the elements of a pleasant, after dinner relaxation. It showed the England that will always be, at least on television. There was nothing unpleasant about this story of a strange man forcing his way into the house of a defenceless woman. The(…)

Common As Muck

1 9 9 4 – 1 9 9 7 (UK) 12 x 55 minute episodes Set in the fictional northern town of Hepworth, this comedy drama explored the lives of a team of unruly dustbinmen – the so-called ‘supercrew’ – who discovered that the local council was planning to put their work out to private tender because(…)

Mr Ed star Alan Young dies at 96

19 May 2016 Actor and comedian Alan Young – who starred alongside a talking horse in the popular sitcom Mr Ed in the 1960s – has died in Los Angeles, aged 96. He died of natural causes on Thursday at a film and TV retirement facility in the city, his manager said. Young played the(…)

Archer

1 9 7 5 (USA) 6 x 60 minute episodes Former cop Lew Archer (Brian Keith) is now a private detective who is not above bending the law when trying to solve a case. Archer lives alone in a dump in the flatland where Los Angeles and Hollywood merge, and his friend, Lieutenant Brighton (John P.(…)

Most Wanted

1 9 7 6 – 1 9 7 7 (USA) 22 x 60 minute episodes Los Angeles mayor Dan Stoddard (Hari Rhodes) created the elite “Most Wanted” unit in the LAPD to deal with crimes and criminals of major magnitude. Captain Linc Evers (Robert Stack) headed the unit, setting out each week with Sergeant Benson (Shelly(…)

On Our Own

1 9 7 7 (USA) 22 x 30 minute episodes Maria Bonino (Lynnie Greene) and Julia Peters (Bess Armstrong) were two secretaries in a high-powered New York advertising agency who find themselves promoted to art director and copywriter and begin their new careers with enthusiasm. J.M. Bedford (Bob Randall) was chairman of the board, Toni McBain(…)

Turnabout

1 9 7 9 (USA) 7 x 30 minute episodes Tough sportswriter Sam Alston (John Schuck) and his cosmetics exec wife Penny (Sharon Gless) find themselves inhabiting each other’s bodies thanks to a magic Buddha-like statue. They try to keep the switch a secret and live each other’s life while trying to discover the secret of(…)

Operation Petticoat

1 9 7 7 – 1 9 7 8 (USA) 33 x 30 minute episodes With a cast of 18 regulars, this tale of World War II was based (loosely) on the 1959 movie of the same name. There were 13 regular officers and crewmen aboard the submarine USS Sea Tiger, but the main attraction was five(…)

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