Jesus Jones

Dozens of English guitar bands converted to dance music following the success of Happy Mondays and others. Mike Edwards and company were a guitar band of no fixed style until 1988 when they took a holiday in Spain and decided to reinvent themselves. Needing a new moniker to inspire their resurrection, they paired a popular(...)

Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & The Crypt Kickers

Bobby Pickett originally wanted to be an actor - in fact, you can watch him co-starring with Deborah Walley and Tommy Kirk in the 1967 teen flick It's A Bikini World. But his claim to immortality turned out to be a record, Monster Mash, which hit #1 in 1962. Born in Somerville, Massachusetts, in 1938, Pickett settled in(...)

Love of Mike, The

1 9 6 0 (UK) 30 x 30 minute episodes This now-forgotten sitcom about Mike Lane, a dance band trumpeter with a frantic love life, was written for Michael Medwin, recently demobbed from The Army Game. Mike was always broke, always short of rent, and always running after easy money or a hard-to-get blonde. He was an inveterate(...)

Happy Holidays

1 9 5 4 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes This BBC comedy series was written by Peter Ling (co-creator of Compact and Crossroads) and broadcast on Saturday afternoons between July and September, throughout the school holidays of 1954. Real life husband and wife John Le Mesurier and Hattie Jacques played Mr and Mrs Mulberry - a(...)

Target Luna

1 9 6 0 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes This sci-fi drama from ATV was produced by Sydney Newman and made for Sunday afternoon family viewing. Professor Wedgwood (David Markham) is ready to send the first man to the moon from his base on a remote island off the coast of Scotland (although location shooting took(...)

Beasts

1 9 7 6 (UK) 6 x 60 minute episodes A series of six effective and concise horror/mystery stories commissioned by ATV from producer Nicholas Palmer and writer Nigel Kneale (creator of Quatermass) transmitted on Saturday nights. Laden with suspense, drama and a thick vein of black humour, each stand-alone television play was a variation on(...)

Best of Enemies

1 9 6 8 - 1 9 6 9 (UK) 5 x 30 minute episodes Television's first attempt to poke fun at the world of politics from within the Houses of Parliament in a situation comedy came from the pens of Vince Powell and Harry Driver. The series revolved around two MPs - one Labour, one(...)

Corridor People, The

1 9 6 6 (UK) 4 x 60 minute episodes This short-lived series from Granada television featured a double-dealing Humphrey Bogart-loving gumshoe named Phil Scrotty (Gary Cockrell), a portly and ruthless police official called Kronk (John Sharp), a comedy police duo called Blood and Hound (Alan Curtis and William Maxwell), and a millionaire Persian villainess named Syrie(...)

Game On

1 9 9 5 - 1 9 9 8 (UK) 18 x 30 minute episodes Game On was like a dysfunctional, cruder version of Friends. It focused on three young flat sharers, each with his or her own personal problems. Most screwed-up was "double-hard bastard" Matthew (Ben Chaplin for one season and then Neil Stuke), whose parents had(...)

For The Children

1 9 4 6 - 1 9 5 1  (UK) Among the items offered under this umbrella title for school-age children were features on stamp collecting and other wholesome pursuits, classic stories and, from August 1946, music and fun with Muffin the Mule and his piano-playing escort, Annette Mills. Muffin was originally just one of(...)

Flying Doctor, The

1 9 5 9 - 1 9 6 1 (UK) 39 x 30 minute episodes Nearly 30 years before The Flying Doctors took off from Cooper's Crossing, tall, handsome American doctor Greg Graham (Richard Denning), his blind assistant Dr Harrison (Peter Madden) and his trusty nurse, Mary (Jill Adams), were life-savers in the Australian outback. Responding to urgent(...)

Flip Side of Dominick Hide, The/Another Flip for Dominick

1 9 8 0 (UK) 1 x 90 minute episode 1 9 8 2 (UK) 1 x 90 minute episode This Play For Today achieved almost cult status with its tale of a friendly but naive lad from 150 years in the future who visited Britain in the 1980s. By sending his flying saucer through a time warp,(...)

Foundation, The

1 9 7 7 - 1 9 7 8 (UK) 26 x 60 minute episodes This ATV drama series was set in the cut-throat world of high finance and big business where Davinia Prince (Lynette Davies) took her late husband's place in a company's boardroom. Successful tycoon Don Prince (Keith Barron) died of a heart attack(...)

Queen Kong (1976)

A female film crew journeys to the jungle Island of Lazanga ("where they do the konga") where a giant ape, Queen Kong, falls in love with the crew's male star. Robin Askwith stars as wimpy hippy leading man Ray Fay (you see what they did there?) while Rula Lenska's character (the feminist film director) is(...)

1990

1 9 7 7 (UK) 16 x 60 minute episodes Great Britain, 1990. A dystopian future (at the time) in which Britain is under the grip of the Home Office's Department of Public Control (PCD), a tyrannically oppressive bureaucracy riding roughshod over the population's civil liberties. The all-powerful PCD have done away with the rights of the(...)

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