1960s singer Bobby Vee dies aged 73

24 October 2016 Bobby Vee, best known for hits including Rubber Ball, Take Good Care of My Baby and The Night Has a Thousand Eyes, has died at the age of 73. Vee released more than 25 albums during his career, retiring in 2011 after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Vee's son Jeff Velline(...)

Sand Pebbles, The (1966)

Engineer Jake Holman (Steve McQueen) arrives aboard the gunboat USS San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of the Yangtze in the middle of exploited and revolution-torn 1926 China. His iconoclasm and cynical nature soon clash with the "rice-bowl" system which runs the ship and the uneasy symbiosis between Chinese and foreigner on the river.(...)

Hanover Street (1979)

During the Second World War, an American Pilot stationed in England meets a young British nurse during an air raid on London. The two instantly fall in love, despite the fact that the young Nurse is already married; a secret she keeps hidden from her American lover. After being shot down behind enemy lines, while(...)

Frogs (1972)

Jason Crockett is an ageing, grumpy, physically disabled millionaire who invites his family to his island estate for his birthday celebration. Pickett Smith is a freelance photographer who is doing a pollution layout for an ecology magazine. Crockett hates nature, poisoning anything that crawls on his property. On the night of his birthday, the frogs(...)

New Centurions, The (1972)

An idealistic rookie cop joins the LAPD to make ends meet while finishing law school, and is indoctrinated by a seasoned veteran. As time goes on, he loses his ambitions and family as police work becomes his entire life. Kilvinski George C. Scott Roy Stacy Keach Dorothy Jane Alexander Gus Scott Wilson Lorrie Rosalind Cash(...)

Coronation Street’s Hilda Ogden has died aged 90

15 October 2016 Jean Alexander, who played Coronation Street's Hilda Ogden and Auntie Wainwright in Last of the Summer Wine, has died aged 90. Alexander portrayed Hilda Ogden, a sharp-tongued, put-upon housewife who was one of Coronation Street's best-known characters, from 1964 to 1987. With her curlers, headscarf and piercing voice that could not be(...)

Johnny Cash TV Show, The

1 9 6 9 - 1 9 7 1 (USA) 58 x 60 minute episodes This music variety show - hosted by Johnny Cash and recorded at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee (then home of the Grand Ole Opry) - aired on ABC between June 1969 and March 1971. Regulars included members of Cash's touring troupe,(...)

Alanis Morissette

A former child actress (You Can't Do That On Television), Canadian Alanis Morissette transformed herself into a confessional alternative singer/songwriter Flea and Dave Navarro from Red Hot Chili Peppers added a bit of musical clout (and instant credibility) to Alanis Morissette's breakthrough single, You Oughta Know, with some raucous bass and guitars. The track's explicit nature also(...)

Dandy Warhols, The

The Dandy Warhols formed in 1994 in Portland, Oregon. Gigs involving heavy drinking, fighting, and striptease by various band members (with Ms McCabe's most eagerly awaited) created a big buzz around their hometown. Local label Tim Kerr Records snapped them up for their debut single, Little Drummer Boy in 1994, followed by a debut album, Dandys Rule(...)

Lazarus Syndrome, The

1 9 7 9 (USA) 6 x 60 minute episodes In a medical crisis, anyone might exhibit the Lazarus Syndrome: a belief that doctors are godlike beings who can work miracles. It's a burden that cardiologist MacArthur "Mac" St. Clair (Louis Gossett Jr) doesn't need. He has his hands full with an overloaded schedule, a troubled marriage(...)

Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girly (1970)

Sexy, immature teenager Girly (Vanessa Howard) and her camera-wielding brother Sonny (Howard Trevor) bring home unsuspecting bums and hippies to their sprawling estate to participate in an elaborate role-playing game - with wealthy Mumsy (Ursula Howells) and Nanny (Pat Heywood) - in which they are the perfect family. Those men who refuse or attempt to(...)

Joe and Sons

1 9 7 5 - 1 9 7 6 (USA) 14 x 30 minute episodes Blue-collar widower Joe Vitale (Richard Castellano) is raising his teenage boys Mark (Barry Miller) and Nick (Jimmy Baio) in Hoboken, New Jersey. In the pilot, the show took place in Erie, Pennsylvania, but the setting was changed for the rest of(...)

Where’s Huddles?

1 9 7 0 (UK) 10 x 30 minute episodes The misadventures of a team of football players and their families on and off the field. This summer replacement show starred Ed Huddles, the quarterback for the Rhinos, a professional football team, and his neighbour, Bubba McCoy, the team's centre. They lived next door to each(...)

Down the ‘Gate

1 9 7 5 - 1 9 7 6 (UK) 12 x 30 minute episodes The bustle and banter of London's iconic Billingsgate fish market provided the backdrop for Reg Varney's first sitcom following his phenomenal success in On the Buses. In the mid-Seventies, the 'gate was Europe's premier fish market: a muddle of boxes and(...)

Melinda (1972)

A slick, smooth-talking, womanising young black DJ falls hard for an enigmatic woman he's just met. Things take a turn for the worse, though, when she is found dead in his apartment. It turns out that she was killed by the local mob, which is trying to frame him for the crime. With the police(...)

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