LATEST NEWS

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...

Chuck Berry, Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Dies at 90

18 March 2017 Chuck Berry, the singer, songwriter and guitar great who practically defined rock music with hits including Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven, Rock &...

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LATEST MUSIC

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...

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...

Rockers (1978)

At its best, Rockers, a picaresque reggae romp, is an enjoyable wallow in Kingston (Jamaica) slum culture. The star, Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, has an engaging, deadpan...

Can’t Stop The Music (1980)

Can't Stop the Music was made by Allan Carr, who was also responsible for the mega-musical Grease (1978), as a vehicle for the promotion of the Village...

Mazzy Starr

From 1984 to 1987, songwriter-guitarist David Roback, already known for his work in Rain Parade, and Kendra Smith, the former bass player for the...

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LATEST TELEVISION

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...

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...

Generation Game, The

1 9 7 1 - 1 9 8 2 (UK) 1 9 9 0 - 2 0 0 2 (UK) 2 0 0 5 (UK) "Nice to see you, to...

Sunday Night At The London Palladium

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 6 7 (UK) 1 9 7 3 (UK) Launched in ITV's very first week by Val Parnell, the first...

Designing Women

1 9 8 6 - 1 9 9 3 (USA) 163 x 30 minute episodes This late 80s CBS sitcom told the story of two sisters, Suzanne...

Fresh Fields/French Fields

1 9 8 4 - 1 9 8 6 (UK) 26 x 25 minute episodes 1 x Christmas special 1 9 8 9 - 1 9 9 1 (UK) 18...

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LATEST POP CULTURE

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...

Polo shirts

The alligator, the crocodile, the tiger, the swan, and the fox (and in Australia, the penguin) . . . All these mascots were proud to...

Spirograph

The year was 1965, and Denys Fisher introduced the little ones to mathematics with a set of ridged plastic shapes known as Spirograph. This amazing...

Planet of the Apes figures

Few science-fiction concepts were as durable as the one that fueled Planet of the Apes. The success of the first Planet of the Apes film in...

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LATEST MOVIES

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...

Young Frankenstein (1974)

Dr Frankenstein's grandson, Frederick von Frankenstein, reluctantly decides to follow in his ancestor's footprints in Mel Brooks' affectionate parody of horror films. Frederick would like to...

Last Tango In Paris (1972)

If movie audiences weren't plonking down money in 1973 to see Linda Blair vomit pea soup in William Friedkin's The Exorcist, they were lining up...

Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

The life of doomed gay British playwright Joe Orton gets a no-holds-barred but sure-handed telling by director Stephen Frears in this funny and moving...

Amadeus (1984)

Amadeus had all the markings of a pretentious little art film - After all, how could a biography of Mozart not seem dull? But nothing...

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...

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LATEST BLOG POSTS

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...

Tony Flare – The Shaggy-Haired Guy Behind The Spacematic Disco

He has always been keen to skim over what has been called his 'lost year'. And one look at the photographs on this page...

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...

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...

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...

Holidays in the 60s and 70s

Park the car, get out that picnic table and eat those spam sandwiches you made earlier. Sit back in that fold up chair and...

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LATEST POSTS FROM DOWN UNDER

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...

Odd Angry Shot, The (1979)

When The Odd Angry Shot was released in 1979, it came in for a good deal of misdirected critical flak because it wasn't a different kind...

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