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      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...

      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...

      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...

      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...

      Top 20 Best Selling Britpop Songs

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      Linking to Nostalgia Central

      If you would like to link to Nostalgia Central (and God bless you and thank you very much), please use the URL nostalgiacentral.com or nostalgiacentral.co.uk Of...

      Site Reviews

      Since I first created Nostalgia Central in 1998, the site has been fortunate to receive a number of favourable mentions in newspapers, magazines and...

      Behind The Scenes

      A look at some fascinating behind the scenes shots from some classic television shows. Z Cars (1962 - 1978) Dad's Army (1968 - 1977) U.F.O. (1970 - 1973) Star Trek (1966...

      80 ways to tell you are stuck in the 80s

      01 : You're still bitter that Wham! broke up 02 : Punky Brewster is your hero 03 : You're building your own Clockwork Smurf 04 : A-Ha's...

      Growing up in North England in the 1960s and 1970s

      School dinners, "kiss-catch", free milk, bob-a-job week, Bonfire Night, snowball fights, power cuts . . . ee bah gum! Wath-upon-Dearne is in South Yorkshire (in...

      Finding copies of old TV programmes

      One of the most frequent requests I receive at Nostalgia Central is for assistance in tracking down video recordings of old TV shows, advertisements, musical...

      Top 20 Dolly Birds off the Telly

      Daphne (Scooby Doo) Mindy (Mork & Mindy) Joy (The Bugaloos) Wrangler Jane (F Troop) Valerie Leon (Various) Chrissie & Jo (Man about the House) ...

      Elvis’s Movie Occupations

      Shrimp Fisherman - Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) Commercial Photographer - Live A Little, Love A Little (1968) Water Skiing Instructor - Clambake (1967) Frogman - Easy Come, Easy Go (1967) Doctor -...

      Emigrating to Australia in the 1970s

      In late 1973, mum and dad asked my sister and myself a rather unusual question: "Would you like to go to Australia?" I mean it's...

      Glam Top 20

      From the halcyon days of flying-V guitars, pink trousers, silver satin jackets and glitter on the cheekbones, I present here for your listening pleasure the...

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      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...

      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...

      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...

      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...

      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...