Fitzpatricks, The

1 9 7 7 (USA) 13 x 60 minute episode Mike and Maggie Fitzpatrick lived in Flint, Michigan, with their four children and a non-descript dog called Detroit. Mike (Bert Kramer) worked overtime in a steel mill while Maggie (Mariclare Costello) worked part time in a diner, but it was a struggle for them to make(…)

Yellow Rose, The

1 9 8 3 – 1 9 8 4 (USA) 22 x 60 minute episodes The Yellow Rose was a sprawling saga of life, love and the pursuit of intrigue on a modern West Texas ranch. The NBC series revolved around the efforts of the Champion family to keep their place going despite high costs, treacherous hired(…)

Ex-Wham! singer George Michael dies

25 December 2016 Singer George Michael has died aged 53, his publicist has said. The star, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and later continued his success as a solo performer, is said to have “passed away peacefully at home”. Thames Valley Police said South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in(…)

Rousters, The

1 9 8 3 – 1 9 8 4 (USA) 13 x 60 minute episodes This NBC series was an action-adventure-comedy about a carnival based in Los Angeles, peopled by an amazing assortment of clowns, freaks and buffoons. Chad Everett starred as Wyatt Earp III, the great-grandson of the legendary gunman. He was head roustabout and(…)

Mississippi, The

1 9 8 2 – 1 9 8 4 (USA) 24 x 60 minute episodes After nine years on Walton Mountain, Ralph Waite floated down the Mississippi in this CBS series as criminal lawyer Ben Walker, who left the big city to travel the river on a sternwheel towboat. Naturally, they turned out to be troubled(…)

Crack, The

In 1982, Cheltenham Oi! outfit The Crack won a televised Battle of the Bands competition (voted for by none other than Slade frontman Noddy Holder) which landed them a deal with RCA. They released three singles for the label but made no real headway until Link Records released their debut album In Search Of The Crack in 1989.(…)

Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt dies

24 December 2016 Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has died in hospital in Spain aged 68, his manager has said. He died from a severe infection after being admitted to hospital on Thursday following complications to a shoulder injury. Parfitt had been due to launch a solo career with an album and autobiography planned for(…)

Shirley Goodman

Born in New Orleans on 19 June 1936, Shirley Goodman was 16 years old when she signed to Aladdin, the jazz and R&B label that was home to Charles Brown and Amos Milburn. The company teamed her with Leonard Lee, and rocking out of New Orleans with Dave Bartholomew’s orchestra, Shirley & Lee set about laying(…)

Secret Beneath the Sea

1 9 6 3 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes Gerald Flood returned as science journalist Mark Bannerman in this six-part sequel to the 1962 series City Beneath The Sea. Kurt Swendler (Denis Goacher) escapes the authorities, and in the guise of a showman exhibits the “eighth wonder of the world” Phenicium, a rare metal vital for space(…)

City Beneath The Sea

1 9 6 2 (UK) 7 x 25 minute episodes This ABC children’s serial starred Gerald Flood as science journalist Mark Bannerman. In the opening episode, ex-Nazi U-Boat commander Kurt Swendler (Denis Goacher) steals the British atomic-submarine Cyana, but hidden onboard are Bannerman and his youthful photographer assistant Peter Blake (Stewart Guidotti). Bannerman and Peter are taken to Aegira –(…)


1 9 6 0 (UK) 7 x 30 minute episodes This seven-part black & white series from ITV followed the Enid Blyton-esque escapades of a group of three children during the German occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II. Terry Benson (Jeremy Bulloch), Cliff Delamere (Murray Yeo) and his sister, Carol (Irene French) create as(…)

Robert Vaughn, Man from UNCLE actor, dies aged 83

11 November 2016 Actor Robert Vaughn, best known as the secret agent Napoleon Solo in The Man from UNCLE, has died aged 83. Vaughn was also famous for his role as Lee in The Magnificent Seven (1960), and television roles in Hustle and Coronation Street. The iconic actor died after a battle with acute leukaemia, his(…)

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(…)

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