Lucky Feller

1 9 7 5 - 1 9 7 6 (UK) 13 x 30 minute episodes This ITV sitcom starred David Jason as lovable loser, Shorty Mepstead. Also set in south-east London, the basic set-up can be seen as a dry run for Only Fools and Horses, except with Jason playing the Rodders role. Shorty, who lived at(...)

Spencer’s Pilots

1 9 7 6 (USA) 11 x 50 minute episodes This barnstorming CBS series told the story of two young daredevil charter pilots and their exciting, often hazardous, work. The pair, Cass Garrett (Christopher Stone) and Stan Lewis (Todd Susman), worked for Spencer Parish (Gene Evans). Cass and Stan would fly any assignment in any aircraft -(...)

Gibbsville

1 9 7 6 (USA) 8 x 60 minute episodes The saga of a small Pennsylvanian mining town and its people during the 1940s, based on The Gibbsville Stories by the late novelist John O'Hara. The central character, Jim Malloy (John Savage), was a cub reporter for the town newspaper, the Gibbsville Gazette. There he worked alongside his(...)

Executive Suite

1 9 7 6 - 1 9 7 7 (USA) 18 x 60 minute episodes This American soap opera probed behind the scenes of big business - in this case the powerful Cardway Corporation (a major metropolitan conglomerate in Southern California) - from the boardroom to the bedroom. The short-lived series looked at the lives of the(...)

Doctors’ Hospital

1 9 7 5 - 1 9 7 6 (USA) Dr Jake Goodwin (George Peppard) was the brave and brash chief of neurosurgery at Lowell Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles, California, who communicated mainly in angiograms. Goodwin and his dedicated staff, including chief resident Ortega (Victor Campos), second-year resident Norah Purcell (Zohra Lampert) and admissions nurse Stanton(...)

Windchase

Mario Milo and Toivo Pilt formed Windchase when their earlier band, Sebastian Hardie, broke up. They called Windchase a 'symphonic rock' band and their debut album, Symphinity, included some outstanding tracks. Between them, Milo and Pilt played guitar, mandolin, organ, synthesizer and tubular bells among other instruments. On the album, they were backed by Duncan McGuire and Doug(...)

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

Turning up at the Chicago apartment shared by old prison buddy Otis (Tom Towles) and his timid sister Becky (Tracy Arnold), Henry (Michael Rooker) slowly draws Otis into his dark, obsessive world of casual murder. The violence is at first oblique, with Henry's past murders presented as a series of grotesque tableaux accompanied by the(...)

Martin (1976)

Horror movies which encourage audiences to sympathise with the monster are nothing new, but that paradox has rarely been more intelligently explored than in Romero’s gritty anti-horror masterpiece, Martin. Amplas plays the title character, a lonely, wayward teenager in a decaying Pennsylvania  mill town, whose elderly, religious-maniac cousin is convinced that the boy is, in(...)

Happy Hooker, The (1975)

Based on Xaviera Hollander's autobiography about her life as a prostitute. Dutch girl Xaviera Hollander (Lynn Redgrave) emigrates to New York to marry but is abandoned by her fiance, Carl (Nicholas Pryor), who is obsessed with his mother. Xaviera takes a well-paid secretarial job at the Dutch Embassy and starts sampling the local male talent.(...)

Cross and the Switchblade, The (1970)

David Wilkerson is a relatively young parish priest in 1950s Philipsburg, Pennsylvania. His church sends him to the slums of New York to bring the word of God to the young men of a street gang called the Egyptian Kings, who are on trial for their violent gang activities. With insufficient funds to even get a(...)

Insiders, The

1 9 8 5 - 1 9 8 6 (USA) 18 x 60 minute episodes Nick Fox (Nicholas Campbell) is a freelance investigative journalist who works for nationally syndicated Newspoint, edited by Alice West (Gail Strickland). His sidekick Mackey is an ex-con gone straight (more or less) and a Prince lookalike. Compared heavily at the time(...)

Our Family Honor

1 9 8 5 - 1 9 8 6 (USA) 13 x 60 minute episodes Vincent Danzig (Eli Wallach) was the head of a New York crime syndicate. The series centred on the clash between the Danzigs and the McKays, who represented three generations of honest cops - Patrick (Ken McMillan), Frank (Tom Mason) and Liz (Daphne(...)

Hometown

1 9 8 5 (USA) 10 x 60 minute episodes Ben Abbott (Franc Luz) and Mary Newell (Jane Kaczmarek) have been a devoted couple since their college years in the 1960s and have two teenage daughters. They shock their friends and kids when they send out invitations for their wedding as everyone had assumed they had(...)

Hell Town

1 9 8 5 (USA) 13 x 60 minute episodes Father Noah 'Hardstep' Rivers (Robert Blake) was a hard-living Catholic priest at St. Dominic's, a church in a crime filled slum neighbourhood on the east side of Los Angeles - the "Hell Town" of the title. Blake began working on the concept for Helltown when he(...)

Hollywood Beat

1 9 8 5 (USA) 14 x 60 minute episodes Someone is killing the street people who hang out in Hollywood. This is the turf of undercover cops Nick McCarren (Jack Scalia) and Jack Rado (Jay Acovone), and they take umbrage when "their people" start turning up dead. They've developed a network of friends and informants(...)

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