12 O’clock High

12 O’clock High

1 9 6 4 – 1 9 6 7 (USA) 78 x 60 minute episodes 12 O’clock High chronicled the adventures of the men of the 918th Bombardment Group of the US Eighth Air Force. First commanded by irascible General Frank Savage (Robert Lansing, pictured at right) and later by Colonel Joe Gallagher (Paul Burke)(…)

199 Park Lane

1 9 6 5 (UK) 18 x 30 minute episodes This twice-weekly serial from BBC1 was based around the residents of an exclusive block of apartments in London (at 199 Park Lane, natch). The series did not do well. It first aired on 1 August 1965 and was dropped two months later. All 18 episodes were(…)


1 9 7 7 (UK) 16 x 60 minute episodes Great Britain, 1990. A dystopian future (at the time) in which Britain is under the grip of the Home Office’s Department of Public Control (PCD), a tyrannically oppressive bureaucracy riding roughshod over the population’s civil liberties. The all-powerful PCD have done away with the rights of the(…)

21 Jump Street

1 9 8 7 – 1 9 9 0 (USA/Canada) 34 x 60 minute episodes 21 Jump Street was about undercover cops who were assigned to high schools, colleges and wherever their youthful looks would help them mingle in. They had all been trained in undercover police work and looked young enough to pass for(…)


1 9 7 9 – 1 9 8 1 (USA) 16 x 60 minute episodes 240-Robert followed the exploits of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Emergency Services Detail – the official search and rescue force for the most populated county in the US. Utilising helicopters, light aircraft, boats and a customised Ford Bronco, the team(…)

26 Men

26 Men

1 9 5 7 (USA) This is the story of 26 men who rode the Arizona territory . . . 26 men who saddled up and then rode out to answer duty’s call 26 men who lived to ride again and fight for the rights and the liberty of all . . The pounding beat(…)

4 Idle Hands

1 9 7 6 (UK) “Maybe we’re not ready for the outside world.” “Is the outside world ready for us?” Life has never been easy for school-leavers, and 16-year-old Mike Dudds (Phil Daniels) and Pete Sutton (Ray Burdis) are no different to millions of others. Neither has a vocation to follow or any demonstrable skills. Their sense of(…)

77 Sunset Strip

77 Sunset Strip

1 9 5 8 – 1 9 6 4 (USA) 77 Sunset Strip was the show that started the young, cool private detective craze of the early Sixties. This Warner Brothers series was so big that the studio had several clones of the show drawing big ratings for the networks well into the Sixties. On(…)

87th Precinct

87th Precinct

1 9 6 1 – 1 9 6 2 (USA) 29 x 60 minutes episodes Detective Steve Carella worked at New York’s 87th Precinct, along with a line-up of typical police detectives, such as the rookie and the seasoned old-timer. His wife Teddy (played by Gena Rowlands) added a personal side to the stories. The series(…)

A Country Practice

1 9 8 1 – 1 9 9 3 (Australia) 1057 x 60 minute episodes This long-running Australian drama series revolved around the activities of a medical clinic, hospital and veterinary practice in Wandin Valley, a small (fictitious) country town in New South Wales. Initially there was much emphasis on the younger members of the cast(…)

A Family At War

1 9 7 0 – 1 9 7 2 (UK) 52 x 60 minute episodes Throughout the 70s Granada earned a reputation for doom-laden dramas like Sam and The Stars Look Down, but it all began with John Finch’s A Family At War, a saga which suggested that happiness was something to be swept under the carpet – if you(…)

A For Andromeda/The Andromeda Breakthrough

1 9 6 1 (UK) 7 x 45 minute episodes 1 9 6 2 (UK) 7 x 45 minute episodes Set in the future (1970!) A For Andromeda told the tale of a giant radio telescope in the Yorkshire Dales detecting a signal from the constellation of Andromeda in a distant galaxy. The signal – which had taken 200(…)

A Horseman Riding By

1 9 7 7 (UK) The BBC’s lack of cash showed in this thirteen-part drama series based on the R F Delderfield novels. Luckily there was just the one horseman most of the time – played by Nigel Havers.

A Man Called Shenandoah

1 9 6 5 – 1 9 6 6 (USA) 34 x 30 minute episodes Wagon Train star Robert Horton was given his own starring vehicle in this Western set in the 1870s. He is wounded during the Civil War, and the shock of the wounds and a night spent freezing in the snow brings on a(…)

A Man Called Sloane

1 9 7 9 – 1 9 8 0 (USA) 12 x 60 minute episodes Thomas Remington Sloane III (Robert Conrad) was the top agent for UNIT, an American counter-intelligence team committed to destroying the international criminal organisation KARTEL. Suave, romantic and brilliant, Sloane travelled all over the world to thwart the plans of his sworn(…)

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