Drama

A Touch Of Frost

1 9 9 2 (UK) 42 x 105 minute episodes Novelist R D Wingfield's Inspector William "Jack" Frost was untidy, disorganised, and lacked respect for authority - common police procedural tropes loved by viewers. The character was in good hands when he was transferred to the screen, as many of the writers and directors on A Touch(...)

A Very British Coup

1 9 8 8 (UK) 3 x 60 minute episodes A Very British Coup followed the destabilising of an elected Left-Wing British government by shadowy forces from the Right. Alan Plater adapted it from the novel by former Tribune editor Chris Mullin, with Ray McAnally in BAFTA-winning form as working-class Labour PM, Harry Perkins. Harry Perkins Ray McAnally(...)

A Very Peculiar Practice

1 9 8 6 - 1 9 8 8 (UK) 15 x 60 minute episodes The saga of a medical practice run by four doctors - Young bashful Dr Stephen Daker (Peter Davison) who joins the health clinic of the fictitious Lowlands University, and his blackly funny colleagues -  Bob, a nasty Tory, Jock, an old(...)

A Woman Of Substance

1 9 8 5 (UK) 3 x 160 minute episodes Told in flashback and beginning in 1905, this Channel 4 drama (their most successful) was the rags-to-riches story of Emma Harte, a tough Yorkshire lass from the serving classes who made her way from kitchen maid up through society. Her ambitions took her out of the(...)

A-Team, The

1 9 8 3 - 1 9 8 7 (USA) 98 x 50 minute episodes "If you've got a problem and no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire . . . The A Team" A crack team of soldiers in Vietnam is caught robbing the Bank of Hanoi(...)

Aaron’s Way

1 9 8 8 (USA) 13 x episodes Aaron Miller was a strict, bearded Amish father who uprooted his tight-knit family from Pennsylvania and moved to California when his eldest son, Noah, died there. Noah Miller had forsaken his Amish ways and when he perished in a surfing accident, he left behind a pregnant girlfriend (Susannah)(...)

ABC Afternoon Playbreak

1 9 7 3 - 1 9 7 5 (USA) Irregularly scheduled 90 minute drama specials for the afternoon viewing audience. Presentations included: The Things I Never Said with Diana Hyland and Joseph Campanella (31 Oct 1973),The Last Bride Of Salem with Bradford Dillman (who won an Emmy for his performance) and Lois Nettleton (8 May 1974), Heart In Hiding with(...)

ABC Movie of the Week, The

1 9 6 9 - 1 9 7 5 (USA)

Abigail’s Party (1977)

Abigail’s Party (1977)

The best British television comedy of 1977 was not exactly written. Abigail's Party was the BBC's first full-length play where much of the dialogue was improvised. The Mike Leigh production, screened as part of Play For Today, starred Leigh's then-wife Alison Steadman as Beverly, nouveau riche Queen Bee in a ghastly orange dress alternately stinging and sweetening her neighbours while(...)

Acapulco H.E.A.T.

1 9 9 3 - 1 9 9 4 (USA) 22 x 60 minute episodes Ashley Hunter-Coddington (formerly of MI6) and Mike Savage (formerly of the CIA) are co-leaders of the H.E.A.T. team, a group of specialists recruited to fight a secret war against international terrorism. Ashley Hunter-Coddington Catherine Oxenberg Mike Savage  Brendan Kelly Catherine 'Cat'(...)

Adam Adamant Lives

1 9 6 6 - 1 9 6 7 (UK) 29 x 50 minute episodes A time travel tale with a twist - Adam Llewellyn De Vere Adamant was an Edwardian adventurer who was betrayed by his female companion, Louise, and injected with an eternal life drug in 1902 and condemned to "die forever" by his(...)

Adam-12

1 9 6 8 - 1 9 7 5 (USA) 174 x 30 minute episodes Adam-12 was developed and produced by Jack Webb of Dragnet fame for NBC. It told the story of two uniformed LAPD officers roaming the city in their squad car. Officer Pete Malloy (Martin Milner) was a senior officer who, at the start of(...)

Adderly

1 9 8 6 - 1 9 8 9 (USA) 43 x 60 minute episodes This CBS action adventure series had secret agent V.H. Adderly working for International Security and Intelligence. Injured in the line of duty, he is pushed into an office job but still never misses the chance to get back into the field.(...)

Adventurer, The

1 9 7 2 - 1 9 7 3 (UK) 24 x 25 minute episodes A cloak and dagger series made on 16mm film for an American prime-time slot, The Adventurer starred Gene Barry as Gene Bradley - a wealthy, jet-setting American movie star who indulged himself in business ventures of all kinds, but whose real job involved secret assignments(...)

Adventures In Paradise

1 9 5 9 - 1 9 6 2 (USA) 91 x 60 minute episodes Created by James Michener, this black & white action adventure series from ABC recounted the exploits of Korean War veteran Captain Adam Troy, now working on his own freelance boat the Tiki out of Papeete, Tahiti. Troy became involved in all kinds of(...)

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