After Julius

1 9 7 9 (UK) 3 x 60 minute episodes This trilogy by Elizabeth Jane Howard (produced by Yorkshire Television) told of love in a country house during the course of a weekend in 1960 and was appropriately shown on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Mrs. Hanwell Freda Bamford Esme Grace Faith Brook Felix King John Carson(…)

After Mash

1 9 8 3 – 1 9 8 4 (USA) 30 x 30 minute episodes The Korean War was over and the men and women of the 4077th M.A.S.H. unit had returned to civilian life. Most of them had returned to their hometowns and were scattered around the United States, but three of them – Sherman Potter, Max(…)

Against The Wind

1 9 7 8 (Australia) 1 x 180 minute episodes 5 x 120 minute episodes A million-dollar historical drama series that took six months to produce, Against The Wind was the first Australian Mini-Series. The series was largely shot at the reconstructed colonial settlement at Old Sydney Town in NSW, and covered the period from 1798 to 1812.(…)

Agatha Christie Hour, The

1 9 8 2 (UK) 10 x episodes This series from Thames did not feature the mighty Hercule Poirot, nor did Miss Marple steal the limelight. For once, Agatha Christie’s lesser-known earlier characters were introduced to television in these ten 1920s dramas, which were generally lighthearted, unassuming period adventures, with the cast changing every week. John(…)

Agatha Christie’s Poirot

1 9 8 9 – 1 9 9 3 (UK) 5 x 90 minute episodes 36 x 60 minute episodes Agatha Christie’s fastidious Belgian sleuth with the “leetle grey cells” (who first appeared in the 1920 novel The Mysterious Affair At Styles) had been depicted in cinema by Albert Finney and Peter Ustinov (among others) before David(…)


1 9 8 2 (UK) In 1946 Jack Ruskin, demobbed after World War II but with flying still in his blood, struggled to find work with civilian airlines and so chanced his arm by founding his own. His partner in the new Ruskin Air Services was ex-forces colleague Peter Witney. Operating with an old Dakota aircraft(…)


1 9 8 4 – 1 9 8 7 (USA) 60 x 30 minute episodes Airwolf is a combat helicopter – but it’s no ordinary combat helicopter.  It flies very fast and has really big guns. In fact, it’s a supersonic Mach 1+ attack helicopter with the most advanced weapons system in the air today. It has also been(…)

Albion Market

1 9 8 5 – 1 9 8 6 (UK) 100 x 30 minute episodes Contrived by Granada as a sister show to Coronation Street, with the aim of lifting ITVs weekend schedules (it went out on Fridays and Sundays), Albion Market arrived with a bang and left with a whimper. Much was made of the launch of this(…)

Alcoa Hour, The

1 9 5 5 – 1 9 5 7 (USA) One of the finest dramatic shows on US television at the time, this hour-long live series alternated with The Goodyear TV Playhouse between 1955 and 1957. Both were produced by Herbert Brodkin. One episode, No License To Kill, received such a tremendous audience response when it first aired on(…)

Alcoa Theatre

1 9 5 7 – 1 9 6 0 (USA)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

1 9 5 5 – 1 9 6 2 (USA) Although only 20 of the 300 episodes of this anthology of murder mysteries were directed by the Master of Suspense, he presented every episode – usually from some macabre setting, such as an electric chair or impaled on a pole like a scarecrow – signing off(…)

Alias Smith & Jones

1 9 7 1 – 1 9 7 3 (USA) 1 x 90 minute episode 49 x 52 minute episodes Hannibal “Joshua Smith” Heyes (a safe cracker and card sharp), and Kid “Thaddeus Jones” Curry (a gunslinger who never actually shot anyone) are two loveable ex-outlaws trying to go straight. The Governor has promised them a(…)

Alice in Wonderland

1 9 6 6 (UK) Despising the Disney take, Jonathan Miller set out to de-anthropomorphise the story by returning to Dodgson’s mathematical logic and Victorian values for this BBC drama. Stripping away the masks and costumes, he allowed the audience to see Wilfrid Brambell’s White Rabbit, Peter Cook’s Hatter, Peter Sellers’s King of Hearts and John(…)

Alien Nation

1 9 8 9 – 1 9 9 0 (USA) 1 x 120 minute episode 21 x 60 minute episodes Set in Los Angeles in 1995, this Kenneth Johnson series featured Matthew Sikes and George Francisco – Two LAPD detectives doing the usual tough job on Chandler-esque streets. What made the duo unusual was that Francisco(…)

All Creatures Great And Small

1 9 7 7 – 1 9 8 0 (UK) 1 9 8 8 – 1 9 9 0 (UK) 88 x 50 minute episodes 3 x 90 minute episodes James Herriot’s tales of his time as a country vet first appeared on screen in a 1974 movie starring Simon Ward, followed by a sequel, It Shouldn’t Happen(…)

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