All My Children

1 9 7 0 – 2 0 1 3 (USA) 3477 x 60 mibute episodes First airing on Monday 5 January 1970, this long-running ABC soap concerned itself with the lives of the Chandler family, the Tyler family and the Martin family. By the 1980s, the Martin family had become history (they were to reappear years(…)

All The Rivers Run

1 9 8 3 (Australia) 4 x 120 minute episodes Thanks to skilful direction, some elegant performances and refreshing and eye-catching locations, this Channel 7 miniseries from Crawford Productions was an Aussie viewing favourite. There were few stagnant pools in the pleasing $3 million adaptation of a slushy romantic novel by Nancy Cato. The eight-hour series(…)

All The Way

1 9 8 8 (Australia) 32 x 30 minute episodes All the Way was an Australian television series made by Crawford Productions for the Nine Network, which started out as a six-hour miniseries. The first episode took place on the day in 1963 that John F. Kennedy was assassinated and the series examined the life of an(…)

Ally McBeal

1 9 9 7 – 2 0 0 2 (USA) 112 x 45 minute episodes Young lawyer Ally McBeal (Calista Flockhart) joins a small Boston law firm (Cage/Fish & Associates) and finds that her ex-boyfriend Billy Thomas (now married to beautiful attorney Georgia) also works there. One of the features of the show was that Ally’s(…)

Almost Grown

1 9 8 8 – 1 9 8 9 (USA) A CBS drama series covering twenty-five years in the lifetime of a formerly married couple. New Jersey couple Norman (Timothy Daly) and Susie (Eve Gordon) were divorced but still spent a lot of time together. Norman, a radio station manager, often found himself in the emotional doldrums(…)

Aloha Paradise

1 9 8 1 (USA) 13 x 50 minute episodes Another Aaron Spelling production saw guests working out their love lives at the Hawaiian Paradise Village holiday resort. The resort staff included Fran the hotel social director (Patricia Klous), Richard the lifeguard (Stephen Shortridge), and Evelyn the bartender (Mokiha-Na). Despite the presence of Debbie Reynolds the(…)

Alternative Three

1 9 7 7 (UK) On 20 June 1977, Anglia TV in England caused a nationwide stir when it aired a ‘documentary’ called Alternative Three as part of the station’s Science Report programme. By linking facts with half-truths, and by staging interviews with so-called “astronomers” and “astronauts,” the makers suggested that both NASA’s space programme and the Cold(…)

Amazing Stories

1 9 8 5 – 1 9 8 7  (USA) 45 x 30 minute episodes This modern-day Twilight Zone was an anthology of sci-fi and fantasy dramas from NBC and Universal (and Steven Spielberg). The series attracted the cream of Hollywood, both in front of and behind the camera; Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood and Robert(…)


1 9 8 6 – 1 9 9 1 (USA) 110 x 30 minute episodes Screened as part of NBC’s Saturday evening offering for over five years, Amen was set in an African-American church, the First Community Church of Philadelphia, and revolved around the church’s Deacon, Ernest Frye (played by Sherman Hemsley, who had previously appeared on All In(…)

American Girls, The

1 9 7 8 (USA) 11 x 60 minute episodes They could type, but that skill appeared to be secondary. “They” were The American Girls, two curvy lasses who made up the research team for a television news magazine show called The American Report. CBS billed it as an adventure series and provided dilemma after dilemma for(…)

American Gothic

1 9 9 5 – 1 9 9 6 (USA) 22 x 60 minute episodes This decidedly creepy drama from CBS starred Gary Cole as devil incarnate Lucas Buck, sheriff of a South Carolina Mayberry gone wrong. The outwardly charming Buck, who was the law in fictional Trinity, S.C, embodied evil. Facing off against Buck were(…)

Americans, The

1 9 6 1 (USA) 17 x 60 minute episodes This Western drama series from NBC was set during the American Civil War and told the tale of young brothers, Ben (Darryl Hickman) and Jeff Canfield (Dick Davalos). Ben is fighting for the Union while his brother Jeff is fighting for the Confederacy. Out of their diverse(…)

Amy Prentiss

1 9 7 4 – 1 9 7 5 (USA) 3 x 120 minute episodes This crime drama screened as part of extremely popular NBC Mystery Movie series on Sunday nights. The pilot had been an episode of Ironside. It starred Jessica Walter as the widowed 30-something Amy Prentiss who suddenly finds herself promoted to Chief of Detectives with(…)

An Age Of Kings

1 9 6 0  (UK) 15 x 60 minute episodes A linking together of Shakespeare’s five history plays chronicling the rise and fall of monarchs over the 86 years between Richard II and Richard III.   Spread over 15 episodes, a fortnight apart, these plays were dramatised in sequence to give the overall effect of(…)

An Englishman’s Castle

  1 9 7 8 (UK) 3 x 50 minute episodes The story in this BBC drama is set in an alternate 1970’s Britain where Germany won WWII and England has been occupied ever since. Peter Ingram (Kenneth More) is a writer on a popular long-running soap opera (also titled An Englishman’s Castle) which is set in London during the Blitz and lives(…)

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