Drama

Whirlybirds

1 9 5 8 – 1 9 6 2 (USA) 111 x 25 minute episodes PT Moore and Chuck Martin were ex-American Air Force pilots operating a Bell helicopter charter service – the Whirlybird Service of Longwood Field, California – with some crime-fighting on the side, of course. They were also hired for daredevil rescues –(…)

Whistle and I’ll Come To You

1 9 6 8 (UK) 1 x 42 minute episode First broadcast as part of the BBC’s arts strand Omnibus, this show replaced the usual mix of interviews and cultural events with one of television’s most haunting hours. Published in 1904, M.R. James’ Oh Whistle and I’ll Come To You tells the story of a professor’s holiday on(…)

White Hunter

1 9 5 7 – 1 9 5 9 (UK)

White Rabbit, The

1 9 6 7 (UK) The story of Wing Commander Yeo-Thomas (Kenneth More) and his personal WWII story.

White Shadow, The

1 9 7 8 – 1 9 8 1 (USA) This drama series focused on Ken Reeves, a one-time professional basketball player with the Chicago Bulls. A succession of knee injuries had forced him out of the game, and he took up a job as basketball coach at Carver High School in Los Angeles. Carver High(…)

Whiz Kids

1 9 8 3 (USA) 18 x 60 minute episodes Richie (Matthew Labyorteaux from Little House On The Prairie), Ham (Todd Porter), Jeremy (Jeffrey Jacquet) and Alice (Andrea Elson) are teenagers living outside Los Angeles. They are also computer hackers (with a talking computer called RALF and what looks like $20,000 worth of high-tech gadgetry in(…)

Whodunit?

1 9 6 9 (UK) Host Jon Pertwee presented 15 minute mini-murder mysteries set in the 1930s, in the style of Agatha Christie. A panel of sleuths, including Liza Goddard and Patrick Mower would then ask the actors questions to discern whodunit. Viewers were challenged to solve the murder at the end of the second(…)

Wicked Women

1 9 7 0 (UK) Drama series from London Weekend Television about women who made the headlines of Victorian newspapers.

Wide Country

1 9 6 2 – 1 9 6 3 (USA) 28 x 60 minute episodes Mitch Guthrie (Earl Holliman) is a champion bronco rider in the rodeo who tries to keep his kid brother, Andy (Andrew Prine), from pursuing the same life. As (bad) luck would have it, the NBC series Wide Country found itself up against Stoney(…)

Widows

1 9 8 3 (UK) 1 9 8 5 (UK) 12 x 60 minute episodes As an actress, Lynda La Plante appeared on British television in several well-known crime series of the late 1970s and early 1980s, including The Sweeney and The Gentle Touch. Usually typecast as either a prostitute or a gangsters’ moll, La Plante’s experience of television acting(…)

Wild Palms

1 9 9 3 (USA) 1 x 90 minute episode 4 x 50 minute episodes This sci-fi mini-series from Hollywood helmsman Oliver Stone (his first foray onto the small screen) portrayed a dystopian vision of a future TV-dominated society. Set in a forbidding, fascistic Los Angeles of the future (2007!), it starred James Belushi as yuppie(…)

Wild Wild West

1 9 6 5 – 1 9 6 9 (USA) 104 x 60 minute episodes Entrusted by President Ulysses S. Grant to defend America from all manner of bad people, dashing secret Agents Jim West and Artemus Gordon roamed the West battling revolutionaries and other subversive types. Artemus was a master of disguise and dialects, and(…)

Wilde Alliance

1 9 7 8 (UK) 13 x 60 minute episodes Ho-hum attempt to make an anglicised version of The Thin Man. Former star of The Main Chance, John Stride played novelist-sleuth Rupert Wilde, who sallied forth from his Yorkshire mansion to solve comedy whodunnits in the company of comely spouse Amy (Julia Foster). The Wildes’ extravagant tastes –(…)

Will Shakespeare

1 9 7 8 (UK) 6 x 60 minute episodes Rumpole of the Bailey creator John Mortimer was given the task of writing the bard’s life to fill six hours of television entitled Will Shakespeare. He found that the known facts could be written on one side of a postcard, so he did what all good writers(…)

Winds Of War, The

1 9 8 3 (USA) 1 x 240 minute episode 7 x 120 minute episodes This enormously long drama series from ABC followed the life of Captain Victor ‘Pug’ Henry – a US Naval attaché in Europe during the early years of WWII. The $26 million version of Herman Wouk’s story had more trailers than a(…)

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