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1 9 8 0 - 1 9 8 8 (USA) 108 x 30 minute episodes This educational science programme from PBS Children’s Television Workshop became something of an after-school ritual for many American kids in the 1980s. The show was based on the original concept of The Curiosity Show, an Australian science-based children's educational TV show that(...)

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(...)

8th Man

8th Man

1 9 6 5 (Japan) 1140 x 30 minute episodes You can destroy his body, but you can't keep a good crime fighter down. The villainous Saucer Lips learned the hard way when he killed police officer Peter Brady (no, not that Peter Brady). Little did Saucer Lips know he was sowing the seeds from which would spring(...)

A Rubovian Legend

A Rubovian Legend

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 6 3  (UK) Some of the earliest British children's TV programmes featuring puppets were ambitious. Gordon Murray, who worked in the BBC Children's Department in the early 1950s, created a fantasy series called A Rubovian Legend. It consisted of original plays performed by the BBC Puppet Theatre with titles(...)

ABC After School Specials

ABC After School Specials

1 9 7 2 - 1 9 9 5 (USA) Sixty minute specials, both dramatic and documentary, for young people, ABC After School Specials were broadcast on occasional weekday afternoons. After School Specials aired for more than 20 years providing a regular dose of drama to pre-teens and teens during the school year in the hours after school and(...)

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 Saturday Superstar Movie

1 9 7 2 - 1 9 7 4 (USA) Comedy, adventure, and science fiction themed Saturday morning fare in the form of hour long animated movies, pilots and specials from various production companies. ABC Saturday Superstar Movie was the first anthology of original cartoons designed for network airing. SHOWS INCLUDED The Brady Kids on Mysterious(...)

Ace of Wands

Ace of Wands

1 9 7 0 - 1 9 7 2 (UK) 46 x 25 minute episodes Tarot was a young stage conjurer and escapologist, whose youthful appearance concealed a mysterious background and a resourceful mind. Billed as a "20th Century Robin Hood with a pinch of Merlin and a dash of Houdini", he was assisted in his(...)

Adventure Island

1 9 6 8 - 1 9 7 2 (Australia) 1140 x 30 minute episodes Adventure Island was designed for an audience of young (3 - 9 years of age) children and grew out of an earlier children's magazine-style series, The Magic Circle Club. Produced from the Melbourne studios of the ABC, Adventure Island was immensely popular and screened(...)

Adventure Weekly

1 9 6 8 - 1 9 6 9 (UK) 13 x 20 minute episodes Five budding journalists set up a junior newspaper called the Adventure Weekly Peter (Brent Oldfield), Andy (Len Jones), Tubby (Ian Ellis), Swot (Frank Barry) and Fred (Elizabeth Dear) got involved in a whole series of adventures spread over 13 episodes which included capturing(...)

Adventures In Rainbow Country

1 9 6 9 (Canada/UK/Australia) 39 x 25 minute episodes 15-year-old Billy Williams and his younger sister Hannah lived with their mother Nancy (played by Lois Maxwell - Miss Moneypenny of James Bond fame) at a hunting and fishing lodge in Rainbow Country, a popular wilderness area of Northern Ontario, Canada. The lodge was built by(...)

Adventures of a Jungle Boy

1 9 5 7  (UK) 13 x 30 minute episodes Producers of Jungle Boy were searching for some time for a youngster to play the title role in the planned series who could handle the animals he would have to co-star with. It was whilst searching locations in East Africa that one of the producers came across(...)

Adventures Of Black Beauty, The

Adventures Of Black Beauty, The

1 9 7 2 - 1 9 7 4 (UK) 54 x 30 minute episodes Set in 1887 on a spacious English estate in the (fictitious) village of Five Oaks, Black Beauty was based loosely on the classic children's novel by Anna Sewell. The series, shot around the Hertfordshire countryside and first broadcast on 7 October 1972, starred(...)

Adventures of Fat Albert & The Cosby Kids, The

1 9 7 2 - 1 9 8 5 (USA) Based on Bill Cosby's comedy records from the 1960s, The Adventures of Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids featured short live action segments featuring Cosby set around animated stories about a group of urban adolescents growing up in a Philadelphia neighbourhood. Colourful characters such as the obese Albert himself,(...)

Adventures of Garry Halliday, The

1 9 5 9 - 1 9 6 2 (UK) 50 x 25 minute episodes This children's Saturday serial from the BBC starred Terence Longdon as dashing pilot Garry Halliday (pictured below left), with Terence Alexander as his faithful but dim friend and co-pilot Bill Dodds. Their sinister arch enemy, The Voice, was played by Elwyn Brook-Jones(...)

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