Television

Wide Awake Club

1 9 8 4 - 1 9 8 9 (UK) Wide Awake Club debuted on Saturday 13 October 1984 as the first live kids show on TV-AM. Airing for an hour each Saturday morning at 8.30, the show was presented by Timmy Mallett, Michaela Strachan, Tommy Boyd, James Baker and Arabella Warner. The live show combined comedy, games,(...)

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 Kingdom

1 9 6 3 - 1 9 8 8 (USA) Viewers of Wild Kingdom in its heydey remember insurance company Mutual of Omaha's sponsorship and its American Indian head logo, the grandfatherly tones of narrator and host Marlin Perkins (who resembled a grey Walt Disney), and the occasionally death-defying exploits of man in the field Jim Fowler.(...)

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(...)

Wild Wild Women

1 9 6 9 (UK) 7 x 30 minute episodes This comedy series from BBC1 featured the workers in a Victorian milliners in much the same vein as their earlier sitcom, The Rag Trade . Paul Whitsun-Jones starred as the sweatshop overseer, Mr Harcourt, with Barbara Windsor (who had also starred in The Rag Trade) as Millie, and Daphne(...)

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(...)

William

1 9 6 2 (UK) Based on the famous children's books by Richmal Crompton, this 25 minute series famously starred Dennis Waterman (of The Sweeney and Minder fame) in the title role. His gang (who called themselves The Outlaws) consisted of Douglas (Carlo Cura), Henry (Kaplan Kaye) and Ginger (Christopher Witty) with Gillian Gosling as the awful Violet Elizabeth Bott,(...)

Willo The Wisp

1 9 8 1 (UK) 26 x 5 minute episodes Willo The Wisp is a strange ghost-like creature who with each episode tells a story about the characters in Doyley Wood. Mavis Cruet is an obese and really quite pathetic fairy. Arthur is a caterpillar who isn’t the brightest in the world but somehow does seem to have(...)

Wind In The Willows

1 9 6 9 (UK) In Autumn 1969, Anglia Television in Britain started their production of Wind In The Willows, an 18-part serialisation of Kenneth Graham's magical story of the river bank and its lovable little characters. Such was the success of the production both at home and abroad, that other stories soon followed: The Winter Of Enchantment, A(...)

Wind In The Willows

1 9 8 3 - 1 9 8 8 (UK) 1 x 90 minute episode 16 x 30 minute episodes Delightful animated musical version of Kenneth Grahame's classic 1908 tale of the adventures of Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger, spun off from a 90-minute feature made in 1983 (with Ian Carmichael as Rat). TV again returned(...)

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(...)

Wings

1 9 7 6 (UK) Chaps in sheepskin jackets featured in this BBC drama about First World War flying aces. As hard as Tim Woodward, Nicholas Jones and Michael Cochrane tries, this wasn't a dashed good show, although the planes - models of Bleriot Experimentals and other historic flying machines doing studio simulated aerobatics - were(...)

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