Television

Young Riders, The

1 9 8 9 - 1 9 9 2 (USA) 68 x 60 minute episodes A grizzled old plainsman named Teaspoon Hunter (Anthony Zerbe) emerges from his bath - in a horse trough - and addresses six raw recruits, none older than 18. "This here pony express," rasps the ex-Texas Ranger and all-around eccentric,"is 2000 miles(...)

Young Talent Time

1 9 7 1 - 1 9 8 8 (Australia) "Close your eyes and I'll kiss you . . .". Sing this to Australians of a certain generation and they will sing the "oo-oo-oo's" back in rapturous nostalgia. Each week for 18 years (read that again: EIGHTEEN years!) from April 1971 onwards, the avuncular Johnny(...)

Your Cheatin’ Heart

1 9 9 0 (UK) 6 x 50 minute episodes John Byrne's follow-up to Tutti Frutti was a six-part musical shenanigan in which waitress Cissie Crouch (Tilda Swinton) employed restaurant journalist McClusky (John Gordon Sinclair) to prove that her country & western-singing husband, Dorwood, was innocent of a drugs charge. Which made for a delicious, can-swigging caricature of(...)

Your Hit Parade

1 9 5 0 - 1 9 5 9 (USA) Your Hit Parade had an eight-year run on NBC and then another year on CBS. Opening with the song Be Happy Go Lucky, the Hit Paraders (Snooky Lanson, Gisele MacKensie and Dorothy Collins among others) went on to sing the week's Top 10 tunes as compiled in the(...)

Your Life In Their Hands

Your Life In Their Hands

1958 - 1964 (UK) 1980 - 1986 (UK) Before 1958, British television had confined its view of hospital to the romantic tales of Emergency - Ward 10 where the only gory red thing to be seen was when a nurse had overdone her lipstick. But in February 1958, the BBC took the revolutionary step of transporting their cameras into(...)

Your Mother Wouldn’t Like It

1 9 8 5 - 1 9 8 8 (UK) 21 x 25 minute episodes An innovative children's sketch production - winner of a BAFTA Award for Best Children's Entertainment programme - that spoofed and satirised life as experienced by youngsters and teenagers, and created such characters as the Superman-like Tweeman, superhero Street Budgie, Loaf and(...)

Your Show Of Shows

1 9 5 0 - 1 9 5 4 (USA) As television was coming of age in the 1950s, it was important for the networks to produce shows that entertained as many people as possible so they could build a loyal audience. The easiest way to do this was with variety shows - easily produced(...)

Yus My Dear

Yus My Dear

1 9 7 6 (UK) 19 x 30 minute episodes In this sequel to Romany Jones Wally and Lily Briggs have "gorn up in the world" from a gypsy caravan site to a council house. Wally has also suddenly grown an adult brother, Benny, whose attributes include staying on the dole and a seemingly pathological urge to sponge(...)

Z Cars

Z Cars

1 9 6 2 - 1 9 7 8 (UK) 667 x 25/50 minute episodes Writer Troy Kennedy Martin was confined to bed with a bout of mumps and passed his time listening to police radio. It was then he realised that Dixon of Dock Green was out of date. He set out to create a realistic, new police(...)

Zero One

  1 9 6 2 - 1 9 6 5 (UK) 39 x 25 minute episodes "Zero One" was the call sign of the International Air Security Board, an organisation dedicated to the safety of air travel all around the world. Its chief London agent was airline detective Alan Garnett and he was called upon to(...)

Zig and Zag’s Dirty Deeds

1 9 9 6 (UK) The fuzzy felt puppets - aliens from Planet Zog - first landed on Ireland RTE's show Den TV, then switched to Channel 4's morning flagship The Big Breakfast, before finally going it alone in Zig and Zag's Dirty Deeds. Here the vindictive, neon-toned duo performed 'mission impossibles' for filthy lucre on behalf of celebrity(...)

Zingalong

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Zodiac

1 9 7 4 (UK) 6 x 60 minute episodes Astrology is strictly for the birds. That’s the emphatic view of David Gradley, a workshy ex-Harrovian who has drifted into the police force. Then he meets a pretty young astrologer called Esther Jones – and his ideas get knocked for six. Created by Roger Marshall (The(...)

Zoo Gang, The

1 9 7 4 (UK) 6 x 60 minute episodes Four former members of the French Resistance during World War II reunite again nearly 30 years later after Tom Devon (John Mills) sees the man who betrayed them during the war, an act which resulted in Manouche Roget's husband being killed. Having nailed the Nazi, the(...)

Zoo Quest

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