Television

Winky Dink and You

Winky Dink and You

1 9 5 3 - 1 9 5 7 (USA) Praised as "the first interactive TV show", the show's central gimmick was the use of a "magic drawing screen", which was a large piece of clear clingy plastic that stuck to the television screen via static electricity. A kit containing the screen and various Winky Dink(...)

Winner Takes All

1 9 7 5 - 1 9 8 7 (UK) Jimmy Tarbuck welcomed the guests and the unseen Geoffrey Wheeler asked the questions in this popular long-running general knowledge quiz show. Bringing the contestants to the starting line were hostesses Jan Michelle and Tina Robinson. The four contestants competed in a little knockout tournament to(...)

Winston Churchill – The Wilderness Years

1 9 8 1 (UK) 8 x episodes After a meteoric rise to prominence in the early decades of the 20th century, Winston Churchill's political career ground dramatically to a halt during the 1930s. A change in leadership in the Conservative Party and momentous movements on the world stage left the always outspoken Churchill sitting in(...)

Wire Service

1 9 5 6 - 1 9 5 7 (USA) 39 x 60 minute episodes The adventures of globetrotting reporters working for Trans-Globe - an international newspaper wire service. Dane Clark, George Brent and Mercedes McCambridge rotated in the lead role over 39 hour-long episodes. The series was sometimes re-run in the US as Deadline for Action. Dan(...)

Wiseguy

1 9 8 7 - 1 9 9 0 (USA) This show was never a ratings success but it developed a cult following among viewers and TV writers alike when it debuted on CBS in the fall of 1987. Via an innovative story structure, Wiseguy followed the adventures of Organised Crime Bureau cop Vinnie Terranova (Ken Wahl), who(...)

Wish Me Luck

1 9 8 8 - 1 9 9 0 (UK) Like the similarly styled Manhunt and Secret Army, ITV's Wish me Luck was set in World War II and focused on the daring young people who risked life and limb to spy on the enemy and sabotage the Nazi advance. Two women, in particular, were highlighted, both fluent in French, with(...)

Witches and the Grinnygog, The

1 9 8 3 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes Set in the countryside around Winchester, this was a story of sorcery and magic as three good witches rose from the marshes to hunt for a small, enchanted stone figure: the Grinnygog, which was placed in their charge centuries ago and was now lost. The Grinnygog,(...)

Within These Walls

1 9 7 4 - 1 9 7 8 (UK) 44 x 60 minute episodes Set in HM Prison Stone Park, Within These Walls focused on its newly installed governor, Faye Boswell (pictured below), as she set out to liberalise the firmly run institution. Played by former British cinema 'bad girl' Googie (Georgette) Withers, Boswell quickly realised that(...)

Wizadora

1 9 9 3 - 2 0 0 0 (UK) 60 x 5 minute episodes     Wizadora Wendy van der Plank (1) Lizzie McPhee (2) Tatty Bogle Joe Greco (1) Steven Ryde (2) Stan the Shopkeeper Brian Murphy Pippa the Postwoman Tessa Hatts  Hangle Francis Wright

Wizard, The

1 9 8 6 - 1 9 8 7 (USA) 19 x 40 minute episodes Simon McKay (David Rappaport) is the Wizard, a pint-sized toy maker with a giant heart who invents amazing contraptions. He used to design hardware for the government and still does an occasional job for them. That's why the brass has assigned(...)

Wizards and Warriors

1 9 8 3 (USA) 8 x 60 minute episodes Jeff Conaway (cabbie Bobby Wheeler on Taxi) starred as Prince Erik Greystone on this very tongue-in-cheek adventure-comedy, which revolved around the fictional kingdom of Camarand in the time of King Arthur's Court. Princess Ariel (Julia Duffy from Newhart), daughter of rulers good King Baaldorf (Tom Hill) and(...)

Wizbit

1 9 8 5 (UK) This BBC children's television show featured an alien magician called Wizbit and a large rabbit called Wooly, and followed their adventures in Puzzleopolis - a town inhabited by walking, talking (and often singing) sponge-balls, dice, magic wands, playing cards and 8-foot-tall rabbits (all magician's props). Wizbit's year-and-a-day mission was to find out all(...)

WKRP In Cincinnati

1 9 7 8 - 1 9 8 2 (USA) 90 x 30 minute episodes When small and ailing Cincinnati-based radio station WKRP employed new programme controller Andy Travis to change the format from Easy Listening to Top 40, a number of unexpected problems were encountered. Travis encouraged the station's owner, Mama Carlson, to make the(...)

Wodehouse Playhouse

1 9 7 5 - 1 9 7 8 (UK) 13 X 35 minute episodes 7 x 30 minute episodes This anthology of P G Wodehouse comedies was adapted by David Clime from the original short stories. The collection of 1920s high society farces starred the husband and wife team of John Alderton and Pauline Collins(...)

Wogan

1 9 8 2 - 1 9 9 2 (UK) 1985 saw Terry Wogan - the King of Television (and Radio) - graduate to an eponymous thrice-weekly live chat show. The new format began ignominiously when the host fell over on the very first episode, although since he was reportedly earning over £350,000 a year(...)

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