Television

A Different World

1 9 8 7 - 1 9 9 3 (USA) 142 x 30 minute episodes 1 x 60 minute episode A spin-off from The Cosby Show in which Denise Huxtable (Lisa Bonet) left the Cosby home to attend the predominantly black Hillman College in Georgia - her parents' alma mater. Her attempts to adjust to life away from(...)

A Family At War

1 9 7 0 - 1 9 7 2 (UK) 52 x 60 minute episodes Throughout the 70s Granada earned a reputation for doom-laden dramas like Sam and The Stars Look Down, but it all began with John Finch's A Family At War, a saga which suggested that happiness was something to be swept under the carpet - if you(...)

A Fine Romance

1 9 8 1 - 1 9 8 4 (UK) 26 x 25 minute episodes Laura Dalton is a translator by profession: brainy, content to accept that she's single, entering middle-age with dignity and her own agenda. Reluctantly - because she knows that her younger sister Helen and her husband Phil are incurable matchmakers - she(...)

A For Andromeda/The Andromeda Breakthrough

1 9 6 1 (UK) 7 x 45 minute episodes 1 9 6 2 (UK) 7 x 45 minute episodes Set in the future (1970!) A For Andromeda told the tale of a giant radio telescope in the Yorkshire Dales detecting a signal from the constellation of Andromeda in a distant galaxy. The signal - which had taken 200(...)

A Gentleman’s Club

1 9 8 8 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes The staid, faded elegance of a gentleman's club was the setting for this BBC sitcom from Richard Gordon, creator of the Doctor series of novels, films and TV series. The fictitious Albany club, situated off Pall Mall, "up steps worn by five generations of gentlemanly leather", was based(...)

A Horseman Riding By

1 9 7 7 (UK) The BBC's lack of cash showed in this thirteen-part drama series based on the R F Delderfield novels. Luckily there was just the one horseman most of the time - played by Nigel Havers.

A J Wentworth, BA

1 9 8 2 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes This Thames comedy was Arthur Lowe's last television series, made shortly before his death on 16 April 1982 and screened posthumously. The role was just right for him, combining a gentle humour with the subtle blend of bumble, pleasant foolishness, earnestness and pomposity that Lowe had so(...)

A Kick Up The Eighties

1 9 8 1 - 1 9 8 2 (UK) 18 x 30 minute episodes This sketch show from BBC Scotland mined the same iconoclastic post-punk humour as Not The Nine O'Clock News and Who Dares Wins. It featured a host of up-and-coming talent, including Tracey Ullman and Robbie Coltrane, but  Rik Mayall's monologues as opinionated, brain-dead Brummie Kevin(...)

A Life Of Bliss

1 9 6 0 - 1 9 6 1 (UK) George Cole starred in the successful carry-over of this 30-minute comedy series from radio to television, playing the part of David Bliss, a gullible young bachelor prone to verbal gaffes and jumping to incorrect conclusions. His pet dog, Psyche, was 'voiced' by animal impersonator Percy Edwards.(...)

A Little Bit Of Wisdom

1 9 7 4 - 1 9 7 6 (UK) 20 x 30 minute episodes Norman Wisdom starred (again) as the little man who could never get things right. This time he was causing havoc in a city hospital, helping out a needy friend, and Bible-thumping on behalf of a charlatan Vicar. One episode provoked complaints when(...)

A Man Called Shenandoah

1 9 6 5 - 1 9 6 6 (USA) 34 x 30 minute episodes Wagon Train star Robert Horton was given his own starring vehicle in this Western set in the 1870s. He is wounded during the Civil War, and the shock of the wounds and a night spent freezing in the snow brings on a(...)

A Man Called Sloane

1 9 7 9 - 1 9 8 0 (USA) 12 x 60 minute episodes Thomas Remington Sloane III (Robert Conrad) was the top agent for UNIT, an American counter-intelligence team committed to destroying the international criminal organisation KARTEL. Suave, romantic and brilliant, Sloane travelled all over the world to thwart the plans of his sworn(...)

A New Kind of Family

1 9 7 9 - 1 9 8 0 (USA) 11 x 30 minute episodes Two single mothers - widow Kit Flanagan (Eileen Brennan) and divorcee Abby Stone (Gwynne Gilford) - rent the same Los Angeles house, sight unseen, from an unscrupulous real estate agent. Realising they have been duped, and with their money gone(...)

A Perfect Spy

1 9 8 7 (UK) 7 x 50 minute episodes In 1987 Peter Egan continued as the smoothie Paul Ryman of Ever Decreasing Circles on Sundays, but on Wednesdays on BBC2 he was aiding and abetting his lying bombastic father Rick and betraying his country as Magnus Pym, John Le Carré's A Perfect Spy. At times it seemed as(...)

A Question Of Sport

1 9 7 0 - Current (UK) Fresh from the studio soccer game Quiz Ball, David Vine first introduced A Question Of Sport at 6:20 pm on Monday 5 January 1970 with captains Henry Cooper (the boxer) and Cliff Morgan (from the world of Rugby Union). David Coleman later took over the host's chair, and subsequent captains have included Welsh(...)

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