Television

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 Comedy Hour, The

1 9 7 2 (USA) 13 x 60 minute episodes The ABC Comedy Hour screened between 12 January 1972 and 5 April 1972, and starred top impressionists of the day - Frank Gorshin, Rich Little, George Kirby, Joe Baker, Marilyn Michaels and Charlie Callas. Newcomer Fred Travalena replaced Charlie Callas in the company in mid-series. Collectively the(...)

ABC Monday Night Comedy Special, The

1 9 7 7 (USA) The ABC Monday Night Comedy Special (broadcast between May and September 1977) was an umbrella title covering an assortment of films for proposed series that did not make the schedule, and leftovers from shows that had been cancelled. Included was a John Byner sitcom, an unusual rock music show (30 minutes of(...)

ABC Movie of the Week, The

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ABC Rocks

1 9 8 4 - 1 9 8 5 (USA) One year after the debut of NBC's Friday Night Videos (network television's first attempt to respond to the popularity of cable television's MTV), this was ABC's entry into the fray with a half hour of music videos every Friday from midnight to 12.30am. Each weekly show consisted of(...)

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(...)

Abigail and Roger

1 9 5 6 (UK) 9 x 20 minute episodes The comedy adventures of an engaged couple living separately (this was the 1950s) in London's bedsitter land, with the humour arising from their differing attitudes to life . . . Shorthand typist Abigail was an outspoken and capable individual who could cook, drive a car, mend a(...)

Abigail’s Party (1977)

Abigail’s Party (1977)

The best British television comedy of 1977 was not exactly written. Abigail's Party was the BBC's first full-length play where much of the dialogue was improvised. The Mike Leigh production, screened as part of Play For Today, starred Leigh's then-wife Alison Steadman as Beverly, nouveau riche Queen Bee in a ghastly orange dress alternately stinging and sweetening her neighbours while(...)

About The Home

1 9 5 1 - 1 9 5 8 (UK) About The Home was an essential part of afternoon viewing for many British women in the 1950s. The long-running programme was designed to help housewives improve their domestic skills such as cookery and needlework, although other items covered included shopping, deportment and even puppy-training. Hope improvement tips(...)

Abracadabra

1 9 6 2 (UK) Quiz show hosted by Canadian Roy Ward Dixon and his wife Shirley. The basic idea was to answer a general knowledge question and then pick a letter to complete a word and win up to £125. There was also a "Money Pot" of coins that the contestant could dip into and(...)

Absolutely

1 9 8 9 - 1 9 9 3 (UK) 24 x 30 minute episodes This anarchic and surreal sketch show - a sort of latter day Monty Python in tartan - derived from the Scottish school of alternative comedy. The show starred Morwenna Banks, Jack Docherty, Moray Hunter, Gordon Kennedy and John Sparkes. Although it featured skits, animation and spoofed-up songs, its(...)

Absolutely Fabulous

1 9 9 2 - 2 0 1 2 (UK) Developed from a sketch on French and Saunders, this tale of rich bitches Edina 'Eddy' Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) - 1960s firebrands who never grew up - took the public by storm. Single mother Eddy had her own PR/fashion business and behaved very badly(...)

Acapulco H.E.A.T.

1 9 9 3 - 1 9 9 4 (USA) 22 x 60 minute episodes Ashley Hunter-Coddington (formerly of MI6) and Mike Savage (formerly of the CIA) are co-leaders of the H.E.A.T. team, a group of specialists recruited to fight a secret war against international terrorism. Ashley Hunter-Coddington Catherine Oxenberg Mike Savage  Brendan Kelly Catherine 'Cat'(...)

Accidental Family

1 9 6 7 - 1 9 6 8 (USA) 16 x 30 minute episodes This NBC sitcom told the tales of carefree Las Vegas nightclub entertainer and widower Jerry Webster (Jerry Van Dyke, younger brother of Dick), who is enjoying his bachelor existence until he is unexpectedly confronted with custody of the six-year-old son he(...)

According To Dora

1 9 6 8 - 1 9 6 9 (UK) 15 x 30 minute episodes A themed-sketch show for funny-lady Dora Bryan who was a dab hand at this sort of revue-style comedy. She was born Dora Broadbent in Southport on 7 February 1924 and worked as a dancer before discovering her gift for humour and(...)

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