TV Shows – 1960s

12 O’clock High

12 O’clock High

1 9 6 4 - 1 9 6 7 (USA) 78 x 60 minute episodes 12 O'clock High chronicled the adventures of the men of the 918th Bombardment Group of the US Eighth Air Force. First commanded by irascible General Frank Savage (Robert Lansing, pictured at right) and later by Colonel Joe Gallagher (Paul Burke)(...)

1960s Television – Introduction

1960s Television – Introduction

If the Fifties were the innocent childhood of television, the Sixties were definitely the period of rebellious adolescence. Just as the world underwent dramatic social and cultural change, so television led the way in reflecting the Swinging Sixties. Television in the 1960s was very different to now. Today the TV set is part of our(...)

199 Park Lane

1 9 6 5 (UK) 18 x 30 minute episodes This twice-weekly serial from BBC1 was based around the residents of an exclusive block of apartments in London (at 199 Park Lane, natch). The series did not do well. It first aired on 1 August 1965 and was dropped two months later. All 18 episodes were(...)

26 Men

26 Men

1 9 5 7 (USA) This is the story of 26 men who rode the Arizona territory . . . 26 men who saddled up and then rode out to answer duty's call 26 men who lived to ride again and fight for the rights and the liberty of all . . The pounding beat(...)

60 Minutes

60 Minutes

1 9 6 8 - Current (USA) 1 9 7 9 - Current (Australia) In 1967 Don Hewitt conceived of his new programme, 60 Minutes, as a strategy for addressing issues given insufficient time for analysis in two minutes of the Evening News but not deemed significant enough to justify an hour-long documentary. 60 Minutes was born, then, in(...)

77 Sunset Strip

77 Sunset Strip

1 9 5 8 - 1 9 6 4 (USA) 77 Sunset Strip was the show that started the young, cool private detective craze of the early Sixties. This Warner Brothers series was so big that the studio had several clones of the show drawing big ratings for the networks well into the Sixties. On(...)

87th Precinct

87th Precinct

1 9 6 1 - 1 9 6 2 (USA) 29 x 60 minutes episodes Detective Steve Carella worked at New York's 87th Precinct, along with a line-up of typical police detectives, such as the rookie and the seasoned old-timer. His wife Teddy (played by Gena Rowlands) added a personal side to the stories. The series(...)

8th Man

8th Man

1 9 6 5 (Japan) 1140 x 30 minute episodes You can destroy his body, but you can't keep a good crime fighter down. The villainous Saucer Lips learned the hard way when he killed police officer Peter Brady (no, not that Peter Brady). Little did Saucer Lips know he was sowing the seeds from which would spring(...)

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 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 Big Business

1 9 6 3 - 1 9 6 5 (UK) This Granada TV comedy concerned a family furniture firm, with David Kossoff and Francis Matthews as argumentative father and son. Marcus Lieberman David Kossoff  Simon Lieberman  Francis Matthews  Miss Stevens  Joyce Marlowe Naomi Lieberman  Diana Coupland  Basil Crane  David Conville  Lazlo  Martin Miller  Mrs. Goldoni  Isa(...)

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 Whole Scene Going

1 9 6 6 (UK) A Whole Scene Going was the first real teenage lifestyle programme with features on Carnaby Street fashions, the London club scene and package holidays in Italy. Twiggy made her first TV appearance on this show and presenter Barry Fantoni (pictured below right) and his "hot seat" interview was the first time(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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