TV Shows – 1960s

Alice in Wonderland

1 9 6 6 (UK) Despising the Disney take, Jonathan Miller set out to de-anthropomorphise the story by returning to Dodgson’s mathematical logic and Victorian values for this BBC drama. Stripping away the masks and costumes, he allowed the audience to see Wilfrid Brambell’s White Rabbit, Peter Cook’s Hatter, Peter Sellers’s King of Hearts and John(...)

All Gas And Gaiters

1 9 6 6 (UK) 1 9 6 7 - 1 9 7 1 (UK) 33 x 30 minute episodes 1 x short special Another intelligent sitcom from the BBC, All Gas And Gaiters starred Derek Nimmo as the bumbling, inept but well-meaning chaplain Mervyn Noote of St Oggs, a 13th Century cathedral. Reverend Noote never used one word(...)

All Our Yesterdays

1 9 6 0 - 1 9 7 3 (UK) 1 9 8 7 - 1 9 8 9 (UK) A half-hour nostalgia documentary programme from Granada which screened old newsreel footage from that week but 25 years ago. The shows comprised footage from the old twice-weekly Pathé cinema newsreels which were shown in the 1930s and(...)

All Square

1 9 6 6 - 1 9 6 7 (UK) Michael Bentine's ATV follow-up series to It's A Square World, All Square explored Bentine's inimitable brand of comedy. This zany series found humour in everything from duelling to the esoteric sport of dwile-flonking.  

All Your Own

1 9 5 2 - 1 9 6 1 (UK) Introduced by Huw Wheldon (later to become BBC Director of Television) and frequently produced by a young Cliff Michelmore, All Your Own gave children the opportunity to display their own individual skills and talents or discuss their hobbies and pastimes. The show guided a young guitarist by the(...)

American Bandstand

1 9 5 2 - 1 9 8 9 (USA) American Bandstand became a powerful symbol of American teenage culture with its nearly four-decade look at the ever-changing tastes of the country's youth. Featuring guest artists who lip-synced to their latest tunes, and a teenage audience whose members danced for the cameras, the show launched a conga(...)

Americans, The

1 9 6 1 (USA) 17 x 60 minute episodes This Western drama series from NBC was set during the American Civil War and told the tale of young brothers, Ben (Darryl Hickman) and Jeff Canfield (Dick Davalos). Ben is fighting for the Union while his brother Jeff is fighting for the Confederacy. Out of their diverse(...)

An Age Of Kings

1 9 6 0  (UK) 15 x 60 minute episodes A linking together of Shakespeare's five history plays chronicling the rise and fall of monarchs over the 86 years between Richard II and Richard III.   Spread over 15 episodes, a fortnight apart, these plays were dramatised in sequence to give the overall effect of(...)

Andy Griffith Show, The

1 9 6 0 - 1 9 6 8 (USA) 249 x 30 minute episodes This sitcom - spun-off from an episode of The Danny Thomas Show in which Thomas was arrested in a small North Carolina town - focused on Sheriff Andrew Jackson Taylor in the small town of Mayberry. Taylor was a widower with a young(...)

Andy Williams Show, The

1 9 5 8 (USA) 1 9 5 9 (USA) 1 9 6 2 - 1 9 6 7 (USA) 1 9 6 9 - 1 9 7 1 (USA) The first Andy Williams Show aired on ABC as a summer replacement in 1958. He then moved to CBS before, in 1962, settling with NBC - where he would stay until(...)

Animal Magic

1 9 6 2 - 1 9 8 4 (UK) 440 x 30 minute episodes Animal Magic first aired on 13 April 1962 and ran for 22 years with host Johnny Morris (pictured) mixing tips on animal care with information on wildlife and zoos, while providing the animals with quintessential English voices - the blustering retired colonel,(...)

Ann Sothern Show, The

1 9 5 7 - 1 9 6 2 (USA) Ann Sothern, an important film actress in the 1930s and 1940s, was one of the first Hollywood stars to have a popular situation comedy series on television. Private Secretary was on the air from 1953 until 1957, when Sothern decided to change the format of her series(...)

Another World

1 9 6 4 - 1 9 9 9 (USA) One of several daytime serial dramas created by Irna Phillips for American television, Another World was the first soap opera to expand from a half-hour, five days a week, to a full hour five days a week. It was also the first serial drama to engender a spin-off(...)

Aquaman

1 9 6 7 - 1 9 6 8 (USA) A children's animated fantasy series from CBS and Filmation. After being born to a woman from Atlantis and a lighthouse keeper, Aquaman controls all the creatures of the sea and was known as "King of the Seven Seas". Aquaman could live underwater and used brainwaves to(...)

Aquanauts, The/Malibu Run

1 9 6 0 - 1 9 6 1 (USA) 32 x 60 minute episodes This 60 minute black and white action adventure series from CBS featured Hawaii-based freelance salvage divers, Drake Andrews and Larry Lahr. Effectively a longer, fancier and more expensive version of Sea Hunt, The Aquanauts starred Keith Larsen, a lean and bronzed young man, as(...)

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