TV Shows – 1960s

Bachelor Father

1 9 5 7 - 1 9 6 2 (USA) 157 x 25 minute episodes Smooth John Forsythe starred as Bentley Gregg - a successful Hollywood lawyer and ladies' man who becomes guardian to his thirteen-year-old orphaned niece, Kelly, when her parents are killed in a car accident. Typical storylines involved Kelly trying to find Uncle(...)

Banana Splits Adventure Hour, The

1 9 6 8 - 1 9 7 0 (USA) Few shows are remembered as fondly as The Banana Splits. Combining live action, costumed hijinks, classical animation, and rock music with pre-teen psychedelic imagery at a break-neck pace, this show spoke to a new generation of TV babies, and they listened . . . The Banana Splits(...)

Bandstand (Australia)

1 9 5 7 - 1 9 7 2 (Australia) Bandstand was the longest running Australian pop television show of its time, and throughout its fifteen years it featured the same host (bespectacled Channel Nine newsreader Brian Henderson) and the same format. Based on Dick Clark's American Bandstand, the Australian show was pre-recorded before a studio audience, with singers(...)

Barbara in Black

1 9 6 2 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes This short thriller series from the BBC began with a crash on a Welsh hillside which kicked off a chain of strange events involving a miner and his family, a professor and a middle eastern monarch. Barbara Griffiths (Tracey Lloyd) found herself caught up in the(...)

Barley Charlie

1 9 6 4 (Australia) 13 x 30 minute episodes Sisters Joan (Sheila Bradley) and Shirley (Robina Beard) Muggleton inherit a run-down roadside cafe-cum-garage from their Uncle Ted, located at Frog's Hollow on the Hume Highway between Sydney and Melbourne (Australia). They also inherit Charlie Appleby (Ted Hepple), a lazy mechanic who works there. The girls(...)

Barney Is My Darling

1 9 6 5 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes Barney Pank (Bill Fraser) spent most of his married life in the Merchant Navy as Chief Steward on the SS Addis Ababa, plying between Tasmania and Sumatra. His wife, Ramona (Irene Handl), had learned to cope without him and ran a small hairdressing salon in Willesden,(...)

Baron, The

1 9 6 6 - 1 9 6 7 (UK) 30 x 50 minute episodes In yet another fine Saint-style action series from ITC, Steve Forrest starred as suave and wealthy Texan rancher and ex-jewel thief, John Mannering, who also worked as an antique dealer and had exclusive establishments in London, Washington and Paris. More importantly, Mannering(...)

Basil Brush Show, The

1 9 6 8 - 1 9 8 0 (UK) 152 x 30 minute episodes Basil Brush - a mischievous upper-class fox, created and voiced by Ivan Owen (formerly the operator of Yoo-Hoo the Cuckoo in the 1950s' Billy Bean and His Funny Machine and dog Fred Barker in Tuesday Rendezvous and Five O'Clock Club) - started off on the telly(...)

Bat Masterson

1 9 5 8 - 1 9 6 1 (USA)108 x 30 minute episodes A black and white Western drama series from NBC. The exploits of lawman Bat Masterson (played by Gene Barry) in the days of the Old West were based on a real character, though it's unlikely he was much like he was portrayed in(...)

BatFink

1 9 6 6 - 1 9 6 7 (USA) His wings were "like a shield of steel". Assisted by Kung Fu side kick Karate, Batfink used his "Super Sonic Radar" to catch the baddies (usually Hugo Agogo).  

Batman

1 9 6 6 - 1 9 6 8 (USA) 120 x 30 minute episodes Parents never seemed bothered that our childhood was spent fixated on a man who wore his underpants on the outside, a mask and hung around with a young boy. When trouble brewed in Gotham City, Police Commissioner Gordon would light the(...)

BBC Programme Announcers

The best-known faces of the early 50s on British television belonged to the BBC programme announcers:McDonald Hobley, Mary Malcolm and Sylvia Peters. The trio first appeared in 1946 and quickly became immensely popular with viewers. The late Mac Hobley was naturally calm and debonair, but even he was ruffled when, before a 1951 political broadcast, he introduced Sir Stafford Cripps(...)

BBC3

1 9 6 5 - 1 9 6 6 (UK) 24 x 60 minute episodes BBC3 was a mixture of humorous songs, sketches and newsy satire. The son of That Was The Week That Was and a natural successor to Not So Much A Programme . . . More A Way Of Life, the series was produced and directed by(...)

Be Our Guest

1 9 6 6 (Australia) Australian show Be Our Guest was an attempt by the Australian ABC-TV to capture a slice of the late daytime viewing audience, designed to please the whole family from early teens to Dad and Mum. Contrived but entertaining, the nightly 30-minute programme was a display of the talents of the showbiz guests who(...)

Beany and Cecil

1 9 6 2 - 1 9 6 8 (USA) 1 9 8 8 (USA) The characters of Beany and Cecil were first seen as puppets on the 50s show Time for Beany, which featured Capt. Horatio Huffenpuff and his nephew Beany Boy as they travelled the high seas aboard the Leakin’ Lena. Beany (who was named for the(...)

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