TV Shows – 1960s

Wheel Of Fortune

1 9 7 5 - Current (USA) 1 9 8 8 - 2 0 0 1(UK) 1 9 5 9 - 1 9 6 2 (Australia) 1 9 8 1 - 2 0 0 8 (Australia) Michael Miles imported the American format to British television in 1969 and dusted off his chums from Take Your Pick, Bob(...)

Where The Action Is

1 9 6 5 - 1 9 6 7 (USA) When American Bandstand moved from weekday afternoons to Saturdays, the teenagers of America were despondent. It took two years to fill the void, but in the summer of 1965, Dick Clark Productions came through with Where the Action Is. Another Monday-to-Friday rock and roll series,(...)

Whicker’s World

1 9 5 9 (UK) 1 9 6 5 - 1 9 8 5 (UK) 1 9 9 0 - 1 9 9 4 (UK) Alan Whicker started his globe-trotting travels as part of the BBC's Tonight programme. He later moved to ITV where Whicker's World was a celebrated success until the early 1980s when he(...)

Whiplash

Whiplash

1 9 6 0 - 1 9 6 1 (Australia) 34 x 25 minute episodes A Wild West-style action series set in Australia in the 1850s. Peter Graves (of Mission: Impossible fame) starred as stagecoach company owner Chris Cobb and the series featured his adventures in the constant struggle against bushrangers, aborigines and competitors during the country's(...)

Whirlybirds

1 9 5 8 - 1 9 6 2 (USA) 111 x 25 minute episodes PT Moore and Chuck Martin were ex-American Air Force pilots operating a Bell helicopter charter service - the Whirlybird Service of Longwood Field, California - with some crime-fighting on the side, of course. They were also hired for daredevil rescues -(...)

Whistle and I’ll Come To You

1 9 6 8 (UK) 1 x 42 minute episode First broadcast as part of the BBC's arts strand Omnibus, this show replaced the usual mix of interviews and cultural events with one of television's most haunting hours. Published in 1904, M.R. James' Oh Whistle and I'll Come To You tells the story of a professor's holiday on(...)

White Heather Club, The

White Heather Club, The

1 9 5 8 - 1 9 6 8 (UK) Andy Stewart was the star of the BBC’s The White Heather Club, which commenced in 1958 and was networked three years later, and from 1960 until 1968 it dominated the BBC’s New Year’s Eve television – one Hogmanay edition achieving viewing figures of over ten million.(...)

White Horses, The

1 9 6 5 (Yugoslavia/Germany) 12 x 60 minute episodes The White Horses, a Yugoslav-German co-production (originally titled Ferien in Lipizza) about a teenage girl's equine adventures, was originally filmed with German dialogue and Serbo-Croat subtitles, before being dubbed into English and screened on BBC One. The programme was shot in black and white in Yugoslavia(...)

White Rabbit, The

1 9 6 7 (UK) The story of Wing Commander Yeo-Thomas (Kenneth More) and his personal WWII story.

Whodunit?

1 9 6 9 (UK) Host Jon Pertwee presented 15 minute mini-murder mysteries set in the 1930s, in the style of Agatha Christie. A panel of sleuths, including Liza Goddard and Patrick Mower would then ask the actors questions to discern whodunit. Viewers were challenged to solve the murder at the end of the second(...)

Wide Country

1 9 6 2 - 1 9 6 3 (USA) 28 x 60 minute episodes Mitch Guthrie (Earl Holliman) is a champion bronco rider in the rodeo who tries to keep his kid brother, Andy (Andrew Prine), from pursuing the same life. As (bad) luck would have it, the NBC series Wide Country found itself up against Stoney(...)

Wild Kingdom

1 9 6 3 - 1 9 8 8 (USA) Viewers of Wild Kingdom in its heydey remember insurance company Mutual of Omaha's sponsorship and its American Indian head logo, the grandfatherly tones of narrator and host Marlin Perkins (who resembled a grey Walt Disney), and the occasionally death-defying exploits of man in the field Jim Fowler.(...)

Wild Wild West

1 9 6 5 - 1 9 6 9 (USA) 104 x 60 minute episodes Entrusted by President Ulysses S. Grant to defend America from all manner of bad people, dashing secret Agents Jim West and Artemus Gordon roamed the West battling revolutionaries and other subversive types. Artemus was a master of disguise and dialects, and(...)

Wild Wild Women

1 9 6 9 (UK) 7 x 30 minute episodes This comedy series from BBC1 featured the workers in a Victorian milliners in much the same vein as their earlier sitcom, The Rag Trade . Paul Whitsun-Jones starred as the sweatshop overseer, Mr Harcourt, with Barbara Windsor (who had also starred in The Rag Trade) as Millie, and Daphne(...)

William

1 9 6 2 (UK) Based on the famous children's books by Richmal Crompton, this 25 minute series famously starred Dennis Waterman (of The Sweeney and Minder fame) in the title role. His gang (who called themselves The Outlaws) consisted of Douglas (Carlo Cura), Henry (Kaplan Kaye) and Ginger (Christopher Witty) with Gillian Gosling as the awful Violet Elizabeth Bott,(...)

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