TV Shows – 1970s

$10,000 Pyramid, The

1 9 7 3 - 1 9 7 6 (USA) 4270 x 30 minute episodes "Keep your eye on this spot! You are about to see one celebrity and one contestant step into this circle with a chance to win $10,000 in less than a minute! Ladies and gentlemen, this - is the $10,000 Pyramid!!" The(...)

13 Queens Boulevard

1 9 7 9 (USA) 9 x 30 minute episodes Originally to have been titled Five Women, this short-lived comedy series starring Eileen Brennan was originally meant to be about five women who live in the same garden apartment complex in Queens, New York. Their husbands would be heard in the next room or on the phone,(...)

1970s Television – Introduction

1970s Television – Introduction

In the 1970s, TV Producers turned from the excess of violence seen in drama series' of the 60s, to seek other ways of stimulating the audience. British TV comedy was king during the Seventies, serving up shows like Are You Being Served?, Citizen Smith, Fawlty Towers, Porridge, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, Rising Damp, The(...)


1 9 7 7 (UK) 16 x 60 minute episodes Great Britain, 1990. A dystopian future (at the time) in which Britain is under the grip of the Home Office's Department of Public Control (PCD), a tyrannically oppressive bureaucracy riding roughshod over the population's civil liberties. The all-powerful PCD have done away with the rights of the(...)


1 9 7 8 - Current (USA) This hour-long current affairs show from ABC has always featured award-winning journalists covering social issues and current events. Notable interviews over recent years have included such personalities as General Colin Powell after retiring as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Hillary Clinton during the height of the Whitewater(...)


1 9 7 9 - 1 9 8 1 (USA) 16 x 60 minute episodes 240-Robert followed the exploits of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Emergency Services Detail - the official search and rescue force for the most populated county in the US. Utilising helicopters, light aircraft, boats and a customised Ford Bronco, the team(...)


1 9 7 8 - 1 9 8 7 (UK) 180 x 60 minute episodes Ted Rogers and Dusty Bin (an electronically operated dustbin with a face on the front - which cost £10,500 to build) appeared in this bizarre game show from Yorkshire Television, along with Rogers' wrist-spraining gesture. Regular guests included The Brian Rogers(...)

4 Idle Hands

1 9 7 6 (UK) “Maybe we’re not ready for the outside world.” “Is the outside world ready for us?” Life has never been easy for school-leavers, and 16-year-old Mike Dudds (Phil Daniels) and Pete Sutton (Ray Burdis) are no different to millions of others. Neither has a vocation to follow or any demonstrable skills. Their sense of(...)

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(...)

A Class By Himself

1 9 7 2 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes On the crest of a wave with his Dad's Army role, John Le Mesurier starred in this rare networked sitcom from HTV - the Wales and West of England ITV franchise. He was cast as Lord Bleasham (pronounced 'Blessem'), an eccentric peer living in the family seat (yes,(...)

A Family At War

1 9 7 0 - 1 9 7 2 (UK) 52 x 60 minute episodes Throughout the 70s Granada earned a reputation for doom-laden dramas like Sam and The Stars Look Down, but it all began with John Finch's A Family At War, a saga which suggested that happiness was something to be swept under the carpet - if you(...)

A Horseman Riding By

1 9 7 7 (UK) The BBC's lack of cash showed in this thirteen-part drama series based on the R F Delderfield novels. Luckily there was just the one horseman most of the time - played by Nigel Havers.

A Little Bit Of Wisdom

1 9 7 4 - 1 9 7 6 (UK) 20 x 30 minute episodes Norman Wisdom starred (again) as the little man who could never get things right. This time he was causing havoc in a city hospital, helping out a needy friend, and Bible-thumping on behalf of a charlatan Vicar. One episode provoked complaints when(...)

A Man Called Sloane

1 9 7 9 - 1 9 8 0 (USA) 12 x 60 minute episodes Thomas Remington Sloane III (Robert Conrad) was the top agent for UNIT, an American counter-intelligence team committed to destroying the international criminal organisation KARTEL. Suave, romantic and brilliant, Sloane travelled all over the world to thwart the plans of his sworn(...)

A New Kind of Family

1 9 7 9 - 1 9 8 0 (USA) 11 x 30 minute episodes Two single mothers - widow Kit Flanagan (Eileen Brennan) and divorcee Abby Stone (Gwynne Gilford) - rent the same Los Angeles house, sight unseen, from an unscrupulous real estate agent. Realising they have been duped, and with their money gone(...)

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