TV Shows – 1970s

Adventure Island

1 9 6 8 – 1 9 7 2 (Australia) 1140 x 30 minute episodes Adventure Island was designed for an audience of young (3 – 9 years of age) children and grew out of an earlier children’s magazine-style series, The Magic Circle Club. Produced from the Melbourne studios of the ABC, Adventure Island was immensely popular and screened(…)

Adventurer, The

1 9 7 2 – 1 9 7 3 (UK) 24 x 25 minute episodes A cloak and dagger series made on 16mm film for an American prime-time slot, The Adventurer starred Gene Barry as Gene Bradley – a wealthy, jet-setting American movie star who indulged himself in business ventures of all kinds, but whose real job involved secret assignments(…)

Adventures Of Black Beauty, The

Adventures Of Black Beauty, The

1 9 7 2 – 1 9 7 4 (UK) 54 x 30 minute episodes Set in 1887 on a spacious English estate in the (fictitious) village of Five Oaks, Black Beauty was based loosely on the classic children’s novel by Anna Sewell. The series, shot around the Hertfordshire countryside and first broadcast on 7 October 1972, starred(…)

Adventures of Don Quick, The

1 9 7 0 (USA) 6 x 30 minute episodes The Adventures of Don Quick was a space-age version of Cervantes’ classic literary satire, Don Quixote, with the anti-hero tilting at alien civilisations instead of windmills. Astronaut Don Quick (Ian Hendry), a member of the Intergalactic Maintenance Squad, was accompanied in his unwelcome know-best meddling by his faithful(…)

Adventures of Fat Albert & The Cosby Kids, The

1 9 7 2 – 1 9 8 5 (USA) Based on Bill Cosby‘s comedy records from the 1960s, The Adventures of Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids featured short live action segments featuring Cosby set around animated stories about a group of urban adolescents growing up in a Philadelphia neighbourhood. Colourful characters such as the obese Albert himself,(…)

Adventures of Parsley, The

1 9 7 0 (UK) 32 x 5 minute episodes Parsley is a small very friendly lion who lives in an old deserted herb garden. This is how he came to be called ‘Parsley’ for both his mane and tail are made of the best parsley leaves. Joining him on his adventures were Dill the Dog(…)

Adventures of Rupert Bear, The

1 9 7 0 – 1 9 7 6 (UK) 156 x episodes Rupert Bear lived amongst the lush greenery of Nutwood Forest with his parents, Mr Bear – a pipe-smoking traditionalist in a three-piece suit – and Mrs Bear – a homely type in an apron, forever baking, cleaning and polishing. Rupert perpetually dressed in(…)

Adventures of Sir Prancelot, The

1 9 7 2 (UK) 19 x 5 minute episodes The Adventures of Sir Prancelot follows the exploits of the heroic but somewhat eccentric Sir Prancelot and his household as they set off for the Crusades to the Holy Land. This animated tale originated from the same stable that produced Captain Pugwash which is evident from the crude and(…)

After Julius

1 9 7 9 (UK) 3 x 60 minute episodes This trilogy by Elizabeth Jane Howard (produced by Yorkshire Television) told of love in a country house during the course of a weekend in 1960 and was appropriately shown on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Mrs. Hanwell Freda Bamford Esme Grace Faith Brook Felix King John Carson(…)

After That, This

1 9 7 5 (UK) The curious image of an egg-timer full of eggs opened After That, This week after week, and it set the tone for what followed. More whimsical than satirical, the sketches tried to ape Monty Python by dispensing with punch lines. In one, Eleanor Bron disrupts a dinner party by pretending to be a cat. In another,(…)

Against The Wind

1 9 7 8 (Australia) 1 x 180 minute episodes 5 x 120 minute episodes A million-dollar historical drama series that took six months to produce, Against The Wind was the first Australian Mini-Series. The series was largely shot at the reconstructed colonial settlement at Old Sydney Town in NSW, and covered the period from 1798 to 1812.(…)

Albert and Victoria

1 9 7 0 – 1 9 7 1 (UK) 12 x 30 minute episodes This Yorkshire Television series was set, as the title suggests, in the late 19th century when Queen Victoria and her consort Prince Albert were on the British throne. It was a period when middle-class values were of the utmost importance, where(…)

Albert!

1 9 7 2 (UK) 7 x 30 minute episodes Short lived sequel to Dear Mother . . . Love Albert. Albert Courtenay Rodney Bewes Doreen Bissel Cheryl Hall

Alcock and Gander

1 9 7 2 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes Another ITV comedy from the team of Johnnie Mortimer and Brian Cooke. Mrs Marigold Alcock (Beryl Reid) runs her late husband’s business ”empire”, The Alcock Group of Companies – including such highly dubious companies as Fly-by-night Tours and the Tom O’Thimble Lucky Pixie shop – from two(…)

Alias Smith & Jones

1 9 7 1 – 1 9 7 3 (USA) 1 x 90 minute episode 49 x 52 minute episodes Hannibal “Joshua Smith” Heyes (a safe cracker and card sharp), and Kid “Thaddeus Jones” Curry (a gunslinger who never actually shot anyone) are two loveable ex-outlaws trying to go straight. The Governor has promised them a(…)

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