TV Shows – 1980s

Alas Smith and Jones

1 9 8 4 - 1 9 8 8 (UK)43 x 30 minute episodes 1 x 60 minute special This clever comedy sketch series (mimicking the title of the 1970s Western series starring Pete Duel and Ben Murphy) with Mel Smith (son of a betting shop owner) and Griff Rhys Jones (son of a doctor) basically picked up where(...)

Albion Market

1 9 8 5 - 1 9 8 6 (UK) 100 x 30 minute episodes Contrived by Granada as a sister show to Coronation Street, with the aim of lifting ITVs weekend schedules (it went out on Fridays and Sundays), Albion Market arrived with a bang and left with a whimper. Much was made of the launch of this(...)

Alexei Sayle’s Stuff

1 9 8 8 - 1 9 9 1 (UK) 18 x 30 minute episodes "Who's that fat bastard?" After an ill-conceived sojourn alongside Chris Tarrant and Lenny Henry on ITV's lamentably crude OTT show, bulbous Jewish Liverpudlian comic Alexei Sayle developed in the direction of alternative comedy television via guest spots on The Young Ones and The Comic Strip Presents... -(...)

Alf

1 9 8 6 - 1 9 9 6 (USA) 102 x 30 minute episodes 2 x 60 minute episodes Long before 3rd Rock From the Sun (but long after My Favorite Martian) there was ALF. Not your average Alien Life Form, ALF - a wisecracking, 229-year-old furball - became part of the Tanner family when he accidentally crashed(...)

Alfresco

1 9 8 3 - 1 9 8 4 (UK) If asked to name Britain's biggest comedy and drama names at the end of the 20th century, many viewers would have included most of the stars of this show. Back in 1983 however, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson, Ben Elton, Siobhan Redmond and Robbie Coltrane(...)

Alias the Jester

1 9 8 5 (UK) 13 x 10 minute episodes Produced by Cosgrove Hall (creators of Danger Mouse and Count Duckula), this BAFTA award-winning animated series followed the exploits of Alias, a diminutive space traveller who unexpectedly lands in the magical kingdom of Houghton Bottom in medieval England after his rocket ship malfunctions. Alias becomes court(...)

Alice

1 9 7 6 - 1 9 8 5 (USA) 209 x 30 minute episodes Mel's Diner - a greasy-spoon truck-stop in Phoenix, Arizona - was the setting for this US comedy series. The title character, Alice Hyatt, was an aspiring singer who arrived in Phoenix with her teenage son, Tommy, after the death of her(...)

All At No. 20

1 9 8 6 - 1 9 8 7 (UK) 12 x 30 minute episodes Widow Sheila Haddon (Maureen Lipman in her first comedy series since Agony) discovers that she no longer has enough money to keep up repayments on her mortgage. Her deceased husband hadn't bothered to take out any life insurance and what little money(...)

All Clued Up

1 9 8 7 - 1 9 9 3 (UK) All Clued Up was a Sunday tea-time classic, hosted by ''Diddy'' David Hamilton. It was a real favourite with ''elderly'' people for some reason - probably because it was so easy. The first series featured young, bored-looking couples, but the average age rose dramatically as the years(...)

All Creatures Great And Small

1 9 7 7 - 1 9 8 0 (UK) 1 9 8 8 - 1 9 9 0 (UK) 88 x 50 minute episodes 3 x 90 minute episodes James Herriot's tales of his time as a country vet first appeared on screen in a 1974 movie starring Simon Ward, followed by a sequel, It Shouldn't Happen(...)

All in Good Faith

1 9 8 5 - 1 9 8 8 (UK) 18 x 30 minute episodes In his first comedy for ITV, Richard Briers starred as Philip Lambe, a beleaguered vicar who abandoned the comforts of his affluent Oxfordshire parish for the more challenging climes of Edendale, a run-down Midlands town. All In Good Faith also starred Barbara Ferris(...)

All In The Family

1 9 7 1 - 1 9 9 1 (USA) 196 x 30 minute episodes 5 x 60 minute episodes 1 x 90 minute episode Though nearly cancelled after its first few months on air, All In The Family went on to become the number one show in the USA for five consecutive years. It was also perhaps(...)

All My Children

1 9 7 0 - 2 0 1 3 (USA) 3477 x 60 mibute episodes First airing on Monday 5 January 1970, this long-running ABC soap concerned itself with the lives of the Chandler family, the Tyler family and the Martin family. By the 1980s, the Martin family had become history (they were to reappear years(...)

All The Rivers Run

1 9 8 3 (Australia) 4 x 120 minute episodes Thanks to skilful direction, some elegant performances and refreshing and eye-catching locations, this Channel 7 miniseries from Crawford Productions was an Aussie viewing favourite. There were few stagnant pools in the pleasing $3 million adaptation of a slushy romantic novel by Nancy Cato. The eight-hour series(...)

All The Way

1 9 8 8 (Australia) 32 x 30 minute episodes All the Way was an Australian television series made by Crawford Productions for the Nine Network, which started out as a six-hour miniseries. The first episode took place on the day in 1963 that John F. Kennedy was assassinated and the series examined the life of an(...)

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