TV Shows – 1980s

World About Us, The

1 9 6 7 - 1 9 8 6 (UK) This long-running British series featured the wonders of nature and assorted global explorations. Initially making use of amateur footage, but soon becoming fully professional in its contributions, The World About Us ran for nearly 20 years. This natural history series was commissioned by David Attenborough(...)

World In Action

1 9 6 3 - 1 9 9 8 (UK) Granada TV's hard-hitting current affairs series World in Action was first transmitted in 1963 and has set a consistently high standard in investigative journalism. The first edition, in January, highlighted the atomic arms race and showed Khrushchev and Kennedy in conflict. Later in the year, World in Action ran into trouble over an(...)

World of Sport

World of Sport

1 9 6 5 - 1 9 8 5 (UK) World of Sport was created in January 1965 as a Saturday afternoon rival to Grandstand. The show tried valiantly to compete with its BBC rival for 20 years before finally throwing in the towel. Although as an overall package it was never on terms with Grandstand (largely because the BBC(...)

World War III

1 9 8 2 (USA) 2 x 100 minute episodes This gripping mini-series was a major event when it screened. It told the hypothetical tale of a Russian military unit moving into Alaska and sparking off World War III between the United States and the Soviets. Starred Rock Hudson, David (Starsky and Hutch) Soul, and Brian(...)


1 9 8 5 (USA) 13 x 25 minutes episodes Disney Studios, long the king of animation in motion pictures and TV specials, entered the Saturday morning fray in September 1985 for the first time in its 60-plus-year history with two shows - Adventures Of The Gummi Bears on NBC, and this CBS series about an odd(...)

Yellow Rose, The

1 9 8 3 - 1 9 8 4 (USA) 22 x 60 minute episodes The Yellow Rose was a sprawling saga of life, love and the pursuit of intrigue on a modern West Texas ranch. The NBC series revolved around the efforts of the Champion family to keep their place going despite high costs, treacherous hired(...)

Yes, Minister

1 9 8 0 - 1 9 8 2 (UK) 21 x 30 minute episodes Yes, Minister ran from 1980 until 1982, with a total of 21 episodes. Paul Eddington starred as Jim Hacker, PC, MP, BDc (Econ), newly-appointed Minister of Administrative Affairs. Hacker represents an unspecified political party but is clearly a moderate, either centre-right (most(...)

Yogi’s Treasure Hunt

1 9 8 5 - 1 9 8 8 (USA)

You Again?

1 9 8 6 - 1 9 8 7 (USA) 28 x 30 minute episodes This NBC sitcom was created by Eric Chappell, and was based on the UK sitcom Home To Roost. It starred Jack Klugman in the John Thaw role of middle-aged divorcee supermarket manager Henry Willows. Ten years after a bitter divorce, Henry is(...)

You and Me

1 9 7 4 - 1 9 9 2 (UK) Humans and puppets interacted, told stories and had fun to provide entertainment to 4 and 5-year-old preschool viewers. The series did not shy away from teaching children about the modern world and, in 1987, ran segments dealing with child abuse. The segments featured a character called(...)

You Bet!

1 9 8 8 - 1 9 9 6 (UK) A light-hearted panel game (based on a Dutch format) in which celebrities and the studio audience placed bets on the skills of a guest enthusiast. Originally hosted by Bruce Forsyth, then by Matthew Kelly from 1991, with Darren Day and Diane Youdale taking over for(...)

You Must Be The Husband

1 9 8 7 - 1 9 8 8 13 x 30 minute episodes A BBC sitcom with an intriguing premise, looking at the pressures put upon one spouse by the sudden financial success of the other. Former Goodies star Tim Brooke-Taylor was cast as Tom Hammond, who has motored along nicely for 20 years(...)

You Rang M’Lord

1 9 8 8 - 1 9 9 3 (UK) 1 x 60 minute episode 25 x 50 minute episodes This Croft and Perry spoof of Upstairs Downstairs was set in the Edwardian London household of the nice but dim Lord Meldrum. The servants were led by the swindling Alf Stokes (Paul Shane from Hi-De-Hi). The series was effective(...)

Young And The Restless, The

1 9 7 3 - Current (USA)9000+ x 30 minute episodes Lushly produced soap opera featuring a cast of gorgeous, near-naked newcomers who would break into song at the drop of a hat, The Young and the Restless premiered on CBS in 1973 and instantly branded all other soaps old-fashioned. No social issue was taboo : incest, breast(...)

Young At Heart

1 9 8 0 - 1 9 8 2 (UK) 19 x 30 minute episodes Particularly popular among pensioners, for obvious reasons, Young At Heart depicted the humorous side of retirement. The sitcom was essentially a two-hander for a pair of very familiar faces: Sir John Mills, 72 at the time the series began, and Megs Jenkins. Albert(...)

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