TV Shows – 1990s

Yellowthread Street

1 9 9 0 (UK) 13 x 60 minute episodes This Yorkshire Television (ITV) series followed the Triad-busting cases of a group of Royal Hong Kong Police Force detectives, based in the colony's Yellowthread precinct. The series never really caught on despite the exotic setting and sometimes lavish production. A clearly uncomfortable cast (seemingly selected for looks(...)

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 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 Riders, The

1 9 8 9 - 1 9 9 2 (USA) 68 x 60 minute episodes A grizzled old plainsman named Teaspoon Hunter (Anthony Zerbe) emerges from his bath - in a horse trough - and addresses six raw recruits, none older than 18. "This here pony express," rasps the ex-Texas Ranger and all-around eccentric,"is 2000 miles(...)

Your Cheatin’ Heart

1 9 9 0 (UK) 6 x 50 minute episodes John Byrne's follow-up to Tutti Frutti was a six-part musical shenanigan in which waitress Cissie Crouch (Tilda Swinton) employed restaurant journalist McClusky (John Gordon Sinclair) to prove that her country & western-singing husband, Dorwood, was innocent of a drugs charge. Which made for a delicious, can-swigging caricature of(...)

Zig and Zag’s Dirty Deeds

1 9 9 6 (UK) The fuzzy felt puppets - aliens from Planet Zog - first landed on Ireland RTE's show Den TV, then switched to Channel 4's morning flagship The Big Breakfast, before finally going it alone in Zig and Zag's Dirty Deeds. Here the vindictive, neon-toned duo performed 'mission impossibles' for filthy lucre on behalf of celebrity(...)

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