TV Shows – 1990s

Bill Collins’ Golden Years Of Hollywood

1 9 6 6 - 1 9 9 5 (Australia) Bill Collins has been described as "Mr. Movies of Australia". He has presented films on television and on video since 1963 and has come to seem like a trusted and enthusiastic guarantor of whatever film he happens to be presenting. As a high school English(...)

Bill, The

1 9 8 4 - 2 0 1 0 (UK) The Bill was created from a one-off drama called Woodentop (a CID nickname for officers in uniform) in the 1983 Storyboard season and began life as a one-hour weekly series. In its fourth year it changed to two half hour shows per week and went from strength to strength, and in(...)

Birds of a Feather

1 9 8 9 - 1 9 9 4 (UK) 1 9 9 7 - 1 9 9 8 (UK) 102 x 30 minute episodes Sharon (Pauline Quirke) and Tracey (Linda Robson) were adopted sisters. Tracey had clearly done better for herself than Sharon, and had a £750,000 neo-Georgian home called 'Dalentrace' in Bryan Close, in the(...)

Blankety Blank

Blankety Blank

1 9 7 9 - 1 9 9 0 (UK) 1 9 9 7 - 2 0 0 2 (UK) The BBC was embarrassed by Blankety Blank - the British version of The Match Game - which was loved by 20 million viewers but was not the BBC's sort of thing. The Annual Report graciously accepted that it was "harmless fun handled(...)

Blind Date

1 9 8 5 - 2 0 0 3 (UK) Cilla Black presented a "lorra lorra laughs" on Blind Date - a show that owed much of its success to the fact that Cilla never sang on it. With a format based on the original US show The Dating Game, three unseen contestants delivered rehearsed answers to three scripted(...)

Blockbusters

1 9 8 3 - 1 9 9 5 (UK) Blockbusters was a very basic quiz game - hosted by Bob Holness - which consisted of three players, two on one team and one on the other. All the contestants were 16-18 year old students, so bad haircuts, snotty toffs, bad jumpers, bad jokes and fluffy(...)

Blossom

1 9 9 1 - 1 9 9 5 (USA) Blossom related the growing-up misadventures of the eponymous teenage girl in an all-male - and totally dysfunctional - household (she lived with her divorced father, Nick, a studio musician, and her two brothers) The series tackled issues - sex, drugs and first periods - with alacrity, even(...)

Blue Heelers

1 9 9 4 - 2 0 0 6 (Australia) 510 x 60 minute episodes Created by Tony Morphett and Hal McElroy, Blue Heelers was the most successful Aussie cop show of the modern television era. Set in the fictional country town of Mount Thomas, and starring John Wood and Martin Sacks, its alumni include Lisa McCune,(...)

Blue Peter

1 9 5 8 - Current (UK) On 16 October 1958, a former beauty queen and a former Army officer sat down to introduce the first edition of a programme that for over 40 years has been compulsive viewing for any child wanting to learn about life in other countries, about caring for pets or how(...)

Bold and The Beautiful, The

1 9 8 7 - Current (USA) The Bold and The Beautiful is one of American television's most popular soap operas of all time. Using the glamorous fashion industry as its background, the show centres on two very different families, both of whom have garment businesses - the upscale Forresters and the less sophisticated Spectras, who are(...)

Boon

1 9 8 6 - 1 9 9 2 (UK) Ken Boon (slow-smiling Michael Elphick) was a fireman who was invalided out of the brigade when he damaged his lungs in a heroic rescue. After a succession of failed money-making schemes - including a disastrous market gardening venture - he placed an advert in the local(...)

Bottom

1 9 9 1 - 1 9 9 5 (UK) 18 x 30 minute episodes Bottom presented the ongoing adventures in the sordid life of two of the world's most repellent bachelors who shared a dilapidated flat together above a shop in Hammersmith, London. Double act Ade Edmondson and Rik Mayall wrote and performed the series which(...)

Boys From The Bush, The

1 9 9 1 - 1 9 9 2 (UK) Although British detective Reg Toomer had lived in Australia for over 20 years, there was only one Bush for him and that was Shepherd's Bush. However, while pining for his long-lost football team, Queens Park Rangers, he still had a business to look after in Melbourne.(...)

Bozo the Clown

1 9 4 9 - 2 0 0 1 (USA) In 1946, creator Alan W. Livingston and Capitol Records introduced Bozo the Clown to the world via a children’s record entitled Bozo at the Circus. The album, which featured an illustrative read-along book set (the first of its kind), lasted for an astounding 200 weeks on Billboard’s 'Best(...)

Bread

1 9 8 6 - 1 9 9 1 (UK) 74 x 30 minute episodes The Boswell family, from Liverpool, are experts at living off Social Security while making ends meet by whatever means necessary. None of them are (legitimately) employed but they own their own terraced house - at 30 Kelsall Street - and live(...)

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