$10,000 Pyramid, The

1 9 7 3 - 1 9 7 6 (USA) 4270 x 30 minute episodes "Keep your eye on this spot! You are about to see one celebrity and one contestant step into this circle with a chance to win $10,000 in less than a minute! Ladies and gentlemen, this - is the $10,000 Pyramid!!" The(...)

$64,000 Question, The

$64,000 Question, The

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 5 8 (USA) Before the quiz show scandal of the late 1950s, The $64,000 Question was a high-stakes, nail-biting, ratings-topping game show phenomenon. It was the first of TV's big money prime time game shows, and some of its biggest and most illustrious winners included a housewife, an eleven year-old whiz(...)


1 9 7 8 - 1 9 8 7 (UK) 180 x 60 minute episodes Ted Rogers and Dusty Bin (an electronically operated dustbin with a face on the front - which cost £10,500 to build) appeared in this bizarre game show, along with Rogers' wrist-spraining gesture. Regular guests included The Brian Rogers Connection (no relation(...)

A Question Of Sport

1 9 7 0 - Current (UK) Fresh from the studio soccer game Quiz Ball, David Vine first introduced A Question Of Sport at 6:20 pm on Monday 5 January 1970 with captains Henry Cooper (the boxer) and Cliff Morgan (from the world of Rugby Union). David Coleman later took over the host's chair, and subsequent captains have included Welsh(...)

A Whole Scene Going

1 9 6 6 (UK) A Whole Scene Going was the first real teenage lifestyle programme with features on Carnaby Street fashions, the London club scene and package holidays in Italy. Twiggy made her first TV appearance on this show and presenter Barry Fantoni (pictured below right) and his "hot seat" interview was the first time(...)


1 9 5 6 - 1 9 5 7 (UK) BBC entertainment in which Alan Melville strung together sketches, songs, parodies and guest appearances to a different letter of the alphabet each week. Derived originally from a published format by Wolf Mankowitz, it was somewhat ahead of its time and rather sophisticated for the day. An(...)

ABC Rocks

1 9 8 4 - 1 9 8 5 (USA) One year after the debut of NBC's Friday Night Videos (network television's first attempt to respond to the popularity of cable television's MTV), this was ABC's entry into the fray with a half hour of music videos every Friday from midnight to 12.30am. Each weekly show consisted of(...)

About The Home

1 9 5 1 - 1 9 5 8 (UK) About The Home was an essential part of afternoon viewing for many British women in the 1950s. The long-running programme was designed to help housewives improve their domestic skills such as cookery and needlework, although other items covered included shopping, deportment and even puppy-training. Hope improvement tips(...)


1 9 6 2 (UK) Quiz show hosted by Canadian Roy Ward Dixon and his wife Shirley. The basic idea was to answer a general knowledge question and then pick a letter to complete a word and win up to £125. There was also a "Money Pot" of coins that the contestant could dip into and(...)


A now forgotten alternative to the commercial break in the early days of British commercial television was the Advertising Magazine (or 'Admag') in which performers were allowed to extol the virtues of various products during the course of a generally vapid quarter-hour of chat. Jim's Inn was the best-known example. The show featured Jimmy Hanley and(...)

Adventure Game, The

1 9 8 0 - 1 9 8 6 (UK) Three people are stranded on a planet on the far side of the galaxy. In order to return to earth they must first locate a crystal to power their spacecraft. But (and this is where the whole thing begins to get tricky) to find the crystal(...)

Aerobics Oz Style

1 9 8 2 - 2 0 0 5 (Australia) The continued allegiance of Australian TV aerobicists to hi-energy disco music is a wonderful thing. Long after the rest of the world moved on from Hazel Dean and her fine works (!), June Jones and her five maximally-gluted assistants still strutted their stuff to this relentlessly(...)

Alan Young Show, The

1 9 5 0 - 1 9 5 3 (USA) In 1950, when network television was still in its infancy in the US and radio ruled supreme as America's favourite home entertainment medium, a young Canadian comedian named Alan Young was recruited by the CBS network to appear on a new half-hour weekly television series. TV(...)

Alistair Cooke’s America

1 9 7 2 - 1 9 7 3 (UK) 13 x episodes British native, but long-term American resident Alistair Cooke hosted this long-running documentary on the development of the United States from before Columbus, through the colonial period, the revolutionary war and pioneer expansionist eras, into the global conflicts and economic domination of the twentieth(...)

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(...)

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