Variety

All Our Yesterdays

1 9 6 0 - 1 9 7 3 (UK) 1 9 8 7 - 1 9 8 9 (UK) A half-hour nostalgia documentary programme from Granada which screened old newsreel footage from that week but 25 years ago. The shows comprised footage from the old twice-weekly Pathé cinema newsreels which were shown in the 1930s and(...)

All Star Revue

1 9 5 1 - 1 9 5 3 (USA) Comedy variety shows were popular in America during television's first decade of prominence in the late 1940s - early 1950s. One popular series that used this format was NBC's All Star Revue, which starred a rotating roster of big-name show business stars as weekly hosts. Such well-known(...)

Almost Anything Goes (Australia)

1 9 7 6 - 1 9 7 8 (Australia) Based on the British show It's a Knockout, Almost Anything Goes featured teams competing against each other in various challenges. Example challenges included; 'Hilltop Quoits' where contestants had to run up a hill greased with detergent and hang a quoit over a pole at the top 'Hanging(...)

Almost Anything Goes (USA)

1 9 7 5 - 1 9 7 6 (USA) Based on the successful UK series It's A Knockout, this short-lived show featured three teams each week (each representing a particular town) competing for money and prizes in bizarre obstacle courses, pie throwing contests, swing relays, and other such wacky contests. Regis Philbin and Sam Riddle hosted, with(...)

Alright Now

1 9 7 9 - 1 9 8 0 (UK) Running for two seasons between 1979 and 1980, Alright Now was an ITV music series featuring the very latest top rock, pop and punk bands performing live in the Tyne Tees television studios in Newcastle, intercut with interviews, music-related location reports and archive film clips. The show was(...)

Amazing World Of Kreskin, The

1 9 7 1 - 1 9 7 5 (Canada) 90 x 30 minute episodes This syndicated magic variety show screened from 1971 to 1975 (and was known in 1975 as The New Kreskin Show). The prestidigitator Kreskin (born George Joseph Kresge) performed mind-boggling feats of magic and mind reading, introduced by Bill Luxton. Kreskin specialized in(...)

American Bandstand

1 9 5 2 - 1 9 8 9 (USA) American Bandstand became a powerful symbol of American teenage culture with its nearly four-decade look at the ever-changing tastes of the country's youth. Featuring guest artists who lip-synced to their latest tunes, and a teenage audience whose members danced for the cameras, the show launched a conga(...)

American Gladiators

1 9 8 9 - 1 9 9 7 (USA) Members of the public competed against modern-day 'gladiators' in such events as 'Power Ball', 'Assault', 'The Wall' and 'Hang Tough'. The Eliminator round decided the winner of the tournament. Creator John Ferraro's idea for American Gladiators was inspired by the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger film The(...)

An American Family

1 9 7 3 (USA) 12 x 60 minute episodes Craig Gilbert's PBS documentary about the Loud family (yes, "Loud" was their surname) of Santa Barbara, California, anticipated MTV's Real World - and an onslaught of 'reality" TV - by a good twenty years. The parents, Bill and Pat Loud, lived with their five teenagers in a stucco ranch(...)

Andy Williams Show, The

1 9 5 8 (USA) 1 9 5 9 (USA) 1 9 6 2 - 1 9 6 7 (USA) 1 9 6 9 - 1 9 7 1 (USA) The first Andy Williams Show aired on ABC as a summer replacement in 1958. He then moved to CBS before, in 1962, settling with NBC - where he would stay until(...)

Animal Hospital

1 9 9 4 - 2 0 0 4 (UK) Animal Hospital began as Animal Hospital Live, a twice-daily report on events at Harmsworth Memorial Hospital in Holloway, London, in August 1994. The reports ran for five days only, but viewer response to the heart-warming (and sometimes heart-rending) tales of pet woes was so great that a Christmas(...)

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?

1 9 5 2 - 1 9 5 9 (UK) Animal, Vegetable, Mineral? presented distinguished specialists attempting to guess the nature of museum exhibits. It wasn't as dull as it sounds on paper - It was one of the BBC's first major panel games, and the Queen liked it! Once a fortnight, a team of three experts tried to identify(...)

Antiques Roadshow

1 9 7 9 - Current (UK) Few would have predicted that Antiques Roadshow would draw bigger audiences in some regions than Coronation Street - but it did. The BBCs Sunday teatime show in which silver-haired Arthur Negus was the main expert looking at ordinary people's treasures was a slow but steady hit, and Arthur became a favourite uncle until he(...)

Aquarius

1 9 7 0 - 1 9 7 7 (UK) ITV arts programme, Aquarius, was originally edited and presented by Humphrey Burton, a former editor of Monitor, though Russell Harty and Peter Hall took over in later years. A rival to the BBC's Omnibus, the show incorporated reports on all aspects of the artistic and cultural world. The first(...)

Arena

1 9 7 5 - Current (UK) This popular long-running arts programme from the BBC has encompassed documentary features on many subjects during its long run. Indeed, in its early days each edition was categorised by a subtitle - Arena: Theatre, Arena: Art and Design, Arena: Cinema, Arena: Television or Arena: Rock. The categories alternated weekly. Some contributions over the years have been(...)

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