You Bet Your Life

1 9 5 0 - 1 9 6 1 (USA) They called it a game show, but nobody really watched You Bet Your Life to see people win fabulous prizes. There were bigger quiz shows for that. No, the real reason people tuned in to NBC on Thursday nights was a glasses-wearing, cigar-smoking, sharp-tongued man(...)

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 Say The Word

1 9 7 1 - 1 9 7 4 (Australia) This adult educational series was designed, funded and produced by the Australian Department of Immigration (with WIN Channel 4, Wollongong) and donated to commercial Australian television stations to help teach English to newly arrived migrants. The series was split into two segments, teaching and dramatic. Both(...)

Young Talent Time

1 9 7 1 - 1 9 8 8 (Australia) "Close your eyes and I'll kiss you . . .". Sing this to Australians of a certain generation and they will sing the "oo-oo-oo's" back in rapturous nostalgia. Each week for 18 years (read that again: EIGHTEEN years!) from April 1971 onwards, the avuncular Johnny(...)

Your Hit Parade

1 9 5 0 - 1 9 5 9 (USA) Your Hit Parade had an eight-year run on NBC and then another year on CBS. Opening with the song Be Happy Go Lucky, the Hit Paraders (Snooky Lanson, Gisele MacKensie and Dorothy Collins among others) went on to sing the week's Top 10 tunes as compiled in the(...)

Your Life In Their Hands

Your Life In Their Hands

1958 - 1964 (UK) 1980 - 1986 (UK) Before 1958, British television had confined its view of hospital to the romantic tales of Emergency - Ward 10 where the only gory red thing to be seen was when a nurse had overdone her lipstick. But in February 1958, the BBC took the revolutionary step of transporting their cameras into(...)

Your Show Of Shows

1 9 5 0 - 1 9 5 4 (USA) As television was coming of age in the 1950s, it was important for the networks to produce shows that entertained as many people as possible so they could build a loyal audience. The easiest way to do this was with variety shows - easily produced(...)

Zoo Quest

1 9 5 3 - 1 9 6 3 (UK)

Zoo Time

1 9 5 6 - 1 9 6 8 (UK) 500+ x 25 minute episodes With videotape and film expensive, and technology limited in television until the early 1960s, the bulk of this animal information programme came in the form of live outside broadcasts. This approach overcame the problems inherent in introducing large and uncooperative animals(...)

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