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Blackpool Show, The

1 9 6 6 - 1 9 6 7 (UK) A variety show originating from the ABC Theatre in the British seaside city of Blackpool. Dickie Henderson...

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...

Blankety Blanks

1 9 7 7 - 1 9 8 0 (Australia) 500 x 25 minute episodes "Get ready to match the stars, as we play . . ....

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...

Blockbusters

1 9 8 3 - 1 9 9 5 (UK) Blockbusters was a very basic quiz game - hosted by Bob Holness - which consisted of...

Bob Hope Show, The

1 9 5 2 - 1 9 7 5 (USA) The Bob Hope Show debuted on 9 April 1950. During the 1952-1953 season, NBC rotated the show...

Bobby Davro’s TV Weekly

1 9 8 7 - 1 9 8 8 (UK) 14 x 30 minute episodes Two series for ITV's dazzling Davro, with viewers treated to impressions of...

Bobby Limb Show, The (Mobil Limb Show)

1 9 5 9 - 1 9 6 3 (Australia) This Australian national variety show was produced by TCN Channel 9 and originally titled Bobby Limb's...

Bonkers!

1 9 7 8 (UK) 24 x 30 minute episodes ATV presented this half an hour of knockabout fun with Bob Monkhouse and comedy singing group The...

Boomph With Becker

1 9 7 1 (UK) Radio and television personality Sue Becker had an early keep-fit show on Australian TV in the 1960s, called Swing In Time. Targeting women...

Boy Meets Girls

1 9 5 9 - 1 9 6 0 (UK) ITV dropped Oh Boy! to launch Boy Meets Girls featuring Marty Wilde and a young guitarist called Joe Brown -...

Brady Bunch Variety Hour, The

1 9 7 6 - 1 9 7 7  (USA) 9 x 60 minute episodes Eve Plumb (Jan Brady) agreed to do the Pilot plus five episodes...

Brains Trust, The

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 6 1 (UK) This completely unscripted discussion programme began on BBC Radio in 1941, at the height of the...

Break The Bank

1 9 4 8 - 1 9 5 7 (USA) Originally heard on radio in 1945, Break The Bank was one of American television's first popular quiz shows,...

Broaden Your Mind

1 9 6 8 - 1 9 6 9 (UK) 13 x 30 minute episodes Misleadingly described as a part-quiz, part educational programme, Broaden Your Mind was in fact...

Bruce Forsyth Show, The

1 9 7 3 (UK) Brucie appeared in pride of place on ITV on Saturday nights with choreography by Lionel Blair, music by Jack Parnell and...

Bruce Forsyth’s Big Night

1 9 7 8 (UK) 1978 was not Bruce Forsyth's year. Since 1971 he had dominated popular television in The Generation Game which he'd made a Saturday night...

Bryan Davies Show, The

1 9 6 2 - 1 9 6 3 (Australia) This Australian hour-long music show aired on ABN2 on Saturdays (originally at 6.00pn and then at...

Bucknell’s House

1 9 6 3 (UK) 39 x 25 minute episodes Bucknell’s House was a mammoth Do-It-Yourself project from the BBC which entertained and educated millions of viewers for...

Bullseye

1 9 8 1 - 1 9 9 3 (UK) A good throwing arm and a fair level of general knowledge were what was required in...

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$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...

$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...

3-2-1

1 9 7 8 - 1 9 8 7 (UK) 180 x 60 minute episodes Ted Rogers and Dusty Bin (a robotic dustbin with a face on...

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...

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...

A-Z

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...

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...

About Britain

1 9 5 2 - 1 9 5 4 (UK) Following on the success of London Town, Richard Dimbleby presented About Britain - a similar series presenting "journeys to people...