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Tommy Cooper Hour, The

1 9 7 3 - 1 9 7 5 (UK) Thames Television series.   

Tic Tac Dough

1 9 5 6  - 1 9 5 9 (USA) 1 9 9 0 (USA)

Through the Keyhole

1 9 8 7 - 2 0 0 8 (UK) David Frost

This Is Your Life (USA)

1 9 5 2 - 1 9 6 1 (USA) Announcer Bob Warren and host (and creator) Ralph Edwards surprised a guest with the words "This...

This Is Your Life

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 6 4 (UK) 1 9 6 9 - 2 0 0 3 (UK) 2 0 0 7 (UK) This Is Your Life first screened...

This Hour Has Seven Days

1 9 6 4 - 1 9 6 6 (Canada) 50 x 60 minute episodes This Hour Has Seven Days has repeatedly been cited as the most exciting...

Stars on Sunday

1 9 6 9 - 1 9 7 9 (UK) You cannot begin to imagine how I loathed this show as a child growing up in...

Songs Of Praise

1 9 6 1 - Current (UK) Television's longest running religious programme. It's funny how the pews were uncharacteristically full when the cameras turned up, and...

Sight And Sound In Concert

1 9 7 7 - 1 9 8 3 (UK) Long before the introduction of Nicam digital stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound, the BBC gave British...

Sha Na Na

1 9 7 7 - 1 9 8 1 (USA) 97 x 60 minute episodes Sha Na Na's story is an all-encompassing one: They were in the...

Royal Variety Performance

1 9 6 0 - Current (UK) The Royal Variety Performance (originally known as the Royal Command Performance) is a gala evening held annually in the United...

Royal Family

1 9 6 9 (UK) While the Queen is traditionally seen on television each year on Christmas Day delivering her annual speech to the Commonwealth, it...

Rolf Harris Show, The

1 9 6 7 - 1 9 7 4 (UK) The Rolf Harris Show screened in a 6:35 PM timeslot on Saturday nights and featured The...

Quiz Ball

1 9 6 6 - 1 9 7 2 (UK)

Queen For A Day

1 9 5 6 - 1 9 6 4 (USA) Queen For A Day was a "sympathy" contest, hosted by Jack Bailey. It appeared on NBC during...

Points Of View

1 9 6 1 - 1 9 7 1 (UK) 1 9 7 9 - Current (UK) November 1961 brought the start of a ten-week trial-run by the...

Pink Lady and Jeff

1 9 8 0 (USA) Take one incredibly unfunny guy and add a Japanese pop duo who sing really inane songs and you have Pink Lady and Jeff. Pink Lady is...

Phil Donahue Show, The/Donahue

1 9 6 7 - 1 9 9 6  (USA) Phil Donahue was born in Cleveland, Ohio. The son of a furniture salesman and a...

Perry Como Show, The

1 9 4 8 - 1 9 6 3 (USA) Laid-back crooner Perry Como was easy to parody, but his shows were enormously popular. A one-time barber,...

People’s Court, The

1 9 8 1 - 1 9 9 3 (USA) Retired judge Joseph Wapner decided actual small-claims court cases in a California studio. After each case was...

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Monitor

1 9 5 8 - 1 9 6 5 (UK) A series of programmes from the BBC dealing with the arts and featuring interviews with writers,...

Oz Game, The

1 9 8 8 (Australia) A game show about Australia by Australian broadcaster ABC. Hosted by John Derum with Alan Glover acting as announcer. Contestants competed in teams...

Rock Follies/Rock Follies of ’77

1 9 7 6 - 1 9 7 7 (UK) 12 x 50 minute episodes Penned by emigre New Yorker Howard Schuman, Rock Follies followed the fortunes of...

Frost on Sunday

1 9 6 8 -  1 9 7 0 (UK) Made at a time when David Frost was hosting a chat show in the US and...

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...

Life on Earth

1 9 7 9 (UK) 13 x 60 minute episodes David Attenborough travelled the globe in order to trace the story of the evolution of life on the planet...

Candid Camera

1 9 4 8 - Current (USA) 1 9 6 0 - 1 9 6 7 (UK) 1 9 7 4 (UK) Candid Camera was originally created in the USA by...

Ask The Family

1 9 6 7 - 1 9 8 4 (UK) Open to families of four (quite often teachers and their egg-headed offspring), Ask The Family was a surprisingly...