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 and Tony Hancock hosted and Bob Sharples was the bandleader. Guests from the music and comedy worlds included Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, The Seekers, The Shadows, The Rockin' Berries, The Bachelors, Frank(...)

Blankety Blank

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 version of The Match Game - which was loved by 20 million viewers but was not the BBC's sort of thing. The Annual Report graciously accepted that it was "harmless fun handled(...)

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 . . . Blankety Blanks" The late, great Graham Kennedy presented this 70's Aussie TV game show (produced by the 0-10 network and based on the popular American game show, The Match Game)(...)

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 to the fact that Cilla never sang on it. With a format based on the original US show The Dating Game, three unseen contestants delivered rehearsed answers to three scripted(...)


1 9 8 3 - 1 9 9 5 (UK) Blockbusters was a very basic quiz game - hosted by Bob Holness - which consisted of three players, two on one team and one on the other. All the contestants were 16-18 year old students, so bad haircuts, snotty toffs, bad jumpers, bad jokes and fluffy(...)

Bob Hope Show, The

1 9 5 2 - 1 9 7 5 (USA)  

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 all the usual lot plus others like Flowerpot Men Bill and Ben, Jim Davidson, the Bee Gees, Jonathan Ross, Mick Hucknall and Ben Elton. Jessica Martin supported only in(...)

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 Late Show, thence The Bobby Limb Show. In 1961 it became The Mobil Limb Show. The 60-minute show was compered by husband and wife team Bobby Limb and Dawn Lake(...)

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 in the home, she proclaimed; "Exercise is not only good, it's fun as long as it's boomphy!" Becker briefly became a talkback radio host with ABC Tasmania, before returning(...)

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 - but rock fans found little to interest them in such chart newcomers as Russ Conway, Anthony Newley, and Craig Douglas, so the show did not fare well up against the(...)

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 of the show, but the network insisted on a 13-episode contract with a 5 year option. Eve's father wanted her to have only limited involvement. Over 1,500 girls were auditioned(...)

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 Blitz, and became a valuable morale-lifter during the hostilities. Its popularity stemmed as much from the badinage among its three main participants (Professor C.E.M Joad, Commander A.B. Campbell and Dr(...)

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, making its TV debut in 1949. The show constantly switched from station to station, beginning life at ABC. By the time the show left the air in 1957 it had(...)

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 a fast-paced themed sketch show, albeit with those two ingredients worked into the mix. Tim Brooke-Taylor conceived the idea, which was subtitled 'An Encyclopaedia Of The Air', inspired by(...)

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 his orchestra and guest stars including the identical Kessler Twins - Two six-foot tall, supple-hipped, high-kicking singing swinging blonde bomb-shells from Germany. As the man said, didn't he do well(...)

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