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Kathy Kirby Show, The

1 9 6 4 - 1 9 6 6 (UK) 19 x 45 minute episodes In little more than a year, the attractive blonde from Ilford in Essex made a big name as a recording artist, with...

Last Train, The

1 9 9 9 (UK) 6 x 50 minute episodes The Last Train debuted on ITV in April 1999 and was promoted at the time by Granada as one of the most expensive drama productions they had ever...

Play for Tomorrow

1 9 8 2 (UK) 6 x 60 minute episodes Although these slices of "future" life seem quaint when viewed today, this BBC anthology of science fiction plays offered audiences in 1982 a speculative glimpse into the near...

RIP Corporal Marsh (Tony Selby)

6 September 2021 Get Some In! star Tony Selby has died aged 83. His management, LCM Limited, shared a statement on Twitter announcing he had died in London on Sunday (5th September). It read: "With great sadness, we...

Ed Asner of ‘Lou Grant’ and ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’, dies

29 August 2021 Seven-time Emmy-winning actor Ed Asner, who starred as tough-talking TV newsroom head Lou Grant on the long-running sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the spin-off drama Lou Grant has died, aged 91. His...

Alice Through the Looking Glass

1 9 7 3 (UK) 12 x 15 minute episodes Cyril Fletcher played the writer and storyteller Lewis Carroll (real name, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) as he read to Alice (Carol Hollands, pictured above with Fletcher as Carroll) and...

LATEST MUSIC POSTS

Barbara Ruskin

Barbara Rosemary Ruskin was born in East Ham, London, in 1948, and moved to Stoke Newington before starting secondary school. Her father died when she was still young and her mother - who worked for...

Long Ryders, The

Hailing from Los Angeles, The Long Ryders formed in November 1981 and based their sound on a blend of psychedelia, country and garage rock. Original guitarist Steve Wynn was replaced by Stephen McCarthy when he...

Big Three, The

In 1962 the most popular group on Merseyside with other musicians was possibly not The Beatles but The Big Three, and yet they couldn't transform their local success into national fame. Johnny Hutchinson could have been a...

Morrissey

Stephen Patrick Morrissey was 13 when he fell in love for the first time - with The New York Dolls. He saw the band on television in the early 70s and immediately flipped for those five...

Twentieth Century Box

1 9 8 0 - 1 9 8 1 (UK) 10 x 25 minute episodes Debuting on 29 June 1980, this short-lived youth-oriented new wave music and arts series from London Weekend Television was produced by Janet Street-Porter...

Who, The

The Detours formed in Shepherd's Bush in 1964 as a local youth club band. Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle (who originally called himself John Allison) founded the band, and having jettisoned Colin Dawson (vocals)...

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LATEST TELEVISION POSTS

Kathy Kirby Show, The

1 9 6 4 - 1 9 6 6 (UK) 19 x 45 minute episodes In little more than a year, the attractive blonde from Ilford in Essex made a big name as a recording artist, with...

Last Train, The

1 9 9 9 (UK) 6 x 50 minute episodes The Last Train debuted on ITV in April 1999 and was promoted at the time by Granada as one of the most expensive drama productions they had ever...

Play for Tomorrow

1 9 8 2 (UK) 6 x 60 minute episodes Although these slices of "future" life seem quaint when viewed today, this BBC anthology of science fiction plays offered audiences in 1982 a speculative glimpse into the near...

Alice Through the Looking Glass

1 9 7 3 (UK) 12 x 15 minute episodes Cyril Fletcher played the writer and storyteller Lewis Carroll (real name, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) as he read to Alice (Carol Hollands, pictured above with Fletcher as Carroll) and...

What’s Up Doc?

1 9 9 2 - 1 9 9 5 (UK) 102 x 120 minute episodes This Saturday morning magazine-style show for kids combined Warner Brothers cartoons, competitions, comedy sketches, live music and interviews with pop stars and TV...

Rollergirls

1 9 7 8 (USA) 4 x 30 minute episodes The Pittsburgh Pitts, an all-female roller derby team, was owned, coached and managed by the bombastic, fast-talking and penny-pinching Don "Mitch" Mitchell (Terry Kiser). Joanna Cassidy played the team...

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Guess Who

Ora and Theo Coster created this guessing game for Milton Bradley that had each player pick a face from the 24 cards in their set while the other tried to work out whose face it...

Atomic Energy Lab

The Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab was a toy lab set produced by Alfred Carlton Gilbert, an American athlete, magician, toymaker, businessman and inventor of the well-known Erector Set. The Atomic Energy Lab was released by...

Funny Face

Funny Face is Fun To Drink! Funny Face was an American brand of powdered drink mix originally made by the Pillsbury Company from 1964 to 1994 (and in the Mid West and New England to 2001). The...

Computacar (Amaze-A-Matic)

"Computacar - the amazing car with a 'memory' you control!" The revolutionary battery-powered Computacar from Mettoy was driven by an electric motor which was activated by calibrated cards. There were 17 with every Computacar - 4...

Freda Lingstrom

1 8 9 3 - 1 9 8 9 The development of television for children in the United Kingdom owes much to the foresight of Freda Lingstrom, the BBCs first Head of Children's Television programmes (between...

Outspan (Orange) Mini

The Outspan Orange car was shaped like an orange, had orange skin-textured fibreglass bodywork, and looked like an orange but was, in fact, a Mini - albeit a highly modified Mini with a specially fabricated...

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LATEST MOVIES POSTS

Happy Birthday, Wanda June (1971)

Adapted from Kurt Vonnegut's 1970 Off-Broadway hit by Vonnegut himself, this eccentric black comedy-drama sharply divided critical and audience opinion when it was released in December 1971. Arrogant and macho adventurer and big game hunter Harold...

Marooned (1969)

America has launched an orbiting laboratory into space and three astronauts - Pruett (Richard Crenna), Stone (James Franciscus) and Lloyd (Gene Hackman) - are sent up to live and work in it for seven months. However,...

Restless Natives (1985)

Young Edinburgh lads Will (Vincent Friell) and Ronnie (Joe Mullaney) are perpetually down on their luck - Ronnie works in a joke shop and lives in a bedsit with his pet hamster while Will -...

Goodbye Pork Pie (1980)

Goodbye Pork Pie introduces us to John (Tony Barry) who lives in the north of New Zealand. At the moment we meet him, John has two problems on his mind: First, he has no job...

Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976)

In the mould of American Graffiti, Next Stop, Greenwich Village is a nostalgia flashback to one of those special times and places - in this case, Greenwich Village, New York in 1953. Larry Lapinsky (Lenny Baker), a...

Candleshoe (1977)

Filmed at Pinewood Studios in England and on location in Warwickshire, Buckinghamshire and Shropshire, this live-action Disney film opens in Los Angeles where 14-year-old juvenile delinquent Casey Brown (Jodie Foster) is seen hanging out with...

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LATEST EVENTS POSTS

Bob-A-Job Week

Beginning in 1949, for one week a year in April, all Scout groups across Britain 'hired out' their Scouts and Cubs for "Bob-a-Job week", issuing them with job cards and instructions to go round to...

The hippie squatters at 144 Piccadilly (1969)

Squatters had been taking over derelict properties in central London for years, but when a group of hippies took over 144 Piccadilly - an empty five-storey Georgian mansion at Hyde Park Corner in Mayfair -...

Marilyn Monroe in Korea (1954)

In February 1954, actress Marilyn Monroe travelled to Korea to entertain the American troops stationed over there. Marilyn was asked if she wanted to do a solo show or entertain as part of a ten-man package...

The Troubles (1969 – 1998)

'The Troubles' in Northern Ireland, one of the most turbulent episodes in modern British history, had political and religious roots that were centuries old - Some people in Northern Ireland, especially the mainly Protestant Unionist community,...

LATEST BLOG POSTS

RIP Corporal Marsh (Tony Selby)

6 September 2021 Get Some In! star Tony Selby has died aged 83. His management, LCM Limited, shared a statement on Twitter announcing he had died in London on Sunday (5th September). It read: "With great sadness, we...

Ed Asner of ‘Lou Grant’ and ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’, dies

29 August 2021 Seven-time Emmy-winning actor Ed Asner, who starred as tough-talking TV newsroom head Lou Grant on the long-running sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the spin-off drama Lou Grant has died, aged 91. His...

Charlie Watts: Rolling Stones drummer dies at 80

24 August 2021 The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has died at the age of 80. It had been announced earlier this month that Watts would miss the band's American tour dates to recover from an unspecified...

Don Everly dies aged 84

21 August 2021 Don Everly (pictured above left), one half of the rock’n’roll duo the Everly Brothers, has died at his home in Nashville at the age of 84. A spokesperson for the family confirmed Everly’s death...

Missing Morecambe & Wise Show episode found

28 July 2021 The son of comedian Eric Morecambe has found a missing episode of The Morecambe and Wise Show in the family home's attic. While searching for paperwork in the attic, Gary Morecambe, 65, found five...

ZZ Top bassist dead at 72

28 July 2021 Dusty Hill, the bass player of US blues-rock band ZZ Top, has died at the age of 72. Bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard said that Hill died in his sleep at his home...

R.I.P. Love Boat and Mary Tyler Moore Show star Gavin MacLeod

29 May 2021 Gavin MacLeod, famed as the news writer Murray Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Captain Merrill Stubing on The Love Boat, died on Saturday 29 May 2021 at his home in...

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LATEST AUSTRALIA POSTS

Tarax Show, The

1 9 5 7 - 1 9 6 9 (Australia) 60 minute episodes This early Australian children's TV series from GTV-9 in Melbourne was originally titled The Happy Show and hosted by a character called Happy Hammond (Harry Hammond,...

Adventures of Gerry Gee, The

1 9 5 9 - 1 9 6 2 (Australia) 5 minute episodes The first regular live children's television show from Channel Nine in Melbourne was originally broadcast as The Happy Show for one hour every weekday...

Any Questions

1 9 5 8 - 1 9 6 3 (Australia) 30 minute episodes This weekly television panel discussion show from the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) had a four-person panel chaired in Melbourne by Frank Eyre (manager of Oxford...

Good Morning, Mr Doubleday

1 9 6 9 (Australia) 26 x 30 minute episodes This Australian comedy series featured Robinson Doubleday (New Zeland-born Gerry Gallagher), the bumbling science teacher at Kannabri High School, a co-ed country secondary school in rural Victoria. His girlfriend...

‘Neighbours’ house sells for $1.6m (AUD)

3 May 2021 A nondescript brick house at 1 Pinoak Court, Vermont South - a suburb of Melbourne, Australia - has just sold for $1.6m AUD, the first time it has changed hands in 30 years. The...

Run from the Morning

1 9 7 8 (Australia) 6 x 30 minute episodes This superior effort from the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) was reminiscent of high-quality British television dramas but dealt with a fairly unusual topic - an attempted takeover by...

Why Wasn’t I Told?

Dorrie Evans, the scatty and interfering self-appointed concierge at 96 Lindsay Street, Paddington, was the absolute queen of malapropism on the series Number 96. Proving extremely popular with the viewing audience, the wit and wisdom of...

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