1 9 9 1 (USA) 6 x 30 minute episodes Dr Tony Menzies (Dennis Boutsikaris) is the senior resident physician overseeing the chaos of the ER room at Hudson Memorial Hospital in New York City while trying to mentor idealistic new…

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1 9 9 2 – 1 9 9 3 (USA) 17 x 30 minute episodes After leaving her no-good husband, hefty blonde Southerner Delta Bishop (Delta Burke from Designing Women) quits her job at Mona’s House of Hair, packs her bags…

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1 9 7 6 (USA) 1 x 95 minute episode 11 x 50 minute episodes A Sci-Fi drama series from NBC providing an update of the old Invisible Man storyline. After being caught in a radiation explosion during an underwater salvage operation, hip,…

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1 9 8 1 (USA) 5 x 60 minute episodes This short-lived CBS crime drama starred Josh Taylor as Frank Riker, a tough unconventional San Francisco cop who does what he wants but gets the job done. After 11 years, the…

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1 9 7 5 – 1 9 7 6 (USA) 14 x 60 minute episodes The Wrecking Crew (1969) was the end of the line for the Dean Martin-as-Matt Helm franchise on the big screen, but in 1975, Man From U.N.C.L.E…

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It remains the defining assembly of rock music – an unprecedented gathering of at least 300,000 young, long-haired, raggedy clad Americans “going up the country” in New York’s Catskill Mountains, searching for answers, hoping for transcendence . . . and…

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The Kinks – from London’s Muswell Hill district – began their career in a similar way to hundreds of other groups, playing R&B and blues music. By drawing on the old British Music Hall and traditional pop, within a few…

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Husband and wife duo Cathryn Antoinette (“Toni”) Tennille and Daryl Dragon had both worked as session artists before forming a musical partnership, and marrying in February 1975. Dragon was the son of a classical conductor and film scorer and had worked…

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Texas bluesman Freddie (originally ‘Freddy’) King was often named as one of ‘the Three Kings’ alongside BB and Albert. Although not as well-known as the other two, there was no blues guitarist more respected by his peers. Born on 3 September 1934…

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“She’s 6 feet 2″ of Dynamite and the Hottest Super Agent Ever!” After napalming opium fields in Turkey, six-foot-two-tall karate-trained government agent Cleopatra Jones (ex-model Tamara Dobson) returns to Los Angeles to confront Mommy (Shelley Winters), the lesbian queen of the…

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The Baddest One-Chick Hit-Squad that ever hit town – She had body men would die for . . . and a lot of them did! Tall, gorgeous, outrageously built, and believably ferocious, Pam Grier became the undisputed queen of blaxploitation…

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Billy Butlin spotted two things in the 1930s: First, holidaymakers were routinely turfed out of their boarding houses and not allowed back in until teatime. So whatever the weather, they had to entertain themselves all day – and pay for it.…

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James Dean was born on 8 February 1931 in a small town in Indiana, the son of a dental technician. His mother had a passion for poetry and gave him Byron as a second name, After graduating from Fairmont High,…

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In order to encourage people to save again following the end of the second world war, Premium Savings Bonds went on sale from 1 November 1956. The Lord Mayor of London, Sir Cuthbert Ackroyd,  bought Premium Bond No 1, while…

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Cor!! was a Fleetway comic, first published on 6 June 1970. The comic merged with Buster in 1974, although Cor!! annuals were printed until 1976. Regular strips included: Andy’s Ants Chalky Donovan’s Dad Friends and Neighbours (later reprinted in Scream!) Football Madd Frankie Stein – Teenage…

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Conkers are the hard fruit of the Horse Chestnut tree. These are collected in autumn (we used to throw sticks up the trees to knock down the Horse Chestnuts), removed from their spiky casing and left to mature. A hole…

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The original teen fashion rebel of the post-war era, the “Teddy Boy” paved the path of rebellion for all hooligans to come. During the war years, young men filled the working positions left vacant by their enlisted fathers, and they…

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There has always been fast food of sorts, but 1950s America put mass-produced, flavour-rich but nutritionally-poor fast food on the culinary map. It was the decade that quick-service restaurant chains began to open and franchise, heralding a seismic shift in…

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From humble beginnings in 1952 when publisher Maurice Kinn bought the title The Musical Express & Accordion Weekly for £1000 and re-branded it as New Musical Express, the NME became an essential weekly purchase for generations of music fans, populated by characters as notorious…

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January 01 – West Indies cricketer and politician Sir Learie Constantine becomes Britain’s first black life peer. 01 – Ohio State beats Southern California, 27 – 16, in the Rose Bowl to become US national collegiate football champions. 02 – Australian…

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30 January 1969 The Beatles made their last ever live appearance together on 30 January 1969, putting on a free lunchtime concert on a hastily constructed wooden stage on the (very windy) roof of their Apple Corps HQ at 30…

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January 01 – Western Samoa becomes independent. 01 – The Beatles are turned down by Decca Records, whose A&R man Dick Rowe enters the history books when he advises them that “groups with guitars are out”. 03 – Fidel Castro…

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January 01 – Fred West, the Gloucestershire builder charged with 12 murders, commits suicide in his prison cell. Prison officers discover the 53-year-old’s body hanging from strips of clothing at Winson Green prison near Birmingham. 01 – Austria, Finland and…

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January 01 – The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) comes into effect. 01 – American actor Cesar Romero – famous as The Joker from the classic Batman TV series – dies at the age of 86. 02 – In South…

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During the summer of 1967, The Beatles’ Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club album had shot straight to the top of the UK and US album charts. A few weeks later, All You Need Is Love topped the singles charts around the world. Still…

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January 01 – Chinese and North Korean forces advance across the 38th Parallel and through UN lines. 01 – First episode of The Archers is broadcast nationally on the BBC Light Programme. 01 – Bill Byford (Saxon) born. 04 – Communist…

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January 01 – David Dinkins is sworn in as New York City’s first black mayor. 02 – World population passes five billion. In 1960 it was three billion. 03 – Manuel Noriega surrenders to US forces, ten days after taking…

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