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Ffizz

1 9 8 7 - 1 9 8 9 (UK) 12 x 30 minute episodes Jack Mowbray (Richard Griffiths) and Hugo Walker (Benjamin Whitrow) are the workshy...

Quiz Ball

1 9 6 6 - 1 9 7 2 (UK) For British football fans, BBC1's Quiz Ball was must-see television and consistently rated amongst the highest...

Ricky Valance has died at the age of 84

12 June 2020 Welsh singer Ricky Valance - who had a UK #1 chart-topper in September 1960 with Tell Laura I Love Her - has...

Mersey Pirate, The

1 9 7 9 (UK) This short-lived Saturday morning kids show from Granada TV debuted on 2 June 1979 and was broadcast live from a working...

Steve Priest, Sweet bassist, dead at 72

4 June 2020 Steve Priest, bassist and co-founder of 1970s glam rock band Sweet, has died at the age of 72. Priest was born in Hayes,...

Rasputin – The Mad Monk (1966)

Thrown out of his monastery for his licentious and drunken behaviour, Grigori Rasputin (Christopher Lee) travels to St Petersburg to chance his luck. Through a...

LATEST MUSIC POSTS

Clout

Clout formed as an all-female group in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1977. Their first and biggest hit, Substitute, was a new arrangement of a Righteous...

Trouser Press

The rock and roll magazine Trouser Press first appeared in 1974 in New York as a mimeographed fanzine by Ira Robbins, Dave Schulps and...

Los Mockers

Los Mockers formed as a college band in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1963. They were originally called Los Encadenados ("The Chained Ones") and played instrumentals in...

Shane Fenton (& The Fentones)

Originally known as Johnny Theakston & the Tremeloes, the original line-up included Theakston on vocals, ex-miners Jerry Wilcock and Mick Eyre on guitars, Bill Bonney on bass and Tony...

Westworld

Westworld (named after the 1973 film in which androids go on a rampage at a futuristic theme park) was founded in 1986 by former Generation X...

Dantalians Chariot

Formed by arch extrovert Zoot Money out of the ashes of The Big Roll Band, Dantalian's Chariot (obscurely named after the god of music and movement...

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LATEST TELEVISION POSTS

Ffizz

1 9 8 7 - 1 9 8 9 (UK) 12 x 30 minute episodes Jack Mowbray (Richard Griffiths) and Hugo Walker (Benjamin Whitrow) are the workshy...

Quiz Ball

1 9 6 6 - 1 9 7 2 (UK) For British football fans, BBC1's Quiz Ball was must-see television and consistently rated amongst the highest...

Mersey Pirate, The

1 9 7 9 (UK) This short-lived Saturday morning kids show from Granada TV debuted on 2 June 1979 and was broadcast live from a working...

Once A Hero

1 9 8 7 (USA) 1 x 120 minute episode 6 x 60 minute episodes The creator of comic superhero Captain Justice, Abner Bevis (Milo O'Shea), is in...

California Dreams

1 9 9 2 - 1 9 9 7 (USA) 78 x 30 minute episodes The California Dreams are a soft-rock music group managed by Sly Winkle...

Bognor

1 9 8 1 (UK) 21 x 30 minute episodes Simon Bognor (David Horovitch) was a Special Investigator for the Board of Trade. The grand-sounding title masked...

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LATEST POP CULTURE POSTS

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...

Trouser Press

The rock and roll magazine Trouser Press first appeared in 1974 in New York as a mimeographed fanzine by Ira Robbins, Dave Schulps and...

CEEFAX

1 9 7 4 - 2 0 1 2 (UK) Before the rise of 24-hour networks and readily accessible internet access, bored television viewers in...

Galaxian

Back in 1978, arcade games had one undisputed king. Its name was Space Invaders, and at the time, it seemed like it would own...

Bonanza Action Figures

Life was good at the Ponderosa Ranch in the mid-60's. Bonanza was the most-watched program in the USA, the Nevada mountains were still pristine...

Cycling Proficiency Test

Learning to ride a bicycle was always a significant childhood milestone. So was acquiring a bike suitable for road use. This often came as a...

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LATEST MOVIES POSTS

Rasputin – The Mad Monk (1966)

Thrown out of his monastery for his licentious and drunken behaviour, Grigori Rasputin (Christopher Lee) travels to St Petersburg to chance his luck. Through a...

Gandahar (1987)

While Fantastic Planet (1973) is Rene Laloux's most famous film, Gandahar is a close second. Everything is calm and peaceful. The Gandaharian community has made great...

Spare The Rod (1961)

John Saunders (Max Bygraves) is fresh out of teacher training college when he inherits a class of badly behaved children in an inner-city East...

Joe (1970)

Director John G Avildsen's violent "bigot-versus-counterculture" parable is very much a product of its conservative times, but its implausibility is tempered by strong performances. Peter...

Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)

Special-effects wunderkind and genre master Byron Haskin (The War of the Worlds, The Outer Limits) won a place in the hearts of fantasy film...

Serious Charge (1959)

An unmarried vicar, the Reverend Howard Phillips (Anthony Quayle), newly arrived in the parish of Bellington, attempts to force local 19-year-old thug and petty...

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LATEST EVENTS POSTS

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...

Mandela Day Concert (1988)

The Mandela Day Concert staged on 11 June 1988 at London's Wembley Stadium was organised by Special AKA main man Jerry Dammers and Britain's...

Expo 67

The 1967 International and Universal Exposition - or Expo 67, as it was commonly known - was a World's Fair held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, from 27...

Hands Across America (1986)

On Sunday 25 May 1986, Americans were asked to simultaneously hold hands across a 4,137-mile route stretching from California's Santa Monica Pier to New...

LATEST BLOG POSTS

Eddie and the Hot Rods frontman Barrie Masters dies aged 63

2 October 2019 Barrie Masters, frontman of British pub rock band Eddie and the Hot Rods, has died aged 63. A statement posted to the...

C’est La Rock & Roll – 60s rock from non-English speaking...

Throughout its history, rock & roll has been inextricably linked with the English language - the first tongue, after all, of the nation of...

Actress Valerie Harper, Star of TV’s “Rhoda,” Dies

30 August 2019 "My name is Rhoda Morgenstern. I was born in the Bronx, New York, in December 1941. I’ve always felt responsible for World...

The Wonderful World of the Ladybird Book Artists

14 July 2019 Artwork by illustrators from the classic Ladybird Books is to be explored in an exhibition. The books, which started life in Loughborough about...

Dr John, legend of New Orleans sound, dies aged 77

6 June 2019 Mac Rebennack, the pianist, singer, songwriter and producer better known as Dr John, who embodied the New Orleans sound for generations of...

Windsor Davies dies aged 88

17 January 2019 Actor and star of It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Windsor Davies, has died. Davies, 88, who was best known as Battery Sergeant Major...

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LATEST AUSTRALIA POSTS

Madder Lake

Melbourne (Australia) band Madder Lake are best remembered for their infectious single 12lb Toothbrush. Formed in 1970, their brand of prog rock/psychedelic blues quickly became extremely...

Chain Reaction, The (1980)

Produced in the wake of the worldwide success of Mad Max, this film reunited many of that film's cast and crew (Mel Gibson even...

Lucky Starr

Australian entertainer Lucky Starr was born Leslie William Morrison on 29 December 1940. His father was a motor mechanic and his mother was a housewife,...

Castle, The (1997)

"Tell 'em they're dreamin'" The Castle was the first feature-length offering from the creative team behind the hit Aussie comedy TV series, Frontline. They succeeded in producing...

Ocean Girl

1 9 9 4 - 1 9 9 7 (Australia) 78 x 25 minute episodes This Australian children's TV series told the story of Neri (Marzena Godecki),...

Money Movers (1978)

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Bruce Beresford and starring a cast of fine Australian actors including Bryan Brown, Bud Tingwell, Ed Devereaux and Terrence Donovan,...

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