Brian Clemens, the thriller writer who gave The Avengers its glossy coat, drives his blue Ferrari to a suite of offices in Pinewood Studios, gets behind a desk of gothic proportions, nods at the larger-than-life picture of Alfred Hitchcock, a fellow…

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The doorway was just south of Shaftesbury Avenue on the west side of Wardour Street. Walk along the echoey hall, down the stairs to the basement. It was dark, atmospheric. A bar, a small dance floor and the stage straight…

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Only Fools And Horses has been named as the nation’s favourite British sitcom in a poll conducted by Channel 4. The network, which revealed a top 50 list in the two-part TV show Britain’s Best Loved Sitcoms, decided on the…

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1 9 6 9 – 1 9 7 4 (UK) Another classic from Yorkshire Television, this hilarious and unusual game show series was guaranteed to give viewers a laugh a minute . . . literally. The teeming working men’s clubs in…

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1 9 7 8 – 1 9 8 0 (UK) 16 x 45/60 minute epiosdes Thames Television presented this kind of superstar It’s A Knockout hosted by Michael Aspel in which comedians, DJs and personalities from the television and music scenes tested…

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“Please Sir, can I have some more?”. Mark Lester nabbed the classic line as Oliver Twist in this immensely popular musical film version of Charles Dickens’ classic novel. Set in 19th Century London, the film tells the story of a…

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Fanned by the flames of the wild American custom vans, the van craze spread throughout the western world in the 1970s. Australians initially made do with some radically customised Bedfords, Ford Transits and Escorts hitting the streets but with a…

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Ice lollies and choc ices on sticks became a major market during the 1960s. In the UK these were mostly produced by Walls and Lyons Maid. A never-ending supply of ‘with it’ names were now required, among them Fab, Kinky…

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Throughout his long movie and television career, Cherokee actor “Iron Eyes” Cody became the all-time American Indian hero. Known to a generation as the “Crying Indian” for his appearances as the symbol of the ‘Keep America Beautiful’ anti-litter television campaign…

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The partnership of British comedy scriptwriters Ray Galton and Alan Simpson lasted over 50 years. They met in 1948 whilst recuperating from tuberculosis at the Milford Sanatorium, near Godalming in Surrey. They are best known for their work with comedian…

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January 01 – Albanian fighters shoot down a British freight plane that allegedly strayed into Albanian airspace. 01 – The European Economic Community (the “common market”) comes into being. The UK is not included. 01 – West German forces join…

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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 show which had been…

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French Indochina was captured by the Japanese during WWII. After 1945 the French tried unsuccessfully to restore their rule in Vietnam, and in 1954 they were defeated by the Vietnamese (led by the Communist Ho Chi Minh) and had to…

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To mark the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on 4 July, the government and people of the United States celebrated in 1976 with a nationwide celebration commemorating the war which gave rise to the creation of the American…

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27 September 1986 Balloonfest ’86 was intended to be a harmless fundraising publicity stunt that would help elevate Cleveland in the eyes of the American public as a happening city while raising money for the United Way, a nonprofit organisation…

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