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Stoppit and Tidyup

1 9 8 8 (UK) 13 x 5 minute episodes This animated children's series of 13 five-minute episodes aired on the BBC in 1988. Stoppit (a small red...

Diary of a Young Man

1 9 6 4 (UK) 6 x 45 minute episodes Two youthful travellers from the North of England - Joe (Victor Henry) and Ginger (Richard Moore) -...

Trini Lopez, singer and Dirty Dozen actor, dead at 83

11 August 2020 Mexican-American singer Trini Lopez, who had a hit in 1963 with his version of If I Had A Hammer and played one...

Is This Your Problem?

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 5 7 (UK) 30 minute episodes An early precursor of "reality TV", this BBC programme was broadcast live to...

Adventures of Ben Gunn, The

1 9 5 8 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes This series for children used the biggest film location devised to date by BBC Television, for the...

Producers’ Showcase

1 9 5 4 - 1 9 5 7 (USA) 38 x 90 minute episodes Producers' Showcase debuted in 1954. The program aired monthly and was 90...

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

Stoppit and Tidyup

1 9 8 8 (UK) 13 x 5 minute episodes This animated children's series of 13 five-minute episodes aired on the BBC in 1988. Stoppit (a small red...

Diary of a Young Man

1 9 6 4 (UK) 6 x 45 minute episodes Two youthful travellers from the North of England - Joe (Victor Henry) and Ginger (Richard Moore) -...

Is This Your Problem?

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 5 7 (UK) 30 minute episodes An early precursor of "reality TV", this BBC programme was broadcast live to...

Adventures of Ben Gunn, The

1 9 5 8 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes This series for children used the biggest film location devised to date by BBC Television, for the...

Producers’ Showcase

1 9 5 4 - 1 9 5 7 (USA) 38 x 90 minute episodes Producers' Showcase debuted in 1954. The program aired monthly and was 90...

Big Jim and the Figaro Club

1 9 7 9 (UK) 1 x 30 minute episodes 1 9 8 1 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes “One for Figaro . . . every bugger...

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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...

Stickle Bricks

Kiddies construction toy "Stickle Bricks" was invented by Denys Fisher in 1969.

Molesworth

Nigel Molesworth is a fictional character, the supposed author of a series of books about life in an English prep school named St Custard's....

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...

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LATEST MOVIES POSTS

Fast Lady, The (1962)

Naive Scotsman Murdoch Troon (Stanley Baxter), an enthusiastic member of the local cycling club, is involved in an accident with wealthy and arrogant businessman...

Rotten to the Core (1965)

This bright, breezy British crime comedy from the Boulting brothers begins with incompetent villains Jelly (Dudley Sutton), Scapa Flood (James Beckett) and Lenny the...

Clash by Night (1964)

This superior British B-movie has a group of newly-sentenced prisoners en route to serve their sentence, only to find the bus transporting them held...

Sapphire (1959)

A pregnant woman is found stabbed to death on Hampstead Heath and the subsequent police investigation initially follows her fiancé David Harris (Paul Massie)...

A Place to Go (1963)

Bethnal Green is changing - the terrace houses are being knocked down to make way for high-rise flats - and things are changing for...

Informers, The (1963)

Chief Inspector Johnnoe (Nigel Patrick) of Scotland Yard is told by his exasperated superior officer, Superintendent Bestwick (Harry Andrews) that he can no longer...

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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

Kenny Lynch, British singer and entertainer, dies at 81

18 December 2019 Born in 1938 and raised in Stepney, East London, Kenny Lynch was one of thirteen children. He began singing with his sister,...

The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” returns to #1

4 October 2019 The Beatles' Abbey Road has returned to #1 on the charts in the UK, 50 years after it first topped the album...

Kim Shattuck, star of LA punk scene, dies aged 56

3 October 2019 Kim Shattuck, who was once bassist with The Pixies, has died aged 56. She died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as...

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...

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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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