1 9 8 3 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes This BBC 1 series followed the exploits of Harry Lumsdon (Robin Nedwell) who worked at a bakery with workmates Reg (David Williams) and Ted (David Battley) but wanted to rise above…

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1 9 8 2 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes Lester Small (Brian Murphy, best known as George from George and Mildred) makes his living as a driving instructor in a small West Country town. Most of his lessons end in…

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1 9 6 4 – 1 9 6 5 (USA) 13 x 60 minute episodes This Friday night CBS series revolved around Danny Taylor (Harry Guardino), an aggressive newspaper reporter-columnist for the New York Globe. Many things made Danny mad and…

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1 9 5 9 – 1 9 6 1 (USA) 76 x 30 minute episodes This ABC series recounted the exploits of Johnny Yuma (Nick Adams), an embittered, leather-tough young Confederate army private who journeys West after the Civil War to…

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1 9 8 7 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes This Channel 4 comedy series was set in the old-fashioned Corner House Cafe, run by a mincing gay chap called Gilbert Hutchins (Christopher Eymard) – “I came out in 1956 during…

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1 9 8 4 – 1 9 8 5 (UK) 13 x 30 minute episodes This LWT sitcom followed life on the Dawson Dairy milk round. The team included a drunken Scot (Phil McCall), a randy West Indian (Oscar James), an…

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1 9 8 9 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes A short-lived Granada sitcom for EastEnders star Anita Dobson, which cast her as Cath Gordon, the owner of a London hairdressing salon (Teasers) who was dithering between two romances – one with work-obsessed…

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1 9 5 4 (UK) 1 x 107 minute episode Aired as part of the BBC’s Sunday-Night Theatre on 12 December 1954, Nigel Kneale’s adaptation of George Orwell’s most celebrated novel was one of the most controversial television programmes of its…

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1 9 8 4 (UK) 8 x 30 minute episodes This Granada comedy series starred Maria Aitken as twice-divorced Kate Codd and Jill Bennett as recently-widowed Daisy Troop, two worldly-wise and much-married cousins who have enjoyed a string of well-heeled husbands…

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1 9 8 5 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes Hamish James Ordway (Fulton Mackay) of the Water Board – retired, nosey parker and fusspot extraordinaire, seeking accommodation – has the misfortune to fall into the chaotic clutches of the household…

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1 9 8 4 – 1 9 8 5 (UK) 12 x 30 minute episodes Brian Drake (John Duttine) is hit by a lorry full of turnips and while convalescing in hospital is told by his wife (Primi Townsend) that she…

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With this epic, Martin Scorsese returned to the world of tough-talking Italian-American hoods featured in Mean Streets (1973), following 30 years in the lives of a group of neighbourhood crooks. From hanging around the taxi rank, punk kid Henry Hill (Ray Liotta)…

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Until the 70s, interior design was simply a DIY pursuit. Once the seventies hit, it was a lifestyle statement. The dominant colours were Puce, Red, Yellow, Blue, Green (sorry, Avocado), Purple, Gold and Brown. If it moved, it had to…

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In 1888, Sir Frank Bowden’s doctor told him that cycling could improve his health. He bought an interest in a small bicycle company in Raleigh Street, Nottingham, where 12 men were making three bicycles a week. By 1896 Raleigh owned a…

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The Black Panthers wanted to be the vanguard of a revolution that would create economic, social and political equality across gender and colour lines. Since the nonviolent campaign of Martin Luther King had ended in that brave man’s death and little improvement…

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Fashion in the early 1970s seemed to have little rhyme or reason; while both sexes were wearing tie-dyed shirts, ‘unisex’ bell-bottoms and second-hand military attire (for an ironic-yet-stylish comment on the Vietnam War), women were also wearing mid-calf hemlines and granny dresses.…

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Cousin Brucie (Bruce Morrow) One of the kings of the East Coast, Brooklyn-born Brucie held down the primetime slot at WABC in NYC. He was adept at blending a variety of genres – including Motown, pop, hard rock, surf music, and…

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In Britain, Radio 1 and Top of the Pops began in the Sixties, but by 1970 the Disc Jockeys (or DJ’s) had been elevated to stardom, and many were household names; Tony Blackburn, David ‘Diddy’ Hamilton, Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman, Dave Lee Travis,…

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“New Coke” almost spelt the end for the Coca-Cola empire in 1985. They changed the flavour of Coke and the American public were not having it! In probably the worst marketing decision of the 20th century, Coca-Cola tinkered with the…

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In 1993, Grunge was incredibly popular, Smells Like Teen Spirit was topping the charts. and Seinfeld – the “show about nothing – was the ratings-winner on TV.  Coca-Cola decided to create a product they could market to cynical hipsters by being…

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The Greek cruise ship TSMS Lakonia left Southampton on 19 December 1963 for an 11-day Christmas cruise of the Canary Islands. She carried 646 passengers and 376 crew: a total of 1,022 people. The ship’s first scheduled stop was to…

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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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1 9 5 3 (UK) The British nation came to a standstill on 2 June 1953. Thousands lined the streets of London, while in homes and offices the length and breadth of Britain, colleagues, neighbours and relatives huddled in corners, all…

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The United States Government sent 6,000 troops to invade Grenada in October 1983 after leaders of a local ”Revolutionary Military Council” (RMC) ousted and killed Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and his cabinet ministers from the moderate New Jewel Movement. The…

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Tuesday 18 January 1977 started as an ordinary working day in Sydney, Australia. Then at 8:12 am, the 6:09 city-bound express commuter train from Mt Victoria in the Blue Mountains to Sydney – running three minutes late and with at…

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January 01 – In Australia, Bob Hawke becomes ACTU president. 01 – The age of majority in Britain is reduced from 21 to 18. 01 – Jimi Hendrix debuts the Band of Gypsys at Fillmore East. The show is recorded…

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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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