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9 October 2021Canadian-born Rick Jones began his TV career in Britain as part of the Play School team before starring as “Yoffy” in Fingerbobs, presenting stories featuring paper finger-puppet characters including Fingermouse and Gulliver the seagull.Jones was a keen musician and performed as the singer, keyboard player and songwriter for…

In a small town in Germany which is relatively untouched by the war despite the fact that Allied troops have broken into Germany in the closing days of April 1945, a group of boys in the little school wait to be called up for service.

1 9 6 4 – 1 9 6 6 (UK). In little more than a year, the attractive blonde from Ilford in Essex made a big name as a recording artist, with two hit records – Dance On and Secret Love – selling almost a million copies.

1 9 9 9 (UK). The Last Train debuted on ITV in April 1999 and was promoted at the time by Granada as one of the most expensive drama productions they had ever made.

1 9 8 2 (UK) 6 x 60 minute episodes Although these slices of “future” life seem quaint when viewed today, this BBC anthology of science fiction plays offered audiences in 1982 a speculative glimpse into the near future. Over the course of six episodes – ‘Crimes’, ‘Bright Eyes’, ‘Cricket’, ‘The…

6 September 2021 Get Some In! star Tony Selby has died aged 83. His management, LCM Limited, shared a statement on Twitter announcing he had died in London on Sunday (5th September). It read: “With great sadness, we announce that actor Tony Selby passed away peacefully in London yesterday. In a…

29 August 2021 Seven-time Emmy-winning actor Ed Asner, who starred as tough-talking TV newsroom head Lou Grant on the long-running sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the spin-off drama Lou Grant has died, aged 91. His publicist confirmed that he died on Sunday (29th August) surrounded by family. Asner’s…

1 9 7 3 (UK) 12 x 15 minute episodes Cyril Fletcher played the writer and storyteller Lewis Carroll (real name, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) as he read to Alice (Carol Hollands, pictured above with Fletcher as Carroll) and Lorina (Fiona Milne), the daughters of Dean Liddell of Christ Church, Oxford, whose…

Adapted from Kurt Vonnegut’s 1970 Off-Broadway hit by Vonnegut himself, this eccentric black comedy-drama sharply divided critical and audience opinion when it was released in December 1971. Arrogant and macho adventurer and big game hunter Harold Ryan (Rod Steiger) – a contemporary Ulysses – is believed dead but returns unexpectedly…

24 August 2021 The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has died at the age of 80. It had been announced earlier this month that Watts would miss the band’s American tour dates to recover from an unspecified medical procedure. He had previously been treated for throat cancer in 2004. After…

21 August 2021 Don Everly (pictured above left), one half of the rock’n’roll duo the Everly Brothers, has died at his home in Nashville at the age of 84. A spokesperson for the family confirmed Everly’s death to the Los Angeles Times but did not disclose a cause. Isaac Donald Everly was…

America has launched an orbiting laboratory into space and three astronauts – Pruett (Richard Crenna), Stone (James Franciscus) and Lloyd (Gene Hackman) – are sent up to live and work in it for seven months. However, Chief of Manned Space Charles Keith (Gregory Peck) is worried by the men’s growing…

Barbara Rosemary Ruskin was born in East Ham, London, in 1948, and moved to Stoke Newington before starting secondary school. Her father died when she was still young and her mother – who worked for music publisher Lawrence Wright in Denmark Street – encouraged her young daughter to pursue her…

1 9 5 9 – 1 9 6 0 (UK) 33 x 6 minute episodes Foo Foo was an engaging and optimistic little tramp in a Chaplinesque bowler hat who had a middle-aged girlfriend called Mimi. He also had a rival for her affections, a villainous bully called GoGo. The cartoons…

1 9 9 2 – 1 9 9 5 (UK) 102 x 120 minute episodes This Saturday morning magazine-style show for kids combined Warner Brothers cartoons, competitions, comedy sketches, live music and interviews with pop stars and TV personalities. The show was presented by Capital Radio presenter Pat Sharp, Blue Peter…

1 9 7 8 (USA) 4 x 30 minute episodes The Pittsburgh Pitts, an all-female roller derby team, was owned, coached and managed by the bombastic, fast-talking and penny-pinching Don “Mitch” Mitchell (Terry Kiser). Joanna Cassidy played the team captain, Selma “Books” Cassidy, a big, redheaded roller skating queen and feminist…

1 9 7 9 (UK) 7 x 30 minute episodes This 1979 Thames Television comedy series was written by Jimmy Perry without his usual writing partner David Croft. It’s probably kindest to say they obviously worked better together! Charles Spooner (Bryan Pringle) is the put upon manager of the room…