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      Smallfilms – A perfect world in a shed

      Oliver Postgate - the creator and writer of some of Britain's most popular children's television programmes, including Bagpuss, The Pingwings, Noggin the Nog, Ivor the Engine, The Clangers and Pogles' Wood - set up the...

      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 War II." These voiceover lines began each episode of the television...

      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 100 years ago, have enthralled generations of children with classic tales...

      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 music fans, has died aged 77. A family statement released by his...

      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 "Shut Up" Williams in the TV series, also enjoyed a number one...

      Jim Rockford’s 1978 Pontiac Firebird For Sale

      18 January 2019 The Barrett-Jackson auction company in Scottsdale, Arizona, is currently auctioning one of three Firebird Formulas provided by Pontiac Motor Division to the TV show The Rockford Files and used from 1978 until the...

      Honey Lantree obituary

      23 December 2018 Anne Margot "Honey" Lantree, who has died aged 75, achieved the unique feat of being the first woman drummer in a pop group to top the British charts as a member of the...

      Top 10 Pub Rock Bands

      Pub rock was a British musical genre which endured from the early 1970s to the early 80s. It’s a genre that is defined less by a specific musical style than by the venues that the...

      John Wicks of The Records dead at 65

      John Wicks, frontman of the UK power pop band The Records, has died in Burbank, California, following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 65 years old. Wicks co-founded The Records in London in 1978. The...

      Fenella Fielding (1927 – 2018)

      11 September 2018 Actress Fenella Fielding has died at the age of 90 after suffering a stroke. She was a serious actress remembered for a single, stand-out comic performance. Fenella survived a violent upbringing to play Ibsen, Shakespeare...

      Farewell Servalan (Jacqueline Pearce)

      3 September 2018 Jacqueline Pearce has died of lung cancer, aged 74. Pearce made her debut in the 1966 Hammer classic The Plague of the Zombies but is known less for her film work than for her role...

      Galton and Simpson: Comedy Royalty

      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...

      Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

      16 August 2018 The great American soul singer Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76. She was reported to have been gravely ill with her family at her bedside. Franklin had been in ill health...

      That’s Where It Was At . . .

      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...

      Trumpton Riots

      On Christmas Day 1995, BBC Radio 4 broadcast a short documentary on Oliver Postgate (pictured below) and Peter Firmin (pictured above), entitled Trumpton Riots. Presumably intended as a Christmas filler, it turned out to be one of...

      Almost Better Than The Real Thing

      From 1968 to 1982, studio-based musicians in the employ of Pickwick Records in Britain mimicked everyone from The Sex Pistols to Roxy Music. Eight albums were issued every year for 12 years on Pickwick's Hallmark label, one...

      Look at Life film series

      Look at Life was a regular series of short documentary films produced in Britain between 1959 and 1969 by the Special Features Division of the Rank Organisation for screening in their Odeon and Gaumont cinemas. The...

      Men of the Cloth – The low-down on four of London’s...

      John Simons Little did he know it, but in 1965 the clothes stylist John Simons was about to start the skinhead movement in Britain. Simons, a pure Mod at heart, had just opened the Ivy Shop in Richmond, Surrey. His...

      David Cassidy has died aged 67

      22 November 2017 David Cassidy, whose role in the 1970s show The Partridge Family earned him teen heart-throb status, has died aged 67. Cassidy was in hospital with organ failure but died "free from the pain that...

      Ooh You Are Awful! – Naughty Bits in British Cinema in...

      As a new decade began, the Swinging Sixties became the Swapping Seventies. Well, that is if you believe everything you saw on the big screen. Britain's film industry in the early 1970s consisted of the odd James Bond film and two...

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      Penda’s Fen (1974)

      Penda's Fen follows pompous and priggish young vicar's son Stephen Franklin (Spencer Banks from Timeslip) through a summer in which he reacts both to the forthcoming pressures of adulthood (he's about to turn 18), to...

      Kathy Kirby Show, The

      1 9 6 4 - 1 9 6 6 (UK) 19 x 45 minute episodes In little more than a year, the attractive blonde from Ilford in Essex made a big name as a recording artist, with...

      Last Train, The

      1 9 9 9 (UK) 6 x 50 minute episodes 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...

      Play for Tomorrow

      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...

      RIP Corporal Marsh (Tony Selby)

      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...

      Ed Asner of ‘Lou Grant’ and ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’, dies

      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...

      Alice Through the Looking Glass

      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...