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      Almost Better Than The Real Thing

      From 1968 to 1979, 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...

      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...

      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...

      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...

      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...

      Elvis Presley – The last 100 days

      9 May 1977: Following 13 concerts in as many days, Elvis rested before resuming what would be his last American tour. 20 May: He began...

      Rock ‘n’ Roll Legend Fats Domino dies at 89

      25 October 2017 Fats Domino, the New Orleans rhythm and blues singer whose hits include Blueberry Hill and Ain’t That a Shame, has died aged...

      Easybeats guitarist George Young dead at 70

      23 October 2017 George Young, guitarist in the Sixties band The Easybeats and co-producer on AC/DC's first five albums, has died at the age of...

      Quest to save Cosgrove Hall children’s TV treasures

      20 October 2017 Puppets used for some of the best-loved children's TV characters of the 1970s and '80s are to get urgent repairs to stop them...

      Well ‘Ard Darlin’ – Glam Cop Shows of the 1970s

      The problem with hippies was that they were all a bit soft. All of that putting flowers in rifle barrels wasn't going to stop people getting...

      So You Wanna Be a Glam Rocker? – Glam Fashion in...

      One of the best things about Glam fashion was that it was always available, and never overpriced. It had the effect of making its...

      ABC To Run Classic Countdown In Original Timeslot

      The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) will play classic Countdown episodes in the show’s original timeslot from 17 September. Classic Countdown will air on Sunday nights...

      US comedy legend Jerry Lewis dies aged 91

      20 August 2017 American comedian Jerry Lewis - famous for his double-act with Dean Martin and his starring role in slapstick comedy films during the...

      Didn’t He Do Well? : Bruce Forsyth dies aged 89

      18 August 2017 Sir Bruce Forsyth, the veteran entertainer and presenter of many successful TV shows, has died aged 89. The former Strictly Come Dancing host...

      What’s Yours? – The preferred tipple of your favourite TV characters

      Many TV shows are lubricated by alcohol, and the big American soaps would dry up and stop without it. The Rovers Return, The Queen Victoria...

      Public Information Films (PIFs) in Britain – The Green Cross Man...

      Once upon a time in a country where children were served warm milk for free in the middle of the morning, the TV overlords...

      Paul Is Dead – The McCartney Myth

      On 12 October 1969, out of the blue, a Detroit radio station began announcing that Paul McCartney was dead. The shock claim was picked up...

      Martin Landau, star of Space 1999 and Mission: Impossible, dies aged...

      15 July 2017 Martin Landau has died. He was 89, and his death was confirmed by his publicist "following a short hospitalisation". Arguably Landau’s career high...

      Grotbags star Carol Lee Scott dies aged 74

      6 July 2017 Children's TV star Carol Lee Scott, best known as Grotbags the witch, has died aged 74. The entertainer appeared in several children's programmes...

      Colour TV – The Dawn of Glam Television

      It's no coincidence that Britain embraced Glam at precisely the moment that colour TV sets became affordable. It was a visual revolution which would...

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      Rasputin – The Mad Monk (1966)

      Thrown out of his monastery for his licentious and drunken behaviour, Grigori Rasputin (Christopher Lee) travels to St Petersburg to chance his luck. Through a...

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