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      The Pete Duel Story

      To outsiders, it seemed that Pete Duel had everything to live for - a loving girlfriend, a nice home, money and a hit TV...

      Five of the worst TV comebacks

      We are sticklers for a spot of nostalgia, whether that's the return of former Saturday night fave Stars in their Eyes or the constant...

      TV Batman actor Adam West dies at 88

      10 June 2017 Adam West, the US actor best known as the star of the hit 1960s TV series Batman, has died aged 88. West died...

      The Girl On The School Sign Steps Out

      She has what must be Britain's best-known silhouette - yet for 40 years she has been anonymous herself. Since 1964, the sign displaying a little...

      Top 50 Greatest Toys of all time

      In 2014, executives from 100 British toy companies were invited to cast their votes on the games which they thought had most shaped the industry and childhoods...

      The Singles Boom

      There were always more differences between albums and singles than just the price and size. Singles, by tradition, carried the vital new ideas of...

      Hammer Horror – A House in the Country

      The House of Hammer was founded in the 1930s by Enrique Carreras and William Hinds (William Hammer to his audience). At the heart of Bray...

      Get Your Skates On Mate – Behind The Scenes of The...

      1969: Neil Armstrong walks on the moon, America bombs Vietnam, and dozens of Minis bring Turin to a standstill. Nostalgia Central takes you behind the scenes of The...

      Chuck Berry, Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Dies at 90

      18 March 2017 Chuck Berry, the singer, songwriter and guitar great who practically defined rock music with hits including Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven, Rock &...

      Elvis’s Movie Occupations

      Shrimp Fisherman - Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) Commercial Photographer - Live A Little, Love A Little (1968) Water Skiing Instructor - Clambake (1967) Frogman - Easy...

      The Curse Of Plonk – The late Ronnie Lane: Some day...

      The Ronnie Lane Memorial Concert. Royal Albert Hall, London. 8 April 2004 For anyone up to speed with the tragic trajectory of Ronnie Lane, the...

      Ex-Wham! singer George Michael dies

      25 December 2016 Singer George Michael has died aged 53, his publicist has said. The star, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and...

      Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt dies

      24 December 2016 Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has died in hospital in Spain aged 68, his manager has said. He died from a severe infection...

      Robert Vaughn, Man from UNCLE actor, dies aged 83

      11 November 2016 Actor Robert Vaughn, best known as the secret agent Napoleon Solo in The Man from UNCLE, has died aged 83. Vaughn was also...

      1960s singer Bobby Vee dies aged 73

      24 October 2016 Bobby Vee, best known for hits including Rubber Ball, Take Good Care of My Baby and The Night Has a Thousand Eyes,...

      Growing up in North England in the 1960s and 1970s

      School dinners, "kiss-catch", free milk, bob-a-job week, Bonfire Night, snowball fights, power cuts . . . ee bah gum! Wath-upon-Dearne is in South Yorkshire (in...

      Coronation Street’s Hilda Ogden has died aged 90

      15 October 2016 Jean Alexander, who played Coronation Street's Hilda Ogden and Auntie Wainwright in Last of the Summer Wine, has died aged 90. Alexander portrayed...

      Willy Wonka star Gene Wilder dies at 83

      29 August 2016 Gene Wilder died today at his home in Stamford, Connecticut due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. The 83-year-old comedian and actor had...

      Kenny Baker, actor behind R2-D2, dies

      13 August 2016 The British actor who played R2-D2 in the Star Wars films has died at the age of 83 after a long illness. Kenny...

      Tony Flare – The Shaggy-Haired Guy Behind The Spacematic Disco

      He has always been keen to skim over what has been called his 'lost year'. And one look at the photographs on this page...

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