1 9 8 7 (USA) 8 x 30 minute episodes This short-lived NBC summer sitcom revolved around burly but warm-hearted 42-year-old Marine drill instructor, Sergeant Nick Chase (Burt Young), who left the Corps after 20 years of service and enrolled in…

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1 9 5 6 – 1 9 5 7 (USA) 24 x 30 minute episodes Produced and directed by Jack Webb of Dragnet fame, this NBC series launched in September 1956 and revolved around elderly veterinarian Dr Sam Rinehart (veteran radio actor…

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Ruby Florence Murray was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1935 – the youngest child in a Protestant family. She began working in Northern Ireland as a child singer from a young age (her unique and husky voice was said…

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1 9 8 4 – 1 9 9 2 (USA) 197 x 30 minute episodes Virtually single-handedly, The Cosby Show revived sitcom domination on US television, overturning the mid-1980s prominence of soaps such as Dallas and Dynasty, and crime/adventure dramas such as Magnum PI. It was the…

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1 9 8 7 – 1 9 8 8 (USA) 28 x 30 minute episodes This short-lived ABC sitcom ran from March 1987 to February 1988. Snow White (Caitlin O’Heaney initially, then Carol Huston) and Prince Eric Charming (Christopher Rich) doze…

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1 9 8 0 – 1 9 8 4 (USA) 37 x 30 min episodes Junior illustrator – and aspiring artist – Kip Wilson (Tom Hanks) and junior copywriter – and aspiring novelist –  Henry Desmond (Peter Scolari) work together at…

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The Dallas Boys – sometimes described as “England’s first boy band” –  formed in Leicester, England, and comprised four former pupils of Moat Boys School – Joe Smith, Stan Jones, Bob Wragg, and Leon Fisk – and London-born Nicky Clarke.…

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“She’s 6 feet 2″ of Dynamite and the Hottest Super Agent Ever!” After napalming opium fields in Turkey, six-foot-two-tall karate-trained government agent Cleopatra Jones (ex-model Tamara Dobson) returns to Los Angeles to confront Mommy (Shelley Winters), the lesbian queen of the…

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The Baddest One-Chick Hit-Squad that ever hit town – She had body men would die for . . . and a lot of them did! Tall, gorgeous, outrageously built, and believably ferocious, Pam Grier became the undisputed queen of blaxploitation…

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In one violent hour, the world of a proud, arrogant ex-Green Beret captain and Vietnam veteran named Slaughter (Jim Brown) blows up when a bomb kills his mother and fatally wounds his father. Setting off on a trigger-happy vendetta, Slaughter…

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The coolest ad campaign of the Seventies. The Bear (also called Cresta) that inspired The Fonz (no, really). The drink that stripped paint. Rimsky-Korsakov!! Cresta was produced in the UK by Schweppes from the early 1970s and originally came in…

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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 their work with comedian…

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Initially, there were several different types of “invalid carriage” (small single-seater vehicles designed for use by disabled drivers) available in Britain, but the government wanted a standard design. AC (of Cobra fame) came up with the Model 70, designed to…

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The Star-Club opened as a music club on Friday 13 April 1962 at Große Freiheit 39, just off the Reeperbahn in the St. Pauli quarter of Hamburg, amongst the bordellos, strip shows and greasy spoons. The club – a former…

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The exact beginnings of the Harlem Globetrotters are uncertain, although the team considers that their first-ever road game took place on 7 January 1927, in Hinckley, Illinois. In spite of the team’s name, the squad was born 800 miles west…

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The LG Hawkins company introduced its “heated sideboard” in 1931, but it was 22 years before one of its designers, Eddy Maciejewski, thought of making it mobile. The Hostess – a plug-in heated metal sideboard on wheels that resembled a…

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January 01 – David Dinkins is sworn in as New York City’s first black mayor. 02 – World population passes five billion. In 1960 it was three billion. 03 – Manuel Noriega surrenders to US forces, ten days after taking…

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January 01 – Golda Meir wins Israeli election. 01 – 38 Italians die when an Italia Airlines Fokker Friendship crashes near Turin. There are four survivors. 02 – US legislation for a national speed limit of 55 mph is signed…

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January 02 – Erica Roe Streaks at Twickenham. 03 – South Korea lifts its night-time curfew after 36 years. 05 – Public donations to the Penlee lifeboat disaster fund amount to £2,000,000. All to be shared by the families of…

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January 02 – Ideological purity has reached the superficially cosy world of the nursery. In an attempt to excise any taint of racism, all new editions of Enid Blyton’s Noddy books will be shorn of the traditional black golliwogs, who will…

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January 01 – Albanian fighters shoot down a British freight plane that allegedly strayed into Albanian airspace. 01 – The European Economic Community (the “common market”) comes into being. The UK is not included. 01 – West German forces join…

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January 01 – A new law comes into effect in California, prohibiting people from smoking in bars and restaurants. 05 – Sonny Bono (of Sonny & Cher fame) dies in a skiing accident at South Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Ski Resort…

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January 01 – 11 European countries replace their national currencies with the newly created ‘Euro’, a single European currency. Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Portugal, Finland, Ireland and Luxembourg all make the switch. The actual circulation of Euro…

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January 01 – The dictator of Cuba, Fulgencio Batista, is overthrown by Fidel Castro’s guerrillas and flees to the Dominican Republic. 02 – Fidel Castro proclaims a new government in Cuba. 02 – The USSR launches lunar rocket Luna 1…

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