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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 company Smallfilms in…

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 films always…

Idealised post-war Britain that no longer exists – warm beer and village greens, knotted handkerchiefs and women getting changed on the beach behind a wind-break. Carry On films are an intrinsic part of being British – and despite the sexual…

Featured Television Posts

1 9 9 3 – 1 9 9 4 (UK) 18 x 30 minute episodes This BBC comedy written by Carla Lane found us once again sitting around the dinner table with a volatile Liverpool family. But this…

1 9 9 4 (UK) 13 x 15 minute episodes With the help (and hindrance) of family and friends, Millie (Sarah Davison) embarked on the construction of a model town, building roads, a farm, a garage, a park,…

1 9 9 0 (UK) 12 x 10 minute episodes Mick (Michael Barrymore) is a cartoonist. Mac (David Jarvis) is a miniature Scottish character who hangs out on Mick’s drawing board. Mick sits at his drawing board and…

1 9 9 4 (UK) 4 x 50 minute episodes In 1957, naive and hapless civil servant Jasper Pye (Michael Maloney) lives at home with his mum and is thoroughly bored with his lot until he is sent…

Featured Music Posts

1 9 5 8 – 1 9 5 9 (UK) 38 x 25 minute episodes Everyone knows that Cliff Richard is hardly a bad boy, but back in 1958 he was the enfant terrible of the British music scene, considered to…

1 9 6 7 – 1 9 6 9 (UK) 152 x 45 minute episodes 31-year-old Simon Dee (born Cyril Henty-Dodd) hosted this 45-minute programme from the BBC, which was bold, lively and expressive of what was happening at…

Although they never strayed from their gritty R&B based sound, Dr Feelgood was a fixture of England’s Pub Rock scene since the early 70s. While they were comparative latecomers to the scene – not playing their first London pub gig…

Poco was formed in 1968 by ex-Buffalo Springfield members Jim Messina and Richie Furay. They were joined by multi-instrumentalist Rusty Young, bassist Randy Meisner, and drummer George Grantham and the band became one of the founders of the…

A small island separated from the UK mainland by the waters of the Solent, the Isle of Wight at the end of the 1960s was a steadfastly uncontroversial place. The island’s population welcomed tourists and other “outsiders”. In…

Featured Movies Posts

This is the most popular of the movies taken from Nigel Kneale’s acclaimed BBC TV serial. During work on an extension to the London Underground system at Hobbs End, a strange object is unearthed. At first, experts believe…

Atomic explosions from nuclear testing by the Americans and Russians at the two poles put the Earth on a collision course with the Sun in this bleak British doomsday vision, where the Thames is empty of water and…

A spaceship lands in Scotland. The ship contains a leather-clad Martian woman – armed with a ray gun and accompanied by a menacing robot – who has been sent to Earth to collect some men to supplement the Martian…

Exploitive censor-baiting beatnik drama that attempts to mix the beat generation of the late Fifties with a juvenile-delinquency storyline. Stars the lovely Gillian Hills – also seen in Blow Up (1966) – as Jennifer, a rebellious teenager who is jealous…

Shot on Super 16mm film and then blown up to 35 mm for theatrical release, this Australian film revolved around 15-year-old Steve Carson (Rod Zuanic), a likeable but antisocial teen from a broken family, who – with his…

Featured Pop Culture Posts

Cadbury’s incorrect answer to the Mars Bar was available in Britain between 1968 – 1977 and marketed as “a feast of a bar”. It was a simple concept that didn’t last. It was a sausage of fudge with…

Mathematically fascinating (not to mention a mite confusing) in that these dark chocolate bars had five fruit-flavoured creme centres (orange, lemon, lime, raspberry and pineapple) but seven segments per bar. You could work out which segments would have…

Cadbury’s Rumba was a genuine 1970s delicacy – a delicious combination of fudge, chocolate and rum flavouring. It came in two sticks, like a Twix, and was a little thicker than a Fudge bar. A grown-up taste from…

Cadbury concoction of the sick-making variety. Coconut, caramel and whole cherries encased in milk chocolate – uuurrgh, no more for me, thanks. Lasted for about a year in the early 80s.

Verity Ann Lambert was born in London on 27 November 1935, the daughter of a Jewish accountant, and was educated at Roedean School. She left Roedean at sixteen with six O’ levels and pursued a brief language course…

Featured Social History Posts

In February 1954, actress Marilyn Monroe travelled to Korea to entertain the American troops stationed over there. Marilyn was asked if she wanted to do a solo show or entertain as part of a ten-man package show which…

January 02 – Rebels in El Salvador shoot down an American Army helicopter and kill all three crew members. It is believed that two crew members initially survived and were executed on the ground. 08 – Def Leppard…

On 25 November 1984, 36 British recording artists gathered at a studio in Notting Hill, London to donate their time and talent to a song written by Bob Geldof (Boomtown Rats) and Midge Ure (Ultravox) to raise money…

On 16 January 1979, a young Ukrainian woman jumped from the Russian cruise ship Leonid Sobinov in Sydney Harbour wearing only a red bikini. 18-year old Lillian Gasinskaya, from Odessa, swam to shore and was found on a Pyrmont footpath on…

January 01 – French singer Maurice Chevalier dies (b. 1888) in Paris. He is 83. 03 – An IRA bomb injures 55 women and children when it explodes in a Belfast department store. 04 – Rose Heilbron is…