Based on the best-selling paperback ever written by mystery writer Agatha Christie, Endless Night concerns a chauffeur called Michael Rogers (Hywel Bennett) whose Rolls Royce trips with rich clients around Europe induce a love of beautiful things and the dream of…

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1 9 8 1 (USA) 1 x 90 minute episode 6 x 60 minute episodes This hour-long ABC dramatic series revolved around the Novaks, a struggling middle-class family who decide to move back into inner-city Chicago from suburban Arlington Heights. The…

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Australian police officers Trevor Darling (David Argue) and Nikki Iceton (Gia Carides) have to escort Kath (newcomer Lydia Miller), a young Aboriginal woman, from Sydney to a small town in the NSW outback to stand trial for the murder of…

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1 9 5 4 – 1 9 6 1 (UK) 221 x 30 minute episodes This British drama series from Associated-Rediffusion was made by the American Danziger brothers and depicted people caught in ‘the vise’ of fate due to their…

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1 9 7 2 (UK) 26 x 60 minute episodes This ATV series presented musical acts, comedians and assorted variety acts, including Dorothy Squires, Dickie Henderson, The New Seekers, Val Doonican, Charlie Drake, Matt Monro, Leslie Crowther, Lulu, The Bachelors, Acker Bilk,…

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1 9 7 2 (UK) 7 x 25 minute episodes At Chilford Green Aerodrome, a small, privately owned airfield in the heart of England, the transportation of cargo takes place daily. But this is no ordinary cargo – as 18-year-old Chris…

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1 9 7 2 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes Another ITV comedy from the team of Johnnie Mortimer and Brian Cooke. Mrs Marigold Alcock (Beryl Reid) runs her late husband’s business ”empire”, The Alcock Group of Companies – including such…

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When Australian band Zoot moved from their hometown of Adelaide (where they had played as Times Unlimited and Down The Line) to Melbourne in 1968, their management gave them a bubblegum image, centred on the slogan “Think Pink, Think Zoot”. The band…

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This sturdy American blues-rock trio from Texas formed in 1969 in and around Houston, from rival bands The Moving Sidewalks (Gibbons) and The American Blues (Hill and Beard). Their first two albums reflected the strong blues roots and Texas humour…

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Yorkshire group The Accent were originally known as The Blue Blood Group before moving to London in 1966. They secured a residency at Billy Walker’s Upper-Cut Club and in 1967 recorded a single for Decca, the Mike Vernon-produced Red Sky At…

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After playing together for four years in Rhyl, Wales, first as a punk band called The Toilets, and then as a mod group called 17, the quartet of Mike Peters, Dave Sharp, Eddie MacDonald and Nigel Twist made a fresh…

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Craig and Charlie Reid were born in 1962 in Leith, a dockland suburb of Edinburgh, with Craig arriving 30 minutes after his twin brother Charlie. They had an itinerant childhood, leaving Leith to live in Cornwall for two years before…

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There has always been fast food of sorts, but 1950s America put mass-produced, flavour-rich but nutritionally-poor fast food on the culinary map. It was the decade that quick-service restaurant chains began to open and franchise, heralding a seismic shift in…

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From humble beginnings in 1952 when publisher Maurice Kinn bought the title The Musical Express & Accordion Weekly for £1000 and re-branded it as New Musical Express, the NME became an essential weekly purchase for generations of music fans, populated by characters as notorious…

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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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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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January 05 – Winston Churchill arrives in Washington for talks with Truman. 07 – General Dwight D Eisenhower says he will run for US President. 12 – The prototype Vickers Valiant, Britain’s only long-range jet for carrying the atomic bomb, crashes. 13 – The Iranian government…

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French Indochina was captured by the Japanese during WWII. After 1945 the French tried unsuccessfully to restore their rule in Vietnam, and in 1954 they were defeated by the Vietnamese (led by the Communist Ho Chi Minh) and had to…

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The Greek cruise ship TSMS Lakonia left Southampton on 19 December 1963 for an 11-day Christmas cruise of the Canary Islands. She carried 646 passengers and 376 crew: a total of 1,022 people. The ship’s first scheduled stop was to…

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1 9 5 3 (UK) The British nation came to a standstill on 2 June 1953. Thousands lined the streets of London, while in homes and offices the length and breadth of Britain, colleagues, neighbours and relatives huddled in corners, all…

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The United States Government sent 6,000 troops to invade Grenada in October 1983 after leaders of a local ”Revolutionary Military Council” (RMC) ousted and killed Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and his cabinet ministers from the moderate New Jewel Movement. The…

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Tuesday 18 January 1977 started as an ordinary working day in Sydney, Australia. Then at 8:12 am, the 6:09 city-bound express commuter train from Mt Victoria in the Blue Mountains to Sydney – running three minutes late and with at…

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