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Intellivision

It was an Atari world back in the late 70s and early 80s, but Mattel’s Intellivison staged a pretty good coup. The Atari VCS (aka the 2600)...

Video Games

Encouraged by the success of Atari, other companies tried dipping their joysticks into the home video game market in 1976. Coleco introduced Telstar Pong, while the...

Pong

The first successful computer game was a video version of ping-pong, whose "ball" was a blip that bounced back and forth on screen between...

Breakout

Designed by future Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs (though Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak reportedly did the bulk of the work), Breakout turned the video...

Atari

Californian Nolan Bushnell created a game called Pong in 1971. The following year -  with $250 of his own money and a matching investment from...

Odyssey

Before there was Atari, before there was even Pong, there was the Odyssey. We take it for granted now, of course, but try to...

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Look, The

The Look formed in the Cambridgeshire cathedral city of Ely, gigging locally while shopping numerous tapes around record company A&R departments. Their collection of rejection...

Thorn Birds, The

1 9 8 3 (USA/Australia) 5 x 75/90 minute episodes The visual equivalent of munching through a 50kg box of soft centres, The Thorn Birds was an unholy mix...

Mrs Brown , You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter (1968)

A showcase for Peter Noone and British beat group Herman's Hermits to sing their current hit songs. It's an innocent adventure set in the heart of swinging...

It’s Garry Shandling’s Show

1 9 8 8 - 1 9 9 0 (USA) This imaginative situation comedy series was rejected by all three major US television networks before it...

Fall, The

1989. Manchester was in the ascendant, Indie bands were being collected like trinkets by major labels, and The Fall (formed by ex-dock clerk Mark...

Slip’n Slide

The Wham-O Company introduced Slip 'n Slide in 1961, and though different models have jazzed it up over the years, the basic Slip 'N...

Insatiable (1980)

Bored of her pampered lifestyle, an heiress and model accepts a movie role that allows her to indulge in her wildest sexual fantasies. Sandra Chase Marilyn...

Mr Avengers – Brian Clemens

Brian Clemens, the thriller writer who gave The Avengers its glossy coat, drives his blue Ferrari to a suite of offices in Pinewood Studios, gets behind...