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1 9 7 8 - Current (USA) This hour-long current affairs show from ABC has always featured award-winning journalists covering social issues and current events. The show set out to emulate the success of CBS' 60 Minutes but...

60 Minutes

1 9 6 8 - Current (USA) 1 9 7 9 - Current (Australia) In 1967 Don Hewitt conceived of his new programme, 60 Minutes, as a strategy for addressing issues given insufficient time for analysis in two minutes of...

A Current Affair

1 9 7 1 - 1 9 7 8 (Australia) 1 9 8 8 - current (Australia) An Australian magazine programme that started life as a bona fide current affairs news show (hence the name) but degenerated...

A Question Of Sport

1 9 7 0 - Current (UK) Fresh from the studio soccer game Quiz Ball, David Vine first introduced A Question Of Sport at 6:20 pm on Monday 5 January 1970 with captains Henry Cooper (the boxer) and Cliff Morgan (from...

Any Questions

1 9 5 8 - 1 9 6 3 (Australia) 30 minute episodes This weekly television panel discussion show from the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) had a four-person panel chaired in Melbourne by Frank Eyre (manager of Oxford...

Big Breakfast, The

1 9 9 2 - 2 0 0 2 (UK) Departing from the established news and magazine-based format of other breakfast TV shows, The Big Breakfast placed the emphasis on fun from the start, every weekday between 7.00 and...

Braden’s Week

1 9 6 8 - 1 9 7 2 (UK) The clear ancestor of That's Life, Braden's Week - which aired on Saturday evenings on BBC1 - not only humorously reviewed the week's events but was also an early consumers'...

Breakfast Time

1 9 8 3 - 1 9 8 9 (UK) Selina Scott joined nice "uncle" Frank Bough on BBC1's Breakfast Time at 6.30 am on 17 January 1983. Along with ITV's Good Morning Britain, it was one of the first...

Cops

1 9 8 9 - Current (USA) Cops features cameras following real-life police officers around their headquarters, on street patrols and raids, at stakeouts, and sometimes even in their homes. The show's formula follows the cinéma vérité convention, with no narration...

Fantasy Football League

1 9 9 4 - 1 9 9 6 (UK) The idea for the Fantasy Football League TV show came from hosts Frank Skinner and David Baddiel who, having been part of the original Fantasy League line-up on Radio...

Four Corners

1 9 6 1 - Current (Australia) Four Corners debuted on the Australian ABC network on 19 August 1961 and went on to become that country's longest-running and most acclaimed weekly current affairs programme. The show was originally conceived...

Free Speech

1 9 5 5 (UK) ITV introduced Free Speech, political cross-talk between Robert Boothby, W J Brown, Michael Foot and historian and writer A J P Taylor, with Chairman Kenneth Adam. The programme was similar to the BBC's In The...

Good Morning America

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Good Morning Britain

1 9 8 3 - 1 9 9 2 (UK) Produced by the newly formed TV-am,  ITV debuted its first breakfast show on 1 February 1983 with the Famous Five - Angela Rippon, Michael Parkinson, David Frost,...

Grandstand

1 9 5 8 - 2 0 0 7 (UK) Wives everywhere threw up their hands in horror on Saturday 11 October 1958 as Saturday afternoons began to be dominated by sport . . . and...

Henry Cooper’s Golden Belt

1 9 8 3 (UK) A series of programmes from ITV featuring a Boy's Club Boxing tournament, with former British, Commonwealth and European champion Henry Cooper (who famously knocked down the unstoppable Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius...

Indoor League, The

1 9 7 3 - 1 9 7 8 (UK) 72 x 30 minute episodes The Indoor League was broadcast on ITV at lunchtime in the mid-1970s. It was hosted by former England fast bowler Fred Trueman, who -...

Jack Solomons’ Scrapbook

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 5 6 (UK) Boxing promoter Jack Solomons introduced action from big fights in Jack Solomons' Scrapbook. Solomons showed film of famous bouts, and in 1956 - the year when Rocky Marciano retired...

Kick Start

1 9 7 9 - 1 9 8 8 (UK) 35 x 30 minute episodes Originally hosted by the hairy cornflake himself, radio DJ Dave Lee Travis, Kick Start presented motorcycle Moto-X where 18 top international riders had...

Larry King Live

1 9 8 5 - 2 0 1 0 (USA) For 15 years, Larry King Live was the most-watched programme on CNN, regularly reaching over one million viewers nightly and making King one of the most recognisable celebrities in...

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1 9 8 4 - 1 9 9 2 (UK) 55 x 30 minute episodes 26 x 25 minute episodes 3 x 45 minute episodes 1 x 35 minute episode "Listen very carefully, I shall say zees only once" "Good Moaning" -...

$1.98 Beauty Show, The

1 9 7 8 - 1 9 8 0 (USA) This spoof of beauty pageants (created by the production company of Chuck Barris and aired on NBC) saw six female contestants compete in categories of poise and...

$10,000 Pyramid, The

1 9 7 3 - 1 9 7 6 (USA) 4270 x 30 minute episodes "Keep your eye on this spot! You are about to see one celebrity and one contestant step into this circle with a chance...

$64,000 Question, The

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 5 8 (USA) Before the quiz show scandal of the late 1950s, The $64,000 Question was a high-stakes, nail-biting, ratings-topping game show phenomenon. Sponsored by the Revlon lipstick company it was the first...

100 Lives of Black Jack Savage, The

1 9 9 1 (USA) 7 x 60 minute episodes On the Caribbean island of San Pietro in the 1790s, a pirate named Black Jack Savage (Steven Williams) is hanged. The ghost of Black Jack remains on the...