1 9 6 8 – 1 9 6 9 (USA)
20 x 30 minute episodes
When photographer Gene Blair (Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley creator Garry Marshall) loses all his shots of local San Francisco hippies, he dresses talent-agent brother Timothy (Peter Kastner) in drag, snaps some photos of him and sends them to a London magazine that hires him.
Thinking he has found the new Twiggy, the head of the London Modelling Agency, David Courtney (Nicholas Parsons) demands that “Timmie” come to London for more modelling.
All of this is just fine by Timothy, who has recently fallen for British actress Julie Renfield (Patricia Brake) and is only too happy to get closer to her.
Of course, that means Timothy has to maintain his “Timmie” guise, and hilarity was supposed to ensue.
It didn’t, and the show, which debuted on ABC in September 1968, was gone by the end of January 1969. Only 17 of the 20 episodes recorded actually aired.
The network had better luck with the cross-dressing theme more than a decade later, when Peter Scolari and Tom Hanks donned dresses for Bosom Buddies, which lasted just shy of four years.
Timothy “Timmie” Blair