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    This is Your Life (UK)

    This is Your Life (UK)

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    BBC (ended 2003)
    Each week, a celebrity guest of honour is surprised and presented with a 'Red Book' by the show host. The host conducts a biography of the guest with the help of family members, friends, and acquaintances.moreless
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    Hancock's Half Hour

    Hancock's Half Hour

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    BBC (ended 1960)
    Hancock's Half Hour stars Tony Hancock who plays Anthony Aloysius Hancock "Tony Hancock". Co starring was Sid James as Sidney Balmoral James. Written by the legendary Ray Galton and Alan Simpson this show was a huge success with English audiences and was helped by the magnificent performance given by Tony Hancock and some really wonderful scripts. The show had a great support cast including Hugh Lloyd, John Vere, Kenneth Williams, Hattie Jacques, Bill Fraser and Arthur Mullard. The show is best known for episodes such as The Blood Donor, The Lift, 12 Angry Men and The Bedsitter.moreless
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    Panorama

    Panorama

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    BBC
    With the first episode being broadcast on November 11, 1953, Panorama is the BBC's flagship current affairs programme and the longest-running public affairs TV programme in the world. Panorama's job is to investigate and uncover stories about Britain and the world. The range of stories that the programme covers is wide but the guiding principles for Panorama are always the same:
    • To make programmes with authority which make waves and withstand scrutiny.
    • To report the world we live in with a depth of understanding often missing in many other programmes.
    • To scrutinise the use and abuse of power, both public and private.
    • To get to stories first.
    • To make the stories we tell relevant, accessible and engaging for the audience.
    • To treat fairly the people with whom we deal.
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    Ivor the Engine

    Ivor the Engine

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    BBC (ended 1982)
    Welcome to the Ivor the Engine guide at TV.com. "...Not very long ago, in the top left-hand corner of Wales, there was a railway. It wasn't a very long railway or a very important railway, but it was called The Merioneth and Llantisilly Rail Traction Company Limited, and it was all there was. And in a shed, in a siding at the end of the railway, lives the Locomotive of the Merioneth and Llantisilly Rail Traction Company Limited, which was a long name for a little engine so his friends just called him Ivor..." ...And that was how it began, back in 1959: one of Oliver Postgate's most loved creations, Ivor the Engine. It was a series about the Welsh adventures of a little green railway engine and his many friends. But Ivor wasn't an ordinary steam engine. He pretty much wished he was a person and ended up doing things like singing in a choir and swimming in the sea! One season of six, 10 minute, Black and White films was made for and screened by Associated-Redefusion. These were told entirely by Postgate, showing how Ivor got his famous pipes and got to sing with the Grumbly and District Choral Society. There followed another two 13-episode seasons for Associated-Redefusion (also in black and white) in 1962 and 1963. These told the further adventures of Ivor, introducing the Dragons and Alice the Elephant. In 1975, Smallfilms got the rights to stories back and remade the previous two seasons, along with some new stories, in colour. These were screened by the BBC in two 20-episode seasons, between 1976 and 1982. Repeats of Ivor have recently been screened on Channel 4 and Nick Jr. Unfortunately the first six episodes are never shown, but were released on a video some years ago - this has now been deleted. The good news is a video containing all 40 colour episodes is available from Universal. This guide lists the first six black and white episodes and the two colour BBC seasons.moreless
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    Blue Peter

    Blue Peter

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    BBC
    Blue Peter is the longest running British childrens television show, celebrating it's fiftieth birthday in October 2008. The show airs as part of the CBBC strand of programming on BBC One on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 4.35pm. It is currently in it's 52nd series. The show began on October 16th 1958, and since then has gone through a cycle of 31 presenters, with Andy Akinwolere, Helen Skelton and Joel Defries currently presenting. The name Blue Peter comes from the blue and white flag which hoists a ship in port when it's getting ready to sail. The logo for the show is a blue and white boat designed by Tony Hart. Blue Peter badges are worn by presenters and different variations of the badge are awarded to both viewers and celebrity guests. The theme tune to the show is a take on the sea shanty Barnacle Bill and was originally composed by Ashworth Hope and has since been re-recorded ten times, the current version is orchestrated by Murray Gold. Throughout it's first series it ran for 15 minutes on Monday nights. From the 1960s until 1995, the show ran twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays, at 4.35pm until the mid 1970s, when it moved to 5.10pm. Throughout 1995 until 2001, three shows aired, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, in 2002 the show moved to 5pm and in 2007 remaining in the same time slot, shows aired on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. From September 2007, the show began airing twice a week and from February 2008 moved to it's current slot Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 4.35pm. The show has many features and traditions that it carry's from series to series. The show always features 'Blue Peter Pets', Petra the dog been the first. Their's been five dogs, seven cats, four tortoises and a parrot that have all appeared, before the current line up of two dogs - Mabel & Lucy, two cats - Socks & Cookie and a tortoise, Shelley. Another regular feature on the show is the 'Blue Peter Garden', based in the BBC Television Centre were Blue Peter is filmed, alot of features are based in the garden, so their's need for a regular Blue Peter gardener, Percy Thrower (who also originally designed the garden), Chris Crowder and Clare Bradley have all had the job, before Chris Collins took it on. The show has also made an appeal every year since the show began, these range from bring and buy sales been organised and endorsed by Blue Peter or to the more recent, Mission Nutrition campaign, helping kids eat better here and abroad.moreless
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    Dixon of Dock Green

    Dixon of Dock Green

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    BBC (ended 1976)
    Welcome to the Dixon of Dock Green guide at TV.com.

    The first, and until recently the longest-running, police drama on British television, Dixon of Dock Green was virtually the diametric opposite of more modern programs centered around policemen in Britain and the United States. Instead of hard-nosed tough guys kicking in doors chasing after drug dealers, Dixon and his fellow bobbies were uncomplicated nice guys, more likely to sit down to tea while solving minor disputes in their fictional London district. First introduced in the The Blue Lamp (1950) Police Constable Dixon was a cozy, reassuring portrayal of a policeman, perhaps a trifle unrealistically so even in his day. In later years, Dixon was promoted to Sergeant, and was mostly confined to the station house.

    Every episode ended with Dixon summing up the events, and dispensing some homespun wisdom. The show survived the introduction of more realistic contemporary police dramas such as Z Cars but, despite being virtually an institution, the program finally ended in 1976, deemed old-fashioned and slow-moving compared to the new wave of action-based detective dramas typified by The Sweeney.

    Note that despite the stated programme length and time below, is soon moved to a Saturday teatime slot, and switched to 45-minute episodes in about 1962. (Some 45-minute episodes had already been transmitted.) The show was broadcast in colour from November 1969.moreless
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    Fabian of the Yard

    Fabian of the Yard

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    BBC (ended 1956)
    Wecome to the Fabian of the Yard, guide at TV.com, presenting the casebook of Detective Inspector (later Superintendent) Robert Fabian of Scotland Yard.

    Robert Fabian was a real life detective, working from the Metropolitan Police's headquarters at New Scotland Yard. Each episode of the series featured a dramatisation of one of his cases. The role of Fabian was played by Bruce Seton, although Fabian addressed the camera at the end of each episode.

    While many BBC dramas of the time were transmitted live from the studio, Fabian of the Yard was shot on film. Originally transmitted on Saturday nights, the series was later moved to Wednesday evenings, with a repeat on weekday afternoons.

    The series was a success in the US, where it ran on CBS as Patrol Car. There were two spin-off films, each a compilation of three episodes from the TV series. Sister series Dixon of Dock Green was based on characters introduced in The Blue Lamp (1940), itself based on a case investigated by Inspector Fabian.moreless
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    Children in Need

    Children in Need

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    Children In Need is, in itself, a charity which raises money for unfortunate children in the UK.

    Although the show as we know it today didn't begin airing until November 1980. Various radio appeals on behalf of the charity had aired since 1927 and then 'The Childrens Hour Christmas Appeal' aired, on Christmas Day in 1955, starting off the Children In Need Television campaigns, in between then and 1979, many famous faces of the time took to raising money for the charity, by hosting short 5 minute appeals, called 'Children In Need of Care'. Terry Wogan who has presented all of the telethons since they started in 1980, began with 2 of these appeals in 1978 and 1979.

    Since November 1980, the BBC has broadcast the show as a telethon. The show was hosted by Terry Wogan, Esther Rantzen and Sue Lawley and unlike todays shows, were the shows are in 2 parts with a break for the news in between, was split into 6 parts around the schedule on the night.

    The shows star an amalgamation of hundreds of TV Stars, Celebrities, Comedians and Musicians work, as they all pull together to entertain the British public, making sure that the message of why they're doing it is regularily emphasised.

    Regular film inserts are featured showing stories from various needy children and how the viewers pledges can help them, alongside Celebrity supporters.

    The show like the BBC's other fundraising telethon Comic Relief is often helped by many shows from ITV & Channel 4, over the years. The casts of Emmerdale, Coronation Street, How Clean Is Your House?, Birds of a Feather and EastEnders have all contributed with special mini-episodes featured within the main show, over the years.

    The mascot of Children in Need Pudsey Bear first appeared in 1985 and he got his registered charity status in 1989.moreless
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    The Third Man

    The Third Man

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    BBC (ended 1965)
    The Third Man was an early private detective show. Harry Lime is an international man of mystery - unruffable, handsome, and witty, who lives on the edge of danger. Bradford Webster is the conservative treasurer of his corporations. The series was based on the 1949 film noir The Third Man starring Orson Welles. The character was changed from a criminal into a sort of "thief with a conscience" for the subsequent popular 1951 radio series, "The Lives of Harry Lime" (also starring Welles). The TV series changes the premise that Harry Lime died at the end of the movie, and morphs him from a criminal into a much less ambiguous, more sympathetic, man with a conscience. The show aired in the United States on NBC, and was a joint production of BBC Television, the National Telefilm Associates of America, and the British Lion Film Corporation. The first 20 episodes were filmed in Hollywood at 20th Century-Fox. The last 4 episodes were not shown on BBC; just on NBC.moreless
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    Quatermass

    Quatermass

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    BBC (ended 2005)
    In 1953, the original Quatermass series became the first full-scale science fiction serial on British television. The BBC had transmitted a few science fiction programmes before then, but nothing like The Quatermass Experiment had ever been seen in Britain before. Its influence, and that of the two subsequent original BBC productions of the 1950s (Quatermass II and Quatermass and the Pit) can be seen in many subsequent programs, including Doctor Who and Doomwatch. Each season is a single multi-episode story, and each featured a different lead actor playing Professor Quatermass, who must investigate a mysterious problem. Intelligence and scientific thoroughness are seen to win out in the end, but not before startling revelations build to a hair-raising climax. New visual and sound effects techniques were developed, particularly for the second and third series, which were impressive considering the relatively small budgets, and the fact that all of the first three series went out live, except for some filmed inserts. The series concept was resurrected by Euston Films in 1979 for broadcast on ITV. Titled simply Quatermass, this was the only series to be made entirley on film. Cinema versions of the first three seasons were made: The Quatermass Xperiment (1955, U.S. title, The Creeping Unknown), Quatermass 2 (1957, U.S. title, Enemy from Space) and Quatermass and the Pit (1967, U.S. title, Five Million Years to Earth). The ITV series was edited down to 107 minutes for theatrical release in the U.S.A. as The Quatermass Conclusion (1980). Quatermass returned to British screens in 2005 with a remake of The Quatermass Experiment, a 120-minute production broadcast live on BBC Four.moreless
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    Captain Pugwash

    Captain Pugwash

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    BBC (ended 1975)
    Captain Pugwash is about the pirate Captain Pugwash and his search for treasure.
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    The Benny Hill Show (1955)

    The Benny Hill Show (1955)

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    BBC (ended 1968)
    Welcome to the episode guide for The Benny Hill Show (1955), the first television series to bear Benny Hill's name. It is here that Benny began a remarkably long run on British television, lasting in one form or another for the next three and a half decades. In this incarnation, Benny blazed new trails in British television comedy, both in content and technical production; and first brought such characters as Fred Scuttle and Mervyn Cruddy to life. Highlights from this version of The Benny Hill Show have been issued by BBC Video in the U.S. and Australia under the umbrella Benny Hill: The Lost Years, first issued on VHS in 1998 and DVD in 2005.moreless
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    Sykes and a...

    Sykes and a...

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    BBC (ended 1965)
    Sykes and a... is a comedy series that originally ran on BBC One in the United Kingdom from 1960 to 1965. It consists of 59 episodes with a length of about 30 minutes. Eric Sykes (Eric Sykes) and Hattie Sykes (Hattie Jacques) are twins who live in the Acton district of west London. Eric is a childish man who gets himself into difficult situations due to his inability to relate to the real world. Charles Brown (Richard Wattis) is a nosy neighbor of the Sykes twins and their primary antagonist in the first 17 episodes. The Sykes' mishaps also earn them frequent visits from village constable Wilfred Turnbull (Deryck Guyler). In the first episode, Eric and Hattie must learn how to use their new telephone. This series is produced by Dennis Main Wilson from 1960 to 1962 and Sydney Lotterby from 1963 to 1965. The lead writer for the series is Eric Sykes with additional writing by John Antrobus, Spike Milligan and Johnny Speight.moreless
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    The Sky at Night

    The Sky at Night

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    BBC
    Since April 1957, Sir Patrick Moore has presented The Sky at Night. Airing a new episode every month, the show continues explor our solar system and beyond. Many famous people have appeared on The Sky at Night, amoung them: Harlow Shapley, Carl Sagan and Jocelyn Bell-Burnell. Also many astronauts, headed by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Most of the early episodes no longer exist on film.moreless
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    Billy Bunter

    Billy Bunter

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    BBC (ended 1961)
    British sitcom
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    Life with the Lyons

    Life with the Lyons

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    BBC (ended 1960)
    Life with the Lyons stars the American husband and wife duo Ben Lyon and Bebe Daniels. Long resident in Britain, Lyon and Daniels came over in 1935 after having both enjoyed successful movie careers in Tinseltown, where they were known as 'Hollywood's happiest married couple. In Britain they became just as popular in films and several successful radio series, which included Life with the Lyons, a family sit-com that also featured their real-life children, Barbara and Richard. Not wanting to miss the chance of making yet another film with built-in audience appeal, Hammer secured the movie rights from the BBC. The film proved successful enough to provoke a sequel, The Lyons in Paris, which appeared the following year. The result was a cheap but cheerful romp centred on the Lyons family moving into their new home. They create such chaos that the landlord refuses to sign the lease. They try to persuade him, but disasters pile one on top of another. After a broken chandelier, a flooded basement, parties, craters in the garden, explosions in the kitchen, the landlord finally relents and signs the lease. -------------------------------------- Written by: Bebe Daniels, Bob Block, Ronnie Hanbury, Bob Ross, Richard Waring, Bill Harding Directed by: John Phillips, Joan Kemp-Welch --------------------------- Company credits: Production Companies * Associated-Rediffusion Television (1955-1956) * British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) (1957-1960)moreless
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    The Ken Dodd Show

    The Ken Dodd Show

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    BBC (ended 1969)
    A long-running but irregular series, usually broadcast from a theatre stage, which established Dodd as one of the leading comedians of the day. Each edition featured guest stars from the worlds of music and comedy, and Patricia Hayes and Graham Stark appeared sporadically to provide support. ------------------------------ Transmission Details Number of episodes: 35 Length: 25 x 45 mins · 5 x 60 mins · 5 x 50 mins Special (50 mins) 25 July 1959, Sat 8.20pm Series One (7 x 45 mins) 9 Jan-25 June 1960, monthly Sat mostly 7.30pm Series Two (2 x 45 mins) 12 Nov & 10 Dec 1960, Sat 9.05pm and 8.35pm Series Three (3 x 45 mins) 29 Apr-17 June 1961, monthly Sat 7.45pm Series Four (2 x 45 mins) 18 Nov & 9 Dec 1961, Sat 7.15pm Series Five (2 x 45 mins) 19 May & 2 June 1962, Sat 7.30pm Series Six (3 x 45 mins) 27 Oct-8 Dec 1962, every three weeks, Sat mostly 7.15pm Special (45 mins) 8 June 1963, Sat 8.15pm Special (60 mins) 31 Oct 1965, BBC2, Sun 7.30pm Special (60 mins) 25 Dec 1965, BBC1, Sat 9.30pm Series Seven (4 x 45 mins, 4 x 50 mins) 24 July-11 Sep 1966, BBC1, Sun 8.15pm Special (45 mins) 25 Dec 1966, BBC1 Sun 8pm Special (60 mins) 25 Dec 1967, BBC1 Mon 8.45pm Special (60 mins) Doddy For Christmas , 25 Dec 1968, BBC1 Wed 8.45pm Special (60 mins) 21 June 1969, BBC1, Sat 7pm Special (60 mins) Doddy's Christmas Bizarre, 26 Dec 1969, ITV, Fri 7:30pm Special (90 mins) 25 Dec 1970, BBC1 Special (50 mins) The Ken Dodd New Year's Eve Special, 31 Dec 1975, BBC1, Wed 7:50pm Special (60 mins) 28 Dec 1978, BBC, Thu 8:00pm **All Specials have been grouped under SEASON 8. ================ Crew Eddie Braben - Writer (25) Ken Dodd - Writer (25) Jimmy Casey - Writer (3) Frank Roscoe - Writer (2) Jimmy Casey - Writer (2) Arthur Laye - Writer (2) Bill Kelly - Writer (2) Brad Ashton - Writer (1) Barney Colehan - Producer (16 Duncan Wood - Producer (8) Albert Stevenson - Producer (5) Michael Hurll - Producer (5) Bill Lyon-Shaw - Producer (1) ==================== KEN DODD History of Shows
    UK 1959 The Ken Dodd Show UK 1967 Doddy's Music Box UK 1969 Ken Dodd And The Diddymen UK 1972 Ken Dodd In 'Funny You Should Say That' UK 1973 Ken Dodd Says 'Stand By Your Beds!' UK 1974 Ken Dodd's World Of Laughter UK 1979 The Ken Dodd Laughter Show UK 1981 Dodd On His Todd UK 1982 Doddy! UK 1982 Ken Dodd's Showbiz UK 1989 A Night Of Comic Relief 2 UK 1990 Ken Dodd At The London Palladium UK 1994 An Audience With Ken Dodd UK 2002 Another Audience With Ken Dodd moreless
    
    				
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    Private Investigator

    Private Investigator

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    BBC (ended 1959)
    Welcome to the Private Investigator guide at TV.com.

    Private Investigator presented files from the caseload of John Unthank and his colleagues in a small detective agency, presented in the style of a documentary, complete with voice-over.moreless
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    Watch with Mother

    Watch with Mother

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    BBC (ended 1980)
    Watch With Mother was a cycle of children programme broadcast in the 1950's by BBC TV. On each day, there was a different programme. Programmes featured on here were Muffn The Mule, Picture Book (Mondays), Andy Pandy (Tuesdays), The Flowerpot Men (Wednesdays), Rag, Tag And Bobtail (Thursdays) and The Woodentops (Fridays).moreless
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    The Good Old Days

    The Good Old Days

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    BBC (ended 1983)
    With an impressive 30-year run, this UK variety show featured singing, dancing, comedy and other acts. The show was broadcast from the City Varieties in Leeds, England, built in 1865 and preserved as one of the last authentic Victorian music halls in existence. Studio audiences dressed in full costume and were expected to bring plenty of enthusiasm to the show.moreless
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