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    The Buccaneers

    The Buccaneers

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    ITV (ended 1957)
    Swashbuckling UK Export Of The Mid-50s –

    Robert Shaw stars in this well-made, rousing British adventure series of the mid-50s. Taking place in the early 18th century, in the British Caribbean colony of New Providence (The Bahamas), episodes revolved around ex-pirate raider Dan Tempest (Shaw), who has accepted a pardon from King George, and the job of defending the islands, in his trusty ship 'The Sultana', along with a rag-tag, but hearty Crew of reformed ex-buccaneers, also pardoned by The King.

    For the first two thirds of the run of the series, Peter Hammond appears, as Lieutenant Edward Beamish, of The Royal Navy. Left in charge of New Providence, by original Colonial Governor Woodes Rogers, the young, efficient, but inexperienced Beamish works together with Tempest in the fight against not only the various pirate raiders who still plague the Caribbean, but against the Spaniards, with whom, the British are at war. Some episodes found Tempest, Beamish, and the Crew of the Sultana facing the infamous pirate known as Blackbeard, and at other times, outwitting the devious Van Brugh – A rich, greedy New Providence plantation owner who often consorted with the various shady characters who came to the island, from time to time. For the concluding third of it's run, the series assumed a slightly different format, with Tempest and Crew sailing off the Eastern seaboard of the continental Colonies, dealing with various sinister elements, sometimes returning to their old buccaneering ways, as they helped the Colonial Farmers and Merchants in a kind of Robin Hood-like fashion.

    Produced by Weinstein Productions, and Sapphire Films, Ltd.., and filmed entirely at Twickenham Studios, in London, The Buccaneers was soon brought to the USA by CBS, who premiered it on the evening Saturday, September 22nd, 1956, at 7:30 PM, EST. Despite it's overall good quality, however, it didn't catch on with the viewing public. Scheduled opposite NBC's popular People Are Funny, it was cancelled after a single 39-episode season, and it's last prime time telecast was on September 14th, 1957. It was replaced, the following week, by the soon-to-be phenomenally popular Perry Mason.

    With a dependable supporting cast – Which included a kind of repertory company of players, who appeared often, in various roles – Excellent sets, costumes, acceptable-for-the-time special effects, and plenty of action – Including expert swordplay – This well written and directed sea-going, swashbuckling adventure series is well worth a look.moreless
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    The Adventures of Sir Lancelot

    The Adventures of Sir Lancelot

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    ITV (ended 1957)
    Another in the series of ITC's 'Adventures Of...' historicals. Sir Lancelot du Lac was played by William Russell, who would later star in Doctor Who as travelling companion Ian Chesterton. The series was lavishly filmed and, using background information researched at Oxford University, featured accurate 14th Century settings, even though the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table hailed from the 6th century. An Anglo-Saxon village with huts, sheep, goats and costumes transporting one into a world of pre-Norman Conquest days was constructed at Nettlefold Studios and used in most of the ITC series', beginning with The Adventures of Robin Hood. Outside location work was shot in Kent, where the company requisitioned Allington Castle, a fitting site for such activity since its long history included settlement by Ancient Britons, Romans and Saxons. Writers for the series included expatriate Americans blacklisted by the McCarthy subcommittee investigating allegations of communism in (amongst other areas) the US entertainment industry. Patrick McGoohan had a minor role in one of the episodes, and it was here that he first met writer/director Ralph Smart, who would later create Danger Man, the role that would propel McGoohan to stardom.moreless
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    Airline (1982)

    Airline (1982)

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    ITV (ended 1982)
    Airline follows the adventures of Jack Ruskin, a former World War II pilot, who starts up his own one-plane airline business, Ruskin Air Services, in Britain in the post-war 1940s. Borrowing from notorious deal-maker Ernie Cade to buy a serviceable Dakota, he employs Peter Witney as co-pilot and Jock McEvoy as engineer.moreless
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    Raffles

    Raffles

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    ITV (ended 1977)
    Welcome to the Raffles guide at TV.com. A. J. Raffles is a dashing late-Victorian English gentleman of impeccable credentials - a member of the very best clubs, a first class cricketer, a resident of London's ultra-pukka Albany. However, his social standing is just not matched by his private income, and in the absence of funds Raffles has adopted the career of 'amateur cracksman' to the nobility and gentry - that is, jewel thief. Harry 'Bunny' Manders is an old school friend of Raffles and is equally hard up, so he becomes a partner in the adventure of stealing from the rich to give to - well, to pay one's wine-merchant's and one's tailors' bills, anyway, and perhaps one's rent and one's gambling debts. Bunny is not altogether as bright as Raffles, but nevertheless he is more of a help than a hindrance, saving the day on more than one occasion. The pair do not see themselves as common criminals. Apart from a little honest thievery, they maintain high moral standards, and on occasion do a little detective work - or even crime-fighting - of their own. Inspector MacKenzie is the policeman with the job of catching the amateur cracksman - so once A.J. Raffles has come under his suspicion, MacKenzie has to be outwitted. Based on the stories by E.W. Hornung.moreless
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    The Adventures of William Tell

    The Adventures of William Tell

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    ITV (ended 1959)
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    Call Red

    Call Red

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    ITV (ended 1996)
    British action series
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    Class of '76

    Class of '76

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    ITV (ended 2005)
    Welcome to the Class of '76 guide at TV.com Robert Carlyle stars as Det. Insp. Tom Monroe, a maverick detective carrying his own psychological hang-ups. In the pilot episode, Monroe investigates a series of deaths, whose victims are all from the same primary school class.moreless
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    True Crime

    True Crime

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    True Crime is a daytime police drama. Inspired by real events, the show will be shot in documentary style and use CCTV-style footage for added authenticity. The show is filmed at Wimbledon Film & Television Studios which, as Merton Studios, was home to The Bill from 1990-2010. True Crime is a Newman Street production for ITV1 Daytime.moreless
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