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    Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends

    Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends

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    Welcome to the Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends guide at TV.com. The show is about a tank engine, Thomas, and his friends who live on the Island of Sodor. Together, the engines work on the railways under the supervision of Sir Topham Hatt, the "Fat Controller." Thomas The Tank Engine actually dates back to 1945, when the Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry created The Railway Series to amuse his son Christopher, who was suffering from measles. His wife Margaret encouraged him to publish the stories and he did so, going on to add another book each year (except 1947 and 1971) until 1972. Wilbert's son Christopher later continued The Railway Series up to 40 books. In 1984 Britt Allcroft decided to turn the stories into a TV series with Ringo Starr as the narrator. He was replaced by Michael Angelis in 1991, who still narrates today. (Full Narrator listings below.) When the series was shown on PBS in the US, it was part of a show called Shining Time Station. 2 of the show's narrators played Mr. Conductor in the series, Ringo Starr in the earlier episodes and George Carlin later. Since the show ran from 1989 to 1993, only early episodes of Thomas are part of it. A note on writers: In the episode guide, the writers are as follows: If the episode is based on a Railway Series book by the Rev W Awdry, he will be credited as the writer. If the episode is based on a Railway Series book by Christopher Awdry, he will be credited as the writer. If the episode is not based on a Railway Series book, Britt Allcroft and David Mitton will be credited as the writers since they wrote it. From Season 6 the writers are varied. Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends is Based on The Railway Series by The Reverend W. Awdry. Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and Thomas & Friends are trademarks of HIT Entertainment Inc.moreless
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    Thunderbirds

    Thunderbirds

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    ITV (ended 1966)
    In 2065, former astronaut and millionaire Jeff Tracy forms an secret organization named International Rescue. Its mission is to intervene when human life is at threat and nobody else is able to help. They're based on a small tropical island in the Pacific. While it appears to all the world as a reclusive millionaire's retreat, complete with luxurious hillside house (appropriately in the International Style of architecture) and swimming pool, hidden beneath the house and inside a cliff face are various facilities for the enormous complex where their equipment is built, maintained and stored. The equipment, including the specialized Thunderbird vehicles, is designed and assembled by Brains, a brilliant engineer fiercely loyal to Jeff. Supporting the team is Lady Penelope, a famous society figure who secretly acts as their London operative, assisted by her butler, Parker. The five Thunderbird craft are piloted by each of Jeff's five sons, all named after members of America's Mercury program: - Thunderbird 1, piloted by Scott, named after Scott Carpenter. This ramjet-powered plane is their fastest aircraft, always first on the scene to assess the situation and coordinate the rescue. - Thunderbird 2, piloted by Virgil (after Virgil "Gus" Grissom." A fan favorite, Thunderbird 2 is the heavy lift air transport, responsible for carrying all manner of large and bulky machinery to rescue sites. - Thunderbird 3 is piloted by Alan (after Alan Shepard) or John (after John Glenn,) depending on who is on station in Thunderbird 5. 3 is the spaceship for International Rescue. - Thunderbird 4, piloted by Gordon (after Gordon Cooper), is a mini-submarine usually carried to sites inside Thunderbird 2. - Thunderbird 5 is manned by John and Alan on rotating monthly shifts. It's an orbital space platform where all communications around the world can be monitored and issues alerts to Jeff whenever trouble arises. International Rescue insists on complete secrecy. Their identities aren't known to anyone outside the organization and photography of their equipment is forbidden. Thunderbirds was produced by Gerry Anderson and was the culmination of his Supermarionation process, which used marionette puppets instead of live actors. Originally intended for children, the show still has a devoted fanbase of adult viewers, both in the United Kingdom where it originated and in the United States, where it was syndicated in the 1960s and 70s. The series spawned three theatrical features. Thunderbirds Are Go! and Thunderbird Six were produced soon after the series left the air, although neither met with box office success. In 2004, a live action feature of the same name was made without Anderson's involvement. It drew scathing comments from professional movie reviewers who compared it unfavorably to the original show.moreless
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    Stingray

    Stingray

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    ITV (ended 1965)
    "Stand by for Action! We're about to launch Stingray! Anything can happen within the next half hour!"

    These were the words spoken by Commander Shore at the beginning of each episode of Stingray, the first Gerry Anderson Supermarionation show to be made in colour.

    Set in the year 2064, Stingray is about the World Aquanaut Security Patrol (WASP) who patrol the world's oceans, helping and defeating underwater races. The pride of WASP is the revolutionary submarine Stingray, which is controlled by Captain Troy Tempest and Lieutenant George Lee Sheridan, better known as "Phones".

    The WASP headquarters at Marineville, a huge complex, 10 miles inland. The heart of WASP operations is the control tower, where Commander Sam Shore, Lt. Atlanta Shore (also his daughter) and Sub-Lieutenant Fisher can control and communicate with the entire WASP organization.

    When Marineville is under surface attack, Battle Stations sound. What happens next is that the whole complex sinks beneath the ground on massive hydraulic platforms. Huge concrete blast doors then protect the base, as well as WASP Interceptor and hydraulic missiles.

    The WASP call is "PWOR" (Proceed With Orders Received).

    The main villain of the WASPs is Titan who rules the underwater city of Titanica and has sworn to invade the surface world. His slaves are the Aquaphibians, who control mechanical fish called Terror Fish, armed with deadly missiles that have destroyed many unsuspecting victims. Titan is also assisted by Surface Agent X20, who talks incredibly like Peter Lorre. X20 can infiltrate Marineville through cunning disguises. He lives in an old house on the Island of Lemoy, where he can communicate with Titanica by pressing a button in his living room, which changes the room into a communication centre within seconds!

    Before becoming a member of the WASPs, Marina, a tailless, voiceless mermaid was the slave of Titan before Troy Tempest rescued her from his clutches. Her father, Aphony is the ruler of the underwater city Pacifica. Marina and her people have been sworn to silence by Titan, who said if they were to speak again, they would be destroyed.

    Occasionally, Marina accompanies Troy and Phones on their missions and sometimes Atlanta goes in place of her if they feel the mission is unsuitable for Marina. Troy has love interests for both women. Rarely seen on missions is a seal named Oink.

    Each episode ended with a song called "Aqua Marina" which was composed by Barry Gray and sung by Gary Miller.

    Not only was Stingray the first Supermarionation series to be made in colour, it was also the first British TV series to be made in colour! The series has also been repeated on BBC 2 over 1992-4 and 2001/2 and recently on weekday mornings over 2003/4. It has also been shown on Sky One.moreless
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    The Dreamstone

    The Dreamstone

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    The Dreamstone was first brodcast in the U.K on ITV as part of the "CITV" week-day children's block.

    It was created by Mike Jupp who had previously worked on cartoons such as "No Man's Valley",and "The Bluffers", and produced by Martin Gates

    The Dreamstone is set in the Land of Dreams, where all dreams are created. The Dreamstone itself is a beutiful, mystical jem which is used by it's guaridan, the wise old Dream Maker, to give the inhabitants of the world sweet, peaceful dreams.

    He is assisted in this by two Noops, Rufus and Amberley, as well as his faithful Watchdog fish Albert (A hybrid of a fish and a dog)

    But beyond the land of dreams, lies the Mists of Limbo, within the Mists of limbo, lies the Land of Nightmares, ruled over by the evil tyrant Zordrack , who schemes to infect the world's population with never-ending nightmares...

    The one force that stands in his way is the power of the Dreamstone, which can repel bad dreams, and so he makes plans to steal it from the Dreammaker and destroy it.

    With the aid of his squad of bungling Urpneys (commanded by Sergent Blob), Zordrack tries time and time again to aqquire the Dreamstone, but fails each time due to the courage and resolve of Rufus, Amberly, and the rest of the Noops, who will never let the dreams die!

    The series' music was provided by Mike Batt,(in) famously known worldwide for writing the song "Bright Eyes" for the Watership Down soundtrack...

    The series ran for 5 years, and was one of the biggest successes in the U.K...



    Characters:

    RUFUS: An adventurous, spirited young Noop, who often daydreams, and occasionly gets himself in mischief, but when it is time to stand up to Zordrack or peforming a challenging task, he shows no fear and proves he's up for the job...

    AMBERLY: Rufus's best freind, she always tries to steer Rufus away from doing anything mischevous, but ends up failing most of the time, and even gets into trouble HERSELF as a result.

    Neverthless she comes through for Rufus when it counts and accompnies him on his adventures

    THE DREAMAKER: This wise kindly wizard is the guardian of the mystic Dreamstone, he grants peaceful dreams to the real world using the powers of the dreamstone, his assistents are Amberly and Rufus. Often pulls more than a few plesant tricks out of his hat...

    ALBERT: The Dreamaker's loyal watchdog fish, Albert is very friendly and playful, but if danger lurks, he will not think twice about acting fierce to defend his friends and master...

    ZORDRACK: The master of the Land of Nightmares, and once a dreamaker himself before being exiled for misusing his power to create chaos, Zordrack is a collosal,cold-hearted ,dragon-like tyrant, fierce in power as well as in strength. He intends to blanket the world in nightmares, only the Dreamstone prevents this plan from reaching fruitition...

    URPNEYS: Zordrack's cheif troops, commanded by Sergent Blob...very sneeky, if a tad slow-minded..

    URPGOR: Zordrack's cheif scientest, the inventor of a thousand devilish devices designed to grab the Dreamstone and create havok in the land of dreams... which usually fail.

    Also detests the way Zordrack treats him and waits for the chance to seize control for himself...



    Dreamstone Lyrics (by Martin Gates)

    I used to dream myself to somewhere else each night,

    I dreamed in colour, 'cause I lived in black and white,

    Until I chanced upon this road that led to you,

    I could not see, how anything could be...

    (Main Chorus)

    Better than a dream, stranger than my wild imagination,

    If this is a real sensation

    It's better than a dream.

    Higher than the moon, hazy like a beautiful illusion,

    Crazy and in confusion

    And better than a dream.

    (2nd lyrics)

    I used to wish I was beyond some distant door,

    I knew there must be more to life and now I'm sure,

    No dream of pirate caves or indian braves,

    Or magic carpets could ever be this good.moreless
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    Joe 90

    Joe 90

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    ITV (ended 1969)
    Daredevil Excitement Every Boy Dreams Of
    Nine year-old Joe McClaine becomes the "Most Special Agent" of the World Intelligence Network thanks to a device called the BIG RAT (Brain Impulse Galvanoscope - Record And Transfer) capable of recording the brain patterns of one person and transferring them to another.moreless
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    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    The Adventures of Robin Hood

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    ITV (ended 1958)
    The Adventures of Robin Hood series, intended primarily for children, featuring Robin of Locksley and his merry men in Sherwood Forest, who protect England from the evil machinations of Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham, while good King Richard is away at the Crusades. An unusual television series at the time in that it frequently re-used the same actors in different roles, or different actors in a recurring roles.moreless
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    Hilltop Hospital

    Hilltop Hospital

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    Hilltop Hospital is a kid's clay animation cartoon series that premiered in 2009. The series was adapted from a children's book series written by Nicholas Allan, also called "Hilltop Hospital." The show was produced in English and also translated into French, German, and Dutch. Each episode runs 52 minutes in length. At Hilltop Hospital, animals cure animals! Much like an adult soap-opera, the show centers around the personal dramas of 8 employees at Hilltop Hospital. Characters include Dr. Matthews (Kevin Whately), a dog who is in love with Surgeon Sally (Celia Imrie) - a large hippo who is addicted to her work and does not have time for silly love games. Nurse Kitty (Sally Ann Marsh), a cute little cat, who is in love with Dr. Matthews, and constantly seeks his attention. Sadly, Dr. Matthews rarely notices her. Then there are Clare (Julie Higginson) and Arthur (Jonathon Kydd), two rats who work as lab technicians. Dr. Atticus (Brian Murphy) is a tortoise who can never keep his eyes open, he is always sleeping! Lastly, there are 'The Two Teds' (Paul Shane), identical bear cubs who cruise around in the hospital's ambulance. A great show for the little ones!moreless
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    The Wind in the Willows

    The Wind in the Willows

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    ITV (ended 1990)
    Welcome to The Wind in the Willows guide at TV.com! The series was made not with 'claymation', but rather with very expensive models made from latex foam. Combined with superb animation, the result was often so realistic you can forget that the characters are not alive.moreless
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    Count Duckula

    Count Duckula

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    ITV (ended 1993)
    This is a very clever cartoon from Cosgrove-Hall, the same group that produced Dangermouse. It is about a vampire duck that, due to a mishap during the re-animation process, is now a vegetarian. He uses a special machine in his castle to transport it to different places in search of treasure, money, and fame as a dilettante of sorts. He is accompanied by Igor, the family butler, who, being a vulture possessed of a very strong bloodlust, is a believer in the Old Ways of being a vampire. He is disappointed that the Count is not as evil as the old Count used to be. Also in the castle is Nanny, the nursemaid. She is big and dimwitted, being a hen and perpetually has her arm in a sling. Duckula is constantly being hunted by Dr. Von Goosewing, a vampire hunter, who is a German goose with ever-failing inventions. Count Duckula broadcast history
    In the USA, Count Duckula aired on Nickelodeon from 1988-1993.
    It was also aired in the UK, on Channel 3.

    Count Duckula rerun history
    In the UK it may have aired in re-runs for a number of years in syndication.

    Count Duckula commercially available episodes
    7 episodes from the first season are available on VHS from Black Star. Episodes: 65 color episodes
    Production Company: Cosgrove-Hall Spinoff from:Danger Mouse.moreless
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    Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons

    Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons

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    ITV (ended 1968)
    "The finger is on the trigger... about to unleash a force with terrible powers, beyond the comprehension of man. This force we shall know as, the Mysterons. This man will be our hero, for fate will make him indestructible. His name, Captain Scarlet." -- introduction by Captain Blue (Ed Bishop). Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons debuted on the U.K. terrestrial television network, ATV (the Midlands region only, at first), on Friday, 29 September 1967 at 5:25 p.m. After the "The Mysterons" was aired, the series immediately began to attract to-be addicted fans of all ages, and since then, it still has, with credit due to several re-runs on the likes of ITV (1985-1986), BBC 2 (1993-1994/2001-2002 - the channel which aired the digitally re-mastered prints for the first time, cleaned up and painstakingly restored by BBC Resources and Carlton), Sky One (2002-2003), and in the mid-90s, Bravo. The remaining 31 episodes were aired throughout the autumn and winter seasons of 1967, ending with ATV transmitting the series' final episode, "The Inquisition" on Tuesday 14th May 1968. Although only 32 episodes were produced, they all still consist of unique, though-provoking and original entertainment, in both adult-written and well-structured script-writing (with special thanks to script editor Tony Barwick, who wrote an amazing 18 scripts, and was shockingly not credited for this), expensive and truly-realistic miniature special effects and pyrotechnics (with a second thanks to the late Derek Meddings, who worked on various 1974-1995 James Bond 007 motion pictures, all 3 of the original Superman motion pictures and the original Batman movie) and the most advanced puppet techniques tested and tried to the limit and brought to our screens.moreless
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    Spatz

    Spatz

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    ITV (ended 1992)
    British children's sitcom set in a busy London fast food restaurant.
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    Pipkins

    Pipkins

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    ITV (ended 1981)
    British children's series about puppet animals.
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    Kappatoo

    Kappatoo

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    ITV (ended 1992)
    British children's sitcom
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    Torchy the Battery Boy

    Torchy the Battery Boy

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    ITV (ended 1961)
    The adventures of a boy doll who travels by rocket to Topsy Turvy Land where toys can walk, animals can talk and cream buns grow on trees.
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    Weekend Break

    Weekend Break

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    ITV (ended 1996)
    British children's sitcom
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    Magpie

    Magpie

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    ITV (ended 1980)
    British children's series
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    Kids Say the Funniest Things

    Kids Say the Funniest Things

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    ITV (ended 2000)
    British variety show
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    Cone Zone

    Cone Zone

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    ITV (ended 1997)
    British children's sitcom.
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    Barking

    Barking

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    ITV (ended 2005)
    British children's show