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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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    The New Adventures of Charlie Chan

    The New Adventures of Charlie Chan

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    ITV (ended 1958)
    Welcome to The New Adventures of Charlie Chan guide at TV.com. The famous Oriental detective, nominally employed as a police inspector in Honolulu, ventures across the globe to handle special assignments, often becoming involved in bafflingly difficult murder investigations around the world. Charlie Chan was created by Earl Derr Biggers and featured in a series of six novels, as well as numerous films. The New Adventures of Charlie Chan was produced by Television Programs of America, Inc. in association with Vision Productions, Inc. (episodes 401-405) and the Incorporated Television Programme Company Ltd. (episodes 406-439). The broadcast dates in the guide are those on which the episodes were first broadcast by ATV, the ITV London (weekend) franchise, where known.moreless
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    Colonel March of Scotland Yard

    Colonel March of Scotland Yard

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    ITV (ended 1957)
    Colonel March of Scotland Yard is based on the character created by John Dickson Carr under the pen name Carter Dickson. Boris Karloff, famous for his affiliation with Universal Studios during their hey-day of the Golden Age of Hollywood Horrors, portrays Colonel March, of the Department of Queer Complaints. Boris was 65 at the time this British television series was filmed, December 1954--Spring 1955, but the character is not afraid to get right into the thick of things, often confronting the perpetrator directly. The series was filmed at Southhall Studios, Middlesex England. Fountain Films Production In 1953, a film called Colonel March Investigates was made. It combined three episodes (Hot Money, Death in the Dressing Room, and The New Invisible Man) and Boris Karloff narrated the three segments as well as starring as the lead.moreless
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    Probation Officer

    Probation Officer

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    ITV (ended 1960)
    Based on real-life court cases, the show centred on the work of individual probation officers, men and women responsible for the supervision of offenders released into the community with restrictions on their movements or associations. Probation Officer was an ATV production, and the first one-hour drama series to be carried on the ITV network.moreless
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    H.G. Wells' Invisible Man

    H.G. Wells' Invisible Man

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    ITV (ended 1959)
    Welcome to the H.G. Wells' Invisible Man episode guide at TV.com. A series produced in the 1950s from ITV in the UK, this show was remarkable for its time for the special effects and action storylines. It is the story of a scientist who's pursuit for the secret of invisibility causes an accident where he himself becomes invisible. While trying to cure himself, he is drafted by the government to solve crimes and conduct secret spy missions. After broadcast in the UK, the series had a successful run on CBS in the USA.moreless
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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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    White Hunter

    White Hunter

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    ITV (ended 1958)
    White Hunter follows the adventures of John A. Hunter, a man after game in the dark continent. Rhodes Reason played Hunter and Harry Baird played Atimbu. The bulk of the show was filmed in the United Kingdom, using stock footage for the scenes in Africa.moreless
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    Sword of Freedom

    Sword of Freedom

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    ITV (ended 1961)
    Sword of Freedom, follow the adventures of the old days through modern plots. Sword of Freedom recounts the adventures of an Italian Robin Hood, 16th century painter Marco del Monte, who leads the fight of the people of Florence against the oppressive Medici family. During Marco's fights for justice, he tries to help his friends and his people as much as he can. We also meet Da Vinci, Ugo and other Italian famous faces of the period.
    A series that started as another Robin-Hood-like Drama, and ended as the most successful one.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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    The Flying Doctor

    The Flying Doctor

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    ITV (ended 1960)
    The Flying Doctor, a British Drama/Action series that rolled the stories of Dr. Greg Graham (The Flying Doctor), and his team, Mary Meredith (the nurse), Dr. Jim Harrison (the blind Dr.), Charley Wood (the pilot), and Alec MacLeod (the Radio Operator), as they answer medical calls and fly around the country and even across seas, to help the ones in need. During their adventures, they learn a thing or two about life, deal with different society levels, and have to take care of themselves more than once.
    The Flying Doctor is based on a Radio program on the BBC that broadcasted the experiences of a flying medical team.moreless
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    Armchair Theatre

    Armchair Theatre

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    ITV (ended 1968)
    Welcome to the Armchair Theatre guide at TV.com. Armchair Theatre was an anthology series of one-off plays broadcast by the Independent Television Network. The show began in conservative fashion, broadcasting plays live as they would be seen on stage, but the arrival of Canadian producer Sidney Newman and the commissioning of works by promising young talent ensured that plays made full use of the potential of the new medium. The show is seen as an important influence over later similar programmes such as the BBC's The Wednesday Play. Armchair Theatre included two one-off plays that spawned major British television series: Out of thisWorld (1962) and Callan (1967).moreless
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    The Four Just Men

    The Four Just Men

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    ITV (ended 1960)
    Welcome to The Four Just Men guide at TV.com. Throughout time there have been men to whom justice has been more important than life itself. From these ranks come four men prepared to fight valiantly on the side of justice, wherever the need may be. Joined together in this cause they are The Four Just Men. Inspired by the novel by Edgar Wallace about four men who take the law into their own hands, this show concerns four men who, reunited by their wartime commanding officer, agree to fight injustice and tyranny. The Four Just Men was a Sapphire Films/ITC production for Associated TeleVision. The broadcast dates used in this guide are those on which each episode was first broacast by Associated TeleVision (ATV, the franchise holder for the London weekend service), which gave the show its first airing.moreless
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    The Count of Monte Cristo

    The Count of Monte Cristo

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    ITV (ended 1956)
    The further exploits of Edmond Dantes, the famous 18th Century French hero who escaped after 20 years in an island prison, to take his revenge on the man who framed him. He now helps anyone who has been falsely accused or imprisoned. Based, loosely, on the book by Alexandre Dumas.moreless
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    Idiot Weekly, Price 2d

    Idiot Weekly, Price 2d

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    ITV (ended 1956)
    British sketch comedy show
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    Alan Young

    Alan Young

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    ITV (ended 1958)
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    Emergency-Ward 10

    Emergency-Ward 10

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    ITV (ended 1967)
    British medical soap opera.
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    The Adventures of Aggie

    The Adventures of Aggie

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    ITV (ended 1957)
    The Adventures of Aggie followed the travels of Aasgard Agnette Anderson, a famous American fashion designer, who often stumbled across trouble.
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    The Army Game

    The Army Game

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    ITV (ended 1961)
    The Army Game was a popular UK comedy that ran for five series, from 1957 to 1961. The show centered on the soldiers of the Surplus Ordnance Department's Hut 29 based at Nether Hopping, Staffordshire, and their attempts to dodge their duties and have fun as they served out their compulsory National Service conscriptions. The show's characters and their catchphrases become very popular, and even resulted in a spin-off show, Bootsie and Snudge.

    The Army Game had 155 episodes, plus another that was taped for Series 4 but never broadcast. Only about 50 of these are known to still exist; the rest were erased and are now considered lost episodes.moreless
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    After Hours

    After Hours

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    ITV (ended 1959)
    British sketch comedy show
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