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    Sergeant Cork

    Sergeant Cork

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    ITV (ended 1968)
    Welcome to the Sergeant Cork guide at TV.com.

    This British crime drama series, set in 1890s London, followed Sergeant Cork, a detective with Scotland Yard's newly-formed Criminal Investigation Department as he championed the use of the latest criminal investigation techniques in solving some of the most celebrated crimes of the day.

    Assisted by former public schoolboy Bob Marriott, Cork had to overcome the scepticism of old-fashioned officers such as Joseph Bird, but could rely upon the support of Superintendent Billy Nelson.

    Sergeant Cork was an ATV production for the ITV network.moreless
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    The Sooty Show

    The Sooty Show

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    ITV (ended 1992)
    The Sooty Show is about Sooty, Sweep, Soo, Little Cousin Scampi (when he joined in 1991) and Matthew. Matthew took over The Sooty Show in 1976 from his father Harry, after he wasn't keeping so well. At this time Matthew was given a choice whether to take a job as the temporary presenter at first, but then he bought the rights and he became Sooty's new right hand man. Here's some background information on the characters. Harry Corbett was the first person to 'invent' Sooty. Harry bought a bear from a shop on a wet family holiday to keep his children entertained, then he became good at it and went onto Talent Night. He then was a huge sucess with Sooty, and then got slots on the BBC for Sooty and him. After all that he got a television series The Sooty Show. Then he didn't keep so well, and on Christmas Day in 1976 he had a heart attack, it was then that his son Matthew was given the chance to take over The Sooty Show temporary until Harry recovered. Matthew then bought the rights to Sooty and Matthew owned him. Harry wasn't happy though because when Harry did recover he wanted to make a comeback with Sooty. Majorie (Harry's wife) and Matthew didn't think it would be good for his health if he returned, so it was agreed in the end he would to a small amount of shows. On the 17th of August 1989 Harry sadly died of a heart attack. Matthew Corbett was the second presenter of The Sooty Show, from 1976 to 1992, then they moved onto their new series Sooty & Co, that ran until 1998.Then sadly Matthew retired. Orginally, Matthew was part of Rod, Jane and Matthew, which today is known as Rod, Jane and Freddy. He left them to be the presenter of The Sooty Show. The Sooty Show was brilliant because of its humour for young or old people and also Matthew had a great way of educating children aswell, such as safety with matches. Matthew also wrote The Sooty Show and Sooty & Co. Matthew was great because of him telling of all his talents to Sooty, Sweep, Soo and Scampi and then they would ask him to do one of his talents and he would fail! Matthew did a great job of taking over from Harry, and one thing Matthew does have a talent for is being a great sucess. He certainly kept the standards up like Harry. One last thing, it was a sad day when he retired. Matthew is the oldest of the group, and looks after Sooty, Sweep, Soo and Little Cousin Scampi. Mostly poor Matthew would fall victim to Sooty's magic spells or anything that went wrong! Matthew would often boast aswell and Sooty, Sweep, Soo and Scampi would have to prove him wrong! Sooty the little magical yellow bear.Sooty is only five-years old. He was the first character that created the craze for himself (of course, Sooty) Sooty is always getting up to tricks and making magic spells with his magic wand. He is very clever, and can sometimes be cleverer than adults! Sweep is the youngest of the group at the age of four-years old. Sweep loves bones and sausages, and also Sweep is not very bright unless he is talking about bones or sausages. Soo is also five-years old, and is the most reliable out of Sooty, Sweep and Little Cousin Scampi. Soo is a panda, and is the only girl out of the programme who appears regularly. Little Cousin Scampi made a appearance in a 1990 episode called 'Little Cousin Scampi' this is when we found out that Scampi was Sooty's cousin and we also found out he was very naughty! Scampi actually started appearing regularly in the 1991 episode called 'Return of Scampi'.moreless
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    Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969)

    Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969)

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    ITV (ended 1970)
    U.S. title: My Partner the Ghost There's something different about this pair of private eyes....one of them is dead! Jeff Randall and Marty Hopkirk are best friends and private detectives. The partnership is broken when Marty is killed in a hit-and-run accident while crossing the street in front of his home. After the funeral, Jeff is startled when Marty's ghost appears to him and tells him it was murder, not an accident. Marty helps Jeff solve the murder, but in the process violates an ancient curse -- "Cursed be the ghost who dares to stay and face the awful light of day / Ye shall not to the grave return until a hundred years be gone" -- and has to remain on earth for the next century. Since Jeff is the only one who can see Marty, the detective partnership continues, but with the unusual benefit of one of the detectives being invisible to the rest of the world.moreless
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    Thunderbirds

    Thunderbirds

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    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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    The Baron

    The Baron

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    Welcome to The Baron guide at TV.com.

    John Mannering, The Baron, was an antiques dealer working in an informal capacity as an agent for British Diplomatic Intelligence.

    Based on the best-selling novels by John Creasey, The Baron was the first colour production by the Incorporated Television Company Ltd. (ITC). The first 14 episodes were broadcast on the ABC Network in the U.S. prior to their broadcast in the U.K: subsequent episodes were syndicated.moreless
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    Department S

    Department S

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    WELCOME TO DEPARTMENT S AT TV.COM!! (From the ITC trailer) When a case proves too challenging for the collective minds of Interpol, they turn to the talents of Department S. Department S is an elite branch of the international police agency Interpol. Routine cases are not for them. Only the most baffling, unique, bizzare cases get handed to Department S. The Department has three agents: Stewart Sullivan (Joel Fabiani) is the field leader of the group, the man who makes the decisions for the team and answers to the head of the Department. Jason King (Peter Wyngarde) is a best-selling author of a series of crime novels featuring hero Mark Caine. When Jason can tear himself away from women, he approaches the cases the way his fictional sleuth would, which is frequently infuriating to his co-workers. Annabelle Hurst (Rosemary Nicols), a computer expert, sees things much the way her computer, named "Auntie", would: black and white, 1's and 0's, yes and no. Jason's wild theories annoy her, but Stewart is not always so quick to toss the author's ideas out the window because, as he said, "he has a nasty habit of scoring near misses" with the outlandish notions. Sir Curtis Seretse (Dennis Alaba Peters) is the African diplomat who is ultimately responsible for the cases the Department takes. Although he is usually involved in his diplomatic chores, Sir Curtis occasionally finds himself working with the Department to solve the case. International cases presented with drama, suspense, and humor is on the agenda at Department S!moreless
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    Strange Report

    Strange Report

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    Welcome to the Strange Report guide at TV.com.

    Criminologist Adam Strange, formerly an inspector at Scotland Yard, investigates unusual cases with the aid of Hamlyn Gynt, a Rhodes scholar from Duluth, Minnesota, and Evelyn McLean, an artist and model, in swinging 60s London.

    Strange Report was an ITC production for the ITV network.moreless
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    City Beneath the Sea

    City Beneath the Sea

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    Welcome to the City Beneath the Sea guide at TV.com.

    In this sequel to Plateau Of Fear, science journalist Mark Bannerman and his young assistant Peter Blake visit an atomic powered submarine and are kidnapped by Ziebrecken, a mad scientist with plans for global domination. A sequel, Secret Beneath the Sea, followed.moreless
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    The Ronnie Barker Playhouse

    The Ronnie Barker Playhouse

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    ITV (ended 1968)
    British sketch comedy show
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    Knock Three Times

    Knock Three Times

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    ITV (ended 1968)
    British children's programme
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    Our Man at Saint Mark's

    Our Man at Saint Mark's

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    ITV (ended 1966)
    Welcome to the Our Man at Saint Mark's guide at TV.com.

    "At first an amiable and even sentimental comedy, Our Man At St Mark's set out to depict the gently humorous incidents that can befall a country village vicar as he works his flock of parishioners and weaves his way in and out of their daily lives.

    "Leslie Phillips—usually typecast as a woman-hungry cad—was the man of the cloth in the first series, being somewhat unusual in that he had a girlfriend. (Not, of course, of the live-in variety.) In the second series, however, his fictitious parish, Felgate, was sent a replacement, the dog-loving Stephen Young, who, like his predecessor, depended to a great extent on the support of the loyal but sometimes stern vicarage housekeeper Mrs Peace who, in reality, was the backbone of the community.

    "The first two series of Our Man At St Mark's, then, were quite light-hearted, but the humour went a shade darker in the third when more serious social issues became the focus, causing the episodes to be screened later in the evening. Some light relief was added, however, in the shape of Harry Fowler, who reformed from being Harry The Yo-Yo—so called because he was always bouncing in and out of jail—to becoming Young's scooter-riding sexton and gravedigger.

    "There was another change of direction in the final series, literally: Stephen Young was promoted from Reverend to Archdeacon and, with Mrs Peace, moved from Felgate to Lynchester. Appropriately, the show's title altered subtly to Our Man From St Mark's." (BBC Comedy Guide)moreless
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    Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons

    Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons

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    "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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    Joe 90

    Joe 90

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    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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    Nearest and Dearest

    Nearest and Dearest

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    ITV (ended 1973)
    On the death of their father Joshua, siblings Eli and Nellie Pledge inherit the family business, Pledge's Purer Pickles, at Colne, Lancashire, in the north of England. Their faithful workers include the myopic Stan Hardman, Bert and Grenville. Never far away are cousin Lily and her husband Walter. While Nellie works hard to keep the business going, Eli prefers to indulge in the delights of beer, cigarettes, gambling and young women. Granada Television's most popular comedy series, "Nearest and Dearest" produced a feature film in 1972. Most of the regular cast are no longer with us, but their comic legacy remains.moreless
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    Stingray

    Stingray

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    "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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    Callan

    Callan

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    Welcome to the Callan guide at TV.com.

    David Callan, only good at one thing, well maybe two, killing people and collecting toy soldiers. He worked for a secret government agency called the Section under Hunter, head of the Section. The Section's speciality was 'disposing' of people through bribery, frame-ups, blackmail and very often death.

    Callan was a solitary figure whose only, and sometimes reluctant, ally was a smelly snivelling small-time crook called Lonely. He defied his superiors on more than one occasion and became a liability to them because he cared too much. The Section itself had often tried to rid themselves of Callan, permanently, but ended up relying on his expertise or being out-maneuvered by it.

    After a successful pilot, a series was commissioned and ran to four seasons, the latter two in colour. There was also a feature film, Callan (1974) and a one-off TV film, Wet Job in 1981.moreless
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    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    The Adventures of Robin Hood

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    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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    Fireball XL5

    Fireball XL5

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    ITV (ended 1963)
    It is 2062, and the World Space Patrol, set at Space City, watches the skies with its fleet of spacecraft.

    The hero of the show, Colonel Steve Zodiac, is the pilot of Fireball XL5, and with the help from his fellow crewmembers, is able to keep the galaxy safe from alien menaces.

    This is the second supermarionation series by Gerry Anderson after Supercar.moreless
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    Public Eye

    Public Eye

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    Welcome to the Public Eye guide at TV.com.

    Public Eye tells the story of Frank Marker, a down-at-heel private investigator working out of a dingy little low-rent offices in London (and later in Birmingham and Brighton) and the shadowy, seedy, morally ambiguous world he inhabits.

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    Man in a Suitcase

    Man in a Suitcase

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    ITV (ended 1968)
    Man in a Suitcase was filmed in and around Pinewood Studios and on location in London during 1966/7. A rough, tough adventure series, which, thanks to the strength, charisma, and capability of the leading player, Texan method actor, Richard Bradford, still continues to enthrall and entertain audiences today.

    McGill is a no-nonsense hero, an ex-CIA Agent unjustly accused of treason by his own people. Subsequently he is compelled to travel the world making his living in the harsh and sometimes terrifying world of a modern-day bounty hunter.

    Man in a Suitcase was an ITC production for ITC World Wide.moreless
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