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    Secret Beneath the Sea

    Secret Beneath the Sea

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    ITV (ended 1963)
    Welcome to the guide at TV.com.

    In this sequel to City Beneath the Sea, science journalist Mark Bannerman and his assistant Peter Blake visit the ocean floor in a search for Phenicium, a rare metal needed for for space research.moreless
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    We Have Ways of Making You Laugh

    We Have Ways of Making You Laugh

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    Welcome to the We Have Ways of Making You Laugh guide at TV.com. Producer Humphrey Barclay was very enthusiastic when he helped establish London Weekend Television (LWT) in 1968. He had been the producer behind the successful children's series Do Not Adjust Your Set, which was to be revived on LWT within a year. Barclay believed the novel way to start LWT would be with a novel merging of two television formats. Barclay envisioned doing We Have Ways of Making You Laugh as an innovative combination of comedy scenes and interviews. He lured in two of the Do Not Adjust Your Set crowd, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam. While Frank Muir, the host of We Have Ways of Making You Laugh, carried on with the interviews, the camera would look over Gilliam's shoulder as he drew a caricature of the guest. Eric Idle performed in sketches, as did a number of other comedians Barclay thought were at or near their peak. The result: According to Idle, "We Have Ways of Making You Laugh was very unfunny. We didn't have any ways of making them laugh!" Part of the problem was the show's failure to overcome a shaky start. As you can tell from the ticket reproduced on this page, We Have Ways of Making You Laugh, and LWT itself, had set August 2, 1968 as their debut. The August 2 show went over well with the audience, and everyone was pleased, but sadly, Humphrey Barclay told the group that a strike had thwarted the LWT debut. Nothing aired. Idle angrily asked why they weren't told earlier that the unions had pulled the plug on LWT. Barclay explained, "We didn't want you to stop in case they put the plugs back in." (Strikes such as these were common to new television companies. We Have Ways of Making You Laugh host Frank Muir, who served as LWT's first Head of Light Entertainment, broke the strike on Day 2 when he acted as floor director of Frost on Saturday. LWT Heads of Drama were working the cameras for that program. "It was just extraordinary that they got this show done!" explains Michael Palin, a performer on Frost on Saturday.) The shakiness of the strike delayed the on-air debut of We Have Ways of Making You Laugh until August 23, 1968—after two planned episodes were scrapped. Once it was televised, the show never reached the potential Barclay had hoped. The only reason We Have Ways of Making You Laugh remains in people's minds is that Terry Gilliam produced his first animated sequence on that show. Writer Dick Vosburgh had collected three months' worth of awful puns with which a disc jockey linked records. Vosburgh was desperate for a way to use this material. Terry Gilliam suggested that he turn it into an animated film. With only two weeks and a budget of £400, Gilliam was forced to use cut-out pictures. The result was ground-breaking. Gilliam would quickly forget what the animation looked like, but it instantly caught the eyes of all who watched it. Humphrey Barclay asked Gilliam to do another cartoon, which Terry called Beware the Elephant. There were other bewares out there, ready to devour We Have Ways of Making You Laugh. With little else to grab an audience, the show was pulled off after nine broadcasts.moreless
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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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    Tales of Mystery

    Tales of Mystery

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    ITV (ended 1963)
    Welcome to the Tales of Mystery guide at TV.com. This early anthology series was based on tales of the uncanny and the supernatural written by author Algernon Blackwood.
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    Doddy's Music Box

    Doddy's Music Box

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    ITV (ended 1968)
    British sketch comedy/music show
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    Sierra Nine

    Sierra Nine

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    ITV (ended 1963)
    A 13-part British children's program about three young scientists. They were part of a watchdog organization named Sierra Nine that protected the world from anyone trying to cause harm with scientific methods.moreless
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    Our Man at Saint Mark's

    Our Man at Saint Mark's

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    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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    The Cliff Richard Show

    The Cliff Richard Show

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    The Cliff Richard Show is a half-hour musical variety program initially produced by Dinah Thetford in 1961, and renewed by producers Jon Scoffield in 1964 and Dicky Leeman in 1967. The show features Cliff Richard and the Shadows, supported by the Jack Parnell orchestra and the Vernons Girls dancers. Each episode consists of approximately a dozen staged musical performances. The format has Cliff Richard performing solo or with the Shadows or other guests, song and dance routines by the Vernons Girls, and performances by one or more featured musical guests. Over the life of the series guests included Petula Clark, Marty Wilde, The Kaye Sisters, Dickie Valentine, and Alma Cogan. Since first making his mark on rock and roll in 1958 with hit single Move It, Cliff Richard has enjoyed extensive and enduring popularity in the UK and around the world. Known as Britain's Elvis, he has more Top 10 hits than any other artist, is the only singer in history to have a #1 hit in every decade from the 50s to the 90s, and has the third highest #1 hits in the UK after Elvis and the Beatles. In spite of his musical achievements, Cliff Richard has never had a significant popular impact in the US.moreless
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    The Mind Of Mr. J.G. Reeder

    The Mind Of Mr. J.G. Reeder

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    Welcome to The Mind of Mr. J. G. Reeder guide at TV.com.

    This crime drama series from Thames Television, based on the short stories by Edgar Wallace, related the adventures of an investigator in the Public Prosecutor's Office in the 1920s.moreless
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    International Detective

    International Detective

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    Welcome to the International Detective guide at TV.com. This story is based on the secret files of THE WILLIAM J. BURNS INTERNATIONAL DETECTIVE AGENCY INC. The names of characters have been changed to protect the privacy of the client. Each episode began with agent Ken Franklin receiving an assignment from agency head William J. Burns. International Detective was an Associated British Picture Corporation production for ABC Weekend Television, the ITV weekend franchise holder for the North and the Midlands.moreless
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    Blackmail

    Blackmail

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    Blackmail is a dramatic series that originally aired on ITV in the United Kingdom, which is currently known as Channel 3. The series ran for two seasons, from September 10, 1965 to December 19, 1966. The first season contains 14 one-hour episodes and the second season contains 13 episodes, providing a total of 27 episodes. The episodes share a common theme of blackmail, but are otherwise unrelated. The cast and crew are generally different for each episode, and the episodes do not share any characters or plots. One of the most popular episodes from the first season is "The Red House," in which a man in a bar brags that he can get 50 pounds by knocking at a house and saying "I know all about it, pay up or I will tell". The episode "Care and Protection" features a girl who asks the police for protection from her neglectful parents to get them to pay attention to her.moreless
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    Top Secret

    Top Secret

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    Welcome to the Top Secret guide at TV.com.

    Top Secret saw Peter Dallas take a year's leave of absence from British Intelligence and return to Argentina, where he grew up. He is soon employed as a troubleshooter by local businessman Miguel Garetta, bringing justice to those who operate beyond the reach of the law.

    The show was videotaped in London, but augmented with location shots filmed in Argentina, featuring show star Franklyn and directed by Ian Fordyce.

    No episodes are known to exist.moreless
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    Fraud Squad

    Fraud Squad

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    Welcome to the Fraud Squad guide at TV.com. This police drama series from ATV was created by Ivor Jay, a former script writer on Dixon of Dock Green. The series showcased the activities of the Fraudulent Crimes Squad of the Metropolitan police force, based at New Scotland Yard, as they dealt with the con artists, embezzlers and forgers of the day. Starring Patrick O'Connell as Detective Inspector Gamble, the series followed him both on- and off-duty, as he investigated fraud and dealt with domestic issues. The series also featured Joanna van Gyseghem, probably the first female to have a starring role in a British police drama.moreless
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    Crime Sheet

    Crime Sheet

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    Welcome to the Crime Sheet guide at TV.com. A spin-off from Murder Bag (1957/58), Crime Sheet was a British detective drama series starring Raymond Francis as Ch. Det. Supt. Tom Lockhart. These 30-minute dramas, most of which were broadcast live, were inspired by real life cases from Scotland Yard, and saw the detective investigate serious crime other than murder. The actor/character returned to murder investigation in No Hiding Place (1959-67).moreless
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    Big Breadwinner Hog

    Big Breadwinner Hog

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    Welcome to the Big Breadwinner Hog guide at TV.com. This underworld drama, created by the producer behind Spindoe, portrays the rise of Hogarth, a violent small-time criminal with ambition, as he manipulates his way to the top of a London crime syndicate. The violent nature of the show caused some controversy at the time of transmission, prompting some franchises to drop the show. The series was released on DVD in 2007. Big Breadwinner Hog was a Granada Television production for the ITV network.moreless
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    The Fellows (Late of Room 17)

    The Fellows (Late of Room 17)

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    Welcome to The Fellows guide at TV.com. Edwin Oldenshaw and Ian Dimmock, who featured in the earlier drama The Manin Room 17, are appointed to the Peel Research Fellowship at All Saints College, Cambridge, where they "investigate the general proposition that, in a period of rapid social change, the nature of crime (and therefore criminals) would change." The two academics solve the cases that baffle Scotland Yard from the sanctity of their rooms at the University. The show was subtitled "(Late of Room 17)" for the first four episodes. The Fellows was a Granada Television production for the ITV network.moreless
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    Spindoe

    Spindoe

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    Former gangland boss Alan Spindoe, jailed through the efforts of The Fellows during that show's run on ITV, is released from prison and discovers that his former deputy has taken control of his criminal empire, his fortune and his wife. Spindoe is determined to get back on top, but that means taking on his former associates and a rival gang that wants to muscle in on his former territory. Spindoe was a Granada Television production for the ITV network.moreless
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    Button Moon

    Button Moon

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    Welcome to the Button Moon guide at TV.com Button Moon featured the adventures of Mr. Spoon, who in each episode would take off in his home-made rocket ship with his family; Mrs. Spoon and their daughter Tina Teaspoon to Button Moon which floated in blanket sky. Once on Button Moon they would have various adventures meeting creatures on Button Moon before heading back to Junk Planet. They would often use their telescope while on Button Moon to spy on creatures on other planets. The characters of the show were made out of everyday objects - paper, buttons, bottles, spoons, tins, etc. and were animated by puppeteers who wore black outfits to blend into the dark background of "blanket sky". The Spoon family (named so because all their arms were made from wooden spoons), lived in a house made out of a cardboard box for walls with a scrapbook roof a paint-pot for a chimney-pot, and knitting needles for a tv aireal, even their furniture was made from Junk; a old Tea box for a dresser, a candy box for a bed with a powder puff pillow, and a table made out of a old jam jar lid with pencils for legs. Even their rocket was made from junk; a plastic funnel for the top, a baked bean tin for the middle, and a sponge pudding tin for the base. The Spoon family lived in Treacle Street on Junk Planet. The show ran for seven seasons between 1980 and 1988, it lived on in tv cult-dom thanks to it's memorable theme song and distinct style until NickJr picked it up in 2005. (opening credits) We're off to Button Moon, we'll follow Mr. Spoon, Button Moon, Button Moon. (closing credits) We've been to Button Moon, we've followed Mr. Spoon, Button Moon, Button Moon. We've been to Button Moon, Button Moon x 4 (be back soon) Button Moon.moreless
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    The New Adventures of Charlie Chan

    The New Adventures of Charlie Chan

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    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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    The David Nixon Show

    The David Nixon Show

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    ITV (ended 1977)
    Following up the programs David Nixon Magic Box and Trix N Nixon, this ITV network show featured magic performed by the conjuror and celebrity guests.
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