TIMESLIP It’s 1970, the dawn of an exciting era in Britishtelevision and the beginning of an era that would see Doctor Who reach new heights, and the debut of such popular seriesas The Tomorrow People and Space: 1999. It was also a time thatwould see the debut of the immensely complex and popular children’s serial,… Read More TIMESLIP
It’s not a certainty that a good television serieswill make an impact, nor is there any guarantee that such a series will beremembered for years to come. The FourthArm was certainly a good television series but the majority of people todaywill claim never to have even heard of it, let alone remember watching it. Infact… Read More The Fourth Arm
STARLOSTThe failed Canadian SF experiment The Starlost was CTV’s attempt at producing a quality science fiction television series but quickly turned into a dismal affair, writes Bob Furnell. It’s the year 2790, and a giant spaceship drifts through deep space, out of control, its crew having been killed several hundred years earlier by some horrible… Read More STARLOST
That was the question famously asked in 1985 by John Cleesein a two-minute sketch that played frequently for a period of severalweeks. The British BroadcastingCorporation was formed in 1927 out of the demise of the British BroadcastingCompany, and has operated under a Royal Charter as a public servicebroadcaster, primarily funded by Licences which have to… Read More What Has The BBC Ever Done For Us?
“Old age has always fascinated us,” writers Barry Took andMarty Feldman explained in 1965 when discussing their new comedy series. The pair had been writing comedy since 1954,penning episodes of such well-known sitcoms as The Army Game and BootsieAnd Snudge on television and also working on the likes of Round TheHorne and Take It From… Read More The Walrus And The Carpenter
Over the years, British television has produced numerouswell-known classic telefantasy themed children’s series such as “The Tomorrow People, Timeslip” and“The Children of the Stones“. These series were all known for producingwell-made, well-written, gripping television that entertained millions oftelevision viewers. Another such examplewas the 1975 HTV series, SKY. The series was created by well known television… Read More Sky
Britishtelevision comes in all forms and perhaps one of the most original, honest,witty and fascinating series was the 1978-80 Yorkshire Television series, “TheSandbaggers” about the world of professional secret agents. The seriescentered round a covert elite operations section of British Intelligencecommonly known as the S.I.S. (Secret Intelligence Service), but nicknamed’Sandbaggers’, and their leader, Neil Burnside,… Read More The Sandbaggers