TV dramas of yesteryear that were so bad they were good (iyswim)

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MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 14:15:41

Following on from all the chat about the Thorn Birds on the fancying priests thread in AIBU, I was thinking about all those corny dramas from my youth.

Like Secret Army remember this amazing music Me and my mum used to try and remember the order of the roads, canals and railways each week.

Or Tenko. One of the few programmes of the 70s or 80s to pass the Bechdel test.

Bunbaker Fri 25-Jan-13 14:17:34

I loved Tenko. What about Blake's 7 or Triangle?

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 14:19:29

Oh good choices Bunbaker.

Triangle was so funny. They were trying to get glamour out of a ferry crossing to Scandinavia. Wasn't there an episode where they had Kate O'Mara trying to look sexy in a bikini somewhere in the North Sea?

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 14:21:41
paddingtonbear1 Fri 25-Jan-13 14:23:37

Howard's Way. I loved that series!

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 14:24:14

I loved the way all the space ships looked they were made out of sticky back plastic on Blake's Seven. I remember being transfixed by Servalan.

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 14:24:34

I never watched Howard's Way. Did I miss out?

StephaniePowers Fri 25-Jan-13 14:25:52

Triangle! I was addicted to it. I was...7?

LadyBeagleEyes Fri 25-Jan-13 14:27:01

Oh yes Triangle was a classic.
What scriptwriter in their right mind would write a drama about a North Sea Ferry, and try and make it glamourous.
Tenko was actually quite good, though.

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 14:27:08

Does anyone remember The Winds of War I read the book and everything.

paddingtonbear1 Fri 25-Jan-13 14:27:57

MardyBra you probably wouldn't think so if you saw it now. I saw a few episodes in 2001 when it was repeated on cable - still liked it, but it did look rather dated, and the acting was awful! Actually I'm pretty sure Kate o'Mara was in that too!

paddingtonbear1 Fri 25-Jan-13 14:28:53

Triangle, I don't remember that, when was it on?

Howard's Way was far inferior to his End. wink Far too many yachts and not enough Leonard Bast.

Do you remember this creaky awkwardness - No Place Like Home? Every stereotype in the book. More of a comedy than a drama - but only just. The jokes are barely discernable. confused

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 14:35:52

Oddly that Martin Clunes thing wasn't that memorable for me. Mind you, I was probably too busy try to be cool listening to Frankie Goes to Hollywood and getting pissed on snakebite in 1983.

LadyBeagleEyes Fri 25-Jan-13 14:36:02

That bloke in your link was in The Champions, Talc.
Does anybody remember that, they all had superpowers.
I used to love it.

LemonMousse Fri 25-Jan-13 14:38:17

Danger UXB - WW2 bomb disposal squad - the cast got less and less every week.

Does anyone remember "Gentlemen and Players"- I saw one epiosode because it was on when I was travelling back to work (pre- videos time)

Jemima Shore Investigates anyone?

Oh and yes- Howards Way. I so wanted to be in that family. They were so glam envy

OK really old ones - how about MASH and The Onedin Line - some great stories in both smile

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 14:40:52

What about the original Incredible Hulk with Lou Ferrigno. I always wondered why all this clothes would rip off apart from his shorts.
And it was always so sad at the end, when he had to wander off to the poignant piano music and go to the next town.

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 14:41:15

Oh oh oh. Poldark.

No place Like Home was the one in the opening titles where the embroidered glass framed sampler No Place Like Home falls off the wall.
And the canned laughter audience fall about laughing (easily pleased)

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 14:42:22

I can only just remember Poldark, but I remember the rest of the family being hooked.

ArmChair Thriller.
In 2 parts on a Tues and Thurs.


We were really getting in Eldorado when they axed it.

I remember as a kid our family sitting down altogether to watch things such as Jewel in the Crown, Body Line and Brideshead Revisited.

My ab favourite mini series of yesteryear, which was in no way bad at all, was Bangkok Hilton with Denholm Elliot and a very young and unknown Nicole Kidman.....brilliant smile

LemonMousse Fri 25-Jan-13 14:44:22

I loved Poldark - a friend called her DD 'Jenna' and I said 'Oh - like Poldark' and she'd never heard of it - I felt very old

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 14:45:23

I must confess I used to have a little Eldorado habit. I loved the way they used the Spanish actors with such thick accents nobody could understand them.

I used to watch this was I was little - some cracking wooden acting. Grange Hill - The Early Years.

paddingtonbear1 Fri 25-Jan-13 14:47:04

Yes, the Onedin Line! My whole family loved that.

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 14:47:05

Jenna is a better choice than Demelza imo.

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 14:48:39

There was a Jenna in Blakes 7 too.

foofooyeah Fri 25-Jan-13 14:48:45

Poldark! Me and my sisters love it, Ross and Demelze - see can even remember their names ... at least I think I can - is that right

Also 'Who pays the ferryman?' Just remember great scenery and music

paddingtonbear1 Fri 25-Jan-13 14:48:53

I watched Jewel in the Crown with Mum, we watched BodyLine as well - had forgotten all about that!
Mum used to like When the Boat comes In, I don't remember seeing much of it though, I must have been too young...

foofooyeah Fri 25-Jan-13 14:48:58

Demelza even

LemonMousse Fri 25-Jan-13 14:49:11

Only saw a couple of these - they were too scary for me to watch. I remember one where Diana Dors was an evil Nanny who turned into a snake at the end! Traumatised for weeks!

Tales of the Unexpected

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 14:49:30

You are obviously more ancient slightly older than me Talc. Was a bit young for that one.

StephaniePowers Fri 25-Jan-13 14:50:13

What was the lunchtime drama which had a big cedar tree as its logo? It took place in a country house, I think.

LadyBeagleEyes Fri 25-Jan-13 14:50:57

Was 'Who pays the Ferryman' the one set in Crete foof?

When the Boat Comes In

Duchess of Duke Street (I defy you not to sing the theme tune) wink

Hassled Fri 25-Jan-13 14:51:33

Triangle was insane - Kate O'Mara looking more and more like a cat as each grim ferry docked at Felixstowe, glamour capital of Europe.


Love in a Cold Climate / The Pursuit of Love

FollyFoot (aaah The Lightning Tree! Dora/Ned/Steve/ Copper -the horse)

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 14:53:17

However, I do just remember Anne of Green Gables.

StephaniePowers Fri 25-Jan-13 14:53:19

Oh look, with stunning creativity it was name The Cedar Tree. grin

StephaniePowers Fri 25-Jan-13 14:53:52

Hart to Hart

Were they bad? I was addicted to both.

LadyBeagleEyes Fri 25-Jan-13 14:53:56

Van der Valk, now there was a theme tune.

Hassled Fri 25-Jan-13 14:54:01

Sometime in the late 70s I was obsessed with the BBC series about Lillie Langtry. I think being the Prince of Wales' whore was one of my first career ambitions.

70 I loved the Flambards. How about the Flame Trees of Thika?? That was good in it's day too smile

LemonMousse Fri 25-Jan-13 14:54:44

Talc I remember Tom Brown's Schooldays and other Sunday afternoon adaptations of literature like Heidi, A Little Princess, The Secret Garden etc. because I am ancient and we only got a colour telly when I was 10

Yes, Mardy - I'm sure I'm a little further down the path to decrepitude than you. grin

<< re-attaches frayed limb >>

Mater used to swoon over David Rintoul's Darcy - but he never did it for me.

Triangle had a very young Larry Lamb (long before he was Archie Mitchell)
And a very young Johnathon Scott Taylor (Omen 2)

IWorshipSatin Fri 25-Jan-13 14:55:16

Juliet Bravo - I blooming loved it

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 14:56:11

Juliet Bravo rocked.

LemonMousse Fri 25-Jan-13 14:56:46

Hassled you wanted to shag Prince Charles?! shock

LadyBeagleEyes Fri 25-Jan-13 14:58:07

Juliet Bravo (the person) was so dull.

StephaniePowers Fri 25-Jan-13 14:59:24

Oh oh what was the one with a police woman called Maggie something? Drippy early 80s perm...

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 14:59:26

Of course, Upstairs Downstairs, needs a mention.

Steph It was The Gentle Touch.........loved that too!!

Stephanie - wasn't that The Gentle Touch?

StephaniePowers Fri 25-Jan-13 15:00:52

That's it! I remember coveting her clothes.

Oooh and the spin off from The Gentle Touch....

Cat's Eyes (leslie Ash)

Hassled Fri 25-Jan-13 15:02:43

LemonMousse - noooo shock. I wanted to shag the Prince of Wales circa 1890, I think. Edward VII? I wanted to go back in time and be a royal hooker.

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 15:03:03

I'd forgotten The Gentle Touch.

Shoestring anyone. Great theme tune.

ohmeohmy Fri 25-Jan-13 15:04:14

Sunset beach.

LadyBeagleEyes Fri 25-Jan-13 15:04:20

I bet no one is as old as me remembers 'The Lotus Eaters', another one set in Crete, Agios Nicholias in fact.
It was about a couple that ran a bar and she was a 'sleeper', who was ordered to spy on her husband.

Hassled Fri 25-Jan-13 15:04:23

Oh I liked the Gentle Touch. I must have spent a decade at least doing nothing but watch shite TV dramas - I recognise just about all of these, which given that I didn't move to the UK till 1976 is impressive.

HintofBream Fri 25-Jan-13 15:05:31

The Cedar tree! Wasn't it broadcast a little earlier than Rainbow? Another one, like El Dorado that was suddenly axed with unfulfilled story lines.
Is anyone old enouugh to remember a series called "The Brothers"? All about family rivalry within a freight haulage company, sounds curiously dull but I was very taken with it.
Also, a serialisation of one of my fabouite books, `A Married Man` by Piers Paul Read; it starred a pre-Lector Ant(h?)ony Hopkins. It is available on DVD but not in a UK suitable format. Very annoying.

LemonMousse Fri 25-Jan-13 15:06:13

Ah - an olde worlde Prince of wales - that's alright then Hassled grin

LadyBeagleEyes Fri 25-Jan-13 15:06:15

What was the name of the American series about a late night Radio dj who solved crimes?

yy sunset beach

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 15:07:52

I remember Crown Court being on at lunchtimes. When I was little, I thought it was real rather than a drama.

RedPencils Fri 25-Jan-13 15:07:58

Winds of War was repeated recently on some obscure satellite channel. I tried to watch it but it was so slow, hardly anything happens for hours! I loved it at the time.

Oh yes The Brothers.
Was it Liza Goddard and Colin "Dr Who" Baker?

She faffed about doing dinner parties in a long dress

I am old blush you remember Lace? Then Lace 2?

They were fab.

Quincy- how could anyone forget Quincy shock

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 15:10:04

Michael Landon in Highway to Heaven. Not so bad it was good. Just dreadful. But we still watched it as students in the 80s.

LadyBeagle my DH was talking about this . Was it Midnight Caller or something?

EldritchCleavage Fri 25-Jan-13 15:10:53

The Professionals! Loved that. Used to hide and watch it with my father then my mother would march back in and make me go to bed. She sued to torment us by watching Edward VII. I loathed that.

LBE Midnight Caller, Gary Cole was the lead. That was quite good.

Remember The Rockford Files? Same plot every week, if I recall. We still watched it. Ah, the days of 3 channels!

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 15:11:02

This thread is flushing out all the MNers of a certain age, I think. We just need carzynanna now.

Mardy - I must now officially declare my undying love for you. thanks

Whilst searching for old clips, I stumbled upon - quite by accident - this Victor Lewis Smith sketch; I have not seen it for years and years and years. Jealousy has led Victor to re-record some classic musical performances to discredit what he sees as smug artistes.

I remember nearly dying the first time saw this (it's 20 years ago now! shock) when Nigel Kennedy's violin sounded like a beginner's school performance - and Jimi Hendrix's 'unusual' rendition of Hey Joe.

MrsKitty Fri 25-Jan-13 15:11:34

Dempsey & Makepeace

Sons & Daughters (looove and laughter...teeeeears and sadness and happinessssss....)

The Young Doctors

I remember The Cedar Tree. It was all set in the drawing room IIRC.
There was a character called Ann who was always in riding gear (but I think her and/or the horse met a tragic end) sad

StephaniePowers Fri 25-Jan-13 15:12:30

Moving forward to perhaps the 90s?
A very smooth-faced grey-haired man has a mistress living in a flat...and...and...did he run a clothing company?
Oh dear I can't remember any more but it was truly dire.

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 15:13:05

Glad to be of assistance Talcy. Got to fetch a child from school now but will be back to enjoy the clip later!

StephaniePowers Fri 25-Jan-13 15:13:23

The Cedar Tree, Crown Court, some 15 programme where a man painted pictures of flowers with a trowel, and Rainbow or Bod.

Petrochelli - he never did get round to building that house grin

LadyBeagleEyes Fri 25-Jan-13 15:14:02

It was Midnight Caller. I really liked it, and fancied the lead actor.
I must go and google it now.

IWorshipSatin Fri 25-Jan-13 15:14:29

Juliet Bravo (the person) was incredibly dull, she had no sense of humour and was actually quite obnoxious. But I remember having a bit of a girlcrush on her (I was about 10 at the time...)

EldritchCleavage Fri 25-Jan-13 15:15:04

Talc, thank you! I've just laughed like a mad thing watching that!

Stephanie that was Paint With Nancy wasn't it (paint with a trowel)

My mum used to watch some dire drivel called House Party.
Like a live on screen coffee morning.

nagynolonger Fri 25-Jan-13 15:16:40

The Sandbaggers. An early version of Spooks.

Ilovemyteddy Fri 25-Jan-13 15:19:06

Does anyone remember The Tomorrow People - a kids' SF show that was on about tea time on ITV? My friend and I were totally obsessed with that programme. Oh and Colditz with Robert Wagner and David McCallum, and the wonderful Anthony Valentine as the evil Major Mohn.

LadyBeagleEyes Fri 25-Jan-13 15:20:00

I've just Googled Midnight Caller and have decided that I still fancy Gary Cole. I loved the mean and moody theme tune too.
I think they should bring it back.

Pagwatch Fri 25-Jan-13 15:20:47


I loved The Champions.
I was in love with the dark haired guy and I wanted to be Alexandra Bastedo?

She was so beautiful.

Mission impossible was a big fav too.

HintofBream Fri 25-Jan-13 15:21:13

70LMT, yes, Colin Baker and Liza Goddard.
The Appleyards anyone? Now that is really going back to the dark ages. A soap for kids at tea time on Saturdays.

Oooh I loved the Midnight Caller!! Gary Cole was a bit of a sexpot wasn't he?

Albion Market??

The Ragtrade??

How about Connie??

I really am scraping the bottom of the barrel now smile

Ooooh and I loved The Saint as well!

Oh The Tommorrow People scared me witless (or something similar sounding)
Pre- Sapphire and Steel

WRT to Anthony Valentine-

Raffles - remember that?

cerealqueen Fri 25-Jan-13 15:23:11

I LOVED Anne of Green Gables and have them all on VHS.

Anybody remember Return To Eden

Classic 'ugly ducking gets attached by a croc and has plastic surgery and then has her revenge.'

IWorshipSatin Fri 25-Jan-13 15:24:53

Ilovemyteddy - I remember The Tomorrow People but it was on at the wrong time for me to watch it regularly.

A kids drama I do remember that was so chilling it should've been rated 18+ was "The Legend of Tim Tyler", a badly dubbed german affair about a boy who sold his smile to an evil baron.
1000 internet points if you remember that one! Definitely in the 'so bad it was good' camp.

I remember watching them filming a couple of episodes of Juliet Bravo when I was little blush one was filmed near my school and playing fields and one had a scene filmed on the canal bridge at the end of our row of houses

We all watched excitedly in case any of us had managed to get filmed in the background but the only local that made it on screen was 'Scraps' the dog grin

LemonMousse Fri 25-Jan-13 15:26:24

I loved The Tomorrow People too Ilovemyteddy especially when Mike Holloway from Flintlock was in it <swoons>

There was another kids drama about the same time called Time Slip.

LadyBeagleEyes Fri 25-Jan-13 15:26:42

Oh and how could we have a thread like this and not mention Skippy.
I think Lisa Goddard was in that too.
Skippy was so smart, and went t.t.t.t., and the little boy would say 'what's that you're saying Skip, someones fallen down the well', and Skippy would save the day again.

LemonMousse Fri 25-Jan-13 15:28:33

Now that we've mention 'bad dubbing' what about The Water Margin? Chinese drama that I still to this day never understood confused

Ilovemyteddy Fri 25-Jan-13 15:29:26

Oh Mike Holloway...swoon!

Pagwatch Fri 25-Jan-13 15:29:48

Starsky and hutch
Miami vice.


I worked in a shop and sold a million of those great big starsky cardigans.

The Chinese Detective (IIRC it starred someone called David Yip) My bro used to watch it.

Raahh Spain Fri 25-Jan-13 15:32:43

Sapphire and Steel used to scare me to death. Especially an episode when a baby grew up in about 10 seconds to a fully grown man in a nappy. To this day, my sister cannot listen to Brahm's Lullabygrin

'Paint with Nancy' was great- especially where they showed it at double speed at the end. She used to go through a lot of loo rolls.

LadyBeagleEyes Fri 25-Jan-13 15:32:51

I was a Starsky girl and my sister was a Hutch girl.
How about The Man from Uncle, I fancied Illya Kuriakin.

Pagwatch Fri 25-Jan-13 15:34:52

Ooooh The Man from Uncle.

Yes, fancied illya kuriakin but Napoleons Solo had the best name.

We all used to watch Kung fu every week which was odd really because it was exactly the same story every week.

What about Monkey ?
He hatched from a stone egg on the side of a mountain?

I mean What the Jeff? confused

Acandlelitshadow Fri 25-Jan-13 15:40:56

I thought I was the only person in the world who remembered Triangle grin Bloody loved it. No box set and I can't believe it's because there wouldn't be a demand <deluded>

I shall show my age and also nominate Lost In Space. Hamtastic grin

IWorshipSatin Fri 25-Jan-13 15:44:30

don't worry acandle - Lost In Space was repeated in the 80s or 90s grin It was on on Sunday lunchtimes and was always on while we ate our roast (my parents positively discouraged conversation at the table!). I loved it - it had Brigitta from The Sound of Music in iirc.

I still want to know about the grey haired smooth bloke with the mistress-

intrigued and wracking brains.

LadyBeagleEyes Fri 25-Jan-13 15:45:56

Oh yes, Lost in Space and the evil Dr. Smith.

complexnumber Fri 25-Jan-13 15:51:34

Me and my brother used to watch Monkey every Friday evening but all I can remember is Pigsy, always said Pigsssayyyy and some water spirit with skulls round its neck.

Crown Court was the highlight of sick days and never seemed to be on in the holidays because we were shown Daktari with Clarence the cross-eyed lion for the hundredth time. Also Flashing Blade every summer, who wants to join in with a rousing chorus of "It's better to have fought and lost than not have fought at all"?

babooshkadoll Fri 25-Jan-13 15:57:34

Mackenzie- with Lynda Bellingham and Tracey Ullman
Fox on ITV with a young Larry Lamb
Hazell- detective series my mum used to fancy the lead
The adaptation of Fay Weldon'sLives and Loves of a She Devil
I could go on......

Anyone remember a series Maggie- IIRC set in Glasgow.
She wanted to go to University but her parents bought a shop and they sold loo-roll.

Dumpyandabdabs Fri 25-Jan-13 16:03:30

Tuesday night was always Quantum Leap night in our house, my sister and I loved it. I'm sure if I watched it now I'd be horrified grin

longjane Fri 25-Jan-13 16:03:52

I dont remember the ceder tree
but do remember house party love it as it was like loose women (lots of women chatting) but they also did baking and sewing stuff and craft stuff as well

it might even be an idea to bring back as people are interested in those things again now.

itvi in those was all regional and they could chose what programes they showed
so i think it why i dont remember the ceder tree
do remember and loved crown court
and the Sullivans an oz soap set in ww2 or ww1 cant quite remember
but love it

mummytime Belgium Fri 25-Jan-13 16:05:38

Sad claim to fame: I went to school and Guides with Mike Holloway's sisters!

Crown Court and the Cedar Tree were my favourite part of being ill, and the original Emerdale Farm.

Lilymaid Fri 25-Jan-13 16:08:39

Another Man from Uncle and David McCallum (Ilya Kuryakin) fan. Thursday night was the best TV night (back in the late 60s) - TOTP then Man from Uncle.

HintofBream Fri 25-Jan-13 16:09:51

I claim oldest MNetter medal as no one else remembers the Appleyards.

Man from Uncle - there were also one or two episodes called `The Girl from Uncle` with Noel Harrison, (son of Rex, handsome and played the guitar) but I can't remember who played the girl.

StephaniePowers Fri 25-Jan-13 16:12:42

70, could he possible have been in Albion Market? Wikipedia wasn't a help, but it was that sort of quality programme grin

Bunbaker Fri 25-Jan-13 16:14:51

"Does anyone remember The Tomorrow People"

My sister and I adored that programme. We always used to fight over whether we could have Blue Peter or Lost in Space on.

Anyone remember Bergerac?
Happy Days - Henry Winkler came to DD's school about 4 years ago and was absolutely lovely
Dixon at Dock Green
Z Cars
Softly Softly
Rising Damp
Citizen Smith

WifeofPie Fri 25-Jan-13 16:18:04

Knight Rider <sniggers>

Three's Company

Slaymill Fri 25-Jan-13 16:18:51

Love for Lydia
Bouquet of Barbed Wire
both saucy 1970`s I sneakly watched
Loved Howards Way
The Fear with Iain Glen and Jesse Birdsall
Annika also Jesse Birdsall
The Charmer Nigel Havers
in the Eighties
Our Friends In The North

Poledra Fri 25-Jan-13 16:19:57

70, Maggie was from the books written by Joan Lingard, and featured BA Robertson (of 'Bang Bang' fame) singing the theme toon, which I can still remember grin

HelpOneAnother Fri 25-Jan-13 16:20:25

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LadyBeagleEyes Fri 25-Jan-13 16:21:18

It was Stephanie Powers in The Girl From Uncle, HintofBream.

kim147 Fri 25-Jan-13 16:22:42

Bergerac is still on ITV4 in the afternoon.
Along with Minder.

YY to Midnight Caller and Gary Cole

Anyone watch V?

Clawdy Fri 25-Jan-13 16:24:59

Anyone remember The Cedar Tree,shown every afternoon during the late seventies...and The Sullivans,an Australian afternoon soap!

bigbuttons Fri 25-Jan-13 16:25:26

Oh God there are so many
the water margin ( chinese theme)
dallas( epic)
sons and daughters
prisoner cell block H ( addictive)
Poldark -Ross was HOT

I'll think of some more in a min

Clawdy Fri 25-Jan-13 16:27:11

Sorry,just seen both mentioned earlier!

StephaniePowers Fri 25-Jan-13 16:28:23

I was in Hart to Hart as well grin

Ohh Bergerac! With the map of Jersey on the title sequence!

I also remember the Life and Loves of a She-Devil - Patricia Hodge as the mistress, Denis Waterman (yuk) as the prize the women fought over, Julie Thingy as the main heroine and some horrible grunting sex scene with Tom Baker playing a priest... (we're back to the sexy priest thread now aren't we)

My mother had a very short haircut and we called her Servalan. Plus we had a playhouse/shed in the garden and drew screens on the wall and pretended it was the Liberator spaceship, with Zen the computer.
I had a crush on Avon because he was so stern, but he ruined it by going all smiley in the Amex advert shortly afterwards.

Oh and Monkey has to get the prize for worst dubbing.

PickledInAPearTree Fri 25-Jan-13 16:29:45

Julie T Wallace? I loved that programme. I though Patricia hodge was the prettiest lady ever.

The Avengers. I don't know if I remember the originals, or repeats (must Google)

HintofBream Fri 25-Jan-13 16:31:04

StephaniePowers, I have just googled "The Girl From Uncle" and you are she.

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 16:31:18

I was just thinking Prisoner Cell Block H on the school run. That was so funny.

And what about the original version of Survivors from the 1970s.

Pickled yes! couldn't remember her surname.

Took me a few mins to place Patricia Hodge when she turned up as Miranda's mum. She's aged quite well actually (Life & Loves must be about 30 years old)

StephaniePowers Fri 25-Jan-13 16:31:47

There was a drama with Charles Dance - he played a scientist who mated (yes, mated) with a gorilla and had a son called Gor. DIRE.

And something in the 70s about rabies, scared me shitless.

kim147 Fri 25-Jan-13 16:32:32

Edge of darkness - fantastic music.

starsandunicorns Fri 25-Jan-13 16:32:41

Maggie, monkey,dempesy and makepeace,midnight caller i do recall a hostpil thing called angels i think my next door neigbhour used to watch to itv i think remmber tenko when i used to go downstairs after bedtime and got shooed back upstairs

HintofBream Fri 25-Jan-13 16:32:46

So sorry LadyBeagleEyes, saw your post too late.

kim147 Fri 25-Jan-13 16:33:01

Ooop - different Charles Dance drama

starsandunicorns Fri 25-Jan-13 16:34:15

Beauty and the beast american show the beast being half lion half man i loved that show

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 16:35:26

Little House on the Prairie was always disappointing compared with the books. Didn't like The Waltons much either.

slug Fri 25-Jan-13 16:36:24

Oh Bunbaker. The Tomorrow People with the opening credits of a hand opening in shaky stop motion and the "jaunt" belts they used to teleport. If it wasn't for the 70's haircuts, the white bellbottoms (so futuristic!) and the dodgy sexual politics I'd be campaigning for it to come back.

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 16:37:20

Has anyone said Charlie's Angels yet?
I used to love it, but I'm sure I'd dismiss it as patronising sexist shit now.

"Once upon a time, there were three little girls who went to Police Academy..." Wtf!

EldritchCleavage Fri 25-Jan-13 16:38:07

Monkey, and The Water Margin! I loved both of those. My best friend still watches Monkey, the saddo.

Anyone else sit glued to Chancer, with Clive Owen? Who was the rotter bloke with all the blond hair?

EldritchCleavage Fri 25-Jan-13 16:39:20

My father's favourite-The Onedin Line. Booo-ooorrring.

HintofBream Fri 25-Jan-13 16:40:05

The Newcomers anyone? Actually there were two series called this. One was a soap set in a Midlands new town, the other was an early reality programme set in Bristol following a family who had recently moved there. Something to do with marking the start of the regional TV station. The main female was a girl I was at school with. (FWIF)

HintofBream Fri 25-Jan-13 16:41:14

FWIW even

paddingtonbear1 Fri 25-Jan-13 16:41:15

stephanie that was The Mad Death I think - yes it was scary!

This thread contains all my favourite programmes grin Poldark, Dempsey and Makepeace, Girl from UNCLE etc

LadyBeagleEyes Fri 25-Jan-13 16:45:08

I vaguely remember the drama series The Newcomers, I know we used to watch it as a family, but can't for the life of me remember any storylines.

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 16:46:06

I remember us all being riveted by Roots.

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 16:48:27

Remington Steele
Moonlighting - with it's "will they, won't they?" sexual tension.

LadyBeagleEyes Fri 25-Jan-13 16:50:24

I couldn't watch Roots, I can never watch things about slavery as it makes me too sad.
We haven't mentioned Crossroads yet, have we, with Meg Richardson, Miss Diane, Benny and Amy Turtle who always forgot her lines.

EldritchCleavage Fri 25-Jan-13 16:50:46

Oh, God, I got called Kizzy at school because of Roots. Drove me mad.

Ilovemyteddy Fri 25-Jan-13 16:55:08

Blake's 7's Avon (actor Paul Darrow) can occasionally still be seen as a judge in Law and Order UK. And Vila (Michael Keating) sometimes turns us as the vicar in Eastenders.

Anyone remember an Aussie series called The Flying Doctors? The lead actor was Robert Coleby who was lush (I had a MAJOR crush on him.)

riveroise Fri 25-Jan-13 16:57:36

Elritch the rotter with blond hair in Chancery was Simon Sheppard who was also inPeal Practice.

I remember Maggie, and her Plumber dad opening a shop selling loo rolls and other plumbing supplies. She had a posh boyfriend.

What about Robin of Sherwood! Both Micheal Praed and Jason Connery to gaze upon. smile

riveroise Fri 25-Jan-13 16:58:05

Sorry Peak Practice

EldritchCleavage Fri 25-Jan-13 17:00:42

Aha, thank you.

riveroise Fri 25-Jan-13 17:01:27

Aaah Chancer

complexnumber Fri 25-Jan-13 17:03:24

I don't remember Roots but I do remember the children's TV show clled Kizzy about a Romany girl who gets fostered, or maybe adopted, after her Grandma died.

paddingtonbear1 Fri 25-Jan-13 17:06:27

I remember The Flying Doctors.
Kizzy was one of my fave tv dramas as a child. Also The Flockton Flyer, about a railway restored by a family. Apparently you can get it on DVD, bet it looks v dated now!

drummerswife Fri 25-Jan-13 17:08:46

i got my dh the monkey box set for christmas

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 17:11:27


Did anyone say Quantum Leap?

StephaniePowers Fri 25-Jan-13 17:12:59

Early Casualty. Very shit. I know it was meant to be groundbreaking but I just watched a clip and it was kind of poor, wasn't it?
(Don't watch it any more so it might still be...)

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 17:13:52

I do rather like having StephaniePowers on this thread. It feels quite fitting.

StephaniePowers Fri 25-Jan-13 17:14:45

It's the hair, it makes everyone feel happy.

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 17:15:12

grin at happy hair

drummerswife Fri 25-Jan-13 17:15:34

i remember -
general hospital
howards way
hart to hart
onedin line
albion market
auf wiedersehen pet
juliet bravo
prisoner cell block h

StephaniePowers Fri 25-Jan-13 17:18:37

Anyone remember that? American hospital drama with firemen.
Formative I tell ya.

surreygirl Fri 25-Jan-13 17:18:43

Nanny, The Waltons, Rich Man Poor Man, Duchess of Duke Street, Within these Walls, The Brothers, To Serve them all my days, Family at War...also Soap.... my Mum loved all these so we sat through them all...

StephaniePowers Fri 25-Jan-13 17:19:01

I wonder if I was in it? grin

Raahh Spain Fri 25-Jan-13 17:24:46

I used to love 'The District nurse' with Nerys Hughes- proper dull Sunday night tellygrin

and yy to 'Nanny'. Wendy Craig seemed to be everywhere at one point.

I also used to watch 'Flamingo Road'- similar to 'Falcons Crest', really rubbish. I remember it disappeared and was only shown really late at night.grin

kim147 Fri 25-Jan-13 17:27:18

Mum used to love St. Elsewhere.

Like ER but before ER

Ahhh Within These Walls

Googie Withers -remember her?

Raahh Spain Fri 25-Jan-13 17:32:02

St Elsewhere was great- but it ended in a really odd way, iirc. It was all supposed to have been in the mind of the autistic son of one of the doctors. Or something. Very strange indeed.

Talking of medical drama- I really liked Chicago Hope. I've always had a soft spot for Mandy Patinkinblush

gazzalw Fri 25-Jan-13 17:36:17

Haven't read the whole thread so excuse if this is a repetition but for me and DW it has to be Just Good Friends - it was a will-they/won't-they? cliffhanger when watched it first time around but it hasn't traveled well in time....

drummerswife Fri 25-Jan-13 17:45:31

take the high road
shine on harvey moon

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 18:03:18

Oh I used to like Just Good Friends. Agree it was very much of it's time, though.

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 18:03:55


What's with me today? I keep using random apostrophes.

MuddlingMackem Fri 25-Jan-13 18:09:54

Acandlelitshadow Fri 25-Jan-13 15:40:56

>>>> I thought I was the only person in the world who remembered Triangle grin Bloody loved it. No box set and I can't believe it's because there wouldn't be a demand <deluded> <<<<

At the time I loved it too. Given the lack of a box set, you may have to settle for the novels, if you can find them. There are three, one for each series, and I refuse to get rid of my copies. grin My dad and I loved the programme, although to be fair my dad's interest may have had something to do with Kate O'Mara's presence. wink

We have said The Thornbirds, Dallas and Dynasty haven't we?

MuddlingMackem Fri 25-Jan-13 18:11:43

StephaniePowers Fri 25-Jan-13 16:31:47

>>>> There was a drama with Charles Dance - he played a scientist who mated (yes, mated) with a gorilla and had a son called Gor. DIRE. <<<<

I actually enjoyed that. blush It was called Chimera, if I remember rightly.

SamuelWestsMistress Fri 25-Jan-13 18:16:23


bigbuttons Fri 25-Jan-13 18:19:06

stephaniepowers I remember that 70's prog about rabies too. It was really really scary. I still have horrible memories of that rabid man cowering in the corner of a room!

LadyMargolotta Fri 25-Jan-13 18:19:11

Oh that series with Charles Dance and the gorilla was fantastic. I've just googled it and I think it was called 'First Born'.

DillyTante Fri 25-Jan-13 18:25:54

Has no one mentioned House of Elliott yet? Classic!

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 18:28:47

I loved the French and Saunders "House of Idiot" spoof.

starsandunicorns Fri 25-Jan-13 18:34:29

Any one remember the tv seris Tripods set in the future mid 80s i think

DillyTante Fri 25-Jan-13 18:38:19

Just watching it on you tube now - so funny! not sure if this link will work

Acandlelitshadow Fri 25-Jan-13 19:17:23


<<Given the lack of a box set, you may have to settle for the novels, if you can find them. There are three, one for each series >>

Thank you so much! smile I have found one (Question Of Command) on Amazon but can't see any others. Do you know the titles/author? TIA smile

Kithulu Fri 25-Jan-13 19:27:33

There was something set on island, just one house. Three sisters, bit spooky. Possibly steph powers or kate o'mara. Really can't remember, but it has been hovering in my memory for years. Anyone help?

ArtfulAardvark Fri 25-Jan-13 19:37:55

The childrens one that gave me nightmares, but I am fairly sure would be pretty lame now was Children of the Stones

Bajas Fri 25-Jan-13 19:38:25

kithula think it might have been maelstrom? Did one of the sisters have loads of freaky dolls in her room?

Also loved the miniseries- first born, Bangkok Hilton and Return to Eden all brilliant rubbish as well as the Sidney Sheldon (Master of the Game etc) and Judith Krantz ( Till we meet Again etc) ones.

Spent so many nights in the 80s watching them. But my absolute favourites were North and South and Kane and Abel grin

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LetsKateWin Fri 25-Jan-13 19:40:40

I remember liking St Elsewhere, but can't remember what it was about.

I loved Tenko and Eldorado.

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Nivet Fri 25-Jan-13 19:47:24

The Mad Death was the scariest thing ever . I LOVED First Born with Charles Dance, I recently read the book and even managed to find the DVD, fab.

How about The Day of the Triffids?

complexnumber Fri 25-Jan-13 19:49:33

Zukiecat, we seem to be of an age so vet in the bush was maybe Daktari. Did you also watch Banana Splits with the cartoons? There was one with a character who could change size, "Size of an elephant!" (or mouse) he didn't have a great range.

alcibiades Fri 25-Jan-13 19:52:47

I loved Tenko, even though the story was harrowing.

Does anyone remember "A for Andromeda" or "UFO"?

PickledInAPearTree Fri 25-Jan-13 19:56:57

Has anyone mentioned V yet? I loved that liazardy shit.

thixotropic Fri 25-Jan-13 19:58:50

Edge of darkness? The original series with Bob Peck. And Joe Don Baker. And theme by Clapton.

Raahh Spain Fri 25-Jan-13 19:59:39

Artful - for years I couldn't find anyone who remembered 'Children of the Stones'- I started to think I'd imagined it. Bet it would be rubbish if I ever saw it again. Just remember a picture with a dragon(?) on it? Scared me at the time though!

Mirage Fri 25-Jan-13 20:01:55

A Horseman riding by? Anyone?
I Claudius
The Borgias

I confess to borrowing my mum's box sets of Poldark whilst on mat leave.I also wanted to call Dd2 Demelza,but DH was having none of it.

trixymalixy Fri 25-Jan-13 20:02:31

Sunset beach, I loved that, so funny.

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schoonko07 Fri 25-Jan-13 20:10:05

Sunset beach!!Got me through several revision days!

I loved,

Roblins Nest,(quite fancied Richard whatisname)
Dick Turpin(see above)

Fasntasy Island, truly bizarre

George and Mildredgrin

The Good life

Luna(with a very young patsy Kensit)

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Fri 25-Jan-13 20:27:32

Flambards I have the dvd box set

Falcon Crest

Remington Steele - got the DVD from LoveFilm recently and it was dire

The Scarecrow and Mrs King

RObin Hood - with Michael Praed (I think) and then Jason Connory

paddingtonbear1 Fri 25-Jan-13 20:30:34

Yes, Prisoner Cell block H, when Bea was top dog. My mate and I used to stay up late especially to watch it!

ChateauCollapso Fri 25-Jan-13 20:33:03

The Brothers, Howard's Way, Bouquet of Barbed Wire, Upstairs Downstairs. Too many others to mention1

ArtfulAardvark Fri 25-Jan-13 20:35:18

Raahh I had the same "did I imagine it" thought for years when I said to friends about the Jackson 5 cartoon - eventually when one of their singles was re released they had a clip of it in the video grin

I loved Banana Splits

ohmeohmy Fri 25-Jan-13 20:36:56

My mum was friends with Leslie Baker who was Monica Ferguson in Prisoner cell block H. She took me to the set when I was a kid and I had signed pics and a vinyl copy of the theme tune.

I have skippy on DVD if anyone wants it blush

BillOddiesBeard England Fri 25-Jan-13 20:39:08

I remember the so crap they were good (ish) Austrailian soaps in 80's and 90's,some have already been mentioned but my favourites were:
Shortland street
Young doctors
The sullivans
A country practice
Sons and daughters

drmummmsy Fri 25-Jan-13 20:44:29

anyone said flying doctors?

pissovski Fri 25-Jan-13 20:44:56

Loved Quantum Leap - and still do. Got the whole set of DVDs!

Remember watching HOuse of Elliot and She Devil too.

Anyone else remember Families. British/Australian cast, mid 90s??

Gingerdodger Fri 25-Jan-13 20:53:36

I remember when 'Emmerdale' was 'Emmerdale Farm' and used to be on in the afternoon.

I loved 'Tenko' and watched all the repeats a couple of years ago, was brilliant.

To Serve Them All My Days (John Duttine- IIRC he was in Triffids too)

And one called "Chimera" about a weird laboratory that bred a weird creature.

MuddlingMackem Fri 25-Jan-13 21:00:42

StephaniePowers Fri 25-Jan-13 16:31:47

>>>> There was a drama with Charles Dance - he played a scientist who mated (yes, mated) with a gorilla and had a son called Gor. DIRE. <<<<

Oops. I was wrong. Wonder what Chimera was then, will have to google.

Ah, also about a man and an ape, but not the one with Charles Dance. Must have watched that one too. grin

chicaguapa Fri 25-Jan-13 21:01:23

I remember Return to Eden. I read the book too, though am a bit shock to see that it was in 1983! I was 11/12 then. What was I doing with such reading material? hmm Though it would have been around the same time as Lace which I passed round my class

I loved Just Good Friends and Ever Decreasing Circles.

Moonlighting was my absolute not-miss-ever though. If I'd had Sky+ I'd have still watched it live.

Anyone remember Cover UP with Bonnie Tyler's Holding Out For a Hero theme time? The first guy shot himself in real life by mistake so he was replaced in series 2.

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HintofBream Fri 25-Jan-13 21:17:26

70LMNT, "To serve them all my days" was indeed excellent, and the original book was written by the same author as "A horseman riding by".

Tragically, still no takers for the Appleyards.

Ooooh Yes "City Lights".

(He went on to play a right evil scrote in Brookside)

discorabbit Fri 25-Jan-13 21:18:41

i remember really liking flambards and nanny, probably right naffola now grin

I didn't see the original "Bouquet of Barbed Wire" but I did waste a couple of hours of my life watching the remake hmm

"Sense of Guilt" by the same author was brilliant.

"State of Play" - tense political thriller my arse.

House of Cards- Frances Urquart. "I couldn't possibly comment"

Bajas Fri 25-Jan-13 21:31:50

Ooh yes chicaguapa loved Cover Up- especially the first guy. Random useless fact- the actor was playing Russian roulette with Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker in Star Wars) when he shot himself.

Loved House of Cards as well.

EbbNFlow Fri 25-Jan-13 21:35:45

So many already mentioned. Loved staying off sick from school and my granny letting me watch the bad US and Aussie soaps:

Falcon Crest, Knots Landing, Country Practice, Young Doctors, The Sullivans, Sons and Daughters, Shortland Street.

Loved Howards Way, Eldorado (shite!), Juliet Bravo, Dempsey and Makepeace, The Gentle Touch, Cats Eyes, Albion Market and loads already mentioned.

Others that spring to mind:
Me and My Girl
Rockcliffes Babies
Just Good Friends
Dear John
the cack daytime soap Families, with a very young Jude Law.
Brush Strokes
The Two of Us
Childrens Ward on CITV

Loved loads of US stuff - Moonlighting, the Cosbys, Different Strokes, Family Ties, Whos the Boss, Laverne and Shirley, Kate and Ally...

tethersend Fri 25-Jan-13 21:39:11

Don't know if it's been mentioned, but does anyone remember Wish Me Luck?

Ooh I'm a latecomer but loving this thread....

I adored Poldark....was in love with Ross smile
The Duchess of Dukestreet.........cried when Christopher Cazanove died recently, not Charlie sad
Loved Tenko....fab
The Rockford Files.......used to pretend Jim Rockford was my Dad blush and was pleased to see him in the Notebook

boogiewoogie Fri 25-Jan-13 21:46:39

I do not recognise a lot of these apart from Knightrider, Sons and Daughters and anything from the 80s.

I can't believe that nobody has mentioned Sunset Beach.

Autumnchill Fri 25-Jan-13 21:51:24

Has anyone mentioned Lace?

Kithulu Fri 25-Jan-13 22:05:11

Thank you Bajas I have been watching you tube clips!

TalkativeJim Fri 25-Jan-13 22:07:26

Sunset Beach has been mentioned loads Boogie!

Wasn't there a good twin and an evil twin, and I remember an episode with the evil twin shutting someone (good twin?) tied up in a wardrobe with a two-way mirror so that they could bear helpless witness to whatever evil deed was being undertaken grin

HART TO HART though!

'This is my boss, Jonathan Hart. A self-made millionaire... He's quite a guy. This is Mrs. H. She's gorgeous. She's one lady who knows how to take care of herself. As for me? My name is Max. I take care of both of them. Which ain't easy, because when they met... It was MURDER!!'

Doo-noo noo noo, doo-noo noo noo...


ButTheButtons Fri 25-Jan-13 22:18:09

Ahh...The House of Eliott. Love it hence my username!

Anyone remember Manimal?

And an American detective series set in a male modelling agency?? I swear that's true!

Sorry with Ronnie Corbett

Robin of Sherwod was brilliant!

BestIsWest Fri 25-Jan-13 22:30:34

Another latecomer but so many great shows. Three of my faves.

Rumpole of the Bailey

A very Peculiar Practice

Nice Work

When the DCs talk about which superpower they'd like to have I always say I'd like to jaunt like the Tomorrrow People. Ooh and I met Mike Holoway from the Tomorrow people when he was in Flintlock.

ChateauCollapso Fri 25-Jan-13 22:38:38

Sunburn with Michelle Collins. One of the characters was called Hugh Janus. More recently Wild at Heart. Du Plessis when he went to die on the rock!

ButTheButtons Fri 25-Jan-13 22:39:17

The Red Hand Gang!


Gems (I think). Had a young Tony Slattery in it...

HintofBream Fri 25-Jan-13 22:39:27

Yes, BestIsWest, Nice Work, from the novel by David Lodge, with Haydon Gwynne and Warren Clarke, a great adaption.

What about those Sunday tea time serialisations of "The Treasure Seekers" and "The Railway Children", well before the Jenny Agutter film was made.

ozymandiusking Fri 25-Jan-13 22:59:23

Does anyone remember a series on in the 70s about the same time as the Cedar Tree, about a woman and two men in Australia riding about on horseback.It was called something like Tamarara. I really liked the Cedar Tree, I painted our dining room the same shade of green their lounge was! ( I don't think I would use that colour again!)

CadleCrap Fri 25-Jan-13 23:08:56

Does anyone remember a scifi programme called The tripods?

Galaxymum Fri 25-Jan-13 23:16:26

I got the dvd boxset ofChildren of the Stones in November to rewatch. It was ver 70s but a great story. DH watchrd 1st time and enjoyed it.
I loved Tenko, my fave drama. I watched it far too young considering the issues.
Red Hand Gang was fab! i had a crush on Matthew Laborteaux. Also loved Kids Of Degrassi Street.
Anyone remember By the Sword Divided? very swoonsome young Tim Bentinck from The Archers.And I was brought up on Poldark. Great story.
Howard's Way was fabulous and so cool in the 80s. Loved Connie with Stephanie Beacham Nd Widows.
Also The Flame Trees of Thika with Hayley Mills was a great memory. Holly Aird played her daughter.

AlreadyScone Fri 25-Jan-13 23:36:00

Pleased to see a few mentions for "The Tripods" and "Day of the Triffids." pant-wettingly frightening, as was "Threads" which we watched in school at the insistence of the hippier teachers. I still have nightmares about melting milk bottles...

I watched a fair few miniseries at a stupidly young age - Mother Love, with Diana Rigg as an Elektra-complex banshee-wailing MIL, The Men's Room with Bill Nighy as a philanderer, and The Singing Detective by Dennis Potter.

In my early teens I had a love affair with "The Golden Girls." I wanted to share their apartment. Loved "Cheers" too.

Can anyone help? As a small child in the 70s I remember a lunchtime family drama, the credit screen showed a sepia photo on a mantelpiece, of a family, including a girl with long brown hair (sorry to be vague) it's probably been mentioned...

AlreadyScone Fri 25-Jan-13 23:37:26

Ooh what about "Labyrinth" not the ace film, but the ITV series? All very dramatic...

threesocksmorgan Fri 25-Jan-13 23:37:48

Tenko was so good
the brothers
and what was the one set in Australia with a preist

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 25-Jan-13 23:39:44

Oh it's come full circle. The one in Australia with the priest was The Thorn Birds, as mentioned in the OP.

ggirl Fri 25-Jan-13 23:46:01

does anyone remember I Claudius with Derek Jacobi...was a very long time ago , about '76 I think...I loved it.

BestIsWest Sat 26-Jan-13 00:02:38

The Citadel ( Oh I Loved this SO much - Ben Cross)

To serve them all my days

Fair stood the wind for France

The Good Companions

I'm a sucker for those first half of 20th century period dramas

AlreadyScone I think the lunchtime drama one was The Sullivans I remember my mum watching it while I was eating my lunch (always missed the last 10 minutes as I had to go back to school) think the girl was called Kitty

janji Sat 26-Jan-13 00:09:06

Loved chips (Eric Estrada) and The Equaliser (Edward Woodward)!

beauty and the beast with ron perlman and linda hamilton
robin of sherwood
tj hooker

londone17 Sat 26-Jan-13 00:48:27

Three up two down with Michael Elphick.

londone17 Sat 26-Jan-13 00:52:04

Full house

IWorshipSatin Sat 26-Jan-13 06:57:32

I remember the sepia photo one - it might have been Sons and Daughters? (Awesome theme tune that one had)

I had The Tripods and Roots on DVD til recently - both still awesome but Tripods was dated and very wooden!

IWorshipSatin Sat 26-Jan-13 07:01:00

Yy Children's Ward - I sometimes watch it on YouTube.
Also The Biz which had a bizarre premise about a load of kids in a children's home who all wanted to be in Showbiz and were constantly going off to auditions.

Lives and Loves of a She-Devil was bloody brilliant... In fact I'm gonna hunt that down today.

SorrelForbes Sat 26-Jan-13 07:45:46

We'll Meet Again - drama about a load of US airforce chaps in a English village during WWII. There was a character called Red Burwash (I think).

Cornsyilk99 Sat 26-Jan-13 07:50:05

I loved Danger UXB! Also liked Tenco but didn't ever get understand what they were all doing in the camp. hmm
I also watched Eldorado. It was a bit like eating junk food - crap and addictive.

Has anyone mentioned Sapphire & Steele?

I remember The Legend of Tim Tyler, in the same vein was Mika, some shit about a boy & a reindeer.

First Born was great, I cried when his mother beat him to death though.

I had the biggest crush on Paul McGann in The Monicled Mutineer.

snowingeverywhere Sat 26-Jan-13 08:45:02

Borgias - no question.

Youtube it. Still fab!

Can you buy?

I loved Cesare at the time but seem to prefer the Borgia Pope now!

zukiecat Sat 26-Jan-13 13:56:22

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TunipTheVegedude Sat 26-Jan-13 14:05:10

GalaxyMum I loved By The Sword Divided. I remember passionate discussions about school about who was hotter, the Lacey hero or John Fletcher. I even wrote lots of fanfic about it (not that fanfic was a 'thing' in pre-internet days).

Tenko was amazing.

Acandlelitshadow Sat 26-Jan-13 16:30:08

Would it be appalling to admit I've picked up VHS boxsets of several of these for a song second hand?

I've watched I Caludius, and The Thornbirds recently, have The Mayor Of Casterbridge on ice and have just started Brideshead Revisited.

My name is Acandlelitshadow and I adore trash TV grin

Acandlelitshadow Sat 26-Jan-13 16:31:04

Claudius hmm

TunipTheVegedude Sat 26-Jan-13 16:34:28

I got some VHS tapes of 70s adaptations of Trollope novels out of the library a few years ago.
Turns out it really isn't a myth about old tv drama having shaky sets - the whole room literally did shake when they slammed a door.
However there was something about it being so long and slow that felt very luxurious.

alcibiades Sat 26-Jan-13 17:31:34

I think the wonky sets and the long/slow scenes of yesteryear's TV has a certain charm - it's a more like watching a stage play.

MardyBra - there's so many interesting old TV shows mentioned here, and it would be a pity for the thread to eventually disappear. Maybe it could be moved to somewhere more permanent, such as Telly Addicts?

Great thread! Sadly I used to enjoy the Dukes of Hazard as a kid! But then grew up and got into Remmington steel confused Dempsey and Makepeace, St Elsewhere, Hill Street Blues which were of course far superior wink

The gentle touch.

Dempsey and makepeace.

RedPencils Sat 26-Jan-13 18:39:50

We recently watched the original 70s series of Tinker tailor it was obviouslt high class drama in its day but I couldn't cope with the long slow drawn out scenes, it's all long soliloquys followed by 10 minutes of meaningful silences.
I've been spoilt by fast pace modern series, or I'm too old to concentrate for more than 5 minutes

TunipTheVegedude Sat 26-Jan-13 20:28:42

I was enjoying a rerun of 'When the Boat Comes In' a while back but then James Bolam appeared wearing a flat cap closely resembling the shrinking cap he wears as Grandpa In My Pocket. After that I just kept thinking every time he came on about how hilarious it would be if he shrank.

Galaxymum Sat 26-Jan-13 20:59:56

DH and I just rewatched The Green Man which was very quirky.

Anyone remember Nanny with Wendy Craig? Happy memories!
I loved The Monocled Mutineer as well. Paul McGann was gorgeous.

TigerseyeMum Sat 26-Jan-13 21:00:50

I was just bobbing on to mention Wish Me Luck and Robin of Sherwood but I see ive been beaten to it.

Michael Praed - I still enjoy thinking of him in quieter moments...

ihategeorgeosborne Sat 26-Jan-13 21:27:48

I used to love Sapphire and Steel, with Joanna Lumley and David McCallum, although it was very scary at the time. I was about 7 I think. Also used to love the Flambards and Nanny. I used to really love The Fall Guy too on a Friday night (Colt Seavers). We used to play it at school in the play ground. Loved Shine on Harvey Moon and Wish me Luck too.

joshop Sat 26-Jan-13 21:38:44

Capital City late 80s soap/drama about bankers with lots of people who turn up in TV shows these days, most notably Jason Isaacs, AKA Lucius Malfoy in Harry Potter.

Loads of others mostly already mentioned. I remember cutting A level English on Friday afternoon to go home to watch Sons & Daughter. Loved Prisoner Cell Block H when at uni.

Maybe someone should start a so bad they're good adverts thread..

Lovecat Sat 26-Jan-13 21:41:12

Anyone mentioned The Mallens yet? That was godawful, all I remember about it is The Mallen Streak in their hair...

Loved Blakes7, watched it again recently and it is soooo bad! I used to lust after Paul Darrow as a 12 year old and seeing it as an adult I am blush - he was such a queeny old ham!

AlreadyScone was it The Sullivans?

My mum used to watch this and I'm sure their was the photo.
Set in War-Time in Australia?

LadyBeagleEyes Sat 26-Jan-13 21:47:40

Capital City was the perfect Thatcherite series of the time, wasn't it?
All about wealthy investment bankers, money and greed(yuk)
I'd love to see it repeated today, it would get a hammering.
It's amazing how times change so quickly.

ihategeorgeosborne Sat 26-Jan-13 22:07:47

Does anyone remember The Bretts, set in 1920s London? It was about about a family of actors and all their shenanigans. I thought it was great.

Bowednotbroken Sat 26-Jan-13 22:10:28

Anyone remember Doomwatch - the very. Young and gorgeous Robert Powell!

moggiek Sat 26-Jan-13 22:16:26

Has anyone mentioned The Flashing Blade? "You've got to fight for what you want, and all that you believe ...". I loved that programme!

moggiek Sat 26-Jan-13 22:20:39

and the Singing Ringing Tree? Absolutely terrifying! The bear! The dwarf!

moggiek Sat 26-Jan-13 22:24:21

White Horses .....

Ooh moggiek I've just put a post about the Singing Ringing Tree on another thread.
It was EVIL

moggiek Sat 26-Jan-13 22:29:54

[bgrin] Lisa. Which thread?

It's the After 40 years I've finally found one.
About childrens programmes rather than so bad they're good progs

But I reckon alot of overlaps)

WRT to White Horses

Minor Stealth Boast Claim to Fame:
Years ago I went on holiday (Romania/Bulgaria/Istambul )
In one of those countries (it was 1973 so I can't remember exactly blush )
I went to a stables where they said they filmed White Horses. I rode some of them (but don't know if they were the TV horses)

^On White Horse, snowy white horses,
Let me fly a----way^

I've just searched- it says it's Lipica in Poland.

I definately didn't go to Poland.

Lying turds shock

Anyone remember Diana with a young Patsy Kensit?
She called the hero an oik grin

CaptainNancy Sat 26-Jan-13 23:50:12

Oooh- this may be the thread to ask-

Does anybody know what this is...

The End Credits were a still of some celtic crosses, with the sky sort of red (filter over the shot I guess) and haunting music. I wasn't allowed to watch it ("Unsuitable [cat's bum face]) but it was on before something I did watch (so either Dr Who or The Muppets) which places it around winter 1977/78.

It's definitely isn't Children of the Stones.

Anyone, please????

BestIsWest Sat 26-Jan-13 23:55:43

70 that sounds like Lipica in Slovenia for the white horses. It would have been Yogoslavia then

BestIsWest Sat 26-Jan-13 23:57:45

Yugoslavia sorry

Acandlelitshadow Sun 27-Jan-13 11:52:30

We went to see the horses in Lipica in Yugoslavia in the 80's. Dressage with the nags ponced up in hats as I recall hmm

Have we mentioned The Waltons yet? Pure 70's smaltz but soooo watchable.

Dr Quinn Medicine Woman. My mum loved that. Me not so much grin

theoriginalandbestrookie Sun 27-Jan-13 11:54:05

I really enjoyed Eldorado blush

SirSugar Sun 27-Jan-13 12:09:02

Gems - trouble in Covent Garden fashion house - FABULOUS

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LadyBeagleEyes Sun 27-Jan-13 13:10:33

I trekked across Vienna for an hour when I was 18 to see the Lippizaners when I was 17 and had a horse mad friend.
We got there after getting lost a hundred times only to be refused entry because they had flu. sad

MorrisZapp Sun 27-Jan-13 13:25:34

I was going to say Seven Little Australians!

Tales of the Unexpected

Tutti Frutti

Scally? About a loveable rogue in Liverpool I think

Northern Exposure

Children of Fire Mountain

Gods Wonderful Railway

The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris

Bunbaker Sun 27-Jan-13 16:22:17

I went to see the beautiful Lippizaners in Slovenia too, My dream is to see them in Vienna though

We queued for hours to see them at rehearsal in Vienna. OH and I aren't horsey people at all and when we finally saw them just walking around the arena we didn't stay very long as it was so dull. On the way back to the airport we were talking to some other people who had also been to the practice session. They were waxing lyrical about the session. We said that all they did was walk around and stop, then start again. The woman said that we obviously didn't appreciate their talents because what the horses were doing was very difficult to achieve.

So, bascially, unless you know a lot about horses, you didn't miss much.

Morris it was Sculley (Hewell Bennett.Educated lay about )

Anyone remember Holding the Fort ? Patricia Hodge,Matthew Kelly and Peter Davidson.

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Sun 27-Jan-13 17:41:17

"MardyBra - there's so many interesting old TV shows mentioned here, and it would be a pity for the thread to eventually disappear. Maybe it could be moved to somewhere more permanent, such as Telly Addicts?"

Yes I'm happy for it to be moved. Have reported it to MNHQ.

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 27-Jan-13 17:47:21

Oh I LOVED eldorado and Sunset Beach?
I particularly liked the love triangle with the foxy Latina and her DH and her BIL the PRIEST!
And then IIRC they were having an assignation in a cave or something and there was an Earth Quake!
Love torn by the San Andreas fault line
<wanders off to look on youtube but not on company time oh no >
NB We will shortly be moving this thread to telly addicts to preserve the mediocrity for EVER.

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NulliusInBlurba Sun 27-Jan-13 18:32:36

Nobody's mentioned All Creatures Great and Small yet! Christopher Timothy, Peter Davidson and Robert Hardy attempting to act with an arm up a cow's arse. Carol Drinkwater swanning around Yorkshire dales going 'Oh James'. I watched the entire lot on YouTube recently (at least the first three series - it wasn't the same with Lynda Bellingham). I did a name change here for a while to DarrowbyEightFive (the telephone number at the vets' house) and I don't think anyone ever got the reference - most people shortened it to Darrow sad.

Raahh Spain Sun 27-Jan-13 18:54:07

'All creatures great and small' was brilliant- I used to love it. And of course Christopher Timothy went on to do 'Doctors'....grin

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TigerseyeMum Sun 27-Jan-13 19:37:00

I remember The Brett's, it was a bit dull and the scenery wobbled iirc.

Clawdy Sun 27-Jan-13 22:08:50

70isalimit it was Shelley,not Sculley.Hywel Bennett was rather attractive in those days....

WifeofPie Sun 27-Jan-13 22:39:52

I bloody LOVE All Creatures G & S. Haven't read that biography, Raaah; what happened?

milewalker Sun 27-Jan-13 22:40:08

i was a huge fan of prisoner cell block h and sons and daughters as well as the adventure game where at the end you had to get across a giant board without walking into the vortex and i loved space 1999 with maya who could change into other beings.

AlreadyScone Sun 27-Jan-13 22:55:06

Thank you 70isalimitnotatarget it WAS the Sullivans smile

AlreadyScone Sun 27-Jan-13 22:57:12

oh and thank you also YoureMyOrangeGoldWifeNowDave

MorrisZapp Sun 27-Jan-13 23:13:49

Have googled, the drama I meant was definitely Scully. It was written by Alan Bleasdale and set in Liverpool.

I do remember Shelley too though.

I was obsessed with the James Herriot books as a kid, very odd to learn later that he was called Alf, and grew up in Glasgow. Seigfried Farnon, now there's a character. Sadly he only appeared in the first couple of books, because the guy he was based upon IRL took huge exception to his portrayal, and brought legal proceedings.

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Bit concerned that the original poster had a thread entitled "so bad they are good" and then proceeded to mention TENKO. You would have to be a moron to think that was a bad show. Fabulous then, still fabulous now and holds up surprisingly well for a 30-yr old show.

I'm inclined to say Maelstrom, a BBC thriller set in Norway that was on in (at a guess) 1983/4 was bad but enjoyable.

However, as it seems to have turned into a general 70s/80s thread, my votes for thoroughly enjoyable (some genuinely good, others not but still entertaining) would be:

St Elsewhere, Hill St Blues, Ever Decreasing Circles, Falcon Crest, Prisoner Cell Block H, Juliet Bravo, The Cedar Tree and, the best TV show of the 1970s Upstairs, Downstairs, which makes Downton Abbey look like a pile of vomit (and the latter nicked several plot elements from the former).

LadyBeagleEyes Mon 28-Jan-13 17:53:06

Tenko was good.
So many strong women's parts.

WifeofPie Tue 29-Jan-13 17:12:56

Thanks Zukie. How terribly sad sad.

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yoyo123 Tue 29-Jan-13 18:49:47

Eldorado! Brilliant stuff

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MadameOvary Wed 30-Jan-13 09:32:56

I bloody LOVED SUnset Beach!!!
I was at Uni at the time and bought a one of those portable mini-tellies so I didn't miss an episode even though there was an omnibus

Also loved Revelations Why does no-one remember it??? It was written by none other than Russell T Davies!!! Revelations

And it's out on DVD grin

MadameOvary Wed 30-Jan-13 09:45:57

I used to post on this discussion thread about Sunset Beach grin
I was Queen Bitch (warning - eyewatering wallpaper!)

TorianaTollywobbles Wed 30-Jan-13 19:17:29

Late to this but anyone remember MacGyver?

He was an action hero who would regularly gets captured by the bad guys but would always be able to escape/blow up the building by using only random stuff he found in his pockets or in the vicinity like a piece of string a match and a safety pin or something.

Also LA Law, used to watch it with my mum loved it!

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