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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

here. She must have caught her death, poor love

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?

TalcAndTurnips Fri 25-Jan-13 14:32:19

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.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 25-Jan-13 14:39:17

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

ColouringInQueen Fri 25-Jan-13 14:40:30

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.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 25-Jan-13 14:41:16

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.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 25-Jan-13 14:42:25

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

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