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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.

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!!

TalcAndTurnips Fri 25-Jan-13 15:00:28

Stephanie - wasn't that The Gentle Touch?

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

That's it! I remember coveting her clothes.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 25-Jan-13 15:02:33

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?

BoysAreLikeDogs Fri 25-Jan-13 15:07:23

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.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 25-Jan-13 15:08:10

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

DamnDeDoubtance Fri 25-Jan-13 15:08:47 you remember Lace? Then Lace 2?

They were fab.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 25-Jan-13 15:09:24

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.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 25-Jan-13 15:10:17

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

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