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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.

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.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 25-Jan-13 15:31:06

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

Raahh 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.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 25-Jan-13 15:38:57

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.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 25-Jan-13 15:45:54

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......

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 25-Jan-13 16:02:16

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 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

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