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Started by JerkinMcGherkin on Jun 5, 2012 1:23:35 PM
Obscure TV shows of yore

I've got The Corridor People, The Strange World of Gurney Slade, Justice and Turtle's Progress on DVD and I wouldn't mind having Alan Plater's Middlemen, Well Anyway and The Adventures of Don Quick (I expect Network will release them eventually).

And you can download Tim Hunkin's Secret Life of Machines series from his website here:

http://www.secretlifeofmachines.com/the_tv_series.
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Discuss programmes only five people and a dog remember on this thread.

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1MELSM - 06 Jun 2012 08:51:13 (#1 of 266)

I remember the comic strip in The Observer and the TV series by Tim Hunkin from Channel 4's early glory years of refreshingly different and interesting television. It is good the series can still be viewed.

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whitbreadtrophy - 06 Jun 2012 10:40:39 (#3 of 266)

If you go to:

http://www.lostshows.com

(Warning: it's a bit of a time thief)

You'll see that only one episode of Don Quick is known to still exist.

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JerkinMcGherkin - 06 Jun 2012 15:28:02 (#6 of 266)

We called them "shows" years ago too, Knoxie as well you know, you mischievious wee skelp.

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RosyLovelady - 06 Jun 2012 15:42:42 (#9 of 266)

I liked Sunday's Child which starred Mandy Miller as a girl genius with a daffy widowed mother. I've never met anyone else who remembers it, but I used to watch it at Aunt Aggie's on a Sunday afternoon in 1958/9, I suppose. Afterwards, for more sophisticated viewing, there was Cool for Cats, a music programme introduced by Kent Walton.

SlasherBindman - 06 Jun 2012 15:57:20 (#10 of 266)

David Nobbs' post-Perrin ex-pat in the Med flop The Sun Trap

Esmond and Larbey's post-Good Life affidavit of decline The Other One (Richard Briers and Michael Gambon as travelling salesmen).

RosyLovelady - 06 Jun 2012 16:02:00 (#11 of 266)

I also thought The Organisation was brilliant when it was on in the 1970s, but I saw it again relatively recently and it hadn't worn well.

Ebadlun - 06 Jun 2012 16:02:43 (#12 of 266)

End of Part One, shown on Sunday afternoons on LWT and quickly cast down the national memory hole - but suberb stuff.

whitbreadtrophy - 06 Jun 2012 16:29:01 (#13 of 266)

Reissued stuff I've seen on DVD.

The Guardians: Good but sometimes draggy drama about a possible future fascist Britain. The fact that the cabinet are split over stopping benefits to strikers shows how much attitudes have changed since 1971

Casanova: Dennis Potter sauciness with a cameo from the girl out of "If..."

Adam Adamant Lives: Just plain weird enough to warrant a remake.

JerkinMcGherkin - 06 Jun 2012 16:39:01 (#14 of 266)

I remember The Other One. It got Gambon stereotyped as "standard BBC middle-class sitcom man" for a while. It was actually pretty dark in places. There was an episode where Richard Briers' brash, delusional showoff of a character was revealed to have caused the death of his best friend when he was a boy.

carterbrandon - 06 Jun 2012 18:10:17 (#15 of 266)

The two wobblyset childrens series about Merryweather and Lamb, 18th century naval derring doe-ers.

And 'The Hole In The Wall', wobblyset smugglers drama, which had Ratcliffe Highway as a theme song - my first ever exposure to unaccompanied folksong, and therefore lifechanging.

MaisonLazlique - 06 Jun 2012 18:13:21 (#16 of 266)

The Steam Video Company? Proto Fast show with William Franklyn.

LadyInGreen - 06 Jun 2012 18:16:35 (#17 of 266)

I used to live near Gurney Slade but have no memory of the programme.

MaisonLazlique - 06 Jun 2012 18:19:25 (#18 of 266)

It's a strange world.

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