THE best TV shows I have seen...in no preferential order!

the 1970's-2000's were the golden years of TV!
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1.
Tiswas (1974 TV Series)
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A Saturday morning kids program, whose title was variously an acronym for "This Is Saturday, What A Show!"...
“ so successful they even released an LP ” - chilla-black
 
2.
Mind Your Language (1977 TV Series)
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Barry Evans plays a put-upon language teacher who tries to make a living by teaching English to immigrants... (30 mins.)
“ velly funny ” - chilla-black
 
3.
Rentaghost (1976 TV Series)
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Harold and Ethel Meaker live in South Ealing and run 'Rentaghost' where they rent ghosts out to the public... (25 mins.)
Director: Paul Ciani
“ mental! ” - chilla-black
 
4.
Wonder Woman (1975 TV Series)
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The adventures of the greatest of the female superheroes. (60 mins.)
“ watching an episode on a 50p pay as you go B&W TV at Birmingham Airport in 1978 was quite a unusual experience. ” - chilla-black
 
5.
Brookside (1982 TV Series)
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The everyday life and times of the residents, friends and enemies who live in a suburban street in the city of Liverpool in the north of England. (30 mins.)
“ the soap that quite literally had the lot! ” - chilla-black
 
6.
The Prisoner (1967 TV Series)
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After resigning, a secret agent is abducted and taken to what looks like an idyllic village, but is really a bizarre prison. His warders demand information. He gives them nothing, but only tries to escape. (50 mins.)
 
7.
Metal Mickey (1980 TV Series)
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Metal Mickey was a robot built by young Ken to do chores around the house. Ken was the eldest child of a typical British family--well... (30 mins.)
 
8.
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979 TV Series)
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A 20th century astronaut emerges out of 500 years of suspended animation into a future time to become Earth's greatest hero. (60 mins.)
 
9.
Space: 1999 (1975 TV Series)
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The crew of Moonbase Alpha must struggle to survive when a massive explosion throws the Moon from orbit into deep space. (50 mins.)
 
10.
Picture Box (1966 TV Series)
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Enduring ITV schools programme with Alan Rothwell introducing short films from around the world.
 
11.
The Pink Panther Show (1969 TV Series)
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The Pink Panther is a heroic, moral cartoon cat with pink fur and the manners of an English aristocrat... (90 mins.)
 
12.
The Road Runner Show (1966 TV Series)
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The desert in the U.S. southwest is the natural habitat of the Road Runner, a high-octane, cartoon bird... (30 mins.)
 
13.
Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels (1977 TV Series)
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The adventures of a superhero caveman and a trio of female amateur detectives.
“ Always said I would love to see the blokes face as he makes the Cavey sound! ” - chilla-black
 
14.
Wide Awake Club (1984 TV Series)
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15.
Eurotrash (1993 TV Series)
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A 30-minute magazine-format programme in English. Despite being a big budget show it was surreal and had a deliberate low budget feel. (30 mins.)
Director: Luke Campbell
“ their 'overdubs' were legendary in them days... ” - chilla-black
 
16.
Crown Court (1972 TV Series)
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Courtroom drama - each case takes three episodes. At the end of the third episode a jury of "ordinary people" comes to a verdict on the evidence presented. (30 mins.)
 
17.
Tales of the Unexpected (1979 TV Series)
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Dramatizations of many Roald Dahl short stories. (25 mins.)
 
18.
D'Artacan y los tres mosqueperros (1981 TV Series)
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In 17th century France, young Dogtanian travels to Paris to fulfill his ambition to become one of the King's Musketeers. He befriends Athos, Porthos and Aramis and falls in love with Juliette. A doggy version of the tale. (30 mins.)
 
19.
Whirlybirds (1957 TV Series)
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One hundred eleven episodes of this syndicated show were produced between 1956 and 1959, debuting in the US in January 1957... (30 mins.)
Director: Joseph Kane
 
20.
Automan (1983 TV Series)
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A computer generated superhero and his human creator fight crime in their city. (70 mins.)
Director: Allen Baron
 
21.
Top of the Pops (1964 TV Series)
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A rundown of the latest chart hits, featuring in-studio performances from popular music artists. (30 mins.)
 
22.
Eat Bulaga (1979 TV Series)
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23.
The Comedians (1971 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
24.
Dallas (1978 TV Series)
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The soapy, backstabbing machinations of Dallas oil magnate J.R. Ewing and his family. (60 mins.)
 
25.
NYPD Blue (1993 TV Series)
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NYPD Detectives of Manhattan's fictional 15th precinct investigate criminal cases. (45 mins.)
 
26.
Monkey (1978 TV Series)
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An adaptation of a Chinese folktale about a pilgrimage to the West undertaken by a monk and his divine guardians.
 
27.
Make Me Laugh (1979 TV Series)
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A comedy game show in which the object was not to laugh at the comedians. Various comedians would have one minute each to make the contestant laugh... (30 mins.)
“ very short lived in the UK but very funny ” - chilla-black
 
28.
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983 TV Series)
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The adventures of a gang of British workmen abroad. Combines black and white humour with moments of drama... (60 mins.)
Director: Anthony Garner
 
29.
Murphy's Mob (1982 TV Series)
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Director: Micky Dolenz
 
30.
Tucker's Luck (1983 TV Series)
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The further adventures of Tucker Jenkins and his former class mates from Grange Hill. Follow Tucker and friends, as they duck and dive their way through love and life during a time of high unemployment in the 1980's. (30 mins.)
 
31.
Grange Hill (1978 TV Series)
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The long running television series of the Grange Hill Comprehensive School, and the children's everyday lives. (30 mins.)
 
32.
The Russ Abbot Show (1986 TV Series)
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(45 mins.)
 
33.
Bullseye (1981 TV Series)
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Contestants test their darts skills and general knowledge and battle it out to get to Bully's Prize Board. (30 mins.)
 
34.
V (1984 TV Series)
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A year after Liberation Day, courtesy of the red-dust bacteria, the humanoid, lizard-like aliens develop a resistance to the micro-organism and try to regain control of the Earth--only now some humans are knowingly working with them. (60 mins.)
 
35.
The Lenny Henry Show (1984 TV Series)
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A sketch show featuring many different characters and spoofs.
Director: Geoff Posner
 
36.
The World at War (1973 Mini-Series)
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A series of documentaries about World War II. (52 mins.)
 
37.
Play School (1964 TV Series)
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Stories, fun, and things to make and do for pre-school children. (20 mins.)
 
38.
Ivor the Engine (1975 TV Series)
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Children's animation from the 'Smallfilms' team of Postgate and Firmin. In the 'top, left hand corner... (5 mins.)
 
39.
Button Moon (1980 TV Series)
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Mr Spoon and his family live on Junk Planet. He travels in his baked bean tin spaceship across blanket sky to Button Moon. There he meets many strange characters and watches stories unfold on other planets using his telescope. (11 mins.)
 
40.
Wacky Races (1968 TV Series)
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The participants of an unusual car race compete around America. (30 mins.)
 
41.
Batman: The Movie (1966)
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The Dynamic Duo faces four super-villains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people. (105 mins.)
 
42.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960)
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Huckleberry Finn, a rambunctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish... (107 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
43.
Jamie and the Magic Torch (1976 TV Series)
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When Jamie shines his Magic Torch on the floor of his bedroom a hole appears, leading Jamie and Wordsworth the sheepdog to the psychedelic fantasy world of Cuckooland. (10 mins.)
 
44.
Bruce Forsyth and the Generation Game (1971 TV Series)
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Making a fool of the contestants as they try to copy professionals who have strange jobs. To win some... (60 mins.)
Director: Stuart Hall
 
45.
EastEnders (1985 TV Series)
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The everyday lives of working-class inhabitants of Albert Square, a traditional Victorian square of terrace houses surrounding a park in the East End of London's Walford borough. The square includes the Queen Vic pub and a street market. (30 mins.)
Director: David Andrews
 
46.
The Hit Man and Her (1988 TV Series)
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At 4 am on a Sunday morning this wasn't the most taxing of programs as you debated whether it was good...
 
47.
Guinness World Records (1999 TV Series)
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Series featuring attempts at bizarre new world records. (50 mins.)
 
48.
Beadle's About (1986 TV Series)
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Elaborate tricks involving actors are played on members of the public who have been set up by friends or family. (30 mins.)
 
49.
The Incredible Hulk (1978 TV Series)
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A fugitive scientist has the curse of becoming a powerful green monster under extreme emotional stress. (60 mins.)
 
50.
The Outer Limits (1995 TV Series)
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A modern revival of the classic eponymous 1960s sci-fi horror anthology show. Episodes often have twist-endings and involve aliens. Sometimes, story from one episode continues in a later episode. (44 mins.)
 
51.
Jack the Ripper (1988 TV Series)
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A Scotland Yard police inspector, battling the booze, investigates the Jack the Ripper murders and discovers a conspiracy that leads all the way up to the queen. (190 mins.)
 
52.
WCW Worldwide Wrestling (1975 TV Series)
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This nationally syndicated pro wrestling series ran from 1975 to 2001. Launched by producer Jim Crockett Jr.... (60 mins.)
 
53.
Battlestar Galactica (1978 TV Series)
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After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet on a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth. (60 mins.)
 
54.
Knight Rider (1982 TV Series)
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A lone crimefighter battles the forces of evil with the help of an indestructible and artificially intelligent supercar. (46 mins.)
 
55.
The Muppet Show (1976 TV Series)
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Kermit the Frog and his friends struggle to put on a weekly variety show. (30 mins.)
 
57.
Flash Gordon (1936)
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Three earthlings visit the planet Mongo to thwart the evil schemes of Emperor Ming the Merciless. (245 mins.)
 
58.
It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1974 TV Series)
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The comic adventures of a group of misfits who form an extremely bad concert party touring the hot and steamy jungles of Burma entertaining the troops during World War II. (30 mins.)
 
59.
Watching (1987 TV Series)
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A young couple from Merseyside and their off again/on again relationship. (60 mins.)
 
60.
Gamesmaster (1992 TV Series)
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Computer game show. (30 mins.)
 
61.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983 TV Series)
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The most powerful man in the universe, He-Man, goes against the evil forces of Skeletor to save the planet Eternia and to protect the secrets of Castle Grayskull. (30 mins.)
 
62.
Danger Mouse (1981 TV Series)
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Danger Mouse, the greatest secret agent in the world, must follow Colonel K's orders (and try not to break Professor Squawkencluck's inventions) to foil Baron Greenback's and his henchman Stiletto's plans. (25 mins.)
 
63.
Robot Wars (1998 TV Series)
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Knockout competition between deadly robots designed and controlled by contestants. There's chainsaws, spikes, and lots of flying metal. (45 mins.)
Director: Paul Kirrage
 
64.
Up the Elephant and Round the Castle (1983 TV Series)
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James 'Jim' London becomes a man of property when a relative dies, leaving him the run-down Victorian abode of 17 Railway Terrace... (30 mins.)
 
65.
Home to Roost (1985 TV Series)
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John Thaw is Henry Willows, a middle-aged man in middle-management who has been divorced from his wife... (50 mins.)
 
66.
No Place Like Home (1983 TV Series)
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When Arthur and Beryl Crabtree are set to begin a quiet life at last, their four grown-up children return home one by one. With a son-in-law and neighbours always popping in as well, the quiet life never gets started. (30 mins.)
 
67.
Dick Turpin (1979 TV Series)
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The eighteenth century, swashbuckling adventures of Britain's legendary highwayman. When he returned from military service in Flanders... (30 mins.)
“ at the beginning of the 1980's, a saturday night in Britain wasn't complete without watching an episode of 'Dick Turpin' ” - chilla-black
 
68.
The Little and Large Show (1978 TV Series)
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(40 mins.)
 
69.
Match of the Day (1964 TV Series)
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Highlights, interviews and analysis from expert pundits of Saturday's English Premier League football matches. (70 mins.)
 
70.
Noel's House Party (1991 TV Series)
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Set in Noel Edmonds' fictitious grand house in the equally fictitious town of Crinkley Bottom, the show... (50 mins.)
 
71.
Airwolf (1984 TV Series)
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As part of a deal with an intelligence agency to look for his missing brother, a renegade pilot goes on missions with an advanced battle helicopter. (60 mins.)
 
72.
The Sky at Night (1957 TV Series)
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Astronomy programme. (20 mins.)
“ the most shifted around TV show in the history of the schedules ” - chilla-black
 
73.
The Big Match (1968 TV Series)
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(60 mins.)
 
74.
World of Sport (1964 TV Series)
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Weekly sports coverage extravaganza. Featuring previews and results of the weekend football. Famously including coverage of British professional wrestling.
 
75.
World Championship Snooker (1973 TV Series)
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BBC coverage of the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.
 
76.
Stig of the Dump (1981 Mini-Series)
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Young boy discovers a teenaged caveman living in the local rubbish dump. (25 mins.)
 
77.
It's a Knockout (1985 TV Series)
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"It's a Knockout" was a loud, colourful and downright silly game show that was a hallmark of 1980s Australian television...
Director: Erik Steen
 
78.
The Waltons (1971 TV Series)
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The life and trials of a 1930s and 1940s Virginia mountain family through financial depression and World War II. (60 mins.)
“ the ultimate 'Sundays' TV show ” - chilla-black
 
79.
Family Fortunes (1980 TV Series)
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Two families go head to head to answer everday questions . (30 mins.)
 
80.
Cheggers Plays Pop (1978 TV Series)
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Teams of teenagers battle it out in a pop quiz and activity competitions. (25 mins.)
Director: Johnnie Stewart
 
81.
3-2-1 (1978 TV Series)
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Three couples compete in a missing word game, with the winning couple going on to solve riddles left by guest performers to win prizes and avoid Dusty Bin's booby prize. (60 mins.)
 
82.
The Krypton Factor (1981 TV Series)
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With the aim of finding the 'perfect human', this show ran contestants through a wide variety of competitions...
 
83.
No 73 (1982 TV Series)
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Saturday morning magazine show based around a busy house in Maidstone, Kent - No. 73 - featuring star guests...
 
84.
The Perils of Penelope Pitstop (1969 TV Series)
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The Ant Hill Mob has to protect Penelope Pitstop from a murderous lawyer who is after her inheritance. (30 mins.)
 
85.
Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines (1969 TV Series)
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Dick Dastardly leads a fighter plane group to try ineffectualy to stop a carrier pigeon. (30 mins.)
 
86.
The Water Margin (1973 TV Series)
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Nearly a thousand years ago in ancient China, there was a cruel government. 108 renegade will try to change the story. (60 mins.)
 
87.
The Bill (1984 TV Series)
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Episodes follow uniform officers and detectives from an inner London police station as they enforce law and order on a day to day basis. (50 mins.)
 
88.
Crossroads (1964 TV Series)
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The four or five times a week adventures of a motel owner, son, daughter and her staff. Drama was never far away from the ringing of the reception bell. (30 mins.)
 
89.
Wish You Were Here...? (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Holiday travel series. (30 mins.)
Director: Fred Aidroos
 
90.
Good Morning Britain (1983 TV Series)
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Breakfast news and magazine programme. (205 mins.)
 
91.
Channel 4 News (1982 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Britain's most in depth and probing national news bulletin, featuring political stories, interviews with prominent public figures and arts features. (45 mins.)
 
92.
Taxi (1978 TV Series)
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The staff of a New York City taxicab company go about their job while they dream of greater things. (30 mins.)
 
93.
Newsnight (1980 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Serious news reports, analysis and no-holds-barred interviews with leading politicians and public figures. (45 mins.)
 
94.
Play for Today (1970 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A British television anthology drama series transmitted on BBC1 between 1970 and 1984. (75 mins.)
 
95.
Doctor Who (1963 TV Series)
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Time and Space traveling adventures of a Gallifreyan Time Lord only known as the Doctor and his companions, traveling through time and space. (45 mins.)
 
96.
The Grumbleweeds Show (1983 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
97.
Ulysses 31 (1981 TV Series)
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To return home and restore his cursed crew, a great hero of space and his child companions must find the Kingdom of Hades against all evil opposition. (25 mins.)
“ epic cartoon series that went on for ever! ” - chilla-black
 
98.
The Moomins (1979 TV Series)
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A stop-motion animated children's television series, often referred to as the Fuzzy Felt Moomins, based on the stories and illustrations by the Finnish author Tove Jansson. (8 mins.)
 
99.
The Kenny Everett Video Show (1978 TV Series)
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This show featured music set to imagery, just prior to MTV. Most of it was concert footage though some had effects and a theme. It had a choreography segment featuring dancers known as "Hot Gossip". (30 mins.)
 
100.
100 Worst Pop Records (2004 Documentary)
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101.
Sons and Daughters (1982 TV Series)
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Dramatic incidents in the lives of the wealthy Hamilton family and working class Palmer family, linked... (30 mins.)
“ surely the most addictive, yet mind-numbing soap ever ” - chilla-black