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Moonlighting is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on ABC from March 3, 1985, to May 14, 1989. The network aired a total of 66 episodes (67 in syndication as the pilot is split into two episodes). Starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis as private detectives, the show was a mixture of drama, comedy, mystery, and romance, and was considered to be one of the first successful and influential examples of comedy-drama, or "dramedy", emerging as a distinct television genre.
The show's theme song was co-written and performed by jazz singer Al Jarreau and became a hit. The show is also credited with making Willis a star, while re-launching the career of Shepherd after a string of lackluster projects. In 1997, the episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice" was ranked #34 on (the 1997) TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time. In 2007, the series was listed as one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-Time". The relationship between David and Maddie was included in TV Guide's list of the best TV couples of all time.
Absolutely loved this show, funny and dramatic, Bruce Willis was amazing in this show. 8/10
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- Grange Hill
- Why Don't You
- Blue Peter
- Going Live!
- Multi Coloured Swap Shop
- Glen Michael's Cartoon Cavalcade
- Cheggers Plays Pop
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Grange Hill TV Show
Grange Hill is a British television children's drama series originally made by the BBC. The show began its run on 8 February 1978 on BBC1, and was one of the longest-running programmes on British television when it ended its run on 15 September 2008. It was created by Phil Redmond who is also responsible for the Channel 4 dramas Brookside and Hollyoaks; other notable production team members down the years have included producer Colin Cant and script editor Anthony Minghella.
After 30 years, the show was cancelled in 2008 as it was felt by the BBC that the series had run its course.
The drama was centred on the fictional comprehensive school of Grange Hill in the equally fictitious North London borough of Northam. As well as dealing with school-related issues such as bullying, learning difficulties, teacher-pupil relationships and conflicts, Grange Hill "broke new ground over the years, with the kind of hard-hitting storylines not usually seen in children's dramas", such as racism, Zammo's heroin addiction, teenage pregnancy, AIDS, LGBT, knife crime, homelessness, rape and mental health. The series was originally to have been called "Grange Park", which would go on to be used as the name of the school in another Redmond creation, the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside
Peter 'Tucker' Jenkins- Todd Carty
Suzanne Roass- Susan Tully
Samuel 'Zammo' MacGuire- Lee McDonald
Lucinda Oliver- Letitia Dean
Fiona Wilson- Michelle Gayle
Terence 'Tegs' Ratcliffe- Sean McGuire
Grange Hill was always must watch TV when you came home from school, hard hitting storylines and superb acting with memorable characters that were to go on to bigger and better things, loved it and never missed an episode. 9/10
Just Good Friends TV Show (1983-1986)
Just Good Friends is a British sitcom written by John Sullivan. It starred Paul Nicholas and Jan Francis as former lovers Vincent Pinner and Penny Warrender, who meet in a pub five years after he jilted her at the altar.
Writer John Sullivan had previously written two successful sitcoms for the BBC, Citizen Smith and Only Fools and Horses. The lead roles in these series had all been male, and Sullivan felt he should base his new sitcom around a woman. His source of inspiration was a letter in a magazine read to him by his wife, written by a woman who had been jilted by her fiancé on the day of her wedding.
According to a 2007 Comedy Connections documentary on Just Good Friends, Sullivan was originally motivated to create the character by Cheryl Hall, the co-star of Citizen Smith. Hall complained that Sullivan was incapable of writing comedy for women, always giving the best of his material to the male characters. Sullivan was stung by the remark because, in his words, "she was absolutely right", and deliberately set out to create a strong and funny female lead.
Jan Francis, who had played Lisa Colbert in Secret Army, was cast as Penny, and established theatre actor Paul Nicholas was chosen to play Vincent, although this was his first major television role. Being a notable singer, Nicholas also performed the title theme song, written by John Sullivan and arranged by Ronnie Hazlehurst. For the end title music, Hazlehurst arranged the theme for flugelhorn.
A really enjoyable, funny show that was a joy to watch each week, the cast was amazingly funny and believable. 8/10
- Paul Nicholas as Vincent Pinner
- Jan Francis as Penny Warrender
- John Ringham as Norman Warrender
- Sylvia Kay as Daphne Warrender
- Shaun Curry as Les Pinner
- Ann Lynn as Rita Pinner (Series 2 onwards)
- Adam French as Clifford Pinner
- Charlotte Seely as Georgina "Gina" Marshall, Vince's wife (Series 3)
- Colette Gleeson as Elaine, Penny's friend and co-worker
- James Lister as Lennie, Vince's friend
- Bill Wallis as A.J. Styles, Penny's boss
- Sally Faulkner as Bev, Vince's secretary (Series 3)
- Andrew Tourell as Graham Pratt, Penny's husband
T. J. Hooker TV Show (1982-1985)
T. J. Hooker is an American police drama television program starring William Shatner in the title role as a 15-year veteran police sergeant. The series premiered as a mid-season replacement on March 13, 1982, on ABC and ran on the network until May 4, 1985. The show was then picked up for a further single season by CBS.
The supporting cast includes Adrian Zmed as rookie Officer Vince Romano; April Clough as Officer Vicki Taylor (Season 1 only), replaced by Heather Locklear as rookie Officer Stacy Sheridan (season 2 onwards); and Richard Herd as Captain Dennis Sheridan, portraying officers in the fictional "LCPD" Police Department Academy Precinct. Toward the end of the show's second season, James Darren became a regular cast member as Officer Jim Corrigan.
The background of Sergeant Thomas Jefferson "T.J." Hooker is that he, up until recently, was a plainclothes LCPD Detective Sergeant whose partner was killed in the line of duty while he and Hooker were trying to stop a bank robbery. An angry Hooker is motivated to rid the streets of criminals like those who murdered his partner, and he gives up his detective position to return to duty as a uniformed beat cop.
In "The Protectors," the series' pilot/TV movie, Hooker, back in uniform, trains a group of police academy recruits, including those played by Richard Lawson, Brian Patrick Clarke, Kelly Harmon, and Adrian Zmed. Hal Williams plays a senior officer, and Richard Herd makes a brief appearance as Captain Dennis Sheridan, Hooker's tough but understanding superior. During most of the series, Hooker is partnered with brash, sometimes hot-headed young rookie Vince Romano (played by Zmed). Hooker acts as his mentor both professionally and socially. The age difference generally being the key hook of the partnership, the pair quickly became fast friends and a good team.
Outside of his work, Hooker is divorced as a result of his work putting a strain on his marriage, but he is friendly with his ex-wife Fran, a nurse. A ladies' man, Hooker is still trying to adjust to being single again. Lee Bryant was the original actress to portray Fran; the part is later played by Leigh Christian.
- William Shatner as Sergeant Thomas Jefferson "T. J." Hooker
- Adrian Zmed as Officer Vincent "Vince" Romano (Seasons 1–4)
- April Clough as Officer Vicki Taylor (Season 1)
- Heather Locklear as Officer Stacy Sheridan (Seasons 2–5)
- Richard Herd as Captain Dennis Sheridan (main cast Seasons 1–2, occasional special guest star Seasons 3–4)
- James Darren as Officer Jim Corrigan (Seasons 2–5)
The Kids From Fame
Kids from Fame was an American television series that ran from 1982 to 1987. The show was based on the 1980 motion picture of the same name that tells the stories of the students and faculty at the "New York City High School for the Performing Arts."
The show was produced by MGM Television and was first broadcast on the NBC television network in the U.S. and on the BBC in the United Kingdom. NBC cancelled the series in 1983, but the show continued for an additional four seasons in syndication.
The popularity of the film and television productions was such that its cast members went on the road to perform live concerts.
The show's self-titled theme song was a pop hit for singer Irene Cara, having been the featured piece in the motion picture. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, who currently holds the distribution rights for all MGM television series, released the first season of Fame on DVD on November 1, 2005.
Oh the memories with this show, superb 8/10
Rolo Advert from The 80s, just awesome and great advertising gimmick.
Mork & Mindy
Mork & Mindy is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from September 14, 1978 to May 27, 1982. A spin-off after a highly successful episode of Happy Days, it starred Robin Williams as Mork, an extraterrestrial who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-Orkan egg-shaped spaceship. Pam Dawber co-starred as Mindy McConnell, his human friend and roommate, and later his wife and the mother of his child.
Robin Williams was just awesome in this 8/10
Mork (Robin Williams) – An alien from the planet Ork sent to observe human behavior. Mork mentions many times that Orkan scientists grew him in a test-tube.
Mindy McConnell (Pam Dawber) – A pretty female human who finds Mork and teaches him about human behavior. Eventually falls in love, marries Mork and raises an Orkan "child".
Fred McConnell (Conrad Janis) – Mindy's father, a widower with conservative values. In the first season, Fred owned a music shop with Cora. In the third season, Fred became the conductor of the Boulder Symphony Orchestra.
Grandma Cora Hudson (Elizabeth Kerr) – Mindy's less-conservative, progressive grandmother and Fred's mother-in-law.
Franklin Delano Bickley (Tom Poston) – Mindy's downstairs neighbor. He has a job involving writing out greeting cards. At first, he is a total grump and always complains about noise. In time, however, he warms up and becomes a friend to Mork and Mindy and the gang.
Mearth (Jonathan Winters) – The "child" of Mork and Mindy and godson of Orson. Because of Orkan physiology, Orkans age backwards, starting with elderly adult bodies but with the mind of a child and regressing to feeble "old" kids.
Remo DaVinci (Jay Thomas) – The brother of Jeanie DaVinci co-owner of The New York Delicatessen in season 2 and DaVinci's Restaurant in season 3.
Jeanie DaVinci (Gina Hecht) – The sister of Remo DaVinci and co-owner of The New York Delicatessen in season 2 and DaVinci's Restaurant in season 3.
Nelson Flavor (Jim Staahl) – The strait-laced, driven, yet aloof cousin of Mindy with dreams of political power.
Orson (voiced by Ralph James) – Mork's mostly unseen and long-suffering superior who has sent Mork to Earth to get him off-world because humor is not permitted on Ork.
3–2–1 was a British game show that was made by Yorkshire Television for ITV. It ran for ten years, between 29 July 1978 and 24 December 1988, with Ted Rogers as the host.
It was based on a Spanish gameshow called Un, dos, tres... responda otra vez and was a trio of three shows in one: a quiz, variety and a game show. The show was a huge success, consistently pulling in large ratings. The first series, though intended as a summer filler, attracted up to 16.5 million viewers and subsequent years never failed to peak below 12 million. The show occupied a Saturday early evening slot for most of its run.
The final Christmas special, broadcast on 24 December 1988, attracted 12.5 million viewers, but an eleventh series was not commissioned. Ted Rogers claimed in an April 1996 interview that "The Oxbridge lot got control of TV and they didn't really want it. It was too downmarket for them. We were still getting 12 million viewers when they took it off after ten years. These days if a show gets nine million everyone does a lap of honour."
The overall objective of the game was to survive elimination through to part three of the show, and try to unravel a series of cryptic clues in order to win the star prize. One of the clues, however, referred to Dusty Bin who was the show's booby prize. If the contestants ended up with Dusty at the end of the show, all they got was a brand new dustbin. Each show had a theme, such as "Seacruise" or the "Swinging Sixties". All of the variety acts, quiz questions, stage sets and clues subsequently followed this theme. In later series, Dusty would appear at the start of the show dressed in a costume relating to that week's theme.
The changing themes were dropped for the final series where a more generic stage set was re-used each week.