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Re: Old TV shows that no one you talk to remembers.

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 8:07 am
by gman72
shiftytigger wrote:Wattoo Wattoo , Super Bird. No one I know ever heard of it . was it a fever dream?
This was not a dream, shifty, I remember this.

Re: Old TV shows that no one you talk to remembers.

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 8:48 am
by Bluce_Ree
HalcyonDaze00 wrote:Sledge Hammer
Trust me, I know what I'm doing.

Re: Old TV shows that no one you talk to remembers.

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 8:49 am
by Bluce_Ree
TheDude18 wrote:Here's a few which when mentioned my mates just look dull at me (which have already been mentioned in this thread)

Get Stuffed - Students show you how to cook for pennies (did anyone actually try a recipe though?)

Vidz (or was its Vids?) - Two men (Scottish/Welsh) review films from their video shop. Very funny for its time and they would review films that wouldn't get a mention anywhere else at the time e.g. Managa

Tour of Duty - An american TV based around a group of soldiers during the Vietnam war. A great show, if a little 'timid' these days. Begging for a TV re-make. Great use of 'Paint it Black' as an opening tune too.

Sledge Hammer - Do I need to explain this one? To my ill-informed mates I do!
All good choices!

Vids was great although it got a bit creepy when the creepier of the two guys was reviewing porn.

Re: Old TV shows that no one you talk to remembers.

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:37 am
by Katzkatz
Does anyone remember Dream On? It was on Channel 4 in the early 1990s. It was about a divorced book editor and his escapades with lots of women. There were a few guest appearances, like Gates McFadden and Teri Hatcher. It used clips from old films and TV. It was produced and some of the episodes were directed by Martin Landis(American Werewolf in London). I think a few episodes were shown on ITV 4 a few years ago. Some of them are up on YouTube.

Re: Old TV shows that no one you talk to remembers.

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:57 am
by joefish
Katzkatz wrote:Does anyone remember Dream On? It was on Channel 4 in the early 1990s. It was about a divorced book editor and his escapades with lots of women. There were a few guest appearances, like Gates McFadden and Teri Hatcher. It used clips from old films and TV. It was produced and some of the episodes were directed by Martin Landis(American Werewolf in London). I think a few episodes were shown on ITV 4 a few years ago. Some of them are up on YouTube.
Vaguely - I seem to remember it regularly showing boobies! In fact, didn't it come on after The Adam & Joe Show and they commented on it coming up at the end of their programme? :lol:

Re: Old TV shows that no one you talk to remembers.

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:17 am
by greenberet79
The Centurions was great. I had two of the figures (the one on land and one in water) and my mate had another (the one who could fly). The dude on land had a big machine gun that attached to his chest!

I'm surprised these have all been mentioned - jossy's giants, sports billy, box of delights, moondial. These are all quite famous as far as I'm concerned! The Fall Guy was world famous for god's sake! It used to be repeated on ITV4 not long ago.

What was the show that used to be on Channel 5 late on a Friday night - set in space, and the main character was a very attractive young woman.

Re: Old TV shows that no one you talk to remembers.

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:28 am
by Antiriad2097
greenberet79 wrote:What was the show that used to be on Channel 5 late on a Friday night - set in space, and the main character was a very attractive young woman.
Babylon 5?
Farscape?
Lexx?

Re: Old TV shows that no one you talk to remembers.

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:39 am
by greenberet79
Antiriad2097 wrote:
greenberet79 wrote:What was the show that used to be on Channel 5 late on a Friday night - set in space, and the main character was a very attractive young woman.
Babylon 5?
Farscape?
Lexx?

Lexx! Bingo! Funny, I googled "Hex" but that wasn't it.

Re: Old TV shows that no one you talk to remembers.

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:46 am
by Antiriad2097
Hex is another good show that most people won't know, a sort of British Buffy. It even features its own lesbian, echoing Buffy's resident witch, though in Hex she's a ghost.

Re: Old TV shows that no one you talk to remembers.

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:56 am
by joefish
Never mind Lexx, what about Cleopatra 2525?
And that also reminds me of MTV's The Maxx...

Re: Old TV shows that no one you talk to remembers.

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 12:53 pm
by RetroAerosmith
joefish wrote:
joefish wrote:Now one I really struggle to recall was a made-for-TV-movie that was shown around Christmas in the early 70s, and all I remember of it was one or more shrunken human characters (and possibly toy chracters) riding off on the back of a primary coloured toy train in a huge white room, saddened at being separated as the tracks diverge, possibly then waking from this a dream. I've looked at all the variations on the 'Babes in Toyland' story I can find, and none of them fit...
RetroAerosmith wrote:Sort of sounds like "Quincys Quest" made in like 79,tv panto type
thing thats never been repeated. its on youtube too and worth a rewatch just for the ad breaks in between. It has songs in it though as it has Tommy Steele in it.
OK, how you got that from my feeble description of my flimsy (and mostly false, as it turns out) childhood memories of it I'll never know, but that's the one. Thanks! It's been bugging me for decades! When you mentioned Tommy Steele, I thought you were definitely onto something. I'm pretty sure we watched it at my Gran's, either picking her up or taking her home after Christmas that year, so it would have been constantly interrupted!

He's not dreaming; he's a reject doll in tatty red dungarees trying to make it through the toy department of a huge store to reach Santa on Christmas Eve. Interesting that rather than all traditional toys, it featured contemporary ones such as robots with 'lasers' and even an Airfix Super Flight Deck. The plain white and black backgrounds that I remember were simply to cover cheap model effects. He wasn't separated from someone on the train - the points were switched to cause it to crash (though I don't remember the witch trying to sabotage his journey). The tragic bit at the end, where his ladyfriend passes out and he's left in the middle of the floor calling out for Santa as they both turn back into dolls - that brought it all back!

The ending is probably the part i remembered most when i tried to recall it, also the witch was played by Ethel from Eastenders. It was "of its time" and probably wouldnt be made now, the cost or some effects were pretty expensive looking for the era. It usually has a curio looking every christmas.

One cartoon movie no one ever remembers when i mention it is Dot and the Kangaroo. Also ive mentioned a film on numerous other forums but it involved a group of moari type australians that ate eucalyptus bars and tripped out, it was a kids movie and thats all i can remember about it. There was a koala bear in it, but thats it...

Re: Old TV shows that no one you talk to remembers.

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:15 pm
by joefish
RetroAerosmith wrote:One cartoon movie no one ever remembers when i mention it is Dot and the Kangaroo. Also ive mentioned a film on numerous other forums but it involved a group of moari type australians that ate eucalyptus bars and tripped out, it was a kids movie and thats all i can remember about it. There was a koala bear in it, but thats it...
I vaguely remember Dot and the Kangaroo, but can't picture it without thinking of Dora the Explorer. I wasn't sure if it was a series or a one-off.
Another curious one-off animation I remember is Animalympics (also on YouTube), memorable for the distinctly human proportions of its female anthropomorphic characters, and a recurring segment of a marathon road race that starts to turn hallucinatory for the goat character who leads it most of the way.

Re: Old TV shows that no one you talk to remembers.

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:17 pm
by Mancman
Automan, youtube and embrace it's greatness.

Also one I can't remember the name of myself and its been bugging me for years, really. It was about a guy who would gain superpowers by looking at the sun, his eyes would change colour if I remember correctly. I don't think it lasted very long because of the whole staring into the sun thing, kids might copy it, see.

Re: Old TV shows that no one you talk to remembers.

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:45 pm
by Katzkatz
joefish wrote:
Katzkatz wrote:Does anyone remember Dream On? It was on Channel 4 in the early 1990s. It was about a divorced book editor and his escapades with lots of women. There were a few guest appearances, like Gates McFadden and Teri Hatcher. It used clips from old films and TV. It was produced and some of the episodes were directed by Martin Landis(American Werewolf in London). I think a few episodes were shown on ITV 4 a few years ago. Some of them are up on YouTube.
Vaguely - I seem to remember it regularly showing boobies! In fact, didn't it come on after The Adam & Joe Show and they commented on it coming up at the end of their programme? :lol:
It might have been on after The Adam and Joe Show - I remember from its first run on Channel 4, that it was on at least 9 PM on a Friday. Yes - there was quite a lot of sex in it. Plus, I think it's mentioned on IMDB - that even a few ex-porn stars were in it.

Re: Old TV shows that no one you talk to remembers.

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:54 pm
by joefish
Mancman wrote:Also one I can't remember the name of myself and its been bugging me for years, really. It was about a guy who would gain superpowers by looking at the sun, his eyes would change colour if I remember correctly. I don't think it lasted very long because of the whole staring into the sun thing, kids might copy it, see.
Northstar, not to be confused with the Manga / Animé Fist of the North Star.
Good old Greg Evigan ('You may remember him from...') as an astronaut given super-powers by cosmic rays or something. He has to wear sunglasses so his UV-activated powers don't overwhelm him. Which of course, he has to do by the end, dramatically whipping off his glasses and staring at the sun to obtain super-strength, after which his eyes go red and he goes into a fit - a bit like the end of Total Recall! Certainly had the look of a failed series pilot. Presumably each episode was to conclude with him dramatically whipping off his glasses to gain the necessary powers. Again. Or maybe some sort of twist involving a UV torch after dark. As frankly, super-powers that only work in the open-air under bright exposed Californian sunshine are a bit shit really...