Whatever Happened to The Likely Lads?

Welcome back to the podcast which celebrates growing up as a child in 1970's Britain and the central part that television played in our lives then. The 70's marked a time of change for Britain when huge numbers of people moved from traditional, industrial city centres to new housing estates with aspirations to join the middle classes. TV reflected this cultural shift and Whatever Happened to The Likely Lads? captured this perfectly. Brilliantly scripted by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, the show followed two life long friends, Bob Ferris (Rodney Bewes) and Terry Collier (James Bolam) as they slowly…

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Watching the Detectives – US Style

Welcome back to the podcast which celebrates growing up as a child in 1970's Britain and the central part which television played in our and our families' lives then.In this episode, we look at the huge number of US cop and detective shows which formed a staple of 1970's TV programming. Our host Oliver runs down his Top 10 of shows including favourites like Kojak and The Rockford Files. We remember husband and wife double acts in Hart to Hart and McMillan and Wife and the underrated Serpico. We also hear about Barnaby Jones starring Jed Clampett (sorry Buddy Ebsen) and can you guess…

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50th episode: What Was On in 1972?

To mark our fiftieth episode, we travel back 50 years to 1972 to see what we were watching on TV. There are some old favourites like Mary, Mungo and Midge, The Magic Roundabout, Blue Peter and Penelope Pitstop but some forgotten treasures like Hatty Town and Woobinda - Animal Doctor.Why were Henry Fonda and Glenn Ford in formulaic TV cop shows? And our host Oliver has a bit of difficulty reconciling some of the programme content with 21st century attitudes. Also can you guess which two long running shows started this year?Join in the conversation by leaving a…

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