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Bill Collins
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I remember The Golden Shot, filmed in Birmingham with
Bob Monkhouse initially presenting aided by the lovely
Anne Aston, i am surprised it hasn`t been revived! We
get a lot of Reg Grundy stuff here too, i remember
Skippy from my childhood!

What about The Weakest Link? I remember this
question...`Which Jeff wrote the musical version of The
War of the Worlds?` The old guy contestant answered
`Jeff Leppard` hilarious!
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Edge Of Darkness was excellent (never seen the movie remake).

The Guardians was a fantastic dystopian look at a near-future Britain. I don't know if Alan Moore's ever credited it as a source for "V For Vendetta", but they're similar in some respects.

Horizon is a good science documentary series.
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Bottom 
Blackadder the Third
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Trevor, Bottom but not The Young Ones?????
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Bill, Iíve seen reruns and I appreciate it but Bottom is my all time favourite. I should mention Only Fools and Horses, which is a classic.
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Only Fools and Horses definitely is! Have you seen
Filthy, Rich and Catflap?

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Yes, seen Filty Rich. I liked it but Wasnít a big fan.
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I don't believe Only Fools And Horses has ever been shown in America. I've only seen it thanks to some free with the U.K. paper giveaway DVDs. We have gotten Open All Hours, Butterflies, Goodnight Sweetheart and Darling Buds Of May more than once though.

I used to like On The Buses as a kid, doesn't really stand up well but a lot of characters (Oh, oh... I 'ate you Butler' 'But Arfur!'). Also The Rag Trade, another old one, lots of broad characters and routines. The Liver Birds and Rising Damp have their moments too. A lot of people say The Likely Lads and Whatever Happened to The Likely Lads are classics, but haven't seen quite enough myself. The Dustbinmen had Trevor Bannister before Are You Being Served.
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Only Fools and Horses started OK, then got good, and slowly turned to brilliant.

My favourite single episode is probably when Rodney won the holiday with his painting of Marble Arch, but has to pretend to be 14 years old.

There's also the one where Del and Rodney run toward the camera as Batman and Robin...
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To wit: LINK 
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I remember The Dustbinmen from when i was a kid, it
amused me that they named the bin lorry Thunderbird 3!
On The Busses has not aged well, but if the spin off
films are on tv i will watch them for the nostalgia of
the outside filming, the England, cars etc of my
childhood.
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Whatever Happened to The Likely Lads.  What a great show.
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Gotta love Pointless, today`s episode has a contestant
who cosplay`s as The Beast!
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Weird. I want to see someone who has a full Beast costume under pink latex head and hands so I can go up to them and say how there is no way that it could fool anyone! (In the early '70s Amazing Adventures this is is what the newly furry Beast used with some kind of back straightening aparatus to make everyone think he was still the old Hank McCoy).

There are some teens/kids shows from England, kind of like Australia's Skippy, that I wouldn't put in any hall of fame but still mean something to me nostalgically... The Double Deckers, The Tomorrow People, something called SWALK with Prunella Scales and Nicola Cowper, oh, and the second season of Space: 1999 (hard to defend that). I have all the old '70s Tomorrow People, I just had to (plus most of it was on dirt cheap clearance) but some of it would be horrendously hard to sit through again if I even dared, flashbacks of Peter Davison in a wig, some extremely dodgy chroma-key effects with 'Kenny', a cardboard robot that was not the least intimidating, and, no make it stop! Sometimes the best bit was the opening music with things flashing at you.
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Rebecca, he looks very much like Tyler Maine from X-Men
in his civvies, if i remember i will get a screen grab
tomorrow, as he will be in that ep too.

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I loved Double Deckers(I had a crush on Tiger when i was
a kid) and got a cheap dvd copy off Ebay, it held up ok!
Tomorrow People was one of my favourites too, i loved
holding my large 70`s belt buckle and pretending to
`Jaunt`! I have seen clips and as you say, it hasn`t
aged well! I tried the two remakes from the last couple
of decades, but didn`t like them!
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I wanted to be a Tomorrow person very badly for awhile but they never came for me. Sob! That show got me ready for the X-Men I'm sure, plus the first one I bought #131 had a story a bit like the first Tomorrow People only with Kitty on the run and in danger from the baddies instead of Stephen.

'Swalk' had a comic book motif to it, Prunella Scales was an advice column lady from inside the romance photo comic, she would pop up in a cartoon style panel and tell Nicola/Amanda all kinds of 'advice'. I think it was an early Channel 4 programme, it sort of reminds me of early Brookside in some ways. You can see a bit on Youtube... https://youtu.be/DN6dvHSRexw

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Rebecca, if memory serves, you became `Homo Superior`
upon reaching puberty, if you had the genes. As i was
only about 9 at the time, i lived in hope!
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Another show came to mind that would have to go in my list: The Goodies.

I don't really want to investigate whether it would stand up to scrutiny today, but back then it was hilarious.
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Yes Peter, i used to run home from Boy`s Brigade on a
Tuesday night to watch The Goodies, i suspect it
wouldn`t hold up well today...i am no longer 9, and the
humour was of it`s time! I say this as someone who
bought Funky Gibbon and The Inbetweenies on 7"!
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I saw The Goodies too 'back in the day', and then I did watch a couple of them more recently... it wasn't quite timeless like Python/Fawlty Towers. I remember really liking The Ripping Yarns by Terry Jones and Michael Palin, especially the 'Across The Andes By Frog' one where the Himalayan sleeping toad gave his all for the expedition (mercifully without ever waking up). :^|
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My favorite British TV shows: 

Monty Python's Flying Circus
The Young Ones
Black Books 
Spaced
Jam
Ideal
Black Mirror

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Ace of Wands was a particular childhood favourite of mine, it starred Michael MacKenzie as Tarot, a stage magician who in his spare time would battle kooky villains with his supernatural and psychic powers. Ace of Wands also had a fabulous theme song written and performed by Andy Brown (Status Quo) that I still occasionally find myself singing in the shower all these decades later (though not quite so well as the original version which can be found on YouTube). Sad to say, many of the early episodes were wiped and now exist only in the memories of those of us who were fortunate enough to have been around at the time.
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Andrew, i used to love Ace of Wands, i did buy a dvd a
few years ago, but never got around to watching it, i
also bought The Singing Ringing Tree(definitely not
British) which scared the crap out of me as a kid, and
not got around to watching that either!
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I have both those DVDs/sets Bill. I got interested in such things from reading about them in magazines so no scary memories of The Singing Ringing Tree, I think it's amazing.

Last I'd heard/read the entire first series of Ace Of Wands had been relegated to 'missing presumed wiped'. Just a few stills from that season, and scripts. Everything after that is on the DVD set. If I could see the original first series I suspect it would be up with The Owl Service and Sky as among the best ever. They do turn things up even now though, a first series Avengers with Ian Hendry came out of the blue a few years ago. Also I think someone may have returned a bunch of studio tapes of Hancock's Half Hour radio programmes (or it may just have been tv audio for a vinyl release project later on).
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