The Persuaders was magic. Two charismatic and strong leads - Roger Moore and Tony Curtis - combined with some explosive storylines made for a very entertaining watch. Sadly dissolved after a run of 24 episodes due to the US not loving it.
The theme was written by John Barry but the version on offer here is The London Symphony Orchestra's stately arrangement with Johnny Keating at the controls. Grandeur at its best.
Monday 26 July
Crossroads - Episode 2870: December 1977
British Transport Films - 'Motosport Tries Motorail' (1969)
Monty Python's Flying Circus - 'How To Recognise Different Parts Of The Body'
John Pilger - The Last Dream: Other People's Wars
Tuesday 27 July Crossroads - Episode 2871: December 1977
Rising Damp - 'Stage Struck'
Porridge - 'Just Desserts'
The Main Chance - 'Body And Soul'
Wednesday 28 July
Crossroads - Episode 2872: December 1977
British Transport Films - 'Discovering Railways' (1977)
World In Action - Eh! What?
Minder - 'The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Entrepreneur' Thursday 29 July
Crossroads - Episode 2873: January 1978
Sapphire And Steel - Assignment 5: Episode 1
On The Buses - 'The Kids' Outing'
Hadleigh - 'The Diplomat'
Friday 30 July
Crossroads - Episode 2874: January 1978
British Transport Films - 'Current Affairs On The Midland' (1980)
The Famous Five - 'Five Fall Into Adventure, Part 1'
Homicide: Life On The Street - 'Prison Riot'
Saturday 31 July
Crossroads - Episode 2875: January 1978
Man Of The World - 'Death Of A Conference'
Perry Mason - 'The Case Of The Empty Tin'
The Sopranos - 'Fortunate Son'
Sunday 1 August
Crossroads - Episode 2876: January 1978
Space 1999 - 'Guardian Of Piri'
Department S - 'A Ticket To Nowhere'
The Rockford Files - 'The Paper Palace'
Owen M.D. was a spin-off of The Doctors series and ran for two years, 1971 to 1973. Nigel Stock was the main man and the theme was a speeded-up version of a library track that Johnny Pearson recorded for KPM.
The One Game was complex, intriguing and intricate. As a mini-series it worked perfectly and had just one terrestial broadcast - back in 1988. After some consider time, a DVD release followed over 20 years later.
On The Buses is fondly remembered with good reason - it's bloody funny. It had a great cast, propelled by the masterful Reg Varney, of which just two survive today - Anna Karen and Stephen Lewis. The humour is often crude and it could not be described as progressive when dealing with sexism and casual racism. However that's part of its charm.
Monday 19 July
Crossroads - Episode 2826: October 1977
British Transport Films - 'Golfers In A Scottish Landscape' (1971)
Monty Python's Flying Circus - 'Archaeology Today'
John Pilger - The Last Dream: Secrets
Tuesday 20 July Crossroads - Episode 2827: October 1977
Rising Damp - 'That's My Boy'
Man About The House - 'My Son, My Son'
The Main Chance - 'What About Justice?'
Wednesday 21 July
Crossroads - Episode 2828: October 1977
British Transport Films - 'The North Eastern Goes Forward' (1962)
World In Action - The Most Widely Used Drug In The World
Zodiac - 'The Horns Of The Moon' Thursday 22 July
Crossroads - Episode 2829: October 1977
Timeslip - 'The Year Of The Burn Up': Episode 8
On The Buses - 'The 'L' Bus'
Hadleigh - 'Open Verdict'
Friday 23 July
Crossroads - Episode 2830: October 1977
British Transport Films - 'Right Time Means Right Time aka The Pain Train' (1969)
The Famous Five - 'Five Have A Wonderful Time'
Homicide: Life On The Street - 'Hostage, Part 2'
Saturday 24 July
Crossroads - Episode 2868: December 1977
Man Of The World - 'Masquerade In Spain'
Perry Mason - 'The Case Of The Deadly Double'
The Sopranos - 'Proshai, Livushka'
Sunday 25 July
Crossroads - Episode 2869: December 1977
Space 1999 - 'The Missing Link'
Department S - 'Dead Men Die Twice'
The Rockford Files - 'The Gang At Don's Drive-In'
The Newcomers was a BBC soap opera that ran for four years until November 1969. Conceived as a rival to Coronation Street, it never really threatened the ITV behemoth and now remains largely forgotten - not helped by its "missing, believed wiped - aside from three episodes" status.
John Barry's theme tune is a groovy beast that sounds more suited to a spy movie.
Monday 12 July
Crossroads - Episode 2819: September 1977
British Transport Films - 'The Beacons And Beyond' (1979)
Monty Python's Flying Circus - 'The Attila The Hun Show'
John Pilger - The Last Dream: Heroes Unsung
Tuesday 13 July Crossroads - Episode 2820: September 1977
Steptoe And Son - 'Men Of Property'
Man About The House - 'The Tender Trap'
The Mind Of Mr J.G. Reeder - 'The Investors'
Wednesday 14 July
Crossroads - Episode 2821: October 1977
British Transport Films - 'A Desperate Case' (1958)
World In Action - Castro
Zodiac - 'Sting, Sting, Scorpio' Thursday 15 July
Crossroads - Episode 2822: October 1977
Timeslip - 'The Year Of The Burn Up': Episode 7
On The Buses - 'Christmas Duty'
Hadleigh - 'Nicola Penn'
Friday 16 July
Crossroads - Episode 2823: October 1977
British Transport Films - 'Lancashire Coast' (1957)
The Famous Five - 'Five Are Together Again, Part 2'
Homicide: Life On The Street - 'Hostage, Part 1'
Saturday 17 July
Crossroads - Episode 2824: October 1977
The Saint - 'The Charitable Countess'
Perry Mason - 'The Case Of The One-Eyed Witness'
The Sopranos - 'Mr Ruggerio's Neighborhood'
Sunday 18 July
Crossroads - Episode 2825: October 1977
Space 1999 - 'Another Time, Another Place'
Law And Order - 'A Prisoner's Tale'
The Rockford Files - 'The Attractive Nuisance'
Nationwide mixed news items with more frivolous stories and spotlights on consumer issues. It ran for 14 years - 1969 to 1983 - and is fondly remembered by the British (and Irish who received BBC) public.
Once again John Scott was the man behind the music.
Monday 5 July
Crossroads - Episode 2687: February 1977
British Transport Films - 'The Travolators' (1961)
Monty Python's Flying Circus - 'It's A Living'
John Pilger - Apartheid Did Not Die
Tuesday 6 July Crossroads - Episode 2688: February 1977
Steptoe And Son - 'T.B. Or Not T.B.?'
Man About The House - 'Never Give Your Real Name'
The Mind Of Mr J.G. Reeder - 'The Troupe'
Wednesday 7 July
Crossroads - Episode 2689: February 1977
British Transport Films - 'Journey To The Sea' (1962)
World In Action - A Group Of Terrorists Attacked...
Zodiac - 'Saturn's Rewards' Thursday 8 July
Crossroads - Episode 2690: February 1977
Timeslip - 'The Year Of The Burn Up': Episode 6
On The Buses - 'The Other Woman'
Hadleigh - 'A Letter To David'
Friday 9 July
Crossroads - Episode 2816: September 1977
British Transport Films - 'London For A Day' (1962)
The Famous Five - 'Five Are Together Again, Part 1'
The Adam Dalgliesh Chronicles - 'Cover Her Face': Episode 6
Saturday 10 July
Crossroads - Episode 2817: September 1977
The Saint - 'The Man Who Was Lucky'
Perry Mason - 'The Case Of The Fugitive Nurse'
The Sopranos - 'Funhouse'
Sunday 11 July
Crossroads - Episode 2818: September 1977
Space 1999 - 'Earthbound'
Law And Order - 'A Brief's Tale'
The Rockford Files - 'A Deadly Maze'