LIVE FROM the verdant pastures of Shepherd's Bush Green
"SPORTING WIT AND BADINAGE", as Ceefax often had it
FORGET RUNNING WILD, their hopeless first foray into television during the 50s.
LAUNCHED ON Christmas Day 1985 by NOEL EDMONDS
THE IMPERIAL Leather of costume soap combining the best and worst of rich people and their servants with lots of dressing up
OH LOOK, Compo tries to catch a glimpse of Nora Batty's night attire and then ends up in a bath on wheels...
GOSPEL ACCORDING To Lord Lew.
THAT EXCLAMATION mark says it all.
BOMBASTIC TEATIME behemoth which sprawled across half a decade
ANNUAL TIN-RATTLE from Television Centre
YET ANOTHER load of You Have Been Watching lummoxery from David Croft
TEA-AND-SLIPPERS SLEUTHERY, best taken over doilies and Darjeeling, if not Lucozade and egg soldiers.
SIMPERING SITCOMMERY involving a single studio set standing in for the entire British World War Two Indian subcontinent campaign and two million...
Main, indeed for a time only, plank in ITV's half-built semi-bodged creaking edifice of a breakfast television service
Mid-period mad scientist slapstick of Sellers vs. Lom – stand by to tick off Lesley-Anne Down, Burt Kwouk, Leonard Rossiter, Richard ‘Slartibartfast’...
One of the late-period Ealing drama series to cover a particular location or institution ( e.g. The Square Ring – boxing, Pool...
Whether or not the Reverend Sun Myung Moon was told by Jesus to fund an epic retelling of this pivotal moment in...
One of those actors we love even though we’re never sure whether they’re actually being any good or not, Nicol ‘Seven Percent’...
Stanley Holloway leads a darts team on a trip to Boulogne. Basically another of those ‘Brits abroad’ ensemble comedies like San Ferry...
Gawd. Now there are no more clips to raid, Edwards finds he has to think fast (the simpler option of just not...
GLENDA JACKSON shaves her head, wears a beak and paints her face white in order to rule England for 60 years.
Premium pulling-out-the-stops affair courtesy of a benevolent Beeb looking for something to celebrate 40 years of telly.
ONE OF YOUR MORE credible off-school-with-the-Lucozade viewing options.
"A HOUSE. With a door! Windows, 1, 2, 3, 4."
ORIGINALLY HOSTED by television's most ill-at-ease presenter
Brucie follows Morecambe and Wise to ITV
CAMP SONGS and stories for the under-12s
The ultimate in parlour game riddle-me-ree telly
MULTI-AWARD WINNING gloves-with-eyes
STUBBORN SCHEDULE whelk.
AS NOT THE NINE O'CLOCK NEWS had it: "Bleeding bloody ESTHER bleeding bloody effing bloody RANTZEN bloody woman."
Our man welcomes to BBC2 those viewers bored of Panorama and World In Action on the other side.
"AND I think I can just hear the sound of the Chalk Farm Salvation Army brass band coming up the hill..."
KEEPING THE OLD SCHOOL of British comedy in pocket for the best part of decade was this does-what-it-says stand-upathon
ONCE UPON a long ago, this was the finest chat show of them all
RAMSHACKLE READING-IS-FUN RELIC.
ANNUAL INTERRUPTION to your favourite (or Live And Kicking) Saturday morning entertainment.
LOVE, EXCITING and new. Come on board.
SPRIGHTLY SPINSTER gets invited to a weekend in the country
"ROMANCE WAS IN THE AIR at King's Oak."
PREPOSTEROUS VINEYARD vagaries courtesy of shameless DALLAS rip off relocated to Napa, er, Tuscany Valley.
XYLOPHONE-WIELDING THREE-NOTE monster
GENEALOGICAL GALLOP courtesy of (at the time) the Beeb's most expensive production ever.
FROSTIE'S SECOND coming after the Beeb axed TW3.
ESP-BASED SELF-CONTAINED yarns with people travelling back to Krakatoa or the holocaust and forward into the future by means of juddery-camera visions.
TITANIC NAUTICAL saga which steamed through BBC1 Sunday nights for nigh on a decade.
THE BRITISH Film Institute's attempt to get a snapshot of What We Watch, and an absolutely stunning one at that.
NOT THE same Eddie as him above; rather his dad, and Queen Victoria's replacement.
MILLIGAN MULLARKEY which bemused most (including the Beeb) but delighted enough to keep it being recommissioned despite the same things showing up...