70s and 80s TV Shows 

(Plus, some 90s, too!)

 

If you lived in the UK during the 1970s and early 80s, then you will, no doubt, remember when we only had three TV channels. Also, in those simpler times BBC1 used to close down at around midnight, but not before the weatherman had given us his final forecast, which was followed by a patriotic blast of the National Anthem. BBC2 used to show pages from Ceefax in the mornings - ah, how times have changed!

Of course, there were many shows that were imported from America, and us Brits enjoyed a good deal of those, too. If you're visiting this site from the U.S. then you'll pleased to see that there is an ever-growing selection of programmes from your country featured here, from Airwolf to Wonder Woman.

As a child, I grew up with shows such as Starsky And Hutch and The Dukes Of Hazzard, and these two were particular favourites of mine. Maybe that's because I love a good car chase and climbing through car windows!

So here we have a great selection of video pages featuring TV Shows/Series, TV Characters, Adverts, Game Shows, Kids TV, Cartoons and even TV Channel Idents from the seventies and eighties. Enjoy...

British and American TV Shows

from the 70s and 80s

 

 

The TV Test Card

Long gone are the days when you needed a test pattern to adjust the picture of your CRT TV set. As a child back in the 70s, I sometimes used to spend quite a number of minutes staring at them wondering what they were for! There were quite a few different ones, and here are a couple to remind you of those golden times;

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"PM5544 with non-PAL signals" by Zacabeb - Own work. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

 

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"Testcard F" by unknown. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.

This is BBC test card F featuring Carole Hersee and Bubbles the clown.
TV Test Card Watch

 

Kojak - 70s TV Series
Kojak sucking his lollipop
We all remember the very distinctive character of Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak, which was played by Telly Savalas - the bald head, the ubiquitous lollipop and that catchphrase "Who loved ya, baby?".
 
But did you know that his younger brother, George Savalas, played Detective "fatso" Stavros in the series? He also appeared in UK adverts for Wimpy during the 1970s. Sadly, he died on October 2nd 1985 (aged 60) from leukemia.

The Kwicky Koala Show
This was the last cartoon series from the legendary Tex Avery before his death from liver cancer in 1980. All sixteen episodes ware aired on CBS in the U.S. during 1981 and also on the BBC in the UK. The cartoon was produced by Hanna Barbera Australia.
The Kwicky Koala Show opening title card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collection of retro 70s kids TV button badges - Blue Peter, Swap Shop, Magpie and Tiswas

 

TV Times magazine Sept 1982 ft. Mike Yarwood

 

TV Times April 1986 ft. Cannon & Ball