TV – When the western was king – PT2.

June 25, 2018 Alan Royle 4

  Part two of this article looks at the 25 television westerns from the 1949-69 era that were the most successful, according to the number of episodes in each. There may be a few surprises, although number one will come as no surprise at all to anyone who remembers the […]

TV – When the western was king – PT1.

June 23, 2018 Alan Royle 2

There was a time, back in the fifties when television suddenly took off, that saw the western genre dominating the box. Scores of series were launched throughout the late forties, the fifties and sixties. Many of them lasted only a single season (even less), but others made a fortune for […]

What Happened to the ‘Wagon Train’ (1957-65) Stars?

March 25, 2018 Alan Royle 9

From 1957 until 1965 the prairie schooners of TV’s Wagon Train series rolled over 284 episodes. Throughout those eight seasons only eight actors (no actresses) appeared in fifty or more episodes. A minor actress named Kay Stewart popped up in eleven episodes from 1958 to 1964, playing eleven different women. […]

The cast of ‘Gilligan’s Island’ (1964-7).

January 18, 2018 Alan Royle 4

This immensely popular series commenced shooting in late 1963. In the very first shot of the opening credits, the American flag is quite evident, flying at half-mast. Not long before filming began, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in November. Back in 1961, Newton Minow was head of […]

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE M.A.S.H. STARS?

January 10, 2018 Alan Royle 0

The hugely successful M.A.S.H. series on TV ran from 1972 to 1983, 251 episodes. There were twelve regular players over that time. Five of them have since died. Only two of the dozen appeared in all 251 episodes – Alan Alda and Loretta Swit. Two others made over 200 appearances […]

WHAT HAPPENED TO ‘DAD’S ARMY’? (1968-77)

January 8, 2018 Alan Royle 0

‘DAD’S ARMY’ (1968-77) The BBC hit series Dad’s Army ran for nine seasons, from 1968 until 1977. It started rather lamely and it must have been a touch and go decision to continue with it after the first season. The acting was so-so, the screenplays generally quite poor, and the […]

MY TOP 20 BEST TV COMEDY SERIES OF ALL TIME. PT 2. 10-1

June 22, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  10                    M.A.S.H. (1972-83)                                       11 SEASONS   I know M.A.S.H. owes much of its popularity to Alan Alda’s portrayal of Benjamin ‘Hawkeye’ Pierce, but I was never overly enamoured by his character. I mean, nobody was a witticism in every sentence he utters every moment of his life! Besides, I […]

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964)

February 12, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  Napoleon Solo & Illya Kuryakin The original title for the series that took the TV world by storm was to be Solo, but when it was pointed out that writer Ian Fleming had already used that name for one of the gangsters recruited by Auric Goldfinger to knock over […]

Lavinia & Kim’s Top 15 TV hunks.

January 9, 2017 Alan Royle 2

  Here are the fifteen ‘hunks’ that my wife Lavinia and her pal Kim democratically arrived at. Personally, I wouldn’t have a cup of coffee with any of them, but then that is why I asked them to help me out. Male ‘hunks’ have never been my thing. Female ‘hunks’ […]