TV Shows

TV – More trivia from the early days.

December 8, 2015 // 2 Comments

  In 1945 there were 7,000 TV sets in the USA. By 1950 there were 5 million! The first three shows to run weekly were I Love Lucy, Life with Riley and The Adventures of Superman. Most movie actors did not want to have anything to do with TV, convinced it was a fad that would quickly die out, just like their predecessors in the theatre thought movies were a fad 50 years earlier. How wrong [...]

The Original ‘Star Trek’ (1966-69)…simply the best.

December 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

  When NBC first promoted the upcoming new series Star Trek in 1966 it was decided to airbrush Mr. Spock’s pointy ears out of all photos. Executives were concerned that viewers would react badly to a character with ears that resembled the Devil’s, although how anyone can confidently describe Old Nick’s ears is questionable at best. Spock, of course, became immensely popular, with [...]

Old TV Shows – more trivia.

November 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Leonard Nimoy, the future Mr. Spock in the Star Trek series, served a stint in the US Army where he reached the rank of sergeant. In 1955 he suggested to an old army buddy named Ken Berry that he go to California and try to make it as a comedian. Berry took his advice and became a stand-up comic specialising in dancing and pratfalls. In 1965 he landed the role of Captain Wilton Parmenter [...]

Gay/Bisexual Actors in Old TV Shows ( Pt 5 )

June 26, 2015 // 12 Comments

  Peter Wyngarde (1933 – ) Peter Wyngarde was born in Marseilles, France to an English father and a French mother. For about three years between 1969 and 1972, he portrayed the suave, silky-voiced, woman chasing sleuth Jason King in two series, (Department ‘S’ and Jason King), and seemed to be forever getting the girl, but always avoiding kissing her at the last moment – week [...]

Gay/Bisexual Actors in Old TV Shows ( Pt 4 )

June 24, 2015 // 6 Comments

  Dick Sargent ( 1930 – 94) Dick Sargent was the original choice to play the male lead in the Bewitched series, but other commitments caused him to surrender the opportunity to Dick York. York was very good as Darrin Stephens, but suffered from a chronic back complaint that resulted in him collapsing on the set one day. Unable to continue in the role, he dropped out and was replaced by [...]

Gay/Bisexual Actors in Old TV Shows ( Pt 3 )

June 21, 2015 // 5 Comments

  Nigel Hawthorne (1929 – 2001) The most surprising fact about the superbly written (and acted) Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister is that only 38 episodes in total were made, 22 in the first show and just 16 in the second. Hawthorne was quite brilliant as Sir Humphrey Appleby in both, clearly (in my opinion) the star of both series, but Paul Eddington and Derek Fowlds were both [...]

Gay/Bisexual Actors in Old TV Shows ( Pt 2 )

June 19, 2015 // 6 Comments

    Saffron Burrows (1972 – ) in Enigma The statuesque Saffron; she is 6 feet tall (1.83m), played Lorraine Weller in Boston Legal for two seasons (2007-8). She was also Detective Serena Stevens in the 2010 season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. She was particularly beautiful in the WW2 spy thriller Enigma: Crack the Code (2001). For several years she was in a [...]

Gay/Bisexual actors in old TV Series ( Pt 1 )

June 15, 2015 // 2 Comments

    Wilfrid Brambell (1912 – 1985) Steptoe & Son An Irishman from Belfast, Brambell shot to prominence in the 60s playing the irascible, dirty old Steptoe in this popular British sitcom. He also featured in the Beatles’ first film A Hard Day’s Night (1964). Shortly before filming began he was charged with ‘importuning for immoral purposes’ in a men’s toilet in London, the [...]
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