London’s Burning is a British TV drama series that was shown on ITV between 1988 and 2002, consisting of 14 series. The inspiration for the weekly Sunday night drama came from a highly successful two-hour film of the same name, written by Jack Rosenthal and released in 1986. About the drama London’s Burning … Continue reading London’s Burning
The long-running ITV sitcom, Please Sir!, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Created by the popular scriptwriting duo of John Esmonde and Bob Larbey for London Weekend Television, the series began in 1968 and ran for 55 episodes, before its final broadcast in February 1972. Set in the fictional Fenn Street Secondary Modern School, … Continue reading Please Sir!
The legendary TV series, Dad’s Army, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Losing none of its spark since it was first screened by the BBC in 1968, the scripts never grow tired and the series is still aired today all over the world. Dad’s Army originally ran for nine series, comprising 80 episodes that … Continue reading Dad’s Army: Don’t Panic!
As the lead singer of legendary ska band Madness, Suggs has written songs that have inspired a generation of school children – and none more so than his unashamedly nostalgic look back at his own schooldays, Baggy Trousers. Born in January 1961 in Hastings, Graham McPherson grew up in a single-parent family, after his parents … Continue reading Madness: Oh, What Fun We Had!
The cult British comedy series of Carry On films was still in its infancy when Carry On Constable was released in 1960. With a unique brand of saucy seaside postcard humour, the film takes you on a rip-roaring comedy ride through the streets of suburbia. As the fourth in the series, Carry On Constable featured … Continue reading Carry On Constable
Produced by London Weekend Television, the sitcom, Mind Your Language, featured the comic antics of a group of students and staff at a fictional London adult education college in the 1970s. Language teacher Jeremy Brown teaches English to immigrants – but with students from all over the world, there are many misunderstandings, due to the … Continue reading Mind Your Language
The BBC1 sitcom, The Brittas Empire, revolved around the fictional Whitbury New Town Leisure Centre, where inept manager Gordon Brittas always managed to create disaster and mayhem with his bright ideas. Written by Richard Fegen and Andrew Norriss, the show was first broadcast in 1991. It was originally intended to run for five series, with … Continue reading Brittas Empire
British actress Helen Mirren’s role as no-nonsense police detective Jane Tennison in the hard-hitting drama, Prime Suspect, has been described as one of television’s most significant characters ever. The iconic actress played Detective Chief Inspector Tennison in the ITV drama for seven series, starting in 1991. She won the BAFTA award for best actress in … Continue reading Helen Mirren: Prime Suspect
Schooldays are often described as the “happiest days of our life”, but sometimes it doesn’t seem that way at the time! When you’re a member of the royal family, going to one of the UK’s top public schools, it’s inevitable that media speculation about your schooldays will be rife. For Prince Philip Mountbatten, the future … Continue reading Philip Mountbatten’s School Days
David Wilkie was Great Britain’s first superstar swimmer, becoming the only person to have held Olympic, European, British, American, Commonwealth and world swimming titles simultaneously! As the most successful international swimmer of the 20th century, he became a household name after winning Olympic gold in 1976 in the 200m breaststroke. He has been inducted into … Continue reading David Wilkie