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Sherlock BBC TV 2010 –

Modern updating and retelling of the classic Sherlock Holmes stories.

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Music from Emmerdale Farm Church

This has to be almost one of the oddest tie-ins to a TV series to have been encountered. An LP of music from Emmerdale’s Church. It doesn’t appear to feature any of the cast, from Emmerdale Farm, and is quite simply an album of hymns from the church. It appears to have been a charity release.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Kingsman : The Golden Circle (2017)
Second film in the series.

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Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

First film in the series, introduces the ‘Kingsman’ organisation and new recruit ‘Eggsy’.

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Kingsman, The

Successful series of spy movies based on a series of Graphic novels. 

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Radio Times 1963 Jan 12 – 18

BBC TV Listings magazine for Jan 12 – 18th 1963. Contains listing for many classic TV shows of the period.
This issue contains:
Two page Z cars text story.
Features on Steptoe & son, The Rag Trade, Lance Percival(TW3), Patrick Troughton (Pre-Dr Who).
Listings include: Z Cars, Steptoe & Son, Perry Mason, The Rag Trade, Compact,TW3, Dixon of Dock Green, Laramie, The lucy Show (Lucile Ball), Blue Peter.

Book Matches

This is a small subsection showing many of the promotional Book-matches that appear to have been produced, for the most part by ABC TV in the midlands but a few are from other companies. These were purely promotional items within the business and at Christmas parties for agents and producers you would find a tray of these on the bar or tables at the event. A different selection of them being produced each year.

There are several different styles to the ABC match-books depending on which year they were produced for.

The earliest style features photograph from the series the writing in black next to or below the photograph. Studio logo is on rear cover. This type seems to be from around 1961.

 

 The second style has with text in white over top of photograph, once again studio log is on rear, these appear to be from 1962

 

The third type the photograph wraps the entire way around the match book and details about show are printed on inside of the match-book. These look to be from around 1964.

With the fourth style, the match-books are narrower closer to being almost square as opposed to the earlier wider oblong match-books. These go back to the photograph been on the front cover with the studio logo on the back, with text written inside. These appear to be from around 1965.

A fifth style very similar to the previous one appear for around 1966. This time the photograph appears framed almost like a TV screen other details remain the same.

 

These are the only styles of ABC Television match-books to have been encountered so far. The collection does also contain a few other TV related match-books as well which are not from ABC television.

TV Tornado Comic No 36 Mysterons Cover

1960’s children’s comic. Features both text and strip stories relating to many classic TV series of the period.

Issue 36 September 16th, 1967.
Featured in this issue:

The Green Hornet “Horror in Wax”
The Saint in “The Death Maker”
Man from U.N.C.L.E. in “The Solid lake Affair”
The Mysterons (From Captain Scarlet)
The Lone Ranger “The Lone Ranger’s Mask” pt5 Unmasked
Tarzan “Jungle Terror”.
Original Price 6d

Z Cars Board Game

Board Game Issued by Waddington’s games around 1970. Quality of this game compared to other games by this firm is very poor and cheep. Also game appears to be unlicensed with references to the TV series being limited to a biography of the shows writers inside the box lid. A fine example of how to tie a product to a particular TV show without having to pay any licensing fees. 

Dalek Jigsaw Thomas Hope and Sanky

A 1960’s issued Dalek Jigsaw puzzle produced by Thomas Hope and Sanky. One from a set of puzzles issued by this firm around 1966. Great puzzle sadly original box has long since vanish, how this has survived complete without its box is a mystery to me, when so many puzzles of this age that have their boxes are incomplete.

 

Army Game theme Single HMV

Theme single issued on the HMV label in 1958. Recording features Michael Medwin, Bernard Bresslaw, Alfie Bass and Leslie Fyson with Orchestra conducted by Frank Cordell .

HMV 45POP490
A Side) The Army Game
B Side) What do we do in the Army

The Army Game Jigsaw “The Shower Bath”

Army Game Jigsaw.
One out of a set of four jigsaws issued by Berwick.
This one is entitled Danger – Men at work.
Puzzles are approx. 17 inches by 11 inches in size and contain 320 pieces.
The other puzzles in the series were:
Danger – Men at Work
The Zoo Race
Shower Skiffle Five.
Original Price 2/6d

 

1965 Television Show Book

Annual sized book contains features and photographs of TV shows around at the time.

Including:
Dr Kildare
Bonanza
Burke’s Law
The Beatles
Danger Man
Beverly Hillbillies
The Fugitive
Z Cars
Stingray
No Hiding Place
Ben Casey
Suger Foot
Rawhide
Gunsmoke
The Dakotas
The Saint
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Gideon’s Way
Emergency Ward 10
Compact
Coronation Street
Redcap
The Human Jungle
77 Sunset Strip
Route 66
The Avengers

Enter the Saint USA Paperback

During the 1960’s several of the Saint books were reissued in America, with photo covers from the Roger Moore TV series, by the Fiction Publishing Company.

This one is Enter the Saint.

Photo cover edition Original Price $0.50

Sea Hunt 1958-1961

America TV series staring Lloyd Bridges as former United States Navy frogman Mike Nelson. The series ran for 155 over 4 seasons.

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Carry On Movies

Classic British comedy series that spawned 31 movies (as well as a TV series, several Christmas specials and a stage show)

The Films:
1) Carry On Sergeant (1958) (black and white)

2) Carry On Nurse (1959) (black and white)

3) Carry On Teacher (1959) (black and white)

4) Carry On Constable (1960) (black and white)

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5) Carry On Regardless (1961) (black and white)

6) Carry On Cruising (1962)

7) Carry On Cabby (1963) (black and white)

8) Carry On Jack (1963)

9) Carry On Spying (1964) (black and white)

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10) Carry On Cleo (1964)

11) Carry On Cowboy (1965)

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12) Carry On Screaming! (1966)

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13) Carry On Don’t Lose Your Head (1966)

14) Carry On Follow That Camel (1967)

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15) Carry On Doctor (1967)

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16) Carry On Up the Khyber (1968)

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17) Carry On Camping (1969)

18) Carry On Again Doctor (1969)

19) Carry On Up the Jungle (1970)

20) Carry On Loving (1970)

21) Carry On Henry (1971)

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22) Carry On at Your Convenience (1971)

23) Carry On Matron (1972)

24) Carry On Abroad (1972)

25) Carry On Girls (1973)

26) Carry On Dick (1974)

27) Carry On Behind (1975)

28) Carry On England (1976)

29) That’s Carry On! (1977)

30) Carry On Emmannuelle (1978)

31) Carry On Columbus (1992)

Other Carry On productions.
Carry On London Stage show.

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General Carry on related items:

TV Express Comic No 376 Jan 13th 1962 Last Issue

TV Express Comic No 376 Dated January 13th 1962.

This the last issue of this title before it merged into TV Comic the following week.

This issue contains:  Col Pinto’s Wartime Notebook a comic strip based on Pinto’s wartime exploits as also featured in BBC TV’s Spycatcher TV series of around the same time. 

A two page Danger Man text story by Henry Lewis.

Alfie and Bill, a strip story featuring the actors from Bootsie and Snudge.

Biggles Air Police news, as well as a full colour comic strip featuring the hero.

No Hiding Place comic strip story.

Full page piece about merging with TV Comic features photograph of Supercar.

Around the World with Alan Wicker full page feature.

Original Price Per issue  4 1/2d

 

Biggles – Grenada TV 1960

Very short lived TV series following the adventures of Sgt James Bigglesworth of the Special Air police, known to all as Biggles. 

The series was based on the Biggles adventures written by Capt W E Johns, and ran for 44 black and white half hour episodes during 1960. Biggles was played by Neville Whiting and he was supported in his endeavors by John Leyton as Ginger and David Drummond as Bertie. The main adversary for Biggles throughout the series was Von Stalhein played by Carl Duering.

Each of the episodes supposedly featured a real instances of flying. The Director Matthew Boddy had also apparently decided that all of the actors should have flying lessons. Indeed the actor David Drummond told of one such lesson,  David had taken the second pilots seat during the lesson with John Leyton in the rear, when it came for David to take over the controls from the instructor, he was instructed “Don’t go up.” but he did if fact go up, so sharply in fact that upon landing John was green as due to the sharpness of the climb he had thought they were going to loop the loop.

Now in the original Biggles books there was a forth member of the theam Algy, this character not however make it into the series as early on, as acording to David Drummond, there were discussions and budget did not stretch to a fourth team member, the roles of Bertie and Algy were there for combined.

The series ran from the 1st of April 1960 until 12th October 1960, and the 44 episodes consisted 11 multi-part stories, which appear from the titles to have been adapted from several of the original Biggles books. “Biggles flies North”, “Biggles Follows On”, Biggles takes Charge” etc.  

By all accounts the series was aimed at a younger audience, with each episode containing plenty of action and excitement, each episode also apparently ended with a cliff hanger inviting the viewer to tune in the following week.   

During the run of the series, the youngest cast member , John Leyton, had received a lot of fan mail, and it was suggested to Leyton that he might try his luck as a pop singer because he had the looks. Chart success came very quickly with his second single “Johnny, Remember Me”, becoming a huge hit.

Several big names appeared in the series in supporting roles among them Oliver Reed and Terrence Alexander. Reed playing Gus Norman in the first story “Biggles on the Home Front”. While Dad’s Army regular John Laurie appeared in the adventure “Biggles Flies North”. 

The series was written by Tony Warren who would go onto create Coronation Street, whilst the series composer, Tony Spier, would also write the theme music for that later series.

Sadly not much  other information is available about this series and a planed DVD release by Network was cancelled due to a possible new version being in the early stages of pre-production. 

Only items known to be relating to the Grenada TV series are included here.

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Biggles Air Police Badge

This is a small blue plastic badge which was a mail in premium from Quaker Oats in 1960. Originally it came with a letter from Biggles and a secret decoder. You could also send in for a model kit of his aircraft.

Invisible Man, The. 1975-1976 Universal / NBC

Very short lived American TV series inspired by the H.G. Wells novel, starring David McCallum, one of the stars from sixties hit series the Man from U.N.C.L.E.. The series lasted only 12 episodes along with the TV movie pilot episode. A fairly common practice in the early seventies was to make these effectively back door pilots for TV series , which basically meant making a feature length TV movie, which if it proved successful enough would pave the way for a full series.

This pilot movie had McCullum starring as Dr Daniel Westin , who while working for the Klae Corporation, in the field of molecular disintegration for medical purposes, discovers a side effect of the process is that things can be turned invisible only to reappear a few hours later. Westin obsessed with his work turns himself invisible, in part to prove that a human can survive the process, and also to test a serum he has developed to reverse the invisibility.
Upon showing his discoveries to Walter Carlson, he discovers that funding has come from military sources. To prevent military usage of his invention, Westin then attempts to destroy his research and all the equipment, but not before becoming invisible in order for him to make his escape. Westin briefly becomes visible after his escape only to find that the process is unstable, when he turn invisible and is unable use the serum to reverse this. A friend is able to help him by creating a face mask and gloves from a special material called Dermaplex, that has the same properties as human skin. By the conclusion of the pilot, the process’ lack of stability renders it effectively useless for commercial or military applications, and the Klae Corporation is persuaded to re-employ him in his research capacity despite his condition. The following series then saw Daniel seeking to perfect his work and at the same time find a cure for his invisibility.

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Paperback

The Invisible Man by Michael Jahn. American paperback adaptation of the pilot episode of the NBC / Universal Tv series starring David McCallum.

Published by Fawcett Publications Inc. in 1975

Original Price $1.25