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UK TV programmes 1955–1990


Sale of the Century (1971)

And now from Norwich [drum roll], it’s the quiz of the week!
[Prizes and prices read out]
And there they are — this week’s star attractions which could be offered to our contestants tonight. Which will they choose?
And now let’s meet the man with the questions — and the money — Nicholas Parsons!


The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (1963)

MusicScarecrow! Scarecrow!
The soldiers of the King feared his name — Scarecrow!

On the southern coast of England
There’s a legend people tell
Of days long ago when the great Scarecrow
Would ride from the jaws of Hell
And laugh (Ahhh! Ha-ha! Ha-ha! Haaa!) with a fiendish yell!

With his clothes all torn and tattered
Through the black of night he’d ride,
From the marsh to the coast,
Like a demon ghost
He’d show his face then hide
(He’d rob the rich then hide),
And he’d laugh (Ahhh! Ha-ha! Ha-ha! Haaa!)
’Til he split his side!

Scarecrow! (Scarecrow!) Scarecrow! (Scarecrow!)
The soldiers of the King feared his name
Scarecrow! (Scarecrow!) Scarecrow! (Scarecrow!)
The country folk all loved him just the same —
Scarecrow!

He would always help the farmer,
When there was no gold to bring,
He’d find a way for the poor to pay
The taxes of the King
“Scarecrow!” — every man would sing!
(With gold from a smuggler’s ring!)

So the King told all his soldiers:
“Hang him high or hang him low,
But never return ’til the day I learn
He’s gone in flames below
(He rides in flames below),
Or you’ll hang — with the great Scarecrow! “
Scarecrow! (Scarecrow!) Scarecrow! (Scarecrow!)

The soldiers of the King feared his name.
Scarecrow! (Scarecrow!) Scarecrow! (Scarecrow!)
The country folk all loved him just the same.
Scarecrow! Scarecrow! Scarecrow!Music

(Ahhh! Ha-ha! Ha-ha! Ha-ha! Ha-haaa!)


Scooby-Dooby-Doo, Where are you? (1969)

MusicScooby-Dooby-Doo, where are you?
We’ve got some work to do now.
Scooby-Dooby-Doo, where are you?
We need some help from you now.

Come on Scooby-Doo, I see you …
Pretending you got a sliver,
But you’re not fooling me, cause I can see,
The way you shake and shiver.

You know we’ve got a mystery to solve,
So Scooby-Doo be ready for your act.
(Scooby Doo) uh-uh, uh-uh,
Don’t hold back!
And Scooby-Doo if you come through
you’re going to have yourself a Scooby snack!
(That’s a fact!)

Scooby-Dooby-Doo, where are you?
you’re ready and you’re willing.
If we can count on you — Scooby Doo,
I know you’ll catch that villain.Music


Scotland Yard (aka “Case Histories of Scotland Yard”) (1953–1961: BBC)

(Chimes of Big Ben)

In the heart of London, a few yards from Downing Street, and a stone’s throw from the House of Commons and Westminster Abbey, is the building which houses the key men of the most famous Police Force in the world … Scotland Yard!

(Musical interlude” — Mailed First” composed by Cecil Milner)

Scotland Yard! Nerve centre of London’s Department of Criminal Investigations!
Here, brains, science, routine and determination join forces in the constant war against crime.
In the vaults beneath Scotland Yard are the histories of thousands of cases — evidence of the Department’s long-standing and success.
Typical of the many cases recorded here is the story of: [different case history weekly]
And here to tell you about it is that well known authority on criminals and crime … Edgar Lustgarten!


Seconds Out (1981)

[Boxing sitcom starring Robert Lindsay]

MusicSo you wanna be a boxer,
Wanna be the champ,
There’s a golden boy inside you
Not a punched-out tramp.

If you listen and you learn
There’s an honour you can earn and defend here
When you do see the crown
you’re a king not a clown
A defender!

But you might as well quit
If you haven’t got IT.

Put him in the ring Joe,
Something new to punch,
Let me have a swing Joe,
Then we’ll go to lunch.

We’ll make it quite swift
Then he’ll get the drift.

Put him in the ring Joe
Chicken a la carte
Let me have a wing Joe,
Tearing him apart,
That chicken will crow!

Let — me — have — him — Joe!Music

[Tune: “So You Wanna be a Boxer “, from the musical “Bugsy Malone”]


The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ (1985: ITV)

MusicMy mother’s heart and soul
Have gone halfway up the pole,
My father’s on the dole,
This is taking its toll.
My friend Bert is much too old
And his dog’s beyond control,
Though it sometimes seems they’re droll,
It’s a nuisance on the whole.

I’m profoundly in love with Pandora,
My poem has an intellectual theme,
The tenderness with which I adore her
Goes all bouncy in my dreams.

Yesterday my chin was clear,
Now a new spot has appeared,
Barry Kent had cost me dear
Till my Grandma interfered,
The BBC know I’m sincere
In making writing my career,
Wish my mum would come back here,
Lots of ups and downs this year

I’’m profoundly in love with Pandora
She’s got knee-socks and treacle-coloured hair
The tenderness with which I adore her
Is something fine and rare.

But my father’s in a mess
And there’s a great deal of stress
At our house and my major concern
Is that things might return to normal,
So get rid of that creep
And come back to sleep
In our house we both miss you, Mum,
So hurry up and come back home.

My mother’s heart and soul
Have gone halfway up the pole,
Though it sometimes seems they’re droll
It’s a nuisance on the whole.

Yesterday my chin was clear,
Now a new spot has appeared,
Profoundly in love with Pandora.

Wish my mum would come back here,
Lots of ups and downs this year.

I’m profoundly in love with Pandora
Things aren’t always what they seem,
The tenderness with which I adore her
Is indeed a love supreme.Music

[Sung by Ian Drury and the Blockheads]


Secret Squirrel (1960s)

MusicWhat an agent, what a squirrel,
He’s got the country in a whirl,
What’s his name?
Shh … Secret Squirrel!

He’s got tricks up his sleeve
Most bad guys won’t believe —
A bullet-proof coat, a cannon hat,
A machine-gun cane with a rat-a-tat-tat-tat!

Fightin’ foreign spies
In his disguise
Takes him many places,
He’s a squirrel of many faces
Who’s that? Who’s that? Who’s that?
Shh … Secret Squirrel!Music


Sesame Street (1969)

MusicSunny day — sweepin’ the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet
Can you tell me how to get
How to get to Sesame Street.

Come and play, everything’s A-OK
Friendly neighbours there — that’s where we meet
Can you tell me how to get
How to get to Sesame Street.

It’s a magic carpet ride, every door will open wide
Happy people like you, happy people who
Like a beautiful sunny day sweepin’ the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet.

Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Sesame street
How to get to Sesame Street
How to get to….Music


Seventy-Seven (77) Sunset Strip

MusicSeventy-seven Sunset Strip,
Seventy-seven Sunset Strip,
Seventy-seven Sunset Strip.

The street that wears a fancy label
That’s glorified in song and fable.
The most exciting people pass you by
Including a private eye.

Seventy-seven Sunset Strip,
Seventy-seven Sunset Strip,
Seventy-seven Sunset Strip.

You’ll meet the high brow and the hipster,
The starlet and the phony tripster,
You’ll see most every kind of gal and guy,
Including a private eye.

Seventy-seven Sunset Strip,
Seventy-seven Sunset Strip.Music


The Six-Five Special (from 1957)

MusicOver the points, over the points, over the points, over the points.
over the points, over the points, over the points, over the points….

The Six-Five Special steamin’ down the line,
The Six-Five Special right on time.
Coal in the boiler burnin’ up bright,
Rollin’ and a-rockin’ through the night,
And my heart’s a-beatin’ ’cos I’ll be meetin’
The Six-Five Special at the station tonight.

Hear the whistle blowing twelve-to-the-bar… whah — whah
See the lights a-glowing bright as a star… whah — whah
Now the wheels are slowing — it can’t be far….
Over the points, over the points, over the points, over the points.

It’s time to drive on the old Six-Five!Music


The Six Million Dollar Man (1973–1978)

(Spoken over the opening theme)

Tracking: It looks good at Mach One.

Control: Uh — Roger.

Steve: DCS arm switch is on.

Control: OK, Victor.

Steve: Landing rocket arm switch is on. Here comes the throttle. Circuit breaker’s in.

Tracking: We have separation.

Steve: Roger. Inboard and outboards are on. We’re comin’ forward with the side-stick.

Tracking: All looks good.

Control: Uh — Roger.

Steve: I’ve got a blow-out. Damper three!

Control: Get your pitch to zero.

Steve: Engine’s out. I can’t hold altitude!

Control: Correction. Alpha hold is off. Trip select is emergency!

Steve: Flightcom, I can’t hold it! She’s breaking up! She’s break….

(B-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-m)

Steve Austin, Astronaut — a man barely alive! We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better, stronger, faster….

(Heartbeats)


Skippy (1969)

MusicSkippy, Skippy,
Skippy the bush kangaroo,
Skippy, Skippy,
Skippy, our friend ever true!Music


Soap (1977–1981)

This is the story of two sisters: Jessica Tate and Mary Campbell. Jessica is married to Chester and Mary is married to Burt….

Then came the “story so far” … followed by:

Confused? You won’t be, after this episode of … Soap!

Each episode concluded with questions such as: Did Jessica murder Peter, will she discover Chester’s affair with Mary etc., followed by:

These questions — and many others — will be answered in the next episode of Soap!


Sooty

MusicSooty — ever so naughty,
Sooty — never gets caught, he
Is a little rascal,
In trouble all the while….

Izzy Wizzy let’s get busy,
Is his magic spell,
What will happen when he says it,
One can never tell,
One can never tell!Music


Space Patrol

Voiceover: This is Earth, the year 2100. New York is the headquarters of Space Patrol, and men from earth, Mars and Venus live and work there as guardians of peace. This is the story of those men whose courage and daring make the universe safe for us all.


Spiderman (1962)

MusicSpiderman, Spiderman,
Does whatever a spider can,
Spins a web, any size,
Catches thieves just like flies,
Look out here comes the Spiderman

Is he strong? Listen bud,
He’s got radioactive blood.
Can he swing from a thread?
Take a look overhead,
Hey there there goes the Spiderman

In the chill of the night
At the scene of the crime
Like a streak of light
He arrives just in time.

Spiderman, Spiderman,
Friendly neighbourhood Spiderman,
Wealth and fame, he’s ignored,
Action is his reward,
Look out, here comes the Spiderman

To him, life is a great big bang-up,
Wherever there’s hang-up,
You’ll find the Spiderman!Music


Star Trek (1970s)

Voice-over: Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go where no man has gone before.


Stingray (1964–1965: ITV)

Commander Shore: Stand by for action! We are about to launch Stingray!  Marineville – I am calling "Battle Stations"!

MusicStingray, Stingray
Stingray, Stingray!Music

Anything can happen in the next half hour!

MusicStingray, Stingray
Stingray … Stingray … Sting-RAY!Music

Closing theme:

MusicMarina, Aqua Marina,
What are these strange enchantments that start whenever you’re near?
Marina, Aqua Marina,
Why can’t you whisper the words my heart is longing to hear?

You’re magic to me,
A beautiful mystery.
I’m certain to fall, I know,
Because you enthral me so.

Marina, Aqua Marina,
Why don’t you say
That you’ll always stay
Close to my heart?Music

[ “Aqua Marina”: written by Barry Gray and sung by Gary Miller]


Sunday Night at the London Palladium (1955–1967)

This is the London Palladium!

(Followed by the Theme tune: Startime)


Supergran (1985)

MusicStand back Superman, Iceman, Spiderman —
Batman and Robin too!
Don’t wanna cause a fracas but BA Baracus —
Have I got a match for you!
She makes them look like a bunch of fairies …
She’s got more bottle than United Dairies….

Hang about — look out! for Supergran!

You can take your heroes,
Your Robert De Niros —
Your Al Pacinos too
They say Stallone-y
Is just another phoney —
He couldn’t lace her shoes.
After her, they’re all big girl’s blouses….
She’s got more front than a row of houses….

Hang about — look out! for Supergran!

She’s a serious granny (Supergran!),
A serious granny (Supergran!)
She’ll do things that you never saw your granny do!
Is there nothing that she cannae do?Music

[Lyrics by Billy Connolly]


Superman (1) (1950s)

Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Look, up in the sky! Is it a bird?! Is it a plane?! It’s Superman! Yes, it’s Superman, strange visitor from another planet who came to earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men.

Superman, who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel with his bare hands, and who, disguised as Clark Kent — mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper — fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way.


Superman (2) (1960s)

Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Is it a bird?! Is it a plane?! It’s Superman! Superman, man of steel! Superman who rocketed to earth as an infant when the distant planet of Krypton exploded and who, disguised as Clark Kent — a mild mannered reporter for the Daily Planet — now fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice and freedom — with super powers far beyond those of ordinary mortals.


Susie and Hug

MusicHello to everyone,
I’m Susie, he’s Hug.Music


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