Strange Report (ITV, 1969)

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Strange Report (1969) titlecard

Strange Report is a British television drama starring Anthony Quayle as Adam Strange. It was produced by ITC Entertainment and first broadcast on September 21, 1969.

Adam Strange, a retired Home Office criminologist, solves bizarre cases – which had been marked “Open File” by various government departments – with the help of Hamlyn Gynt (Kaz Garas), Evelyn (Anneke Wills) and Professor Marks (Charles Lloyd-Pack). He employed the latest techniques in forensic investigation, which he undertook in his own laboratory in his flat in Warwick Crescent in the Maida Vale/Little Venice area of Paddington.

Unlike other ITC productions, which were created in order to be sold to the U.S. market, Strange Report was created in collaboration with NBC’s films unit Arena in the United States (the show’s executive producer was Norman Felton, better known for his involvement in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), with the suggestion that the first half of the series would take place in the United Kingdom and the second half would see Strange visiting the United States. This fell through, which explains why such a short season of episodes was created. The second series also fell through because Quayle and Wills decided not to continue due to personal concerns.

In the United States, NBC broadcast Strange Report from January 8, 1971.

The series opening theme was composed by Roger Webb.

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Ricki Lake

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Ricki Lake (1968-)

Ricki Lake (born September 21, 1968) is an American actress, television presenter and producer. Lake is best known for her talk show which was broadcast internationally from September 1993 until May 2004. When Lake’s show debuted, she was 24 and credited as being the youngest person to host a syndicated talk show at the time.

20th Century Highlights

  • Hairspray (1988), “Tracy Turnblad”
  • Ricky Lake (TV, 1993-2004), host
  • Serial Mom (1994), “Misty Sutphin”
  • Mrs Winterbourne (1996), “Connie Doyle”/”Patricia Winterbourne”

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Star Trek Series 3, Episode 1 – “Spock’s Brain”

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“Spock’s Brain”, title card

An alien raids the Enterprise and steals Spock’s brain, leading Kirk and McCoy into a desperate race to retrieve it.

“Spock’s Brain” was the third season’s premiere, written by “Lee Cronin”, the pseudonym of former writer and producer Gene L. Coon.

This episode first aired in the UK on October 13, 1971.

  • Previous episode: “Assignment: Earth”
  • Next episode: “The Enterprise Incident”

Notable Cast

  • William Shatner, “Captain Kirk”
  • Leonard Nimoy, “Mr Spock”
  • DeForest Kelley, “Dr McCoy”
  • James Doohan, “Scott”
  • Walter Koenig, “Chekov”
  • George Takei, “Sulu”
  • Nichelle Nichols, “Uhura”
  • Majel Barrett, “Nurse Chapel”

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“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” (1969) by the Hollies

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“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” (1969) by The Hollies, original single sleeve

“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” is a ballad originally recorded by Kelly Gordon in 1969, but became a worldwide hit for The Hollies later that year and again for Neil Diamond in 1970. It has been covered by many artists in subsequent years.

The Hollies’ recording, which featured Elton John on piano, was released in the UK on September 19, 1969 [45cat*] where it reached No. 3.

The song was re-released in 1988 in the UK following its use in a television advertisement when it reached the No. 1 spot.

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1969 Performance

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September 18, 1968: Salt & Pepper released in cinemas

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Salt & Pepper (1968)

Join the Salt & Pepper Club

Salt and Pepper is a comedy film starring Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, Michael Bates, Ilona Rodgers and John Le Mesurier. The film was directed by Richard Donner, who later would direct the films Superman and Lethal Weapon.

It was written by the brother of Doctor Who‘s Jon Pertwee, Michael Pertwee and the music written by jazz saxophonist John Dankworth.

There was a 1970 sequel, One More Time, directed by Jerry Lewis.

Chris Pepper (Lawford) and Charlie Salt (Davis) own a nightclub in Swinging London, operating under the suspicious eye of the intrepid Inspector Crabbe (Bates).

One night, Pepper finds an Asian girl on the floor of the club. Assuming she’s drunk or high, he makes a date with her and thinks she responds. It turns out the girl is dying, and her death sets off a chain of events that puts the unlucky Salt and Pepper onto a plot to overthrow the British government, with the girl’s dying words the key.

Also starring Graham Stark, Robertson Hare and Jeremy Lloyd.

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September 17, 1968: “Hey Jude” was at No 1 in the UK for 2 weeks

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“Hey Jude” (1968)_ by the Beatles

“Hey Jude” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. The ballad evolved from “Hey Jules”, a song McCartney wrote to comfort John Lennon‘s son, Julian, during his parents’ divorce. “Hey Jude” begins with a verse-bridge structure incorporating McCartney’s vocal performance and piano accompaniment; further instrumentation is added as the song progresses. After the fourth verse, the song shifts to a fade-out coda that lasts for more than four minutes.

“Hey Jude” was released on August 26, 1968 as the first single from the Beatles’ record label Apple Records. More than seven minutes in length, it was at the time the longest single ever to top the British charts. It also spent nine weeks at number one in the United States, the longest for any Beatles single. “Hey Jude” tied the “all-time” record, at the time, for the longest run at the top of the US charts. The single has sold approximately eight million copies and is frequently included on professional critics’ lists of the greatest songs of all time. In 2013, Billboard named it the 10th “biggest” song of all time.

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September 14, 1968: Ready, Set, Go! for Wacky Races

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Wacky Races (1968)

Wacky Races is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. The series features 11 different cars racing against each other in various road rallies throughout North America, with each driver hoping to win the title of the “World’s Wackiest Racer.”

The cartoon had a large number of regular characters, with 23 people and animals spread among the 11 race cars. 17 episodes were produced, with each episode featuring two different races.

Notable Characters, Cars & Cast

  • Dick Dastardly (Peter Winchell) & Muttley (Don Messick) in The Mean Machine
  • Penelope Pitstop (Janet Waldo) in The Compact Pussycat
  • The Ant Hill Mob in the The Bulletproof Bomb
  • Peter Perfect (Daws Butler) in the Turbo Terrific

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