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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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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September 18, 1978: The Sandbaggers first broadcast on ITV

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The Sandbaggers (1978-1980)

The Sandbaggers (1978-1980) is a British television drama series about men and women on the front lines of the Cold War. The Sandbaggers examines the effect of the espionage game on the personal and professional lives of British and American intelligence specialists. The series was produced by Yorkshire Television.

The theme music was composed by Roy Budd (Get Carter, The Wild Geese).

Neil D. Burnside, played by Roy Marsden, is Director of Operations in Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (abbreviated ‘SIS’—the organisation is also known as ‘MI6’, although that name is never uttered in the series). Burnside oversees a small, elite group of British intelligence officers nicknamed the “Sandbaggers”. This group is composed of highly trained officers whose work includes dangerous missions that tend to be politically sensitive or especially vital, such as escorting defectors across borders, carrying out assassinations (sandbagging), or rescuing other operatives who are in trouble behind the Iron Curtain.

Also appearing were Sue Holderness (Only Fools and Horses), Diane Keen, and Michael Cashman (EastEnders).

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September 15, 1978: Holocaust 2000 opens in US cinemas

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Holocaust 2000 (1977)

Holocaust 2000 (aka The Chosen or Rain of Fire) is a horror film starring Kirk Douglas.

The world will be destroyed in a rain of fire. It is written.

Despite doomsday warnings from throngs of locals, wealthy industrialist Robert Caine makes the controversial decision to build a nuclear power plant near a sacred cave in the Middle East. But before Caine can reap the benefits of his latest bid for global domination, he discovers that his son, Angel, is the Antichrist, who is planning to use his father’s project to trigger the end of the world.

Notable cast & crew

  • Kirk Douglas, “Robert Caine”
  • Simon Ward, “Angel Caine”
  • Anthony Quayle, “Professor Griffith”
  • Virginia McKenna, “Eva Caine”
  • Geoffrey Keen, “Gynecologist”
  • Ennio Morricone, soundtrack

Selections from the soundtrack by Ennio Morricone

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September 15, 1978: Cheech & Chong go Up In Smoke

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Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke (1978)

It will make you feel very funny!

Up in Smoke is an American stoner comedy film directed by Lou Adler and Cheech & Chong‘s first feature-length film. It stars Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Edie Adams, Strother Martin, Stacy Keach, and Tom Skerritt.

Cheech & Chong had been a counterculture comedy team for about ten years before they started reworking some of their material for their first film. Much of the film was shot in Los Angeles, California, including scenes set in Tijuana, while scenes set on the Mexican border were actually filmed at the border in Yuma, Arizona.

While negatively received upon its release, Up in Smoke is credited with establishing the stoner comedy genre. It’s now considered a classic.

Released Sep 15, 1978 (US); Oct 18, 1979 (UK)

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Soundtrack

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September, 1978: Dr Who Annual 1979 in all good bookshops

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The Dr Who Annual 1979

The Dr Who Annual 1979 was the 13th Doctor Who annual published by World Distributors, released in September 1978. The hardback cost £1.50 and featured the Fourth Doctor and Leela.

It contained some text stories, a couple of comic strips, and some features and puzzles.

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September 14, 1978: Mork & Mindy first broadcast

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Mork & Mindy (1978-1982)

Mork & Mindy is an American sitcom that aired on ABC. A spin-off after a highly successful episode of Happy Days, it starred Robin Williams as Mork, an extraterrestrial who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-Orkan egg-shaped spaceship. Pam Dawber co-starred as Mindy McConnell, his human friend and roommate, and later his wife and the mother of his child.

Mork appears in the Happy Days season five episode “My Favorite Orkan”, which first aired in February 1978 and is a take on the 1960s sitcom My Favorite Martian. The show wanted to feature a spaceman in order to capitalise on the popularity of the then recently released Star Wars film. Williams’ character, Mork, attempts to take Richie Cunningham back to his planet of Ork as a human specimen, but his plan is foiled by Fonzie. In the initial broadcast of this episode, it all turned out to be a dream that Richie had, but when Mork proved so popular, the ending in the syndicated version was re-edited to show Mork erasing the experience from everyone’s minds, thus meaning the event had actually happened and was not a dream.

Notable Cast & Crew

  • Robin Williams, “Mork”
  • Pam Dawber, “Mindy McConnell”
  • Conrad Janis, “Fred McConnell”
  • Tom Poston, “Franklin Delano Bickley”
  • Jonathan Winters, “Mearth”
  • Morgan Fairchild, “Susan Taylor” (season 1)
  • Robert Donner, “Exidor”
  • Corey Feldman, “Billy” (season 3)
  • Logan Ramsey, “Arnold W*nker” (season 1)
  • Garry Marshall, co-creator, co-executive producer

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