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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Delilah by Tom Jones returned to No 1 in the UK Albums Chart for one more week

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Delilah (1968) by Tom Jones

Delilah was the first number one album in the UK for Welsh singer Tom Jones.

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Simon Mayo

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Simon Mayo (1958-)

Simon Mayo (born September 21, 1958) is an English radio presenter and author who has worked for BBC Radio since 1981.

  • BBC Radio Nottingham (1981-1986)
  • BBC Radio 1 (1986-2001)
    • Breakfast Show (1988-1993)

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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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King Creole by Elvis Presley at No 1 in the UK Albums Chart for seven weeks

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King Creole (1958) by Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley‘s second soundtrack album, King Creole went to No 1 for seven consecutive weeks from chart date September 20, 1958.

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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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