Vintage British TV.by alexanderdavies-99382 | created - 16 Feb 2019 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
Shows throughout the decades, I've selected ones of different genres. In my opinion, actors had far better written material to work with in the early days. Enjoy!
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1. Callan (1967–1972)
60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Greg Callan's cousin David Callan is the top agent/assassin for the Security Service (British counterintelligence), but he is an embittered man who performs his duties "for Queen and ... See full summary »
One of the first programmes to portray Government operatives in a more accurate light. A masterpiece.
2. Colditz (1972–1974)
50 min | Drama, History, War
The prisoners in Colditz Castle make many attempts to escape captivity from the arrival of the first British prisoners after Dunkirk in 1940 until the liberation of the castle by the ... See full summary »
The greatest series based during world war II.
3. Armchair Theatre (1956–1974)
60 min | Drama
This show was a British television drama anthology series of single plays that ran on the ITV network from 1956 to 1974. It was originally produced by Associated British Corporation, and later by Thames Television from mid 1968.
Includes the finest actors and writers.
4. Special Branch (1969–1974)
60 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Groundbreaking British police drama series following the exploits of the Special Branch of the Metropolitan Police. An elite group of officers tasked with protecting London from spies, terrorists, and subversives.
The early episodes are more enjoyable.
5. Doomwatch (1970–2016)
50 min | Sci-Fi, Drama
Doomwatch is the nickname for the Department of Measurement of Scientific Work. Under the leadership of Nobel Prize winning physicist, Dr. Spencer Quist, the Doomwatch team struggled, for ... See full summary »
A gripping and fascinating series.
6. Doctor Who (1963–1989)
TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
The adventures in time and space of the Doctor, a Time Lord who changes appearance and personality by regenerating when near death, and is joined by companions in battles against aliens and other megalomaniacs.
At its very best from 1963 till 1981.
7. A for Andromeda (1961)
45 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
In 1970, a team of scientists decipher a mysterious signal from space and discover that it provides instructions to build a powerful super-computer. Once built, this computer provokes ... See full summary »
8. Quatermass II (1955– )
30 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Horror
Professor Quatermass is trying to perfect a dangerously unstable nuclear-powered rocket engine. After a disastrous test firing in Australia, his soon-to-be son-in-law, Captain John Dillon, ... See full summary »
10. The Main Chance (1969–1975)
60 min | Drama
Maverick lawyer David Main (John Stride) commutes between his twin bases in London and Leeds. His seemingly devil-may-care attitude is contrasted with the steady and cautious approach of ... See full summary »
11. The Plane Makers (1963–1965)
60 min | Drama
The day-to-day story of a multi-million pound aerospace company, its new jet plane, its test-pilot, its workers and its ruthless and hard-nosed managing director John Wilder, the embodiment of modern, unflinching capitalism.
A fascinating series.
14. Gazette (1968– )
60 min | Drama
London millionaire playboy, James Hadleigh, returns to his Yorkshire birthplace and buys a local newspaper his father founded decided on turning it into a relevant force for change against the wishes of its plodding editor, Frank Walters.
16. Adam Adamant Lives! (1966–1967)
50 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
In 1902, Edwardian adventurer Adam Adamant is frozen alive in a block of ice by his arch-nemesis, the Face. In 1966, workmen discover him and he is revived, perfectly preserved but ... See full summary »
19. Undermind (1965– )
60 min | Sci-Fi
Personnel Officer Drew Heriot returns to England after working in Australia to discover his brother behaving oddly, to the distress of his sister-in-law Anne. Investigating together they ... See full summary »
20. 1990 (1977– )
55 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In a dystopian future, Britain is under the grip of the Home Office's Public Control Department (PCD), a tyrannically oppressive bureaucracy riding roughshod over the population's civil liberties.
22. Minder (1979–1994)
60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Arthur Daley (George Cole), a small-time conman, hires former boxer Terry McCann (Dennis Waterman) to be his "minder", so Terry can protect him (Arthur) from other small-time crooks. While ... See full summary »
23. Budgie (1971–1972)
60 min | Drama
Chirpy Cockney petty crook Ronald "Budgie" Bird is the main character in this British television series. Budgie was the eternal failure, with every scam, and every attempt to make his ... See full summary »
24. The Stone Tape (1972 TV Movie)
90 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
A research team from an electronics company move into an old Victorian house to start work on finding a new recording medium. When team member Jill Greeley witnesses a ghost, team director ... See full summary »
Genuinely creepy and superbly written.
25. The Signalman (1976 TV Short)
38 min | Drama, Horror, Short
A lonely Signalman is visited by a stranger.
Gripping from beginning to end.
27. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
75 min | Drama
Series of one-off plays made by BBC television, which gave breaks to a wide range of writers and directors in the late 1960s, such as Dennis Potter, Ken Loach, David Mercer, and John ... See full summary »
29. Come Back, Little Sheba (1977 TV Movie)
120 min | Drama
An emotionally remote recovering alcoholic and his dowdy, unambitious wife face a personal crisis when they take in an attractive lodger.
30. Saturday Sunday Monday (1978 TV Movie)
98 min | Drama
One Saturday evening, Rosa Priore (Dame Joan Plowright) is preparing a magnificent Sunday lunch for her family and their friends. By Sunday afternoon, her life and marriage are in ruins.
33. King Lear (1983 TV Movie)
158 min | Drama
Aging King Lear (Sir Laurence Olivier) invites disaster, when he abdicates to his corrupt, toadying daughters, and rejects his loving and honest one.
34. The Professionals (1977–1983)
50 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Bodie and Doyle, top agents for Britain's CI5 (Criminal Intelligence 5), and their controller, George Cowley fight terrorism and similar high-profile crimes. Cowley, a hard ex-MI5 operative... See full summary »
36. Father Brown (1974)
TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Based on the stories of G.K. Chesterton, a British Catholic Priest solves mysteries.
This series captures the essence of both the main character and the stories effectively.
37. The Nine Tailors (1974– )
The title refers to the nine strokes of a church bell to announce the death of a man. In this adaptation of Dorothy L. Sayers's intricate, nostalgic, and atmospheric novel of the same name,... See full summary »
38. Clouds of Witness (1972)
Lord Peter's brother, the Duke of Denver is accused of murdering their sister Mary's fiancé. It's up to Lord Peter and his faithful man Bunter to untangle all the clues and the ... See full summary »
40. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (1972–1973)
180 min | Crime, Mystery
When one of the members of the Bellona Club passes away, Lord Wimsey is brought in to determine the time of death for testamentary purposes.
43. The Saint (1962–1969)
TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Simon Templar a wealthy adventurer known as The Saint, travels around in his white Volvo P1800S.
Still the number 1 "ITC" show.
44. Secret Agent (1964–1967)
49 min | Action, Adventure, Crime