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1970s Television

Quiz I

  1. Which 1970s series was set in Boulder, Colarado?
  2. According to its presenter Bob Harris, which programme derived its name from a Tin Pan Alley phrase?
  3. What's the name of the Bionic Woman, portrayed by actress Lindsay Wagner?
  4. Who ate only green soup and blue string pudding?
  5. Which actress played Livia in I, Claudius?

  6. Which 1978 BBC musical drama serial written by Dennis Potter takes its title from a song written by Johnny Burke and Arthur Johnston?
  7. M*A*S*H followed a team of doctors and support staff stationed in which country?
  8. Who was not called up to the regular army due to his rare blood group?
  9. What make and model was Starsky's two-door car in Starsky & Hutch?
  10. In which show did a a giant kitten called "Kitten Kong" terrorise London?
  11. Who dangled over a cliff-edge from a car's exhaust pipe and roller-skated underneath a moving lorry?
  12. Which actor appeared in three episodes of Porridge as Blanco Webb?
  13. Who played Officer Frank Poncherello?
  14. Who was the narrator of the 1973 documentary television series The World at War?
  15. Can you finish the title of the American animated television series: "Josie and the ..."?
  16. Who directed the famous Hovis advert, Boy on the Bike?
  17. Eight weeks into the series, who married Joe in a special hour-long episode in 1974 which broke several American television records?
  18. Who was killed by a single gunshot to the stomach on 11 January 1978?
  19. What was the name of the fictional African slave taken to 18th-century America in the TV series Roots?
  20. What was the name of the scientific research centre on the Moon in Space: 1999?
  21. What was the name of Buck Rogers' robot sidekick?
  22. "Get yer trousers on, you're nicked" is a line synonymous with which 1970s British series?
  23. Who was the Medical Examiner for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office?
  24. What did Mike Leigh call "a stage play that was wheeled into a television studio"?
  25. Which series revolved around Sgt. "Pepper" Anderson?
  26. Who starred as the Doctor from 1970 to 1974 in the science fiction series Doctor Who?


  1. Mork & Mindy
  2. The Old Grey Whistle Test (the presenter was Bob Harris)
  3. Jaime Sommers
  4. The Clangers
  5. Sian Phillips
  6. Pennies from Heaven
  7. South Korea
  8. Private Frank Pike (Dad's Army)
  9. Ford Gran Torino
  10. The Goodies
  11. Frank Spencer (Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em)
  12. David Jason
  13. Erik Estrada
  14. Laurence Olivier
  15. Pussycats (formatted as Josie and the Pussy Cats)
  16. Ridley Scott
  17. Rhoda
  18. Ernie Bishop (Coronation Street)
  19. Kunta Kinte
  20. Moonbase Alpha
  21. Twiki
  22. The Sweeney
  23. Dr. Quincy (starring Jack Klugman)
  24. Abigail's Party
  25. Police Woman
  26. Jon Pertwee

Quiz II

  1. In the sixth episode of Fawlty Towers what does Basil Fawlty warn his staff "not to mention"?
  2. Which series was originally an idea by two actress friends, Eileen Atkins and Jean Marsh?
  3. What was the first name of Kojak?
  4. Who appeared on a Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show and presented the first two series of Top Gear?
  5. Benson was a spin-off of from which American sitcom?
  6. The title sequence of which British series was in a comic book style with "Chicken Man" by Alan Hawkshaw, the theme tune?
  7. Which family's address was 565 North Clinton Drive, Milwaukee, Wisconsin?
  8. Jenny Hanley replaced Susan Stranks in 1974 in which British children's television programme?
  9. Who made a well publicized guest appearance on the sci-fi TV series Battlestar Galactica in 1979?
  10. Which British show usually closed with a sped-up chase scene accompanied by the instrumental music "Yakety Sax"?
  11. Who said: "What you talkin about Willis"?
  12. In the sitcom Bless This House, what does travelling salesman Sid Abbot sell?
  13. Who are neighbours to the self-sufficient Goods?
  14. Finish the TV introduction: "And now, from Norwich, it's the ...."?
  15. What is the occupation of snobby Jeffrey Fourmile?
  16. What is the name of Albert Steptoe's son?
  17. In which British series was Sandy Richardson injured in a car accident in 1972, which left him needing a wheelchair?
  18. Whose catchphrase was "magic", said while sticking up both thumbs?
  19. Finish the opening lyrics: "What’s got four legs, walks peculiar? Talks with all the choicest words? What’s got four arms, loves to grab ya? Answer is two..."?
  20. Who worked in the same boring job for 20 years with Sunshine Desserts?
  21. Which fictional American character was played by Steve Kanaly from 1978 to 1989?
  22. Wolfie Smith lives in which part of South London?
  23. Which modern, digital term comes from a Monty Python sketch in a greasy spoon cafe?
  24. Which American series starred William Conrad?
  25. The pilot epsidoes of both Are You Being Served? and Last of the Summer Wine were both aired in which long-running series of one-off unrelated sitcoms?
  26. Name the deputy marshal of the small town of Taos, New Mexico, who was on loan to the New York City Police Department?


  1. The war
  2. Upstairs, Downstairs
  3. Theo or Theodore (Kojak stars Telly Savalas)
  4. Angela Rippon
  5. Soap
  6. Grange Hill
  7. The Cunninghams'
  8. Magpie
  9. Fred Astaire
  10. The Benny Hill Show
  11. Arnold (played by Gary Coleman in Different Strokes)
  12. Stationary
  13. The Leadbetters (Margo and Jerry, in The Good Life)
  14. ...quiz of the week (The Sale of the Century)
  15. Estate agent (George and Mildred)
  16. Harold
  17. Crossroads
  18. Selwyn Froggitt's
  19. Liver birds
  20. Reginald Perrin
  21. Ray Krebbs (Dallas)
  22. Tooting (Citizen Smith)
  23. Spam
  24. Cannon
  25. Comedy Playhouse
  26. Sam McCloud (played by Dennis Weaver)