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264667.  Thu Jan 24, 2008 6:57 am Reply with quote

Bit of a obscure topic, but I feel is quite interesting.
A few examples include...

The Mystery of Al Capone's Vault:
A American one-off televison special hosted by Geraldo Riviera in 1986, The program was centered around the opening of a secret vault once owned by noted gangster Al Capone, but ultimately proved to be empty apart from a couple of whiskey bottles.
Despite the failure, it was one of the most highest rated shows in the history of American TV, with a estimated audience of 30,000,000.

Scrappy Doo:
'Nuff said.

Most adaptions of American TV Shows/ Vice Versa in America.

Naked Jungle:
Channel 5 reality where the "celebrity" particpants, well... you can guess by the title. Incidentaly Channel Five's most viewed show ever.

Awful, awful soaps:
Albion Market, Eldorado, Crossroads... the list goes on.

Kilroy, Jerry Springer, Jeremy Kyle etc. and Nazi sitcom
"Heil Honey I'm Home!" (honest, this exists).

264708.  Thu Jan 24, 2008 7:59 am Reply with quote

austinallegro wrote:

"Heil Honey I'm Home!" (honest, this exists).

264716.  Thu Jan 24, 2008 8:08 am Reply with quote

Oh, the delivious irony, one of the actors was called Caroline Gruber, you just can't make this stuff up.

264813.  Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:00 am Reply with quote

Oh yes, forgot the atrocity that was "Davina".

264973.  Thu Jan 24, 2008 3:37 pm Reply with quote

soup wrote:
austinallegro wrote:

"Heil Honey I'm Home!" (honest, this exists).

would it be wrong to admit I still have this on VHS ? :P and yes it is so truly truly awful ... it starts being funny :)


264989.  Thu Jan 24, 2008 4:07 pm Reply with quote

austinallegro wrote:

Kilroy, Jerry Springer, Jeremy Kyle etc.

Far be it from me to defend Robert Kilroy Silk but I don't think that his programme could be classed as a failure since it ran for 18 years.

Also, I don't think that the Kilroy programme deserves to be lumped together with the likes of Jeremy Kyle. Kilroy's agenda, I would suggest, was to give air time to groups of people who wouldn't normally have a voice on television (especially the old and disabled) and he treated them and their concerns with dignity and seriousness. It was nothing like the trashy, exploitative TV that the likes of Jeremy Kyle and other post-Jerry Springer programmes.

Also, here is an interesting story about him:

In the early 1990s, I explain, I was having dinner with the late television producer David Jones - a socialist of the old school, and maverick producer of World in Action and Alan Bleasdale's GBH - and telling him how I wasn't an unqualified fan of the Kilroy show.

"Whatever you say about Kilroy-Silk," Jones told me, "you have to understand that he does care. Passionately. I was once at a dinner party with him," he added, "when somebody made this racist remark. Other people round the table shrugged it off, or pretended they hadn't heard. Then he repeated it. Kilroy-Silk didn't say anything; he just got up and hit him."

"Is this story true?"

"Yes," says Kilroy-Silk.

"Who did you hit?"

"I can't remember," he replies, with the look of a man who can.

"What was it that he said?"

"I can't remember that either."

Also, although Kilroy is generally regarded as a right winger during his days as a Labour MP, I was saw an article on his voting which made for surprising reading. I'll have to see if I can find an on-line version.

gerontius grumpus
265178.  Thu Jan 24, 2008 8:02 pm Reply with quote

Tripods. I watched the first and second series with interest and just when it looked as if it was getting somewhere, they pulled the plug instead of making the third series which would have reached a satisfactory conclusion.
How frustrating!

Rudolph Hucker
265303.  Fri Jan 25, 2008 5:57 am Reply with quote

Simon Dee.

270131.  Sun Feb 03, 2008 11:22 am Reply with quote

Sin on Saturday with Bernard Falk, canceled after only 3 of the 8 were shown. Received universal approbation, and having witnessed one of them I can say it was an absolutely terrible show.

gerontius grumpus
270369.  Sun Feb 03, 2008 7:52 pm Reply with quote

That last one reminds me of Stars on Sunday, so bad you just had to watch. They used to have a very strange singer called Lovelace Watkins, when he was on the Royal Variety Performance he was billed as "embarassing singer".

I once met Bernard Faulk, he came to do a report for Nationwide on a reinactment group I was in. They ended up making fun of us, grrr.

270376.  Sun Feb 03, 2008 9:23 pm Reply with quote

Police Squad - the TV series that launched the successful Naked Gun films had only 6 episodes filmed. During it's original run the network only aired 5 episodes.

Shame, because now it is considered to be quite a cult show, and is very popular amongst comedy fans.

In fact, on it's DVD there is the original notification of cancellation from the network.

270397.  Mon Feb 04, 2008 1:47 am Reply with quote

Any sufferer of the 'Seinfeld curse'

Oh, and I just remembered - Space Cadets (a quiz panel show hosted by Greg Proops, and captained by Bill Bailey and Craig Charles).

270406.  Mon Feb 04, 2008 2:35 am Reply with quote

oooh i loooooaaaathe seinfeld.

and they're going to do "kath and kim" in america... with american actresses. oh the sacrilege! it'll be awful! they mangled "the office" over there, what'll they do to this... *sob*

i remember a show about vampires called "kindred - the embraced". only lasted a few weeks, but really interesting, even mr reddy and his boss at the time liked it. in the vein (howl, bad pun) of moonlight, which i quite like but don't think will last long either.

despite my very mummy like appearance, i do like the myth and story around vampires.

*gets cloak*

Ian Dunn
270426.  Mon Feb 04, 2008 3:25 am Reply with quote

Curry & Chips - Made by the creator of Till Death Do Us Part, this sitcom starred Eric Sykes, with Spike Milligan (whose idea the programme was) as an Irish/Pakistani worker. The show was meant to "Show up" bigotry, however most people who watched thought it was actually promoting it.

The series was also controversal due to the amount of swearing in it. One episode contained 59 users of the word "Bloody", which was a lot in 1969. However, Sykes refused to swear at all.

ITV received lots of complaints about the show and it was cancelled over six episodes. Quite interestingly, it was the first LWT sitcom to be made in colour.

Wikipedia article - with references

Sebastian flyte
270432.  Mon Feb 04, 2008 3:52 am Reply with quote

Most TV is shit.

Flops though? recently Robin Hood surely?


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