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The Top 100 Lost TV Shows

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, someone decided to not keep all the television programmes ever made. After a while, people realised this was a mistake, and some jolly good programmes were now lost forever. Or were they? Enterprising people began to give up their free time to find lost TV footage. And a lot was found. But much remained to be done. But when asked, most people in the street didn't know what was a missing programme or indeed if they had one, so Ray Langstone decided to put together a list of the Top 100 Lost TV programmes. He asked many people via social media and also academics and industry professionals and they gave him their wish lists. Kaleidoscope thought that Ray Langstone deserved every support so they took it upon themselves to offer him logistical support with an accompanying book, a website that could tell people if shows were missing, and a workshop to convert the old tapes.

This is Ray's wonderful effort. Let's hope it helps find some lost material:

# Show Distributor Genre First broadcast
100Opportunity KnocksABC/ThamesVariety1956
99Cliff Richard showsBBCVariety1969
98Play AwayBBCKids1971
97TodayThamesCurrent Affairs1968
96The Dick Emery ShowBBCComedy1963
95The InformerRediffusionDrama1966
93Lulu showsBBCVariety1968
92The Adventures of Don QuickLWTDrama1970
90Theatre 625BBCDrama1964
89C.A.T.S. EyesTVSDrama1985
88Little Big TimeSouthernKids1968
87Multi-Coloured Swap ShopBBCKids1976
85Our HouseABCComedy1960
84Twice a FortnightBBCComedy1967
83Boy Meets GirlsABCMusic1959
82The Frost ReportBBCComedy1966
80Out of TownSouthernDocumentary1963
79Sexton BlakeRediffusion/ThamesDrama1967
78Late Night HorrorBBCDrama1968
77Scene at 6:30GranadaCurrent Affairs1963
76Time for Blackburn!SouthernChat show1968
75Sunday Night at the London PalladiumATVVariety1955
73The Big PullBBCSci-Fi1962
72Broaden Your MindBBCComedy1968
71The Beat RoomBBCMusic1964
70The NewcomersBBCSoap1965
68Cilla showsBBCVariety1968
67A Whole Scene GoingBBCMusic1966
66Dee Time/The Simon Dee ShowBBC/LWTChat show1967
65Fraggle RockTVSKids1984
64A Show Called Fred/Son of FredRediffusionComedy1956
63The Complete and Utter History of BritainLWTComedy1969
62Paul TempleBBCDrama1969
61BBC Moon Landing CoverageBBCCurrent Affairs1969
60Oh Boy!ABCMusic1958
59Timeslip - in colour!ATVSci-Fi1970
5845/Rock on with 45GranadaMusic1974
57The Liver BirdsBBCComedy1969
56Celebrity SquaresATVGame Show1975
55Scott on... (Terry Scott)BBCComedy1964
54Police SurgeonABCDrama1960
53David Frost's Moon PartyLWTVariety1969
51The World of WoosterBBCComedy1965
50Dr. Finlay's CasebookBBCDrama1962
49The Adventure GameBBCKids1980
48Taxi! (Sid James)BBCComedy1963
47Play for TodayBBCDrama1970
45No Hiding PlaceRediffusionDrama1959
44The Madhouse on Castle StreetBBCDrama1963
43The Adventures of TwizzleRediffusionKids1957
42Hunter's WalkATVDrama1973
40Softly, SoftlyBBCDrama1966
39The Golden ShotATVGame Show1967
37On the MarginBBCComedy1966
36The Wednesday PlayBBCDrama1964
35The Gnomes of DulwichBBCComedy1969
33Juke Box JuryBBCMusic1959
31Armchair TheatreABC/ThamesDrama1956
30Disco 2BBCMusic1970
29Thank Your Lucky StarsABCVariety1961
28The Road (Nigel Kneale)BBCDrama1963
27Out of This WorldABCSci-Fi1962
26Sherlock Holmes (Peter Cushing)BBCDrama1968
25Colour Me PopBBCMusic1968
23Dixon of Dock GreenBBCDrama1955
22Mystery and ImaginationABC/ThamesDrama1966
21At Last the 1948 ShowRediffusionComedy1967
20Till Death Us Do PartBBCComedy1966
19Do Not Adjust Your SetRediffusion/ThamesComedy1967
18Lift OffGranadaMusic1969
17The Likely LadsBBCComedy1964
16Ready, Steady, Go!RediffusionMusic1963
15Z CarsBBCDrama1962
14Adam Adamant Lives!BBCDrama1966
13Hancock's Half-HourBBCComedy1956
12A for AndromedaBBCSci-Fi1961
11The Quatermass ExperimentBBCSci-Fi1953
10Dad's ArmyBBCComedy1968
9Not Only... But AlsoBBCComedy1965
8Public EyeABC/ThamesDrama1965
6Ace of WandsThamesKids1970
4Out of the UnknownBBCSci-Fi1965
3The AvengersABCDrama1961
2Top of the PopsBBCMusic1964
1Doctor WhoBBCSci-Fi1963

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