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


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