Special Sub-Topic: An A-Z of TV Part 1
|A: What 'A' is a British sitcom starring Jennifer Saunders as fashion stylist Edina?|
Absolutely Fabulous. The show also stars Joanna Lumley as Edina's chain-smoking friend, Patsy; Julia Sawalha as her long-suffering, straight-laced daughter, Saffron, and June Whitfield as the slightly senile mother.
|B: What 'B' is the name of 'Killer B______' in 'Twin Peaks'?|
Bob. Killer Bob didn't often appear in the show (which was a good job because he was seriously creepy). Bob possessed Leyland Palmer who then killed his own daughter, Laura.
|C: What 'C' is the street name of a very, very long-running British soap opera?|
Coronation. The show was first aired in 1960 and is set in 'Weatherfield' just outside Manchester.
|D: What 'D' is a kookie young yoga teacher who married a straight-laced lawyer named Greg after their first date?|
Dharma. First aired in 1997, the show hilariously explores the culture clash between Dharma and her hippy parents and Greg and his conservative ones as they all try to accept the marriage.
|E: What 'E' was the very descriptive name of a town in Indiana in a 1990's TV series?|
Eerie. 'Eerie, Indianna' tells the story of Marshall and his pal Simon who investigate and keep a record of all the mysterious things that happen around the town.
|F: What 'F' was the second highly successful animated series from the creators of 'The Simpsons'?|
Futurama. This show created by Matt Groening tells the adventures of Fry, a twentieth Century pizza delivery boy who is accidentally cryogenically frozen. He awakes in the future and works with his assortment of strange friends as an intergallactic courier.
|G: What 'G' is the surname of the creator and star of the U.K. version of the 'The Office'? |
Gervais. Ricky Gervais co-created this incredible series with his long term writing partner Stephen Merchant.
|H: What 'littlest' dog's theme tune told us: "Maybe tomorrow I'll wanna settle down, until tomorrow I'll just keep moving on..."?|
Hobo. The series follows the adventures of a German Shepherd dog who travels around helping people along the way yet always moving on and refusing their offers to look after him.
|I: What 'I' is the first name of the actress who Ross in 'Friends' puts on a list of women he is allowed to sleep with but who he subsequently 'bumps' off the list?|
Isabella. Isabella Rossellini guest appears at the end of 'The One with Frank Junior'. When Ross chats her up by telling her about his list, she replies: "Oh, you know what? You were on my list of five goofy coffeehouse guys I could sleep with, but yesterday I bumped you for that guy over there!"
|J: What 'J' is the name of J.R. Ewing's son in 'Dallas'?|
John-Ross. 'Dallas' was at first intended to be nothing more than a five-part mini-series yet it ended up running for thirteen seasons.
|K: What 'K' is the surname of the family in 'Family Ties'?|
Keaton. Before his massive success in 'Back to the Future', Michael J. Fox starred in this hilarious sitcom. He later returned to television in the equally good 'Spin City'.
|L: 'I love L________' is the name of what 1950's sitcom?|
Lucy. The show starred Lucille Ball as Lucy and her real life husband Desi Arnaz as her on-screen husband, Ricky Ricardo.
|M: Jessica Fletcher investigates in which 'M' murder mystery series?|
Murder, She Wrote. Jessica Fletcher is a crime novel writer yet wherever she goes strange murders seem to happen. Despite the police constantly refusing her help, Jessica always manages to solve the case for them.
|N: What 'N' has characters named Maggie, Ruth-Ann, Shelly, Holling, Ed, Dr Fleischmann and Chris and is set in Alaska?|
Northern Exposure. This very quirky (and very brilliant) series charted the experiences and culture shock of Doctor Fleischmann,played by Rob Morrow, a New York doctor who had been transferred to the town of Cicely, Alaska. The show also starred John Corbett as the philosophical DJ, Chris.
|O: "This time next year, we'll be millionaires!" is a well-known catchphrase from which British television comedy?|
Only Fools and Horses. Starring David Jason as Delboy and Nicholas Lyndhurst as his brother Rodney, this comedy laughed at the pair's attempts to make money by wheeling and dealing dodgy goods in Peckham, South London. Delboy was ever the optimist and often declared: "This time next year, we'll be millionaires!"
|P: 'P________ of Five' tells the story of four siblings whose parents die in an accident and who are left to look after their family home, business and baby brother. What 'P' is this?|
Party. This show launched the careers of Neve Campbell ('Scream') and Jennifer Love Hewitt ('I Know What You Did Last Summer') amongst others.
|Q: What Queen did Miranda Richardson play in the second series of 'Blackadder'?|
Queen Elizabeth I. The mock-historical show starred Rowan Atkinson as the eponymous anti-hero Edmund Blackadder with Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Rik Mayle, Tony Robinson and Tim McInnerny as brilliant co-stars.
|R: What 'R' does everybody love in an American sitcom created by R. Romano?|
Raymond. 'Everybody Loves Raymond' centres around Raymond Barone, his long-suffering wife Deborah, their children, his brother and Ray's parents who 'conveniently' live just across the road.
|S: Brooke Shields stars as Susan, a magazine journalist, in what 'S' sitcom?|
Suddenly Susan. This moderately successful show aired first in 1996 and was the vehicle for Brooke Shields to show her talents in comedy.
|T: What is the name of the BBC's long-running musical chart show?|
Top of the Pops. The first ever episode of 'Top of the Pops' was aired in 1964. It opened with The Rolling Stones playing their number 4 hit 'I Wanna be your Man' and closed with the Beatles playing the week's number 1 'I Want to Hold Your Hand'.
|U: 'The U_______ Hand' was the title of the British version of the American sitcom 'Who's the Boss?'|
Upper. Honor Blackman, former Bond Girl, played the grandmother character in the British version of this show. Katherine Helmond (the Grandmother in the U.S. show) makes a cameo appearance as a fortune teller who tries to get Charlie (Tony in U.S.) to admit his feelings for Caroline (Angela in U.S.).
|W: Fred Savage starred in what 'W' show about growing up in sixties America?|
The Wonder Years. A real coming of age series charting the life of Kevin Arnold and his family, friends and on-and-off-again girlfriend Winnie.
|X: What 'X' is the abbreviated name of a certain vampire slayer's best male friend?|
Xander. Played by Nicholas Brenden from the very first episode to the very last.
|Y: What 'Y' was the name of the British comedy that starred Paul Eddington as a Cabinet Minister and Nigel Hawthorne as his Civil Service advisor?|
Yes, Minister. This very intelligent and funny series spawned a second show with the same cast entitled 'Yes, Prime Minister' where Eddington's character had been promoted to Leader of Great Britain with Hawthorne as his wily Cabinet Minister.
|Z: What 'Z' was the character in 'The Magic Roundabout' with a big moustache who hopped around on a spring?|
Zebedee. Other characters in this slightly surreal sixties children's show included Ermintrude the pink cow, Dougal the Dog, Brian the snail Dylan the hippy Rabbit and Flora the little girl. The series became a cult classic with most people believing that it was actually all about drugs.
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