I’m back with the letter B, of which there are several shows from the 80s and 90s that hold fond memories from my childhood. So let’s get on with it!
My immediate thought was Buffy (the Vampire Slayer) but actually, I didn’t discover the agile annihilator of the Underworld until late on (perhaps my early twenties), so I can’t claim it being a childhood favourite.
However, one that had a reboot in recent years (that I haven’t watched…and Sam can’t fathom it, as he says it’s amazing), was Battlestar Galactica.
Starring Dirk Benedict (of The A-Team fame) as Starbuck, it was space warfare as the human colonies (that now occupied distant galaxies) tried to find a new home, whilst being pursued by the Cylons. I remember it as being a TV version of Star Wars and I was hooked.
Obviously not that hooked as I couldn’t tell you any more details than that!
However, I do know another star of BG, was Lorne Greene, who also graced the screen in my second B – Bonanza!
Admittedly, this show ran from the 50s to the 70s, but it was ALWAYS on TV when I was a child and so I thought it warranted an inclusion.
A good, old fashioned Western, with gun-toting, horse-rising, wise-cracking characters, it was mainly a drama, following the trials and tribulations of the Cartwrights.
Lorne played the dad, Ben, thrice widowed with each son to a different mother. My crime-senses would these days be asking questions about whether he’d done away with all his wives and buried them under the patio (Do you remember Brookside?) – but back then it was solid, wholesome entertainment!
But top of the B-pops has to be Blackadder. This fabulous British comedy, that spanned four seasons, each in a different historical time period, is one that has stood the test of time and something I still love to watch today.
Featuring Rowan Atkinson in the title role, Edmund Blackadder’s misfortunes are witnessed as he puts up with the ‘cunning plans’ of his dogsbody and sidekick Baldrick (Tony Robinson) and several aristocrats (played by a host of British comedy legends) being generally annoying!
By far, my favourite season is number two – set during the reign of Elizabeth I.
I LOVE Queenie and her tantrums, the double entendres (that I didn’t get until I re-watched as an adult!) and the general pantomime silliness. I have such great memories of crying with laughter and snorting my cups of tea as I watched with my parents. 🙂
Woof, Woof! 😉
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