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TV Tuesday: The Queen Street Gang 1968

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Fifty-five years, ago, today, the British, Thames Television TV show The Queen Street Gang was released. There were nine episodes from Aug. 1 to Sep. 26. Directors were Nicholas Ferguson and Adrian Cooper. Writers were Roy Russell and Desmond Skirrow. The main cast was Sebastian Abineri (Big Bill), Liz Crowther (Phillipa), Len Jones (Sniffer), Anthony Peplow (Speedy), Michael Feldman (Mini Morris), Michael Gwynn (Professor Morris) and Maureen O’Reilly (Mrs. Morris).

Comedy drama series. A group of kids manage to get involved in adventures with spies and the like.

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Well trained, highly organised and working from a secret H.Q., The Queen Street Gang were, undoubtedly, an attempt by Thames television to create a modern day Famous Five. There were even comparisons to be drawn with the Enid Blyton created characters, including one of the children being the daughter of a top secret researcher. The series was based on a 1966 children’s adventure book called The Case of the Silver Egg by Desmond Skirrow and adapted for TV by Roy Russell. The first of the two stories made involved a silver egg that was able to hold all the electricity in the world, which was then stolen by a group of criminals […]. It was up to the gang to recover it, rescue the kidnapped professor and make the world a safer place for us all.

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Noel Onely
January 24, 2019

This series is believed lost. ~Vic

The Queen Street Gang (Nostalgia Central)

TV Tuesday: Wisden Trophy 1963

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Sixty years, ago, today, the British TV Series Wisden Trophy debuted.

The trophy is named after the famous cricketing publisher Wisden and was presented by John Wisden & Co. after gaining the approval of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The [trophy] was presented to the victorious team as a symbol of its victory but, then, returned to the MCC Museum at Lord’s.

The [trophy was] awarded to the winner of the Test cricket series, played between England and the West Indies. It was first awarded in 1963 to commemorate the hundredth edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. Series were played in accordance with the future tours programme, with varying lengths of time between tours. If a series was drawn, then, the country holding the [trophy] retained it. In 2020, it was announced that the trophy would be replaced by the Richards–Botham Trophy, named after Sir Vivian Richards and Sir Ian Botham.

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The list of “cast members” consisted of various cricketers hosting the show. Brian Lara had the most appearances (34), with Garry Sobers, Rohan Kanhai and Micky Stewart hosting the first episode.

I have to confess that I know squat about cricketing. ~Vic

List of Wisden Trophy Records