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Cultural highlights of 1971

TV shows: UK
New shows

Edna the Inebriate Woman (BBC), one-off 90-minute social drama-documentary
Elizabeth R (BBC), six-part series (85 minutes each) historical drama
Face the Music (BBC2), erudite music quiz (runs until 1984)
The Old Grey Whistle Test (BBC2), late night contemporary rock music
The Two Ronnies (BBC), comedy; Saturdays at 8.10pm (runs until 1986)
Upstairs Downstairs (Yorkshire/ITV), historical family drama; Sundays at 10.15pm (runs until 1975)
The Benny Hill Show (Thames/ITV), comedy; Wednesdays at 8pm
Coronation Street (Granada/ITV), soap; Mondays and Wednesdays at 7.30pm (all year).
On the Buses (London Weekend/ITV), sitcom; Sundays at 7.20pm
The Onedin Line (BBC1), nautical historical drama (second season)
Opportunity Knocks (Thames/ITV), talent show; Mondays at 6.40pm
Please Sir (London Weekend/ITV), sitcom; Saturdays at 7.05pm
Steptoe and Son (BBC), sitcom; Mondays at 9.20pm
This is Your Life (Thames/ITV), biography; Wednesdays at 7pm
Up Pompeii! (BBC), historical comedy; Saturdays at 9.40pm

TV shows: US
New shows
All In the Family (Norman Lear for CBS, from 12 January). Sitcom, starring Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker. Loosely based on the UK television show Till Death Us Do Part, it tackles previously taboo subjects.
Columbo (NBC Mystery Movie), 90-minute drama.
McCloud (NBC Mystery Movie), 90-minute drama.
McMillan and Wife (NBC Mystery Movie), 90-minute drama.
Masterpiece Theater (PBS, from 10 January). Quality drama from British television, hosted by Alistair Cooke. Still on air in 2009.

Chronomedia 1971

Page updated 29 June 2009
David Fisher