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Old programmes that had really weird title sequences


October 13, 2014

Whenever Trevor Eve gets too serious, remind him about Shadow Chasers

Posted on October 13, 2014 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Trevor Eve is a serious actor. Very serious. Although best known for being only slightly grumpy in Shoestring, he's gone on to some pretty dour roles in the likes of Waking The Dead, Kidnap and Ransom and the miserable Channel 5 'updating' of Doomwatch. Even in interviews, he can be very serious.

But Trevor Eve has a sense of humour. Or at least he used to. He might not want anyone to remember that these days, but he did.

How else can you explain his decision to appear in the 1985 mystery series Shadow Chasers, in which he played an anthropologist blackmailed into working with tabloid journalist Dennis Dugan to investigate the paranormal? Created by Kenneth Johnson (The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation, V, The Incredible Hulk) and the Oscar-winning Brian Grazer (Splash, A Beautiful Mind), it was nevertheless the lowest rated of the 106 shows in the 1985-1986 season, with only the first nine of its episodes airing on ABC in the US, leaving the Armed Forces Network to air the remaining four.

Maybe the opening credits had something to do with that.

Poor old Eve - he never stood a chance. Maybe that's why he lost his sense of humour?

Still, if that's only whet your appetite for more, here's the whole of the first episode.

May 24, 2013

Weird old title sequences: Holmes and Yoyo (1976)

Posted on May 24, 2013 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Forget Sherlock. Forget Elementary. This is how you update Sherlock Holmes for modern times. May I present Holmes and Yoyo, a show I'd only ever heard about, never seen. Watch the title sequence and be amazed by its audacity.

[via @AlexRomeo @mpphillips @gideondefoe @richmurkin]

You can, if that's whet your appetite, watch the first episode as well:

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December 20, 2012

Weird old title sequences: The Banana Splits (1968-70)

Posted on December 20, 2012 | comments | Bookmark and Share

The Banana Splits

Chances are, you'll have heard The Banana Splits' theme tune at some point. Still popular in its own right, it's also a favourite for remixes and sampling.

Chances are you won't ever have watched it, though – at least not the original series. Unlike other kids shows of the time, this weird mix of live action and animation that crossed The Monkees with Rowan and Martin's Laugh In hasn't had the longevity of other shows. Yet if you watched it, it would be hard to forget the near nightmarish qualities of Fleegle the beagle, Bingo the gorilla, Drooper the lion, and Snork/Snorky the elephant, and the somewhat surreal show they were in.

Imagine you're four years old. Now watch the title sequence and know fear.

PS I should point out that Cartoon Network put out some Banana Splits Internet cartoons in the early 2000s and there was a new series in 2008, so there's probably a generation of kids being traumatised right now by the latest incarnation of the Banana Splits.

PPS I should probably also point out than Jan Michael Vincent of Airwolf fame appeared in the not at all racist Danger Island strand of the show that ran in the first season.

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