History MissingEpisode / LiveActionTV

20th Apr '17 11:32:06 PM mlsmithca
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** ''Series/TheLikelyLads'' ran for 20 episodes across three series from 1964-66; twelve episodes are missing. Its 1970s sequel series, ''Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?'', is intact.

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** ''Series/TheLikelyLads'' ran for 20 episodes across three series from 1964-66; twelve 1964-66. Twelve episodes are missing. lost; the surviving episodes include just one from Series 2 ("The Last of the Big Spenders", which was recovered in 2001) and two from Series 3, while audio exists for a further four episodes from Series 3. Its 1970s 1973-74 sequel series, ''Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?'', is intact.intact, as is the 1967-68 radio version which adapted sixteen television scripts (including nine of the lost TV episodes).
20th Apr '17 10:11:42 AM LB7979
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* Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet: Subverted and/or played with, with the "Blackout" (a.k.a. "Business as Usual") episode. Said episode originally aired as the last of the 4th season, and was the last episode Creator/JohnnyDepp appeared in (a 5th, last Season without him followed). When the series was released on DVD, this episode wasn't included on the Season 4 DVD-box, baffling fans as to why it wasn't included. The episode was however put on the ''5th'' Season DVD box - now retroactively renamed to be the 1st episode of Season 5, instead of the last episode of Season 4. Doing so enabled the distributors to [[https://www.amazon.com/21-Jump-Street-Season-5/dp/B000E5KULU/ref=sr_1_1/136-4431481-8079104?ie=UTF8&qid=1492707989&sr=8-1&keywords=21+jump+street+season+5 put Johnny Depp's image prominently on the Season 5 DVD-box]], even though he really hadn't been in Season 5 at all, and in this DVD-box only features in ''1'' of the 24 episodes.
16th Apr '17 10:58:33 AM mlsmithca
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* The television version of ''Radio/HancocksHalfHour'' ran for seven series from 1956-61 for a total of 63 episodes, of which 26 are lost. The first four series were broadcast live and only occasionally captured on telerecordings if a technician or actor wanted a viewable copy; the first series is completely lost, while only one episode from the second series[[note]] the only surviving television episode to feature Kenneth Williams[[/note]] and five each from the third and fourth were preserved. Off-air audio recordings exist of a further six episodes from the fourth series. The remaining three series were pre-recorded on videotape and survive in their entirety. See MissingEpisode/{{Radio}} for the radio episodes lost.

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* Creator/TonyHancock may be one of the most beloved British comedians to this day, but not much remains of his television career.
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The television version of ''Radio/HancocksHalfHour'' ''Radio/HancocksHalfHour'', regarded as the father of the BritCom genre, ran for seven series from 1956-61 for a total of 63 episodes, of which 26 are lost. The first four series were broadcast live and only occasionally captured on telerecordings if a technician or actor wanted a viewable copy; the first series is completely lost, while only one episode from the second series[[note]] the only surviving television episode to feature Kenneth Williams[[/note]] and five each from the third and fourth were preserved. Off-air audio recordings exist of a further six episodes from the fourth series. The remaining three series were pre-recorded on videotape and survive in their entirety. See MissingEpisode/{{Radio}} for the radio episodes lost.lost.
** Hancock's series for Creator/{{ITV}} have fared even less well than his BBC series, and only the efforts of the Tony Hancock Appreciation Society to KeepCirculatingTheTapes has allowed what has survived to be viewed by contemporary audiences.
*** The sketch series ''Jack Hylton Presents the Tony Hancock Show'' ran for two series of six episodes each in 1956 and 1957; the entire 1956 series exists in the British Film Institute archives, but the 1957 episodes are lost, and information about their casts and content remains vague.
*** The 1963 series ''Hancock'', which returned to the sitcom format pioneered by the BBC series, ran for 13 episodes in 1963; the BFI have a complete set of tapes but only six of them are known to circulate. Rumour holds that Tony's brother Roger had personally put the brakes on the series ever seeing a legitimate DVD release, and since Roger's death in 2011, his son Tim has continued to impose the ban.
*** The 1966 series in which Tony acted as compère for a sketch variety series live from the ABC Theatre Blackpool ran for eight episodes; only Episode 7 is known to survive. The successor series ''Hancock's'' in which Tony played a nightclub manager for the "link segments" ran for six episodes in 1967; an off-air recording of the end of one episode is all that survives.
9th Apr '17 2:14:20 AM mlsmithca
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** Only about ten or twenty ''minutes'' survive of the follow-up series ''Broaden Your Mind'', which ran for 13 episodes across two seasons in 1968-69 and was the first TV series to cast Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, and Bill Oddie together, though Oddie only jumped on board for the second season, and doesn't feature in any of the surviving footage. (Audio recordings exist for all thirteen episodes.)

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** Only about ten or twenty ''minutes'' survive of the follow-up series ''Broaden Your Mind'', which ran for 13 episodes across two seasons in 1968-69 and was the first TV series to cast Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, and Bill Oddie together, though together (though Oddie only jumped on board for the second season, and doesn't feature in any of the surviving footage. (Audio footage); guest cast members included Terry Jones and Michael Palin, and the writing staff included all six Pythons as well as all three Goodies. Audio recordings exist for all thirteen episodes.)
9th Apr '17 2:07:13 AM mlsmithca
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** Exceptions include ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' (intact despite debuting in 1965) and ''Series/DarkShadows'' (only ''one'' episode missing out of 1,225, which could still be partially reconstructed out of a home audio recording). ''Series/DarkShadows'' is unique in being the only US soap opera to have its reruns sold into syndication remarkable for a show that aired from 1966 to 1971.
*** Speaking of ''Dark Shadows'', a quest to find those missing episodes back in 2001 led people to stumble upon something else entirely- several hundred (at least) missing episodes of the original run of ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'', of all shows! (See the Game Show subpage for more info on that.)

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** Exceptions include ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' (intact despite debuting in 1965) and ''Series/DarkShadows'' (only ''one'' episode missing out of 1,225, which could still be partially reconstructed out of a home audio recording). ''Series/DarkShadows'' is unique in being the only US soap opera to have its reruns sold into syndication remarkable for a show that aired from 1966 to 1971.
*** Speaking of ''Dark Shadows'', a
1971. A quest to find those missing episodes back in 2001 led people to stumble upon something else entirely- entirely - several hundred (at least) missing episodes of the original run of ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'', of all shows! (See the Game Show subpage MissingEpisode/GameShows page for more info on that.)
9th Apr '17 2:05:48 AM mlsmithca
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** A notable aversion to this is ''Series/SteptoeAndSon'', which has no completely lost episodes.[[note]] Unless one counts the 1962 edition of ''Christmas Night with the Stars'', which featured a short ''Steptoe and Son'' segment but was later wiped. The 1967 edition also featured a ''Steptoe'' segment and survives intact.[[/note]] However, although the series made the switch to colour when it returned from hiatus in 1970, thirteen of the fifteen episodes from Series 5 and 6 only survive in black and white (the exceptions are the Series 6 episodes "Come Dancing" and "Cuckoo in the Nest"). Ironically, one of the episodes which only survives in black and white, "The Colour Problem", involves Albert and Harold Steptoe getting a colour television. Series 7 and 8 and the 1973 and 1974 Christmas specials survive in their entirety in colour.
* BBC Television featured two long-running police dramas in the 1950s-70s ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen'' (1955-76) and ''Series/ZCars'' (1962-78). The vast majority of episodes of both have been wiped. ''Dixon'' was hit hardest out of 430-odd episodes, only 30 still survive, while around two-fifths of the 800-odd episodes of ''Z Cars'' still exist in some form. This, among other things, means the loss of early television appearances by the likes of Sean Connery and Michael Caine, both of whom appeared in guest roles in different episodes of ''Dixon of Dock Green'' in the 1950s before finding fame as film actors.

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** A notable aversion to this is ''Series/SteptoeAndSon'', which has no completely lost episodes.[[note]] Unless one counts Not for lack of trying on Creator/TheBBC's part, though; the master videotapes of Series 1-4 were wiped in the late 1960s, but film transfers survive of every episode except "My Old Man's a Tory" from Series 4, which only survives as an optical transfer from a domestic reel-to-reel recording made for series writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. The only truly lost episode is the 1962 edition of ''Christmas Night with the Stars'', which featured a short ''Steptoe and Son'' segment but was later wiped. The 1967 edition also featured a ''Steptoe'' segment and survives intact.sketch with the main characters.[[/note]] However, although the series made the switch to colour when it returned from hiatus in 1970, thirteen of the fifteen episodes from Series 5 and 6 only survive in black and white (the exceptions are the Series 6 episodes "Come Dancing" and "Cuckoo in the Nest"). [[note]] Popular myth holds that Galton and Simpson recorded these episodes personally, but they were instead recorded at their request by a BBC engineer.[[/note]] Ironically, one of the episodes which only survives in black and white, "The Colour Problem", involves Albert and Harold Steptoe getting a colour television. Series 7 and 8 and the 1973 and 1974 Christmas specials survive in their entirety in colour.
* BBC Television featured two long-running police dramas in the 1950s-70s ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen'' (1955-76) and ''Series/ZCars'' (1962-78). The vast majority of episodes of both have been wiped. ''Dixon'' was hit hardest out Out of 430-odd episodes, episodes of ''Dixon'', only 30 still survive, while around two-fifths just over 300 of the 800-odd episodes of ''Z Cars'' still exist in some form. This, among other things, means the loss of early television appearances by the likes of Sean Connery and Michael Caine, both of whom appeared in guest roles in different episodes of ''Dixon of Dock Green'' in the 1950s before finding fame as film actors.
8th Apr '17 1:53:32 AM mlsmithca
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** A notable aversion to this is ''Series/SteptoeAndSon'', which has no completely lost episodes. However, the only surviving copies of the seven episodes from the first colour series from 1970 are in black and white.

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** A notable aversion to this is ''Series/SteptoeAndSon'', which has no completely lost episodes. [[note]] Unless one counts the 1962 edition of ''Christmas Night with the Stars'', which featured a short ''Steptoe and Son'' segment but was later wiped. The 1967 edition also featured a ''Steptoe'' segment and survives intact.[[/note]] However, although the only surviving copies series made the switch to colour when it returned from hiatus in 1970, thirteen of the seven fifteen episodes from the first colour series from 1970 are Series 5 and 6 only survive in black and white.white (the exceptions are the Series 6 episodes "Come Dancing" and "Cuckoo in the Nest"). Ironically, one of the episodes which only survives in black and white, "The Colour Problem", involves Albert and Harold Steptoe getting a colour television. Series 7 and 8 and the 1973 and 1974 Christmas specials survive in their entirety in colour.
5th Apr '17 5:32:34 PM themisterfree
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*** Speaking of ''Dark Shadows'', a quest to find those missing episodes back in 2001 led people to stumble upon something else entirely- several hundred (at least) missing episodes of the original run of ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'', of all shows! (See the Game Show subpage for more info on that.)
5th Apr '17 5:14:43 PM Noraneko
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* Anna May Wong, a silent film actress who survived the move into talkies, was considered the first Chinese-American movie star ever and the first Asian-American actress to gain worldwide renown. In 1951 she starred as the titular character in a TV series titled ''The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong,'' playing an art dealer and detective in a role written specifically for her. This marked the first American television show to feature an Asian-American lead. Even today, Asian-American leads in American television are still rare, much less an Asian-American woman in her 40s with a part written just for her. The series was dropped after one season, and sadly, after the network closed, most of its footage was unceremoniously dumped into the Hudson River. As such, not even a script or a set of stills exists of this historic series.
31st Mar '17 12:18:08 PM mlsmithca
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*** Two episodes only exist in black and white editions for export, and a third only existed in this form until a tape surfaced at BBC Scotland in the late 1990s and was restored to broadcast quality. One of them, the first-season episode "Caught in the Act" (aka "The Playgirl Club"), only exists as a low quality studio master. The other, the second season episode "Commonwealth Games", had had a scene cut by the censors (involving administering a "sex test" to the potential Commonwealth Games athletes) and the only existing version of the episode featured a noticeable jump cut. Video of the scene was recovered in 2009 from the National Archives of Australia. [[note]](In 2010, a missing spoof advertisement for "Dreaded Wheat" from the otherwise-complete second season episode "The Lost Tribe" was also recovered from the NAA.)[[/note]]

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*** Two episodes only exist in black and white editions for export, and a third only existed in this form until a tape surfaced at BBC Scotland in the late 1990s and was restored to broadcast quality. One of them, the first-season episode "Caught in the Act" (aka "The Playgirl Club"), was thought to only exists exist as a low low-quality studio master until a broadcast quality studio master.copy aired on Australian television in 2016. The other, the second season episode "Commonwealth Games", had had a scene cut by the censors (involving administering a "sex test" to the potential Commonwealth Games athletes) and the only existing version of the episode featured a noticeable jump cut. Video of the scene was recovered in 2009 from the National Archives of Australia. [[note]](In 2010, a missing spoof advertisement for "Dreaded Wheat" from the otherwise-complete second season episode "The Lost Tribe" was also recovered from the NAA.)[[/note]]



* David Frost had been a household name in Britain for a decade and a half by the time he interviewed [[Film/FrostNixon Richard Nixon]]. Unfortunately, much of his early work is lost to the ages.

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* David Frost had been a household name in Britain for a decade and a half by the time he interviewed [[Film/FrostNixon Richard Nixon]].interviewed]] UsefulNotes/RichardNixon. Unfortunately, much of his early work is lost to the ages.
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