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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Jan 23, 2019 5:08pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: 1970s/1980s TV series with a racially integrated cast?

Just thought of four more:
"Rising Damp" (1974-1978, Yorkshire Television)
"Not on Your Nellie" (1974-1975, London Weekend Television, which featured a man from an unspecified South Asian country as a recurring character during its first two series)
"Soap" (1977-1981, ABC)
"Good Morning, Miss Bliss" (1987-1989, Disney Channel)

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Poster: Harry Wilson Date: Jan 28, 2019 4:21pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: 1970s/1980s TV series with a racially integrated cast?


Hello again, HS.

Your mention of the great Rising Damp reminded me of another Richard Beckinsale series: the 1974-1977 prison comedy 'Porridge', starring Ronnie Barker (slightly more than half of The Two Ronnies).

The character of McLaren, played by Tony Osoba, appeared in nine of the twenty episodes, the 1979 movie, and one episode of the sequel 'Going Straight'. Even though it's been many decades since I saw this show, I still remember him describing his life in an English prison: "I've got two strikes against me: I'm Black, and I'm Scottish."


There's also the classic Canadian series King Of Kensington, a 1975-1980 show based on the ethnic diversity of the Kensington Market area of Toronto, which featured Black actor Ardon Bess as the postman in 63 of the 110 episodes (Bess appeared in the first three of the show's five seasons).

A 45-second clip of the end credits showing Bess, as well as the Kensington neighbourhood of the '70s, can be seen on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzjZV7DPN_I

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Jan 29, 2019 3:09pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: 1970s/1980s TV series with a racially integrated cast?

Re: "King Of Kensington", that's very interesting to me, as I've really been trying to check out Canadian television, but the shows are unbelievably hard to find here in Australia. I'm hoping that we might start to see classic Canadian shows appear on the streaming services (I'd also like to see classic New Zealand shows appear for streaming. I'd be curious if there were any such series of the 1970s/1980s with a mix of White and Maori cast members. I read that NZ television kept wiping tapes into the early 1990s, but I'm certain there must be some surviving shows out there).

EDIT: Just thought of another 1980s series: "Tripper's Day" (1984, Thames Television), which is usually considered to be a terrible show, although I watched it last year and found it to be decent (to be honest, I think it's aged better than a lot of the shows the critics liked...)

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Jan 23, 2019 5:48pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: 1970s/1980s TV series with a racially integrated cast?

Two more just came to my mind:
"The Rag Trade" (1977-1978, London Weekend Television, though the Black character is so stereotypical that it is kinda embarrassing now)
"Barney Miller" (1975-1982, ABC)

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Jan 23, 2019 5:42pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: 1970s/1980s TV series with a racially integrated cast?

Just thought of another:
"The Georgian House" (1976, Harlech Television) - Unfortunately, of the 7 episodes produced of this mini-series, 4 are believed to be lost.