Sunday, 17 June 2018

1974, Best selling cars UK

This list contains the best selling car models in the UK with more than 5,000 units sold in 1974. (source: Auto Katalog, Germany)

N° 42 Simca 1301 / 1501 (Chrysler France)
5,459 units sold

N° 41 Škoda 100 / 110
5,662 units sold

N° 40 Audi 80
5,822 units sold

N° 39 Peugeot 504
5,987 units sold

N° 38 Volkswagen Passat
6,514 units sold

N° 37 Renault R4
6,532 units sold

N° 36 Toyota Corolla
6,558 units sold

N° 35 Renault R6
6,602 units sold

N° 34 Datsun Violet (aka Datsun 140J/160J)
6,706 units sold

N° 33 Citroën GS
7,104 units sold

N° 32 Audi 100
7,388 units sold

N° 31 Datsun Bluebird (aka Datsun 160B/180B)
8,420 units sold

N° 30 Simca 1100 (Chrysler France)
9,511 units sold

N° 29 MGB / Midget (British Leyland)
9,531 units sold

N° 28 Fiat 126
9,778 units sold

N° 27 Fiat 128
9,874 units sold

N° 26 Renault R5
10,378 units sold

N° 25 Fiat 127
11,389 units sold

N° 24 Renault R16
11,879 units sold

N° 23 Jaguar XJ / Daimler Double Six (British Leyland)
13,454 units sold

N° 22 Triumph Dolomite / Sprint (British Leyland)
13,977 units sold

N° 21 Volkswagen Beetle
14,627 units sold

N° 20 Renault R12
15,331 units sold

N° 19 Hillman Imp (Chrysler UK)
15,797 units sold

N° 18 Triumph 2000 / 2500 (British Leyland)
15,833 units sold

N° 17 Datsun Sunny (aka Datsun 120Y)
16,407 units sold

N° 16 Rover 2200 / 3500 / S (P6) (British Leyland)
17,080 units sold

N° 15 Vauxhall Victor (FE)
17,772 units sold

N° 14 Datsun Cherry
21,036 units sold

N° 13 Austin / Morris 1800/2200 (BMC ADO17, British Leyland)
24,424 units sold

N° 12 Ford Consul / Granada
25,644 units sold

N° 11. Triumph Toledo / 1500 (British Leyland)
29,293 units sold

N° 10 Hillman Hunter (Chrysler UK)
31,806 units sold

N° 9 Austin Maxi (British Leyland)
34,712 units sold

N° 8 Ford Capri
36,111 units sold

N° 7 Hillman Avenger (Chrysler UK)
58,114 units sold

N° 6 Austin Allegro (British Leyland)
58,231 units sold

N° 5 Vauxhall Viva / Magnum (HC)
67,434 units sold

N° 4 Morris Marina (British Leyland)
78,376 units sold

N° 3 Mini (ADO20) (British Leyland)
84,932 units sold

N° 2 Ford Escort
86,749 units sold

N° 1 Ford Cortina
124,576 units sold

Thursday, 14 June 2018

1973, Television: "Thriller"

On April 14, 1973, the first episode of the British TV series "Thriller" was broadcast on ITV. The first episode titled "Lady Killer" was directed by Bill Hays and written by Brian Clemens, it featured Barbara Feldon, T. P. McKenna, Robert Powell, Linda Thorson, Mary Wimbush and Ivor Roberts as cast.

"Thriller" is an anthology series, each episode has a separate story and a different cast. The series was created by Brian Clemens, who also wrote most of the episodes. A total of 43 episodes were produced in six series from 1973 to 1976. The music, including the theme tune, was composed by Laurie Johnson.
Linda Thorson as Toni Tanner and Robert Powell as Paul Tanner
in the "Thriller" episode "Lady Killer" (TV Times Cover, 1973)
Robert Powell as Paul Tanner and Barbara Feldon as Jenny Frifth
in the "Thriller" episode "Lady Killer" (1973)
Synopsis first episode
Jenny Frifth (Barbara Feldon), a shy and lonely American girl marries the charming Paul Tanner (Robert Powell) while on vacation in England, unaware that he has a sinister plan for her...
Peter Bowles as Supt. Lucas in the "Thriller" episode "The Double Kill" (1975)
Diana Dors as Bessy Morne and Cec Linder as Edgar Harrow
in the "Thriller" episode "Nurse Will Make It Better" (1975)
Main cast first episode
  • Robert Powell as Paul Tanner
  • Barbara Feldon as Jenny Frifth
  • Linda Thorson as Toni Tanner
  • T.P. McKenna as Jack Hardisty
  • Mary Wimbush as Mrs. Bradley
  • John Boswall as Old Man
  • Ivor Roberts as Doctor
  • Howard Rawlinson as Hotel Clerk
  • Ronald Mayer as Minister
  • David Billa as Waiter

Opening and closing credits "Lady Killer" (1973)

Sunday, 20 May 2018

1972, Film: "Les Malheurs d'Alfred"

The French comedy "Les Malheurs d'Alfred" ("The Troubles of Alfred") premieres on 8 March 1972 in France. The film was directed and co-written by the major star Pierre Richard. Other stars are Anny Duperey, Pierre Mondy and Jean Carmet.

Alfred Dhumonttyé (Pierre Richard), a young architect, has been unlucky since his childhood. Everything he undertakes is doomed to fail. After another fiasco, one evening Alfred decides to commit suicide by throwing himself into the water in a canal in Paris. By an extraordinary coincidence, the same day at the same time and place, Agathe Bodard (Anny Duperey), a depressive television presenter, had the same idea...
Anny Duperey as Agathe Bodard and Pierre Mondy as François Morel
Danielle Minazzoli as Pauline and Pierre Richard as Alfred Dhumonttyé
Pierre Mondy as François Morel, Pierre Richard as Alfred Dhumonttyé and
Anny Duperey as Agathe Bodard
Main cast
  • Pierre Richard as Alfred Dhumonttyé
  • Anny Duperey as Agathe Bodard
  • Jean Carmet as Paul
  • Paul Préboist as the peasant
  • Paul Le Person as the policeman
  • Mario David as Kid Barrantin
  • Francis Lax as Boggy
  • Yves Robert as the Parisian TV viewer
  • Robert Dalban as Gustave
  • Marco Perrin as Orlandi
  • Pierre Mondy as François Morel
  • Evelyne Buyle as Lucrèce
  • Danielle Minazzoli as Pauline
Pierre Richard as Alfred Dhumonttyé and Anny Duperey as Agathe Bodard

"Les Malheurs d'Alfred" French Trailer (1972)