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    #26
    There were several cast changes though, so people who only appeared in the 70s like Arthur Brough (died 1978), James Hayter (died 1983), Larry Martyn (died 1994) and Alfie Bass (died 1983) can be excluded.

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      #27
      Originally posted by Gerontophile View Post
      For fuck sake? Really?

      A thread utterly about how many dead people once appeared in a TV programme?
      People have written books about similar.

      I thought Hill Street Blues but have just checked and most of them appear to be healthily into their 70s now.

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        #28
        I loved Hill Street Blues and there are a few scenes, some dramatic, some humourous, that I quite frequently think about. But I don't hear it mentioned very much these days, which is a shame.

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          #29
          HIll Street blues was great- and was one of the shows that changed TV - Today is the 20th anniversary of the Sopranos by the way

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            #30
            The main cast members of The Gaffer are no longer with us, although they were admittedly old to begin with.

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              #31
              Originally posted by Nefertiti2 View Post
              HIll Street blues was great- and was one of the shows that changed TV - Today is the 20th anniversary of the Sopranos by the way
              As I said, there are a number of scenes that have stayed with me, the stuffed alligator nailed to the skateboard hurtling down the sewer being one highlight, but there was one particular moment that still haunts me.

              At the start of the episode a police officer goes to an apartment to investigate an incident. When he enters he sees someone pointing a pistol at him from behind a sofa and shoots at the person holding the firearm. Upon investigation he discovers a dying child holding a toy gun.

              Throughout the programme Furillo receives updates into the investigation of the shooting - the policeman involved evenually has a breakdown and is transferred to a psychiatric hospital. The last scene has Furillo and Joyce visiting the hospital. Their initial trepidation is eased when they meet the officer, who is coming to terms with what has happened and seems to be on the road the recovery. Encouraged, they are about to leave when the policeman says something like: "There's just one thing captain. It's weird. When the kid was dying he grabbed hold of my leg and, you know what, I can still feel his hands holding on to me. Still feel them." And the camera pans down and you see him rubbing and scratching his leg, which is a bloody mess.

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                #32
                It would seem that Are You Being Served? cast reunions would now consist of Mike Berry and the various "dolly birds" who played the nurses/secretaries/crumpet. There have been a few (Wendy Richard, John Inman, Larry Martyn who passed in their sixties/early seventies who might have been expected to boost the numbers a bit, the rest were all 50+ when it aired.

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                  #33
                  Wendy Richard is dead? Woah

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                    #34
                    Originally posted by Stumpy Pepys View Post
                    The main cast members of The Gaffer are no longer with us, although they were admittedly old to begin with.
                    See also: "Cowboys".

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                      #35
                      It's TV and 1980s-adjacent but the card of the WWF Survivor Series from 1990 - just over 28 years ago - makes for grim reading:

                      The Ultimate Warrior (died 2014) vs Rick Rude (died 1999)

                      Hulk Hogan vs Earthquake (died 2006)

                      Randy Savage (died 2011) vs Dusty Rhodes (died 2015)

                      Jim Duggan & Nikolai Volkoff (died 2018) vs Sato & Tanaka

                      Jake Roberts vs Bad News Brown (died 2007) [special referee: Big Boss Man (died 2004)]

                      Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart (died 2018) vs Ax & Smash

                      The Warlord vs Tito Santana

                      Sensational Sherri (died 2007) vs Sapphire (died 1996)

                      The Texas Tornado (died 1993) vs Mr Perfect (died 2003)

                      Hercules (died 2004) & Paul Roma vs Marty Jannetty & Shawn Michaels

                      For context, if you compared it to the same year's FA Cup Final, it would be like the whole Manchester United team, two subs AND the referee having died!

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                        #36
                        Thatís not the 1990 Survivor Series Card. The Undertaker debuted in that PPV. (Also around that time Demolition featured Ax, Smash and Crush, the latter died in 2007.)

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                          #37
                          Originally posted by Lang Spoon View Post
                          Wendy Richard is dead? Woah
                          Almost ten years ago now.

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                            #38
                            Any theories on those WWF deaths - drugs, bad diet, cumulative head injuries (even though the moves are choreographed)?

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                              #39
                              Pick one from all three. David Shoemakers book on wrestlers deaths is recommended reading.

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                                #40
                                Without Hill Street Blues there would be no Sopranos, Wire, Law and Order, NCIS, CSI... Discuss.

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                                  #41
                                  Originally posted by Snake Plissken View Post
                                  Thatís not the 1990 Survivor Series Card. The Undertaker debuted in that PPV. (Also around that time Demolition featured Ax, Smash and Crush, the latter died in 2007.)
                                  Apologies, that's SummerSlam 1990.

                                  And, yeah, the vast majority of those deaths are drug-related in some way. These guys were all taking massive amounts of steroids to get the body Vince McMahon wanted to push. And their schedule was insane, so they were taking all kinds of uppers and downers to try and get some rest and then liven up again. And we've also come to see a lot of brain damage (CTE) in recent years, with almost every former wrestler whose brain has been tested after death showing signs of it. The business is a little better today - 150 shows a year rather than 300, drug testing for obvious PED use, and less of a party scene - so hopefully in 2047 this year's SummerSlam will still have most of its roster watching from home.

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                                    #42
                                    The wrestler I continue to be amazed by is Mick Foley. How he is still alive is a miracle given the punishment inflicted on his body down the years. Obviously he wasn't a PED guy, but the massive bumps he took throughout his career should have completely done for him.

                                    He's in no great shape these days, but the fact he's still limping about is ridiculous. When the commentator legitimately says, "That's it, he's dead." after you get thrown through the roof of a steel cage down to the ring and incidentally a metal chair lands on your head as it fell through with you, and the guy who threw you through the cage also thinks you're dead, you have to wonder what on earth the man is made of. And then you go on to wrestle for years afterward.
                                    Last edited by Eggchaser; 13-01-2019, 10:13. Reason: Shit awful predictive keyboard.

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                                      #43
                                      Originally posted by adams house cat View Post
                                      Without Hill Street Blues there would be no Sopranos, Wire, Law and Order, NCIS, CSI... Discuss.
                                      Probably would have been similar in some shape or form but, yes, that was the grandaddy of them. Bochco also wrote "LA Law" as well.

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                                        #44
                                        Flicking through the channels, came across first ever episode of Allo Allo, guessing a few of them are long gone.

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                                          #45
                                          Originally posted by Squarewheelbike View Post
                                          Flicking through the channels, came across first ever episode of Allo Allo, guessing a few of them are long gone.
                                          Obviously a lot of the older cast are dead but in fairness they mostly made 80 or in Rose Hills case, her 90s. Interesting fact, Rose Hill was an opera singer whose high note can be heard as Inspector Clouseau runs through the recital room and ends up in the moat during "a shot in the dark "

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