[Now amended to incorporate lots of useful amendments supplied by various people including Steve Arnold, Simon Coward, Richard Ward and Rumpole]
I've had a quick look at the BFI database (the new one http://collections-search.bfi.org.uk/web
) and I've come up with the following list of documentaries hosted by Dave Allen. I hope Network consider releasing them!
Dave Allen in the Melting Pot
Dave Allen in Search of the Great English Eccentric
Dave Allen: Eccentrics at Play
Dave Allen and Friends
"Dave Allen tours Britain in search of unusual people, customs and stories, following on from the documentaries IN SEARCH OF THE GREAT BRITISH ECCENTRIC and ECCENTRICS AT PLAY. GB, ATV, c1977. Tx GB, ITV, 04/01/1977 - 29/3/1977 (13 parts)
Episodes as follows:
1977-01-04: Tonight, Dave kicks off the series by boarding a time machine to try a Cornish health curt that is cons old; tastes the delights of life in the Edwardian steam age; learns just how brave and bold were the knights of old; and discovers the strange, special skills of Lancashire mill girls.
1977-01-11: Continuing his nationwide tour of the unusual, Dave takes a Penny Farthing down Memory Lane in search of a Somerset skull, Scottish treasure, six runaway Gloucestershire cheeses — all culminating in Scotland with a proposal for a really fruity weekend.
1977-01-18: Features a high speed car, mad hatters in London, miniature Stonehenge, matchmaker of Middlesex, Bacon's chicken surprise and the barbers of Lincoln.
1977-01-25: Features include the Maharajah's well in Oxfordshire, legless in the Black Country, Yorkshire past and future, the water beetles of Wales, searching out Sherlock Holmes and the church mice of Lincolnshire."
1977-02-01: Features a punt gun, the oldest almshouse in Britain, Wookey Hole in Somerset, the Worth Valley railway and the furry dance from Helston, Cornwall.
1977-02-08: Looks at Pomeranian dogs who live in a Victorian dolls house, a storeroom for Madame Tussaud's in Somerset, corrupt monks in Cornwall and a canvas castle in Devon.
1977-02-15: Tonight, Dave tries to keep up with Britain's toughest walker, becomes the subject of a man hunt, reveals how a piece of meat was knighted, and sleeps in a herd of cows—with some strange results.
1977-02-22: Features the legend of a Cornish mermaid, the story of Lord Byron and the poetry of a dairy farmer from Devon.
1977-03-01: Looks at a unique garden and someone who has spent his life decorating a room"
1977-03-08: Continuing his nationwide search of the unusual, Dave Allen encounters: a fire-eating clown in a Scottish wood, a man who owns a collection of items from the sea-shore and Kiplingcote Derby. [1977-03-01 in database - error?]
1977-03-15: Dave Allen learns about The Glorious Twelveth shooting custom and visits Ripon in Yorkshire where the laws depend on a man blowing an ox-horn at 9 O'Clock every night of the year. He finally visits the site of the first Christian church in Glastonbury.
1977-03-22: Features a 10 year old museum curator, the life cycle of fleas and two of the loudest women in Britain.
1977-03-29: Dave Allen continues his safari in search of the unusual: Medieval jousting; the jilted woman who jumped off Clifton Suspension Bridge and lived; a man who makes audio recordings of animals in the countryside; and Scotland - Blackness Castle, the ship that would never sink.
"Dave Allen tours America in search of unusual people, customs and stories, following on from the documentary series DAVE ALLEN AND FRIENDS in which he toured Britain. GB, ATV c.1978 Tx GB, ITV 03/01/1978 - 02/05/1978 (14 parts)
1978-01-03: In the first of this series on strange places and extraordinary People, Dave Allen plunges into the American wilderness. There he tastes the lifestyle of Sylvan Hart who, 50 years ago, decided to “get away from it all” in the most dramatic way possible. This unusual man has found “heaven”.
1978-01-10: Dave Allen continues his tour of America search of the strange and the exotic. In the Californian forest he meets Preston Boomer who has converted every boy's dream of a toy castle with soldiers into a full-scale fantasy. Then Dave does down to the sea off San Francisco for a sail with Scott Newhall, whose childhood games with a boat in the bath have been converted to the real thing - as the result of an epic ocean voyage.
1978-01-17: Continuing his search for the eccentric in America, Dave Allen learns the ancient art at juggling—by joining a group of enthusiasts in a San Francisco park. He also travels to the heart of the world’s hottest desert to attend an extraordinary performance. Here a lone woman regularty stage a classical ballet in a ghost town’s empty theatre.
1978-01-24: Continujng his exploration of the unusual side of America, Dave Allen this week visits a world of animals more fascinating than anything dreamed up by Walt Disney. At a Californian university he meets Koko, the world’s first “talking” gorilla. Using deaf and dumb language, Koko has a vocabulary of some 600 words. Even more unlikely is the occupation of Beatrice Lydecker-she earns her living reading animals’ minds. Finally, Dave drops in at a ranch where the horses are in fact no bigger than dogs.
1978-01-31: Dave meets the dentist who fell out with the town elders over a Vietnam war memorial. The dentist got his own back by building a 60-foot statue of a naked woman in the high street.
1978-02-07: Dave Allen continues his search for America’s off-beat people and places. This week, he attends an extra-ordinary funeral. Complete with coffin, grave-digger, chapel of remembrance and due ceremony, we witness the final departure of a much-loved cat. Also, amid an atmosphere of reverence, we meet Michael Lord, the rising star of the hot gospel circuit. Preacher, singer, miracle-worker, Michael is just 10 years old.
1978-02-14: Continuing his exploration of the unusual in America, Dave Allen considers crime US-style but with an eccentric twist. On the West Coast, he treads the beat with Sherlock Bones, the world's most famous dog detective. In New York he experiences the dangers of a night on patrol with the country's strangest police force, the Decoy Squad.
1978-02-21: Dave Allen meets Duff Chapman, tracker of animals in California and goes in search of sharks in Miami on the boat Seaquarium.
1978-02-28: continuing his exploration of America’s unusual people and places, Dave Allen this week discovers the extraordinary hidden life in Death Valley, hottest spot in the world. Then, on the other side of the continent, he learns about herbal cures and treatments from an Appalachian Mountain Man.
1978-03-07: This week Dave Allen investigates the world’s most eccentric city—Las Vegas. The town was built for one purpose only—as a playground for adults to play in. Allen reveals how much people part with—and put up with—for a so-called “good time”. We meet the gamblers, the casino operators and a host of other people drawn to this bizarre city—even though it exists and survives only because every-one loses in the end ...
1978-03-14: Do you want your budgie to be a film star? What do the tobacco auctioneers of Virginia have to sing about? As he continues his survey of America’s unusual people and places, Dave Allen hopes to provide these answers.
1978-03-21: Continuing his exploration of the unusual people and places of America, Dave Allen is lured to the green hills of North Carolina by a family and its music, Stanley Hicks makes and plays traditional local instruments—the fretless five-string banjo and the Appalachian dulcimer, or “dulcimore”, as he calls it. Here, as m much of Dave’s native Ireland, traditional music is a natural part of everyday life. You can see another facet of American life with Dave Allen tomorrow night.
1978-03-29: Dave Allen continues his exploration of the stranger aspects of America. Tonight the unbelievable happens. Dave becomes the Reverend Dave Allen-legally and officially. It’s the climax of three journeys down different by-roads of American religion. First he goes to Las Vegas, where marriages are served supermarket style in roadside wedding parlours by priests with gold Cadillacs on radio call. Next to a San Francisco church, where the bride and groom are both men. And finally comes the moment when Dave is transformed into a fully-fledged vicar.
Dave Allen in the Enchanted Garden
1978-05-01: in which Dave Allen, on his American tour, visits the inhabitants - human and animal - of the Okefenoke Swamp.