Based on novels by Sue Townsend, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole chronicled the exploits of the angst-ridden title character.
1967’s You Only Live Twice is a prime slice of Bond that hits all the beats fans expect a 007 film to hit, while exceeding expectations in scope and action.
What was it about?
A novel blend of police procedural and time travel drama, BBC One’s Crime Traveller saw Detective Jeff Slade and police science officer Holly Turner solve crimes and catch the bad guys using Holly's time machine (a futuristic desk, basically). Written by author and script writer Anthony Horowitz (the Alex Rider books, Foyle’s War), you can pretty much sum up the entire premise of the show as 'Wibbly-wobbly, Crimey-wimey'.
The brainchild of TV producer Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone was an anthology drama series, featuring stories of the paranormal and the plain weird.
Goldfinger smelts together iconic moments and then pours them into a mould that almost every Bond film would follow.
Although the righteousness occasionally sinks into saccharine sanctimony and the bad guys are often stereotyped beyond belief, there’s still a lot of mileage in Highway to Heaven.
Despite its dated subject matter, From Russia with Love serves as a testament to a time where films relied more on their story and characters, presenting a true representation of the man Ian Fleming originally created.
The Famous Five roam the South of England solving mysteries, having picnics and annoying Uncle Quentin with their boundless enthusiasm for just about everything.
The big sets, larger than life villain with a grand scheme, sexy girls and exotic locales are all there, but Dr.No's story is compact, direct and linear.
In 2192, Planet Earth is in a dismal state, blighted by overpopulation and pollution, and the majority of its inhabitants have been forced to move off-world to orbiting space stations.