The World Adventurers Club is probably as close as we’ll come to getting close to many of the figures of history and literature. This fascinating series takes the form of the regular meetings of a club of globe-trotting explorers, scientists, agents provocateur and soldiers of fortune. When not escaping from headhunters or surviving arctic blizzards, the adventurers like nothing better than hearing a good story told by one of their number. Just as serial heroes would probably relive their adventures with their peers, these guys spin each other yarns from their most recent expeditions to the nether parts of the globe. Following each hackle-raising tale, the gang gathers round the piano for a rousing sing-along. The show ran in 1932.