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Childhood TV Favourites... [Aug. 25th, 2003|10:09 am]
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vimster's reply to yesterdays post (and the fact that I am currently putting straps on my pyjama-case Bagpuss to make him into a rucksack) got me thinking about all the old tv programmes I used to love watching when I was 'growing up'...

I never watched much ITV either, it was mostly rubbish. My younger sister did...she loved 'Supergran', 'Mr Majeika', 'T-bag' and other such odious rot...

My favourite favourite programmes were mostly sci-fi based (geek that I was at such an early age), with the exception of one or two...I thought I'd list them here...

Battle of The Planets (otherwise known as 'G-Force' or 'Gatchaman') : it was the first Manga (as I recall) to ever be shown on british TV and I LOVED it!! My sister and I used to play 'G-force' ourselves...she was always Princess and I was always Mark...I had a blue sunvisor and she had a yellow one, so that was obvious...I think Mark was actually my first ever childhood crush...that or I wanted to *be* him lol!! At least until Michael Praed as Robin of Sherwood came along...
Link: http://www.akdreamer.com/botp/

Blake's Seven : A space adventure series which ran from 1978 to 1981 (when I was 7/8 years old)...
I loved the main character, Avon...and was very very scared of Servalan!!!
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/ilove/tv/blakes7/intro.shtml

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH Bagpuss : This I ABSOLUTELY ADORED!!!! I wanted to *be* Emily sooo much!!! But I cried buckets at the episode about the elephant who lost his ears...the mice used them for a sailboat...and everytime I heard the music for years after I'd involuntarily start sobbing...
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/ilove/tv/bagpuss/

The Adventure Game : Gronda Gronda!!! *bows to the aspidistra* This way predates The Crystal Maze...and was much cooler!! My sister and I made the Argond currency out of clear plastic and coloured paper with lots of sellotape...and I genuinely thought that the people swallowed up by the vortex if the ham-sandwich proved to be mistaken were truly gone forever...what would their families say???
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/ilove/tv/adventuregame/

The Flumps : I loved these...Pootle was my favourite...bit like Compo in that he never took his woolie hat off...they were northern/yorkshire fluff balls with noses. And don't stick a carrot in Grandpa Flumps Flumpet!! Songs I loved were 'If I were a fly on the ceiling...' and 'Balloons, Balloons'. Eh bah gum I remember it well!!
Link: http://www.80snostalgia.com/classictv/flumps/index.html

And not forgetting (although I've left out a few)...

Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds : I think I was a bit older when these were on...I can still sing the opening song (much like Cities of Gold, and Willy Fog...which went on forever and ever). I only really loved it 'cause he looked like Snoopy!!
Link: http://www.80snostalgia.com/classictv/dogtanian/index.html

There's lots more...Doctor Who, Magic Roundabout, Roobarb etc etc...I could go on forever...

Most of my friends are younger than me and were into Gummibears, Inspector Gadget (as was my ITV addicted sis) and stuff like that...couldn't really relate:/

...but what were yours??


[User Picture]From: vimster
2003-08-25 04:15 am (UTC)
Now look what you've done!

Well, Battle Of The Planets was unmissable when I were a lad, zero plot, just the maddest, biggest, nastiest machines of robot war battling it out.

Bagpuss, it's easy to see why people get so worked-up about it. I just have to hear the familiar intro and I feel calm and warm, mainly thanks to the narration of Oliver Postgate, a familiar and soothing voice to many people.

The Adventure Game, it was just funny seeing the likes of John Cravan, various Blue Peter and Swap Shop presenters, etc, struggling with some logic puzzle consisting of so much coloured perspex, which was a mainstay of SF props in those days. It was on BBC2 though, so I'm sure most kids didn't go near it, sadly. Today, of course, they're lured in by the Simpsons and all that; the science of TV scheduling.

Anyway, a few of my favourites, sans the intensive research (although I suspect all those links were on your favourites):

Lift Off! - This was a kid's sketch show with ex-Three Of A Kind bloke David Copperfield, who seemed to really be suited to this. Basically he was this lift operator of sorts. I enjoyed all these BBC sketch shows at the time, like Fast Forward etc.

Round The Bend - Well, okay, so I was about 18-19 when this was on, but blimey, what a show. It was made by Spitting Image Productions, and written in part by top cartoonist Tony Husband. It was, essentially, a TV version of Oink comic with 'strips' like Tommy's Time Trousers (he would manipulate the fly to activate), Wee-man and the Masters of the Looniverse, and my favourite Pzycho the Magnificent, the evil conjouror, the one where he was booked for a children's party is priceless.

anything with Ian McNought-Davis in it - ie MicroLive, Making The Most Of the Micro, etc. Although they used those horrible BBC computers, and it was all rather patronising on reflection, I couldn't get enough of this as a little'un. Okay, so they'd go on about the latest version of WordStar or whatnot, but I remember such things as cut-copy-paste being demonstrated on an Apple Mac Classic in 1985.

Anyway, I've gone on long enough, but here are a couple of things you might enjoy:

http://tv.cream.org/ - TV Cream is the essential guide to all things 70s-90s, mainly TV but also sweets, public information films, TV theme tunes, etc.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/creamup/ - The TV Cream Update, an occasional newsletter. Makes me chuckle anyway.
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2003-08-25 04:44 am (UTC)
Thankyou for the link!!

Ahh yes! I even have an mp3 of the Battle of the Planets theme...and the Starfleet one as well...which my sis and I used to sing whilst waving torches at the ceiling...if my beam crossed hers I won hehe!!

Kinda makes me feel old...but I'm sure TV was way better back then...beats Teletubbies or Booh-Bahs (sp?)

About the only thing I really enjoy on TV these days is The Hoobs!!

But they're intelligently written, wonderful characterisations and the music is SO inventive (which makes a change)!!!

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[User Picture]From: vimster
2003-08-25 05:12 am (UTC)
The Hoobs? Never had the pleasure, I'm afraid. As a kid I so hated

a) music in children's programmes, it was always so twee, usually written and played by classically-trained types, all rather worthy.

b) children in children's programmes, especially child actors, who were a breed apart from normal kids. The last thing I wanted to see was some mouthy child attempting to present or interview. The nadir of this would be Why Don't You. Oh, and those oh-so-worthy adaptations of things like Charlotte's Web et al - urgh.

Oh! A major omission, and I mean major:

Take Hart/Hart Beat - how could I forget these? Speaking as someone with an illustration degree (for what it's worth), like many, I was inspired by Tony Hart's programmes. I would sit rapt as he painted the Earth in about 2 minutes, and just wanted to go away and draw. Hart Beat, the later show, that wasn't so good, they got a couple of St Martins alsorans in to make complete crap from bits of card, at least Tony was still coming up with the goods.

You are 29, it's a great age: young enough to get away with all sorts, but old enough to apreciate it.

Just tell me to shut it.
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2003-08-25 09:51 am (UTC)
Oh jesus I HATED Why Don't You with a vengeance and all those monstrous drama-school child actors!!!!

But Tony Hart was just fantastic...and now I sit swearing at 'Art Attack' and such-like on TV on account of how crap they are...he never did show my pictures tho...and they were better than some of the stuff in the gallery lolol!!!!

And Morph was great too...

Why should I tell you to shut up when you make me laugh lolol!!!!
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From: wildgift93
2003-08-25 01:45 pm (UTC)
Mine...being the antique that I am...has got to be Dusty's Tree House, The Banana Splits, Land of the Lost and The Bugaloos. I think only American folks will remember these anyway...no never mind...hhhmmmmm
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[User Picture]From: elves_uk
2003-08-26 06:38 am (UTC)
the banana splits rocked, bagpuss, mr ben, camberwick green, trumpton, play school, tarzan, battle of the planets, magic rounadabout, rhubarb and custard, jackanory, crackerjack, adventure game. :) showing my age now
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2003-08-26 09:58 am (UTC)
LOL You are??

I loved all of those!!

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[User Picture]From: elves_uk
2003-08-27 11:27 am (UTC)
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From: sadiecakes
2003-08-27 07:15 am (UTC)
Chockies children, Jigsaw,Speed Buggy, Josie and the Pussycats,Mungo Mary and Midge,The Clangers,Goober and The Ghostchasers, hmmcould go on but my brain is mush
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2003-08-27 11:41 am (UTC)
I LOVED Mary, Mungo, and Midge...and The Clangers...

*shuts up before she goes on forever...*
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