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.