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A-Z of Classic British Children's T.V.
UK Children's Television
"An alphabetical trip down memory lane to the classic children's British t.v. from the 1950s to 1990s. Identify the show in each instance."
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Name the children's programme first broadcast in Britain in 1950.
The star of this show, from which it took its name, lived in a picnic basket and would play with Loobyloo and Teddy.
"Aliens in the Family"
A 1972 drama series featuring a horse. It was not an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Anne Sewell, but rather a continuation of that novel featuring some new characters. Doctor James Gordon is one example of such a character.
"Bleep and Booster"
A children's comedy/variety show first broadcast in 1955 and hosted by many "big" names of the day. These included Eamonn Andrews, Leslie Crowther, Stu Francis and Michael Aspel. A standard prize for game participants was a pencil.
A series, first broadcast in 1970, about seven children whose "den" was an abandoned red London bus in a scrap yard.
"Denis and Gnasher"
"Dizzy Heights Hotel"
A five series programme, first broadcast in 1976, about a puppet bird and its master operating their own television company.
"Escape Into the Night"
"Echoe's of Louisa"
"Emu's Broadcasting Company"
Set in the year 2062, Colonel Steve Zodiac piloted a space craft on behalf of the "World Space Patrol". The programme used the technique of "supermarionation" and was first broadcast in 1962.
"Four Feather Falls"
Zany themed comedy series, first broadcast in 1970 and featuring three men who travelled by a 3-seater bicycle known as a "trandem" who also lived together. The team also put 5 novelty singles into the British charts which included "The Funky Gibbon" and "The Inbetweenies".
"Get Your Own Back"
This set of five cartoon series, first broadcast in 1982, is about the adventures of a laid back, daydreaming yellow cat that lives in a cottage in the countryside. He numbers amongst his friends Chris Rabbit, Pansy Pig, Denise Duck and Ted Tortoise. Enemies include Farmer Giles and Constable Bulldog.
An animated series, first broadcast in 1959, about a green locomotive owned by the Merioneth and LLantisilly Rail Traction Company in Wales whose dream was to sing with the Grumbley and District choral Society.
"Ivor the Engine"
"It Will Never Work"
"Into The Labyrintth"
Children were read a story from a famous children's novel by well known celebrities who were sat comfortably in an arm chair. This long running series was first broadcast in 1965.
"Jim'll Fix It"
"Jamie and the Magic Torch"
Children would go motor cycle racing over obstacle courses, hurdles and barriers. Peter Purves was the genial host of this programme which was first broadcast in 1980.
"Kids From 47a"
"Junior Kick Start"
Ventriloquist Terry Hall presented his animal dummy made from fox fur and papier-mâché with a golf ball for a nose. His first appearance on British t.v. was in 1957.
"Little Green Man"
"Lenny the Lion Show"
"The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe"
Animated programme, first broadcast in 1971, featuring a business gentleman in pin striped suit and bowler hat. He would enter a fancy dress shop in each episode and leave via a magic door at the back of the changing room to enjoy an adventure appropriate to his costume.
"Mr. Egbert Nosh"
The star of this early animated serial, first broadcast in 1959 but re-created in 1982, was a Norse King who is married to Nooka. They have a son, Prince Knut.
Set in a land called "Northlands" a wicked uncle will stop at nothing to capture the crown.
"Now Get Out of That"
"Noah and Nelly"
"Noggin the Nog"
This studio jungle based show, first broadcast in 1982, would pit parent and child teams against one another to battle through swamps and gunge to win golden bananas.
"One Hour to Zero"
"Once Upon a Time Man"
"Over The Moon"
The presenter of this zany puppet show, first broadcast in 1972, was former "Goon" Michael Bentine. He wrote the scripts, did the puppet voices and designed the myriad of little puppets that were the stars of the show.
Harmony is given a coin by her mysterious Uncle Ginger. When she rubs the coin she is granted ten wishes which inevitably lead to chaos from which only Uncle Ginger can save her. This programme was first broadcast in 1995.
"Queen Street Gang"
"Quick Before They Catch Us"
This show, first broadcast in 1972, was a bi-weekly children's show intended to develop children's language and numeracy skills. It was conceived as a British equivalent of the American show "Sesame Street". Geoffrey was the main presenter supported especially by Zippy, George and Bungle.
"Rosie and Jim"
A teenage caveman is found by children at the bottom of a quarry close to Barney's grandmother's house. Barney finds him when he falls through the roof of his den and they become friends. The first episode was broadcast in 1981.
"Stig of the Dump"
This children's series, first aired in 1984, told the tale of alien 'Masters' who travel the Earth in giant metal machines enslaving the human race by 'capping' them.
Torchy the Battery Boy"
Science fiction series, first broadcast in 1970, about the Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation (S.H.A.D.O.) headed by Ed Straker. S.H.A.D.O. operates under the cover of a movie studio to battle aliens intent on capturing humans for involuntary organ donation for the benefit of their own species?
This animated series, first aired in 1991, featured two bungling French criminals and their English based business, "Naughtiness International". They could be hired by other villains to steal anything. Victor would come up with a meticulous plan which would be botched by Hugo.
"Victor and Maria"
"Victor and Hugo, Bunglers in Crime"
The stars of this show, first broadcast in 1955, was a puppet farming family that included Daddy, Mummy, Jenny, Willy and Baby and not forgetting Spotty Dog and Mrs. Scrubbitt.
This semi-educational pre-school programme first aired in 1974 and ran for 21 years. It was presented by several celebrities such as Jeni Barnett, Harry Towb, Gary Wilmott and Liz Smith. They were assisted initially by Crow and Alice the dormouse until they were fired in favour of Duncan the Dragon, and later Cosmo and Dibs.
"You Should Be So Lucky"
"You and Me"
"You Must Be Joking"
This series was first broadcast in 1974 and was about four World War II resistance fighters who reunite 30 years later to scam con-artists and use the money to help good causes. A modern day Robin Hood if you like.
"Zig and Zag Show"
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