Being born in the fifties, and having my formative years in the sixties and seventies, I believe some of the best television programmes were those made for children. I am a great fan of programmes made for children, and even now think there is some quality work there.But some of the programmes of rhe past excelled in real quality.
For starting this thread I will include one or two of my favourites from the sixties to the eighties.
I will come back to this later with others, I think my avatar would indicate one of my favourites so that goes without saying, for the moment.
The Owl service, a programme made in the late sixties, a mystery about a tea service and the remote.locarion it was set in.
Follyfoot, with its theme tune about a farm for retired horses, the characer of Dora every lad in my year fell in love with
Children of the Stones, a very creepy tale set in Avebury, with similarities to the Wicker Man
The Witches and the Grinnygog, a tale of a gargoyle with a seemingly strange power.
Worzel Gummidge, with Jon Pertwee and Una Stubbs at their best.
Others to come, but opening up to reminiscences from other people.
I'm from the late 60s so Mary Mungo & Midge was one of my favourites - and naturally all the Gerry Anderson sci-fi like Joe90, Thunderbirds, UFO, Captain Scarlet, The Secret Service and all the rest.
I was born in 1959. As a kid, I always enjoyed Bill and Ben, The Magic Roundabout, Vision On, Animal Magic, Batman (Adam West and Burt Ward), Thunderbirds, Lizzie Dripping and the Witch, Lost in Space... the list goes on! As I got a bit older, in the early '70s, my absolute obsession was 'The Six-Million Dollar Man'. I think inflation would have boosted that figure somewhat by now...
Amazing at the time Batman was taken seriously and the deadpan humour was't recognised. I may have had the excuse that I am autistic then as now. I recognise Batman now as a brilliant parody of crime drama.
Lizzy dripping had in the tiitle character a future Blue Peter presenter. L
I loved some of the gentle cheaply made cartoons such as Mr Benn. And Mary, Mungo & Midge.
I still remember Follyfoot. And being shown the filming locations in the 1970s by a fan of the series.
Bagpuss, Fingermouse, Camblewick Green, Trumpton, The Flumps, Bod.
The Elephant (1974) - Bagpuss episode plot synopsis
Bagpuss and friends are brought a small elephant, with no ears, stuffed with straw. Bagpuss explains how its ears fell off and it got stranded on a desert island and was rescued by mice who used its ears to escape the island. They decide it may never have had ears, and give it a hat to wear instead.
I suspect, Mary, Mungo & Midge was made by pebble mill in Birmingham. Because many years later when I was living in Birmingham. The actual tower blocks reminded me immediately of the cartoon tower blocks in that series.
And the Follyfoot filming locations we visited, we were on a day out from the special needs school I attended in the early 70s. A staff member was a big Follyfoot fan and he was pointing out the actual red phone box being used by one of the stars in a previous week's episode.
Those simple animations and stop-frame puppet films were all the fashion back then - the Captain Pugwash, Ivor the Engine, Wombles and Chigley/Trumpton/Camberwick Green were all awesome. Such a nice, gentle childhood.
Gosh, you youngster!
I lovedCaptain Pugwash. Stories that the characers had x -certificare names are just an urban myth - no Seaman Staines, Master Bate or Roger the Cabin Boy!
All the voices were done by the ubiquitous Peter Hawkins, who was also one of the original voices of the Daleks in Dr Who.
Yes, Captain Pugwash. And Wacky Races. Tom and Jerry. The days when cartoons were cartoons. I don't like the more 'realistic' over-done CGI stuff like Shrek, Toy Story, etc.
The Flintstones, too. And...
Arthur, The King of Camelot