Childrens television programmes of the past

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.

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  • The end of Camberwick Green where the character of the week says goodbye and goes back into the musical box really upsets me and I'm not sure why but its guaranteed to induce floods of tears.

    I have similar reactions to cartoons and the like sometimes. They can bring out huge upwellings of emotion that I don't realise are buried somewhere. I wonder sometimes whether it's because they simplify the emotions to appeal to children; so my under-developed sense of emotional understanding gets them in a way that I don't with the complex emotional behaviours of adults.