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.
Do you know that the people of Dubai never watch The Flintstones.
But the people of Abu Dhabi do!
At a very early age I hated Hanna Barbera cartoons - the recycled animations, rolling backgrounds and lazy scripts really grated on me. I love the original Chuck Jones Tom & Jerry cartoons - before they lost their way and went cheap.
I love modern animations like Toy Story 2 and Shrek 2 - but most have never heard of Igor and Over The Hedge,
Yes. Tina Heath. I had a big crush on her and wrote to the BBC. They sent me a signed photo of her!
Loving all the shows mentioned.
A few more of my favourites:-
Michael Bentines Potty time.
The list is huge include most of those already mentioned and add quite a few more.
Stop frame animation was brilliant and didn’t appear to be as such. The puppet characters which were prevelant of the time were amazing and during close up hand scenes human hands were often substituted.
Fantastic and uplifting thread, thank you Trainspotter. X
Catweazle - such a brilliant drama. A fish out of water story ... someone trying to make sense of what he finds in a place where he doesn't belong ... a bit like autism!
I still refer to the power source in the home as 'Electrickery' and the telephone 'the telling bone'. It takes me back to a place which now only exists in the deep recesses of my mind.
Catweazle was played by Geoffrey Bayldon who died a year or so ago aged 93. He also played the Crowman in Worzel Gummidge.
Link to Catweazle on you tube:
Catweazle was written/produced by Richard Carpenter, who also went on to make The Ghosts of Mottley Hall, D ick Turpin (software censorship again!!) and Robin of Sherwood, all programmes of quality!
Me, too. The millennials at work look at me as if I must be as old as Catweazle, too!
Link to Follyfoot:
Link to The Owl Service:
Link to The Witches and the Grinnygog:
Link to Children of the Stones:
They keep coming back to me...
Bleep and Booster
Some not strictly children's programmes - such as
The Beverly Hillbillies
H R Pufnstuf
HTV did several very good Childrens series, in addition to Children of the Stones. One such was Arthur of the Britons, an entirely different perspective on King Arthur, with no camelot, no knights of the round table, just the Celtic Warrior: