Thursday, 22 September 2016

Amazing See-Saw Idents from Children's BBC

If you were a child growing up in the 1980s then there's a good chance you lived for the See-Saw slot which aired on BBC1 (and occasionally BBC2). In an age where there was no such thing as CBeebies, the See-Saw slot - which had evolved from Watch with Mother - was the only real chance for pre-schoolers to get their fix of children's TV.

Some downright legendary shows aired in this timeslot and were usually preceded by a brief ident advertising the upcoming shows. And here are all the ones I've managed to find so far, so let's reminisce for a few moments about a period of life when life felt warm, simple and fuzzy.

1. Pigeon Street

2. Hokey Cokey

3. Stop Go

4. Blank Logo

5. King Rollo / Bric-a-Brac

6. Little Misses

7. Postman Pat

8. Bod

9. Chris and Crumble

10. Heads and Tails

11. Bagpuss

12. Gran

13. Fingerbobs

14. Pinny's House

15. Chock-a-Block

If you find any more then please let me know and I'll get them uploaded! Thanks!

Friday, 16 September 2016

15 of the Greatest Evil Villains of British Children's TV

Television's not really television without villains, is it? After all, why would anyone tune in to see the good guys just sitting round in a world free from jeopardy and tension? Exactly, it would generate about as much narrative excitement as our own humdrum lives, so that's why television needs villains to provide that bit of fantasy and escapism that we crave.

Now, when it comes to children's TV, villains are particularly interesting characters as they're installed not only to act as the antagonists, but also to symbolise the dark paths one can wander down if they stray off the straight and narrow.

And it's because of this symbolism that they become so ingrained in our memories, so let's take a look at 15 of the greatest evil villains of British children's TV.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Thick as Thieves

Genre: Comedy
Channel: ITV

Transmission: 01/06/1974 - 20/07/1974

Today's blog is written by that absolute swine of a writer called Mark Cunliffe who is the proud host of the So It Goes... blog

Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais are rightly regarded as sitcom greats. The Likely Lads and its sequel Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads, Porridge and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, their names are a byword for comic perfection. However, their 1974 sitcom Thick as Thieves is not a title you’re likely to hear spoken of fondly and alongside their better known, much loved titles. In fact, it’s a real rarity.

Sunday, 4 September 2016


Genre: Docusoap
Channel: Channel 4

Transmission: 01/02/1996 - 07/03/1996

Today's offering comes from Heather Lewis who can usually be found getting up to all sorts of wordiness over at Broom Cupboard and Me

Hello-aaa! And welcome to the Seasiders

Firstly, I want to thank Curious British Telly for having me back, especially after my confessed admiration for the career of Andy Crane! As well as having a huge fondness for Children’s BBC, I also love delving into the nostalgic history of British holiday camps.

Recently I was at one… and spent a great deal of my week there taking photos of original windows and paintwork (yes, really) and entertaining my family by informing them of what competitions they could have entered, had they been at Pwllheli in 1975 (who’s up for a ‘Hairy Chest Competition’?)

Anyway, it is with this enthusiasm that I take you back to 1996 for a largely forgotten ‘fly on the wall’ series called Seasiders. Before the late 1990’s craze for docusoaps had really taken off, the six part programme, which aired on Channel 4, followed a year in the life of Haven Holiday’s Primrose Valley in Yorkshire.

Friday, 2 September 2016

5 Unforgettable Games from The Big Breakfast

The Big Breakfast hurtled into our lives in September 1992 and immediately changed the landscape of British breakfast TV. No longer were we restricted to the sedate, sensible murmurings of BBC and ITV who served up gentle fare to ease us into the day.

Instead, The Big Breakfast delivered non-stop, anarchic fun and japes as they turned breakfast TV on its head with singalongs, silliness and (for the most part) fantastic chemistry between the hosts. Oh, and how could I forget, they also brought us some immensely fun and ridiculous games to get the nation's competitive pulse pacing.

And here's 5 unforgettable games from The Big Breakfast!

Thursday, 1 September 2016

The Trials of Oz

Genre: Drama
Channel: BBC1

Transmission: 09/11/1991

What you consider obscene is a highly subjective matter. Personally, I have no qualms about public nudity, but I know countless souls whose jaws would tunnel deep into the ground if they saw me strutting down the high street wearing nothing but my wristwatch.

And, you know, apart from that one time, I tend not to stroll round the town centre with my undercarriage and nipples on display, so please don't hang round where I live expecting that horrorshow. You need to book well in advance.

Anyway, obscenity is such a personal opinion that it can really irk certain quarters of society. Anything that challenges their morals can be seen as a real affront to their way of life and the imagined bonds which hold it together.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Jack of Hearts

Genre: Drama
Channel: BBC1

Transmission: 04/09/1999 - 08/09/1999

Morrissey once sang "I am human and I need to be loved, Just like everybody else does" and it's a lyric which perfectly encapsulates our need for acceptance. We've evolved to work with our fellow man to help structure society whether it be in the family unit or at work, so it's in our best interests to integrate as seamlessly as possible.

However, us humans are a funny old bunch and don't half love putting obstacles in the way, prone as we are to being stubborn, arrogant and, sometimes, scared sods. And that's why it's so difficult to initiate a seamless integration into whichever particular congregation we deem necessary to join.

In particular, the family unit bobs along atop a fiendishly choppy set of waters, so boarding this ship requires navigating it to calmer waters. Tough work indeed, but when it's combined to the constant demands of a new employer then you run the risk of being swept out to sea along with the flotsam of countless lost souls.

And, now that I've dilly dallied around with enough maritime metaphors (which aren't even applicable to this article at all), let's take a look at these trials and tribulations being played out in Jack of Hearts.