SUBLIME filling of the popular-cultural no-man’s-land between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day with a set of short but charming mini-documentaries on a handful of erstwhile childrens’ TV favourites too old to still be ‘on’ but too recent to be properly nostalgised over yet: Tiswas, Play School, Vision On, the Smallfilms ouvre, Crackerjack, an odds-and-ends collection taking in Bill & Ben/Trumptonshire/Fingerbobs/Captain Pugwash/Mr Benn, and most infamously of all, a startling look back at the rivalry between Blue Peter and Magpie, peppered with guarded inter-presenter verbal barbs and hinting at all manner of shadowy The Fourth K-esque management power struggles behind the scenes. No wonder Noakes and Shep were so keen to ‘Go’! Packed to the ‘white void’ studio rafters with original contributors and bizarre anecdotes about stolen Teds, incinerated Mintons, foul-mouthed Clangers, New York taxi drivers shouting ‘COMPOST CORNER!’, ‘baby bump’-concealing scenery, Hamble-torture, Gilliam/Yellow Sumbarine-emulation, Leo Sayer fuming at theft of trademark ‘perm’, hypothermia-afflicted future Doctor Whos, backstage Play School joint-toking, and sticking two fingers up at Noel Edmonds, and with nary a second-rate standup doing that counting an imaginary ‘witty’ list off on their fingers thing in sight, this was – in a very real sense – what they want. Not to mention inspiring someone, somewhere to upload a handful of Fred Harris JPEGs…Read More
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We don’t know if it’s Barry’s rather diffident personality that means the Gibbs still don’t get the respect their nearest contemporaries ABBA receive despite their clearly obvious talents and huge success over the years. Not that they were ever bothered with credibility, though, when they were coining it in and those irresistible pop tunes get lodged in your brain whether you like it or not. Professional contrarian John Lydon is among those paying tribute and then there’s a new compilation which as well as raiding the Beeb archives also promises some rare bits and pieces from all over the place.
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- In 'PICK OF THE DAY', Applemask says: "When Blue Peter dies, a part of Britain dies with it. Talking of Advent Crowns, you didn’t even put any snow on the logo this year. What is..."
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- In 'The six worst Christmas Radio Times covers', FishyFish says: "I hate the ‘Legendary’ tag. It’s not the lost city of Atlantis, King Arthur, or Jason and the..."
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- In 'The six worst TV Times Christmas covers', TV Cream says: "Des, you’re right! Fixed the date."