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 did say when this programme began in September 2010 that the name was totally cursed, having been used for both TVam’s swiftly abandoned early show and ITN’s unsuccessful bid for the franchise ten years later. Unsurprisingly they didn’t listen to us, and that brings us to the last ever episode. Certainly changed a lot since day one, Adrian and Christine and the swish set with all the purples soon being jettisoned and now it’s just GMTV all over again with an even more toxic brand. We doubt they’ll go out with much of a bang but worth a look anyway, before the next incarnation of ITV breakfast begins next week. We give it six months.
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Points of View
- In 'MOORE, Roger', Adrian says: "Also single handedly responsible for the 70s fashion for safari suits.."
- In 'Never Too Young to Rock', George White says: "It’s not PETER FIRTH! It’s Peter Cleall!"
- In 'Thorn Birds, The', George White says: "Massively expensive since it weren’t actually AUstralia, but a bit of Southern California with a kangaroo brought in that had to be..."
- In 'MOORE, Roger', George White says: "Oh yes, Alan Ladd’s kid David, where he has to chow down on piles and piles of snowy white coke, to the sound of bad disco. Ah, when British..."
- In 'Eh, Brian, It’s a Whopper', Me says: "I have 5 of the 6 episodes made on VHS… When I get a bit of free Time, I will transfer to DVD then upload to YouTube"