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
TVC on Twitter
Creamguide's Pick of the Day
Turns out we’re getting a fully-fledged series out of this programme from a decade ago, though having seen the first one we’re pleased to report that they’ve managed to get it down from three hours to two by, hooray, editing out all the Dead Ringers sketches. Apologies if they turn up in this one, mind.
Subscribe to Creamguide
Points of View
- In 'Robin Redbreast', Stephen Campbell says: "Now Available on BFI DVD thanks BFI now do some more including the single Dennis Potter plays"
- In 'An A-Z of BBC2′s first 50 years', Adrian says: "Probably worth a mention here about BBC2 showing M*A*S*H every wednesday evening at 9pm in the 1980s for what felt like..."
- In 'Irish RM, The', George White says: "Grandad worked on this, in Ireland. Bowles is a nice bloke apparently."
- In 'Who, What, When', George White says: "Dark Season Dr. Who-it Simon Fenton is the Doctor, incarnated as a teenager when the Time Lords finally track him down. Exiled in the form of..."
- In 'Zokko', Paul Hughes says: "I Remember Zokko, I’m sure it always used to finish with the phrase ‘Zokko, score ten, game over’ Didn’t it also feature Ali Bongo..."