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MISH-MASH OF teencentric comedy sketches aimed at the 13-plus set, often landing mentions on POINTS OF VIEW due to frequent pantomime gore and toilet references. BOB GOODY starred, with TOYAH WILLCOX as “Super Advice Person”.



  1. Lee James Turnock

    May 4, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    The only sketch I remember is some nutter (who looked like the Toy Dolls frontman) running all over a park with a ‘Keep off the Grass’ sign in the foreground, then being blown up ‘How Not To Be Seen’-style for his troubles.

  2. Damon Rose

    March 2, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    All I can vaguely remember of this show is that it was on BBC Two at around 5:30 after the kids stuff on BBC One ended. I think I was a touch too young to watch it but I liked the early 80s look of it. Sketches, as I recall, all anchored back to the office of a cool 80s teen magazine and its problems page editor – Toyah it seems. Felt dead stylish. I remember the theme tune; I’m singing it now but you can’t hear that.

  3. Droogie

    March 3, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Strange show, even to a pre-teen. I believe it had 2 series. The first had Toyah and bafflingly middle aged character actor Colin Jeavons from classic tv shows like Blue Remembered Hills amongst others. For a show that was meant to be about teenage issues, it was strange having this aging actor playing mainly younger characters including a skinny tied new wave DJ. He and Toyah disappeared by the 2nd series to be replaced by Bob Goody and “Loony” Leni Harper.

  4. THX 1139

    March 3, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    There’s an episode of this (in 5 parts) on YouTube (because Toyah was in it, obvs). It’s surreally unfunny, like a comedy show from Mars. As well as Toyah, B.A. Robertson was on it, about as funny as his TOTP hosting. Lots of coloured wigs and crying. Great title sequence and theme tune, then it’s downhill all the way. Chaz Jankel was in it too. I thought it was too grown up for me to “get” when I was a little kid, but no, I was right, it just wasn’t entertaining no matter your age.

  5. Droogie

    March 4, 2016 at 2:24 am

    Lordy – I just watched the 1st part and it’s even worse than I remember. They have Jeavons playing teenagers in these sketches and according to IMDB he was in his early 50’s back then! I also remember the short cute dark haired girl and the young George Michael lookalike bloke were both in the original series of Russ Abbots Madhouse together. The sheer unfunnyness of the sketches reminds me of other Yoof related attempts at comedy of the time that you’d see on shows like Somethin’ Else and The Oxford Road Show

  6. THX 1139

    March 4, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Very quickly you’re thinking, how are these even jokes? What’s supposed to be funny here? Apart from funny peculiar. Even Fast Forward was better.

    • Tom Ronson

      March 25, 2022 at 4:19 pm

      Fast Forward was better than Behind the Bike Sheds, but then so is being buggered with a cactus.

  7. Richard16378

    March 5, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    This is something that passed me by, & it sounds like I didn’t miss much!

  8. THX 1139

    March 5, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    If your parents insisted on watching the News, then you would never have seen it. Hooray for the News (probably more laughs on that).

  9. Richard16378

    March 6, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Often I would miss the start of The Adventure Game because my Dad wanted to see the news headlines.

  10. Droogie

    March 6, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Ha! My dad insisted on always watching the early evening news too. Luckily my parents got me a cheap b/w portable TV So I could sit in my room and watch any cool BBC2 stuff that clashed with the news and Nationwide, like Monkey Magic or The World Of Harold Lloyd.

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