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Jangles

HAZEL “A PROBLEM MAN HAD NOT FORESEEN AS YET” O’CONNOR and JESSE “MARRRRCCUUUSSSSSSS!” BIRDSALL hang out down eponymous local discotheque jiving embarrassingly to the likes of Streets Ahead, Fun Boy Three and Bananarama. Hazel wishes she were a proper musician and runs away from home. Marcus smiles enigmatically and offers to buy her another shandy bass.

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  1. Billy

    March 18, 2013 at 2:58 am

    I sometimes think I am the only person who recalls this show, despite being rather young at the time. I watched it for Hazel and the enigmatic and slightly disturbing narrator.
    Mostly I remember an episode of a guy running from Police. And the fact that the musical numbers never sat quite comfortably with the show itself? Odd given the premise.

    Never repeated – well, not in Scotland at any rate.

  2. Ursy

    August 22, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I am trying to think of a kids TV show that I used to watch in the early 80s. It featured Hazel O Connor and a scary looking man( like a clown)! – Is it THIS show? – Jangles? I thought it was called Jingles but could be wrong?

  3. Paul Taylor

    August 23, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    That is indeed the show. It opened with Hazel alone in a spotlight singing “Runaway”…

    You hate yourself so you hate everybody else
    People can make you feel small
    Small is a size when age just won’t rise fast enough
    So you wait for the day to be up get away
    Run run as fast as you can
    Over and Over and Over the hill far away
    Runaway

    Then the scary clown man appears:

    I am the music
    The bringer of sensation…

    I don’t remember what else he said, but I haven’t seen it in 31 years and it doesn’t seem to be on YouTube!!!

  4. Markyboy70

    August 29, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I seem to remember the somewhat scary narrator and the deliberately bleak black and white sets. A forgotten gem from the post 1981 riots.

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