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Let’s Pretend

ROTTEN REPLACEMENT for PIPKINS, wherein WAYNE JACKMAN and the like took an object regurgitated by a balsa wood whale, rehearsed a musical story around it. Then they performed it. Even though you’d already seen it. “And now it’s time for you to watch our play. The story of…The King Who Liked Bananas.”



  1. Applemask

    August 29, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Later on, the items just appeared out of nowhere, and the whale mascot was replaced by a genuinely creepy floating paperchain caterpillar thing that I can’t remember precisely what it looked like but I didn’t like it.

  2. Paul Gatenby

    August 29, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    ‘Just pretending. Just pre-te-e-e-ending’. Wasn’t the caterpillar orange, and made a squelchy ‘Wow’ noise? Didn’t like it either.

  3. gman

    April 17, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Pedantry: It was made by Cntral, not Granada (sorry).
    Awful show, broke my little heart when this came on when I was expecting Pipkins, not just because Pipkins had gone, but so too had ATV. I still haven’t got over the loss of either of them yet

  4. Lee James Turnock

    May 1, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    “Take a lump of Play Doh, roll it in a ball
    Make a great big model, or one that’s very small”
    Hardly Ray Davies is it?

  5. Palimpsest

    June 29, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Seem to recall an episode of this wherein one of the players spent the entirety of the episode moving around on all fours dressed as a dog. Truly awful.

  6. Richard16378

    June 30, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    This was a bit of an oddball show, which I remember being on a lunchtimes before I started school, & would sometimes see in the holidays.

  7. Droogie

    June 30, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Didn’t like this show either. Though I do remember Dr Who actor Kerry Shale performing in a few shows

  8. Adam

    July 19, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    I was born in 1978 and don’t remember Pipkins at all but I hated Let’s Pretend. I hated everything about it – it was awful. A pox on it.

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