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Magic Micro Mission

UNLIKELY ENTRY in the 1980s parade of home computer shows, by dint of being on ITV and masquerading as kids teatime entertainment. ADRIAN HEDLEY was captain of a plywood-and-tinfoil spaceship, flying through blue screen galaxies on a magic micro mission to, er, get celebs of the likes of WILLIE RUSHTON to to play Manic Miner against each other. And that was it. Also included second-in-command JO WHEELER and “Egghead”, a humorously-dressed expert (of some description) who sat at the back to dispense deadpan information. Plus, for good measure (though also for bad), there was a ship’s computer with an “amusing” “personality”. Finally, said vessel somehow managed to boast, yes, a studio audience full of kids. But not the kind you wanted to hang out with. They were never that kind.

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  1. Gareth

    November 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I used to love this programme – and the music was great. I’ve been searching for video of it for well over a decade, with no luck so far.

    One episode had a clip of a wireframe animation (state of the art at the time) of a person throwing stones in to water and flying around a 3D wireframe landscape and through structures such as the Statue of Liberty. The accompanying music was an electronic version of Swan Lake. Either that or I was tripping. At 13…

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