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"Wotcher!" Mike placates another brood high on welfare orange

ENJOYABLE EARTHY nuts-and-bolts kids quizzery helmed by the behemoth of bespectacled bonhomie, MIKE REID. Our Frank asked the questions before inviting the teams of sprogs to “g-g-g-g-goooooo” (i.e. run from one side of the studio to the other and stand under one of three multiple choice answers). Once there, very kids were ordered to “runaround” (i.e. change their answer, should they so desire). And that was it. Or was it? Tactics could, and did, play a big part, if, for instance, you didn’t know the answer to the question and plumped for the circle that most people were standing on, or the circle that the girly swot was standing on, in the hope this would be right. However should you be the girly swot, and you do know the answer to the question, maybe you deliberately run to the wrong one first, and, as all the other kids jump onto your circle, scarper off to the one you know is right. Hmm. Cascade of stereotypical yoof prizes – Scalectrix, Fuzzy Felt – rumoured to have been wrestled back off the kids once the cameras had stopped rolling in order to save Southern TV some pennies.

"Geroff!" Pick it, lick it, roll it, flick it


  1. THX 1139

    July 25, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Thanks to Creamguide for pointing out the repeats of this on Talking Pictures TV. This morning’s was hilarious, Mike seemed forever on the verge of swearing and the whole thing was a complete shambles. George’s manky traction engine the comedy highlight. What on earth were the rules? They’re never explained!

  2. THX 1139

    August 8, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    Another top episode this morning, with a horse being shoed (there were a lot of horses being shoed in 1970s TV, weren’t there?), a band singing a macabre ditty about how the best course for road safety is “Rubber Cars”, a huge stick of rock (another 1970s staple: how sticks of rock were made) and a sidecar motorbike Mike kept kicking for a laugh because it was so expensive. This is one of the most ridiculous shows on TV at the moment, and nobody batted an eyelid back in 1979.

  3. richardpd

    August 9, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Shoeing Horses and making Sticks of Rock were common features on Children’s TV into the 1980s, if the likes of Blue Peter or Why Don’t You were visiting the countryside or the seaside there was a good chance of one of these being featured.

  4. THX 1139

    August 9, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Forgot to mention the prominent use of the theme tune to Points of View yesterday, too.

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