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VERY EIGHTIES kidsters Saturday morning miscellany with TONY SLATTERY, ALISON DOWLING and First Post’s SUE ROBBIE. Chiefly remembered now for game show segment KNOCK YOUR BLOCK OFF, hosted by STEVE BLACKNELL, mostly famous for somehow being the one to interview Phil Collins on Concorde while flying from London to Philadelphia for Live Aid. Purpose of said game was to knock out three blocks of the same colour on your own wall to win a prize, without letting the Gold Blocks hit the floor, at the same time trying to knock the Gold Blocks off your opponents wall via a “Bean Bag Attack”. Teams consisted of a Brains (answered the questions) and a Bodger (brick-bodger/bean-bag thrower). Prizes were a KYBO plastic lunchbox and flask – in reality a Snoopy Lunchbox and Flask with a KYBO sticker.



  1. Ian

    January 24, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    My sister was the Brains in the winning Knock Your Block Off team. Alongside the pop-up watch, lunchbox, and other assorted KYBO branded shite, she actually won an amazing amount of decent electronic stuff – so much in fact that my Dad spend about a month installing a load more sockets in her bedroom to power it all. Nowadays kids would probably scoff at a ghettoblaster, clock radio, Spectrum 128k, etc. etc…but in the 1980’s it was like she’d won the Lottery.

  2. Richard Davies

    January 31, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Frank Sidebottom used to present a segment of this.

    I remember once his tried to go fishing using magnets instead of maggots for bait, & another time he recorded a Christmas song.

  3. steve blacknell

    August 25, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Hi just to note that the Kybo prizes were
    not lunchboxes — prizes were Tv’s etc
    massive prizes that amazed the kids!
    best Sb

  4. Tracy Ibbitson

    May 1, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    I was chosen to give my opinion on pocket money etc while in the school library would love to see the clips again, no one believes that this program existed would Love to prove them wrong xxxxx

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