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A bit of business

TV Cream eats itself

Here’s something from TV Cream’s very own archive: a fantasy breakfast television schedule self-typed by one of us at the age of seven-and-a-half, in December 1983.

It’s from what looks like an attempt to produce our own listings magazine, though the extract below is the only page to have been properly typed.

The rest is scrawled on bits of computer paper, stuck together with what was once reliably adhesive sellotape, but which is now flaking and yellow and redundant. A bit like breakfast television itself, really.

There is, we feel, much to praise in this line-up, in particular the feature at 7.20am. Johnny Ball’s skills as a TV reviewer were obviously just waiting to be tapped, while Russell Grant is bravely deployed not once but twice. It’s doubtful whether the Beeb’s 6th floor suits would have approved of 40 minutes of brand-new drama during the peak hour of 8-9am, but then with the likes of Tommy Boyd and Musical Youth popping up elsewhere, this is a schedule very much orientated towards that elusive, much-sought-after youth demographic.

Some things, however, were sacrosanct: yes, that is an attempt to draw the Breakfast Time logo in the left hand corner of the page.

And now on BBC1 it’s 6.30, and time for…

What problems would *you* like Richard Stilgoe to address?



  1. Alan B

    July 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Love the OCD listing of the cast of Charlie.

  2. Glenn A

    July 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Back in the days when BBC Breakfast Time was fun. In fact eighties breakfast shows were: until it became a serious news programme, BBC Breakfast Time was must see television and then as word got that TV-AM was actually quite good, I switched over to that.
    Contrast it with now and charisma by pass Adrian Chiles discussing Christine Bleakley’s tan with all the enthusiasm of a dead rat. Roland Rat, your country needs you.

  3. Richard16378

    July 6, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Also The Big Breakfast really turned up the fun dial in the 1990s.

  4. Pearlyman

    July 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Jenny Luckraft? That name sounds familiar…

  5. Scott

    July 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    “Some people are repeated because we couldn’t find enough people”. Love it.

    This is better than anything Alison Graham ever put in the Radio Times.

  6. Glenn A

    July 8, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    The Big Breakfast was must see television and is TV Cream as it was like a Tiswas at breakfast.

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