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Computer Programme, The

KRAFTWERK’S COMPUTER LOVE accompanying a blinky cartoon owl heralded the start of this “pioneering” pseudo-educational series into the ways of the home computer, or more specifically, the BBC Computer (Acorn Proton as was), favourite of secondary school headmasters the country over. CHRIS SERLE, in standard issue BBC knitted tank top and displaying that studied clueless look that was to stand him in good stead for IN AT THE DEEP END, played the role of the ficko punter ie. us. IAN MACNAUGHT-DAVIES was the quasi-Burke brainiac host. Lots of basic computer knowledge, demented analogies (“Imagine you’re getting ready for a party, but your doorbell’s broken. You stand in the hall trying to open a bottle of wine, but periodically you have to go to the door and open it to check if anyone’s there”), and programmes written out in that MODE6 blue-and-black lines screen effect, for no readily apparent reason.



  1. David

    October 9, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Enjoyed the show and wondering if there are any DVD’s with the series. There were two more shows Making the Most of the Micro and Micro Live. I have looked on the internet with no success. Thanks and let me know.

  2. Scott McPhee

    July 1, 2014 at 2:45 am

    I remember watching this show on Australia’s ABC on weekday mornings if I was sick, and didn’t go to school.

    Lots of British educational shows were on as part of the ABC’s television for schools.

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