POSH KID alert! This enduring bric-a-brac franchise at the very least gave you a chance to play spot-the-regional-logo, and at the very worst gave those regions some less than impressive caught-in-the-headlights national exposure. A playgroup Play For Today, essentially, with wild swings in quality from the crazy to the crap. Curtains-and-vocoders theme was cue to sit down, shut up and watch. Highlights included:
SWEET REVENGE: Computer hacking storyline! Posh Kids arrange for tons of chewing gum to be sent to their school after teacher demonstrates how modem works. Whilst hacking kids sing song “gum gum gum gum gum gum gum gum”.
JACK AND THE COMPUTER: Titular lad befriends a computer by beating it at noughts and crosses (pressing random buttons on an enormous console), then he buys a duff radio from a market. The computer takes revenge on the market trader when he won’t let Jack return it – he puts the radio strap around his arm and then the computer (from several miles away) tightens it so he’s in intense pain. There’s a lesson there.
MR STABS: ACE OF WANDS-related palaver with DAVID JASON.
THE UNIVERSE DOWNSTAIRS: Kid finds backward dimension in his basement, where a mangle is “more advanced” than a washing machine.
SCHOOL FOR CLOWNS: What it says.
DEAF ANGEL: More kids sneak into a wrestling arena to try and get a glimpse of eponymous masked wrester. One gets caught by staff, another falls off the building trying to escape. The third gets into Deaf Angel’s dressing room. The scary man has his back to us. He peels off the mask. The kid makes a noise. Deaf Angel begins to turn and just as we begin to see something horrible we cut to the kid in his hiding place, looking. He gasps…Roll credits.
DOPPLEGANGER: Boy is being driven somewhere by his dad along a quiet road in the middle of nowhere. They pass a figure by the side of the road in a monk’s cloak – we don’t see the face. The dad lets the kid off and says he’ll collect him later. The figure reappears and chases the kid for the entire terrifying episode. It gets dark and the boy sees a church with light and singing. He bursts through the doors to find…inside it’s empty and dark. The monk confronts him, pulls back the hood – it’s him! The monk has the boy’s face! Arrrrgh! The boy runs to the road and there’s his dad’s truck but just as he reaches it the truck drives off – dad has the doppleganger in the passenger seat.