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WELL-MEANING BUT effortlessly patronising daytimers, aimed at housewives “working to a budget”. PENNYWISE (nothing to do with the biscuit range) was fronted by a pair of terrifying Scottish middle-aged matriarchs, one possibly called Morag, resembling the bastard children of Two Fat Ladies and Rab C Nesbitt. Money-saving ideas always included building a set of shelves out of some planks of wood and bricks. Food suggestions never really rose above what to do with those leftovers (bread and butter pudding, a kind of meat-stew-casserole thing). Every idea was followed by a stiff animation of a penny dropping into a piggy bank, accompanied by generic money-tinkling sound effect. Memorably satirised by Victoria Wood (“and with these leftover bricks, you can make…a lovely pair of earrings”). BAZAAR was your late 80s recession-busting revival fronted by irritating Honeybun-woman JUDI SPIERS, later usurped by Nurse NERYS HUGHES.

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  1. Richard16378

    August 14, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Bazaar also featured Aled Jones pst voice break, not sure if just as a guest or as a regular presenter.

    It was one of those shows you would catch the last few minutes of before CBBC started.

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