Words & Pictures

Photo: Padgate C of E Primary School - Mrs Dutton's class of 1972In our latest trip back to Britain in the 1970's we remember the excitement and anticipation of television programmes aimed at schools. In the days before video recording, the logistics of getting the school tv to the right classroom, attaching the aerial and keeping your fingers crossed that the teacher could get it to work was a serious matter.Our host Oliver remembers Sam on Boffs' Island, part of Words & Pictures, featuring the young Tony Robinson in pre-Baldrick days. We also look at groundbreaking…

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Animal Magic!

Photo by Sid Balachandran on Unsplash Welcome back to the podcast that celebrates growing up in Britain during the 1970's and the central role that TV had in our lives. In this episode, we look at how animals played a part in our lives and on the TV screen. Our host Oliver remembers a host of childhood pets including Flopsy the Rabbit, Henrietta the Hen (obviously), several goldfish and a host of cats. We also recall some of our listeners thoughts on Follyfoot, Black Beauty, White Horses, Belle and Sebastian and Tales from the Riverbank. All this leads inexorably to Johnny…

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Here is the News

Photo by Amanna Avena on Unsplash If you think there's too much news available today with 24 hour rolling news channels, here's a chance to remember what TV News was like in the 1970's. As well as there being far less of it, it was something we all listened to and paid attention in case we missed something. We look at BBC and ITN news programmes and remember the heavyweight line ups fielded by both sides. Were you a Richard Baker fan or did you prefer Gordon Honeycombe? And why did the on screen chemistry between Reginald Bosanquet and Anna Ford work so well? We…

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