Cosgrove Hall: The Early Years

Welcome back to our podcast celebrating growing up as a child in 1970's Britain and the central part that television played in our and our families lives then. In this episode, our host Oliver attempts to address what some listeners have identified as bias against ITV children's programmes of the 70's so we remember how much cooler Magpie was than Blue Peter and we look at the early work of animators Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall including the opening credits to Rainbow, The Magic Ball (which we all thought was really called Sam and the Magic Ball), the absolutely…

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Fingerbobs: RIP Yoffy

In this edition of the podcast dedicated to remembering life as a child in 1970's Britain and the part TV played in our lives, our host Oliver goes through some of the messages sent by listeners and puts right his error in omitting Roobarb from our 5 Minute Marvels episode. We also look back at Noah and Nellie, Roobarb's lesser known sequel.Following the recent passing of Rick Jones, the hippyish Play School and Fingerbobs host, we remember his contribution to 1970's children's television and his time at the BBC where "marijuana was like cornflakes". Rick will live on through Fingermouse, Flash the Tortoise, Gulliver and…

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5 Minute marvels: From Hector’s House to Ludwig via The Magic Roundabout

In this episode of the podcast dedicated to memories of growing up as a child in 1970's Britain and the part TV played in our lives, we remember the five minute slot before the BBC's early evening news which became home to many classic shows. From the sleeping arrangements in Hector's House, to the quite frankly bonkers Ludwig, we remember lots of five minute wonders.Who can forget Dougal in The Magic Roundabout, The Wombles, Ivor the Engine or the cowardly Captain Pugwash. What exactly was Crystal Tipps and Alistair about and were illicit substances involved in its production? All this and Paddington Bear too.

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