A 70’s View of Australia: Skippy, Rolf and The Young Doctors

Welcome back to the podcast which celebrates growing up as a child in Britain during the 1970's and the central role that TV played in our lives back then. In this episode we remember how we viewed Australia before Crocodile Dundee, Neighbours and Home and Away made it so glamorous and desirable and before it became the place to go on your gap year. In the 1970's it seemed like a far away place which was a bit like the UK but not quite the same. We remember Aussies on TV like Rolf Harris and Dame Edna Everage, share happy memories…

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Grange Hill

Welcome back to the podcast celebrating growing up in 1970's Britain and the central part that TV played in our lives then. In this episode we are going back to school. Traditionally, schools were shown in a good light on British TV without much in the way of realism. Mallory Towers and Dotheboys Hall were light years away from my school. All this changed in February 1978 when Grange Hill burst onto our screens and change children's TV for ever. Tucker Jenkins, Trisha Yates and Benny Green got into trouble, answered back to their parents and were rude to teachers. We remember…

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Watching the Detectives

Evenin' All. In the latest episode of the podcast celebrating growing up in Britain as a child during the 1970's and the part TV played in our lives then, we're looking at how the British Police were portrayed on TV. The US brought us glamour and style from Kojak, Columbo and Starsky and Hutch whereas at home we had the cosy Dixon of Dock Green and the grittier Z Cars. We remember watching Regan and Carter shouting, swearing, drinking and smoking in The Sweeney (and that was just in the office!) before the advent of senior women officers in Juliet Bravo and The Gentle Touch.  We also consider how John Thaw went…

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