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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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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