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Button Moon

Let’s face it, the 80s was a very scary place to be, especially as far as kids TV was concerned. You may not have thought it then as you plonked yourself infront of the TV to watch your favourite programmes, but looking back on it now… Eek!

No wonder I have grown up to be the way I am today. I swear the 80s was just one big experiment by the government to test the impact of severe surrealism on young children. If you never watched Button Moon as a kid, then you’ve probably turned out to be one of those normal people everyone keeps telling me about.

In one episode, they were learning about the history of blanket sky, and let’s just say it involved a moon moster in a flying wok! Don’t worry though, everything was saved thanks to a giant magnet. The sound sample is available in the sounds section, you’re gonna have to hear it to believe it.

Anyway, meet the Spoon family, which consisted of Mr. Spoon, Mrs. Spoon, and Tina. They all lived in a house-shaped box, which has the word box written on the side just in case you are confused. Each episode was really based around the same sort of theme; they blast off in their space rocket, pass some strange dancing objects on their way, and land on Button Moon. There they have some surreal experience with a giant tea-chest or something and just before returning home, they have a look through their telescope to see what else is happening on other near-by planets.

Watching Button Moon now is even better than when I was a kid. I suppose it’s because you can now appreciate the strange subtle humour in it. Pure genius!

All sounds and images, motion or still in this section © Pearson Television

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Mr. Spoon!

Mrs. Spoon

Tina Teaspoon

Egbert – Tinas Friend

All sounds and images, motion or still in this section © Pearson Television

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