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Juliet Bravo

Compared to today’s gritty, hard-hitting crime dramas Juliet Bravo seems rather tame but from 1980 to 1985 it was a frontrunner amongst police series on TV. Devised by the man behind The Sweeney, Ian Kennedy Martin, Juliet Bravo went through six series and two leading actresses, outlasting and outshining its rival, The Gentle Touch. Set […]

Enid Blytons Famous Five

Originally aired on UK TV in 1978, The Famous Five is now finally available on DVD. The Famous Five comprise of 4 humans and a dog: Julian (Marcus Harris), Dick (Gary Russell), Anne (Jennifer Thanisch), their cousin George (Michelle Gallagher) and her dog Timmy. The plots of each episode involved exploring ruined castles and rolling […]

Major Morgan

Major Morgan was a music device made by Playskool. It was designed to look like a marching band member, with a blue uniform and a nice red hat. It featured 16 separately numbered squares, each of which produced a different tone when pressed. In the box you also got a few pre-printed cards. These cards […]

Surprise Surprise

Surprise Surprise started in 1984. It was hosted by Cilla Black, and filmed in front of a live studio audience. The idea behind it was to surprise members of the public with long-held wishes, or reuniting guests with people they hadn’t seen for years. They also did a bit of trick-playing on members of the […]

Thunderbirds Toys

Photos supplied by Entertainment world. All toys and gifts can be found on their website: Entertainment World

Mousetrap

What a brilliant game that was. The idea was to go round a playing board, and when you landed on specific squares you could add bits to the overall contraption that was called “The Mousetrap”. Once construction had been completed, the objective was to land on a particular square in order to be allowed to […]

Inch High Private Eye

Inch High, Private Eye was a 1970s animated cartoon series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions which was resurrected in the 1980s to delight and entertain a brand new audience. Inch High was the self-styled “world’s biggest little detective” who worked for the Finkerton Detective Agency and he was really quite tiny – about one inch high […]

The Clangers

The ultimate question has always been, and always will be, are we alone? Well, if TV is to be believed, the answer is no. Living on a far away planet, that strangely resembles the Moon live the Clangers. They bum around the planet all day, making strange noises and collecting soup from the Soup Dragon. […]

Worzel Gummidge

Shame on you. And you thought scarecrows weren’t real. Well, when I say not real, I mean that they are real, they’re just not real, if you see what I mean. No? OK, I’ll get on with it then. It all starts when two children, Sue and John move to the Scatterbrook Farm for their […]

Willo The Wisp

Willo The Wisp is a strange ghost-like creature who with each episode tells a story about the characters in Doyley Wood. Mavis Cruet is a fat (sorry, big boned) pathetic fairy. Arthur is a caterpillar who isn’t the brightest in the world, but somehow does see to have a little more up top than the […]

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