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Storybook International

I’m the Storyteller, and my stories must be told… I have many stories, tales for both the young and old… I used to watch this every single week. I have no idea how many episodes were made, but I must have watched them all. I remember it being one of the programmes I used to […]

Grange Hill

Grange Hill is a British television drama series originally made by the BBC. The show began in 1978 on BBC1 and was one of the longest running programmes on British television. It was created by Phil Redmond who is also responsible for the Channel 4 dramas Brookside and Hollyoaks; other notable production team members down […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What-A-Mess

If I was to say to you “Price Amir of Kinjan”, what image would that conjure up in your mind? If I was to tell you that Prince Amir of Kinjan is not a dark-skinned rich royal but a scruffy Afghan hound puppy, would you believe me? Well, I’m afraid you’re gonna have to believe […]

Wait Till Your Father Gets Home

Wait Till Your Father Gets Home is probably one of the lesser-known Hanna-Barbera productions (unless you remember it of course). Meet the Boyle family who live at 35 Elm Street. Harry Boyle is the father of the family, who struggles his way though life supporting his family with a “why was I put on this […]

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