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Part 6 – When We Were Young! [6]

Let me know below what your favourite TV shows were for you when you were young.

Here’s the next 9 from our joint list. 

48 – Crackerjack – 1955 – 1984 – 29 Seasons –  461 Episodes

Crackerjack is a British children’s television series that aired on the BBC Television Service from 14 September 1955 until 21 December 1984 (except during 1971). Some online sources cite the title with an exclamation mark, but the actual programme appears not to have used one on screen or in contemporaneous publicity.

49 – The Herbs– 1968 – 1968 – 1 Seasons –  13 Episodes

The Herbs is a television series for young children made for the BBC by Graham Clutterbuck’s FilmFair company. It was written by Michael Bond (creator of Paddington Bear), directed by Ivor Wood using 3D stop motion model animation and first transmitted from 12 February 1968 in the BBC1 Watch with Mother timeslot. There were 13 episodes in the series, each one 15 minutes long

50 – Jackanory– 1965 – 1996 – 30 Seasons –  3500 Episodes

Jackanory is a BBC children’s television series which was originally broadcast between 1965 and 1996. It was designed to stimulate an interest in reading. The show was first transmitted on 13 December 1965, and the first story was the fairy-tale “Cap-o’-Rushes” read by Lee Montague. Jackanory continued to be broadcast until 1996, with around 3,500 episodes in its 30-year run. The final story, The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne, was read by Alan Bennett and broadcast on 24 March 1996. The show was briefly revived on 27 November 2006 for two one-off stories, and the format was revived as Jackanory Junior on CBeebies between 2007 and 2009.

51 – The Magic Roundabout– 1964 – 1990 – – Seasons –  441 Episodes

The Magic Roundabout was an English-language children’s television programme that ran from 1965 to 1977. It used the footage of the French stop motion animation show Le Manège enchanté, but with completely different scripts and characters.

52 – Magpie– 1968 – 1980 – – Seasons –  1000 Episodes

Magpie was a British children’s television programme shown on ITV from 30 July 1968 to 6 June 1980. It was a magazine format show, intended to compete with the BBC’s Blue Peter, but it attempted to be more “hip”, focusing more on popular culture.

53 – Pinky and Perky– 1957 – 1972 – UnK Seasons –  UnK Episodes

Pinky and Perky is a children’s television series first broadcast by BBC TV in 1957, and revived in 2008 as a computer-animated adaptation

54 – The Sooty Show– 1955 – 1992 – 43 Seasons –  481 Episodes

The Sooty Show is a British children’s television series, created by Harry Corbett,  presented by both him and his son Matthew Corbett, and featuring the voice talents of Marjorie Corbett and Brenda Longman. The programme was initially produced for the BBC from 1955 to 1967, and then for ITV through Thames Television from 1968 until its final episode on 30 November 1992. The show focuses on the mischievous adventures of glove puppet character Sooty and his friends Sweep since 1957, Soo since 1964, and Little Cousin Scampi since 1990, and featured a variety of additional glove puppet characters and guest stars.

55 – Pogle’s Wood– 1965 – 1968 – 2-4? Seasons –  6 Episodes

Pogles’ Wood is an animated British Children’s television show produced by Smallfilms between 1965 and 1967, first broadcast by the BBC between 1965 and 1968. The original six episode series, The Pogles, was broadcast from July 29th, 1965, within the children’s magazine programme Clapperboard.

56 – Play School– 1964 – 1988 – UnK Seasons –  UnK Episodes

Play School was a British children’s television series produced by the BBC which ran from 21 April 1964 until 11 March 1988. It was created by Joy Whitby and was aimed at preschool children.


Well there we go, that’s part six of ten, now tell us, which are your favourites from this line up, or are these new to you …………. really??

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10 thoughts on “Theme Times – When We Were Young!

  1. I don’t think we got any of these shows in the US, maybe by the 70s our Public Broadcast stations (where BBC shows aired) were busy with their own shows, like Sesame Street and Mr Rogers🤷🏼‍♀️

    1. Hey Grandma, l would not be surprised if the States didn’t see any of these programmes. I saw many of these growing up in Australia – l remember Magic Roundabout and Playschool when l was around 4-5 in Australia.

    1. Worry not Sadje, most of them are English based – the list [remember had no structure or order] had blocks of Uk and blocks of USA features, l think this is predom a UK based one.

      Admittedly, l saw more of these in Australia, despite being English because back in the 60’s/70’s Australia didn’t have much of its own Broadcasting so American and English shows ruled the waves 🙂

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