I’ve really enjoyed a trip down memory lane creating this post, and it was really hard to pick just five – I could easily have done a Friday 15 today!
1. Junior Showtime
I remember watching this programme with my mum and, having Googled it, discovered that it only ran from 1969 to 1974, so I must have been really young when I watched it (I was six in 1974). It was a children’s talent show, and I used to love watching it each week, and was always absolutely glued to it from start to finish.
2. Blue Peter
I can’t believe it’s still going! When I watched it as a child, it was presented by Lesley Judd, John Noake and Peter Purves, and the two dogs were called Petra and Shep. I think they had two siamese type cats as well, which were called Jack and Jill. I think Blue Peter’s success lies with the fact it has a bit of everything in it – interesting guests, craft and cookery, sending the presenters off on all sorts of adventures – there really is something for everybody.
3. Grange Hill
I watched Grange Hill right from the very first series – this picture took me back! It was really cutting edge TV in those days (Zammo’s heroin addiction, anyone?), and this is another programme that ran and ran for years.
4. Mr Benn
“As if by magic … the shopkeeper appeared.” Another one from my extreme youth, each episode of Mr Benn involved him going into a changing room in a shop to try on an outfit and going off on some extraordinary adventure (yeah, I know, but I was FIVE!). Interestingly, only 11 episodes were ever made.
5. Trumpton, Chigley and Camberwick Green
I know it’s technically three different programmes, but they were all interlinked. Set in three fictional locations in the county of Trumptonshire, each episode threw up a new mini crisis which the residents cheerfully set to and dealt with, frequently bursting into song along the way. Gripping stuff. Windy Miller, PC McGarry, Mrs Honeyman – I still remember them all!