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Help: BS BBC Playschool

Wyrd Sister 09 Nov 01 - 01:55 PM
Sorcha 09 Nov 01 - 03:17 PM
AliUK 09 Nov 01 - 07:16 PM
Sorcha 09 Nov 01 - 07:19 PM
JudeL 10 Nov 01 - 09:27 AM
Madam Gashee 10 Nov 01 - 09:38 AM
Madam Gashee 10 Nov 01 - 09:41 AM
Sorcha 10 Nov 01 - 12:40 PM
Wyrd Sister 10 Nov 01 - 03:15 PM
Lanfranc 11 Nov 01 - 02:23 PM
AliUK 11 Nov 01 - 02:51 PM
GUEST,colwyn dane 11 Nov 01 - 06:31 PM
Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull 11 Nov 01 - 09:07 PM
alison 11 Nov 01 - 11:28 PM
AliUK 12 Nov 01 - 06:05 PM
Liz the Squeak 13 Nov 01 - 01:23 AM
alison 13 Nov 01 - 02:35 AM
Dave the Gnome 13 Nov 01 - 04:12 AM
Trevor 13 Nov 01 - 04:26 AM
GUEST,RolyH 13 Nov 01 - 02:46 PM
Snuffy 13 Nov 01 - 03:46 PM
alison 13 Nov 01 - 06:08 PM
John J 14 Nov 01 - 11:31 AM
AliUK 14 Nov 01 - 08:04 PM
alison 14 Nov 01 - 11:48 PM
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Subject: BS BBC Playschool
From: Wyrd Sister
Date: 09 Nov 01 - 01:55 PM

About 18-20 years ago, the late lamented UK TV programme 'Playschool' used a song which always comes back to me at this time of year. It was something about 'There's a brightness in the air, you can catch it...' and that's as much as I can remember. It was accompanied by cosy images of shop windows, lights in houses, cars pulling into the drive etc. Every November/early December there are a few clear, frosty evenings when the light has a really magical quality and just after the sun has set the sky looks almost green. There's something too about the anticipation of the excitement of Christmas in the sense of shiny things in shop windows, before the real commercial hurly-burly kicks in (or there was at that time!) that makes me think of this song. Unfortunately, that's as much as I can remember. Any ideas anyone?


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: Sorcha
Date: 09 Nov 01 - 03:17 PM

Found this---CLICK
"Jill" runs that board and her e mail is there:
jill@lordpalmerston.co.uk
Perhaps she would know. There is also a message board there:
TV Lounge Children's television remembered in style....You could try.


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: AliUK
Date: 09 Nov 01 - 07:16 PM

TV Lounge is great! You could also try www.sausagenet.co.uk as well the have MP3s of loads of old brit childrens programmes. Though I think they are going through an overhaul at the moment. I always remember Rentaghost at this time of year ( when it was good and still had Fred Mumford). Also the Blue Peter Panto which had all the people from Record Breakers, Blue Peter, John Craven and the people from Playaway. Oh! those far off Halcyon days. *sigh*


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: Sorcha
Date: 09 Nov 01 - 07:19 PM

(this blue peter stuff is really funny to the us'ers.....just thinking about blue peters makes me giggle!)


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: JudeL
Date: 10 Nov 01 - 09:27 AM

The program Blue Peter was named for the flag "Blue Peter" which was one of those flown by the navy to pass messages between ships at sea before the days of radio etc. Different flags and combinations of flags meant different things. The program also has as its theme tune a hornpipe of some description.
BTW - what does a blue peter mean to us'ers?


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: Madam Gashee
Date: 10 Nov 01 - 09:38 AM

I just knew that AliO would know all the oldie childrens shows!!& links to them too!


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: Madam Gashee
Date: 10 Nov 01 - 09:41 AM

Whoops sorry AliUK read it as AliO!! Humble pie, yummy yummy!


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: Sorcha
Date: 10 Nov 01 - 12:40 PM

Peter is often a euphemism for the male appendage.......imagine a blue one.....Pene Azul makes me giggle, too. Same thing. Although to be fair, Pene's name is a pun for blues pianist.


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: Wyrd Sister
Date: 10 Nov 01 - 03:15 PM

Thanks Sorcha - I enjoyed the link. And it led on to even more Bagpuss info for my besotted 20-year-old!


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: Lanfranc
Date: 11 Nov 01 - 02:23 PM

"Blue Peter" in naval signalling is the flag which represents "P". It is formed of a white square or rectangle on a blue background. As blue is the predominant colour, and Peter was the early phonetic word for "P" (It's now "Papa"), the flag is popularly known as the "Blue Peter". As well as forming part of longer signals, it is traditionally hoisted to indicate that a ship is about to depart from port, and is also used as the preparatory flag when starting a yacht race.

One assumes that, as an informative childrens' programme, "Blue Peter" aimed to prepare the little darlings for life. (Grieving dead dogs and avoiding pools of elephant piss are skills that are bound to come in useful one day!).


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: AliUK
Date: 11 Nov 01 - 02:51 PM

Madame, the gaffe was a good one. but if you want to no more about childrens programmes of the 70s and 80s...? I remember the excitement when they got Mike Oldfield t re-record the Blue Peter theme tune. Simon Groom almost shorted the mixing desk he was slobbering sooo much. I met Simon a few times when he went to work for BBC RAdio Bedfordshire. He was quite a nice bloke actually. Also for all you rubahrb- o- philes, theyre trying to put together a new series. Hopefully still with Richard Briers doing the voices.


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: GUEST,colwyn dane
Date: 11 Nov 01 - 06:31 PM

This site has quite a lot about Play School and Blue Peter and many others; themes included.

CD.


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 11 Nov 01 - 09:07 PM

Mike oldfield of Tubular Bells fame composed the music for Blue Peter.


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: alison
Date: 11 Nov 01 - 11:28 PM

It was around long before Mike Oldfield got the hold of it... it is called "Barnacle Bill".... and alastairUK... I remember the big fuss over Mike Oldfield doing the remake too....... and wasn't it exciting watching them go to that disco to pick Simon as the new presenter.....lol

now to whoever put that link up there to "TV Lounge"... I hereby declare you resposible for me not doing any house work this afternoon..... I've been back reminiscing with Hartley Hare, and Rainbow......... thanks heaps!!!!! *grin*

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: AliUK
Date: 12 Nov 01 - 06:05 PM

there wa salso the incident with john noakes and the elephant shit. And also when he showed his bum after falling off a bobsled for go with noakes. I also remember him breaking down and crying ( I think it was on Aspel) when he told a stunned nation that Shep had died. There was alump in MY throat I can tell you.


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 13 Nov 01 - 01:23 AM

"One assumes that, as an informative childrens' programme, "Blue Peter" aimed to prepare the little darlings for life. (Grieving dead dogs and avoiding pools of elephant piss are skills that are bound to come in useful one day!)." Don't forget the almost incadescent fury when someone broke into the BP garden and (gasp) kicked over a few tubs and threw rubbish into the pond!!!!

If nothing else, it gave people a few ideas on what to do with sunken gardens....

And it's spelled ROOBARB.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: alison
Date: 13 Nov 01 - 02:35 AM

or the time the girl guides and brownies sang around a campfire (torch under red cellophane and wood) when it actually did catch fire.........

the cresta bobsled run was for "blue peter"... I have it on my "best of blue peter" video.... lol

slainte

alison

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 13 Nov 01 - 04:12 AM

I always thought that the Blue Peter theme was called the Sailors Hornpipe. But I have been wrong before;-)

I also think that the theme from Captain pugwash is the Trumpet Hornpipe.

Can anyone confirm or deny either titles?

Cheers

Dave the Gnome
(Who now has a Captain Pugwash figure dangling from his Concertina but cannot play that blasted hornpipe for love nor money!)


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: Trevor
Date: 13 Nov 01 - 04:26 AM

Yeah, Trumpet Hornpipe (definitely not Trumpet Voluntary as I intro'd it once!)

Do you remember Simon Groom talking about antique door furniture and saying something like '...and that's as fine a pair of knockers as you're likely to see' just before he handed over to one of the co-presenters, who had turned a deep puce colour by the end of the link.


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: GUEST,RolyH
Date: 13 Nov 01 - 02:46 PM

I believe Toni Arthur (of Dave and Toni Arthur) was once a presenter of Playschool.We used to run a sweepstake to guess which shaped window they went through that day.


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: Snuffy
Date: 13 Nov 01 - 03:46 PM

Toni Arthur was certainly on Playaway (with Brian Cant), but that was on Saturdays - I never got to watch Plyaschool in the week, so I don't know about that.

WassaiL! V


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: alison
Date: 13 Nov 01 - 06:08 PM

yes.. she did Play School too

Playaway was great

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: John J
Date: 14 Nov 01 - 11:31 AM

Pugwash tune is indeed The Trumpet Hornpipe. The Blue Peter theme tune seems to have acquired the title 'Blue Peter Hornpipe'.

John


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: AliUK
Date: 14 Nov 01 - 08:04 PM

Sorry Liz a slip of the keyboard and I spelt roobarb right. Didnt Go with Nokes have on Ickley Moor Bah Tat as the theme tune. Anyone remember The Song and the Story with Isla Sinclair. That really got me into folk music. And also the erronious rumour that Captain Pugwash had a crew memeber named Master Bates ( I think Seaman Staines also entered into the hoax as well). When I was a kid I used to make believe I was Mr. Benn. My great Uncle was into amateur dramatics and had this hamper stuffed with great costumes. I was always going off on adventures. And you dont know how much I suffered with my name being Alistair, I was always getting asked where Crystal Tips was. :o(


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: alison
Date: 14 Nov 01 - 11:48 PM

I remember "the song and the story"....... can remember learning some great songs.... if I remember rightly she did a different topic each week (weaving, mining etc)... I think it only went for one series but it was wonderful.....

think that was proably the first time I ever heard "sovay" or "poverty knock"....

anyone remember "Brendan Chase" (ITV)??.... 3 or 4 kids ran away to live in the forest (like Robin Hood).... it had the most wonderful theme tune played on whistle and flute by James Galway... I lent my record to someone and never got it back....... but it was fantastic.....

never really got into "Roobarb"... but I did like "Trapdoor" and "Willo the wisp"

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: GUEST,AliUK
Date: 17 Nov 01 - 10:54 AM

Doe anybody remmeber the name of the actress who played Lizzie Dripping?


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: alison
Date: 17 Nov 01 - 07:51 PM

Liza Goddard?


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: AliUK
Date: 17 Nov 01 - 07:55 PM

Thats the one ! Know...who played the witch?


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: alison
Date: 17 Nov 01 - 07:55 PM

nope ... Tina Heath who went on to be a Blue Peter presenter....... I found a link on google... but my computer doesn't want to take me there........

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: alison
Date: 17 Nov 01 - 07:57 PM

here's the link Lizzie Dripping it says the witch was played by an elderly male actor...

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: Wyrd Sister
Date: 18 Nov 01 - 11:30 AM

OK, so what about the French "Robinson Crusoe"? The blond guy with the beard? What was the theme tune to that? In my mind it's all mixed up with the "South Wind".


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: Wotcha
Date: 18 Nov 01 - 07:02 PM

Great tune to "Robinson Crusoe" but I remember "It's 5 to 5, and it's ... Crackerjack ...!"
Cheers,
Brian


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: AliUK
Date: 18 Nov 01 - 11:43 PM

I still have my pen. Stewpot was great but what was the name of the two comedians that were also on it?


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 18 Nov 01 - 11:53 PM

I used to like Morph, off the art programme, take hart.


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: alison
Date: 19 Nov 01 - 01:12 AM

Don McLean (or possible McClean) and Peter Glaze.. later replaced by Bernie Clifton....... lol......

Robinson Crusoe was great.. but where all of those crackling noises part of the music???? *grin*

best theme tune of all those dubbed ones was "the flashing blade".......

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: Gervase
Date: 19 Nov 01 - 12:43 PM

Ah, such wonderful nostalgia. I loved Robinson CrusoeM and was spooked by the Singing Ringing Tree. There used to be a definite breakdown between Blue Peter and Magpie viewers though. The former was much more middle class and improving, wheras Magpie was seen as far funkier - maybe because Susan Stranks often didn't wear a bra and had nipples like Scammel wheel-nuts (puberty's a terrible thing!).
I got a Blue Peter badge once (never got invited into the studio though - chiz - it just came through the post in return for a 6ft dinosaur mural made of egg-cartons).
I wore it for so long that the blue painted ship eventually wore off, leaving me with a plastic white shield. And then the pin broke, and so did my heart...
Sorry, where was I? Ah yes, rambling again. Nurse!


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 19 Nov 01 - 01:24 PM

I got a Blue Peter badge once for sending them a letter about our tottoise, Clover who at the time of writing was over a hundred years old. I expected to be invited onto the show and put in the book of records so was a bit p----ed off that all they sent me was a crummy badge (not even one of the proper ones that got you into things for free either!)
BTW My cousin built the Blue Peter garden.


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: Wyrd Sister
Date: 19 Nov 01 - 01:31 PM

One of the most prized possessions in the (I think) Boerke Naas team from Belgium is the Blue Peter badge!


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: AliUK
Date: 19 Nov 01 - 07:10 PM

I remember Clover Mrs Duck! I was much more a BBC kid so I ONLY ever watched Magpie to top up on the sight of Susan Stranks nipples. For some reason I used to have a big thing for Anita Harris. I seem to remember some kids programme she had and a soft focus lens with her and a collie dog...or maybe that was Animal Farm..?Anyway, I was addicted to Swap Shop, until Tiswas came along, anybody remember the Phantom Flan-flinger? And its grown up big brother OTT.


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: alison
Date: 19 Nov 01 - 11:10 PM

what was the other one on ITV?.. possibly after Tiswas... where Sandy Totsvig (??)made big sandwiches (like Scooby snacks)...

yes the "singing ringing tree" was a bit freaky.... did anyone ever figure out what "belle and Sebastian" was about?

I loved Swap shop when Noel Edmonds did it.... but did see a lovely out-take a while back where a small dog got VERY friendly with Gordon the Gopher!!!.... *grin*

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 20 Nov 01 - 01:43 AM

Tommy Boyd of Magpie fame is now a radio presenter on Talksport (1053/1089AM), he is a right know it all.


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: alison
Date: 20 Nov 01 - 02:33 AM

yeah... but he was cute... he was the reason I watched Magpie.....Susan's nipples did nothing for me.... *grin*

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: JudeL
Date: 20 Nov 01 - 11:48 AM

Was the one you're talking about with Sandy Tocsvig, "Why Don't You (Turn Off Your TV & Go And Do Something More Interesting Instead)" or is that another one?
And does anyone else remember not long after Tizwaz and the kids lying on their backs with arms & legs in the air immitating dead flies a program for adults OTT (over the top) and the balloon dance.


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: alison
Date: 20 Nov 01 - 05:19 PM

It must have been OTT (it was definately ITV)..... she wasn't (as far as I know) in "Why don't you....?"

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: AliUK
Date: 20 Nov 01 - 07:34 PM

Why dont You...? had the Humphreys ( Youve been humphreyed!!) Sandy Tostsvig did Number 53 or something like that. OTT came about because there were so many adults watching Tiswas that they had a captive audience.


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: alison
Date: 20 Nov 01 - 11:45 PM

AHA.... that sounds more like it.... thanks aliUK (remind me I owe you a packet of maltesers someday... I assume you still can't get them?...... *grin*)

anyone remember "Mysterious cities of gold"?

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: mouldy
Date: 21 Nov 01 - 02:36 AM

I have 2 Tiswas videos and neither has the Dying Fly on! A pity they didn't do any for OTT - now that was definitely aimed at the "just back from the pub" crowd! I have fond memories of the 3 male balloon dancers.

I remember once seeing Toni and Dave Arthur doing a lunchtime folk-based programme on ITV which looked at different traditions. Anyone else see it? It'd be around 1980/1.

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: Gervase
Date: 21 Nov 01 - 04:55 AM

I remember the balloon dancers fondly - "The Greatest Show on Legs" as they were called. Before they hit the TV they were a minor phenomenon at the fairs in Norfolk and Suffolk in the early Eighties, performing with the excellent R&B band The Box Brothers and a friend's band, Jonah Dogthroat's Rhythm Revival.
One performance at Geldeston village hall was a memory to treasure, with half a dozen po-faced dancers, looking like bank managers in their birthday suits, whipping their balloons around to cover their modesty while battleaxes from the WI and the parish council looked on open-mouthed!


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: The_one_and_only_Dai
Date: 21 Nov 01 - 06:18 AM

All this talk of Tiswas, and nobody's mentioned the goddess of male adolescent fantasies herself... (brace yourself guys) Sally James... *sigh*


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Subject: RE: Help: BS BBC Playschool
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 21 Nov 01 - 06:32 AM

....don't, Dai, the sailors' cap rbbons on that black fishnetted leg....drool..drool...er I think I'll go and have a cold shower.
RtS


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