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 Saturday, February 22, 2003

Wallow in TV Nostalgia

Transport yourself back to your childhood, sat on the sofa in the early evening watching the telly eating Smiths crisps and drinking Cresta. How many of these ten links will give you a shiver down your spine?

TV themes: There are more than 300 classic TV themes here, and I was desperately trying to click on the next mp3 even before the last had finished playing. As a taster, here are 26 of the downloadable gems I've rediscovered and adored (well, rediscovered anyway): the Adventure Game, Bod, Chockablock, Doctor Who, Emu's Broadcasting Company, Fame, Going Live, Hong Kong Phooey, Interceptor, Jigsaw, Knight Rider, Ludwig, Monkey, Nationwide, Playaway, Rentaghost, Stop the Pigeon, Think of a Number, Ulysses 31, Vision On, Wacky Races, Watch, Why Don't You, White Horses, Willo the Wisp, Wonder Woman. (hang on, that's too many W's, but all memorable nonetheless)
TV Ark: And now, the same but with pictures! Watch the intro to Animal Magic, Crystal Tipps and Ivor the Engine. See the adverts for Shake and Vac, Ariston and Coco Pops. Experience the original Channel 4 logo, the start of Eldorado and... oh go on, just go and have a look. See you back here in an hour.
Cult TV: The BBC have realised that some of their old programmes are cult classics. This is of course shorthand for 'We know they're very good, but we're never going to show them again. Relive memories of the Adventure Game, Blake's 7, Ghostwatch and Play School, amongst many others.
Radio Times Covers: Some of these covers are design classics. Some of them aren't, sadly, particularly those with Carol Smillie or the Queen on the front, but Christmas is usually a winner. And if you want to look behind the cover to see what programmes were being shown on various dates from 1936 to 1997, look here.
The BBC Schools Diamond: You'll remember it the minute you see it, whisking you back to those days sat cross-legged in the school hall. And wow, someone's gone to the effort of recreating it for a post-modern grown-up audience.
TV regional idents: The same person has brought back to life all those regional logo sequences that used to introduce the programmes. Here's LWT. And here are all the BBC equivalents. Strangely therapeutic.
BBC2 logos: I never tired of watching blue paint being chucked at the BBC2 logo. Sadly the programme controller did, and now we're lumbered with some dull yellow idents instead.
Charley says: Charley and I were in the park. Then this man came up and said would I like to see some puppies. Even 30 years ago, it seems grooming was an issue.
BBC News 24: News 24 used to play a unexpectedly funky countdown at one minute to the hour, just before the main news. Here's the full 90 second version - why has no producer turned this into a hit dance record yet?
TV Cream: No serious wallow in TV nostalgia would be complete without this site. If you can't spend 3 hours of your time looking through this outstanding archive, you surely didn't have a television while you were growing up.

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