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 Sunday, October 12, 2003

Five decades of children's television

Whenever two or three Britons are gathered together in one place, the conversation will always turn at some point to what everyone remembers watching on TV when they were young. But how much do you remember? Here's the diamond geezer guide to fifty years of children's television in the UK, featuring one classic programme that first aired in each year. It's been a tough list to compile, with some years proving very difficult to fill while others were overflowing with possibilities. I had to include Play School in 1964, for example, but that knocked out the Magic Roundabout and Vision On, and elsewhere there was no space for the Woodentops, Thunderbirds, Pipkins or even Postman Pat. I hope you enjoy looking back through the teatimes of your childhood. Oh, and every programme on the list links to a website brimming with appropriate nostalgia, so happy clicking!

The Fifties
50 Andy Pandy, 51 nothing new, 52 The Flowerpot Men, 53 Rag, Tag and Bobtail, 54 Zoo Quest, 55 Crackerjack, 56 Whacko!, 57 Captain Pugwash, 58 Blue Peter, 59 Ivor The Engine

The Sixties
60 The Saga of Noggin the Nog, 61 Supercar; 62 Animal Magic; 63 Doctor Who; 64 Play School, 65 Jackanory, 66 Camberwick Green, 67 Trumpton, 68 Magpie, 69 The Clangers

The Seventies
70 Here Come The Double Deckers, 71 Mr Benn, 72 John Craven's Newsround, 73 Rainbow, 74 Bagpuss; 75 Bod, 76 Rentaghost, 77 Think Of A Number, 78 Grange Hill, 79 Jigsaw

The Eighties
80 The Adventure Game, 81 Danger Mouse, 82 Number 73, 83 Henry's Cat, 84 Pob, 85 the Broom Cupboard, 86 Fireman Sam, 87 Knightmare, 88 Count Duckula, 89 Maid Marian And Her Merry Men

The Nineties
90 Byker Grove, 91 Dark Season, 92 The Animals of Farthing Wood, 93 Live And Kicking, 94 Elidor, 95 The Demon Headmaster, 96 Get Your Own Back, 97 Teletubbies, 98 SM:tv, 99 Bob The Builder

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