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From Family Ness to Fred Basset

Family Ness : Two Scottish children, Elspeth & Angus, live by Loch Ness and have a whistle so they can call the various monsters (yes there are more than one) out of the Loch. Dad didn't believe them and he later became Groundskeeper Willie on The Simpsons.

YOU CAN KNOCK IT,
YOU CAN ROCK IT,
YOU CAN GO TO TIMBUKTU,
BUT YOU'LL NEVER FIND A NESSIE IN THE ZOO-OO-OO.

YOU COULD MEET AN ANACONDA,
A GIRAFFE,
OR KANGAROO,
BUT YOU'LL NEVER FIND A NESSIE IN THE ZOO-OO-OO.


Famous Five : Based on Enid Blyton's books the original of this series was FAR better than the recent modern one. Lemonade, picnics and a mystery to solve were always part of the plan whenever "the five" were around.

Matther Roberts has this to say : "I'm sorry but I have to disagree with you on an aspect of your website. I have to say that the more recent TV production of the Famous Five was far better than the 1970's one. Since when did the FF go around in flares. Since when was the stories set in the 70's and since when was Anne taller than George, Dick and Julian. Whilst reading the books I knew Timmy to be a mongrel not a collie. At least the producers of the recent filming picked believable actors and actresses and set it in a believable era, 1953!" What do you think. The modern one may be more accurate but I still prefer the original. After all, Casualty is meant to be more accurate than ER, but I prefer ER I'm afraid.

Andi replies: I say its the 70s one every time! I KNOW the five never wore flares and there may be just a little editing of the Blyton stories. But I have to say that overall the acting in the 70s seies was of better quality. What's more the 90's series episodes are only 30 mins long. They VERY HEAVILY edit the books so they can squash them into 30-mins, and leave out important details that are essential to each particular story. Sometimes, they have a "two-parter" in which they struggle to fill two 30-minute shows, making the overall tone of the series very odd indeed.

WE ARE THE FAMOUS FIVE,
JULIAN, DICK AND ANNE,
GEORGE AND TIMMY THE DOG.

WE ARE THE FAMOUS FIVE,
COMING BACK TO YOU,
TIME AFTER TIME AFTER TIME.


Finders Keepers: Battleship style game-show with Richard Stilgoe. Contestants answer questions and then get to choose a square to be-launch their missiles. Incidentally, I saw Battleships for sale in my local ASDA for �12.99 along with Ker Plunk and Buckeroo.


Fingermouse: Originally "Fingerbobs" and presented by a canadian, Yoffy (aka Rick Jones), who had exceptionally long hair and a top beard. He wouldn't have looked out of place on Open University. Also appearing were a seagul called Gulliver, a shrimp called Scampy and a tortoise called Flash.

Fingermouse reappeared as an English version that I'm afraid just wasn't up to the job which was presented by Ian Lauchlan and Jane Hardy whilst on they're days off from Play School. Every week Fingermouse would be learning a new musical instrument, clever buggers these mice.

YUFFY LIFTS A FINGER - AND A MOUSE IS THERE.
PUTS HIS HANDS TOGETHER AND A SEAGULL TAKES THE AIR.
YUFFY LIFTS A FINGER AND A SCAMPIE DIVES ABOUT.
YUFFY BENDS ANOTHER AND A TORTOISE HEAD PEEPS OUT.
THESE HANDS WERE MADE FOR MAKING AND MAKING THEY MUST DO.


Fireball XL5 : The biggest pile of pants ever. It just wasn't convincing. Terrorhawks and Thunderbirds were so much more realistic. Don Spencer (later of Play School) provided the theme tune. This really was terrible.

I WISH I WAS A SPACEMAN,
THE FASTEST GUY ALIVE.
I'D FLY AROUND THE UNIVERSE.
IN FIREBALL XL5.
A WONDERLAND OF STARDUST.
WE'D ZOOM OUR WAY TO MARS.
MY HEART WOULD BE A FIREBALL,
A FIREBALL,
AND YOU WOULD BE MY VENUS OF THE STARS.


First Class : Quiz programme for highschoolers which featured the teams playing Hypersports on a BBC MASTER 128 computer (heavily disguised, but us BBC owners knew). On at about 5:30pm before Neighbours was inflicted upon us.


Flipper : Yet another genius animal, so good, he could solve the worlds problem without being on land and communicating only with a series of clicks (hey, it worked for skippy).


The Flumps : Grandfather Flump and his Flumpet (confirmed as the instrument by "The Complete Flumps") were the stars of this programme about small lumps of brown fur with legs. Pootle was the youngest and would never be seen without his bobble had, he also had a habit of rolling down hills all day. Pootle was joined by Possie and Perkin. Another good theme tune!

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Follyfoot Farm : If someone can send me more information other than the theme tune, I'd appreciate it.

DOWN IN THE MEADOW WHERE THE WIND BLOWS FREE
IN THE MIDDLE OF A FIELD STANDS THE LIGHTNING TREE...
...DOWN IN THE MEADOW WHERE THE WIND BLOWS COLD
THE LIGHTNING TREE STANDS STIFF AND OLD...
...DOWN IN THE MEADOW WITH THE WIND IN THE WEST
THE LIGHTNING TREE STOOD UP TO THE TEST...
BRANCHES BENT WHEN THE LIGHTNING RENT
THE LIGHTNING RENT FROM THE FIRMAMENT
(YES, THOSE ARE THE REAL WORDS)
DREAMS COME TRUE WHEN YOU WANT THEM TO
IF YOU WANT THEM TO THEN IT'S UP TO YOU...


Fraggle Rock : Excellent entertainment from the Henson stable. Story of The Fraggles who lived in a rock underneath a lighthouse. The Doozers built things and the large monsters who lived outside would try and catch the Fraggles. "Hey ma, I caught me a Fraggle". Sprocket was the lighthouse keepers dog. Superb.

DANCE YOUR CARES AWAY,
WORRIES FOR ANOTHER DAY.
LET THE MUSIC PLAY,
DOWN ON FRAGGLE ROCK!
WORK YOUR CARES AWAY,
DANCINGS FOR ANOTHER DAY.
LET THE FRAGGLES PLAY.
DOWN ON FRAGGLE ROCK.


Fred Basset : The dog equivalent of Garfield. This dog could not be arsed. Why it's owner always asked him to fetch the slippers I never knew, Fred just couldn't help eating them.


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