The Programmes:

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From Saturday Banana to Swap Shop

Saturday Banana: ITVs pre-Tiswas answer to Saturday Swap Shop. The main presenter was Bill Odie but a number of children were invited along including Susan Tully, Melissa Wilkes and possibly Nicholas Lyndhurst.


Saturday Morning Cinema: Tiswas couldn't be on all year so the Saturday Morning Cinema tried to recreate the times of the past....and failed miserably. They didn't bother with the serials, just the films and they were all rubbish. Some good cartoons at times though.


Saturday Superstore: Mike "Pop-tastic" Read, Mike Smith and Chegwin. Well with that line-up you could see why no bugger watched it. I mean check out Tiswas and think, would you watch anything else??


Schmoo: Or the New Schmoo as he was better known. Little white thing that could turn into any shape and was always out of breath. One of many characters in Kids TV that didn't talk properly. Think of Joe Pesqualy with a lisp!


Schools Programmes: Poor mostly, the music they played between the programmes was bizarre. Also, a minute before they'd put 24 spots on the screen that disappeared after so many seconds (probably to heighten any tension in the room). We just sat there and pretended to shoot them.

If these pics aren't animated, wait a bit!


Scooby Doo: Please note, I refuse to accept the existence of Scrappy Doo.

Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy (snigger) and Scooby, the meddling kids, off to find ghosts that weren't really ghosts.

Fred had the best ideas. "The Ghost went down that dark tunnel. Shaggy, you Velma and Scooby go down there, me and Daphne (the sexy one) will look upstairs in the bedroom for clues!"

Theme Tune - Scooby Doo Theme
Video - Scooby Doo (the cartoon) on video


Screen Test: True Kids TV fans will remember this. Film show with questions and a yearly "Make your own film" competition which was quite good because in this pre-camcorder lifetime only serious buffs had the gear to make the films. Presented by Michael Rodd and later by Brian Trueman, who narrated most of the Cosgrove / Hall animations.


Sea View : Set in Blackppol, Yvette Fielding (later to destroy a pancake in Blue Peter) and some young speccy kid live in their parent's Guest House and get into trouble. Can't remember seeing too many of the guests as most of the storylines involved others living in Blackpool.

One memorable episode included young boy changing his Dad's order of Space Invaders machines from 1 to 11. How amusing!


Sesame Street : Jim Henson's superb pre-school educational programme. Bert, Ernie, Big Bird, Kermit the Frog - the muppet news reader, Guy Smiley - the quiz show host, Elmo, Oscar the Grouch and The Count. Wonderful stuff even when you're much older.

Sadly, I don't think it's shown on TV in the UK anymore, which is a shame.

Oscar - In a bad mood

Shame about pronunciation of the letter Z and the word Tomato. Oh, you can learn a bit of Hispanic as well. Water = Aqua!

The programme started way back in 1969 (so it's older than me) and is shown throughout the world. Special guests recently have included Destiny's Child and Kofi Annan (see below). A restraunt chain in the states have also started a range of "Super Grover Veggie Burgers".

"Shootable" BBC

Boring ITV

The Count - A ha ha

Hey bert

 

Elmo makes an impression All friends again

 

Grover and his sandwich

SUNNY DAY,
CHASING OUR CARES AWAY,
ON OUR WAY TO WHERE THE AIR IS FREE.
CAN YOU TELL ME HOW TO GET,
HOW TO GET TO SESAME STREET.

ON OUR WAY,
EVERYTHING'S A OK,
FRIENDLY NEIGHBOURS THERE,
THAT'S WHERE WE'LL BE.
CAN YOU TELL ME HOW TO GET,
HOW TO GET TO SESAME STREET,
HOW TO GET TO SESAME STREET.

Website - The Jim Henson Site
Sound Clip - The Sesame Street Pinabll Machine - Number 4


She-Ra: Princess of Power! All the boys had spent fortunes trying to get all the he-man toys so along came Prince Adam's cousin who knew all about the honour of Greyskull. Full length cartoon bought the two together. Not created to sell merchandise to girls, oh no!


Shoe People: I only say this because it was on before I went to work as a butchers lad on Saturdays and I could never get the damn theme tune out me head all day. A theme tune written and sung by Justin Haywood of The Moody Blues and released as a single.

The basic plot was the story of a town where all the inhabitants were shoes! Part of TV-AMs Wide Awake Club.


Silas: One of those programmes the BBC bought from abroad and hoped that the kids wouldn't notice the dubbing. WRONG!.


The Smurfs : Small blue creatures that lived in the forest. Each one was different and so led to a massive toy invasion. Chased around by Gargamel and his cat. I only remember one that was female but surely there must have been more. Got into the charts with the song that was later to become a bigger hit for the Barren Knights. Also refused permission to cover the Oasis hit, "Wonderwall".

Website - The Smurfs


Solo One : Just to prove we were enjoying Australian tripe before Neighbours this 70's programme was bought over to us by those wonderful people at Anglia. Stared Paul Cronin (also in The Sullivans) as an Outback Policeman.


Space Patrol: Wonderful Sci-Fi prog where multi racial/planet space travellers go into deep sleep for long journeys, and when they return are the same age as everybody else! Gamma Rays - On, Yoba Rays - On---All In Order, Ready to lift, Captain.

Website - A Space Patrol site
Video - Space Patrol


Spiderman (cartoon): Recently revived but with loads more violence this was a great work on the comic book hero. Can't remember much about the villains but I remember enjoying it.

SPIDERMAN, SPIDERMAN,
DOES WHATEVER A SPIDER CAN,
SPINS A WEB, ANY SIZE,
CATCHES THIEVES JUST LIKE FLIES,
LOOK OUT, HERE COMES THE SPIDERMANNNNNN

IN THE CHILL OF NIGHT AT THE SCENE OF A CRIME.
AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT HE ARRIVES JUST IN TIME.

SPIDERMAN, SPIDERMAN
DOES WHATEVER A SPIDER CAN.
CAN HE SWING, FROM A WEB,
TAKE A LOOK, OVERHEAD.
HEY MAN, THERE GOES THE SPIDERMANNNNNN
WHEREVER THERE'S A MANNNNNNNN
YOUI'LL FIND A SPIDERMANNNNN.


Sport Billy : Evil enemy was Vander. I seem to remember something about magic shoes but that may have been for just one episode. He did have a magic sports bag which contained miniature objects that grew to normal size once removed. Top stuff none the less.

HE'S A HERO FROM ANOTHER PLANET - SPORT BILLY
AND HE WAS CHOSEN FOR A SPECIAL MISSION - SPORT BILLY


Star Fleet: Far, FAR better than Terrorhawks this was the story of a ship that went out in search of a mystical being that would save the world and then found out she was already on the ship. Fine, fine animations and great story. The theme tune was written by Queen Guitarist Brian May. This deserves to be replayed at some point on British TV.

Website - A Star Fleet Site


Stig Of The Dump : Prehistoric kid called Stig who lived in a quarry. His den was made of scrap and bottles etc. Some other kid discovered and made friends with him even though he could only speak in grunts.

There was some kind of link to Stonehenge at the end of the series.


Stop It and Tidy Up : Terry Wogan narrates tales of a number of small annoying creatures hell bent on stopping kids having annoying habbits. All the creatures were named after stuff that your parents would shout i.e. "Clean your room", "Go To Bed", "Don't Wake Your Dad He Was On A Bender Last Night" et al. Stop It had a high pitched squeak, Tidy Up had a low drone. None of the characters talked, they just made a noise.


Stop Go: One of the schools programmes for younger kids. No idea what it was about though.


Storybook International : Different stories from around the world bought to life. The only problem was the awful dubbing.

I'M A STORY TELLER, AND MY STORIES MUST BE TOLD.
I HAVE MANY STORIES, TALES FOR BOTH THE YOUNG AND OLD.
THROUGH MY MANY TRAVELS I HAVE GATHERED THESE TALES,
TO TEACH YOU GOOD SENSE, WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS.
SOMETIMES THERE ARE TEARS, SOMETIMES THERE IS LAUGHTER,
BUT ALWAYS, A HAPPILY EVER AFTER.


Striker : Young lad and his father (single-parent family) he was very good at football and his father it turned out was an ex-proffesional retired due to crippling knee injury. The lad was allways having this piss taken out of him for being poor and not having decent footie kit and living in a caravan. His father had a pronounced limp and was very anti-football as far as his son was concerened.

Key moments

The boy in the caravan day-dreaming about scoring the winning goal in the cup final and commentating into a spoon when he dreams about slotting the winner the other lads who have snuck up on the caravan give it a right old shaking.

The boy suffers a crunching tackle in a game (possibly the big final???) causing his dad to run onto the pitch.....luckily he's alright.


Supergran : Old woman (Molly Weir) saves the world from the evil Skunner Cambell. Brilliant! Theme tune sung by Billy Connolly.

STAND BACK SUPERMAN, ICEMAN, SPIDERMAN, BATMAN AND ROBIN TOO,
DON'T WANNA CAUSE A RUCKUS WITH BA BARUCCUS BUT I'VE GOT A MATCH FOR YOU
SHE MAKES THEM LOOK LIKE A BUNCH OF FAIRIES
SHE'S GOT MORE BOTTLE THAN UNITED DAIRIES
HANGABOUT
LOOK OUT
FOR SUPERGRAN...


SuperTed : A superhero teddy bear, helped out by spotty (from the planet spot). His main enemies were Texas Pete, Skeleton and Bulk (token fat boy). Voices included Mathew Kelly (Super Ted), Bill Pertwee (Spotty) and Melvyn Hayes (Skeleton). Bulk once heard SuperTed's magic words ("DA DA DAH"), turned himself into a super hero but couldn't remember the words to tell Texas Pete.

Video - Super Ted on Video


Swap Shop: With Noel Edmonds and Chegwin. People would ring in and say "I want to swap a Atari Paddle game with a marble" and away they'd go from there. Also stared John Craven and Maggie Philbin.

Website - A Swap Shop site


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