From Take Hart to Twizzle
Take Hart, Hartbeat and Vision On : Good old Tony Hart. Would start a drawing and you'd ALWAYS say. "No, not this time Tony, no sorry mate it's just not going to work". and then with the last two brush strokes it would look brilliant.
Enter Mr Bennett (the caretaker) and MARGO T (the assistant)
There was also Morph and Chas, plastecine people.
Finally the gallery. How many other people had the competition to see how many of the drawings were done by people your age.
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle: Fantastic cartoon created by the Filmnation people. Lots of Tarzan calls and jungle vines - marvellous.
Tea Time Television : Scragtag the puppet presented this and if anyone remembers it, I'd love to hear about it.
Terrahawks : Gerry Anderson puppet fest about a team of people led by a clone (not Dolly The Sheep) Dr Ninestein with Hawkeye, Stew Dapples (an excellent send-up of Cliff Richard) and a series of balls, led by Major Zero (Windsor Davies) against three aliens Zelda, snotty lad and woman with wig and a load of cubes (who hissed rather than spoke). Several spaceships were used and all in all it was bloody great!
Each programme started with someone playing a space invaders game and almost getting top score before the boss would announce an emergency "Stay on this channel". The end sequence had a game of naughts and crosses between balls and squares. The squares would always cheat!
Video - Terrahawks on Video
Telebugs : Odd little cartoon about three floaty robots with TV sets in their stomachs (hmm, I smell a lawsuit) plus Zudo the evil one, and a little floaty dog thing, who "fought crime" and did stuff. The villains were Bully-Byte, Angel Brain (bat-shaped computer) and a pink mohicaned woman of dubious point. There was also a newspaper editor called "Mr. McSpreader". "Go Telesonic!" they said..
Video - The Telebugs
Thomas The Tank Engine : Told by Ringo Starr, oh how the mighty have fallen. The stories are great though. Lots of trains, the odd bus and a tram and of course, the fat controller is always on hand to stop any mischief.
Video - Thomas The Tank Engine
Three Gifts For Cinderella : An Eastern European version of the fairytale classic shown on the BBC during the 70's. Superb setting but more than likely contained dodgy dubbing.
Thunderbirds : Gerry Anderson classic which has been shown on several occasions by both the BBC and ITV. Soon to be made into a live-action film, Thunderbirds concerned the goings on of the Tracey family who formed International Rescue.
The BBC tends to show this series every couple of years in November and December so that more merchandise can be sold (I'm sure the BBC must have shares in it) and they can show how to make Tracey Island on Blue Peter again. When Anthea Turner first showed the kids of the UK how to make tbat year's most popular Christmas Present, the BBC were swamped. Whoever had the idea to do that was never paid nearly enough - a nation of grateful parents certainly owe them money!
Theme Tune - Thunderbirds Theme Tune
Thundercats : Snarf, Liono, Cheetara, Panthro, Mumra the everliving. Living on a distant planet and each with their own super powers. For instance, liono had an extending sword!
Tickle on the Tum : Ralph McTell singing songs and telling stories about "Tickle on the Tum".
TICKLE ON THE TUM,
TICKLE ON THE WHAT?
LOOK DOWN THERE'S TICKLE TOWN,
AND THERE'S THE RIVER TUM.
TICKLE ON THE TUM,
OH YEAH, TICKLE ON THE TUM.
Timeslip : Weird Sci Fi. Kids crawl through hole in fence to a different time.
Tiswas : The best of the bunch as far as Saturday TV was concerned. Chris Tarrant, Sally James, Lenny Henry, The Phantom Flan Flinger et al. Lots of competitions where you would win a pair of pants and were pulled "Up by the ears".
Tom Lines joins us with some late news: "The phantom flan flinger from Tiswas drinks in my local in Walsall. Apparently he was asked by a mate who worked at ATV in Brum to come along to a new show that he was working on and he ended up donning the cape. I know the PFF's identity is hard to corroborate as he was always masked but this guy's told me stuff about Sally James that you just couldn't make up...."
Lost it's sparkle when Tarrant and James left and the spin off adult version, OTT, was awful.
Tomorrow People : Spooky Sci-Fi drama with children with special powers. The scariest thing was the theme tune.
Video - The Tomorrow People
Top Cat: A group of down and out felines always under the watchful eye of Officer Dibble. The BBC were scared as there was a product available in the shop scalled Top Cat so it was introduced by: "And now on BBC1 Boss Cat".
CLOSE FRIENDS GET TO CALL HIM T C
PROVIDING IT'S WITH DIGNITY
THE INDESPUTABLE LEADER OF THE GANG
HE'S THE BOSS
HE'S THE BIZ (this could be "HE'S THE VIP")
HE'S THE CHAMPIONSHIP
HE'S THE MOST TIP TOP
Video - Top Cat
Torch The Battery Boy : Torchy would come down to Earth and rescue broken toys and take them back to the moon to be repaired. After being repaired the toys would be returned to homes that deserved them.
TORCHY, TORCHY, THE BATTERY BOY
I'M A WALKING, TALKING TOY.
PRESS MY SWITCH, SEE MY LIGHT START TO BEAM
IT'S THE MOST MAGIC LIGHT YOU HAVE EVER SEEN.
Touch� Turtle : and Dum Dum. A turtle with a hat and (bent) sword similar to the Three Musketeers. Had an accent more like Droopy Dog. Touch� Away.
Trap Door : Burk, Drut and Boney.
Programme revolved around Burk having to make a meal for the big bloke upstairs and opening the trapdoor into a strange world populated by weird and dangerous creatures. He always managed to chase them away again though.
DON'T YOU OPEN THAT TRAPDOOR YOU'RE A
FOOL IF YOU DARE.
DON'T YOU OPEN THAT TRAPDOOR 'CUS THERE'S SOMETHING DOWN THERE.
Theme Tune - Trap Door Theme Tune
Trumpton : Home of the fireman (Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb - but you knew that) who only ever put out one fire ("a real fire!"), a mayor, the woman with lots of dogs, and a flower shop. Brian Cant, the worlds greatest, provided voices and sang the songs.
Tucker's Luck : Everyone loved Tucker on Grange Hill so much that he spawned his own series. A bleak look at trying to get a job in London and the type of "scrapes" older teenagers get into. The series ended with Tucker meetin gup with Trisha Yates and walking off into the sunset. What happened next.....He went to Eastenders and became the brother of Michelle (who was someone else in Grange Hill but I don't remember her name).
Twigwidge: Made of twigs and branches. Lived in a treehouse. On lunchtime in the 70s.
DOWN AT THE GATE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE GARDEN
TWIGWIDGE LIVES IN A CHESTNUT TREE
NO ONE KNOWS OF THE MERRY LITTLE TREE SPRITE
DAYLONG WORKING SO HAPPILY
TWIGWIDGE, SPIRIT OF THE CHESTNUT TREE
TWIGWIDGE, SPIRIT OF THE CHESTNU-HUT TREEEE.
Twizzle: A boy with extendable arms and legs, included Jiffy the Broomstick Man and a cat. Whenever our hero got into a tight situation he'd "twizzle" his arms and legs so that they'd grow.
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