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Old 12th Jul 2003, 0:33   #1
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Hmm... I suspect I'll be screaming my age out with this collection, but what the heck...

1. Bill and Ben
2. Blue Peter
3. Dr Who with the original scary Doctor!)
4. Fireball XL5
5. Four feather falls
6. Mr Pastry
7. Robinson Crusoe (if only for the theme tune!)
8. Tales from the Riverbank
9. The Wooden tops
10. Twizzle
(arranged alphabetically - the idea of any other sort of order is way beyond me just now!)

Honourable mentions would have to go to Stingray, Thunderbirds, Bagpuss and the Clangers, but I was getting a little too old to watch the latter.

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Old 14th Jul 2003, 9:24   #2
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Hmmm, sounds like you have a year or two on me there, Philb. Not much in it, mind.

Bagpus would go in for me, probably supplanting Four Feather Falls.

William Hartnell, of course, was a very unsettling Doctor and would never get through the developmental stage of a so-called kids' programme these days. Nice connection with our Book of the Month, too, since he played Dallow in the movie version of Brighton Rock.
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Do you know, I never saw the end of "Robinson Crusoe". They started it at the beginning of the six week Summer break, but it always seemed to finish after we'd gone back to school.

I'd put "Buck Rogers" and "The Flashing Blade" in there as well.
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Not that I'm this old, but the old re-runs of Flash Gordon with Buster Crabbe were a favourite in the school holidays. I was also a fan of The Double-Deckers, terrified of Basil Brush and Camberwick Green. My earliest TV memories are of Jon Pertwee c. 1970 Dr. Who and Pogle's Wood and watching The Virginian on Sunday afternoons.
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I'm also of the Jon Pertwee/Bagpuss/John,Val& Peter Purves generation, and must confess I have no idea what Four Feather Falls is. And I can't recall the end of Robinson Crusoe either, and I must have had around half a dozen chances to watch it.

I would have to put "Mr Ben" and the original "Mr Men" (with Arthur Lowe) in my top ten along with Tiswas (big generational indicator there).
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well, worse than never having heard of 'Four Feather Falls', I don't actually remember watching Robinson Crusoe at all either. I remember all kinds of other classic serials from the early seventies - including one I've never identified where all the machines just froze and stopped working. I have never really stopped watching children's TV either, having four kids of my own, but even with the corny acting and scenery it was a lot better back then and there was more of it oddly enough.
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My one kids TV prog that I have always cherished was the mighty Mysterious Cities of Gold.

A french/japanese cartoon, I was gripped by it for all of it's forty odd episodes.

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A serious number of screencaps there I do remember this but I didn't see all of it, but lots of people seem to have it as a favourite. They'll be releasing it as a boxed DVD set next, like Battle of the Planets/Gatchaman.
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I have very fond memories of watching Mysterious Cites... and never being able to follow the plot but still playing it in the school playground all the same.
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Erm, far worse was playing 'Charlie's Angels' in the schoolyard and fighting over who got to be Sabrina (and pity the idiot or tree who got to be Bosley...)...but we digress...
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