What are your favourite childhood TV shows?
Thomas the Tank Engine is in Gloucestershire this weekend, sparking a nostalgia-fest for adults who will remember reading the books, seeing the TV series and collecting the toys.
The popular character, created by Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son, Christopher, has charmed generations of children and he is running on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway between Winchcombe and Toddington on Saturday and Sunday.
But what are your favourite TV shows from your childhood?
Phil Norris, 42, news editor of the Gloucestershire Echo, travels back in time to remember some of his favourite TV shows from the 1970s and 1980s.
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And in these days of Google search, Wikepedia and Youtube, he remembers without looking up the details on the internet…..
1. Mysterious Cities of Gold: This animated dubbed cartoon was a sprawling epic. It was a must-see show for me and my friends at senior school in the 1980s. I remember clearly talking about the programme in the playground afterwards. It seemed to last for ever and, in my mind, I can’t ever remember it finishing. Did it finish? Is it still going on?!
2. Grange Hill: People will always have their own ‘era’ of Grange Hill. I was a bit too young to remember the Tucker years (with Todd Carty, who went on to star in EastEnders and The Bill). For me, Grange Hill was at its peak with Jonah, Zammo, Ro-land, Mr Bronzo and Gripper. It was like an alternative school life for me. I liked school, but Grange Hill just seemed to be a bit more fun, a lot less homework. At the time, I wished my school life was more like Grange Hill, without the heroin addiction of course.
3. Doctor Who: ‘My doctor’ was Peter Davison. I found Tom Baker a bit dark, a bit scary. Too other-wordly. Davison, who I had seen in All Creatures Great and Small, was younger and more appealing to me. I also developed big crushes on his assistants, Tegan and Nyssa, which helped. The stories seemed thrilling and imaginative. Seeing some of them much later, the effects are obviously extremely dated, but I think the stories stand up. My affection for the programme remains to this day, as I am a big fan of the re-booted series.
4. Dungeons and Dragons: This cartoon was right up my street, as a boarderline ‘geeky’ teenager. I did actually play Dungeons and Dragons role playing games, so to see it on the TV screen was a thrill. I think they were trying to escape from the Dungeon and Dragons land. In commong with the Mysterious Cities of Gold, I am not sure if they did escape. Are they still down there? I hope they did made it back!
5. Blue Peter: Our house was always more BBC than ITV, so we were Saturday Superstore and Multi-Coloured Swapshop rather than Tiswas and Magpie. So, I grew up with Blue Peter. The first presenters I remember are Peter Purves, John Noakes but the ‘golden age’ for me was Simon Groom, Peter Duncan, Sarah Green, Janet Ellis and so on. What makes me feel old now is remembering Janet Ellis being pregnant with what turned out to be pop star and this year’s Strictly Come Dancing contestant Sophie Ellis-Bextor
6. Star Trek: A programme that I enjoyed right into my 20s and 30s. Watching the original series on BBC repeats introduced me to the idea of a positive future. I stuck with the series through most of its various incarnations (although I ditched Voyager half-way through and gave up on Enterprise pretty quickly). Watching the latest movie in the franchise Star Trek Into Darkness, made me realise what a strong premise the original series had. Decades after Star Trek was first broadcast, the characters of Kirk, Spock and Bones are still fascinating people today.
7. Mary Mungo and Midge: What was this all about? Whenever I am asked about early TV shows I watched, I remember the title but not much else. Who was Mary, what was Mungo to her? And as for Midge, what was he/she? This is one of my earlier memories and assume I am not making it up.
8. Bagpuss: I watched it, but it freaked me out. The high-pitched church mice, ‘magical, mysterious mouse organ’? The old shop and sad old Bagpuss. Remembering the fade to sepia at the end of the programme makes me feel sad even now.
9. Jackanory: I loved books as a child, loved reading, and Jackanory was always a must-see for me. Seeing the famous people read out some of my favourite books was great. Today of course, this kind of programme would never be commissioned. Ever.
10. Battle of the Planets: Another long-running cartoon saga that my brothers and I would watch and then act out ourselves with our toys. We loved Star Wars, Star Trek and other science-fiction films, so this was the next best thing for TV kids in the 1980s.