Ragtime (BBC)

This is an amazingly clear video clip of Ragtime from the 70s, and it's even more amazing when you discover that the BBC wiped most recordings of Children's TV programmes from this era. I haven't heard that title music in a very long time.

So, when was the last time you drew a face on a wooden spoon? That's exactly what presenter Maggie Henderson is doing in this clip, and I seem to remember watching this episode - this is bringing back so many memories!

The other presenter was, of course, former school teacher Fred Harris, and he presented a wide range of TV programmes during the 1970s and 80s including Play School, Chock A Block, Figure It Out (produced by ATV) and Micro Live.

Ragtime ran for just two seasons (26 episodes) between October 1973 and March 1975, with each episode last around 14 minutes. It has been repeated since then, and a re-run was aired in 1979 at 1:45 in the afternoon.on BBC1. Each episode would features educational songs and stories with the help of rag puppets and wooden spoon characters.

The puppets were Humbug the tiger, Dax and Sniff the dogs and Bubble the cushion. Wooden spoon characters were Mrs Raggamuffin, Uncle Casserole, Miss Sponge, Mrs Custard, Mr Jelly, Mr Curry and Mr Porridge.

Ragtime - LP by BBC Records - ft. songs by TV presenters Maggie Henderson and Fred Harris
The now rare Ragtime LP by BBC Records - check out these flares!
Ragtime BBC1 title card from the 70s featuring presenters Fred Harris and Maggie Henderson
Ragtime - BBC1 title card ft. Fred Harris and Maggie Henderson
Fred Harris - BBC Children's TV presenter
Fred Harris checking his nose is still on his face