Kids TV Shows from the 70s & 80s
The Banana Splits were a rock band, but do you you remember the names of the four costumed characters? They were Fleegle, who was dog-like and played guitar and vocals, Drooper (bass, vocals) who I think was supposed to be a lion(?), Bingo (drums, vocals) who looked like a smiley monkey and Snorky, who looked like an elephant that had been on a day trip to Sellafield and played keyboards and effects.
The series was produced by Hanna-Barbera and ran for just two seasons. It originally aired between September 1968 and Sept 1970.
The series ended pretty abruptly when, after more than 1000 episodes, Thames Television lost its ITV franchise.
We all remember the main characters don't we? Zippy (a loud-mouthed, irritating character that was actually made from a rugby ball!), George (a gentle, more reserved pink hippo), Bungle (a clumsy bear who complains a lot) and, of course, the human presenter trying to keep them all under control, Geoffrey.
Rod, Jane and Freddy also made regular appearances with their singing and dancing routines.
Blimey! I Remember watching Here Come The The Double Deckers on a saturday morning back in the 70s. This video clip made me feel like a kid again!
these were the days when there were no violent or sexual music videos
featuring half-naked bimbos or crotch-grabbing morons, no comparing brand names on
clothes, no home computers or tablets and no mobile phones. We would watch innocent
programmes like this and then maybe go out for a bike ride and just do
what kid's should do - meet up and talk to each other face-to-face and
have real fun, without worrying about health and safety
issues such as wearing goggles to play conkers - who came up with that
enough of my rants, back to the show! The characters were Spring (He was black, but I'm not
sure why he was called Spring), Billie (The cowgirl), Brains (he wore
specs), Doughnut (he was fat), Sticks (he played the drums), Tiger (she
had a cuddly tiger who was also called, erm, tiger!) and Scooper - no
idea why he was called Scooper?
The video clip in the playlist at the top of the page features the legendary Brian Cant, Tony Arthur, Jeremy Irons, Anne-Marie Hackett and Julie Stevens. Tony Robinson was also in this episode, although, unfortunately, he's not on this clip!
That's the first time I've heard that music since the 70s! Vision On
was a childrens art programme for the deaf, although many kids who were
not deaf would also watch it, including myself. The programme became
quite popular and soon gained a wacky and surreal
Regular presenters on the show were Tony Hart (who went on to present his own art shows inc. Take Hart and Hartbeat), Wilf Lunn (he used to show-off his latest inventions) and Sylvester McCoy who became the seventh doctor on Doctor Who in 1987.