By Mark Nobes
Perhaps, what many people remember most of all from the series was the actual theme tune which was performed by the Spencer Davis Group (under the name The Murgatroyd Band) and the lyrics were pinched from a nursery rhyme; "One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy, fiver for silver, six for gold, seven for a story never to be told...."
Black Beauty Annual 1980
Black Beauty was first published as a novel in 1877 and was penned by Anna Sewell. You may remember the Adventures of Black Beauty which ran for two seasons on ITV (distributed by LWT) between 1972 and 1974, although it was not based on the novel, and was more of a continuation.
Just about everyone who lived through the 1970s will recognise the theme tune, Galloping Home, by the London String Chorale. This actually entered the UK pop charts in February 1974 at #31. The annuals were published between 1973 and 1981, with one extra annual in 1985.
Whizzer and Chips Annual 1980
Whizzer and Chips was a popular sight on newsstands in the 70s and 80s, and was published by Fleetway/IPC from Oct 1969 to Oct 1990, before merging with Buster which ran until Jan 2000. The Chips part of the comic was a pull-out which was eventually printed in black, white and blue to set it apart from the rest of the comic. Most pages were printed in black and white with some strips having a splash of red. This was typical of comics printed in the 70s and 80s, and I remember colouring in parts of my comics and annuals with my school friends using felt tip pens. Whizzer and Chips became full colour in 1990.
After sales had slumped from 2 million in the 1950s to just 8000 in 2012, the final fortnightly comic was printed on 4th December 2012 as "Dandy Xtreme" and then moved to an online publication. However, this wasn't successful and closed down around six months later.
The Bash Street Kids Annual 1980
These troublesome characters have appeared in every Beano comic published since 1956. 26 annuals were published between 1979 and 2010.
Basil Brush Annual 1980
The Brownie Annual 1980
Sesame Street Annual 1980
1980 Cor!! Comic Annual
Scooby-Doo Where Are you Annual
BBC Doctor Who Annual
BBC TV Star Trek Annual
The Beezer Book 1980
Worzel Gummidge Annual 1980 by Purnell
Blakes 7 Annual