CLASSIC KIDS TV DVD GIFT IDEAS
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A Look Back at 70s and 80s Kids TV SHows
Well, there are so many fond memories here, and some of the best ones memories come from watching TV in the morning during the school summer holidays. You may well remember watching The Red Hand Gang in the mornings, before getting on your chopper bike to join your own gang of friends in the afternoons.
Hartley Hare and his friends kept many pre-school children amused and educated during the 1970s in the series Pipkins. Geoffrey, Bungle, George and Zippy helped to make the ITV series Rainbow become a cult classic. Another cult classic is Rentaghost. Forget Ghostbusters, us Brits enjoyed this zany series instead. This was shown on BBC1 at around teatime and featured a range of crazy characters including Timothy Claypole, Hazel McWitch, Dobbin the pantomime horse, Miss Popov and many others - wacky entertainment indeed!
If you weren't a Rentaghost fan the ITV series The Ghosts of Motley Hall may have floated your boat, and followed the adventures of five ghosts who haunt Motley Hall. It featured the wonderful Arthur English and Peter Sallis.
Starring Jon Pertwee as a living scarecrow (who had a different head for different occasions), and Una Stubbs as Aunt Sally the fairground doll, Worzel Gummidge was popular Saturday teatime viewing from 1979 to 1981.
Trumpton is fondly remembered by anyone growing up in the 70s, and there were just 13 episodes of this stop motion series. But can you remember the names of the firemen? They were, of course, Pugh, Pugh (who were twins), Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grub.
Another british classic which was voiced by the legendary Carry On star Kenneth Williams, was Willo The Wisp. Characters included Arthur the Caterpillar, Evil Edna the walking TV set and Mavis Cruet the clumsy fairy, to name but a few!
Starring Gudrun Ure as the wrinkly Scottish superhero Super Gran, this amusing series was produced by Tyne Tees and aired on Childrens ITV during the 80s.
SuperTed featured the voices of Derek Grifiths (SuperTed) and Jon Pertwee (Spotty). This was a classic 80s cartoon that ran for three series and was produced in Wales, but was broadcast in English, thankfully!
I also have vague memories of an imaginative children's sci-fi series The Changes, which was first broadcast by the BBC in 1975. It was set in Britain where a strange noise emanating from all machinery and technology causes the population to destroy them. It was great to see this on long-fofgotten gem of a series available on DVD.
You may remember another British childhood favourite from the 80s, The Raggy Dolls, which followed a group of rejects from a toy factory.
The original series of The Wombles voiced by Bernard Cribbins followed the adventures of strange-looking furry creatures who help the environment by collecting and recycling rubbish. Another British classic, and you will surely remember the theme tune "underground, overground, wombling free, the wombles of Wimbledon Common are we..."
Featuring the voices of Willie Rushton and Nick Shipley. This British claymation series The Trap Door followed a group of monsters living in a castle.
We all remember TISWAS with Chris Tarrant, Sally James, Lenny Henry, Bob Carolgees and John Gorman. Saturday morning TV has never been the same since the demise of this wacky entertainment show!
Narrated by Richard Briers, the wibbly wobbly cartoon featuring Roobarb the green dog and Custard the pink cat appeared regularly on our screen during the 70s just before the evening news.
Many American series entertained us, too. Who can forget Screech with his high-pitched voice or teen dream Kelly Kapowski? Saved By The Bell followed a group of high school friends and also became a firm favourite in many British households in 1989 and into the early 90s.
Starring Lee Majors as Steve Austin, in the 70s, every boy at school wanted to be the bionic man. The now iconic series The Six Million Dollar Man can be enjoyed in its entirety on DVD.