THE WIDE AWAKE CLUB (TV-AM)
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
In this first clip, Toyah Willcox makes a banana candle. Now you may ask just how did they get away with this? Well, it was the 80s, and although this is way too erotic for kids TV, praise goes to everyone who managed to keep a straight face throughout this segment!
Featuring Timmy Mallett, Michaela Strachan and Tommy Boyd as the main presenters, along with James Baker and Arabella Warner, The Wide Awake Club aired for five years between 1984 and 1989.
Tommy Boyd had previously presented Magpie and a news quiz called What's Happening? During the 80s, Tommy also presented the spin-off show WAC Extra, and also a programme called Jigsaw (which I really don't remember) which included the presenters Janet Ellis (who went on to present Blue Peter, of course) and the future Doctor Who (at the time) Sylvester McCoy. Between 1982 and 1984 Tommy presented another imaginitively-titled Saturday morning kids TV show called The Saturday Show, with Isla St. Clair.
In 1993 she was a presenter on The Really Wild Show. Michaela is still regularly on our screens. In 2012 she co-presented One Man And His Dog and in 2012 and 2013 took the place of Kate Humble on BBC Springwatch. She was a contestant in series 2 of Splash! on ITV in 2014.