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I've... sort of forgotten to actually make a post actually announcing this before, but a while ago my parents got themselves a VHS to DVD recorder and have been rescuing relics from the old tapes at the back of the video cupboard. This includes a pile of schools programmes that were recorded for me when I was very young - I think they're fairly late on in the general era that this group covers (mostly being from the mid-to-late 80s), but there's a fair amount of Fred Harris and his lot on there. I've been uploading them to Youtube under the account name:


Programmes up there at the moment include Video Maths, Words and Pictures, Music Time, Thinkabout Science (the series where their gran was Nursie from Blackadder), Storyworld with Tony Robinson, and, of course, Chockablock. My personal favourite so far, though, is something that's in this group's interests but I haven't seen any other trace of anywhere - Wondermaths, a maths programme in space.


Date: 2009-05-16 01:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loganberrybunny.livejournal.com
Ah, such memories: I loved Words and Pictures, especially the theme tune; thank you! =:D (Your link to it actually goes to Video Maths, though.) Look and Read I did watch, but "Geordie Racer" wasn't as captivating to me as it seems to have been to most people. Music Time, though, was an all-time classic without a doubt.

Everyone seems to have a programme they remember with fondness, but which isn't anywhere to be seen online. In my case, it's the "Normans" series on Zig Zag; the only trace of it I've ever found is this clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci2diJ-ol8I) on YouTube, which has the "1066 at Hastings" song but not a lot else.

Date: 2009-05-16 03:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loganberrybunny.livejournal.com
Zig Zag ran for years and years, but I can't really recall much else of it. I suspect the chance of a "1066 at Hastings" box set is somewhat low... but then I've said that about a number of series in the past and been proved wildly wrong, so who knows? (*looks fondly at Maid Marian and her Merry Men set...)

Date: 2009-07-05 08:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wordy-wordsmith.livejournal.com
Wasn't "Zig Zag" presented by Tony Aitken, who was in "Blackadder 2" as the mad minstrel in the end credits, as well as in one episode?
I seem to remember him doing the show around 1985/86 time.

I have a full episode of "Big Top Science" - the sequel to "Science in Action" (1987 -- with Kjartan Poskitt) if anyone is interested in seeing it. The presenter shows water displacement or something with a "Star Wars" action figure!

You can find an extract of an episode of "Science in Action" on the BBC DVD box set release of "Doctor Who: Beneath The Surface".

Thanks for the clips!


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