[identity profile] loganberrybunny.livejournal.com
Those mourning the imminent final demise of analogue teletext in Britain may like to take a look at this short piece on the BBC website about the similar ending of "Pages from Ceefax". I'm pleased to say that they've used an appropriate soundtrack for the most part! It also gets a point from me for having Grandad (with Clive Dunn) in the TV listings; I used to watch that quite a bit.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19996372
[identity profile] loganberrybunny.livejournal.com
I'm not sure whether he ever appeared on a schools programme as such, but he was certainly on Vision On which surely more or less counts. I used to watch him mostly on Jigsaw, though I confess I'd almost forgotten about him until I stumbled on his website (wilflunn.com) pretty much by accident.
[identity profile] loganberrybunny.livejournal.com
Those of a sensitive disposition probably shouldn't click on this link, but the BBC website's Magazine is running a series on classic Public Information Films, and Thursday's offering is the infamous Lonely Water, which I suspect most people growing up in the 1970s and 1980s got shown at school; I know I did.
[identity profile] queenmartina.livejournal.com
MONDAY 31st JANUARY

BBC2 22.00 Look Around You

Words of wisdom from Creamguide...

Ooh, this is all flowing nicely. That would have been a wonderful link if Nigel Lambert was actually in this new series, but alas he isn't. Still, this should be a real treat, as Peter and Robert have completely revamped the concept and turned it into a Tomorrow's World-esque magazine show running for half an hour a week. It co-stars Josie D'Arby too, but we have fond memories of her CBBC antics with Chris Jarvis, and she went to RADA, lest we forget. The whole thing sounds just as fantastic as last time round, and even if it jumps the shark a bit, we can enjoy the greatest Radio Times cast list in history, including Tchaikovsky's Ghost, Synthesiser Patel and Leonard Hatred. "The apparatus is then dismantled... and destroyed!"

You have been warned.
[identity profile] pretty-vacant-1.livejournal.com
Disappointed by the lack of PIF's about firework night as yet. BOO HISS!!! I wanted to revel in the blissful memories of burned fingers and bad sunglasses. I guess it's off to TV-Ark for me again then!
[identity profile] queenmartina.livejournal.com
Did anyone else apart from [livejournal.com profile] keresaspa and I catch the rerun of Election 74 on BBC Parliament yesterday to mark its 30th anniversary? If not, you missed a veritable retropresfest. No expense was spared (!) on the 'Election 74' logo which looked like it was made from polystyrene, and the studio looked like an Warsaw Pact holding centre. They even provided a little pot full of smoking materials on the typical functional studio coffee table for the guests! Can you imagine the Beeb doing that nowadays?!

For some reason I enjoyed the snippets of the likes of Julian Pettifer going out and about and asking 'ordinary' people what they thought and who they would vote for. What outfits! What hairstyles! *cackle* Not only that, the halls where the counts took place were grim-aided by Ian Paisley *singing* when he won what must have been the largest single majority in the whole of the UK. Yikes.

Still, it had stalwarts such as Robin Day, a dark haired and pre-boozer's nosed Alastair Burnett and a chain smoking Brian Walden-what more can one ask for? The things one does on a Sunday! :-D

At last!

Jan. 16th, 2004 09:13 am
[identity profile] queenmartina.livejournal.com
From TV Cream's creamguide listings

Unfair description, perhaps, *but*... )

I've waited *aeons* to see this!!! :-)
[identity profile] queenmartina.livejournal.com
Don't know if any of the rest of you have been following this programme on BBC2 of an evening, but the 1972 show featured a clip of Fingerbobs, which IMHO is an underrated preschool classic. Mind you, Rick Jones (Yoffy) did himself no favours on Channel 4's 'The 100 Greatest Kids' TV Programmes' by admitting that when one of the series of Fingerbobs finished, he drowned Fingermouse in his cup of coffee! Ghastly man...

I also noted that when they showed the Radio Times listings for that week, Words and Pictures was on before Fingerbobs, so for a split second I hoped they'd show a clip, but no. Bummer. Did they show any Schools and Colleges clips on the 1982 show? Haven't watched it yet...
[identity profile] queenmartina.livejournal.com
Yes, my lovelies, I'm talking about our beloved Testcard F. Did anyone (who stays up ridiculously late) catch it on BBC1 and/or 2 last night, and, better still, did anyone ([livejournal.com profile] enteirah?) get a screencap? :-)
[identity profile] keresaspa.livejournal.com
Probably really old news to those in the know but I've only just realised that literacy based schools programme Puddle Lane was hosted by Neil Innes of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. Wondered why I was always drawn to that show as an anklebiter.

photie )
[identity profile] pretty-vacant-1.livejournal.com
Again I have heard more items on the news about people drowning in lakes/ponds, etc, over the last few days due to trying to get some relief from this sodding heatwave. These days there seems to be no awareness what so ever about the perils these bodies of water can hold as there were in 'our day' (excuse me for sounding like an old bugger there).

Anyhow, it got me thinking back to the terrifying PIF from the late 70's, 'I am the spirit of the dark and lonely water' which, if you remember had that Grim Reaper figure standing at the banks of rivers, ponds and all that, face covered with brown cloth and a big, evil looking monk's habit thing. The PIF gave out three specific scenarios regarding water safety, two cumulating in death. The final, if memory serves (too terrified to watch it on Charley Live, to this day) had one little boy being rescued by some passers by and the Reaper saying 'I'll be back' or 'I'll get you next time', in one of those villains from Scooby Doo kind of ways. Needless to say it gave me nightmares.

To be honest I think it's about time the COI tried to recapture the 'horror' or the 70's and 80's PIF's as it seemed to me that they scared kids into having a lot more sense than they do now. One example from my own experience, my four year old son went through a phase of running across busy roads and no matter how many times I told him off, punished him for doing it (yes, I advocate smacking kids if totally essential and I think almost getting run over after not listening to a damn word, does constitute that), talking to him nicely about it...and so on, he still kept on doing it. My final solution was to show him the 'Children under 5 road safety' PIF from the TV ark site. He sat there happily watching it until the bit where the tires screech and it's implanted that the child has been run over and killed. The visuals and whole idea terrified the hell out of him. To this day he's not done that again. First hint he might and we say 'remember what happened to the boy who ran across the road?' His reply 'He got squashed. I don't want to get squashed.'

Since that he's come down with my PIF obsession and insists on taking 'Charley Says' with him everywhere he goes. I'm really happy with that, not in a way of he's enjoying the same things I do, but in the way that he's becoming educated towards potential dangers in a way he sees as fun. I'm yet to show him 'C.L' as I think a lot of things on there would be too much for him to handle. Shit, enough of them gave me the fear when I was a kid and they were shown during the ad breaks in TISWAS!

Enjoy the rest of the day peeps! I'm off to pray for rain. (an atheist praying?!)
[identity profile] queenmartina.livejournal.com
Regular readers of my journal by now will have noticed various references to 'blockaboots'.

How many of you know which ITV programme for Schools and Colleges aimed at primary school kids these brightly coloured proto-platform contraptions were regularly featured in? :-)
[identity profile] keresaspa.livejournal.com
Got this link from the Fiver, the Guardian's daily round-up of football. Not sure how it's realted to football but I think it's relevant to this forum.

http://www.irish-tv.com/promos.htm
[identity profile] loganberrybunny.livejournal.com
Readers may be interested by these couple of lines from the Oasis song, She's Electric (which is one of my favourites, being a massively unfashionable and tasteless person =;) ):

I'll be you and you'll be me,
Lots and lots for us to see,
Lots and lots for us to do,
If she is electric, can I be electric too?


Okay, so it's not that interesting, but hey, I felt like posting something in this place! =:P
[identity profile] queenmartina.livejournal.com
Once again, inspired by a [livejournal.com profile] loganberrybunny post! :-)

Now, I'm sure some of you Choc-a-blockers are au fait with the 'Charley Live' DVD/video. I've been thinking about the scarier PIFs on it, as well as other disturbing PIFs I've seen, and feel the following are strong contenders.

(1) 'Keep children away from matches' where the camera trails around a burned out house, and the echoes of screams are heard as one assumes the kids were killed in the house fire.

(2) The late 60s or early 70s series of PIFs where various ordinary people are driving short distances without their seatbelts on and subsequently encountering the Blunders (Mr, Mrs or Billy) on the road-the disturbing part being slow footage of their heads going through their windscreens!

(3) The 'Play Safe' series, shown in our school circa 1981-the most memorable one being the kid going to retrieve his frisbee from a power station, and getting electrocuted in the process, and his friend screaming 'Jimmy!' Yes, we laughed at the time in school, but as an adult I can truly see how macabre these PIFs were!

(4) Possibly not seen outside of Northern Ireland, but we had a PIF for the 'Confidential Telephone' hotline to the police where people could report any paramilitary activity anonymously. It showed the typical grim scenes of the 'troubles'-a man involved in paramilitary action, kneecapping another man, his son inheriting his behaviour and inevitably ending up dead. Miserable stuff.

(5) The 'Protect and Survive' series-around the time they were shown, the threat of nuclear war seemed like it was only around the corner, especially when the news at the time showed people making fallout rooms! It was as if they were trying to tell us something...as a child I may not have fully understood the implications of a nuclear war, but from seeing these I knew it was something terrifying!

(6) But for me anyway, the scariest one was the 'Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water' PIF-Grim Reaper character hovering around stagnant water overseeing children messing about and inevitably falling in and drowning. He then admits he has no power over sensible children, but announces 'I'll be back' in a disturbing echoed voice. I watched that one in the dark recently and couldn't sleep!

Any more suggestions before I try to lighten up? :-)

You and Me

Jul. 4th, 2003 02:02 pm
[identity profile] keresaspa.livejournal.com
Might as well throw something in the ring. Those two weirdos Cosmo and Dibbs (or however it was spelt) were memorable if only for one particularly ghastly episode where you were told to shout "NO" if anyone "touches you". Truly a buttock-clenching experience to have sat through.

Bigtraks!

Jul. 4th, 2003 03:26 am
[identity profile] loganberrybunny.livejournal.com
Better get things going... remember those Bigtrak robot thingies? We had them at school, but I'm certain I saw them being used on a TV prog. Any ideas which one it might have been? I think it was a science one rather than a computing one, though, so possibly not with Fred himself...

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