Two-ty

Jun. 27th, 2009 09:20 am
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Once again I've been going through the archive of DVDs converted from old tapes that my parents sent to me, and uploading the best bits to Youtube - one of my recent finds is an episode of Junior Maths, a programme presented by our lord and master Fred Harris that demonstrated maths concepts using often quite hallucinogenic computer graphics.

The problem happens almost exactly 45 seconds into that video. Previously I'd been quietly proud of being part of an era where things weren't dumbed down for children, but why in the name of Oliver Postgate do they called the number 20 "two-ty"? Now that I remember it I'm fairly certain they did this with 30 and 10 (one-ty one, one-ty two...) as well. I can't think of any reason to favour stretching the words to fit an artificial pattern like that over calling the numbers by their actual names, unless they were trying to subtly implant a more logical numbering system into our brains. Did anything else around that era do this?
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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:

http://www.youtube.com/user/TributeToThePast

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.

Enjoy!
[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] queenmartina.livejournal.com
On catching a glimpse of Saxondale last night, I instantly recognised the theme tune ('House of the King' by Focus, apparently) as being the very same as that of a classic schools language programme. As did one or two others on t'interweb, it seems.

But which one?

[Poll #767090]

Whilst on the subject of theme tunes, can anyone think of any other examples which were album tracks or singles before being used as a theme tune? I know there are a plethora of folk/prog and Radiophonic/electronic tracks which have been plundered by both the BBC and ITV for their educational broadcasts in the 1970s and 1980s, and a list of both tracks and artists would be a useful resource for this humble little community.

Any suggestions?
[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] queenmartina.livejournal.com
Just a quick note to say a belated hello to the newest members of the [livejournal.com profile] choc_a_block elite-[livejournal.com profile] badasstronaut, [livejournal.com profile] flickerkitteh, [livejournal.com profile] frogclock and [livejournal.com profile] lyverbyrd. Good to see the community membership is now into double figures!

So tell us, folks-

*What were your favourite Schools and Colleges programmes?
*Your favourite idents?
*Fred Harris, Derek Griffiths or Johnny Ball?

Looking forward to your responses! :-)

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] 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] 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] 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
I recently downloaded the opening of 'Badger Girl' and noticed it had a CBBC DOG in the corner. I know CBBC (not that I ever watch it) was showing 'Look and Read', but when? Is it still being shown?

And most importantly, has 'The Boy From Space' been on, or is it going to be shown?

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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