Childrens' television enjoyed a golden age during the Sixties and Seventies in the UK, as I'm sure it did everywhere. The austerity of the Fifties had waned and the dawn of colour seeped onto our screens.
There were so many great kids' TV shows its hard to know where to start. They graced our tellies every afternoon and certainly in the UK the prized slot during the week was just before the news at 5.40. The culmination was of course Saturday morning, when the world once more righted itself with our favourite cartoons. Not sure about Sunday, where there any kids' programmes on?
Anyhoo, with the worlds of Gerry Anderson regularly explored on Moonbase here is a breakfast bowl of some of my other favourite shows from back then, shows that have stayed with me ever since unlike any other decade's output. See if you remember them too!
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Crystal Tips and Alistair: the Seventies in a nutshell! From the moving bits of paper school of animation!
Charlie Says: not strictly cartoons: these were safety films for us tearaways.
Again, wonderfully simple and jerky animation.
The classic trio from 'my' Blue Peter: John Noake's northern twang was unusual on the BBC at the time. Who will ever forget 'Get down Shep!'. I was saddened to learn that John now has Alzheimers.
Astronut: one of many brilliant Terrytoons. I adored this little guy's squeaky voice.
Marine Boy: Anime zero! I can still hear that Japanese kids chorus at the start. Now where's my oxygum!
Hectors House: a more relaxed show combined with a French lesson: one of the gems on at 5.40 before the adult stuff started.
Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop: I could have watched her and that sock all day long!
The Arabian Knights: part of the era-defining Banana Splits show and just one of countless Hanna-Barbera treasures. Just don't pull the donkey's tail!
The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe: one of the saddest theme tunes ever!
Champion the Wonder Horse: one of the most uplifting theme tunes ever!
Tales from the Riverbank: who can forget Hammy Hamster and his gang or that beautiful opening theme.
Belle and Sebastian [not the band]: European kids TV par excellence about life in the mountains with a cherub-faced boy and a huge shaggy dog.
The TV test card: I've forgotten when this was on. Midnight? A moment in television history. I bet she put an X in the corner! Whatever happened to that Test Car girl?
What where your favourite kids shows back in the golden age of TV readers? Do you think every generation had it so golden?