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Transcript of Kids TV
Muffin’s co-creator and sidekick was Annette Mills who featured in all Muffin the Mule’s shows from 1946 until her death in 1955. Muffin the Mule is a classic example of children's television programming, and many aspects of the show are still used in modern children's programmes today.
DID YOU KNOW that Muffin is an early example of a novelty toy! Inspired by the programme, many British children collected Muffin the Mule accessories.
Please take a look at our Muffin the Mule puppet. This is a modern reproduction of the classic die-cast string puppet produced in the 1950's. October 1946 Andy Pandy In 1950 Muffin began appearing in the BBC series 'Watch With Mother' where it showed a collection of much loved programmes. Bill & Ben, The Flowerpot Men The Woodentops Picture Book 13th December 1965 Jackanory 'Jackanory' was a long running children’s programme that aimed to popularise reading for children. The show began on BBC1 and continued for 30 years with 3,500 episodes. Its last show was broadcast in March 1996.
Each episode had a famous guest reader to read folk stories or children’s novels with the addition of illustrations often done by Quentin Blake. The famous image from the show was the armchair where the reader would sit with the novel and read to the audience watching at home.
Frequent readers on 'Jackanory' were the likes of... ...actor Bernard Cribbins who featured in 111 episodes. and 'Carry On' star Kenneth Williams, another regular guest who was in 69 shows in total. DID YOU KNOW that in 1984 Prince Charles was a 'Jackanory' reader! He featured on the show, reading extracts from his own children’s storybook called ‘The Old Man of Lochnagar’. 16th November 1969 The Clangers These famous small, pink aliens aired onto our screen at the end of 1969. Their presence on the screen was to last for 5 years with 27 colour episodes in total. The short stories followed the Clangers family and their friends on the small blue planet in space.
The Clangers were designed by creator Peter Firmin and knitted by his wife. Have you seen our Clanger that we have made?
In the same year the world witnessed the beginning of a 'new space age' when Neil Armstrong and his team were the first to successfully land on the moon. “Welcome to the Little Blue Planet” DID YOU KNOW that on the 10th October 1974 there was a special episode of The Clangers created for the UK General Election entitled ‘Vote for Froglet’. It has never been shown since and the episode now resides in the BBC's archive.
At the time of its production The Clangers was watched by millions of viewers in Britain. The show has been revived and brought back onto television screens through VHS and DVD sales. This is mainly due to the adults who originally enjoyed the programme introducing it to their children today. Do you remember The Clangers?
Who was your favourite character? 'Peppa Pig' uses animal characters in everyday situations to help toddlers to identify with the situations they face.
For its youngest watchers 'Peppa Pig' also helps develop speech by teaching animal sounds. 'Peppa Pig' also helps to develop childrens emotions while still being entertaining. The narrator, played by John Sparkes, acts as Peppa's conscience and teaches children right from wrong. 'Rosie and Jim' was a much loved television show which followed two ragdolls who live on a canal boat called ‘The Ragdoll’. No one knows that the pair come to life except their pet Duck and the audience of young children who tune in to watch the show.
The programme was first seen on our screens in 1990 for 10 years and showed 175 fun adventures.
DID YOU KNOW that the setting for 'Rosie and Jim' took place along the waterways of Central England. However Rosie openly says in the show that she hates the Midlands!
Take a look at the video of the theme tune for a trip down memory lane... Rosie never thinks before she acts and is extremely bossy and confident. She is always featured with her collecting bag and has many interesting and useful objects in there. Jim is happy following Rosie’s lead. His personality is happy, cheerful and relaxed. He is affectionate, kind and gentle. Jim’s main hobby is drawing but he only has three crayons which are always in his pocket! For fun and interactive activities for toddlers on Rosie and Jim click on this link - http://www.rosieandjim.tv/intro.html ‘For the Children’ was a ten minute black and white programme made by the BBC to educate and entertain children. The show introduced objectives and skills to make a captivating piece of programming, creating loved and happy memories for a generation of children. The birth of children’s programming had begun... In the Night Garden is a televised interpretation of a picture book. It is about a magical place that exists between waking and sleeping in a child's imagination. The consistent structure of In The Night Garden takes children on an imaginative journey, which begins in the magical moment when they are beginning to drift off to sleep. The use of repetition and anticipation builds confidence, satisfaction and enjoyment. All of which is carried out at a pace which under 4's can follow and understand. The Sooty Show 24th July 1955 Sooty appeared on the BBC from 1955 to 1964 when it moved to ITV, due to the BBC not liking the fact that Sooty had a new girlfriend, Soo the Panda! ...when the format was bought by Richard Cadell who presents the current series, which featured Matthew in a cameo and the original voice of Soo, Brenda Longman. When he died in 1989 his son Matthew took over. Matthew retired in 2000... Blue Peter 16th October1958 Harry Corbett was the creator and first presenter of the show. He got the idea from a teddy bear he bought for his children that had black or 'sooty' ears. 'Blue Peter' is the longest consecutively running television show in the world!
Previous presenters include Valerie Singleton, Peter Purves, Yvette Fielding and Konnie Huq, who is currently the longest serving presenter. Pets play a huge part in 'Blue Peter' - favourites of viewers included Petra the dog, Kari and Oke the cats and also Mable the border collie. Take a look at the clip in the television that shows a baby elephant causing havoc. Rainbow 16th October 1972 'Rainbow' ran for 20 years from 1972 to 1992, clocking up over 1000 episodes. It was originally intended to be a British version of the popular American children's show 'Sesame Street'. Do you have a Blue Peter Badge like ours?
Feel free to take a look at our badge collection. Who was your favourite 'Rainbow' character? Rod, Jane and Freddy were a musical group that often popped up singing. The band were originally called Rod, Jane and Matt - with Matt (Corbett) being remembered as starring on 'The Sooty Show'. The current presenters are Helen Skelton and Barney Harwood who are fast becoming some of the most adventurous presenters ever. Postman Pat 18th September 1981 Funhouse 24th February 1989 Teletubbies 31st March 1997 1940's Acknowledgements Creators: EMILIE RAVENSCROFT, JENNIFER SIMMONDS and RHIAN WIGGLESWORTH.
With thanks to the following:
Yorkshire & Lincolnshire SURESTART Children's Centre's
Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery
Junior Magazine (2013) Watch with Mother Available from: http://www.juniormagazine.co.uk/art-and-craft/watch-with-mother---the-joys-of-retro-television/15477.html
BBC and CBBC, ITV and CITV
Black, G. (2005) The Engaging Museum: Developing Museums for Visitor Involvement. Routledge: London.
Ragdoll Productions - www.ragdoll.co.uk
Junior Magazine (2013) How to Make Your Own Tiny Clanger Available from: http://www.juniormagazine.co.uk/art-and-craft/how-to-make-your-own-tiny-clanger/15478.html
Ragdolls (2013) Rosie and Jim Available from: http://www.rosieandjim.tv/intro.html
Teletubbies Home (2013) The Teletubbies Available from: http://www.teletubbies.co.uk/en/default.asp
The Museum Network (2009) Working With Under 5’s [online] Available from: http://www.museumnetworkuk.org/http://www.museumnetworkuk.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/working-with-under-5s-final1.pdf Please feel free to have a look at this book we have today. Newsround 4th April 1972 'Newsround' had several important exclusives. It was the first programme to broadcast reports on the loss of the space shuttle 'Challenger' in 1986, the 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II, and the fire at Windsor Castle in 1992. Until 1989 the show was known as 'John Craven's Newsround'. The title changed to 'Newsround' after Craven's departure. Still as popular today 'Newsround' regularly enters into the top five most watched programmes on the CBBC channel. Take a look at the clip in the television of John Craven introducing the idea of new 'GCSE' examinations in 1979. Do you remember when they were introduced? Pat Clifton, otherwise known as 'Postman Pat', has been delivering post in the village of Greendale since 1981. He was recently promoted to Special Delivery Service. This means that he now also serves the nearby town of Pencaster. But it's alright, he has a new helicopter and 4x4 to make things easier, as well as the trusty van. While not necessarily designed as a learning aid for children, 'Postman Pat' spreads the message of always being friendly and helpful to people in need, as Pat is always on hand to solve people's problems. DID YOU KNOW the village of Greendale is based on the real village of Longsleddale in Cumbria? 'Funhouse' was presented by Pat Sharp (and his mullet haircut) between 1989 and 1999 and usually supported by twins Melanie and Martina Grant. They often got covered in gunge if their team lost. The aim of the game was to beat the other team by taking part in several challenges (mostly involving gunge) and get to the final round which was held in the FUNHOUSE. In European versions the prize was money, however in the UK handing out cash to minors was illegal so the prize was usually a bike or a trip to a theme park. DID YOU KNOW the 'gunge' used in this and other programmes is actually a product called Natrosol. It is non-toxic and even safe to eat, as it is more commonly used in the production of sauce in apple pies. 'Teletubbies' was made between 1997 and 2002, although repeats are often still broadcast.
The programme was criticised initially for not having enough educational value. However it had a cult following among students, perhaps due to its psychedelic nature! DID YOU KNOW according to the show's creators, 'Po' is of Chinese origin and can speak both English and Cantonese. The actress who provided both the voice and movement for Po, Pui Fan Lee, is Chinese herself.
The teletubbies are apparently supposed to be toddlers belonging to a mythological species. Can you match each teletubby to their object? Answers: Tinkywinky - bag Dipsy - hat
Laalaa - ball
Po - scooter Start by clicking on the decade which you first remember as a child. Now take your time to look through some of the other decades. You might be surprised at the programmes you recognise! If you watched 'Jackanory' who was your favourite reader?