Happy Birthday Mr Benn!

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash Mr Benn is Fifty! This episode of the podcast celebrating growing up as a child in 1970's Britain and the TV that sustained us looks back at the adventures of the man from 52 Festive Road. Starting with the Red Knight, through adventures as a Caveman, a Cowboy, an Astronaut and many others, Mr Benn is an Everyman for our generation. Devised by David McKee and narrated by the wonderful Ray Brooks the series has a special place in our hearts. We also remember the fabulous accompanying music of Duncan Lamont. We remember the rituals of a 1970's…

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Knockin’ on Doors, Opening Windows: It’s The Sunday Gang!

Photo by John Price on Unsplash Like many other things we've discussed in this podcast, Sundays were a bit different in the 1970's. Shops were all closed, pubs only open for a few hours, if at all and the TV schedules had a range of religious programming including the BBC's Songs of Praise and ITV's slightly glitzier Stars on Sunday. There were also religious programmes for children.We're joined by the writer, broadcaster and popular culture expert Tim Worthington this week to discuss growing up in Liverpool and what television meant to him and his family. We…

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Swap Shop or Tiswas?

Does your choice of Saturday morning TV shape your future life? In Swap Shop or Tiswas? we look at how the BBC and ITV targeted their young audiences. Did you side with Noel Edmonds and Maggie Philbin or did you prefer Chris Tarrant and the lovely Sally James? And why did groups of office workers from Dudley volunteer to be locked in a cage to be "flanned" by the Phantom Flan Flinger and have buckets of water thrown over them by Chris Tarrant? In this episode of My 70's TV Childhood, we also look back to Magpie with those trendy long haired blokes Mick Robertson and Tommy…

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