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Here Comes Bod!

Welcome back to My 70’s TV Childhood, where we journey through the golden era of childhood in 1970s Britain, illuminated by the magic of television. It was a time when fashion was a mix of browns and oranges, Liebfraumilch flowed freely, and Mike Yarwood’s impressions provided a humorous escape from the era’s economic challenges. Yet amidst these changes, my childhood was filled with outdoor adventures, school days, and cherished moments gathered around the television with family.

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This week, I was delighted to receive an email from Danny, a listener who generously shared his appreciation:

“Thank you for bringing back so many joyful memories—truly one of the best podcasts out there. I’d love to hear a special episode on The Good Life. It was a family favourite, and my parents adored it. Thank you, Oliver, for the joy you bring from afar.”

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Derek Griffiths recently popped up in my social media feed. From Play School to Play Away, Derek was a familiar face, enchanting us with his musical talents on shows like Cabbages and Kings, Ring a Ding, and Heads and Tails. His versatility brings to mind a show from 1975 that epitomised the whimsy and wonder of children’s television: Bod.

Bod, based on Joanne and Michael Cole’s books, was a show that defied convention. With its peculiar characters and quirky adventures, Bod captured the imagination of children across Britain. Each episode, whether it was “Bod and the Dog,” “Bod and the Rain,” or “Bod and Breakfast,” brought smiles and laughter, accompanied by Derek Griffiths’ delightful music.

Set in Bod’s quaint town, the show featured unforgettable characters like Aunt Flo, who danced to her own theme tune, and recurring figures such as Frank the Postman, Farmer Barleymow, and PC Copper—each with their own distinctive melodies.

Narrated by the soothing voice of John Le Mesurier, known for his role as Sergeant Wilson in Dad’s Army, Bod’s stories were simple yet charming. The combination of music, narration, and quirky animation created a uniquely enchanting viewing experience that still baffles and delights those who remember it today.

The show also included educational segments narrated by Maggie Henderson, like counting exercises and Bod snap—a playful card game featuring the show’s characters. Additionally, viewers were treated to Alberto Frog and his Amazing Animal Band, a whimsical segment where Alberto and his orchestra travelled the world, spreading joy through classical music (and hoping for a milkshake reward).

Unfortunately, much of Alberto Frog’s adventures were lost to time, with only a handful of episodes surviving in BBC archives—a loss that leaves us wondering about the flavour of that elusive milkshake!!

Whether you remember Bod fondly or find its surreal charm perplexing, I invite you to share your thoughts on our social media pages, or by emailing me directly at oliver@my70stvchildhood.com.

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Oliver


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