9 items from 2014
The rise of YouTube and a handful of committed archivists/nostalgics means that almost any programme you grew up with can be remembered, found and rewatched in seconds. Conversations which used to end with fond, communal remembrances now finish two minutes into a YouTube video with rose-tinted bubbles burst and a shared sigh of disappointment. Make no mistake – this is a good thing.
The latest releases from the BFI, to coincide with their Wonders of Sci-Fi season, are two examples of the genuinely unsettling TV; both designed to educate, in very different ways. The Changes is a ten episode exercise in Luddite terror as a strange event causes people to turn against the electronic infrastructure built into everyday life. This is before Skynet and tablets for toddlers so, despite the sedate pace, this is as relevant today as ever.
It’s a challenging watch, the ubiquity of technology in our »
- Jon Lyus
Follow us through the mural on a trip to Pelamar, to look back at BBC Look And Read fantasy adventure, Through The Dragon’s Eye…
If you attended a UK primary school in the last forty years, then the sight of two white, animated eyes on a black screen turning into the heart of the word ‘Look’ is likely to trigger all sorts of pink custard and plimsoll memories. Those moving eyes signalled the start of an adventure (albeit one delivered in twenty minute instalments designed to teach you about literacy, apostrophe usage and the joys of magic, magic E).
The first Look And Read television programme, Bob And Carol Look For Treasure was broadcast in 1967, a ten-part story about two children’s clue-filled search for swag and eventual capture of a thief. Each episode was divided in two by an educational section, the material for which - puzzles, songs and reading challenges, »
Classic British cartoons of the 1980s are making a big comeback. Following news of a "Bananaman" movie and a new "Danger Mouse" TV series, word comes today that "SuperTed" his being dusted off for a TV series reboot.
Creator Mike Young is developing 26 new half-hour episodes which he expects to shop around to broadcasters later this year ahead of a potential 2016 launch.
First created as a series of books in 1978, the tale follows a defective and discarded teddy bear who is brought to life by an alien named Spotty and given super powers by Mother Nature which allow him to fight evil.
Three seasons of the original show were produced between 1983 and 1985 with Derek Griffiths and Jon Pertwee voicing Ted and Spotty. Hanna Barbera rbiefly revived the property in the United States in 1989.
Young tells The Radio Times that certain things about the modern version will change, namely the politically incorrect villains: "In SuperTed, »
- Garth Franklin
SuperTed flies back to the BBC in 2016 - but with the less politically correct elements curtailed...
Remember SuperTed? Accompanied by his faithful sidekick Spotty, he did battle against Texas Pete with the help of a 'flamboyant' skeleton, accompanied by a theme tune that scores 6/10 on our vintage children's TV theme tune rating system of doom.
It also featured a character who carried a bit of extra timber, helpfully entitled Bulk. And one of the girls was called Blotch. These edges of the show that you wouldn't describe as 'politically correct' are unlikely to make it to the new version.
Bananaman is coming back, as is Danger Mouse. And now we can add another beloved 80s cartoon to that list, with the BBC set to revive SuperTed. Original creator Mike Young is behind the new run of 26 episodes, while it is hoped that original voice actors Derek Griffiths (SuperTed) and Melvyn Hayes (Skeleton) will be lured back for the new incarnation. However, as Young states, fans should expect to see a revamp of sorts in order to make the show more politically correct for today’s audience:
“In SuperTed, we had a gun-slinging cowboy, a flamboyantly gay skeleton and a fat guy who had jokes made about his weight and all these things you just wouldn’t do today,” Young tells the Radio Times. “But you can still write the show in a funny, entertaining way. We have got to be careful. So often things they re-make come out very slick. »
- Gary Collinson
He is developing 26 half-hour episodes which he will present to broadcasters at TV trade fairs later this year.
If the project is commissioned then it is expected that SuperTed will return to screens in 2016.
Young told Radio Times: "In SuperTed, we had a gun-slinging cowboy, a flamboyantly gay skeleton and a fat guy who had jokes made about his weight. And all these things you just wouldn't do today. But you can still write the show in a funny, entertaining way."
The show was briefly revived in America by Hanna Barbera in 1989.
Young added: "We have got to be careful. So often things they re-make come out very slick. I won't mention any names but many of the »
Children's TV icon Derek Griffiths has joined the voice cast of CBeebies show Sarah & Duck.
Griffiths will voice new character the Cloud Captain in the show, which returns in August.
Five new episodes will see Sarah & Duck embarking on more adventures, including visiting the Cloud Tower.
The episode 'Cloud Tower' will be screened at the BFI, celebrating 60 years of BBC children's characters, on Sunday, July 13, with Griffiths attending.
Producer Jamie Badminton said: "We are thrilled to welcome Derek Griffiths to the cast of Sarah & Duck. He brings incredible character and warmth to the show and complements our existing cast beautifully."
Griffiths added: "I'm delighted to be on board Sarah & Duck, it's an exciting project and a great team."
Roger Allan provides the narration for the 2D animated series, »
Get ready to play the BBC's much-loved series Play School is having a 50th anniversary reunion. Monkey hears 60 out of the 104 Play School presenters (yes, there really were that many) are due to attend the event on 3 May, including Brian Cant, Derek Griffiths, Johnny Ball and, hopefully Emma Thompson's mother Phyllida Law. But no Floella Benjamin, alas, as she is on holiday. The reunion at Riverside Studios, which was home to early episodes of the show, will feature a 45-minute compilation of all the best bits of Play School, presented by current CBeebies host Chris Jarvis. Monkey wonders if the potted history will feature the footage of Rick Jones and Lionel Morton filming a nativity scene during the 1970s in which Ball said they were "stoned on the biggest joint you've ever seen." Also paying tribute to the influence Play School has had on children's television will be Cbeebies »
Iconic children's programme Play School celebrates its 50th anniversary today (April 21).
The show launched on April 21, 1964 and is noted for being the first programme to air on BBC Two.
The programme celebrated landmarks such as becoming the first children's programme broadcast in colour on BBC Two in 1968, and became the first children's show in the UK to feature a black host when Paul Danquah joined the team in 1965.
To mark half a century since the show's launch, Play School will be part of a special exhibition commemorating Children's BBC called 'Here's One We Made Earlier', which is due to open in July at The Lowry in Manchester.
The Children's Media Foundation are also supporting a special reunion of people who worked on the show.
Former head of »
9 items from 2014
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