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I do not believe that nobody can remember this excellent See-saw programme
of the early '80s! It was so colourful and trippy, and I looked forward to
seeing it every Wednesday (although it was so long ago, I can remember even
what day it was on). I was born in 1980, so I must've watched the
From the suspiciously Paul Macartney soundalike singing the theme tune, which was sung jazzily and monotone at the same time, and from excellent characters, like long distance Clara (a very pretty long distance driver, like Denzil from Fools and Horses, yet possibly the first female to EVER take up a job like this) to the Jamaican style window cleaner (Forgot his name though I loved his stripey hat, I could almost eat the candy colours off it)! The pet shop owner with the parrot (it might've been a budgie though)and a moustache was one of my favourites.
The guy who held it together was the narrator, George Layton. His voice is instantly recognisable, distinguised yet comforting. I can only remember his voice in it, even playing the girl characters.
Forget inane jumbled up childrens silliness such as the Teletubbies and their rip-offs, the Tweenies. This MUST be re-shown. I have a feeling if it does it could be remade and turned into a cult classic
With so many other children's programmes being released on DVD -
Bagpuss, The Clangers, etc. I can't understand why this wonderful
animation has been overlooked. I watched this when was in my late
teens, venturing out into the big world but still clinging to the
comforts of home and George Layton's voice was the perfect antidote to
the stresses of growing up! I can't remember any of the story-lines but
I loved its collection of eccentric characters, particularly the
astronomer who must surely have been inspired by Patrick Moore. It all
seemed fresh, liberated, even intelligent, just the sort of programme I
hoped, one day, my own children would watch.
I can still remember the funky little theme tune which has recently cropped up at least twice on Eastenders - when Rebecca and the other children have been watching TV - and once I even caught sight of one of the animated pigeons! I live in hope that one day someone will release it on DVD so my children can enjoy it - well they are in their teens now!
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