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In 1976, I.T.V. celebrated its twenty-first birthday, and 'Those Wonderful T.V. Times' was one of several retrospective programmes. It was a daytime game show ( hosted originally by Barry Cryer and Madeline Smith, then Norman Vaughan ) in which two teams of celebrities ( including Mike Reid, Jimmy Logan, Fenella Fielding, Yootha Joyce and Nicholas Parsons ) viewed clips from old shows, and had to answer questions about them, as well as identify programmes by their theme tunes.
I used to bunk off school on Fridays so as to catch this ( no V.C.R.'s then ). It afforded me an opportunity to see clips from programmes I had not watched in years, such as 'The Prisoner' ( represented by the chess scene from 'Checkmate' ), and the title sequence of 'The Invaders'. Then there were shows I had only heard about but never seen, such as 'At Last The 1948 Show' or the Honor Blackman episodes of 'The Avengers'.
This series had a nice, friendly atmosphere, and did not hold the archive programmes up to ridicule, as 'Telly Addicts' would later do. It really should have been promoted to peak-time. And should have lasted longer than two seasons.
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