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The Best Children's TV Of The Decade

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PHILIP SCHOFIELD TAKES US BACK TO THE COLOURFUL 70'S and 80's, WHEN MANY OLD FAVOURITES LIKE PLAY SCHOOL, The Magic Roundabout, Hanna-Barbera Productions, Dangermouse, BLUE PETER AND CRACKERJACK WERE AS POPULAR AS EVER, WHILST ITV CREATED A HOST OF NEW AND REFRESHING PROGRAMMES LIK MAGPIE, HOW? RAINBOW, THE TOMORROW PEOPLE AND WORZEL GUMMIDGE. THE ANDERSONS, OF COURSE, CONTINUED TO DEVELOP THE NEW PUPPET SERIES, THRILLING THE NATION WITHIN THE INDESTRUCTABLE CAPTAIN SCARLET. IT WAS IN THIS DECADE THAT CHILDREN'S TELEVISION REALLY BEGAN TO TAKE OFF WITH A HOST OF NEW FACES AND AN INCREASE IN PROGRAMME SLOTS. MICK ROBERTSON, JENNY HANLEY, NOEL EDMONDS, ION PERTWEE, CHRIS TARRANT, ZIPPY, GEORGE AND BUNGI ALL BECAME HOUSEHOLD NAMES WHILE HUGE AUDIENCES TUNED IN TO THE NEW SATURDAY MORNING PROGRAMMES TISWAS AND MULTI-COLOURED SWAP SHOP.

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