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Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Drugs Definitely Worked

At the time I just thought that kids tv was amazing, but as I've got older I've come to realise that there must have been a shitload of drugs being done by childrens tv executives here in the UK in the late 70's and early 80's.

How else do you explain shows like Chorlton And The Wheelies, the story of a Yorkshire dragon who lives in a world populated by heads on wheels and a witch who lives in a giant tea pot.

Willo The Wisp, where a camp spirit informs us of the daily goings on in Doily Wood of Arthur the catterpillar, Carwash the cat, a fat fairy called Mavis, an evil television set and a creature called 'The Moog', which I never quite understood.

Who can forget Jaime And The Magic Torch, wherein a young boy called Jaime seemed able to live without any sleep whatsoever, given that every night he and his faithfull dog Wordsworth would slide down the helterskelter to cuckoo land.

And lets not even mention Bod, I was a kid and I still thought "WTF?" whenever he appeared on our screens, lackadasically strolling towards me out of the screen, whistling as he went.

Chocadoobie indeed!

1 comment:

Steve said...

I must confess to owning DVD collections of both Willo The Whisp and Chorlton. I guess it explains why I didn't ever do drugs. I had no need to. My mind was weirded out enough when I was straight.

I had a soft spot for the Mr Men as a kid and Mr Benn too. The story with the dinosaurs / rush hour traffic always sticks in my mind for some reason.

And as for Rentaghost... I used to think it was hilarious. Now sadly I resemble Mr Claypole. It's frightening.