TV and Film

Dangermouse - He's the Greatest!

The world's greatest Mouse detective and secret agent Dangermouse with his trusty sidekick Penfold achieved cult status and in 1983 viewing figures topped 21 million and the show came third in the Channel 4 poll-slash-TV show "100 Greatest Kids' TV Shows", beaten only by The Muppet Show and The Simpsons.

This very British animated television series which was produced by Cosgrove Hall and generally parodies British spy fiction, particularly James Bond and the Danger Man as well as entertaining kids of all ages with quick fire and sarcastic humour.

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100 Greatest Kids' TV Shows

100 Greatest Kids' TV Shows was broadcast on Channel 4 on 27 August 2001 and hosted by Jamie Theakston.
The original Channel 4 minisite is nolonger available but you can view it archived @ The Wayback Machine

This is my top 15 (including the position they appeared in the original list.

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I Remember: 1981

Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had been in office for two years in 1981; policies to push privatisation of state-owned industries and utilities and the reform of the trade unions, combined with mass closure of heavy industry and factories contribute to the highest postwar levels of unemployment and a year remembered for a summer of civil unrest as the spending cuts and monetary policy bite deep.  100,000 people from across Britain march to Trafalgar Square in London for the TUC's March For Jobs.
After racial tension builds up, riots break out in Brixton, Peckham, Toxteth and Handsworth and by the end of summer riots against police occur in many towns and cities.

"Ghost Town" by The Specials hits number one in the UK charts, capturing the political mood of the summer.
John Lennon spends 6 consecutive weeks at number one with "Imagine" spending 4 weeks at the top, to be replaced by "Woman"; Adam and the Ants also have two number ones with "Stand and Deliver" and "Prince Charming".
Bucks Fizz win the Eurovision Song Contest for the UK with the song "Making Your Mind Up".
MTV hits the airwaves for the first time, Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" is the first song to be played.

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Jamie and the Magic Torch

Created by the same animation team of Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall that brought the world 'Chorlton and the Wheelies', 'Dangermouse' and 'Count Duckula', 'Jamie and the Magic Torch' is a childrens cartoon based around a young boy, Jamie, his English sheepdog Wordsworth and his magic torch (funny that).

It debuted on ITV from 1976 to 1979, although I remember watching it in the 1980s, so it must have been rerun. The series was written and narrated by Brian Trueman, who later wrote 'Dangermouse' and 'Count Duckula'.

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I Remember: 1980

1980, unemployment is on the rise, reaching a postwar high of over 2,000,000 and the country slides into recession.
26 people are taken hostage after a group of six armed men stormed the Iranian embassy in South Kensington.  After six days and the death of a hostage the SAS end the siege by storming the building, killing another hostage and all but one of the gunmen.
Philips and Sony launch the Compact Disc, although it is several years later before Audio CDs hit the stores and several years after that before the phrase "B side" is confined to history.

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Lego Star Wars Table Football

This is another good example of somebody with too much time on their hands, but that's not a bad thing. Hats off for combining some of our favourite things, namely Lego, Football and Star Wars.

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Morph - Poseable Vinyl Figure

Morph is a classic TV character, created by Aardman Animations in the 1970s. Today, he remains as mischievous and loveable as ever and now you can have your very own version! Morph made a habit of sneaking out of his art box and getting up to all sorts of mischief, and now Morph can be immortalised with your very own vinyl Morph figure.

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Wacky Races: Crash & Dash

Join Dick Dastardly and the gang in all the racing fun and madness, Wacky Races style!  Wacky Races: Crash & Dash is an action racing game like no other with fun-filled environments crazy cars and all your favorite, hilarious characters from the original TV series.

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Automan - Novel

Based on Glen A. Larson screenplay for the pilot episode of the '80s TV series Automan, the book is an entertaining look into the world of computer programmer Walter Nebicher who has created a game called Automan to help with his police work. However it ends up becoming much more real than he planned on, as Walter and Automan are drawn into the intrigue and danger of an international kidnapping scheme.

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Roy Skelton, the voice of your childhood

Actor and singer Roy Skelton, best known for voicing puppets George and Zippy in the popular children's television programme Rainbow, has died aged 79.

He was probably unique in the world of childrens entertainment as he both entertained and terrified millions of British kids, as he was also the original voice of Doctor Who's nemesis the Daleks and the Cybermen.

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Lego Star Wars Alarm Clocks

The Lego Star Wars universe continues to expand (from a marketing point of view at least) with these awesome Lego Star Wars alarm clocks.  It's time to unleash the power of the Force on your bedside table!

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Alan Partridge Quotes: I'm Alan Partridge

Some classic Partidge quotes...

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"Wacky Races": The Official Guide

Now here is a book that a hardened Wacky Racer has been waiting for....

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Google doodle celebrates Roger Hargreaves and the Mr Men

Google logo on the search engine's home page today shows a number of Mr Men scenes (you can refresh to see more) to celbrate Roger Hargreaves and the Mr Men.  including Little Miss Sunshine tripping gaily along, Mr Messy repainting the logo, Mr Tickle playing a prank on the postman and Mr Bump coming a cropper.

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Morph And Chas Book Ends

It's over 30 years since Tony Hart's "claymotion" friend Morph first appeared on the small screen and to celebrate we're bringing him back to life with the Morph & Chas Book Ends!

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