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Started by Fezziwig on Mar 26, 2014 3:30:39 PM
Early TV memories.

Just about remember Andy Pandy and ITV starting up in 1956.

Fezziwig - 26 Mar 2014 15:33:18 (#1 of 304)

Yogi Bear was a big talking point at school. We lived on the wrong side of a hill and couldn't get a signal from the North. ITV Midlands didn't show it at first.

flowbagging - 26 Mar 2014 15:37:53 (#2 of 304)

Twizzle, late 50s, managed to twizzle up a chimney from a cellar but couldn't reach the ground from the roof. It has tainted my view of television ever since.

RosyLovelady - 26 Mar 2014 15:37:59 (#3 of 304)

We eventually got a telly when I was in the 6th form. A great aunt died, and we got her old telly or it wouldn't have happened, I feel sure.

I lived in Granadaland, and for whatever reason we didn't get Route 66 or Ben Casey which the other regions all had. All I knew of them were the theme tunes which were released as singles and could be heard on Radio Luxemburg. I felt I was missing out badly.

The cartoons were great in them days: Yogi Bear etc of course, and Foo Foo who isn't much remembered now, and the Bullwinkle lot.

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Fezziwig - 26 Mar 2014 15:41:26 (#5 of 304)

Ex-wife's family had a telly for the Coronation in 53. It was a telly which couldn't get ITV even with an add unit which you could buy. They were deprived of ITV for years. A TV in 53 would have cost something like £3000 in today's money.

Twizzle was quite scary.

staticgirl - 26 Mar 2014 15:43:06 (#6 of 304)

Banana Splits is one of my earliest TV memories too. I recently watched a bit on You Tube and I giggled like a loon so modern kids would probably love it.

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FGBFGB - 26 Mar 2014 15:52:58 (#9 of 304)

Twizzle, Pogle's Wood

Fezziwig - 26 Mar 2014 15:54:55 (#10 of 304)

Highway Patrol with Broderick Crawford. ITV shows including more US shows got massive audiences. BBC viewing figures plummeted.

ArchieSwert - 26 Mar 2014 15:55:45 (#11 of 304)

The Avengers

Fezziwig - 26 Mar 2014 15:57:51 (#12 of 304)

77 Sunset Strip with Efrem Zimbalist, Jr

Can't remember too much about it but may have been a sort of American Avengers.

frantastic - 26 Mar 2014 15:58:05 (#13 of 304)

Earliest memories were of Muffin the Mule (fnar!), Andy Pandy (I thought he was a she!) and the marimba music that played while waiting for these.

harryhaller - 26 Mar 2014 15:58:35 (#14 of 304)

Wooden Tops - couldn't understand why the men didn't wear shirts.

SlasherBindman - 26 Mar 2014 16:00:21 (#15 of 304)

The Singing Ringing Tree

Banana Splits

The Double Deckers


Pogles' Wood

The Herbs

Crystal Tips and Alastair

Fezziwig - 26 Mar 2014 16:01:22 (#16 of 304)

Pinnacle of 60s TV was of course Crossroads.

crackfox - 26 Mar 2014 16:01:40 (#17 of 304)

Tony Orlando and Dawn singing "Tie A Yellow Ribbon" on Top of the Pops. I was watching it on a neighbour's new colour TV.

Fezziwig - 26 Mar 2014 16:05:31 (#18 of 304)

When I were a lad we had a school trip to a cop shop. The Coppers were quite vocal in their hatred for Z Cars which was gritty real compared to Dixon of Dock Green.

frantastic - 26 Mar 2014 16:10:33 (#19 of 304)

I may be giving away too much but I loved good old Stookie Bill.

harryhaller - 26 Mar 2014 16:10:46 (#20 of 304)

Bill and Ben The Flower Pot Men - the inspiration for the Goons and hence Monty Python

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