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18th May 2022: I'm updating various different programmes without a common theme, just selected for fun or using the site's random programme chooser. Details in the list of updates down below.

Some highlights include the BBC radio series of English for immigrant children in the early 70s, Hello! Hello!, the miscellany series of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, Springboard, and Granada TV's 1970s geography series The Land.

Where have I been for the last few months? I've been writing a big and detailed guide to the Look and Read story The Boy from Space. Both the 1980s version (which is available on DVD!) and the original 1970s version (which isn't!).

There's some really interesting production details - but I need the BBC to approve it before it appears here, and that is going to take a few more weeks. Watch this space!

26th October 2021: A guide to the terrifically fun BBC school radio series Music Makers which ran from 1975 to 1990, including an overview of every one of the 23 comic, musical plays produced (one of which got performed by Prince William!) with storylines, credits, song lists, and lots of pics of the publications including every pamphlet cover.

Remember the kazoo-playing pop star Kornkrake Katastroffy, the sneaky tricks involved in Pedro's Revenge against the gangster Rocadura, or the tribulations of put-upon Herbert Pringle, The Park Keeper?

Music Makers cover autumn 1975.jpg Music Makers cover autumn 1983.jpg Music Makers cover summer 1987.jpg Music Makers cover summer 1985.jpg Music Makers cover autumn 1988 1.jpg Music Makers cover spring 1979.jpg Music Makers teachers cover spring 1984 Crossed Circuits.jpg Music Makers melodic instruments cover autumn 1989 Rumplestiltskin.jpg Music Makers acting script cover autumn 1983 Swashbuckling for Beginners.jpg Music Makers teachers cover autumn 1984 Gone with the Wiz.jpg

Music Workshop cover spring 1988.jpg

Also recently added was a comprehensive guide to the 1988 Music Workshop comic production, Bowater Merryweather and the Chemifizz Catastrophe, about a mild-mannered bottle-corker who gets involved in corporate espionage shenanigans in the fizzy drinks business.

One day I'm hoping to cover all of the school radio music productions in that much depth. One day!

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Latest updates

Mathematics and Life TV
22 May 2022 An early, experimental TV maths series from 1961
Air Cùrsa Radio
19 May 2022 Using the random programme chooser to select one to update today, here is a guide to a Gaelic-language radio series for secondary schools from 1992!
The Land TV
18 May 2022 A 1970s ITV geography series, initially scuppered by helicopter problems!
1798 and After TV
15 May 2022 General update with pic, episode list, credits & resources
Hello! Hello! Radio
15 May 2022 An overview of the series with details of the characters, episodes and publications
Springboard Radio
14 May 2022 A full overview of the long-running miscellany series, whose highlights included Christmas pantomimes, some nonsense from Tim Brooke-Taylor, and Tom Baker telling the story of the solar system
Music Workshop Radio
18 Apr 2022 More pamphlet covers from the 1960s & 70s! Paris Under Gaslight, Hagoromo and The Horse Trough added for the first time with thanks to Nigel Parsons, plus much better scans of The Truthful Transistor, December Fair and Another Shore!
Time and Tune Radio
12 Mar 2022 13 better quality or variant covers added (aut 51, aut 52, spr 53, spr 65, spr 72, aut 72, spr 73, spr 74, sum 78, aut 89, aut 94, aut 97 teachers & spr 05)
The Song Tree Radio
12 Mar 2022 New pamphlet covers added, from Krazy Kitchen, Around and About, Remember This, The Vanishing Hole and Melody Muddle's Music Machine, plus Beside the Sea improved.
Appuntamento in Italia TV
23 Feb 2022 Title screen added
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