Alive and Kicking: Series 3 (1983)

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started18th Jan 1983
ended21st Jun 1983
last rpt20th Jun 1985
3 school years
duration15 mins
subject ⚖️CitizenshipPSHE
age rangeAge 6-7Age 5-7
languageenIn English

Alive and KickingHierarchyPrevious.gifPrevious unit: Series 2 (1980)

Series 3 (1983) of the ITV Schools series Alive and Kicking was broadcast in the 1980s, covering PSHE for primary school pupils.

The third and final series of Alive and Kicking provides stories, drama, animation and activities to supplement the topics introduced in the second series from 1980, which continued to be repeated alongside it.

Transmission schedule showing the 1980 and 1983 episodes interleaved

These new episodes were interleaved with the existing episodes from 1980, so that the original episode on Moving was shown in the first week, followed by the new complementary episode on Moving Again in the following week, and so on. This third series includes one new episode of the "original" type, showing children's experiences of Caring and Sharing, a topic revisited from many other episodes. With this addition the Alive and Kicking series offered 18 episodes per year across the spring and summer terms, covering 9 broad topics.

The presenter Rachel James appears in a colourful studio, or out on location, talking about the topic and taking part in little drama scenes with children and other adults. Sometimes she reads a relevant story.

Rachel James presenting

Throughout each episode an animated, blob-like character appears in short, silent cartoon sequences demonstrating the topic of the episode, for example in the episode about Caring and Sharing they have donuts which they share with their friends. The character was not named on-screen, but was named Aak by the production team, based on the initials of the series Alive and Kicking, and this description appeared in the teacher's notes.

Aak and friends

Titles & Theme Music

The same title sequence used for the 1980 episodes is shown, with children playing in the playground and sound of them singing "Hokey Cokey". The titles cut to an animation of Aak and friends illustrating the theme of the week, before the episode title is shown.

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. Moving Again #1983-01-18-00-00-0018 Jan 1983
2. Growing Again #1983-02-01-00-00-001 Feb 1983
3. Looking After Young Again #1983-02-15-00-00-0015 Feb 1983
4. More Feelings #1983-03-08-00-00-008 Mar 1983
5. Keeping Safe Again #1983-03-22-00-00-0022 Mar 1983
6. More Homes and Families #1983-05-03-00-00-003 May 1983
7. His and Hers Again #1983-05-17-00-00-0017 May 1983
8. More Waste? #1983-06-07-00-00-007 Jun 1983
9. Caring and Sharing #1983-06-14-00-00-0014 Jun 1983
10. More Caring and Sharing #1983-06-21-00-00-0021 Jun 1983


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
1982-83 Spring & Summer 1983 Tuesday, 10:04am Friday, 10:15am ITV
1983-84 Spring & Summer 1984 Wednesday, 9:47am Thursday, 10:11am ITV
1984-85 Spring & Summer 1985 Tuesday, 9:59am Thursday, 11:14am ITV

In all cases the series 2 and series 3 episodes are shown in pairs, series 2 the first week then series 3 the next.



Teacher's Notes

As usual there were teacher's notes available each year.

The animated character Aak appears on the front of each set of notes.


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