Hop, Skip and Jump (TV)

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started9th Jan 1978
ended26th Mar 1979
last rpt29th Mar 1984
7 school years
episodes20 (approx.)
duration15 mins
subject 🏫Miscellany
age rangeAge 6-7Age 5-7
languageenIn English
Hop Skip and Jump presenters 1978.jpg

Hop, Skip and Jump (TV) is an ITV schools TV series from the 1970s and 1980s, covering various topics for primary school pupils.

A specialist, local series for early primary school age viewers, made by the regional ITV company Ulster Television in consultation with local teachers in Northern Ireland, and broadcast only in Northern Ireland. The series is arranged around short units of programmes on topics familiar to most children from their local environment, to stimulate classroom activity.

The programmes include songs and stories, drama and crafts, including a Hop, Skip and Jump theme song to enrouage audience participation. A Hop, Skip and Jump Club for local children was organised, providing t-shirts and stickers, to which 4,000 children were joined up in the first two weeks of broadcasts.


Children were encouraged to share their work in response to the programmes with the presenters. This work was shown on screen in the final programme of the term. Some of the pictures were also shown in Ulster Television's late night series Bedtime for parents and teachers, and a display of the work was held at Queens' University Belfast in 1978.


The first series of 10 programmes was screened in Spring 1978 with presenters Rose Neill and John O'Hara.

This was considered successful and Ulster Television at first planned to repeat it in Spring 1979[2]. However their plans changed based on feedback from viewing teachers and pupils, and instead they decided to make an entirely new series following the same topics, ideas and even programme titles as the first. This new, second series was presented by teacher Ann Osborough alongside a kangaroo mascot called Hoppity[3].

The series continued to be broadcast by Ulster Television in the spring term for the following five years, and as far as I can tell all subsequent broadcasts were repeats. However if you have any further information about the series to confirm or refute this, please do get in touch by email.

Episode List

I have only been able to confirm the titles and units for the first series.

# # Title Broadcast
Series 1
1. (1) An Irish Story and Song 1 #1978-01-09-00-00-009 Jan 1978
A Place of Interest
2. (2) Jordan's Castle #1978-01-16-00-00-0016 Jan 1978
3. (3) The Ulster Transport Museum #1978-01-23-00-00-0023 Jan 1978
Further series 1 episodes
4. (4) An Irish Story and Song 2 #1978-01-30-00-00-0030 Jan 1978
5. (5) Our Street #1978-02-06-00-00-006 Feb 1978
6. (6) Our Market #1978-02-13-00-00-0013 Feb 1978
Spring in Ulster
7. (7) Wildlife #1978-02-20-00-00-0020 Feb 1978
8. (8) Birds #1978-02-27-00-00-0027 Feb 1978
9. (9) Plants #1978-03-06-00-00-006 Mar 1978
Children's Work
10. (10) Children's Work (1978) #1978-03-13-00-00-0013 Mar 1978
Series 2
11. (1) Series 2, Episode 1 #1979-01-15-00-00-0015 Jan 1979
12. (2) Series 2, Episode 2 #1979-01-22-00-00-0022 Jan 1979
13. (3) Series 2, Episode 3 #1979-01-29-00-00-0029 Jan 1979
14. (4) Series 2, Episode 4 #1979-02-05-00-00-005 Feb 1979
15. (5) Series 2, Episode 5 #1979-02-12-00-00-0012 Feb 1979
16. (6) Series 2, Episode 6 #1979-02-26-00-00-0026 Feb 1979
17. (7) Series 2, Episode 7 #1979-03-05-00-00-005 Mar 1979
18. (8) Series 2, Episode 8 #1979-03-12-00-00-0012 Mar 1979
19. (9) Series 2, Episode 9 #1979-03-19-00-00-0019 Mar 1979
20. (10) Children's Work (1979) #1979-03-26-00-00-0026 Mar 1979

An episode from the first series was previewed as part of an Out of School broadcast on Monday 19th December 1977 at 10:30am on Ulster Television.


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
1977-78 Spring 1978 Monday, 10:10am Wednesday, 11:20am Ulster TV
1978-79 Spring 1979 Monday, 10:10am Wednesday, 11:20am Ulster TV
1979-80 Spring 1980 Tuesday, 10:15am Thursday, 11:52am Ulster TV
1980-81 Spring 1981 Tuesday, 10:48am Friday, 9:58am Ulster TV
1981-82 Spring 1982 Wednesday, 10:16am Friday, 10:43am Ulster TV
1982-83 Spring 1983 Tuesday, 10:45am Friday, 10:35am Ulster TV
1983-84 Spring 1984 Thursday, 10:50am Ulster TV


Presenters John O'Hara & Rose Neill (1978)

Ann Osborough (1979)


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Sources & References

  • Independent Broadcasting Authority Annual Reports and Accounts, 1979-1985
  • ITV Schools Annual Programme Guide 1978-79, Ulster edition. p.7
  • Newspaper listings from the 'Belfast News-letter', 'Derry Journal', 'The Scotsman' and the 'Ulster Star' via the British Newspaper Archive.
  • Ulster Television (1978) Educational Television in Ulster.
  1. Educational Television in Ulster (1978) p.8 says "Audience participation was encouraged with the Hop, Skip and Jump song, T-shirts and club membership stickers. There was an immediate response and in the first two weeks, 4,000 children joined the Hop, Skip and Jump Club."
  2. The ITV Schools Annual Programme 1978-79 Ulster edition p.7 previewed "a repeat of the series produced by Ulster Television for the early primary age group." The IBA Annual Report 1978-79 p.95 identified the spring term 1979 broadcasts of Hop, Skip and Jump as a "Repeat Series."
  3. An article Hop, Skip and Jump Returns in the Ulster Star of 12th January 1979 p.13 said "The programmes have taken into account the suggestions of teachers and pupils who have used the series and reflecting the experience gained last year from making programmes for this specialised age group in the primary school. The presenter is primary schoolteacher Ann Osborough from Coleraine, and another newcomer and surprise package on the programme is kangaroo Hoppity."


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