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The Boy From Space (1980)(from Look and Read)
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BBC Schools TV
First run:
15th January

- 25th March 1980

Repeated until
12th January

(28 school years)
Episodes:10 episodes
Duration:20 minutes
Subject:English: Language, Reading
Audience:Age 7-9
Language:In English
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This page about the Look and Read story The Boy From Space (1980) is not yet finished.
But you can still read my old web pages about the story at the Internet Archive Wayback Machine on this link:
Look and Read.myby.co.uk - The Boy From Space (1980)

The Boy From Space was first shown in 1971, when schools TV was still black and white, but it had been filmed in colour anyway. So when the BBC were on the look out for a new Look and Read to be made on the cheap at the end of the 70s, it seemed like a good idea to reuse the old story material, and just make new teaching segments. In the end though, this 'remake' ended up actually costing more to make than a completely new story would have! A short introduction set in 1980 was added to the beginning, with Helen and Dan driving back to the observatory and reliving the story in flashback. Helen then narrates the whole story, but there's no contemporary coda or other later references to the reunion.

The in-between bits featured a life-size Wordy in his orbiting spacestation, Wordlab 1, with a human assistant called Cosmo, and many of the educational songs were sung by two stars and other space creatures.


# Title Broadcast
1. The Meteorite 15 Jan 1980
2. The Spinning Compass 22 Jan 1980
3. The Man in the Sand-pit 29 Jan 1980
4. In danger! 5 Feb 1980
5. The Hold-up 12 Feb 1980
6. Where is Tom? 26 Feb 1980
7. The Hunt for the Car 4 Mar 1980
8. The Lake 11 Mar 1980
9. Captured! 18 Mar 1980
10. In the Spaceship 25 Mar 1980


Presented by Phil Cheney as Cosmo
Charles Collingwood as Wordy
Katie Hebb as Wordy puppeteer
Starring Sylvestra Le Touzel as Helen

Loftus Burton as Tom
Stephen Garlick as Dan
Colin Mayes as Peep-peep
John Woodnutt as the thin space-man
Anthony Woodruff as Mr Bunting
Gabriel Woolf as Peep-peep's father

Singers Derek Griffiths
Neil Fitzwilliam
Sheila Steafel
Gwen Watford
Jeffrey Shankley
Written by Richard Carpenter
Music by Paddy Kingsland
Lyrics by Gordon Snell
Designer Oamela Lambooy
Film director Maddalena Fagandini
Directors Pat Farrington
Jill Glindon Reed
Executive producer Claire Chovil


Here is a list of all of the broadcasts of this story on the BBC. Unless your teachers managed to get the video recorder to work, this is when you would have seen it in school. See the Schedules section for precise dates and times.

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