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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

The Boy from Space (1971) - Episode 1: The Meteorite (from Look and Read)
11 Jun 2022 A detailed episode guide to part 1 of the 1971 version of The Boy from Space, including quotes from the lost teaching sections and differences from the 1980 version
The Boy from Space (1980) - Episode 1: The Meteorite (from Look and Read)
11 Jun 2022 Detailed episode guide to part 1 of the 1980 version with production notes
The Boy from Space (1980) - Episode Guide (from Look and Read)
6 Jun 2022 An introduction the episode guide to the well-known 1980 version of The Boy from Space, in progress over the next few weeks! Including studio recording details, and how I have attempted to translate all of the space-speech.
The Boy from Space (1971) - Episode Guide (from Look and Read)
6 Jun 2022 Introduction to the episode guide to the original black-and-white version of The Boy from Space which is coming up over the next few weeks! Including recording details of all the studio material and background to what I do and don't know.
The Boy from Space (1971) Includes video (from Look and Read) TV
3 Jun 2022 Huge update with much more detail of the teaching content, the drama, more credits, and differences between this 1970s production and the later 1980 version available on DVD!
The Boy from Space (1980) Includes video (from Look and Read) TV
3 Jun 2022 Massive update (with more to come!) with behind-the-scenes details of the theme song, more credits including people who worked on both versions of the story, and more on the teaching sections
Ghostwriter (radio) Radio
30 May 2022 Radio mystery serials with clues to write down, inspired by the 1990s Ghostwriter TV show.
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!
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