Children anthology series that mixed stories of adventure, sci-fi and even horror with educational segments aimed at improving children's literacy skills.




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Series cast summary:
Charles Collingwood Charles Collingwood ...  Wordy 12 episodes, 1978-1992
Struan Rodger ...  Joe Norland 10 episodes, 1973
Stephen Leigh Stephen Leigh ...  Bob 10 episodes, 1967
Veronica Purcell Veronica Purcell ...  Carol 10 episodes, 1967
Harvey Hall Harvey Hall ...  Narrator 10 episodes, 1968
George Layton ...  Len Tanner / ... 10 episodes, 1968
Stephen Garlick ...  Dan 10 episodes, 1971
Sylvestra Le Touzel ...  Helen 10 episodes, 1971
Leon Armstrong Leon Armstrong ...  Spuggy Hilton 10 episodes, 1988
Bungo Bungo ...  Plod 10 episodes, 1988
Lesley Casey Lesley Casey ...  Cath Hilton 10 episodes, 1988
Michael Heath ...  Narrator 10 episodes, 1988
Brian Hogg Brian Hogg ...  Vicar 10 episodes, 1988
Lien Lu Lien Lu ...  Janie Chung 10 episodes, 1988
Madelaine Newton Madelaine Newton ...  Bev Hilton 10 episodes, 1988
Fred Pearson ...  Baz Bailey 10 episodes, 1988
Peter Rowell Peter Rowell ...  Mickey Stone 10 episodes, 1988
Kevin Whately ...  Ray Hilton 10 episodes, 1988
Keith Barron ...  Starkey 10 episodes, 1996
Norman Bird ...  Mr. Jenkins 10 episodes, 1996
Josie D'Arby ...  Lee 10 episodes, 1996
Janie Dee Janie Dee ...  Singer 10 episodes, 1996
Guy Henry ...  Phillip Grainger 10 episodes, 1996
Lesley Joseph Lesley Joseph ...  Miss Millington 10 episodes, 1996
Roger Kitter Roger Kitter ...  CD Rom 10 episodes, 1996
Rosemary Leach ...  Aunty Amy 10 episodes, 1996
Josie McCabe Josie McCabe ...  Mary Parker 10 episodes, 1996
Raymond Pickard Raymond Pickard ...  Norman Starkey 10 episodes, 1996
Tony Timberlake Tony Timberlake ...  Singer 10 episodes, 1996
Russell Tovey ...  Dennis Sealey 10 episodes, 1996
Sophie Ward Sophie Ward ...  Polly Hobbs 10 episodes, 1996
Philip Brack Philip Brack ...  Bill 8 episodes, 1968
Christopher Chittell ...  Micky 8 episodes, 1968
Kenneth Colley ...  Mr. Moon 8 episodes, 1968
Colin Mayes Colin Mayes ...  Peep-Peep 8 episodes, 1971
Anthony Woodruff Anthony Woodruff ...  Mr. Bunting 8 episodes, 1971
Denise Powell Denise Powell ...  Pat 7 episodes, 1968
John Woodnutt ...  Thin Space-Man 7 episodes, 1971
David Collings ...  Lord Dark and the Friendly Ghost 7 episodes, 1981
Gary Russell Gary Russell ...  Lord Edward Dark 7 episodes, 1981
Juliet Waley Juliet Waley ...  Tracy Brown 7 episodes, 1981
Jean Anderson ...  Miss Brown 6 episodes, 1967
Kenneth Gardnier Kenneth Gardnier ...  Roy 5 episodes, 1968
Paul Sarony Paul Sarony ...  Dave 5 episodes, 1968


Children anthology series that mixed stories of adventure, sci-fi and even horror with educational segments aimed at improving children's literacy skills.

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9 January 1967 (UK) See more »

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In the "Geordie Racer" series, real-life husband and wife Kevin Whately and Madelaine Newton play a married couple, namely Spuggy's parents. This casting decision was entirely unintentional; Newton was originally cast at an audition session, and the following day the production team independently contacted Whately, who had previous experience in schools television, unaware of the relationship between the two. See more »


Followed by Fair Ground! (1983) See more »

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It's Look and Read, not Words and Pictures!
27 January 2016 | by butiamthedoctorSee all my reviews

Constantly getting mixed up with Words and Pictures, Look and Read was for Junior school age (7- 11) children. The programmes consisted of an episodic drama, split by a section on English grammar. In 1976, the serial 'Cloudburst' by Richard Carpenter, introduced the character of Wordy, who came out of Richard Carpenter's golfball typewriter. Richard Carpenter appeared as presenter, who along with Wordy, would demonstrate how a word could change it's tense and meaning with simple changes, additions of a single or two letters. The second serial for 1976-77 was The King's Demons, again scripted by Richard Carpenter, this time the educational part was set in the editor's office of the newspaper featured in the serial and was hosted by the newspaper editor, played by Kenneth Watson, with Wordy appearing, coming out of the typewriter, while the editor was out of his office, then going back in before he could be seen. The most remembered serial was The Boy from Space, originally made in 1969, it's original broadcast was in black and white, although the serial was shot on colour film. The original 1969 series, which had it's own educational section, pre-Wordy, was unfortunately wiped during the film and tape purge of the 1970s. The serial was reused, in colour, with new educational sections recorded featuring Wordy on a space station. Other serials included Sky Hunter, Sky Hunter II and Geordie Racer.

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