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From Andy Pandy to Zebedee: The Golden Age of Children's TV (2015)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nigel Planer ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Valerie Singleton Valerie Singleton ... Herself - Blue Peter Presenter
John Craven John Craven ... Himself - Newsround
Clive Doig ... Himself - Creator-Producer
Sarah Greene Sarah Greene ... Herself - Blue Peter Presenter
Anna Home Anna Home ... Herself - Executive Producer, Children's Drama
Edward Barnes Edward Barnes ... Himself - Producer and Former Deputy Head of Children's Programmes
Peter Lord ... Himself - Aardman Animations
David Sproxton ... Himself - Aardman Animations
Chris Packham Chris Packham ... Himself
Phyllida Law ... Herself - Play School Presenter
Nancy Quail Nancy Quail ... Herself - Child Development Expert, Talking in 1979 (archive footage)
Eric Thompson Eric Thompson ... Himself - Play School Presenter (archive footage)
Johnny Ball Johnny Ball ... Himself - Creator, Think of a Number
Derek Griffiths Derek Griffiths ... Himself - Play School Presenter


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21 December 2015 (UK) See more »

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From Andy Pandy to Zebedee: The Golden Age of Children's Television See more »

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)
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Sarah Greene: [facetiously] There's isn't such a thing as "Andy Pandy". It's
[exaggerated posh Home-Counties accent]
Sarah Greene: "Endy Pendy". "Are yew waving to him, children?"
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Features Newsround (1972) See more »

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Time to go home
1 January 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The BBC examines its own children's output from the early days of broadcasting.

For me it is another bout of nostalgia and allowing me to tell my kids the kind of programmes I viewed as a youngster such as Andy Pandy where you could still see the strings, Jackanory always a treat when Bernard Cribbins or Willie Rushton was the storyteller and Play School especially with Derek Griffiths who popped up in my school once touring in a school version of Play School.

In the afternoons ITV ruled during the school lunch time hour with Rainbow, Button Moon or Pipkin. Nowadays kids are not allowed to leave school during the lunch hour.

There was a lot to pack in during 60 minutes and as a treat we had talking heads who actually appeared in these programmes such as Bernard Cribbins whose fellow actors were envious who had 15 minutes a day to himself talking to the screen.

However despite highlights such as Vision On, The Really Wild Show, Morph, Grange Hill and Newsround it was not all good news with the kids output.

I could never get into Blue Peter, it always struck me as a programme where people did things I would never get a chance to do or went to places where I would never get anywhere near. As a grown up I actually did manage to travel a bit but at the time it just felt remote.

A good slice of yesteryear despite some wobbly dramas with ropey special effects or shows you might not had given a second look in the days of 3 channel television.

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