Here’s the first teaser trailer for ‘Paddington’, a CGI/live-action remake of the classic Paddington Bear stories!
Paddington will be voiced by Colin Firth and the film will also include Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters.
Michael Bond’s books about the marmalade-loving bear first arrived in 1958 and has been adapted into various TV series since the 1970’s.
Check out an episode of the classic 70’s Paddington after the jump!
‘Super Gran’, based on the books by Forrest Wilson, followed a feisty old lady who was granted super powers via a stray laser beam. She had x-ray vision, super-strength, the ability to leap over buildings, and.. she could walk really quickly. It was all done with the kind of blockbuster special-effects you’d expect from a late 80’s afternoon kids TV show.
The lead Gudrun Ure (now 87 years-old) is a Scottish actress as fits the original books, but because the show was shot in Newcastle most of the other characters, including her grandkids, have a distinctly more Geordie hint to their accents.
The catchy but somewhat questionable theme tune (“she makes them look like a bunch of fairies..”) was sung by Billy Connolly and released as a single in 1985.
Check out a full episode after the jump!
‘Alphabet Castle’ (1993–1995) was a preschool/bored uni student programme with each episode dedicated to a different letter to the alphabet. It was hosted by King Alpha and Queen Bet…
..and a (barely) animated turkey called Gobbledygook.
Check out the show’s theme tune and find out what happened to King Alpha and Queen Bet after the jump!
Puppeteer Shari Lewis created ‘Lamb Chop’s Play-Along’ in the early 90’s as a way to combat kids’ shorter attention spans. She says the motto was “don’t just sit there – come play with me”, which translates as “You’ll feel like you’re being ordered about by a cheery play-school drill sergeant”.
During the height of the show’s popularity the little sheep puppet even appeared before Congress to talk about children’s television. The Play-Along ended in 1997 and Shari died the following year aged just 65.
The show is best remembered for this audio abomination…
Check out some full episodes after the jump!
‘Henry’s Cat’ was an 80’s kids cartoon which looked like it had been chucked together with scribbly markers in under 2 mins, and that was its unique charm.
The show, which followed Henry and his best friend Chris Rabbit, was created by Stan Haywood and illustrator Bob Godfrey. Bob was also the artist behind the similarly ‘wobbly’ styled 70’s hit cartoon ‘Roobarb’. He died in February 2013 aged 91, just a few days after ‘Roobarb’ narrator Richard Briers..
Here’s the catchy ‘Henry’s Cat’ closing theme –
Check out full episodes after the jump!
These intimidating children throwing gang signs are Robin and Rosie from ‘Cockleshell Bay’.
The show ran at lunchtime throughout the 80’s and followed the Cockle kids on some fairly mild adventures around their seaside town.
Bring back any memories? More after the jump!
‘Wizadora’ (1993-1998) gave a harrowing insight into the troubled mind of a woman who is so lonely she tries to form a relationship with a coat hanger – or it’s about a bumbling trainee wizard in a magical house. It depends on how you read it really.
But where’s the actress behind Wizadora now?
Find out after the jump!
“I bet you didn’t know Ringo Starr was the narrator of ‘Thomas The Tank Engine’?”
YES, yes we did, as that’s quite possibly the most repeated piece of TV trivia ever.
After the jump check out 10 other bits of trivia about the books and kids TV show that you actually may not have heard 63 times before.
It seems my mind moves slower than a geriatric glacier as it’s only just occurred to be that there’s something deeply wrong with 80’s cartoon series ‘He-Man and the Masters of the Universe’.
For those unblessed with age, this cartoon followed Prince Adam of Eternia who could turn into He-Man via “THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL”.
What’s my problem? Find out after the jump!
Record Breakers was an over-excited Blue Peter spin-off about people doing things no ordinary human should be arsed attempting.
Remember this one? More info after the jump!