Saturday, 21 April 2012

On this day...

In 1964 a house, with a door and windows - one, two, three, four - asked if we were 'ready to play' for the first time and continued to do so - in the warm, safe, welcoming tones of Brian Cant - for another quarter of a century.

I've blogged about the golden age of children's television before, most recently when our collected 'Ivor the Engine' DVD arrived. And the more I watch it, the more I begin to think that there was something soothing, calming and secure about children's television then that isn't always present any more. 

Anyway, if - like me - you're of a 'certain age', you'll certainly recognise this: 



and this...

8 comments:

  1. Oh, warm fuzzy memories of looking through the arched window. Brian's voice was particularly soothing. Funny - he's about the only presenter I remember on Playschool.

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    1. SPOOKY! You commented at the same time as me, and were a fan of the arched window too. Now that does show we're related!

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    2. He was the one constant as the likes of Jeremy Irons and Tony Robinson came and went EPM. He also narrated Trumpton, Chigley and Camberwick Green too. Fond memories...

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  2. Oh happy days! I used to love Play School - with Big Ted, Little Ted, Jemima, Humpty and scary doll Hamble. My favourite window was the arched window.

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    1. She was rather scary, wasn't she Trish? I'd forgotten about Hamble...

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  3. I loved Derek Griffiths presenting this, and the fantastic Floella Benjamin. My favourite toy was Hamble, though Humpty was cool too, and I still sometimes find myself humming Dobbins song to myself - not that I can remember it now when it'd be useful of course... I used to adore Playschool, you're right there was something very calm and comforting about it, which I don't think waybuloo quite replicates...
    Meg (@amnotfunny)

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  4. Funny, have just read the other comments and seems Hamble wasn't that popular! She disappeared in later episodes so perhaps my view was a minority one.. My favourite window was the arched one too though. Anyone remember the clock? I learned how to tell the time from watching Playschool, wish there was a programme which mentioned time for my kids today. Oh and of course Johnny Ball presented it too, and Stuart Laughlin started out there - he runs the production company behind a lot of kids programmes today, so it's influence does continue, sort of..
    Meg

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  5. God I loved PlaySchool!! AND PlayAway with Brian Cant. I Blog about just this kind of childhood nostalgia, so hop over some time and join in the weekly 'Life's a Journey' Link-Up on Tuesdays!! I will share your post... Helen

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