Memory Lane – the shows (Insert Coin)
I am a big TV watcher. Always have been.
When I was a little girl, “Mum, can I watch telly?” required more than a “yes” it required coins!
Our TV was a coin operated one. I don’t remember how much it cost, but my ‘research’ has other children from the 70’s remembering approximately 50 pence for 4 hours.
I do remember inserting the coins. (We also did this for our electricity, in 10p increments – you try putting coins in a meter, in a cupboard, when it’s dark! *shudder*).
Loved the day the meter man came to empty out the box. I would hide some of the money and when times got a little tighter than normal, I’d surprise my mum with the stack of coins. (Wait, did I steal that from the meter man or was that overage? Oops).
I had started out wanting to post about English sweets (oh those penny sweets!), then got sucked into the toys of the 70’s I played with – that led to the comic books I read – then came the shows.
We’ll do the shows first I think. There are a lot! Even though we only had 3 channels back then.
They lived on Wimbledon Common (yes, that Wimbledon). These creatures were our introduction to ‘going green’. They lived in burrows and cared about the environment, picked up litter and recylced. Very catchy song they had too.
Dr. Who. Anyone my age has to argue that Tom Baker was the best.
Yes, he was.
Then there was Playschool, Fingerbobs, Basil Brush, Top Cat the Magic Roundabout, Swap Shop, Roobarb & Custard, Magpie, Top of the Pops … SO many! I want to insert pictures for all of them (and I have them, oh yes I do), but I couldn’t possibly leave out Rainbow and the hilarity that is the ‘innuendo’ scandal.
In my innocence, I watched. I loved Bungle, Zippy and George!
Then years later – this came out:
I’ll share a little secret dream with you now as I sign off for now. This was the picture we got before programming began (remember that? When TV wasn’t an around the clock affair?)
I always wanted to be the little girl in this picture.
Posted on December 1, 2012, in Humor and tagged 1970's, Basil Brush, childhood memories, coin operated TVs, Dr. Who, English TV Shows, entertainment, Magic Roundabout, Playschool, prepaid electricity, Rainbow, Roobarb and custard, Swap Shop, Tom Baker, UK test signal. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.
I don’t recall any of those shows..and I grew up in the seventies and eighties..are you British by any chance? 🙂
Yes. LOL! I guess I should have clarified. I was born and raised in England.
I knew it! I was like why don’t I remember any of these shows? LOL..
Do you still have an accent? Nobody can tell where I’m from because I mimic voices and accents so much, that they all jumble together to produce an odd accent. Thats ok with me, aye?!
I don’t. When I moved her, I tried to lose it on purpose. Silly. But I was still school age. I still say certain words the same way, and get it back a bit when I’m around other English people.
I always thought you was that little girl in the picture xxx
? Who is this? That’s a funny thing to say, and sweet.
I knew you when you lived in England, when you was that little girl in the photo, you won’t remember me, to long ago x
The name Simon rings a bell – but I can’t for the life of me figure out how you would have found my blog?