Childhood telly – what were your favourites?



Well, we're well into February and the evenings are getting lighter – fantastic!  Spring really does feel as though it's just around the corner. I'm not wishing away the winter but it does seem to have gone on for a long, long time!

I've had a great week (hope you have too). My gym regime is going well with 2 or 3 visits each week. My healthy eating also continues for another week – I'm being really well-behaved, very unlike me!

I was chatting with some friends the other evening and we got on to the topic of favourite children's TV shows.  Two of mine were, Jamie and his Magic Torch, (as I write this I'm humming the theme tune!) and The Flumps (now I'm humming that theme tune!). Then of course there was Playschool. I can't quite recall the names of all the characters, there was Jemima and then there was…? In fact, Jemima is the only one I remember!

Perhaps you can recall the others? I'd love to know your favourite children's TV shows. So many to choose from… Swap Shop, The Wombles, Crackerjack etc. My Mum's favourite – Bill and Ben! It's amazing how they bring back memories. I recall racing home from playschool to watch Rainbow and tuck into lunch!  It feels like yesterday… well almost!

This weekend sees the start of another exciting week on QVC. I'm launching Gem Week this Sunday lunchtime from 12pm. I have a couple of Gem Week surprises for you too, which I'll announce at the start of the event. In my show I'll bring you lapis, tiger's eyes, pearls, diamonds, tourmaline, rubies, apatite, amethysts and morganite. As you can see it'll be pretty busy!

Take care and see you soon

Charlie x


  1. Joan Fraser February 5, 2010 at 2:38 am -  Reply

    Oh Charlie!! Your recollections remind me of all the programmes I watched along with my daughters which seems a million years ago. Playschool along with Floella Benjamin included Humpty? I purchased one which I still have in the loft and his felt button nose came unstuck and got lost. The things we do for our children!! My own memories of programmes I watched as a child, usually after school, are Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men, Andy Pandy and Looby Lou, Muffin the Mule, Blue Peter and Watch with Mother. The other day there was news of an exhibition opening in London showing children’s programmes from previous decades but I can’t remember where it is being held. Well worth a visit. In the fifties/sixties we used to go to Saturday Morning pictures at the local Odeon for 6 old pence (2 1/2p) Kept us out of mischief. Looking forward to your Gem show. Keep up the good work.
    Best wishes
    Joan Fraser

  2. Kristina Moore February 5, 2010 at 1:20 pm -  Reply

    Now you’ve started something. I remember Hamble who was the other doll, Big Ted and Little Ted. I loved Paddington with Michael Hordern doing the voices. I still love bears now with Charlie Bears among my ‘small’ collection. I wonder if Scribble Bear will be a favourite for people? I remember The Flumps, Rainbow and Pitkins and Animated Classics on ITV. All sorts of wonderful stories there. Noggin the Nog, Poggles Wood and Ivor the Engine.
    Keep up the good work Charlie.
    Hugs to you and yours

  3. Teresa Karasavvas February 5, 2010 at 1:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie
    My absolute favourite was “Hector’s House” – I loved it so much and when they used it a little while ago in an advert what memories it brought back and it seemed like only “yesterday” when I was a child.
    I also liked Camberwick Green, Trumpton and Mary, Mungo & Midge.
    Enjoy the Spring when it arrives.
    Best wishes

  4. Rachel Hunter February 5, 2010 at 4:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie-
    I was a HUGE fan of “Blue Peter” (in the days of Val Singleton, Peter Purves and John Noakes) I watched “Magpie” as well – but didn’t like it as much as BP !!!Also loved “How” “Animal Magic” and “Vision On”
    I used to look forward to the school holidays to see a repeat (every year!!!) of “The White Horses” a dubbed foreign programme about Lipizzaner horses. Loved the theme tune – me and my friends used to sing that tune all summer long!!!

  5. Samantha Allen February 6, 2010 at 2:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Charlie,
    I don’t do much blogging as one of my sons is very poorly and disabled, but I am not asleep at the moment as William, my son who is poorly is up too, so I thought I would read all the presenter’s blogs to give me something to do for a while, and I came to yours.
    How I remember these childhood programmes as if they were yesterday, sitting with my grandmother as she looked after me whilst my parents worked.
    My earlies memory of me is at the age of two, would you believe it watching Andy Pandy on her lap, Hector’s House, Bill and Ben, Camberwick Green and Trumpton too of course.
    My absolute favourites though were Mary,Mungo and Midge and Pinky and Perky, and I can still remember certain little snippets from some of these wonderful iconic children’s programmes that we grew up with. I would just love the BBC or ITV to show some of these now on the screen so that I can show my children what it was all about in our day, it certainly was not about the Playstation or XBOX and all that stuff children have today.
    How life has changed, it is unrecognisable from our day, but I have nothing but love and admiration for that time in my life, when I sat on my beloved late Nan’s lap squealing with delight when Mary, Mungo and Midge came on.
    I watch QVC at all hours of the day, as I don’t get out at all really, and of course being a girl I love to go shopping, and QVC IS THE BEST, and I must say you keep me going most days, listening to you all is like having my best friend with me permantly on tap, you are everything I could ask for.
    With love to you and all at QVC,
    PS One of my QVC favourites is Charlie Bears, have quite a growing collection, and I have just heard about the coming TSV and the Teddy Bears Picnic which I am definitely going to with my family, maybe I will see you their as I know how much you love them too.

  6. Geraldine Carron February 6, 2010 at 7:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie I used to watch Play School Blue Peter Mary Mungo and Mitch and Hector,s House I always watch you when you are on Qvc You are my favourite Presenter from Geraldine in Wandsworth

  7. Diana Croucher-Jones February 6, 2010 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie. Oh the nostalgia you and these other comments evoke! I also loved Trumpton and Camberwick Green. And The Herbs (‘I’m a very friendly lion called Parsley…’). And as for The Magic Roundabout…what WERE they on??? That rabbit! But it was all so beautifully done and presented so well and with such innocence. Aaah bliss! Thanks Charlie. Take care.

  8. Liz de Young February 7, 2010 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie. I remember a programme called Mary Mungo and Midge and also another programme called Busy Lizzie about a girl who could make wishes using the flower in her dress. What happy memories.

  9. Marg February 10, 2010 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    I loved The clangers and Finger Bobs,oh and Play away on a Saturday afternoon,my boys were not too keen but I loved them,well mums are allowed arent they.

  10. Margaret February 11, 2010 at 12:34 am -  Reply

    Hi Charlie, one programme my girls loved when they were small was the Clangers ,we used to rush home from nursery school so we didnt miss any of it, another was Rhubarb and Custard and of course they loved all the ones mentioned by others just remembered another fav. it was Will o the Wisp think Kenneth Williams told the story in that, does take you back , oh happy days when they were small and I was young ha ha ,Best Wishes Margaretx

  11. Marg February 13, 2010 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

    Forgotten the top fav. THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT. Never been anything before or since that could beat it.

  12. Janice Sinclair February 14, 2010 at 12:29 am -  Reply

    At last! I have been trying to remind people of the program “busy lizzie” for a long time and was beginning to think I just imagined it because I must have been only 4 or 5 when it was on telly. That makes it 40 years ago! So glad I didn’t imagine it! It was such a lovely, gentle children’s show. I also loved watching “White Horses” during the summer holidays and I distinctly remember that theme tune. I think it was dubbed from French. those were the days, kids seemed to have a much less complicated time back then. Janice xx

  13. Carla A Rossi February 15, 2010 at 12:15 pm -  Reply

    I have lived and worked in Italy for over 20 years. Just before Christmas I was in my local supermarket getting some bits and pieces whilst my husband was at the fish counter. To my surprise I suddenly heard the Wombles (wishing me a wombling merry christmas!!) on the supermarket sound system. Sadly, the Wombles never reached Italy so I had nobody to share the moment with. In desperation I rushed over to find my husband before the track ended. He was totally underwhelmed (he was brought up on muffin the mule) and found it amazing that I wasted time trying to explain who the wombles were to the lady at the fish counter!!

  14. Zara Louise Robinson March 24, 2010 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie
    The memories are too old for me (hehe), I remember the Fragles, Raggie Doll’s & Moomins!
    Loved those day’s!
    Zara x

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