ITV announces "CITV Old Skool Weekend".

(126 Posts)
Cozy9 Sun 16-Dec-12 23:48:24

Digital channel CITV steps back in time during the weekend of the 5th and 6th January 2013. From 9:25am through to 6pm on both days, the channel will showcase some of the best children's programming from the heyday of CITV. Of note is the absence of anything since 2006 - the year the CITV channel was born, but also the year when ITV largely abandoned children's programming.

Here's what you can expect:

Saturday 5th January 2013

9:25am Mike and Angelo (1990)
9:50 Super Gran (second episode, 1985)
10:15 Wizadora (last episode, 1998)
10:30 T-Bag (1987)
10:50 Engie Benjy (s3, ep1, 2004)
11:05 The Raggy Dolls (1994)
11:15 Puddle Lane (1986)
11:35 Count Duckula (1991)
12:00noon The Sooty Show (1986)
12:25pm Art Attack (1992)
12:40 The Big Bang (1997)
1:00 Finders Keepers (1991)
1:30 Fun House (1994)
2:00 Knightmare (1993)
2:30 Fraggle Rock (1983)
3:00 The Worst Witch (1998)
3:30 Woof! [Eric] (first episode, 1989)
4:00 Dramarama: Blackbird Singing In The Dead of Night (1988)
4:30 Press Gang (first episode)
5:00 The Tomorrow People (1992)
5:30 Children's Ward (2000)

Sunday 6th January 2013

9:25am Mike and Angelo
9:50 Spatz (1992)
10:10 Huxley Pig
10:30 Rainbow (1984)
10:50 Button Moon (1985)
11:05 The Riddlers
11:15 Rosie and Jim (first episode, 1990)
11:35 Dangermouse (1986)
12:00noon Sooty & Co (1993)
12:25pm How 2 (1995)
12:40 Fingertips (2002)
1:00 Jungle Run (2001)
1:30 Fun House (1995)
2:00 Knightmare (1993)
2:30 Fraggle Rock (1983)
3:00 My Parents are Aliens (2005)
3:30 Woof [Rex] (1993)
4:00 Dramarama: Back to Front (1989)
4:30 Press Gang (last episode)
5:00 The Tomorrow People (1992)
5:30 Children's Ward (unknown)

Looks amazing. And shows how far kids TV has fallen in this country.

wintera Sun 16-Dec-12 23:51:01

Oh my god that looks fab! Press gang was my all time favourite. I loved that when it was on.

Art attack? Is it with Neil Buchanan?!

I've been seeing Art Attack on Disney Channel and its shit. I refuse to let my toddler see the mess and sham it has become.

ReindeerOutdoors Sun 16-Dec-12 23:53:12

I forgot about that annoying show 'Mike and Angelo'! Weird trip down memory lane smile

would it be wrong to do nothing but watch tv all weekend and force the dcs to watch too? this was my childhood!

ReindeerOutdoors Sun 16-Dec-12 23:54:11

And t-bag! Loved it!

Marks place so I can tell parents tomorrow grin

SellotapeInMyHairExtensions Sun 16-Dec-12 23:55:03

Oh I'll be sending the DC to their granny for the weekend so I can watch in peace!

Cheddars Sun 16-Dec-12 23:56:27

Fraggle Rock and Dangermouse for me. smile

super gran, t-bag and knightmare grin

LadyIsabellasHollyWreath Mon 17-Dec-12 00:02:54

Ooh, I'm going to watch the Press Gang episodes with DD - huge Steven Moffat fan but never seen PG - if we both enjoy it I'll shell out for the DVDs.

We have the complete Dangermouse box set - best 25 quid I ever spent, every bit as good as I remember and the DCs love it.

scarlettsmummy2 Mon 17-Dec-12 00:02:56

T bag was my favourite!

SinisterBuggyMonth Mon 17-Dec-12 01:25:15

Press Gang!

Oh my fucking God!!!!!


I really hope they put all of that on catch up! We don't have a TV license, so that's the only way we can watch it and I so want to see Knightmare again

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 17-Dec-12 01:39:14

What about Bodger and Badger, Funny Bones, The Demon Headmaster and ChuckleVision? sad

Unless that wasn't actually CITV of course...

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 17-Dec-12 01:40:31

DP has just informed me they were BBC... blush

Demon Headmaster was BBC wasn't it? Our headmaster at primary school looked identical to the demon headmaster, we were all pretty scared of him

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 17-Dec-12 01:41:32

Yep turned out to be BBC. sad

That would have been bloody scary, I think I probably would have refused to go to school!

If we could have got away wit it we would have! grin

Do you remember a show from around the same time, probably also BBC, something about a magical 50p coin that granted wishes?

IvanaNapAfterChristmasDinner Mon 17-Dec-12 01:44:04

That does look amazing- thanks for that!

IvanaNapAfterChristmasDinner Mon 17-Dec-12 01:45:09

The Queens Nose, Murder?
Actress is in Foyles War now iirc

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 17-Dec-12 01:51:00

Couldn't remember it but DP did!

OwllwOOwllwO Mon 17-Dec-12 01:55:38

OMG!!! Button Moon! Fraggle Rock! Looooove it!

If the BBC did this I'd love to watch the whole series of The Animals of Farthing Wood.

TenPercenter Mon 17-Dec-12 02:03:49

I'm so watching all of this <sad>

IvanaNapAfterChristmasDinner Mon 17-Dec-12 02:05:41

Am now singing Bodger and Badger, Schro hmm

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 17-Dec-12 02:06:30

Ivana I've been singing it since I typed it, sorry. blush

SantaIAmSoFuckingRock Mon 17-Dec-12 02:11:27


<clears diary for that whole weekend and sets alarm>

i actually cannot wait for this! me and the dcs aren't leaving the house that weekend. the dog can walk himself! grin

JambalayaWarmMincePie Mon 17-Dec-12 02:12:39

CITV channel is already showing the original art attack - DD1 thinks its amazing. All those toilet roll tubes and PVA glue things. And Neil Buchanans jumpers!!!

This is an art attack? This is an art attack!

SantaIAmSoFuckingRock Mon 17-Dec-12 02:14:47

oh yes the queens nose! that was BBC.

but oh "chuckle chuckle vision, chuckle vision....." grin

IvanaNapAfterChristmasDinner Mon 17-Dec-12 02:16:09

I don't think I actually ever watched much of it Schro but by eck it had a catchy theme tune!

Art Attack is great take note Mr Maker
Loved How 2, too.

giraffesCantFlyLikeReindeer Mon 17-Dec-12 02:35:57

Oh I loved children's Ward and the worst witch! I liked Clarissa too!

confuddledDOTcom Mon 17-Dec-12 02:37:19

I can't wait! These are from the days when CITV was the best channel for children's programmes.

I want to watch Woof! because I didn't realise until years later it was filmed near me and then it was too late to check.

I got annoyed that it wasn't the Queen's nose coin used in the show, how hard would it be to find the right coin??? I still get them now and get very excited about it and I'm sure if they don't turn up you can ask a bank/ PO/ radio show for one!

Does anyone know what this programme is, this is all I can remember of it, there was an alien(?) that spoke to the main character and would appear as a pretty light show on the ceiling. I remember my brother and I using a torch shone through the light shade to play it confused

SantaIAmSoFuckingRock Mon 17-Dec-12 02:46:11

confuddled was the main character a girl or boy? what age? hair colour etc? what sort of things happened in the show?

confuddledDOTcom Mon 17-Dec-12 03:08:52

I honestly don't remember! I used to love it, whatever it was! I think the child would be in bed and this light show (amazing 80s SFX) appeared on the ceiling of the bedroom - I think the child was doing stuff for the alien. I must have been pretty young to not remember so must have been mid-80s.

Oh my goodness, I'm rather excited! All the good shows!

dylsmimi Mon 17-Dec-12 07:00:51

Hooray! Very excited about knightmare, fraggle rock and worst witch! smile we have button moon on dvd and Ds loves it!
confuddled was it on in the school holidays in the am not after school with a girl whose dad was an alien & could freeze time etc? He used to speak wisely to her at the end through a pyramid light up thing. The music was 'would you like to swing on a star'?
I annoyingly can't remember what it was called but remember the program! Someone may know the name though

KenDoddsDadsDog Mon 17-Dec-12 07:05:55

Bloody brilliant!!!

gnatgnu Mon 17-Dec-12 07:21:50

confuddled was it Chocky??

gnatgnu Mon 17-Dec-12 07:23:40
Yama Mon 17-Dec-12 07:30:00

Just read this out to dh. We are so excited. I so, so so loved Press Gang. He loved Knightmare which I don't seem to remember. He is younger than me though.

Jingleallthejay Mon 17-Dec-12 09:27:52

oooo <claps like a seal > I will be watching

were off to button moon <sings>

Jingleallthejay Mon 17-Dec-12 09:29:32

Just reading through some of the programmes my 19 year old watched <claps like a seal again> grin

I've got Worst Witch on DVD <smug>

Have bought Fraggle Rock for me DS for Christmas grin

Someone needs to create a dedicated TV channel for 80's kids TV!

confuddledDOTcom Mon 17-Dec-12 13:05:07

Just watched the pilot to Chocky, seems I've always been a sci-fi fan, I was only 3 when it came out! Must ask my husband if he watched it, he'd have been a little older (cradle snatcher that he is) so may have.

GothAnneGeddes Mon 17-Dec-12 13:24:09

That episode of Dramarama - Back to Front, scared the crap out of me when I was younger. A boy gets trapped in a mirror and it is so, so creepy.

It is a real shame what's happened to children's TV in this country. There used to be a great deal of investment in it, now aside from the BBC, no one else bothers.

Squeeeeeee i'm gonna have to set record for the whole lot. Then firce dd1 who is 4 to watch it all over and over.

Jingleallthejay Mon 17-Dec-12 13:29:10

That episode of Dramarama - Back to Front, scared the crap out of me when I was younger. A boy gets trapped in a mirror and it is so, so creep

Oh yes I remember <shudder>

I don't remember Dramarama, I remember some of the episodes of Round the Twist being a bit creepy though

RedTinsel Mon 17-Dec-12 13:36:28

Press gang! I'd watch back to back episodes all day long. It was utterly brilliant.

Jingleallthejay Mon 17-Dec-12 13:37:45

Im a bit old for round the twist I think my sister watched it infact i was 16 when that episode of drama rama was on so probably too old to watch that too blush

Oh btw, to get Bodger and Badger's theme tune out of your head.. anyone remember Sharky and George? grin

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 17-Dec-12 13:46:11

Murder I am so jealous that you have the worst witch DVDs. envy

In primary school I was obsessed with it and the books, I dressed up as Mildred one Halloween in school and had the entire dining hall gang up, turn round and shout "worst witch" pointing at me over and over until the teachers managed to get them away (was bullied anyway so wasn't new).

Still love it though. grin

colleysmill Mon 17-Dec-12 13:47:02

Sharky and George the crime busters of the sea!

Channel 4 I think on a Sunday morning.

I have some very very old videotapes with episodes of the Muppets recorded off the tv from the late 70's - I wish they'd rerun those although noone would know who the special guests are anymore. I think I've got ones with Sly Stallone, Farah Fawcett, another Angel and a very young Elton John.

Similarly loved Fraggle Rock - sparked a lifetime love of lighthouses for me

colleysmill Mon 17-Dec-12 13:52:05

I should add it wasn't our video recorder - my grandfather was very into his gadgets (before the word gadget was invented!) and it cost him an absolute fortune.

I'm such a child! I remember most of them.
I'll be tuning in for Fraggle Rock, Children's Ward, Art Attack, Fun House, Finders Keepers.

Knightmare used to scare the beejeezus out of me.

Better tell DP there is Count Duckula too. He loves it.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 17-Dec-12 14:00:52

You all know Fraggle Rock, Garbage Pail Kids and Sesame St is on Netflix don't you. wink

Seriously?! It never used to be on Netflix! Goddamn it, we cancelled our Netflix subscription!

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 17-Dec-12 14:22:48

It's American Netflix I have, I assumed it would be on the UK one though... Get Netflix back and switch to American!

So much good TV on it, have just finished watching the last season on "Bones". grin

There is loads of old TV, even dragon and duck tales! Fraggle Rock, The Muppets, Pyjanimals.grin

Ah, doubt it's on the UK one then, we deliberately looked for Fraggle Rock.

GothAnneGeddes Mon 17-Dec-12 14:26:38

I'm a bit gutted there's no Round the Bend. Me and DSis loved that. No Jamie and His Magic Torch either.

And who picked The Riddlers (always crap) over The Dreamstone - aka most underrated UK cartoon ever?

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 17-Dec-12 14:26:52

Get the US one, it's way better apart from the lack of Red Dwarf...

We have the whole Red Dwarf collection on DVD anyway grin

HaveYourselfAMardyLittleXmas Mon 17-Dec-12 14:27:35

I am too old for most of these sad

Now if they were to do a BBC of the 1970s weekend - Bagpuss, Mary Mungo and Midge, Clangers, Magic Roundabout...

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 17-Dec-12 14:28:41

If your DVD collecton goes missing I've nicked it it wasn't me. grin

confuddledDOTcom Mon 17-Dec-12 14:49:34

I have to admit I've read these singing lots of different theme tunes blush

I'm starting to remember bits of other programmes I used to watch, although I think they're probably BBC. It used to be that we'd watch CITV until 5pm then turn over for News Round and Blue Peter before Neighbours. Then it changed, ITV stopped being interested in children's programming and the BBC got better and Sky had a children's magazine programme too.

dylsmimi - I missed your post before, it wasn't but I loved that programme too! That was Out of this World.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 17-Dec-12 14:57:54

Have just messaged Murder about this but does everyone remember "Are you Afraid of the dark" and "Goosebumps"?

What channel were they?

I don't remember Goosebumps being on TV, but I do have most of the Goosebumps books in ebook format for when DS is older

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 17-Dec-12 15:08:13

You don't remember the TV show? shock A night in terror tower was the best. smile

Kormachameleon Mon 17-Dec-12 15:16:05

Schroesaw - how do you get American Netflix without an x box ?? Any idea ?
Is sopranos on it ?

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 17-Dec-12 15:16:53

Can check if Sopranos is on it.

Do you want it on the PC or another console?

SantaIAmSoFuckingRock Mon 17-Dec-12 18:49:55

i used to watch goosebumps! had the books too. i loved it.

there used to be a programme as well about a boy who lived in place called eerie i think. cant remember what the show was. it was american. lots of freaky scary stuff used to happen to him and his friend.

i also used to watch a programme where a girl got covered in a hazardous chemical and was able to turn herself into water and slop about the house and upstair. i think she was called Alex mac but i dont know if that's what the show was called or not.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 17-Dec-12 18:53:40

Santa Don't know if I remember that one but sounds similar to another American one I watched on Disney when I was younger, it was called "So Weird". Remember that one?

Goo changing into one was "The Secret World Of Alex Mack". smile

FrillyMilly Mon 17-Dec-12 19:07:04

Wasn't goosebumps and Alex Mack on nickelodeon or possibly trouble? The one about the boy who live in Indiana was Eerie Indiana I think. I used to love sky TV kids shows like clarissa, Sabrina, sister sister, Kenan and kel, hang time. Would love to be able to watch them again.

SantaIAmSoFuckingRock Mon 17-Dec-12 19:16:31

dont remember 'so weird' but i just remembered i think the other one was called eerie indiana?

yes the secret world of alex mack. she had an older sister i think.

SantaIAmSoFuckingRock Mon 17-Dec-12 19:18:35

ooh xpost frilly! grin

we didn't have sky as children so not sure where i saw alex mack and goosebumps. think it was ITV. also loved tia and tamera in sister sister and keenan and kel! "who loves orange soda?" grin

Keeeeeellll loves orange soda grin

FrillyMilly Mon 17-Dec-12 19:27:13

Is it true? Mmm-hmmm I do I do I do-ooo

According to Wikipedia Alex Mack was on nickelodeon and goosebumps was on CBBC.

SantaIAmSoFuckingRock Mon 17-Dec-12 19:32:05

dsis and i used to bring our duvets down on sunday mornings and watch keenan and kel on the sofa all snuggled up. mum mad us tea and toast! <nostalgic>

Ooh Eerie Indiana! I remember that!

Kormachameleon Mon 17-Dec-12 20:51:28

SCHRO - if you can find me sopranos on Netflix for iPad I will jump in my car and come and kiss you

IvanaNapAfterChristmasDinner Mon 17-Dec-12 20:56:40

Eerie Indiana was weird !
Round the twist ditto, funny though.
Pugwal's Summer rings a bell too?

Liked Sister Sister and Sabrina lots up to late teens at least

cocolepew Mon 17-Dec-12 20:59:11

Oh my god, Count Duckula!!!! I loved this.

GlaikitFizzogTheChristmasElf Mon 17-Dec-12 21:03:21

No number 73? Sandi toksvig and Neil Buchanan!

BertieBotts Mon 17-Dec-12 21:04:47

OMG. This sounds amazing.

Can you buy a TV licence for just one day? sad

Maybe I'll have to go round a friend's house, 70s style grin

BertieBotts Mon 17-Dec-12 21:08:38

I loved Woof! And he was always naked when he turned back into a boy grin

Art Attack rocks - Neil Buchanan was my first crush blush

I remember liking Children's Ward but can't remember what it was about (well, apart from a Children's ward, duh!)

And How 2!!!!!

So excited!

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 17-Dec-12 21:18:40

Korma I PMed you. smile

Bertie Maybe we need a MN TV day, everyone bundle round to a MNers house and we can all regress to our childhoods! grin

Ooh How 2! I loved that!

On the subject of educational programmes, what was the programme Johnny Ball presented?

SingingSands Tue 18-Dec-12 00:38:48

That's amazing! I'm going to clog up the sky planner with as much as I can!

TheCatInTheHairnet Tue 18-Dec-12 01:01:52

Ds1 and 2 LOVED Jungle Run. Highlight of coming home from school!

TenPercenter Tue 18-Dec-12 01:24:56

Eerie Indiana was fab, I remember the one where people were sealing themselves in tupperware, also the one with the dogs who were telepathic, marvellous.

TenPercenter Tue 18-Dec-12 01:27:07

The pyramid one was Out Of This World btw, I loved that show, along with round the twist and pugwall.

whathaveiforgottentoday Tue 18-Dec-12 17:18:11

I'll be sitting down to watch press gang. Loved it

shock now this is tv!!

they should re-run all the old shows, they were brilliant. its just utter toss tosh nowadays

i have rainbow, buttonmoon and dangermouse on dvd.
dangermouse and rainbow are so rude...well... it is if you have 'that' kind of mind grin

fuzzpig Tue 18-Dec-12 18:48:31

Ooh this is exciting! My mum's friend worked on a few of those programmes (costumes).

Would love a BBC retro year day too. I'm a nostalgia nut - huge DVD collection here grin

TheSilveryTinsellyPussycat Thu 20-Dec-12 00:10:24

How 2? I remember How 1 - or How, as it was called [old gimmer emoticon]

Can't be arsed to read previous posts, just wanted to say....

SPATZ !!!! Bloody loved spatz!!!

Though bet it was actually shit and I'll be hugely disappointed.

blindworm Thu 20-Dec-12 00:56:52

Press Gang - officially best kids show ever. Have showed it to DCs, who agree it's amazing, especially compared to the Disney shite shows they shove down their throats these days.

weirdlyunique Tue 01-Jan-13 17:34:43

Link all the theme songs to the programs being shown smile fun house, rosie and jim and worst witch are the things im looking forward to most although slightly dissapointed there is no tots tv

uptheamp Tue 01-Jan-13 17:36:09

all those shows were on when i was in my 20s grin

obviously not nostalgic enough for me

DillyTante Tue 01-Jan-13 17:58:02

I'm sooo excited!

SinisterBuggyMonth Sat 05-Jan-13 00:12:53

Just set the recording for this, but really I should be tapping this on VHS.

Wouldn't it be great if there was a channel for retro kids tv all the time, running Grange Hill from the beginning. I've even got the name of the channel - "Baby David"

BluelightsAndSirens Sat 05-Jan-13 00:21:31

Thank you!

BluelightsAndSirens Sat 05-Jan-13 12:35:51

We have just sat and watched super gran, DD is laughing away smile

Armagh. I forgot about this and now I've missed supergran. sad

TheSilveryTinsellyPussycat Sat 05-Jan-13 13:00:44

Baby David grin Great idea. Pitch it to someone!

My phone won't even let me shout properly.Arrrrgh not Armagh.

been waiting for this and then forgot! now i've missed supergran sad

just read previous posts mother i feel your pain sad

Oh well. There's still Fraggle rock I suppose.

ILikeWhisperingToo Sat 05-Jan-13 18:27:15

ARgh here too - only remembered when I saw this thread - missed Count Duckula sad Did catch Geoff Capes in Sooty though! And looking forward to How2 tomorrow loser grin

We had it on all day so i saw it all but a lot wasnt actually "watched" iyswim. Was so weird, your mind picks out key parts of a programme when your remembering it but when it comes on you go "ohhhh yesssss i remember this!"

But did anyone catch t- bag? I just did not remember it being filmed infront of such dire scenery backdrops.

NewAndSparklyMe Sat 05-Jan-13 21:41:53

I watched T-Bag, as I used to love that show! I always used to be jealous of the way she managed to just click her fingers and appear wherever it was she wanted to go.
However much I practised, it never bloody worked for me. angry grin
Oh, and you're not SUPPOSED to notice the dodgy scenery when you're small. That's the fantastic thing about being a kid - you just don't notice how crap it all really is, just the sheer brilliance of the programme and stories!
It's only when you get your crap boring adult brain that you start to pick holes in everything. grin

Oh yes thats a fair point but really?!! Really?!! How did i never realise it was a couple of characters stood in a sandpit?!!!

NewAndSparklyMe Sat 05-Jan-13 22:24:32

How did i never realise it was a couple of characters stood in a sandpit?!!!
Oh to be young again when everything was magical, even sandpits smile

i married the biggest geek! im being forced to watch nightmare. dh is sat here laughing away and every now and then i get "i would have loved to have been on this"


KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 06-Jan-13 15:19:48

Waiting with 3 year old DD for Woof . Hoping I will be allowed to follow on with Dramarama

im watching woof too. i remember this episode. brilliant programme. love the grandpa grin

they really need to have a retro channel

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 06-Jan-13 16:12:40

I didn't realise the girl in Woof is now pretty well regarded - was in the Secret of Crickly Hall recently.

I'm going to find the box set of Tomorrow People. Dd was engrossed.
I forgot all about Kristian Schmidd. I had my first major crush on him when I was 10 smile
I'd forgotten about Spatz as well.
Hope they show some more of these.

DrCoconut Mon 07-Jan-13 20:28:43

Dramarama was awesome back then, loved it. I remember an episode called torches end about a boy who reads under the bed covers with a torch and discovers that if you crawl down to the end of the bed there is a tunnel of duvet that leads away to an adventure. Another one about a boy who becomes trapped in an old film after trespassing in the shed where it was stored. Looking back some of them have a slight moral theme - the kids who get into scrapes have usually been a pain or disobedient in some way.

DrCoconut Mon 07-Jan-13 20:34:25

We need a retro kids tv channel. With material from all channels. They could show moondial and I could record it rather than pay the hideous DVD price.

i wonder if they did it to "test the waters" and see how popular it would be keeps fingers crossed grin

Bonbonchance Mon 07-Jan-13 23:44:25

Moondial!!!! Loved that!!!

hippoCritt Tue 08-Jan-13 21:54:08

Some dramarama episodes are on you tube, gutted to not be able to watch the rest of children's ward. I don't think there are children's dramas currently who feature issues and emotions are there? Only Tracy beaker and that is painful to watch. Also on Sunday's episode of children's ward the doctor gave a boy a kiss as he left the ward, if that happened today they would be a daily mail headline.

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