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To sort of miss these things that used to be on the telly

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fragola Fri 24-May-13 23:32:18

Mutants. Mutants were everywhere. They were generally the result of nuclear war and normally wanted to kill and or eat everyone who wasn't a mutant. If you were a small child in the seventies, it was impossible to imagine a future without mutants.

Ladies in little shorty nighties. If you were a middle aged busdriver, milkman, postman or window cleaner, you couldn't go anywhere or do anything without being beseiged by ladies in little shortie nighties. I don't think that i was sure of the significance of ladies in little shortie nighties back then, but i thought they looked pretty and i sort of miss them.

Quicksand. Most films that weren't set in britain seemed to involve quicksand, generally as a means to dispatch the bad guys. The world would now be overrun by baddies if it wasn't for quicksand.

Avalanches. If you shouted anywhere near a mountain, a big load of snow would fall on you. I considered this to be a valuable lesson learnt when i was six.

Vicars. Vicars were also everywhere. People had vicars around to their houses for tea so often you could be forgiven for thinking that at least 50% of all men worked as vicars (the rest were middle aged bus drivers, milkmen, post men and window cleaners).

So if anyone on mumsnet works on the telly could you see if you can do anthing about bringing back quicksand, avalanches, mutants, ladies in little shortie nighties and vicars please?

Thank you.

LadyBeagleEyes Sun 26-May-13 11:38:37

Skippy had the best theme tune ever.

Gingefringe Sun 26-May-13 11:34:22

Does anyone remember Matthew "Bright Eyes" singing on Tiswas? He was on radio 2 a few years ago with Simon Mayo - it made my day!!

Where have all the nuns gone?

I also miss seeing nurses in 'proper' uniform - starched aprons, capes with crossover fronts and hats - I used to have an outfit like that when I was 6.

Great thread. Loved Skippeey, Skippeey, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo!!

Sorry for rambling on.

FunnyLittleFrog Sun 26-May-13 11:16:36

The hefty-bosomed woman in crimplene and a headscarf and her defeated looking husband. GONE.

starsandunicorns Sun 26-May-13 11:10:26

Wonder Women is back sky at the min on the horrer channel mondays at 6pm

Satuday mornings with batman also anyone recall watching bbc2 at 6pm on weeknights they used to put on oldblack and white movies like Godlizza never see the old 40's films anymore sigh

limitedperiodonly Sun 26-May-13 11:08:27

Skippy is the only impression I can do. It's just tutting, basically. As I get older I'm getting better and better at it.

ChewingOnLifesGristle Sun 26-May-13 11:07:41


Curiously they never made another advert advising girls not to let strange men in frightening outfits and leather gloves escort them anywhere.

ChewingOnLifesGristle Sun 26-May-13 11:03:44

Alvin Stardust doing the Green Cross Code.

Cos Alvin's word is gospel. Listen up kidsgrin

LadyBeagleEyes Sun 26-May-13 10:52:49

And Skippy.
Skippy was a very helpful animal.

starsandunicorns Sun 26-May-13 10:52:09

At last someone remmbers Gideon thankyou Roary1 all the people I have ever spoken to about childrens shows think I am bonkers

ChewingOnLifesGristle Sun 26-May-13 10:51:15

Ah this all take me back.

There are far too many people on tv now with perfect teeth.

Whatever happened to the good old snaggled toothed days of yore when no-one on tv was particularly good looking and their teeth were rubbish?

FunnyLittleFrog Sun 26-May-13 10:47:08

Yes. Helpful animals. Littlest Hobo, Gentle Ben, Flipper, Lassie.

Where have the helpful animals gone?

arabesque Sun 26-May-13 10:45:14

Young wives dropping loads of hints to their gormless husbands that they were expecting a baby (when penny finally dropped gormless husband then rushed around making her put her feet up and offering blankets and cups of tea <smile>)

Women taking off their clip on earrings as a 'come on' gesture.

FreeButtonBee Sun 26-May-13 10:17:35

"Maybe tomorrow I,ll wanna settle down, until tomorrow, I'll just keep going on". Love that song!

OodPi Sun 26-May-13 09:22:03

<gone all nostalgic over sticky-on-weather>

MrBloomsMarrow Sun 26-May-13 08:37:55

Magnum. Now THAT was a moustache.

hackmum Sun 26-May-13 08:17:55

Sexually frustrated spinsters. No man was interested in them, even though they were desperate for it. Epitomised by Olive on On The Buses.

hiddenhome Sun 26-May-13 08:14:43

Little House On The Prairie smile

LittleAbruzzenBear Sun 26-May-13 06:29:22

Anyone remember The Raccoons?

LittleAbruzzenBear Sun 26-May-13 06:28:17

Pob! I forgot about him! He used to spit at the camera, what was that all about?! Is that what made you think of the Secretary of State Brian?

BrianButterfield Sat 25-May-13 21:51:14

Pob's still around, only now he's the Secretary of State for Education.

LittleAbruzzenBear Sat 25-May-13 18:41:39

Roary1 The Littlest Hobo made me cry every time he went off by himself at the end. I was six though.

Portofino Sat 25-May-13 18:16:51

Ronco!!!! Today's quiz show audiences want nothing less than cold hard cash, particularly with 3 noughts after it. A hostess trolley would be sneered at wink

EstelleGetty Sat 25-May-13 17:51:35

Aargh, the Flypaper episode of Tales of the Unexpected, with the wee girl, the man on the bus and the 'friendly' woman who turns out to be his murderous wife scares the shit out of me.
I don't remember most of this stuff first time round but my DH was born in '75 and has introduced me to Threads, TOTU (we've got about 40 episodes taped off ITV2 or such like), DVDs of Grange Hill from 1978 up to 1992 and he bought me series 1 of Shoestring for Christmas!

You want to get hold of a DVD called Charley Says - all the public information films of the era, including Dark Water and the titular Charley. Pretty cheap on Amazon.

I find it v amusing how DH grew up terrified of nuclear war, whereas my age group (born '85 ) weren't bothered. I was more scared of leprosy. But then I did go to Catholic school and there were lepers in near enough every book we read.

Roary1 Sat 25-May-13 17:45:50

I miss the Benji movies, Littlest Hobo and Gideon the cartoon duck with the long neck.

limitedperiodonly Sat 25-May-13 17:44:39

porto Ronco stuff definitely. What was the Buttoneer? It seemed vital.

DH met Victor 'I loved it so much I bought the company' Kiam and liked him, but he is easily impressed by rich people.

And here's what you could have won. And is it sector, section or segment? I think it's segment.

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