Good news everyone.
There are plans for a new series of Danger Mouse, the animated series from the 1980s about a hapless rodent spy and his hamster sidekick. With children's television in such a pitiful state, reviving shows in this way could be the answer. How about we think about bringing back these shows too:
Fingerbobs (1972). Basically, a guy with paper puppets on his finger. No expensive special effects. No computers. Just paper and glue. The perfect, cheapo show for austerity Britain.
Think of a Number (1978-84). The great Johnny Ball made maths interesting and in these days of innumeracy in which the Coalition Government is killing us with numbers, we need him more than ever.
The Adventure Game (1980-1986). A game show set on the planet Arg with a talking house plant as a host. If you don't believe me: look it up. At the end of each episode, celebrities who got the questions wrong would get sent into the pitiless emptiness of space. Can you think of a better show for our celebrity age?
Pipkins (1973-81). The British Sesame Street that featured Hartley Hare, who looked like roadkill that had been reanimated but was loveable all the same. More importantly, some of the puppets had regional accents. It was the first non-posh programme, the first in which children from all backgrounds could see something they recognised.
Runaround (1975-81). A children's game show in which the contestants had to run around until they found the correct answer. It was presented in a vaguely threatening manner by Mike Reid who looked like he might lamp the kids if they didn't run around when he told them to. Discipline and exercise. This really is a show from the past isn't it?
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