Kids TV

Art Attack

1 9 9 0 - 2 0 0 4 (UK) Neil Buchanan presented the UK children's television art programme Art Attack. Neil had obviously been doing children's programmes for a long time as he had mastered the art of speaking on a kids' level while making a picture out of food, string or rhinoceros poo. Neil's most(...)

Arthur and the Square Knights of the Round Table

1 9 6 6 (Australia) 39 x 25 minute episodes   The first Australian animation series to be successfully syndicated and sold overseas, Arthur had a distinctly British look and feel but was produced by Walter J. Hucker API (Air Programs International in Australia). Led by King Arthur, the pint-size hero, with his unlucky sidekick Sir Lancelot, and(...)

Arthur of the Britons

1 9 7 2 - 1 9 7 3 (UK) 26 x 30 minute episodes This series stripped away the elaborate medieval view of Camelot, Guinevere and Merlin, and instead presented Arthur as the chief of a small Celt tribe in Dark-Ages Britain, a century or two after the withdrawal of Rome. Arthur struggled to weave the(...)

Ask Aspel

1 9 7 0 - 1 9 8 1 (UK) Before the VCR revolution of the late 1970s, if you wanted to see a particular moment from your favourite BBC programme again you did one of two things: You waited for a repeat or you wrote to Michael Aspel. Ask Aspel was a children's programme in which(...)

Astro Boy

1 9 6 3 - 1 9 6 6 (Japan) 51 x 30 minute episodes When his son is killed in a car crash in the year 2000, widower scientist Dr Boyton builds a robot, Astro Boy, for company. When he eventually realises the robot can not replace his dead son, Boyton sells the robot to(...)

Atom Ant

1 9 6 5 - 1 9 6 7 (USA) 26 x episodes Atom Ant was originally aired as part of The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show series on NBC, which featured Secret Squirrel, Precious Pupp (who hid his antics from the kindly Granny Sweets), Squiddly Diddly, Winsome Witch, and the Hillbilly Bears - the most ridiculous bears to ever come(...)

Bad News Bears, The

1 9 7 9 - 1 9 8 0 (USA) 23 x 30 minute episodes A spin-off from the 1976 film of the same name concerning itself with the life of one-time baseball player Morris Buttermaker who has to take over the coaching of a little league baseball team after getting in trouble with the law.(...)

Baggy Pants And The Nitwits

1 9 7 7 - 1 9 7 8 (USA) 13 x 30 minute episodes Baggy Pants was a cartoon cat based on Charlie Chaplin. Like The Pink Panther, Baggy Pants was presented in silent pantomime. The Nitwits appeared in a separate section of the show and were based on characters from Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. The voices(...)

Bagpuss

1 9 7 4 (UK) 13 x 20 minute episodes "Bagpuss, dear Bagpuss, Old fat furry cat-puss, Wake up, and look at this thing that I bring, Wake up, be bright, be golden and light, Bagpuss, oh hear what I sing" Bagpuss - which first aired on 12 February 1974 - was written and narrated by Oliver(...)

Bailey’s Bird

1 9 7 7 (Australia) 26 x 25 minute episodes This Australian-made family adventure series was filmed in Penang and starred Hu Pryce as a retired RAAF fighter pilot who operated a small charter flying boat - his "bird" - from a fictitious tropical island in south-east Asia. He was joined by his 14-year-old son, Nick (played(...)

Bailey’s Comets

1 9 7 3 (USA) The Yo Ho Ho's were a pirate-centric team competing against Barnaby Bailey and his crew in this animated series about teen roller skaters in a global search for a $1 million treasure, encountering nefarious types along the way. Premiered on 8 September 1973.  

Baker Street Boys, The

1 9 8 3 (UK) 8 x 30 minute episodes Against a Victorian backdrop of horse-drawn hansom cabs and gas-lit streets, a gang of young London street urchins halted devilish deeds and cunning crookery from their headquarters in a disused basement near Baker Street. The waifs were based on the 'Baker Street Irregulars' in Conan Doyle's(...)

Banana Splits Adventure Hour, The

1 9 6 8 - 1 9 7 0 (USA) Few shows are remembered as fondly as The Banana Splits. Combining live action, costumed hijinks, classical animation, and rock music with pre-teen psychedelic imagery at a break-neck pace, this show spoke to a new generation of TV babies, and they listened . . . The Banana Splits(...)

Bananaman

Bananaman

1 9 8 3 - 1 9 8 6 (UK) 40 x 5 minute episodes There once was an ordinary young boy called Eric (who just happened to sound like Bill Oddie from The Goodies) who lived at 29 Acacia Avenue.   Whenever Eric bit into a banana, an amazing transformation took place and Eric became Bananaman(...)

Barbapapa

1 9 7 5 (Netherlands) 45 x 5 minute episodes Were there ever more unlikely cartoon stars than those shape-shifting, multicoloured blobs called the Barbapapas? A French children's book series turned into a Dutch cartoon, Barbapapa was the creation of Annette Tison and Talus Taylor, who derived their characters' names from the French word for candy floss ('cotton(...)

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