Kids TV

William

1 9 6 2 (UK) Based on the famous children's books by Richmal Crompton, this 25 minute series famously starred Dennis Waterman (of The Sweeney and Minder fame) in the title role. His gang (who called themselves The Outlaws) consisted of Douglas (Carlo Cura), Henry (Kaplan Kaye) and Ginger (Christopher Witty) with Gillian Gosling as the awful Violet Elizabeth Bott,(...)

Willo The Wisp

1 9 8 1 (UK) 26 x 5 minute episodes Willo The Wisp is a strange ghost-like creature who with each episode tells a story about the characters in Doyley Wood. Mavis Cruet is an obese and really quite pathetic fairy. Arthur is a caterpillar who isn’t the brightest in the world but somehow does seem to have(...)

Wind In The Willows

1 9 6 9 (UK) In Autumn 1969, Anglia Television in Britain started their production of Wind In The Willows, an 18-part serialisation of Kenneth Graham's magical story of the river bank and its lovable little characters. Such was the success of the production both at home and abroad, that other stories soon followed: The Winter Of Enchantment, A(...)

Wind In The Willows

1 9 8 3 - 1 9 8 8 (UK) 1 x 90 minute episode 16 x 30 minute episodes Delightful animated musical version of Kenneth Grahame's classic 1908 tale of the adventures of Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger, spun off from a 90-minute feature made in 1983 (with Ian Carmichael as Rat). TV again returned(...)

Winky Dink and You

Winky Dink and You

1 9 5 3 - 1 9 5 7 (USA) Praised as "the first interactive TV show", the show's central gimmick was the use of a "magic drawing screen", which was a large piece of clear clingy plastic that stuck to the television screen via static electricity. A kit containing the screen and various Winky Dink(...)

Witches and the Grinnygog, The

1 9 8 3 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes Set in the countryside around Winchester, this was a story of sorcery and magic as three good witches rose from the marshes to hunt for a small, enchanted stone figure: the Grinnygog, which was placed in their charge centuries ago and was now lost. The Grinnygog,(...)

Wizadora

1 9 9 3 - 2 0 0 0 (UK) 60 x 5 minute episodes     Wizadora Wendy van der Plank (1) Lizzie McPhee (2) Tatty Bogle Joe Greco (1) Steven Ryde (2) Stan the Shopkeeper Brian Murphy Pippa the Postwoman Tessa Hatts  Hangle Francis Wright

Wizbit

1 9 8 5 (UK) This BBC children's television show featured an alien magician called Wizbit and a large rabbit called Wooly, and followed their adventures in Puzzleopolis - a town inhabited by walking, talking (and often singing) sponge-balls, dice, magic wands, playing cards and 8-foot-tall rabbits (all magician's props). Wizbit's year-and-a-day mission was to find out all(...)

Wombles, The

1 9 7 3 - 1 9 7 5 (UK) 60 x 5 minute episodes Underground, overground, wombling free . . . The furry, long-nosed Wombles of Wimbledon Common were England's foremost ecologists in the 1970s, "making good use of the things that they find - things that the everyday folk leave behind". The incredibly devious(...)

Wonder Years, The

1 9 8 8 - 1 9 9 3 (USA) 115 x 30 minute episodes The Wonder Years was a whimsical view of growing up in suburban America of the 1960s through the eyes of a 12-year- old. In 1968 Kevin Arnold, a rambunctious kid with an angelic face, was just entering Robert F. Kennedy Junior High(...)

Wonderama

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 7 7 (USA) This American Sunday morning children's variety show was originally hosted by the engaging Sandy Becker, who entertained his young viewers with games, puppetry, and skits, as well as interviews with guest performers. Becker’s co-host, Pat Meikle, would draw pictures and perform home-cooking lessons as well. The(...)

Wonderbug

1 9 7 6 - 1 9 7 8 (USA) 22 x 15 minute episodes Barry, CC and Susan were three teenagers who found an old dune buggy in a scrap yard (which they called 'Schlepcar'). The kids buy the wreck and place what turns out to be a magical horn on the vehicle . ..(...)

Wonderful World Of Disney, The

1 9 5 4 - 1 9 8 3 (USA) 1 9 8 6 - 1 9 9 0 (USA) This pioneering example of cooperation between a film studio and a television network also happens to be the longest-running running show in the history of television. Not bad for a 'kiddie programme'. Known over the years by(...)

Woobinda: Animal Doctor

1 9 6 8 (Australia) 39 x 30 minute episodes Australian-produced adventure series about veterinary surgeon John Stevens (Don Pascoe) and his wife and children, which includes an adopted aboriginal boy, Kevin (Bindi Williams). The half-hour show was filmed on location in New South Wales and produced by Ajax Films, NLT Enterprises, and Fremantle International.(...)

Woodentops, The

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 5 8 (UK) The Woodentops joined the line-up of Watch With Mother in 1955 - It was Friday's offering on the show, and was brought to the screen by the same team responsible for Andy Pandy and The Flowerpot Men. The Woodentops were Daddy Woodentop (seldom seen with a shirt on his back), Mummy(...)

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