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Ding Dong School

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Designed for pre-schoolers, Ding Dong School was one of US television’s first educational programmes for young children.

The show was hosted by Dr Frances Horwich (pictured above), a plump, grandmotherly-looking woman, who was head of the education department at Roosevelt College in Chicago, and who was affectionately known as ‘Miss Frances’ to her young fans.

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NBC cancelled the show in 1956 and a syndicated Ding Dong School series resurfaced in 1959, which unfortunately failed to attract the attention of young viewers.

The well-loved Miss Frances, who never talked down to her young viewers and always spoke with a gentle, calm voice, retired from television.

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The title Ding Dong School was chosen by the three-year-old daughter of the show’s producer, Reginald Werrenrath, after she watched the pilot of the show and noticed that Miss Frances rang a handheld school bell at the beginning of the show.

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Dr Frances Horwich

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