1 9 5 0 – 1 9 5 1 (UK)
This early children’s magazine programme was introduced by Cliff Michelmore, and screened on alternate Saturday mornings, sharing the spot with Whirligig.
Actress Valerie Hobson also starred, accompanied by puppet characters Timothy (a sailor on his wooden boat HMS Telescope), Cactus the Camel and Bookworm.
Other presenters included Elizabeth Cruft (with a segment called ‘Your Puppy’) and Hugh Gee.
The programme mainly comprised hobby and handicraft demonstrations and stories with an educational slant, as well as The Adventures of Hank – an animated story about the kindest little cowboy who ever galloped out of the Wild West – which moved to Whirligig when Telescope was replaced by The Saturday Special in 1951.
Whirligig continued until 1956.