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You and Me

1 9 7 4 – 1 9 9 2 (UK)

Humans and puppets interacted, told stories and had fun to provide entertainment to 4 and 5-year-old preschool viewers.

The series did not shy away from teaching children about the modern world and, in 1987, ran segments dealing with child abuse. The segments featured a character called ‘Uncle Jack’ who offered ice cream in exchange for tickling while trying to coerce the puppets Cosmo and Dibs away from their market stall.

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The character was eventually revealed to be a true friend, but the ambiguity was true to life – and the vast majority of child abusers are known to the child.

You and Me is possibly best remembered for the infamous segment featuring a dead Guinea Pig called Squiggle . . .