1 9 8 2 – 1 9 8 3 (UK)
12 x 30 minute episodes
Dear Heart was basically a parody of the ‘problem pages’ from teenage girls’ magazines, with alternately drippy, unlikely and just plain weird fictitious teenage hang-ups addressed by the all-knowing Super Advice Person.
Punctuating all this were sketches and performances by real-life pop acts in photo-story backdrops.
Super Advice Person was played by post-punk popster Toyah Willcox, then in the middle of a run of massive chart hits. Also involved at various points were Trevor Laird, Colin Jeavons and Bob Goody.
The BBC2 show was an attempt to give youngsters their own legitimate equivalent to The Young Ones, Not The Nine O’Clock News, and all those other late-night BBC2 comedy shows they weren’t supposed to be watching.
Dear Heart wasn’t the only series at the time to adopt this format. Channel 4’s S.W.A.L.K. starred Prunella Scales as the advice-doling Aunt Patty.
Super Advice Person