1 9 8 3 – 1 9 8 5 (UK)
18 x 15 minute episodes
This BBC programme for kids was presented by Gary Wilmot (initially with the help of Bill Homewood) and featured games with adult “schoolchildren” contestants in teams called “Creeps” vs “Crawlers”.
Scores were decided via the “Top-o-meter”, a clapometer measuring the volume of the clapping and cheering of the children in the studio audience.
The Gemini Twins recorded scores in the first series, and Leni Harper did the honours in series two and three.
The show also presented a collection of pre-recorded anarchic slapstick sketches demonstrating how to make school more fun.
The real “pupils” in the comedy sketches were courtesy of the Barbara Speake Stage School.
Episodes featured spoof adverts for fake products used in pranks, most of which were made by a fictional company called ‘Top Kid’.
The show was filmed at the Open University studios at Milton Keynes.
The Gemini Twins (1)
Leni Harper (2)