CBeebies Grown-ups

Some of our CBeebies presenters had a little preview of a brand new exhibition celebrating the history of BBC Children’s television yesterday – and it’s got them thinking about their own childhood TV favourites. How many of these do you remember?

Play School, 1975


Alex Winters:

What was your favourite BBC Children’s programme when you were little, and why?

Chockablock – with Fred Harris and Carol Leader. I loved the little yellow truck that the chockabloke and chockagirl used to drive around on – I really wanted to do that!

I also loved Play School, and Derek Griffiths is one of my heroes, along with Floella Benjamin and Brian Cant. I remember loving the familiarity of it all, the toys; Humpty, Hamble, Big Ted, Little Ted and Jemima. They were almost like friends.

Who’s your all-time favourite BBC Children’s character?

Mr Benn is definitely my favourite animated character. He was a normal man who had incredible adventures, and that really captured my imagination. There was a sense that it might even happen to you if you went to a fancy dress shop – maybe I could be a spaceman too! 

Is there one object that sums up BBC Children’s for you?

Sticky-backed plastic, of course!

If you could bring back one show from your youth, what would it be?

I would love them to bring back Mr Benn or Bod…

Katy Ashworth:

What was your favourite BBC Children’s programme when you were little, and why?

Blue Peter – it inspired me to be active, to go outside, try new things and make things. I wanted to be just like the presenters and do all the exciting things that they did.

Who’s your all-time favourite BBC Children’s character?

I loved Otis the Aardvark. He made me think of my dog, but he could talk! If my dog had been able to talk and make me laugh like Otis, I think that would’ve been my ideal pet!

Otis the Aardvark being prepared by curators at The Lowry (Photo by Nathan Cox)

Is there one object that sums up BBC Children’s for you?

Now it’s the CBeebies bug, and then, it would be the Playbus, the giant pencil on Smart (I loved Smart!) or the tractors and unusual vehicles. The Blue Peter presenters sometimes drove into the studio on a tractor, or a motorbike or a hovercraft, and I wanted to do that too.

If you could bring back one show from your youth, what would it be?

Blue Peter still exists, so…Cavegirl. I wanted to be her, she was so cool!

Cat Sandion:

What was your favourite BBC Children’s programme when you were little, and why?

I loved Byker Grove, and I wished I went there. The theme tune was the best – I’d belt it out every time!

Who’s your all-time favourite BBC Children’s character?

A Blue Peter badge, I still wish I could own one. I’ll get there one day!

If you could bring back one show from your youth, what would it be?

I’d bring back Live & Kicking on Saturday mornings.

Here’s One We Made Earlier, the free exhibition celebrating the past, present and future of BBC Children’s opens on Saturday 19th July 2014 at The Lowry in Salford, and it’s open until Sunday 12th October.

In pictures: take a look around the exhibition

Watch nostalgic BBC Children’s TV clips on the CBeebies YouTube channel

Share your memories of BBC Children’s TV on the CBeebies Grown-ups Facebook and Twitter pages.

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