20 Great TV Shows For Young Childrens. Part 2.
10. Blue Peter
Blue Peter first aired in 1958, and is the world’s longest-running children’s television programme. It features wide-ranging content including performances and demonstrations of how to make things. A number of pets have featured on the show through the years, including dogs Goldie and Bonnie and cats Jack, Jill and Willow. This picture, from 1972, shows former presenters (L-R) Peter Purves, Lesley Judd, Valerie Singleton and John Noakes with Shep the dog.
Jackanory, which started in 1965, continued to be broadcast until 1996, clocking up around 3,500 episodes in its 30-year run.
In Scooby-Doo, the four teenagers – Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley and Norville «Shaggy» Rogers – were always secondary to their talking brown Great Dane Scooby-Doo as they solved supernatural mysteries.
13. Top Cat
Cartoon Top Cat first aired in 1961. Maurice Gosfield, who played Private Duane Doberman on The Phil Silvers Show, provided the voice for Benny the Ball, and Arnold Stang’s voicing of Top Cat resembled Phil Silvers’ voice. In the picture above are Officer Dibble, Fancy Fancy, Benny the Ball, Top Cat, Choo Choo, Spook and The Brain. Re-runs of Top Cat can still be seen on Boomerang.
14. Mr Benn
Mr Benn, the mild-mannered, bowler-hatted star of the television series, was taken from David McKee’s book character. For anyone of a certain age, the 13 episodes of Mr Benn, with their simple, storybook animation and surreal storylines, are as much a part of childhood as itchy school uniforms and tinned fruit salad.
15. Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry is one the most famous TV shows of all time. In 2010, Sarah Ball, the writer and director of Bob the Builder, said: “cartoons like Tom and Jerry, where they used to bash each other, you can’t do that anymore because you don’t want the children at home copying it. There are a lot of rules you have to think about.”
When the BBC children’s show Teletubbies hit television screens in the late Nineties, it won over not only its target audience but also many teenagers and adults. Such was the extent of its popularity that the theme tune, released as a single called Teletubbies Say Eh-oh, reached number one in the UK pop chart in December 1997. The main characters were Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po.
17. Peppa Pig
The Queen once made a guest appearance in the children’s hit cartoon Peppa Pig.
18. Postman Pat
This kids’ favourite followed postman Pat Clifton and his black and white cat, Jess, in the fictional village of Greendale.
Trumpton. All together now . . . Hugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble & Grub.
20. In the Night Garden
In the Night Garden was devised by Andrew Davenport, who co-created The Teletubbies.The show won a brace of Baftas after making its TV debut in 2007.