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This is a great website. http://www.turnipnet.com/whirligig/tv/children/whirligig/whirligig.htm

Watch With Mother was nowhere near as good as Listen With Mother , in my personal opinion. Not that I ever listened with my mother: she was in the kitchen washing the lunch pots prior to our goin

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Going off topic abit , i stumbled across the creation of Jackanory on youtube tonight , how many off us sat down to tea and listened to the likes of Bernard cribbins , james robert justice, and hatty Jaques tell us a story , brought back happy memories !

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That was when kids were allowed to be kids and enjoy a childhood. These days many are just fashion accessories to be farmed out to anyone who will look after them while the parents live their lives as they did before parenthood.

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Watch With Mother was nowhere near as good as Listen With Mother , in my personal opinion.

Not that I ever listened with my mother: she was in the kitchen washing the lunch pots prior to our going out for a walk in the afternoon.  I loved that programme. The slowly spoken,  gentle, reassuring tones of George Dixon, Julia Lang, Daphne Oxenford and Dorothy Smith were a joy to hear and, with a different piece of classical music each week at the beginning, a good start to music appreciation.

Fifteen minutes of sheer joy, after which it was into the pushchair or on with the reins and off we went.  I vividly recall being wheeled along in my pushchair, a tiny hot water bottle tucked under my blanket (it was winter), singing nursery rhymes from the programme. It broke my heart that starting school meant I couldn't listen to it any more.

 

Maybe it's me but children's programmes today seem so loud, manic and chaotic by comparison. 

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Yes I remember all the watch with mother programs but which do you like BEST and WHY  

 

Mind is the Wooden Tops  only because they had the biggest spotty doy you ever did see.

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2 hours ago, benjamin1945 said:

I was in love with ''Little Weed''..

Was it Bill or was it Ben that bonked Little Weed just then

Which of those two Flowerpot Men or perhaps it was Randy Pandy

 

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10 hours ago, Jill Sparrow said:

The slowly spoken,  gentle, reassuring tones of George Dixon, Julia Lang, Daphne Oxenford and Dorothy Smith were a joy to hear and, with a different piece of classical music each week at the beginning, a good start to music appreciation.

 

I was also there at that time. My big musical memory of Listen With Mother was the piano piece at the end, which I later discovered is this.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WZ2-d54SEA

 

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I've always credited Listen with Mother as starting my interest in history. The nursery rhymes fascinated me and I started to look into the history behind them which is, very often, dark and frightening.

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I too grew up with Watch with Mother (Woodentops for me: "What have we got for dinner today? - Sawdust and hay! Sawdust and hay!") but I enjoyed Robinson Crusoe and Tales from Europe (including The Singing Ringing Tree) when I was a bit older.

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1 hour ago, Cliff Ton said:

 

I was also there at that time. My big musical memory of Listen With Mother was the piano piece at the end, which I later discovered is this.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WZ2-d54SEA

 

I used to play that, and quite well too. Now I've heard it again I shall have to re-learn it !

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59 minutes ago, philmayfield said:

Just doing a crossword. Clue was ‘1951 TV game’. Do you remember ‘What’s my Line’. Eamon Andrews, Lady Barnett, Barbara Kelly, David Nixon and Gilbert Harding?

Yes Phil I do, just about.

As a kid I was very confused between the 1950s celebrities Gilbert Harding, Philip Harben (TV Chef) and Robert Harbin (Magician). Took me a few years to sort that out in my head.

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3 hours ago, The Engineer said:

I too grew up with Watch with Mother (Woodentops for me: "What have we got for dinner today? - Sawdust and hay! Sawdust and hay!") but I enjoyed Robinson Crusoe and Tales from Europe (including The Singing Ringing Tree) when I was a bit older.

The theme tune for Robinson Crusoe was brilliant.

My wife adored The Singing Ringing Tree and several years back went to the cinema to see the whole film rather than the TV episodes. It was in colour and she really enjoyed it.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Singing-Ringing-Tree-Region-NTSC/dp/B00004YS9R/ref=sr_1_5?crid=4Z3TQDW8D1Q5&keywords=Singing+ringing+tree&qid=1659870921&sprefix=singing+ringing+tree%2Caps%2C72&sr=8-5

 

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Just had a look on YouTube for the 'singing ringing tree' and still not sure what it's all about. The clips I saw were in German with an over voice. What era was this? It certainly wasn't on TV when I were a nipper, but then again, nobody had a television on our street. Think the first one appeared circa 1956/7. A 12" screen in a wardrobe.

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My dad always used to have a thing about the test card and had to make sure it was right every time the telly went on. We didn’t have a phone in the early days and had to go next door to my grandpa who did. He used to set a timer and charge us! We found out that if you lifted the phone and dialled 6 and put it down again it would ring. Of course he would answer it and no one there. We thought it was hilarious. Little things eh.

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I've got a neighbour like that Phil. We call her, "News of the World".

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I like to hear a bit of local gossip. My wife goes up the village to collect the morning paper. I used to drive or cycle up but she took on that role when I had a bad hip. Obviously with walking she meets lots of people so comes comes back with loads of news. Sometimes she's gone for a whole hour!

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Lady Isobel Barnet. She committed suicide I believe. I think see was married to one of the Jardine family. Could this be a Hovering Gravel Jardine?

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