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Southerly: They don't make 'em like they used to

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  • andrew llewellyn,

    Ooky Spooky.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report

  • Andre Dromgool,

    In a word - CHiPs. Jon and Ponch just rocked. It was the first year our family owned a tv - I think I was 7 - and on Friday nights the world would stop as my brother and I cruised the highways of California.

    Then we became hooked on Ready to Roll and I have vivid recollections of sneakily watching Poldark and A Week of It when I was about 8 or 9. This guy being impaled on a sword by the French in Poldark would stick with me for years. A Week of It was the funniest thing I had ever seen at the time. Our family shared an almost pathological hatred of Rob Muldoon as did McPhail, Gadsby, Scott etc.

    But the best viewing was sport. We saw Mohammed Ali win a fight in 1975 live at school. The headmaster of another school allowed us into his lounge to watch John Walker win the 1500m final of the 1978 Commonwealth games. We'd get up at 2am with Dad to watch Graham Mourie's All Blacks on their 1978 grand slam tour and also for the FA Cup each year. And our school showed every match played by the All Whites at the 1982 World Cup.

    By the time I was about 12 or 13 the best thing on TV was definitely Hill Street Blues.

    Ponsonby, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 7 posts Report

  • Vaughn Davis,

    Hard to believe TVNZ (or was it BCNZ back then) was so hard up as to run a specialty programme for deaf kids (ups to the Vision On fan above) as mainstream programming, but then it was only months ago, it seems, when you could flick between channels of a Sunday evening and find dogs running up hills on one side (A Dog's Show) and jumping through hoops on another (Tux Wonder Dogs).

    But if you're after dogs on the tele, for me you can't say fairer than the big shaggy white one that used to open and close Spot On. Was ANYONE currently famous not on that show once? Did Peter Jackson not win the film competition?

    Modern tele's rubbish of course. Pokemon? Pah!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 21 posts Report

  • Cushla McKinney,

    Bring back the old days when Lloyd Scott presented The Video Dispatch, a collation of current news stories for younger viewers (now you have to listen to NatRad's graveyard shift to hear his reassuring voice...)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 14 posts Report

  • Compie,


    Grange Hill, no contest sorry sci fi fans.

    Also what about the Glumps, and their historical accounts of the world. Do you know how hard it is to find anything on them on the internet, if anyone finds anything?

    the Goodies?

    Dunedin/Vancouver • Since Nov 2006 • 114 posts Report

  • Compie,

    Of course Spot On.

    I always wanted to know how they cleaned the Lyttelton Tunnel?

    Dunedin/Vancouver • Since Nov 2006 • 114 posts Report

  • Compie,

    Take Hart?

    fun things to do with paper pain and scissors...

    Dunedin/Vancouver • Since Nov 2006 • 114 posts Report

  • Tomorrowpeople,

    'Take Hart' - a spin off of the highly watchable 'Vision On' with artist Tony Hart.

    The Tommorrow People - ace of course!

    Never liked Blake's 7 - too cheesey for me.

    U.F.O. - get the DVD box set!

    The Craps tables at the B… • Since Nov 2006 • 188 posts Report

  • Compie,

    Vision On, that's the one, way better than Take Hart.

    If I had to go the sci fi way, the little fluffy things that multiplied on star trek was always a giggle. But Space 1999. I've still got my cardboard cut out model of one of those ships, trade me?

    But come on tucker Grange Hill all the way, and if you were a horny young man, Me and My Girl (but that was way to cheesy).

    Dunedin/Vancouver • Since Nov 2006 • 114 posts Report

  • Tomorrowpeople,

    Lol - Me and My Girl.
    What was the chick's name?

    Space 1999 was pretty cool too.

    And Logan's Run.

    The Craps tables at the B… • Since Nov 2006 • 188 posts Report

  • Compie,

    Dunedin/Vancouver • Since Nov 2006 • 114 posts Report

  • Tomorrowpeople,

    ahhh - that's right - lol

    What, is she a C-grade crack whore now?

    The Craps tables at the B… • Since Nov 2006 • 188 posts Report

  • rodgerd,

    As well as the usual sci-fi and horror suspects - Sapphire & Steel, Blake's 7, Dr Who - I'd add the Tripods and the Triffids. The Muppets and the other Henson works (Sesame St, Fraggle Rock) were also huge parts of my childhood.

    As, oddly enough, were a certain flavour of British romcom/sitcoms: Robin's Nest, the Penelope Keith repetoire (To the Manor Born, that "self-sufficiency in the burbs" show whose name eludes me...)

    Although when I think back, the thing I actually loved most as a kid was actually radio. Dick Wier, Bad Jelly the Witch, Peter and the Wolf, Ernie (He drove the fastest milk cart in the west...), Captain Beaky and his band...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 512 posts Report

  • Deborah,

    that "self-sufficiency in the burbs" show whose name eludes me...

    The Good Life

    New Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1447 posts Report

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    The Goon Show He's fallen in the waater

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 900 posts Report

  • Compie,

    Seriously how many times did I listen to bad jelly the witch and sparky and the talking train.

    Seems to have rolled over to adulthood, I am now an avid listener to all manner of auudio rips of british shows. They are stunningly easy to listen to, something about the theatrical scripting that they transfer to auudio easy.

    Black Adder,
    Fawlty Towers
    Reggie Perrin
    Robins Nest
    Man About the House
    George and Mildred
    The Good life
    The the Manor Born
    Dads Army
    Yes Minister
    Yes Priminister
    Rising Damp

    And so many more that actually were made for radio like the goons.

    Not too many US shows transfer to audiol.

    Seinfeld really helps if you've seen it.
    MASH a little to visual but not bad.
    The Bob Newhart Show works a treat

    Ok off track but have any of you come across

    The stunning amount of old radio shows that are available online and on very very cheap cds.

    I have got the complete Phill Harris and Alice Faye show from the 40s-50 and they are side splittingly funny.

    many of the shows have a free download, this is a funny one.

    Sorry way off track.

    How was it my mum let me watch Survivors. Stunning show

    I'll vote for fraggle rock and the muppets any day.

    Anyone any luck with the The Glumps, little animated plasticine blobs.

    episodes like...
    "the glumps discover fire"
    "the glumps invent the motorcar"
    "the glumps learn how to fly"

    Dunedin/Vancouver • Since Nov 2006 • 114 posts Report

  • Compie,

    The Electric Company

    Dunedin/Vancouver • Since Nov 2006 • 114 posts Report

  • Juha Saarinen,

    Sie glotzt tee fau as Nina Hagen sang. I didn't really, apart from music programmes, sci-fi rubbish like Moonbase Alpha and the news.

    Hmm, Max Headroom wasn't bad. Some of the continental stuff featuring men in very tight suits and women in immutable hairdos sufficed, but please don't ask me what any of that was all about.

    Back to your regular children's programming, here's that Rainbow clip again.

    Since Nov 2006 • 529 posts Report

  • Trakman,

    Does anyone remember "The Mysterious Cities of Gold"?
    It was a Japanese/French collaboration. Cool anime with Incan themes that had the most awesome synth soundtrack.

    The witch from HR Pufnstuf really scared me, as did the Master from Doctor Who.

    Stingray was one of my favorites - Aqua Marina!
    Monkey Magic (right after Wooley Valley on Sundays) was crazy!!!

    The Lost Islands was awesome. Does anyone remember another Australian show that had kids riding around the outback on motorbikes???

    What was the locally produced kids programme that had a radio controlled helicopter in it?

    I also remember something about a cavekid, somehow caught in our world, living in a rubbish tip.

    Children of the Dogstar (I had a crush on Gretchen)
    The Littlest Hobo (great theme song too)
    The Terrahawks (Zelda!)
    The Original Battlestar Galactica

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8 posts Report


    I also remember something about a cavekid, somehow caught in our world, living in a rubbish tip.

    Stig of the Dump---you can still get the book, audiobook and VHS tape on Amazon!

    Was "The Owl Service" ever here in NZ? Set in Wales, an Alan Garner adolescent/spooky tale---extremely good---as were his other books 'The Wierdstone of Brisingamen', 'The Moon of Gomrath' and 'Elidor'---some of which were also TV shows, I think.

    Hamilton • Since Nov 2006 • 73 posts Report

  • Compie,

    Man there's a generational shift in tv viewing.

    In my day (I guess I'm old enough to say that) Frank flash was a pretender to the crown that had been so admirably filled by Count Homogenized.

    I was going to say thank go nobody mentioned Metal Mickey, but it tourns out a good friend liked Metal Mickey. Mind you she did have a wine under her belt, the things we say eh.

    It's like owing up to liking Allo Allo

    Dunedin/Vancouver • Since Nov 2006 • 114 posts Report

  • Curd Nerd,

    I was fortunate enough to have made contact - with the King of The Glumps himself - creator and visionary Mark D'Arcy-Irvine, and I got some Glump pics too... check it out at my blog here:

    New Zealand • Since Jul 2009 • 3 posts Report

  • Steve Barnes,

    check it out at my blog

    Ahh, erm.
    Spamming is just so coool, trolling even better.
    Now let me see.
    So. I go to your blog, I see how "Cheesy" it is and I just can't leave it alone.
    You are so post moderne, as they say in crap places.
    Your marketing strategy may just work.
    So. What's your cheese like, is it as bad as your myspace page?

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report

  • Russell Brown,

    Woah, Steve. I think that link was provided in good faith. I can't see that it was spamming, let alone trolling. Chill out a bit.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    This specific blog entry you're trying to read is currently set to be private, and only the blog owner can see it.

    Well, that came and went with minimal fuss.

    Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report

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