Monday, January 19, 2009

Farewell Tony Hart



(pic by Ms Morbo at B3ta)

Those of us aged around 40 are feeling that a generation of people who helped shape our childhood and teenage years are leaving us. Oliver Postgate, Tony Hart, John Peel, Tommy Vance, Alan Freeman, Gary Gygax, Arthur C Clarke, Gene Roddenberry.....

I feel a tremendous warmth for the television programmes I watched as a child, Ivor The Engine, Bagpuss, Vision On, Take Hart, Roobarb And Custard, Noggin The Nog, Take Hart, Camberwick Green, Crackerjack, Magpie, Blue Peter, Michael Bentine's Potty Time (oh I loved that show), How, Why Don't You, Trumpton, Chigley.

When I catch a glimpse of some of the glitzy animation that seems prevalent in children's television now, I can't imagine that today's kids will feel the same sense of warm and fuzzy nostalgia for some of the corporate toy selling half hour adverts that masquerade as appropriate children's programming.

Programmes like Take Hart were wonderful, innocent fun, making art from nothing, the overwhelming excitement, and often crushing disappointment if it was not featured, when you had sent in a picture for the gallery.

Thanks Tony, farewell.

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