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30 Days Of Telly #13

Day thirteen, your favourite childhood show. Ouch. That's a tough one. I pretty much spent my entire childhood either reading or watching TV. I don't think I did anything else at all, ever (this is an exaggeration, obviously, but a frighteningly mild one). The shows that I probably loved most as a child are ones that I've mentioned already during this meme - Bonanza, The High Chaparral, The A-Team - and trying to choose between them would only lead to violent arguments with myself. And that's without even mentioning all of the others, most of which were American, and featured things exploding. And/or car chases, horseback chases, gunfights and swords. Clearly I am one of the world's greatest intellectuals.

So just to be a bit different, although it wasn't my favourite show (except when it was), I'm going to go with Huckleberry Finn And His Friends. This was a Canadian/German co-production from around 1979, which Children's BBC aired pretty much every summer holiday until I was about twelve. It was perfect telly for growing up with. Huck and Tom, lazing about on river banks, and fighting with pretend swords, and battling smugglers, and playing at pirates, and floating about on home-made rafts. I was Huckleberry Finn quite a lot as a child. Dungarees, and my father's old straw hat. I haven't worn shoes since. And it's out on DVD now, and it's still great! This is one of the best things about television. Sometimes you get to watch it again, and it doesn't disappoint you. I love it when it does that.



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Jun. 26th, 2013 02:52 am (UTC)
I have no actual memory of seeing this, but as soon as I read this, and I watched the music some long-hidden horror of a tiny child's boredom is coming back to me. And, I mean, I would have been tiny, so taste and judgement wouldn't have come into this. Or maybe it's just reminding me of something else, I don't know.

Thanks for that. ;-p
Jun. 26th, 2013 04:34 pm (UTC)
Ha! Well, if there's one thing that all these memes show, it's how different we all are. I've even heard that there are some people about who enjoy "Poldark". ;)

Amazed you don't remember it though, as the Beeb did have a bit of a fixation.
Jun. 26th, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
But Poldark has everything - shipwrecks, smugglers, financial ruin, mining disasters, riots, houses burning down, things blowing up, dodgy relationships, pretty people, jailbreaks, duels, pub brawls and people galloping about on horses around Cornwall! I refused to watch it for years, though, because it had committed the terrible crime of being my Mum's favourite show. ;-p

And Huckleberry Finn is burned in the back of my brain somewhere, so I definitely must have seen it. Wee!me obviously thought it a terrible fate to be left actually watching it, that's all. And I can't be blamed for things I can't even fully remember. I was too young to appreciate that it wasn't a form of child torture, but in fact the best programme around. I liked Battle of the Planets, and Heidi. (It's best not to be predictable, right?)
Jun. 26th, 2013 06:28 pm (UTC)
"Heidi" was made by the same production company as Huck. The woman in the credits up above was one of the few cast members to be in both shows. I think she was Clara's aunt in "Heidi". That was another show that the BBC loved to repeat! I still remember the theme tune. Not a bad show, even if things did resolutely refuse to explode. I vaguely recall pretending to be Peter, whilst helping to round up the cows at milking time.

Barefooted goatherds fare much better than barefooted cowherds, you will probably not be surprised to learn.
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