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Hee, apparently the words egg-boxes and indeed Blue Peter are a sort of Proustian madeleine for 20-somethings-who-were-slightly-geeky-kids! Most amusing. I don't suppose any of you had a badge, did you? Or was it just ME?! *laughs in evil triumph*

It's weird, even though my family din't watch much television as children, I have very fond memories of Children's BBC (and to a lesser extent, ITV, because they had Sooty and Sweep. And that fantasy programme whose name eludes me, but whose villain was cool and wore red sparkly gauzey dresses that I loved. Then they got a new actress to play her who was blonde and crap). I especially loved the big literary adaptations they did (usually on Wednesdays), like The Box of Delights and The Children of Greene Knowe. Just thinking about the dark winter afternoons of my childhood, with my sisters and I watching TV and then going off and making Lego villages or putting on plays makes me feel all cosy and nostalgic. Winter does that, sometimes. It's not a bad thing.

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biascut
Dec. 4th, 2003 12:02 pm (UTC)
And that fantasy programme whose name eludes me, but whose villain was cool and wore red sparkly gauzey dresses that I loved. Then they got a new actress to play her who was blonde and crap).

T-Bag? That was such a weird programme.
stellanova
Dec. 4th, 2003 12:05 pm (UTC)
YES! Oh, thank you, that was driving me mad. I'd forgotten all about it until I was writing that post, and I wracked my brains trying to remember the details. Thanks!
biascut
Dec. 4th, 2003 12:17 pm (UTC)
The first T-Bag was definitely the best. Then there'd be the girl going around collecting teaspoons or something, and T-Bag would be trying to foil her with the aid of T-something else - pot? - the teenage boy. But he'd always end up taking pity on the girl and helping her, and getting into trouble with T-Bag.

But it was never explained why she was collecting these things, or why T-Bag was trying to stop her, and it was set in such a bizarre world! I did love T-Bag but I never had a clue what was going on.
stellanova
Dec. 4th, 2003 12:41 pm (UTC)
He was T-shirt! Oh, it's all coming back to me now. Yes, it really was incredibly weird, wasn't it? I think by the time the second T-Bag came along I was growing out of kids' TV, so I don't remember her very well, only that she was crap. But I thought the first one was great!

Hmmm, I'm sure there is a crap "80s nostalgia" site devoted to it somewhere....
stellanova
Dec. 4th, 2003 12:44 pm (UTC)
And only two seconds later, I find a site!
http://www.the-jps.co.uk/themes/tbag.htm

And yes, the blonde one arrived when I was 14, and presumably only watching kids' TV in a sort of "oh, is this what little children are watching?" way, when my younger sisters had it on.
biascut
Dec. 4th, 2003 12:51 pm (UTC)
Wow! How young is T-shirt? And I remember that red-headed girl and her awful yellow dress. But I shocked how young they are: I remember them as being about twelve, and they're more like nine or ten!
biascut
Dec. 4th, 2003 12:53 pm (UTC)
And Kellie Bright! Not only was she Joanna Burrows in The Upper Hand, she's also Kate Aldridge on a certain Radio Four agriculture-based soap...
stellanova
Dec. 4th, 2003 01:02 pm (UTC)
No! The madness! And the real T-Bag is in Emmerdale! It was obviously some sort of soap training-camp or something. Although poor old T-Shirt doesn't seem to be doing so well....
jinxremoving
Dec. 6th, 2003 07:37 am (UTC)
i totally thought it was called debbie in letterland. i am so confused.
stellanova
Dec. 6th, 2003 08:49 am (UTC)
I was going to say that maybe it was called different things in different ITV regions, but then I realised I was watching the same region as you! And I'm pretty sure it was T-Bag. Of course, as I couldn't remember the name at all until Mary mentioned it, I am not the most reliable source...
blue_monday
Dec. 4th, 2003 01:00 pm (UTC)
I don't suppose any of you had a badge, did you? Or was it just ME?! *laughs in evil triumph*

I have one! I have no idea where it is, but I do have one.
stellanova
Dec. 4th, 2003 01:04 pm (UTC)
You're the first person I've ever met who has one too! What did you get it for?
blue_monday
Dec. 4th, 2003 03:13 pm (UTC)
I think I got it for a competition to do with one of the annuals - I have a vague recollection of it being a 'design the inside back cover' type thing.

I was also seen on Blue Peter once, very briefly.
cangetmad
Dec. 4th, 2003 03:22 pm (UTC)
I didn't get a badge, but my mum was interviewed on Blue Peter once! They got her name wrong in the caption, though.
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