My family and I were out for a walk at Vogrie Country Park recently. It was nice to explore parts of the park which we hadn’t walked around before. During our walk, my son asked me about the TV programmes I used to watch when I was a kid and whether they were very different to what he watches.
As I explained to me son, many of the programmes I watched as a kid are nothing like things he watches! I grew up in the last 1970s and early 1980s and there was an abundance of weird and wonderful things on TV. Many of them I’m sure my kids would like and some of the programme can even be found on Youtube.
The Adventure Game
The Adventure Game was one of my favourite programmes of all time as a kid. It was set on planet Argon where the game show contestants (or time travellers) had found themselves. The native dragon-like creatures stole the crystal from their time-travelling machine and the contestants had to win it back in order to get home.
By solving clues, the contestants earned currency known as Drogna. They needed it to get further in the game and to purchase things like green cheese rolls. Those rolls came in handy in the final game – the Vortex – where they could be used to check if the Vortex was next to them. There was a whole host of famous people from the 80s who turned up as time-travellers, including Noel Edmonds and Fern Britton.
Captain Caveman And The Teen Angels
I used to love the Captain Caveman cartoon. I vaguely remember it as being similar to Scooby Doo but with a caveman and three girls instead. He used to scream Captain Caaaaveeemaaaaaan at the top of his voice and one of the Teen Angels used to say zowee quite a lot.
Captain Caveman used to fly with his wooden club but it always used to conk out mid-air. The club had a small pterodactyl inside with a candle. I seem to remember he also had loads of animals like mammoths and sabre-toothed tigers hidden in his fur.
When it comes to weird then Worzel Gummidge is definitely up there with the best of them. It was about a scarecrow who came to life and could change his turnip heads for all sorts of occasions. The Crowman, Worzel’s creator, was someone he would turn to when things weren’t going to plan.
Worzel had a girlfriend, Aunt Sally, who wasn’t exactly pleased to be around him. She was always mean and rude. I seem to remember he also fell in love with a ship’s figurehead called Saucy Nancy, which really annoyed Aunt Sally. I’m not sure what kids would make of Worzel Gummidge these days. I certainly loved it when it was around in the late 1970s!
Dungeons And Dragons
I was never into playing Dungeons and Dragons but I found the cartoon fascinating as a kid. A group of friends take a ride on a roller coaster and end up in an alternate realm. The first thing they meet is a multi-headed dragon called Tiamat but thankfully the Dungeon Master comes to their aid. He gives them tools to help them fight the dragon.
The dragon isn’t their only problem though. There’s a strange looking demon baddie called Venger who is very powerful. It turns out he’s the Dungeon Master’s son who was turned evil by the Nameless One. The episodes usually involve the group of friends having to do various tasks in order to try and return back home but they always seem to be scuppered in their endeavours.
The Mysterious Cities Of Gold
I dipped into the Mysterious Cities of Gold when I was a kid. I never quite knew what was going on but I found it fascinating to watch. It featured Esteban and his adventures in the New World trying to find his father and the Mysterious Cities of Gold. The series seemed to go on forever and I’m sure I missed some episodes.
The thing I remember the most about the Mysterious Cities of Gold was the theme tune. It was one of the most iconic pieces of music from children’s TV in the 1980s. The intro and theme tune made the cartoon seem even more mysterious and ultimately more enticing to watch.
What Were Your Favourite TV Programmes As A Kid?
There were loads more programmes I loved as a kid but I’ll save them for another time.
Did you have any programmes as a child you just couldn’t miss each week?