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I feel sorry for today’s generation of young children; they’re growing up on programmes infested with poor stories, weak scripts, tiring CGI and just downright heavily cringing ideas for series. I am especially sorry for young children growing up watching poor CGI versions of such fantastic children’s shows like Postman Pat (now Postman Pat’s Special Delivery Service), Thomas the Tank Engine and Fireman Sam. Postman Pat riding a helicopter AND a motorbike? Thomas the Tank Engine’s brilliant old-fashioned animation being replaced by poor CGI? And now FIREMAN SAM? What is going on in this world?!

As a child, I loved so many old stuff: the Clangers, a little bit of Bagpuss and Ivor the Engine, Postman Pat (which I loved to pieces), Thomas the Tank Engine (I didn’t like the crashes and the moments of peril, but apart from that I loved the stories…and Ringo Starr’s heavily Liverpudlian voice), Hanna-Barbera cartoons and Thunderbirds. I also liked some of the new stuff: Teletubbies, Tweenies, Brambley Hedge (which I liked so much that I watched Sea Story during the millennium celebrations instead of the fireworks), Kipper, Percy the Park Keeper AND Woody Woodpecker (which, I recently found out, was voiced by Looney Tunes’ Mel Blanc). These still play endlessly in my head. As does a certain programme that was only subtly hidden in the title…

#Chuckle — Chuckle — Vision! Chuckle-Chuckle-Vision! Chuckle-Chuckle-Vision!#

The guilty pleasure of my childhood. It was cheesy, but wasn’t as cheesy as the Chuckle Brothers’ quiz show: first prize is…a box of Roses chocolate. Yay. The theme tune is ultra-80s-catchy, the slapstick is nearly always giggly good, and their catchphrase is priceless and ageless. Sure, the titles look like they were made at the last minute, the episodes got more and more stretched over the series, and it isn’t exactly comedy gold, but the Chuckle Brothers — Paul and Barry — are now comedy legends! Especially to me.

Ah, nostalgia. Shouldn’t really be feeling it yet as a teenager, but I’m liking it! Well, so long as you avoid thinking about the scary side to it… One day at a time, though. One day at a time.

To me, to you, live long and prosper! 😀

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