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Bill Collins
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Posted: 30 May 2018 at 11:33am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Rebecca, the things that scared me as a kid were the
dwarf and the fish, plus it was Eastern European and
badly dubbed, i`m pretty sure the original dialogue was
still detectable in the sound mix which gave it a freaky
quality! I must watch it again to see if my memory is
correct!
This was a thing of early 70`s kid`s tv in Britain, we
got a lot of European imports that were badly dubbed, i
guess they were cheap filler for the summer holidays!
White Horses and Belle and Sebastian spring to mind!
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Rebecca Jansen
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Posted: 30 May 2018 at 11:50am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I remember some similarly wild Czech and eastern European productions dubbed into English, no idea what they were now but knights and medieval types of settings in some, fantasy powers.In a way they got mixed up with Japanese monster movies like Gamorrah, U.S. puppet Curiosity Shops, and The Double Deckers in my brain. :^)

I loved The Moon Stallion series too, that had Sarah Sutton playing a blind girl with some psychic gifts, before she was in Doctor Who. :^)
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I can recall The Tinder Box, which was another Euro-
import.We also got ancient American stuff like Champion
the Wonder Horse,Casey Jones, The Forest Rangers(I
remember unkind school kids calling me Billy Two
Rivers!) and Whirlybirds!
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I'll have to check into Tinder Box. Forest Rangers like Tales Of The Riverbank (with Hammy The Hamster) were Canadian.

Free Wheelers is another '60s-'70s British kids show I've never seen, made by Southern who did Worzel Gummige, I believe a lot of the Free Wheelers were wiped. There was an ex-Doctor Who companion and an ex-Bugaloo in it though.

Dramarama had some good episodes and some not so good, also Shadows. Various itv regional licensees contributed I think, or was Shadows all Thames?
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Freewheelers I found boring, but that may have been
because it was too old for me at the time.

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I think nobody mentioned "Sherlock". I've seen the first 3 seasons and it's one of my favourite shows.
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Documentaries:

CONNECTIONS:

Anything by James Burke is well worth watching but first series of CONNECTIONS is something really special.   His (unconventional at the time) views on how history and technology are intertwined are more on point now than they were 40 years ago.   Burke's leisure suits with giant collars and enormous flares along with his signature wit and presentation style all make a compelling watch.   The later series for some reason just don't grab me like that first one -- perhaps because they were shot on videotape and seem to be missing something..   The original and it's sister show THE DAY THE UNIVERSE CHANGED were shot on film and have a grittyness in their presentation that could only have been done in the late 70s.

THE SECRET LIFE OF MACHINES:

Like Burke, Tim Hunkin and Rex Garrod present how things work in a unique way that make this show a compulsive watch.   I love how stuff Tim is demonstrating sometimes doesn't work or just plain blows up in his face.   All sorts of crazy stuff like demonstrating how heat affects crystal structure by roasting digital watches in an oven, showing how a fuel injector works by turning it into a rudimentary flame thrower, and a giant flaming pyramid of TV sets still pluged into the mains -- er... just because.  

Tim's dabbling in cartooning, engineering and performance sculpture has led him down some interesting paths, such as designing and building large unusual clocks (including water clocks) all around the world, unusual and rude/off colour coin operated machines, and the flying pigs and sheep used for Pink Floyd's Animals tour.  Rex is like the British equivalent of Al Borland to Tim Hunkin's out-there-ness.
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I like Sherlock too Sergio!
I remember James Burke from weekly BBC technology series
Tomorrow`s World, which was a very interesting
programme, and on at prime time, much better than the
wall to wall soaps we get in that slot now!
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