Watch With Mother: children's television clips from the '50s and '60s

Saga reporter / 24 June 2014

Here's a selection of clips that will take you back in time...

Monday: Picture Book from April 1963

From 1955, if you settled down in front of Watch With Mother on a Monday, then Monday meant Picture Book.

The idea behind Picture Book was to get children to make things. Many of you will recall the catchphrase of Picture Book's first presenter Patricia Driscoll: "Do you think you could do this? – I am sure you could if you tried."

Tuesday: Andy Pandy from 1952

Now almost a senior citizen – he's 64 this month – Andy Pandy lived in a picnic basket with Teddy and Looby Loo.

Programmes were originally transmitted live, though when it was realised they could be repeated if filmed, 26 episodes were shot and repeated until 1970.

Wednesday: Bill and Ben 1953

Bill and Ben’s adventures at the bottom of the garden behind the potting shed always ended in a minor mishap, with the narrator trilling, ‘Was it Bill or was it Ben?’

Their friend was, of course, Little Weed and they had the occasional visit from a tortoise called Slowcoach.

Thursday: Rag, Tag and Bobtail 1957

Rag, Tag and Bobtail followed the gentle adventures of a hedgehog (Rag), a mouse (Tag) and a rabbit (Bobtail) in their countryside home. Five baby rabbits also made regular appearances.

These simple glove puppets are remembered with great affection in a series of 24, 12-minute episodes which ran from 1955 to 1965.

Friday: The Woodentops 1955

Fridays on Watch With Mother took 1950s children down to the farm to meet The Woodentops.

This famous family of TV puppets consisted of Daddy Woodentop, Mummy Woodentop, twins Jenny and Willy Woodentop, Baby Woodentop and not forgetting Spotty Dog, introduced by the narrator as "the very biggest spotty dog you ever did see".

Mummy Woodentop was often helped by friend Mrs Scrubbitt, whose husband Sam Scrubbitt would also help Daddy Woodentop tend to the animals, including Buttercup the Cow.

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