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It was the decade that launched the careers of Ant and Dec in Byker Grove, introduced the perennially popular Pingu and made Saturday morning kids TV staple viewing.
Now the 1980s has been crowned the golden age for children’s television, due to the large amount of choice it offered.
A Radio Times panel ruled that, despite not being the time when many shows launched, it was the most popular time for children’s TV.
Here's one I made earlier: In their analysis of children’s TV across the decades, the experts crowned Blue Peter the best children’s television programme of all time. Blue Peter is significant part of British culture, it first aired in 1958 and is the longest-running children's TV show in the world
Newsround, first hosted by John Craven (pictured) in 1973, finished third in the rankings. Originally known as John Craven's Newsround, it was mostly presented by John Craven between 4 April 1972 and 22 June 1989. Originally, stand-in presenters, such as Richard Whitmore, came from the main BBC News bulletins
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Indeed, 16 of the top 20 shows of all time, including Postman Pat, Grange Hill, Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and Tiswas, were all broadcast during the decade.
In their analysis of children’s TV across the decades, the experts also crowned Blue Peter the best children’s television programme of all time.
The long-running show – which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year – was once staple teatime viewing in households up and down the country, pulling in audiences of over 8million people.
Tiswas (Today Is Saturday Watch And Smile) was a Saturday morning children's British television series which ran from 5 January 1974 to 3 April 1982. Most famously hosted by Chris Tarrant (pictured) between 1974 and 1981 Tiswas began life as a 'links' strand between many 'filler' programmes, such as cartoons and old films
And while the show’s current ratings are a long way off its heyday, after being shunted to the digital channel CBBC, the panel said its ‘cultural significance’ remains unchallenged.
Just behind the teatime show was Grange Hill, the teenage drama set in a north London comprehensive which ran for 30 years from 1978 to 2008.
TOP 20 CHILDREN'S SHOWS EVER
1. Blue Peter (BBC) 11. Play Away (BBC)
2. Grange Hill (BBC) 12. Pingu (BBC)
3. Newsround (BBC) 13. Rentaghost (BBC)
4. Tiswas (ITV) 14. SM:TV Live (ITV)
5. Swap Shop (BBC) 15. Animal Magic (BBC)
6. Vision On (BBC) 16. Byker Grove (BBC)
7. Live & Kicking (BBC) 17. Jackanory (BBC)
8. Going Live (BBC) 18. Box of Delights (BBC)
9. Play School (BBC) 19. How (ITV)
10. Crackerjack (BBC) 20. The Borrowers (BBC)
Newsround, first hosted by John Craven in 1973, finished third, with ITV’s anarchic Saturday morning show Tiswas in fourth and Multi-Coloured Swap Shop in fifth.
Former Tiswas presenter Sally James said of the 1980s: ‘I think children’s TV was so much better in those days and, because there weren’t multiple channels, the shows gained more popularity.
‘I also feel there was more creativity and a better balance between entertainment and education — think The Record Breakers, Magpie, Blue Peter…’
She went on to champion shows including Thomas The Tank Engine, Rainbow and Chucklevision, all of which were broadcast in the 1980s.
Tiswas featured the young Lenny Henry and occasionally Jim Davidson together with Bob Carolgees and his puppet, Spit the Dog. John Gorman, former member of 1960s cult band The Scaffold, was also a presenter
The second most popular decade was deemed to have been the seventies, followed by the sixties in third and nineties in fourth.
Mark Frith, Editor of Radio Times, said: ‘British TV produces the best programmes for children in the world – reading our list produces the most wonderful, warm memories.’
We don't just throw this programme together, you know: A feature of Tiswas was The Cage wherein initially the child audience, and later their parents, were confined and periodically doused in water
The series was also frequently visited by the Phantom Flan Flinger, who would throw flans around the studio at all and sundry. Both Tarrant and the Flan Flinger would take great delight in trying to 'flan' cameramen who would go to great lengths to avoid being hit
Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, more commonly known simply as Swap Shop was the first children's TV programme to be broadcast live. The show was hosted by Noel Edmonds (right) with Keith Chegwin (left), John Craven and it rivaled Tiswas which was broadcast at the same time on BBC
From 1978, Maggie Philbin also joined the gang, the content of the programme included music, visits from public figures, competitions, and cartoons. There was also coverage of news and issues relevant to children, presented by John Craven, building on his profile as the presenter of John Craven's Newsround
Vision On was conceived and developed by the BBC to replace a monthly series For Deaf Children (1952–64). There was initial disagreement as to whether lip-reading or British Sign Language would be more appropriate. Eventually it was decided that, since the new programme was intended as entertainment rather than education, communication would be entirely visual and the amount of text would be limited
Grange Hill began its mega-run on 8 February 1978 on BBC1, and was one of the longest-running programmes on British television when it ended its run on 15 September 2008 after a colossal 31 series
Byker Grove is an English television series which aired between 1989 and 2006 was broadcast at 5.10pm after Newsround on CBBC on BBC One. It famously kick-started the career of presenting legends Ant and Dec
Going Live! was a Saturday morning magazine show, broadcast on BBC1 between 1987 and 1993. It was presented by Phillip Schofield (left) and Sarah Greene (right)
The popular kids TV show was a staple in the Saturday morning viewing of children growing up in the 90s. The show aired on BBC until it was axed in 2001, it captured the nation featuring stars such as John Barrowman and Zoe Ball
Rentaghost followed the escapades of a firm that hired out spooks broadcast by the BBC between 6 January 1976 and 6 November 1984
Play School was a British children's television series produced by BBC Two (1964–1983) and later on BBC One (1983–1988) which ran from 21 April 1964 until 11 March 1988
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