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The Encyclopaedia of Cult Children's TV [Paperback]

Richard Lewis
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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1 Oct 2002
Do you ever lie awake at night, wondering whether the Snorkmaiden was having an affair with Moomin Papa? Have you ever drunk a bit too much, and started an argument about Button Moon? Does Noesybonk from Jigsaw still haunt your nightmares? Do you find yourself drifting off during boring business meetings, trying to remember the names of all the Flumps? If so, this book is for you. The Encyclopaedia of Cult Children's TV will take you back to a better age. It will take you on a journey back to Chigley, to Moominvalley, to Toytown, high above the streets and houses, where it was all so honest and simple. Where it was perfectly ordinary for a camp man in dungarees, a big woolly bear, a fey pink hippo and a bitchy zipped-up gimp to get in bed with each other and sing a song...

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (1 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749005297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749005290
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A genuine reference book, wittily written and on a nicely small scale to keep you browsing.' -- Scotland On Sunday

'Engaging stuff—Lewis makes a witty companion on the trawl back through a misspent childhood.' -- Harpers & Queen

'The playful tone and pithy wit are what make this an unmissable buy, as well as an aid to fond reminiscences down the pub.' -- The Bookseller

'What sets this book apart is the wit and perception of the writing.' -- Ham & High

'Wonderfully well-written and researched and will put a smile on anyone's face. Crackerjack!' -- What's On

From the Author

Hi. This new paperback version has been revised and expanded to include new entries and to incorporate some comments and suggestions from readers. Thanks to all the readers who wrote with their thoughts and reminiscences, it was a lot of fun.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously funny observation 3 Nov 2002
I was going to give this book three stars. After all, it missed my fave show ever Ace of Wands. But after spending a weekend with the book, and therefore its author, I came to realise that humour and truthful comments was more important. The jokes come thick and fast and Lewis's observations are perceptive and well worth the money. I (sadly) read it cover to cover and laughed all the way. Thanks. A great trip down memory lane and a really funny way to spend a weekend. MW.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I am a great reader of this type of book and looked forward to maybe having somthing a bit definitive. However this book did not give what it's title so readily declared. The author seems stuck in the nostalgia of the 1970's and seems to ignore most of the later children's programmes. He mentions that he will not review Henry's Cat because nobody he talked remembered it. That's not being an encyclopedia. It would have been better if he had spent his time examining just one decades T.v. merits maybe going into a bit more depth.

The bias in this book is also astounding, it appears that he believes that his tastes are everybodies tastes. Occasionally you boggle at the attitude and wonder how this managed to get published.

My advice is borrow it from the library and spend your money on something a bit more professional.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Missing programs 17 Feb 2010
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The Encyclopaedia Of Cult Children's Tv is a good book even though a lot of the programs I remember aren't in it. Where is "Sara & Hoppity. A series of puppet stories highly popular with children about a girl, Sara, and her doll. The doll has one leg shorter than the other hence the name Hoppity. Which was created in 1961, Daktari, White Horses & Do Not Adjust Your Set to name but a few. Instead there are a load of shows I have never heard of.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive children's TV book 2 Nov 2003
This book is superb. Alright so some of the names are spelt wrongly, but I've finally found someone who shares my view on Dogtanian and the Three Muskahounds (I was young at the time and loved it)
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