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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for Joy, 9 Oct 2011
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This review is from: Magpie [DVD] [1968] (DVD)
This is a great DVD on two levels. Firstly, a nostalgia level as those who recall the programme will probably remember some of the articles featured in these episodes - does the Jameson Merlin car still exist I wonder?
Secondly, it is interesting from a social point of view as many of the articles cover a way of life that barely exists these days. And some of the fashions and the overall look of the programmes seem rather odd compared to the modern 'in your face' style of childrens TV.
Sadly, no full episodes from the very early days with Pete Brady but maybe it's a miracle that these episodes have survived anyway.

PS
I Googled and found almost 500 mentions of the Merlin car but I'm still unsure if it still exists.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascintating viewing...oddly disappointing, 29 Dec 2009
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G. Blackburn "Mr Business" (Berlin) - See all my reviews
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Back in the day you were either a Blue Peter kid or a Magpie kid. Afficonados today of the mighty BP may indeed be aware that this competition existed but it is likely that few have had any first hand experience of ITV's "hip and trendy version" of Blue Peter.

The show fizzled out in 1980 and save for the occasional clip here and there on nostalgia programmes, very little of Magpie has been seen on TV since. Save for the occasional snippet on Youtube, this DVD so far represents the definitive Magpie viewing experience.

As you might expect, Network have put a lot of effort into this release. The cover art is bright and cheerful and evocative of Magpie's 1970s heyday while the 2 discs offer a generous 12 episodes selected from 1972-1980 alongside some orphaned film inserts and a 1971 Magpie special called My Brother David. It's an impressive line-up and gives the viewer a long overdue taste of what ITV's Blue Peter equivalent was all about.

So what lets it down? Well, sad to say - the actual programmes!

As something cool and trendy and so tied to the zeitgeist of the times, it was inevitable that Magpie would bite the dust sooner than BP which was never interested in being cool and so managed to avoid going out of fashion in the first place. What's surprising watching these episodes is that Magpie managed to last as long as it did as the programmes do rather come across and being somewhat flung together in a hotch-potch sort of way. One item careers into another with little introduction and not much in the way of context. Even with this relatively small selection of programmes, it's clear that Magpie rattled off a number of cheapo programmes to fill the time such as an unecessary tour of the studio cameras or Jenny Handley's review of her favourite film reports. OK, admittedly BP may well have presented such items in their history. The difference here is they same to have little context within the programmes themselves and therefore come across as cheap time fillers. There's one episode where a couple of donkeys troop into the studio and it's not until 10 minutes into the interview that you discover they're appearing in a pantomime. Add to that some rather amateurish technical gaffes and Magpie does come across as a rather hastily put togther shambles.

But it's not all bad news. It's fascinating to have the chance to see these programmes at all and the Magpie presenting teams WERE indeed much cooler and had more street cred than their Blue Peter equivalents. You do get a sense of fun and energy while watching these programmes as they zip along at breakneck speed from one item to another. However, it is not difficult to see why Magpie ultimately fell by the wayside while the clean, careful BP has gone on and on and on...

A nice addition to the Network stable and a real curio for fans of retro kids TV.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 Dec 2014
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interesting throwback to 1960s/70s
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab dvd, 22 Feb 2014
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Brilliant dvd. Brought back childhood memories! Pity the programme went off air. Can also remember Mick Robertson, Douglas Rae and Jenny Hanley, on GMTV, a few years ago, recalling their time on the programme
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magpye, 31 July 2009
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Mr. M. Manton "marky" (rayleigh england) - See all my reviews
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i love classic things and when i see this was coming out on dvd i had to have it it takes me back to how kids tv was great
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