Less Remembered 1980s Children’s Programmes #3: The Untied Shoelaces Show

BBC Scotland’s early 1980s summertime treat The fusion of popular music and children’s television programming has been a solid formula for public service and commercial broadcasters around the world. In the United Kingdom, its commercial potential was seen in programmes like Lift Off With Ayshea (Granada Television) and Saturday Scene (London Weekend Television). By the…

The Return of Pablo: Series Two Starts Next Week

How the second series of Pablo will make thinking differently cool again Was it really two years ago when Pablo hit the screens? On the 01 October, Paper Owl Films‘ and Kavaleer Productions‘ part-animated part-live action series broke new ground when it was aired on CBeebies and RTEjr. It is the first television series to…

(Do You Remember) Needle Time?

Past of the M60 looks at the long forgotten practice of needle time If you have a few records, CDs and cassettes in your collection, you may have come across this notice: “Unauthorised public performance or broadcasting of this record is strictly prohibited.” Today, this notice or the like refers to the public performance of…

TV Licences: Another Tory Promise Down the Tubes

Non-means tested free TV licence plan for over-75s binned We’ve been here before, haven’t we? Anyone with half a brain would know that a Conservative Party election promise has the longevity of a Primark suit. As we age, our brain power begins to wane unless we exercise our mind with sudokus, quizzes or other creative…

TV Review: Our Lives: Battle of the Bands

East of the M60‘s review of BBC One’s documentary on brass banding Our Lives: Battle of the Bands: BBC One, 27 May 2019, 7.30pm Presenter: Ruth Madoc; Musical Director (Tredegar Town Band): Ian Porthouse; Musical Director (Cory Band): Philip Harper; Executive Producer (BBC Wales): Christina Macaulay; Executive Producer (Yeti Media Ltd): Siân Price; Producer and…

Around the Houses: A Look at My Co-Written Pablo Episode

Or: can you get a bus from Station Road to Market Street via Dizzy Heights and Dangerous Corner? In October 2017, yours truly wrote about the start of a new series entitled Pablo. It is a part-animated and part-live action children’s television series by CBeebies and RTEJr. One that I have had the joy of…

Pablo: A Look at CBeebies’ and RTEJr’s Autie-Friendly Animation

Why Pablo draws upon the experience of people with autism spectrum conditions Before I start this entry, I would like to declare an interest. Over the last year, the creator of this blog has been involved in the production of CBeebies’ and RTEJr’s exciting new children’s television series. Entitled Pablo, it is a groundbreaking new…

Britain’s Greatest Television News Themes: The Not So Perfect Ten

East of the M60’s latest Not So Perfect Ten looks at Britain’s greatest television news signature tunes …And now, the headlines from the East of the M60 newsdesk: Leading blog’s countdown of the ten best news themes; Countdown includes nostalgic look at best news tunes from the 1950s onwards; Most of which are from BBC and ITN news programmes. In…

When JAM Ruled the British Airwaves: Part One, BBC Radio One

How JAM Creative Productions revolutionised the sound of Britain’s favourite radio stations In 1976, a recently formed radio jingle production company landed one of radio’s most formidable accounts. It was the jingles package for the BBC’s most popular national stations: Radio 1 and Radio 2. The company, little known in the UK prior to landing their prestigious contract,…

Ringing the Frequency Changes: AM to FM and DAB to DAB+

Personal musings on broadcast radio frequency changes     Before I went to bed, I learned about the possibility of more tasty radio stations coming my way. “Whoop whoop I thought,” thinking my erstwhile DAB receiver would benefit from a few new stations, using the DAB+ system. Then I realised the only one I would…