Gransnet forums

TV, radio, film, Arts

A Crackerjack moment !

(20 Posts)
NanKate Thu 13-Mar-14 20:42:38

As I was getting ready to go upstairs to bed I struggled to take with me the following:

Bottle of water
Notepad and pen

Suddenly a memory of children's television of the 1950/60s popped into my head. Do you remember Crackerjack where 4 children were put on round podiums asked questions and ever time they got one wrong they were given a cauliflower to hold, the first person to drop a cauliflower was out?

I just felt like one of those kids laden down with cauliflowers.

What tv programme do you remember from your youth ?

dollie Thu 13-Mar-14 20:46:10

It was cabbages nan not cauliflower ...if they got 3 or dropped one they were out.

merlotgran Thu 13-Mar-14 20:47:07

Champion the Wonder Horse.

Wasn't it a cabbage?

Deedaa Thu 13-Mar-14 20:53:51

Champion the Wonder Horse was one of my favourites. I thought he was the most beautiful horse ever. I used to love the classic serials at teatime on Sundays and the serials of books like Little Women and The Silver Sword.

KatyK Thu 13-Mar-14 20:56:27

The phrase 'double or drop' springs to mind when I think of crackerjack for some reason. Yes they were cabbages. Didn't the losing contestants take away a crackerjack pencil and pen? I remember Peter Glaze being one of the presenters.

Ana Thu 13-Mar-14 20:59:03

And Leslie Crowther, of course!

NanKate Thu 13-Mar-14 21:06:06

Thanks you are right it was a cabbage -3 as you say.

I think at one time Eamon Andrews was on the programme. Not sure I have spelt Eamon correctly, anyone fron Ireland who can help ?

NanKate Thu 13-Mar-14 21:06:46

From not fron !

KatyK Thu 13-Mar-14 21:09:31

Oh yes of course Leslie Crowther. Programmes I used to love were Sugarfoot, Cheyenne, Wagon Train (Robert Horton was lovely - I believe he is still alive), Rawhide, and for younger children Twizzle, Torchy the Battery Boy, The Woodentops. I'm sure there is another thread on this subject somewhere......

broomsticks Thu 13-Mar-14 21:12:35

Yes, cabbages!
I loved Laramie and Bronco. We didn't have ITV so used to have to go to a friend down the road to watch Robin Hood and all those ones.

JoyBloggs Thu 13-Mar-14 21:56:09

The thread KatyK mentioned might be '1950s Children's TV' (under the forum topic 'Television and Radio', on page 2 at the bottom) which started in November 2013.

positivepam Thu 13-Mar-14 22:52:09

Oh gosh there are so many I loved and all the ones mentioned I love. Especially Fury, Champion the Wonder Horse, Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, William Tell, Robin Hood, Circus Boy, The Wooden Tops, Rag Tag and Bobtail, Picture Book Andy Pandy, Bill and Ben and CrackerJack. Laramie, Wagon Train, Rawhide, High Chaparall(or something like). I loved them all and love to look at clips of some of them on youtube etc. Doesn't it take you back, I am not sure whether it makes me feel old or makes me feel young again. Oh I just love to think about them all. grin

PRINTMISS Fri 14-Mar-14 08:40:34

I remember when my children were young (that is when I watched all the children's programmes) Black Beauty was a favourite of my daughter's and I was in the middle of bathing my son, when she came running into me, 'Mummy, mummy, they're going to kill Black Beauty!' Mum to the rescue, son quickly out of bath (surprised) and lo and behold, Black beauty was safe - had to be, it was on the following week! Happy days.

KatyK Fri 14-Mar-14 08:57:04

Thank you Joy

rosesarered Fri 14-Mar-14 13:06:44

Champion The Wonder Horse was so lovely, every little girl wanted to own him. I also liked Mr. Ed [talking horse!]I can't remember watching much tv as I was always playing out as a child.

harrigran Fri 14-Mar-14 18:26:21

We never had television sad

broomsticks Fri 14-Mar-14 21:40:33

I think I liked Fury better than Champion, but my dad always used to start singing 'Champion the Wonder Horse' irrespective of which horse it actually was, or for that matter, whether it was a horse at all.

susieb755 Fri 14-Mar-14 21:50:10

I loved Champion and Rin Tin Tin, plus Daktari with Clarence the Cross Eyed Lion, and tales of the riverbank.. and animal magic with Johnny Morris ... are you noticing a theme ! When the kids were little we loved heres boomer, and littlest hobo .. i am now a Mist the Sheepdog Fan !

baubles Fri 14-Mar-14 22:31:19

It's's 5 to 5.........and it's...........CRACKERJACK smile smile smile

NanKate Sat 15-Mar-14 09:57:21

Gosh you do take me back Baubles, it's as if it was yesterday that I heard those words. smile