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3 Retro TV Shows We Wish They’d Bring Back

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When you become a parent and your kids reach a certain age, prepare to get reacquainted with kids TV in a big way.

And while Peppa Pig, Hey Duggee, Moon and Me and Octonauts all have their charms, you might find yourself reminiscing about the shows that used to spark your imagination, end up looking them up on YouTube, deciding whether they still stand the test of time and perhaps even trying them out to see what your kids think of them now.

So to save you the hassle of disappearing into a rabbit hole the next time you’ve got some spare browsing time, we’ve trawled the internet to collate the three retro TV shows the powers that be should bring back immediately.

These are the retro TV shows that made us laugh, cry and scratch our chins in bamboozled bewilderment – you can thank us later! 

Rainbow

Throw together a huge bear (Bungle), a pink hippo (George) and whatever Zippy was meant to be, with human characters Geoffrey, Rod, Jane and Freddy and watch magical TV mayhem ensue! This classic show is just as much fun to re-watch as it was at the time, and the theme song still sounds superb. 

Rainbow

Fun fact: Zippy sounds just like Josh Widdicombe from Channel 4’s The Last Leg – check it out here!

Bagpuss

Bagpuss has been buried deep in the back of our consciousness for what feels like a lifetime and we can confirm after watching a few old episodes that in some ways, watching this saggy, baggy psychedelic pink and white cat is still a slightly weird and confusing experience. However, it’s also a sublime slice of escapism when the daily news cycle is more dire than ever and today’s kids will still sing along as readily to ‘the mending song’ today as you and your friends used to back in the day.

Bagpuss

Fun fact: Emily, the owner of Bagpuss in the show, is actually Emily Firmin – the real-life daughter of its creator Peter Firmin. 

Thunderbirds

When you watch the original 1960s incarnation of Thunderbirds now, in one way the exploits of the Tracy family and their domination of land, sea and air look a little dated compared to modern shows where CGI has replaced strings, but because the writing and characterisation is so skilled, in other ways the show still feels fresh, so this is one retro classic definitely worth sharing with your little ones on a lockdown rainy day. 

Thunderbirds Retro TV Shows logo

Fun fact: British braid experts Ormiston Wire provided the fine metal wire that suspended the marionettes and acted as electrical cables that passed on signals to control their facial movements.

So there you have it – a nostalgic hattrick of retro TV shows that could definitely do with a second airing. 

The next time your kids complain about being bored, pop these beauties on your smart TV and enjoy hours of blissful silence as they sit mesmerised.

Have we missed any of your favourite retro kids TV shows? Share it in the comments section! 

1 Comment

  1. Kim Carberry

    1st August 2020 at 9:05 pm

    I used to love Rainbow!! There was something special about it.
    I have such a hatred for Thunderbirds all because of my brother. He always got his way and got to watch it even when I wanted to watch something. hehehe x

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