Scene
1968
The BBC's long-running social education strand for teenagers. Everything was covered from leaving school and finding a job, to issues such as drugs and race. The intro here featured on "The Last Bus", one of the classic Scene dramas shown again in 1993 to mark the programmes's 25th anniversary.


Click for larger image Scene
1971
1971 it may be, but colour still hadn't arrived at BBC Schools.This programme compares apprentice footballers with trainee ballet dancers.

Click for larger image Music Time
1971
Might even be earlier than 1971, but one thing we are sure of is it was still being used in 1977. Mari Griffith and Ian Humphris musically ponder "What Shall I Do?" in this edition, which also featured a guest appearance by The Spinners.

Scene
1973
Colour comes to Scene two years later.

Click for larger image Look And Read: Joe & the Sheep Rustlers
1973
Click for larger image Look And Read was a cult classic for 7-9 year-olds, combining a compelling adventure serial with grammatical teaching.
 
It's fairly obvious what Joe and the Sheep Rustlers is about - young shepherd Joe Norland does battle with the beastly Beasley brothers who are stealing sheep from the farm where he works. Struan Rodger was Joe, with Ken Jones as the youth hostel warden. The characters presented the teaching sections and this was the first Look And Read to be shown in colour.

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Click for larger image Scene
1974
The famous Scene cows chewed their first cud in 1974. You might have been forgiven for thinking Scene was a farming programme!

Click for larger image Look And Read: Cloud Burst
1974
The most fondly remembered period of Look And Read was the Wordy era, the brainchild of producer Sue Weeks who took over the programme in 1974.
 
Cloud Burst tells the story of Tim and Jenny Barber. When they lose their model aeroplane, they meet Ram Pandit, a kindly scientist working on a rainmaking machine to help the people of his native India. Unfortunately, Ram's evil twin Ravi (played by the same actor - Renu Setna) wants it himself and steals it.
 
Tim and Jenny save the day, but Ram discovers a spy in his camp. Richard Carpenter presented the studio bits, with Wordy (Mr Watchword, to give you his full name) appearing for the first time. Tina Heath (Blue Peter) was Jenny and Michael Sheard, Grange Hill's Mr Bronson, was Ravi's henchman. Cloud Burst had not been seen on British TV since 1977, but in 2003 resurfaced on the CBBC channel.

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Gymnast
1974
Practical tips for young gymnasts in this series from BBC Bristol.

Going To Work
1974
Amazingly, some BBC Schools programmes were still being made in black and white, as this edition of Going To Work shows. Unless of course it was a B/W copy, but the variation on the "cogs" theme suggests otherwise.

Biology
1975
Biology, apart from it using Pink Floyd's Time as the theme tune, was narrated by Michael Rodd.

Click for larger image Scene: Violence in Entertainment
1976
Our next offering from Scene looks at the growing problem of violence on television. Viewers are warned about the opening fight scene, in which Oscar James (later of EastEnders) meets a watery end. But it's laughable by today's standards - there's less ham in the local Sainsbury's!

Click for larger image Look And Read: The King's Dragon
1977
Click for larger image The golden era of Look And Read continues with an adventure set in the offices of the fictitious Hastings Times. This time the villains were chasing after an ancient treasure, the King's Dragon armring, and it was up to young Billy West and a young journalist, Ann Mills, to foil the crooks.
 
Kenneth Watson presented the teaching sections as Jack Dunbar, editor of the Hastings Times. Each week Jack would be called out of the office, enabling Wordy to appear! The King's Dragon resurfaced on the CBBC Channel in 2003, its first screening since 1981.

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Location Britain
1977
Geography for O-level/CSE pupils. This episode visits Merthyr Tydfil and looks at urban growth and industrial development.

Merry-Go-Round
1977
How's this for short-and-sweet? The documentary series for junior children was opened by what's more like a sting than a title sequence.

Going To Work
1977
A late Seventies/early Eighties edition of the long-running vocational series for teenagers.

Hyn O Fyd
1970s
The familiar Welsh language current affairs series, broadcast throughout the UK. Initially the BBC Wales globe and standby music were shown prior to each programme, but by 1981 the dots had taken over.

On The Rocks
1978
Not a programme about the downfall of marriage in Britain, as the title might suggest, but a geology series repeated well into the 1980s. An early TV appearance for Ian Mercer, of Coronation Street fame.

Click for larger image Scene: Consequences
1978
A mini-series "Consequences" tells the story of Liza, a pregnant schoolgirl determined to keep the baby. Her parents have other ideas and conflict erupts. Sylvestra Le Touzel (The Boy From Space, Beast) played Liza but does not appear in this clip.

Click for larger image Twentieth Century History
1978
Classic history resource with an equally memorable opening sequence. Brief flashes of famous C20 icons give way to newsreel footage, accompanied by oppressive, suspended strings. Any re-runs today would have to carry the obligatory warning about "strobing effects"!

Click for larger image A Job Worth Doing?
1978
Careers advice for those about to leave school.

Click for larger image Look And Read: Sky Hunter
1978
Fondly remembered by Look And Read Fans, Sky Hunter told the story of three children on a barge holiday in London, who discover peregrine falcon thieves at work. They enlist the help of kindly Mr Trim (Geoffrey Bayldon), from the antiques shop, only to discover he's in on it too!
 
Michael Maynard, as Dave, co-presented with Wordy in his Word Workshop. In 1992, "Sky Hunter II" saw the story inserts repackaged with the three young stars returning as adults working for the RSPB.

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Click for larger image Resource Units: English 11-13
c. 1979
These days all Schools programmes are designed for recording, but the BBC were keen to encourage recording even in the age of the N1700 (pictured). Resource Units were a range of stand-alone programmes for a wide range of subjects - in this case English. This programme follows a local newspaper journalist as he covers a wall-building competition.

Encounter France
1979
French language and lifestyle series narrated by Gary Watson (oh how we miss his voice!) The sig tune, "House Of The King", was also used for Yorkshire TV's "Don't Ask Me" and "Don't Just Sit There" series, both featuring Magnus Pyke.

Merry-Go-Round
1979
French language and lifestyle series narrated by Gary Watson (oh how we miss his voice!) The sig tune, "House Of The King", was also used for Yorkshire TV's "Don't Ask Me" and "Don't Just Sit There" series, both featuring Magnus Pyke.

Click for larger image Music Time
1979
The more familiar Music Time line-up of Peter Combe and Kathryn Harries in 1979. This edition bypasses the usual sig tune and instead goes straight into song. However, our clip features a bonus pre-programme backup announcement from Peter Brook.

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Click for larger image A Good Read
1979
Making literature fun with Gordon Astley, Gordon Griffin and Gillian Hawser. Griffin would later resurface as Inky in Channel 4's pre-school series "Chips Comic" with Elsa O'Toole.


Swim
1980
Andrew Harvey is best known as a newscaster but years ago he donned a tracksuit to present this instructional show, designed for swimmers of all abilities. Although broadcast mainly as a schools programme, Swim did gain a few adult education slots and was last seen on BBC2 in the late 80s/early 90s.

Maths Topics
1980
One of the first schools programmes designed for use with video recorders. Stewart Hardy Films produced the animations which explained mathematical concepts to older students. A fearsome Northern voice narrated.
 
Maths Topics would follow Look And Read on Tuesday mornings during Spring Term 1981.


Maths File
1980
A mathematical comedy-drama featuring the exploits of Inspector Fred Newton (Tony Hughes) of the Maths Squad. Each week Newton would solve a number-related mystery with WPC Susan Jones and the lab assistant. On the right no less than 90 seconds of the theme tune.

Click for larger image Look And Read: The Boy From Space
1980
Perhaps the most famous of all the Look And Read stories. The Boy From Space was first shown in 1971; although made in colour its first broadcast was in black and white. In 1980 the film inserts were repackaged and could be seen in their full glory. Wordy presented from his space probe, WordLab 1, with his assistant Cosmo.
 
So who was this boy from space? He was Peep-Peep, named by the two children who discover him, Dan and Helen. He's crashed to earth after the Thin Space Man tries to steal Peep-Peep's father's meteorite collection. Soon Dan and Helen and taken hostage by The Thin Man aboard the space ship. Helen was played by a very young Sylvestra le Touzel, with Stephen Garlick as Dan.

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General Studies
1970s/80s
The programme which covered just about anything for sixth form students.

Click for larger image Look And Read: Dark Towers
1981
Dark Towers followed the adventures of Tracy, her dog Towser, and the ghosts of Dark Towers. Christopher Biggins also appeared. This clip is from the CBBC channel.
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It's Your Choice
1981
A careers advice series for school-leavers. Download if only to hear a great orchestral version of "Lord Of The Dance"!

Heute Direkt
1982
News in English from the German Democratic Republic. Programme TX (transmission) on BBC Schools on BBC1 was the following morning of Heute Direkt being shown. The series reflected German news and current affairs from across the region.

Exploring Science
1982
Exploring Science is very similar in concept to the other science programmes on this page. This series covered general science. The series was aimed at primary school children. The mechanical countdown clock in the titles takes me back to my primary days!

Words And Pictures
1982
Are you a Cool Cat or a Lazy Lion? Whichever you are, you'll remember with fondness the legendary pre-school series which introduced these characters and more. The series continues today, a pale shadow of its former self and sanitized to fit in with National Curriculum targets.

Maths Help
1982
Advice for teenagers taking maths exams - not sure whether this was a series for A-level or O-level pupils.

Everyday Maths
1982
More maths for you! A series applying mathematical problems to everyday situations; such as saving up for a new guitar.

Watch
1983
Just a few bits of plasticine were needed for this memorable sequence in the 1980s. The theme music, "Prima Ballerina", was also used for ITV Schools intervals.

Click for larger image Look And Read: Fair Ground!
1983
The next Look And Read was the last before Schools moved to BBC2. It's Easter and Thurston's Fair comes to town, but it's under threat from the evil Mr Turnbull who wants to buy the field where it is held and turn it into an office block. Can Ozzie Watson, whose mum owns the land, stop him?
 
Wayne Laryea (Pipkins' Johnny) presented the teaching inserts. Handling Wordy was a doddle compared to Hartley Hare!

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Scene
1983
A shorter intro for the 1980s.

History 11-13: The Middle Ages
1983


Click for larger image Look And Read: Badger Girl
1984
Click for larger image Another Look And Read classic. The story followed the adventures of city girl Debbie (nicknamed Badger Girl because of her hairstyle) on a farm holiday in Dartmoor. She befriends a badger named Stripey and gets caught up in a pony rustling scam. Julia Millbank played Debbie. The series was shown continuously until 1992, and since 2003 has enjoyed reruns on the CBBC channel.
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Zig Zag
1984


Science Topics
1985


Look, Look, Look Again
1985


Landmarks
1985
Another long runner - a history series first seen in the 1980s covering everything from the Gunpowder plot to environmental concerns.

Junior Craft, Design and Technology
1985
Not to be confused with ITV's "Craft, Design & Technology" made by Thames. In an attempt to avoid confusion, the BBC referred to their show by the subtitle, in this case "Up And Down The Hill".

Realidades de Espana
1985
A documentary series for advanced Spanish students. It might also have been shown on Sunday mornings on BBC1.

You And Me
1986
A radical overhaul and a politically correct - sorry, multicultural, feel for You and Me, with chart-toppers UB40 performing the theme tune. Gary Wilmot presented with puppets Cosmo and Dibs, who in time would introduce some of their relatives.

The Geography Programme
1986
This one does what it says on the tin. From a 1986 recording but the programme may pre-date this.

Lets See
1986
This series was produced by BBC Scotland.

Investigating Science
1987
Programmes were arranged in groups of three, which adopted a scheme of work that was process-led. Each group of programmes focused on these processes - observation, classification, measurment, prediction and modelling. Programmes were twenty minutes in duration. A special programme for teachers was also produced to introduce the series, its concepts and aims.

Information World
1987


Lets See
1988
Revamped titles in the 1988 series. Again, produced by BBC Scotland.

Look, Look and Look Again
1988
The premise that observation and recording is the basis of good art work is the starting point for this series. A variety of subject matter, technique and medium, as used in classroom and by adult artists, is explored throughout the series. Eight programmes were produced.

Look And Read: Geordie Racer
1988
The more memorable schools TV series from the BBC. The programmes were aimed at lower end primary school children (7-9 +). Pupils with some reading ability but lack of fluency and motivation to read are stimulated to do so by the programme topics. Dramatised for television, the original stories were supplied in the resource packs that accompanied the series (sold seperately). Books and software were also availble.

Who Me
1988


Logo
1988
A series aimed at total beginners in computer programming. Ten to eleven year olds presented the programmes, sharing their experiences with the audience. Logokids was also produced for the BBC Micro, which was found in most UK schools. The series begain life in 1987 and was repeated in 1988 - 89 term. The usual teacher's notes were available for a modest 90p.

Textile Studies
1989
Five programmes about the uses of fabric and thread. It is presented by Keith Chegwin and is aimed at boys and girls of all abilities. Note the guy?? on the far right of the image - LOL.


Search Out Science
1990
Search Out Science replaced Science Workshop. The latter ended in the 1988/89 season. Basic concepts were to introduce children to some of the processes, skills and concepts of science at their level. Practical work was encouraged through the series to help children grasp scientific ideas. Programme support material was supplied.

Wondermaths
c. 1990
The BBC Radiophonic Workshop herald this series from a decade ago. Not a series I remember, though it appears to be aimed at 10-12 years olds.

Update
1992
Even less for Pres fans to enjoy when, from September 1991, BBC2 dispensed with intervals between Schools programmes. The gaps would remain but a variety of material was used to fill them. One such filler was Update, which showcased the programmes available for different subject areas.

Watch
1992
No more plasticine but still an animated look as Watch moves into the 1990s.

Look And Read: Sky Hunter II
1992
Look And Read's popular format continued into the 1990s. But producers were again looking to the past for inspiration. Sky Hunter was repackaged as Sky Hunter II, with the original film inserts and former child stars Jayne Tottman, Luke Batchelor and Donald Waugh reprising their roles.
 
But it was the end of an era. Sue Weeks fell victim to a BBC cull of schools producers, so not surprisingly this was Wordy's final series. Things would never be the same again.


Scene
1993
Scene celebrated its 25th birthday with a very slick new intro. The fanfare came from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, still also going strong. Cuts in daytime schools programming meant Scene's days were numbered.