|ANDY PANDY copyright relevant owner. Art by PHIL GASCOINE|
Saturday, 20 February 2016
ANDY PANDY'S ANNUAL...
Hard though it may be to believe, ANDY PANDY first appeared on TV in June or July of 1950, in the FOR The CHILDREN slot. Astonishingly, the episodes were first broadcast live, until it was realized that filming them meant they could be conveniently repeated. 26 episodes were recorded in 1952 and repeated continuously up until 1970, whereupon 13 new episodes were filmed. In 1953, the WATCH With MOTHER name was adopted and Andy alternated with The FLOWER POT MEN ('52) and RAG, TAG And BOBTAIL ('53). PICTURE BOOK and The WOODENTOPS (both 1955) were later added to the line-up and the 15 minute, 1.30 p.m. slot expanded from three to five times a week, with other programmes added to the mix over the following years. (The Watch With Mother name was finally dropped in 1975 on the grounds that it sounded dated.)
Surprised as I was to learn that new Andy shows were made in 1970, I was even more amazed to discover that Andy Pandy Annuals (published by PURNELL) were issued every year from at least the '60s right into the early '80s. Who ever knew Andy was so popular with the Annual-buying public? Anyway, I only have one in my collection, dated internally from 1974, so here's two-pages to show you what you've been missing. (He also had a strip in the weekly ROBIN nursery comic.)
Anyone got a full set? (Anyone brave enough to admit to it?)
And here's an extra bonus - the opening and closing credits.
Posted by Kid at Saturday, February 20, 2016