CITV Memories – An Afternoon With CITV.

An Afternoon With CITV (CITV, 1993)

After having a look back at various continuity clips recently, I remembered that a long time ago I left a tape running to record a whole afternoon of CITV, so here’s a look at some of the adverts that featured along with the shows. I’m fairly sure that it was recorded on 18 February 1993 in the Carlton region. Will there be lots of adverts for toys and things like that, let’s find out. vlcsnap-00931

We begin with the break just before CITV when Blockbusters has ended at around 3:45pm. There’s an advert for Daz featuring Danny Baker who has decided to ask Diane from Coventry if she would take their challenge. And no, she wouldn’t swap her Daz for anything else. Also featuring is Pampers with rather alarming references to clammy bottoms, and the soundtrack to ITV drama series Head Over Heelsvlcsnap-00910

CITV then starts, and we’re in the very early days of the host being Steven Ryde out-of-vision (although the symbol that was introduced in 1991 was retained) who would be behind the microphone for the next five years, before going off to work behind the scenes in children’s TV. There was a different look used for every day of the week and as it’s a Thursday there are some wooden things everywhere. Today includes Where’s Wally?, Tiny Toon Adventures, and Mike & Angelovlcsnap-00915

But now it’s time for Starfax, today featuring Angelo from Mike & Angelo, and we learn lots of things including he is approximately 3,000 nanoscroobles old, and his best friend is Concita Wobblybots. Adverts include Rowntree’s Fruit Pastilles, and Kellogg’s Corn Flakes have an offer to get a free BT phonecard worth £2. Then there is some fancy yoghurt which is peach and maracuya flavour (I still don’t know what a maracuya is) and the Burger King Kids Club. vlcsnap-00917

There is a trail for cartoon Tale Spin that is coming tomorrow, and Steven almost does a spoonerism (“obnexious nophew”) going into a series 5 episode of Mike & Angelo, accompanied by a lively animation (I did enjoy how they fiddled around with the CITV symbol at this time), people can’t wait to watch. Guest stars this week include John “Ashley, I say, Ashley!” Savident and Joe “Spatz” Greco. A Carlton programme for ITV. vlcsnap-00920

Next is the first in a new series of Tiny Toon Adventures. There are adverts for Kellogg’s Rice Krispies with a free gift of a Red Nose Bike Reflector, plus strange ones for Sun Valley and Cadbury’s Mini Eggs. CITV isn’t only on weekdays though, we get a trail for what’s on offer on Saturdays and Sundays with What’s Up Doc? and The Disney Club at 9:25am. Cartoon Time with Bugs Bunny is next. vlcsnap-00924

Most notable in this break is a revised advert for Robinsons, removing the song which featured the memorable lyric “the bison sucks on his orange“. Then there is a trail for Just Us, the drama series featuring the Clarksons and the Holdsworths, coming on Friday. Tomorrow’s treats include Thomas The Tank Engine, Zzzap!, Tale Spin and Just Us. That’s all for now! vlcsnap-00929

CITV Memories – Where’s Wally?

Where’s Wally? (1991)

When I was at school one of the things that I remember me and my classmates enjoyed were the Where’s Wally? series of books. This was of course where you were challenged to find our hero Wally in a double-page spread of a very detailed cartoon. It was such a success that several books were produced, and in the early-90s the whole idea was turned into a TV cartoon.

Wally had a very distinctive look that does make him stand out though, he wore a red bobblehat and glasses, plus a red and white striped shirt  Also, in the original American version of the books he is called “Waldo” so when the cartoon was shown in Britain all the episodes had to be re-voiced by the cast, and every episode was loosely based on an adventure that had appeared in the books. vlcsnap-00182

Wally also had a magical walking stick, and at the beginning of every episode he would twirl it around and then he would be able to enter various lands or periods of time such as the jungle or the Stone Age alongside his trusty dog Woof to help people out. There were a few other characters that appeared in the show. Firstly, there was Wizard Whitebeard who has various important scrolls but he often lost them. vlcsnap-00176

The villain in Where’s Wally? was called Odlaw. He was essentially the anti-Wally, being dressed in a black and yellow-striped hat and shirt and having a moustache. His aim was always to thwart Wally and try and steal his stick, but of course, he would always fail. Also occasionally a female character called Wenda who was a friend of Wally and similarly dressed appeared, and every episode began with an introduction by a rather enthusiastic announcer. vlcsnap-00179

There were always a couple of sections in every episode that were similar to the books where a clock would appear on screen for about a minute and you would have to find where Wally was in the picture before time ran out, and then the story would continue, and there was a puzzle-solving element through the show. I do remember trying to find Wally while watching the show and sometimes it could be as tough as the books. vlcsnap-00177

Where’s Wally? was shown on CITV in the mid-90s and I remember watching the show on Thursday afternoons, and I was a big enough fan to the point that I even recorded one episode in 1993 which I watched back a lot at the time. I was rather surprised to discover that only 13 episodes were made because it seemed to be shown rather regularly. As far as I can tell it hasn’t been released on DVD, but the books continue to be a success.