The Ovaltiney Club, founded in 1935 and broadcasting from Radio Luxembourg every Sunday evening from 5.30 to 6 p.m. became a secret society for children, with its own badges, rule books, and inside codes: by 1939 it had five million members. The programme's signature tune, 'We are the Ovaltineys' , became probably the best-known jingle in the world; and was so well embedded in the national subconscious that the company was persuaded to revive it as part of its television commercial in 1975.
earliest Golliwog is the hero in books of verse written
by Bertha Upton in the 1890's, and illustrated by her
daughter Florence. The mother and daughter worked
together on twelve illustrated books, all featuring the
gallant little character and his adventures traveling to
such exotic destinations as Africa and the North Pole,
accompanied by his friends, the Dutch Dolls.
A children's favourite since 1897 by Helen Bannerman.
Jean Morton, a continuity announcer on ATV, was sent the two koala stuffed toys in 1962 and took them on screen; they proved to be a big success. Before long puppets were made to replace the original toys, and The Tingha and Tucker Club was formed. The club itself attracted about 750,000 members until the Post Office and ATV couldn't cope with the volume of mail and had to close it. Thousands of children attended meetings of the club, where the secret sign would be exchanged.
"In 1933, my father, Jan Bussell, scribbled an outline of a mule on the back of an envelope and asked a Punch and Judy man to make him a kicking mule and a clown - presumably to be kicked. My parents had been touring with their show "the Hogarth Puppets" for some time and had got very slick, consequently the running time was a little short and they needed a new act. This act with the clown being kicked and tossed around the stage proved very popular with the children but they actually found it rather boring to perform so it was eventually dropped. The clown was used in the puppet circus with various other acts but the mule was put on a shelf and forgotten.
In 1946, shortly after television resumed transmission after the war, Annette Mills was appearing fairly regularly in Children's Hour.........
generations of children Saturday morning was one of the
great highlights of the week. Although the weekday "Children's
Hour" provided rich entertainment for those between
the ages of potty and puberty , Uncle Mac's selection of
record requests was something very special: you might
even hear your name being read out! Sheer bliss!!!