Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Crystal Tipps and Alistair

Despite the flower power era it was created in having long gone by the time I was a kid in the 1980s, this was nonetheless a favourite of mine. Perhaps because of the anachronism? Already my eyes were on the past!

I seem to recall its psychedelic charms appearing on early Saturday mornings BBC1, just before Going Live! Whereas my sister, eight years older than I, recalls it well, and with some amusement, from original transmissions.

The show ran originally between 1971 and 1974 for 50 five minute episodes, plus a twenty minute Christmas special. Created by Hilary Hayton and Graham McCallum the animation was provided by Richard Taylor Cartoons, the same team behind the infamous Charley Says and Protect and Survive PIFs, many of whom have appeared on this very blog and in our collective nightmares!

What happened to Crystal Tipps and Alistair? Well they married, changing their names to Ross Kemp and Rebekah Brooks of course, before the latter became the focus of scandal at the News Of The World. If ever the hippy dream was so blatantly over, it was here ;)

Nah seriously, let's wallow in some nostalgia

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