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Nostalgic children’s TV programme: Why Don’t You …

JUST switch off your television set and go out and do something less boring instead? Sitting at home watching TV, turn it off it’s no good for you!

Do you remember Why Don’t You? The programme that encouraged kids to get off their bums and do something!




What kind of things were the kids encouraged to do? Arts, Crafts, outdoor games, making sandwiches, creating an indoor puppet show, making things out of matches and staples … health and safety rules not allowed! Switch off your television set and do something more dangerous instead maybe?

I loved the opening theme. After 40 years the opening theme is still stuck in my head. I don’t usually remember the opening theme to a programme I’d watched the night before so the peeps behind the intro deserve a huge pat on the back.


Simplicity is key.

Get a guy with a huge eyes and stick him a in a huge armchair. Make his eyes look like he’s completely spaced-out and wanting someone to put his misery to an abrupt end. Make his skin tone slightly green – a warning that this spaced-out kid is about to turn into the mini version of the Incredible Hulk. He’s watching TV but sadly the programme he’s watching is not really cutting it. Still he continues watching – getting more spaced-out as his body sinks further into the huge armchair. His eyes spins faster and the poor spaced-out kid cannot take much more. Suddenly he’s decided enough is enough and puts his boot through the television screen. Now that our spaced-out friend has kicked in the television set, what will he do instead?




Do or don’t

Were you motivated by the Why Don’t You gang? You can spot the ones who’d watched Why Don’t You in their younger years – they are the ones who are always making weird and wonderful things (mobile phone covers made out of scorched oven gloves, replacing the sole of their slippers with a bit of leftover carpet and making sweetened condensed milk and tuna sandwiches). This group can be described as the Innovators.

If you weren’t a fan of Why Don’t You then no doubt you just can’t be bothered faffing around with leftover bits of carpet, burnt out oven gloves and you’d rather nip into Subway for a decent sandwich. This group can be described as … well … ‘can’t be arsed’.

Which group do you fall into? I proudly fall into the latter group.

Next time you’re stuck in front of the television and feeling a fed up and spaced-out, you know what to do … give that 50 inch flat screen a good kick! You’ll feel better afterwards. Remember – don’t turn it off but mash it up … it’s no good for you!




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