On the topic of children's programming. I think the first ever UK children's programme produced in Stereo was Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, as if I recall correctly, the episodes were originally broadcast in Mono on Children's ITV, yet sometime in the 1990's, the first two series got remastered, complete with Stereo soundtracks, which I presume is from the original masters;
Original broadcast from 1984 (Mono);
Restored version from 2003 (Stereo);
I'm certain that Cosgrove Hall Films had Stereo facilities from the late 80's, as some of their biggest hits, like Danger Mouse, The Wind in the Willows and Count Duckula, were originally produced in Mono, but I believe all switched to Stereo around 1989, case in point, the pilot of Count Duckula produced in 1987, airing in 1988, (notice the gradual 'hiss'), compared to the final episode produced in 1989, but aired in 1993, which by that point, Thames had already lost the London franchise!
Some of the earliest programmes produced in Stereo on CBBC were Ragdoll Productions' Brum and Cosgrove Hall's Noddy's Toyland Adventures, which the former strangely used a lot of reverb for its first run of episodes in 1991, when the BBC had officially launched the NICAM system on BBC1 and 2, two weeks prior;
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