Does anyone know the reason the See-Saw strand permanently moved to BBC Two in June 1987? I'm unsure if it was because BBC One's new daytime schedule was becoming cluttered with children's programmes, with the Children's BBC birthday morning and afternoon slots, or because See-Saw had been moved to Two on several occasions.
The closest Two had to regular children's programming after losing Play School and Play Away was You and Me, which was technically a school's programme that moved from BBC One as part of the Daytime on Two strand: I remember the IBA doing something similar with ITV Schools programming that same year, when it was moved to Channel 4 from September 14th, so the ITV franchises could fully branch out their daytime schedules.
The scheduling of the See-Saw slot had been discussed earlier in the year on the Radio Times letters page, where a reader complained that the scheduled slot of 1.50-2.05 always ran late (noting in particular that on 19th January, Hokey Cokey didn't finish until almost 2.10) and thus clashed with the programmes for young children shown daily at 2.02 on BBC2 as part of Daytime on Two (such as You and Me, Words and Pictures, Storytime).
The move of See-Saw took place in the first week of Wimbledon, but one reason for making the move permanent may have been to solve that scheduling clash.
I remember the complaint prior to that in the Radio Times, had been that when the full daytime service launched on BBC One in late October, the See-Saw slot was reduced to ten minutes instead of fifteen. So for example, the Little Miss and Mister Men, were just edited down to the Little Miss, and other ten minute offerings such as Bric-a-Brac and Stop-Go! which were usually paired with King Rollo and Gran respectively, were shown on its own. King Rollo and Gran, at five minutes each, were then paired as the Friday offering, and Animal Fair was the other programme that was shown during that week.
In the weeks leading up to this Bertha had been “ stripped “ across the whole week, which was out of the ordinary for the See-Saw slot. They probably had to fill time as the start of October would have seen the start of a “ new “ cycle of programmes for the last thirteen weeks of the year.
By January 1987, the fifteen minute offerings were restored on BBC One, until the aforementioned move to BBC Two.