I get a bit fed up when people get misty-eyed about weekend morning telly and say it's rubbish these days when kids have several channels, and up until not very long ago there'd be absolutely nothing on Sundays for kids at all.
If you were to look in the late eighties, the Beeb only had regular Sunday morning shows between October and January, when the Open University was on its winter break. The rest of the time there'd be half an hour on BBC1 at 9am with a Play School/Bus repeat and then a kids' religious show like Umbrella, before the rest of the morning was further education and religion. When C4 started breakfast broadcasting in 1989 there'd be a few kids shows, but after 9.25 there'd be politics and Asian programmes, with one other kids show at 11am - usually a repeat and usually catering for deaf or disabled children.
ITV was probably the best for kids' shows on a Sunday and TV-am would do a few, until David Frost took over at 8am. ITV would also have kids' shows and between 1987 and 1989, that would involve a spin-off of the Saturday morning shows. Get Fresh, No 73, Motormouth and Ghost Train all had Sunday spin-offs, but they'd be pretty low-key, usually a few pre-recorded links around cartoons, with Border producing the Get Fresh and Ghost Train spin-offs. They'd only last an hour or so. Then in 1989 the Saturday spin-offs were replaced by the Disney Club, but that only ran in the winter, and in the summer it was back to films and repeats.
So in the summer circa 1990, the kids' output on a Sunday morning would be...
7am-8am All kinds of oddities from TV-am
8am - 9.25 A few things on C4
9am-9.30 Playbus and a religious show on BBC1
9.30-10.45am A film and a repeat of Follyfoot and the like on ITV
11am-11.30 A kids show on C4
...so most Sundays you'd be absolutely bored witless. Indeed I often think about Sundays back then, it seems incredible to think that all the shops would be closed and there'd be nothing on the telly, God alone knows what we used to do. I remember somebody on Twitter saying "no wonder the Top 40 used to feel like Live Aid" because it was by a million miles the most exciting thing broadcast on a Sunday.
That said, between October and January when the OU was off and there'd be kids' shows on the Beeb it seemed very exciting. I know it sounds idiotic now but it seemed amazing that you'd have about four or five hours, it felt like it went on forever. I used to think Simon Parkin and Andi Peters were a good pairing, and I really loved Boxpops. This was the line-up I most remember - https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedules/bbctwo/england/1989-12-03
And it seemed especially exciting because you'd only get it for a few months, and one of those would be interrupted for the start of the RAC Rally.
In the nineties they started doing CBBC all year round, and Sunday lunchtimes became established on both BBC2 and C4 as a youth spot with shows like The Sunday Show and Simpsons and Shooting Stars repeats.
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