Friday Flashbacks* (*insert timetravel type sound here) – Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3…

When I was young we had three television channels here in the UK. They were BBC1, BBC2 and ITV.

There was no breakfast television, no kids programmes early in the morning. In fact, there was nothing on until about 11am. Or something like that. My memory is a little bit sketchy.

Anyway, when programmes weren’t being broadcast various screen images would be shown instead. These were known as “Test Cards”, which would be on the screen for hours on end accompanied by some background music.

So if you were a child growing up in the 70’s and switched on the TV to tune in to an episode of Bagpuss or Mr Benn you’d have been faced with this:


Smirking Girl and Short Legged Freaky Clown playing Noughts and Crosses on the blackboard.

Isn’t that clown hideous?

The BBC thought it would be fun to scare little kids of the seventies with that thing.

Look at his manic face! “I’m watching youuuuuuu, Smirking Girl!”

And his hair!

What’s up with his hair! All four strands of it!

Smirking Girl seems to have the right idea though. At first glance it seems she’s holding some chalk in order to take her next move. Short Legged Freaky Clown doesn’t realise she’s about to grab him around the neck and rip his psychotic little head off.

Look at her face. Those eyes tell all. “You think I won’t do it? I’ll do it OK. I’ll rip your little psychotic head off, dol-leeee! Right – after – the count of – three…”

Yes, that’s a memory for me.

Can you tell I don’t like clowns?

24 thoughts on “Friday Flashbacks* (*insert timetravel type sound here) – Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3…

  1. haaa!! i love it! yes, that clown is freaky! i am absolutely terrified of clows, so i don't think i would have ever turned on the tv again if that's what i saw on it!

  2. You know I never really noticed the clown!!!

    I think I remember hearing that Smirky Girl was the daughter of a BBC executive – but I could be wrong 🙂

  3. Television is sooo much better today! However, DIY is going to drive me nuts!(I don't like clowns, either)

  4. I lived in the UK when I was younger and only remember BBC1 and BBC2 and no freaky clown, but in the US I remember no tv over night and not much on til later in the day.

    And Yes test patterns.. with no clowns. looking at yours no wonder kids are afraid of clowns.

  5. HAHAHA!!! Love it!!

    I didn't grow up in the UK to be fair, so I was spared the horror that is psycho-clown. But don't think for one second I have wonderous, joyful images of clowns. They are horrid sick beings with sticky out hair and make up that even my Grandma would cringe at.

  6. You're not alone in disliking clowns. Many people have an aversion to them. I am rather ambivalent on the topic..have no feelings either way! Love your blog….8 kids! wow. You are one busy lady!
    Stop by and say hello if you have time.

  7. that is hillarious! it is so funny to see what children's shows of yesteday were like compared to today, well today they dominate so many channels but there is still good old sesame street! i'll tell you i can still sit down and enjoy watching that show! thanks for stopping by and leaving a me a note! i'm following you here now!
    smiles, and ps i hate clowns too don't know why they ever thought kids like them!

  8. LMAO! that is so funny! I have an extreme dislike of clowns too.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, feel free to come again. =)

  9. That is so creepy. I don't have a problem with clowns, but that photo is just creepy.

    Visiting from SITS

  10. How funny! I remember my Dad saying that when he was a little boy he was always so thankful to God that he wasn't born a clown! He thought they were just born that way! :0 Thanks for stopping by my blog…I'm really enjoying looking at yours. Have super day!

  11. That evil looking clown was the FIRST thing that I noticed.

    I wonder if he can in any way be held accountable for the outbreaks of clownaphobia in thirty-somethings?

  12. That is one creepy clown!

    I'm stopping by from Welcomistas to welcome you to SITS. You'll love it, the support rocks!

  13. I remember the test cards! This one was a BBC2 a lot. Oh to go back to the days of limited times to watch anything. I remember Bagpuss and Mr Benn, oh the joys of a 70's childhood! Thanks for the memories

  14. My sister hates clowns too!
    I remember remember in Germany there were only 3 channels too… wow how times have changed!

  15. So the vote's unanimous then? Clowns are horrible.
    Did you notice his arms and legs? Or rather, the lack of them? Did the clown creator run out of material and toy stuffing?

  16. SCARY!

    WE used to have ONE channel NRK in Norway. And 30 minutes of kids tv. If you were a rebel you'd install a antenna that would actually let you watch Swedish TV. They had TWO channels.

    Just stopping by from SITS wishing you a VERY HAPPY SATURDAY SHAREFEST!

    See you around!

  17. Hi Tania! I was blog hopping tonight and stumbled onto yours. I had to come over and say hi because Tania is one of my favorite names : ) This post is SO funny. Clowns freak me out a little too. I have never played a game anything like that one though.

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