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?