End of my childhood

As a child growing up in the 80s, there were a few TV programmes I watched religiously. One of them was Jim’ll Fix It. I never actually sent a letter in (I have a sneaking suspicion I may not have been allowed), but I would spend hours dreaming up things Jim could fix for me. I would have loved a Jim’ll Fix It medal – even more than a Blue Peter badge, and that’s saying something considering the things those badges could get you in to! I always said when Mr. Fixit died my childhood would officially be over. And now it has happened – Sir Jimmy Savile has passed away, 2 days short of his 85th birthday. Despite the fact that I never met the man, I am genuinely sad. A legend of my childhood has gone; an era has come to an end. RIP Sir Jimmy Savile, first and last presenter of Top of the Pops and  fixer of children’s wishes. You shall be missed!

School’s out forever

I was reading this article on BBC news today. It’s about the children’s TV programme Grange Hill. The last ever episode was broadcast just a few weeks ago, apparantly.
I couldn’t help but feel a twinge of sadness as I read the article. Just like when I read a similar article last year, except that time it wasn’t a school that was closing its gates but a youth club. Yep, I’m talking about Byker Grove. Now I know Byker Grove hasn’t been that brilliant for… well, quite a few years now. And for all I know it’s the same with Grange Hill – it has been a while since I last saw it. But I grew up watching those two programmes. We didn’t have sky or cable in those days. No Disney Channel, no Nickolodeon, and the CBBC channel hadn’t even been invented yet. Children’s TV back then was about 3 hours in the afternoon (plus Saturday morning cartoons), and Grange Hill and Byker Grove were a big part of those afternoons. And back in the day they were actually good as well. It just doesn’t feel right knowing they’re not on any more. It’s as if somebody’s gone and taken away a part of my childhood. Next they’ll be telling me Jim’ll Fix It (aka Jimmy Saville) is dead…
Now please don’t anyone go telling me he actually is dead. I don’t think I could take it…

He isn’t, is he?