We all know that the 80s was the golden age of children’s television, but if we’re honest we have to admit that some of it was a bit weird and some of it was a bit Freaky! Here’s a list of 8 Freaky kids TV shows from back in the day that we found just a little unsettling in one way or another!
Originally created as a comic strip by Trove Jansson in finland, The Moomins quickly grew in popularity and found its way to a tv series. This live action series was broadcast in the UK. We know they’re cute hippo type creatures but there were moments when it got very dark and scary, especially when The Groke was around!
The Moomins (Swedish: Mumin) are the central characters in a series of books and a comic strip by Swedish-speaking Finnish illustrator Tove Jansson, originally published in Swedish by Schildts in Finland. They are a family of white, round fairy tale characters with large snouts that make them resemble hippopotamuses. The carefree and adventurous family live in their house in Moominvalley, though in the past, their temporary residences have included a lighthouse and a theatre. They have had many adventures along with their various friends.
Jigsaw was presented by Janet Ellis and Aidran Hedley, It featured a floating talking jigsaw piece and this character called Noseybonk. The character was supposed to be funny and light hearted but instead it creeped us all out when we watched a kids!
Featured supporting cast also included Paul Clayton, Biggum the giant and Wilf Lunn who appeared as a mad inventor. Other unusual characters included Pterry, a Pterodactyl, Cid Sleuth (played by David Cleveland), a Sherlock Holmes-looking bumbling detective plagued by a mysterious burglar (David Wyatt), Hector The Hedgehog, Dot (played by Julia Binstead) – a pixel-come-to-life, the O-Men (Sylvester McCoy and David Rappaport), and Mr. Noseybonk, performed by Hedley in a dinner suit and a white face mask with a prominent nose and toothy grin, who has been popularised by Stuart Ashen because of his Noseybonk Returns videos.
Throughout the show, the presenters and supporting characters came together to solve a number of puzzles; these puzzles would then contribute to one larger conundrum that would be revealed at the end of the show. The viewer was encouraged to take part and solve the puzzles at home.
Now we know that Worzel was very popular back in the day and we kind of liked it too, but there is just something very strange and scary about a scarecrow that comes to life. Not only does he come to life but he can change his head!
Worzel Gummidge was a scarecrow that could come to life on Scatterbrook Farm. Worzel stood in ten acre field. He befriended John and Susan who came to stay during the School holidays on the Braithwaites Farm. Worzel would normally land John and Susan into trouble when he was being mischievous, as he would go into a sulk and become a normal lifeless scarecrow. This would lead others to blame the two children for the trouble Worzel caused.
The Worzel Gummidge books differ from the Television adaption, one difference being that in the books Worzel was married to Earthy Mangold. In the first book Aunt Sally (his Femme fatale in the TV series) is only mentioned in one chapter and the character is an antagonistic bully to Worzel. For the Television adaption, Worzel had a collection of interchangeable heads. In the books, the maker of Worzel Gummidge and other scarecrows is not named as the Crowman, but is described as mysterious creator-like figure.
Dramarama was broadcast on ITV from 1983 to 1989. Each episode was a different story. Some were dramatic, some were funny, some were really scary and some were just weird! A lot of now famous actors had early roles in episodes of Dramarama, Gary Oldman is one that springs to mind!
Dramarama was a British children’s anthology series broadcast on ITV between 1983 and 1989. The strand tended to feature single dramas with a science fiction, supernatural and occasionally satirical theme. It was created by Anna Home, then head of children’s and youth programming at TVS, however the dramas themselves were produced by a total of twelve ITV regional companies. Thus, each episode was in practice a one-off production with its own cast and crew, up to and including the executive producer.
Dramarama was largely a showcase for new talent to television and offered debuts for Anthony Horowitz, Paul Abbott, Kay Mellor, Janice Hally, Tony Kearney, David Tennant and Ann Marie Di Mambro. It was also one of Dennis Spooner’s last works. One of the stories, Thames’ Dodger, Bonzo And The Rest from 1984, proved so popular that it was spun off into its own series and Christmas special the following year – the series starred Lee Ross and recounted life in a large foster home. Another story, Granada’s Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night from 1988, was developed into the long-running series Children’s Ward. The original Dramarama story was co-written by Paul Abbott and Kay Mellor – at the time, working as staff writers for Granada.