The Toys That Made Christmas

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Fed up with seeing games consoles and iPods unwrapped? Hankering for the days when toys were toys? Then watch this for a sharp pang of die-cast nostalgia. It’s a portrait of old-school desirables such as Matchbox cars, Spirograph sets and Subbuteo.

One contributor tells how his mother (“a game gal”) started a gasket factory in her garden to help the war effort; to keep her workers’ children happy she gave them bits of felt and place mats to play with, and right there was born the joy of Fuzzy Felt.

About this programme

Robert Webb takes a light-hearted look back at playthings of the past, offering fortysomethings the chance to reminisce about the days before PlayStations, laptops and iPods. It was a more innocent time when Fuzzy-Felt and Spirograph brought out the artist in everyone, girls spent hours with Barbie and boys were engrossed in trying to bolt together their impossibly fiddly Meccano models - to name just four of the toys mentioned.

Cast and crew

Cast

Presenter
Robert Webb

Crew

Executive Producer
Caroline Wright
Producer
Suzannah Wander
Categories
Documentary