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The Toys That Made Christmas

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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.


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 & Crew

Presenter Robert Webb
Executive Producer Caroline Wright
Producer Suzannah Wander


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