CITV celebrates 30th anniversary with a weekend of classic children’s programmes

Old Skool Weekend will feature shows from the 1980s and 90s, including Press Gang, Count Duckula and Knightmare, plus a clips programme featuring former CITV stars


There’s nothing more nostalgic than the TV you grew up with, so viewers of a certain age can look forward to the first weekend of the New Year when children’s Freeview channel CITV celebrates its 30th birthday with a schedule full of classic kids’ programmes from the 1980s and 90s.


Shows on offer include Super Gran, the comedy about a bionic OAP (with a theme tune sung by Billy Connolly); Count Duckula, the David Jason-voiced animation about a vegetarian vampire; Press Gang, Steven Moffat’s drama in which Dexter Fletcher and Julia Sawahla bicker over the running of a school newspaper; and Knightmare, which used early computer graphics to transport game players into a fantasy world.

Ahead of this “Old Skool Weekend” (Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 January), nostalgia-fest 30 Years of CITV will talk to celebrity stars and viewers, including Ant and Dec, Holly Willoughby, Fearne Cotton, Christopher Biggins and Matthew Kelly, about their memories of children’s shows.

See the full Old Skool Weekend schedule below.


Old Skool Weekend: Saturday 5 January 2013

9:25am Mike and Angelo (1990)

9:50 Super Gran (second episode, 1985)

10:15 Wizadora (last episode, 1998) 

10:30 T-Bag (1987)

10:50 Engie Benjy (s3, ep1, 2004)

11:05 The Raggy Dolls (1994)

11:15 Puddle Lane (1986)

11:35 Count Duckula (1991)

12noon The Sooty Show (1986)

12:25pm Art Attack (1992)

12:40 The Big Bang (1997)

1:00 Finders Keepers (1991)

1:30 Fun House (1994)

2:00 Knightmare (1993)

2:30 Fraggle Rock (1983)

3:00 The Worst Witch (1998)

3:30 Woof! [Eric] (first episode, 1989)

4:00 Dramarama: Blackbird Singing In The Dead of Night (1988)

4:30 Press Gang (first episode)

5:00 The Tomorrow People (1992)

5:30 Children’s Ward (2000)

Old Skool Weekend: Sunday 6 January 2013

9:25am Mike and Angelo

9:50 Spatz (1992)

10:10 Huxley Pig

10:30 Rainbow (1984)

10:50 Button Moon (1985)

11:05 The Riddlers

11:15 Rosie and Jim (first episode, 1990)

11:35 Dangermouse (1986)

12noon Sooty & Co (1993)

12:25pm How 2 (1995)

12:40 Fingertips (2002)

1:00 Jungle Run (2001)

1:30 Fun House (1995)

2:00 Knightmare (1993)

2:30 Fraggle Rock (1983)

3:00 My Parents are Aliens (2005)

3:30 Woof (1993)

4:00 Dramarama: Back to Front (1989)

4:30 Press Gang (last episode)

5:00 The Tomorrow People (1992)


5:30 Children’s Ward (unknown)