What Did You Watch – Nine to Three Thirty

Hello and welcome back to What Did You Watch, join us every Thursday to find out which blogger is featured and  what they enjoyed watching when they were growing up.

This week we have Erica from Nine To Three Thirty

I was a child growing up in the 1970s and TV programmes were a bit thin on the ground as they were only on at set times. Normally this was after school during the week and there would be a slot around tea time at the weekend.

Tom and Jerry

The usual for that weekend slot was a cartoon of some sort, maybe Bugs Bunny, but better still sometimes it was Tom and Jerry. I think I loved the slapstick humour and no one ever came to any lasting harm to all the violent capers that the cat and mouse got up to. I loved that Jerry always seemed to outsmart Tom despite being so much smaller.

Top Cat

One of my all-time favourite programmes also involved a cartoon cat, but this time one who managed to come out on top (most of the time). The best bit of the show for me were the opening sequence and the theme tune: it’s fun to watch Top Cat slide out of the posh car and tip the doorman with a coin on a string (that he retrieves) and then sit down at a table only to steal a workman’s lunch. I love the voices here too: the irrepressible Benny, the much put upon Officer Dibble and of course, the laid back Top Cat himself.

Screen Test

This was a children’s quiz programme based on films. They would show a short clip from a famous film and the children would have to answer questions based on the excerpt they had seen. For me as much as anything it was a chance to watch clips from the Disney movies, which weren’t very readily available in those days (we didn’t have a video player at that stage and cinema trips were rare).


Jackanory was a chance to encounter new books with often a famous TV personality reading out the tale over the 5 days of the week. Each week we were keen to find out who was reading out the next week’s story and indeed what the book was that was going to feature. There was always much delight if it was read by Kenneth Williams or Bernard Cribbens.

High Chapparel

Cowboy films formed a big part of my childhood because my dad loved them and we used to watch them with him. Sometimes they were a bit long and boring though, so the High Chapparel was light relief and again this was usually shown at the weekend when there wasn’t much on for kids. It’s not designed for children, but it is very easy to watch although undoubtedly not very politically correct these days.

I have a feeling Erica and I are from the same era, although I don’t remember Screen Test

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Thanks for letting us have an insight into your Childhood viewing, its been great to have you xx

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Comments (4)

  • Erica Price

    January 12, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Really enjoyed looking back at my childhood favourites – it was a lot of fun. Thank you for featuring me.

    1. Sheila Reeves

      January 14, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      Think we are of a similar age Erica as these picks are very familiar to me! Loved all the programmes you mentioned, loved Kenneth Williams reading The Land of Green Ginger – and remember watching The high Chapparal with my Nan, thanks for the memories

  • Margaret Gallagher

    January 14, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Gosh Jackanory -that brings me right back

  • RachelSwirl

    January 19, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Gosh what about Rainbow? I loved that program lol

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