Comfort food for readers of a certain age

Readers a decade or so younger than me may not recognise this beloved trio, but trust me: my generation spent much of the 1970s regarding content like this as sufficient justification for the TV License Fee all by itself, if ever we gave that topic much thought. 1 The presence of the BBC was immensely reassuring, no matter that some of our friends, for some strange reason, owed their allegiance to Magpie.

  1. Not that we were responsible for paying the licence fee – that was our parents’ job – but even though science fiction assured us that we were destined for a multi-channel TV future it would be years before we’d need double digits to count the TV stations available to us. We mostly got on with enjoying the three TV channels – now in colour, even! – that we had.