Children anthology series that mixed stories of adventure, sci-fi and even horror with educational segments aimed at improving children's literacy skills.




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Series cast summary:
Charles Collingwood Charles Collingwood ...  Wordy / ... 22 episodes, 1971-1992
Struan Rodger ...  Joe Norland 10 episodes, 1973
Martine Howard Martine Howard ...  Jill Sharp 10 episodes, 1973
Tom Gibbs Tom Gibbs ...  Self - Presenter 10 episodes, 1967
Stephen Leigh Stephen Leigh ...  Bob 10 episodes, 1967
Veronica Purcell Veronica Purcell ...  Carol 10 episodes, 1967
Harvey Hall Harvey Hall ...  Narrator 10 episodes, 1968
George Layton ...  Len Tanner / ... 10 episodes, 1968
Stephen Garlick ...  Dan 10 episodes, 1971
Sylvestra Le Touzel ...  Helen 10 episodes, 1971
Leon Armstrong Leon Armstrong ...  Spuggy Hilton 10 episodes, 1988
Bungo Bungo ...  Plod 10 episodes, 1988
Lesley Casey Lesley Casey ...  Cath Hilton 10 episodes, 1988
Michael Heath ...  Narrator 10 episodes, 1988
Brian Hogg Brian Hogg ...  Vicar 10 episodes, 1988
Lien Lu Lien Lu ...  Janie Chung 10 episodes, 1988
Madelaine Newton Madelaine Newton ...  Bev Hilton 10 episodes, 1988
Fred Pearson ...  Baz Bailey 10 episodes, 1988
Peter Rowell Peter Rowell ...  Mickey Stone 10 episodes, 1988
Kevin Whately ...  Ray Hilton 10 episodes, 1988
Keith Barron ...  Starkey 10 episodes, 1996
Norman Bird ...  Mr. Jenkins 10 episodes, 1996
Josie D'Arby ...  Lee 10 episodes, 1996
Janie Dee Janie Dee ...  Singer 10 episodes, 1996
Guy Henry ...  Phillip Grainger 10 episodes, 1996
Lesley Joseph Lesley Joseph ...  Miss Millington 10 episodes, 1996
Roger Kitter Roger Kitter ...  CD Rom 10 episodes, 1996
Rosemary Leach ...  Aunty Amy 10 episodes, 1996
Josie McCabe Josie McCabe ...  Mary Parker 10 episodes, 1996
Raymond Pickard Raymond Pickard ...  Norman Starkey 10 episodes, 1996
Tony Timberlake Tony Timberlake ...  Singer 10 episodes, 1996
Russell Tovey ...  Dennis Sealey 10 episodes, 1996
Sophie Ward Sophie Ward ...  Polly Hobbs 10 episodes, 1996
Paul Humpoletz Paul Humpoletz ...  Ted Beasley 9 episodes, 1973
Mike Grady ...  Denis Beasley 9 episodes, 1973


Children anthology series that mixed stories of adventure, sci-fi and even horror with educational segments aimed at improving children's literacy skills.

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In the "Geordie Racer" series, real-life husband and wife Kevin Whately and Madelaine Newton play a married couple, namely Spuggy's parents. This casting decision was entirely unintentional; Newton was originally cast at an audition session, and the following day the production team independently contacted Whately, who had previous experience in schools television, unaware of the relationship between the two. See more »


Followed by The Legend of the Lost Keys (1998) See more »

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Top to bottom, up and over.
12 July 2006 | by nickjstoneSee all my reviews

'Look and Read' was an educational programme shown in the 'Schools' time on BBC2. If you were one of the kids lucky enough to catch it, it meant that you were missing Maths or some other dull lesson just to watch TV. Which, when you're seven or so, is just about the best school can get! Wordy was the host of the show, a floating torso (early blue screen - no expense spared) painted orange and decorated with egg cartons (well, maybe some expense spared!), and he'd link educational snippets and cartoon sing-a-longs (good old Derek Griffiths!) with the featured episode of the drama serial. It's almost possible to tell a kid's school year from the particular serial they watched - whether it be about racing pigeons, peregrine falcons, fairgrounds or such like. At the end of the film, you'd get to read the highlights of the story on screen, and then Magic Pencil would show you how to write your letters. For anyone wondering, 'top to bottom, up and over' is how you'd write an h!

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