Post by Sparky on Jun 27, 2020 8:04:36 GMT
The BBC had the "Watch with Mother" slot which ran from the 40s or 50s up until the BBC decided to rebrand (new logo etc) in 1981; and it then became "See Saw" programmes.
These were broadcast on BBC1 but for a spell they moved to BBC2 for 10minutes between long spells of the Test-Card during the early afternoon.
Don't forget BBC2 wasn't on air until the early evening back then (and only random times with the Open University).
I'd think, the 10min slot on BBC2 was to aid scheduling on BBC1, and also have a 10minute slot between the test-card with some 'moving footage' at a regular time to aid engineers with the the test-card (another thread on it's own).
It was sometime in the 70s that BBC2 stopped showing "Trade Test Films" - which were short travel logs made by the BP and Shell Film Unit.
I do remember "See Saw" popping up on BBC1 (as Del says) after "Pebble Mill" or after the news.
They also had Bod (with music by Derek Griffiths and voiced by John Le Measurer), and around 1981 stuff like Postman Pat, Bertha, Pigeon Street, Brick-A-Brac and Choc-A-Block popped up.
BBC1 in the morning consisted of Schools programmes until lunchtime; then by about 1980 these were moved to BBC2 - which became "Daytime on Two", and kids programmes were swapped between.
There wasn't a dedicated Childrens TV "package" until CBBC came along in the mid 80s with the Broom Cupboard.
Prior to this, a few hours after school before the 5.40 evening news were designated to kids shows - but presented as every other programme on BBC1. (Grange Hill was shown on BBC2 for a while)
ITV beat them to it with "Watch it" in 1978 which then became Childrens ITV in 1983. And then CITV much later on of course.
Interestingly, "The Clangers", "Ivor the Engine" (all from the same stable - or shed) as "Bagpuss" had been shown in a short slot just before the evening news. (alongside Paddington, Willo the Wisp and Roobarb & Custard)