1950 | United Kingdom

1950s children's magazine programme which was shown on alternate Saturday's sharing the spot with Whirligig. Timothy Telescope was a sailor glove puppet who shared the limelight with a human presenter, Valerie Hobson. 

The series featured a wealth of personalities, small characters, adventures and sound, with a wholesome and practical education slant. Telescope focused the youngsters' attention on handicrafts as well as fairy tales; on painting and even dolls' dress design, as well as the outrageous adventures of Hank, the kindest little cowboy who ever galloped out of the Wild West on a wooden hoss. And when Telescope veered towards the historical it was out of the classroom into every child's home, where teapots and clothes were made to tell the history. Telescope was replaced by The Saturday Special in 1951 while Whirligig continued until 1956.

Published on February 6th, 2019. Written by Laurence Marcus for Television Heaven.