The book is precisely what it claims to be, a compilation of questions about kids' television shows from the past, primarily the 1970s and 80s. The emphasis is decidedly British, so I highly recommend it for telly aficionados in the UK, but there's a lot here for us Americans as well, from The Muppet Show to He-Man to Hanna Barbera, and on and on. Each page includes a thematically linked group of questions, whether about a specific show, production company, or topic like voice actors, Saturday morning programming blocks (remember those?), game shows, etc. Questions range from the easy to the brain tickling. Here's a sampling:
* In which year did The Flintstones first air - 1955, 1960, 1965, or 1970?
* On The Magic Roundabout, on which sardonic English comedian was Dougal the dog based - Kenneth Williams or Tony Hancock?
* On Play School, was the rocking horse called Dappledown or just Dapple?
* From which planet does Doctor Who hail?
* On Maid Marian and Her Merry Men, the short, angry and violent one was called Rabies - true or false?
* What was the show Top Cat renamed so it could air in Britain?
* In the show Fingerbobs was Rick Jones' character called Nerf, Papa, or Yoffy?
And so it goes! As a Yank I wish there were more Americana present, but we'll have to wait for another writer to give us that. As it is this is a great resource for Americans wanting to learn more, informally, about British children's television history and a fun way for Brits to take a walk down memory lane. It's also a very practically sized coffee table book.