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Play Away

I think Brian Cant is one cool bloke. He presented, along with a few others, Playaway for yonks. It was like a comedy show for kids. It had jokes, sketches, in fact everything that kids don't have nowadays.

One particularly cruel joke Brian played on a schoolkid, was to bet him 10p he couldn't button up his shirt in 10 seconds. The child furiously buttoned his shirt, and by the time Brian had readhed 7, he'd finished and let out a huge cheer.

But Brian then informed him he wouldn't be giving him the 10p, as the lad had started buttoning with his top button and gone DOWN, whereas the instruction was to button it UP.

GUFFAW! I laughed at that kids misery for days!!!!!


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Play Away Last post by George 1978
22 June 2018

Do You Remember Play Away?

Do You Remember Play Away?

  • Anonymous user
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    "It really doesn't matter if its raining or its fine, just as long as you've got time for P L A Y, play away play away play away play away ............" What saturday afternoons were made for :)
  • Anonymous user
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    I remember the intro. when Brian was calling out 'Give me a P', Give me an L' and so on in a town park, and various children there would shout out the letters. When it got to the 'Y', one of the ducks on the pond quacked 'Y'! Oh CRUEL Brian for playing such a nasty trick on that poor boy. The main sketch I remember is Chloe Ashcroft coming on dressed as a courtroom barrister carrying a briefcase, with a ladder over her shoulder. When asked what she was doing, she said that she was taking her case to a higher court! And who remembers those little clockwork things they used to have as 5-second interludes? I recall a clockwork coffee pot waddling along until his spring ran down!!
  • Anonymous user
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    yip remember this..
  • Anonymous user
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    Play Away was must-see viewing for me in the 70s - on a Saturday afternoon on BBC2, as I recall. Usually sandwiched between two black-and-white movies. A lot of my favourite Play School presenters were in it (not just Brian Cant) - but I still can't believe that one of the most popular presenters is that now famous, grown-up actor, Jeremy Irons! (He appeared in one of the Die Hard films I think, as well as countless others).
  • Anonymous user
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    I was one of the children who shouted out A at the beginning of the programme to spell out P-L-A-Y A-W-A-Y. I would love to show my husband and children the programme, but don't know how I would ever be able to do this