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Why Don't You?

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A BBC Bristol production I think. Always reminds me of rainy days and school summer holidays. The show was presented by children with some ideas of things to do. Never did any of the ideas and I was always bored by the show.


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Do You Remember Why Don't You??

Do You Remember Why Don't You??

  • Anonymous user
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    yes and I do remember and the Dorriss which was spelt with 2 R'S and 2 S's. Looking back I find that bizarre that it was sent in and became the theme of the program which was great because I don't think I would have watched the program otherwise. Originally an invisible evil spirit that attacked if you said its name unless you were wearing a stripy sock for protection. In the last episode they always got attacked. Was it female, we assumed it was with a name like that, who was the person who sent that idea in? they would be an adult now, I would love to hear from them, what made them come up with the idea and the name Doris? It just disappeared from the show without a word and was forgotten so we never got to know what it looked like
  • Anonymous user
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    "How to step through a postcard... Part One." The series was at its best when Russell T Davies (of Doctor Who fame) wrote and produced, and he gave the presenters personalities and made it into more of a fun sitcom about some kids who had a shared home, had adventures and just happened to do a few makes. Do you remember from this era: 1. Ben the crazy inventor and Kate the roving reporter from the Cardiff gang, whose clipboard Ben was always chucking down a trapdoor. Plus the cupboards with GOOD, DAFT and DON'T TOUCH - the latter was opened once and all the rejected Why Don't You letters flew out in a Visual Effects blizzard! 2. Ant of Ant and Dec, pre-Byker Grove, as a presenter with the Newcastle Gang 3. Ben again with various Liverpool gangs and his mad inventions, including the vat (where seaweed was the key ingredient), the BBC-style computer with the Ben Byte (Ben on-screen) and the monstrous supercomputer it became? They had to use a string telephone (another quick make) when the supercomputer threatened to take over, as it was intercepting all other communications. Then the Why Don't You electric lemon and the hoover they used to defeat it! 4. The "men from LINDA" (a name Davies reused in Doctor Who) and the sheep with red, green or yellow wellies. I clearly spent far too much of my school holidays watching this mad programme. I even made my family delay outings when we were away on (UK) holidays, so I could see the show first!
  • Anonymous user
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    I was in awe of the kids who presented the programme and the theme tune was so catchy to me!
  • Anonymous user
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    This was one of the programmes we used to look forward to during the summer holidays. We used to watch it then go and try out some of the makes. One in particular I remember was cutting the leg of a pair of tights, putting a tennis ball in the end then tying the other end into a loop so you could put the loop over your ankle, then spinning this with your foot and jumping over it with the other foot. I have seen modern plastic versions, but you can't beat the original lol. I was trying to explain about this programme to my 9 year old, I can now show him that such programmes did exist.
  • Anonymous user
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    REMEMBER THIS EVERY SUMMERTIME IN THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS...
  • Anonymous user
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    does anyone remember the doris??
  • Gojira
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    Don't forget to watch out for...the Doris!
  • Anonymous user
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    I have vivid memories of why don't you....it was a godsend in the rainy school hols....learned how to make gypsy taost on it(basiclly eggy bread) we were plonked in front of the goggle box by our busy mum and very content too!
  • Anonymous user
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    i watched a programme a few years ago and it featured one of the producers from WDY and they said that so few people used to phone or write in with suggestions about things to do that they had to read about things to do in books and just say that someone wrote in ha ha
  • Anonymous user
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    ..must admit I found this programme a little boring..did learn to make an oragami paper ball/water balloon thingie though...remember at school my class always used to sing "Why don?t you eat dog poo!"...sad I know...but true...