Magpie TV Series

Magpie TV Series

One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a girl
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret never to be told
Ma-a-a-ag-pie was a children’s television programme shown on ITV from the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s mainly based on pop-culture of it’s day. Magpie was a full on competitor to BBC successful Blue Peter. In a similar way rivals grew. Were you a Magpie or a Blue Peter watcher? Magpie was a magazine format show lasting 25 minutes twice a week.

Magpie TV Series

Magpie TV Series sixties and seventies show


Why the name Magpie? Magpie as a reference to the magpie’s habit of collecting small items, and because of “mag” being evocative of “magazine”, and “pie” being evocative of a collection of ingredients.

Thames Television produced Magpie and many will remember the show gave you an insiders knowledge of what Television Studios looked like in there day,

The show ran from 1968 to 1980. Many will remember presenters such as Mick Robertson, Susan Stranks, Jenny Hanley and Tommy Boyd.

Do you remember the Magpie TV Series?

3 thoughts on “Magpie TV Series

  1. HI,
    This is seems quite interesting and informative post from your side. I like this post very much and i am really impressed with the name Magpie. It seems interesting. Anyways keep sharing your valuable thoughts and keep it up.

  2. I grew up here in Birmingham, UK in the 1970’s and 1980’s so I remember watching Magpie in the 1970’s.

    I remember the way they had that line that would go out the studio and along the walls to indicate how far a collection for charity was doing.

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