Forget Sherlock. Forget Elementary. This is how you update Sherlock Holmes for modern times. May I present Holmes and Yoyo, a show I'd only ever heard about, never seen. Watch the title sequence and be amazed by its audacity.
Chances are, you'll have heard The Banana Splits' theme tune at some point. Still popular in its own right, it's also a favourite for remixes and sampling.
Chances are you won't ever have watched it, though – at least not the original series. Unlike other kids shows of the time, this weird mix of live action and animation that crossed The Monkees with Rowan and Martin's Laugh In hasn't had the longevity of other shows. Yet if you watched it, it would be hard to forget the near nightmarish qualities of Fleegle the beagle, Bingo the gorilla, Drooper the lion, and Snork/Snorky the elephant, and the somewhat surreal show they were in.
Imagine you're four years old. Now watch the title sequence and know fear.
PS I should point out that Cartoon Network put out some Banana Splits Internet cartoons in the early 2000s and there was a new series in 2008, so there's probably a generation of kids being traumatised right now by the latest incarnation of the Banana Splits.
PPS I should probably also point out than Jan Michael Vincent of Airwolf fame appeared in the not at all racist Danger Island strand of the show that ran in the first season.
Back in the 70s and 80s, Cosgrove Hall was a powerhouse of children's TV. Creator of Chorlton and the Wheelies, Danger Mouse, The Wind in the Willows and Count Duckula, it dominated animated independent TV for the best part of those decades.
One minor little blip – although not necessarily on quality grounds – that's largely been forgotten was 1985's 13-part series Alias the Jester, which followed the adventures of a time traveller by the name of Alias and his dog-like companion Boswell. After their malfunctioning ship gets stuck in the Earth's magnetic pole, they crash-land in a Middle Age kingdom called Houghton Bottoms, ruled by (a) King Arthur and his Queen Edith. Taking up a secret identity as Alias the Jester, he gains employment at the court and befriends the bumbling court wizard Meredith.
However, when the situation called for it, Alias instantly changed back into his red uniform, which enabled him to fly, and gave him a degree of super strength, which used to face the various villains of the show, each episode inevitably ending with Arthur firing Alias and Meredith.
Here's the title sequence, which is a weird old combination of 80s pap music and utterly unhelpful scenes from the show.
About the blog
A UK media blog focusing on the best scripted TV from around the world, with daily news, views, exclusive reviews and good conversation. There's a bit of a bias towards the latest and greatest US TV, but we also cover Scandinavian, Canadian, European and Antipodean TV, as well as UK TV ranging from new Doctor Who to old Z Cars, and BBC4 to S4C.
Add in film, theatre, art, books, events, competitions and even weekly reviews of Wonder Woman comics, and you've (hopefully) got officially the fourth best blog on the web for media lovers. Oh yes, and there's The Barrometer, the ultimate guide to quality TV.
Praise for the blog Cision: fourth most important UK TV blog Blogging Edge: Blogger running Britain 2013
"For most of us watching the telly of an evening is a way to wind down and relax, but for Rob Buckley it’s his blogging bread and butter. With reviews of cult classics and up and coming US and Brit television shows, The Medium is Not Enough is fast becoming essential reading for TV buffs, with over 50,000 hits a month."
"The Medium Is Not Enough is a light-hearted look at TV, often from the US, but also from the UK. With varied, well-written content, the blog features healthy engagement and features well in search engines."
"Billing itself as 'officially the fourth most popular UK TV blog', there are several whimsical regulars here that could help it climb as high as number three…"
I'm Rob Buckley, a freelance journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of, although you might have heard me on Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition. I've edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for trade magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider and the equally short-lived Death Ray and Filmstar magazines; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it "web site for urban hedonists" The Tribe. I'm freelance now and have contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network and TV Scoop.