Play School presenters went on air stoned
Play School presenters went on air stoned on huge marijuana joints, according to a new BBC documentary.
Recalling his time on the BBC children's show, former presenter Johnny Ball revealed that drug use even spilt on screen in a nativity scene.
He said: "There was Rick Jones, Lionel Morton and myself. They got stoned on the biggest joint you've ever seen - in the studio.
"We were in silhouette as the three shepherds with our crooks... They were absolutely stoned out of their minds."
Ball, 73, who insisted that he was not stoned himself, added: "I couldn't work with it. I really couldn't."
Others told how a culture of drug use was effectively tolerated at the BBC during the 60s and 70s and how the corridors of Television Centre reeked of it.
Sir David Attenborough recalled pleading with colleagues: "Look, please, don't smoke that stuff openly so we can all smell it. Just be sensible."
Joan Bakewell, the presenter, said visiting pop stars would often indulge: "Of course they smoked and they didn't smoke ordinary cigarettes," she said.
Tales Of Television Centre, to be screened on BBC Four later this month, also reveals that the BBC was a hot bed of sex.
Former Doctor Who actress Katy Manning, who played Jo Grant, said: "People were bonking all over the BBC. Everybody was doing it on the premises."
And Janet Fielding, who played the Doctor's sidekick Tegan, added: "Nobody cared whether you had sex in your dressing room."
what do you think?
I have said for years that they must hae been stoned out of their minds !
Ooo, what a jape. They're all so cool?!!
dillon on magic rounabout was always stoned
and he wasn't the only one it seems LOL
Why do they talk as though it's any different now?
Well, I always thought they seemed to be enjoying themselves too much... Now I know why!! (Hamble always appeared very glassy-eyed!)
I always wondered about Humpty and Big Ted myself
You mean "Big" Ted
well, katy manning or janet fielding , say no more lol
Sign of the times. Television has no standards.
ohhh seriously thats years ago, who cares now, what about captain pug wash and master bates they gona have a go bout that aswell lol
Well, I suppose many of them were journalists so what else could you expect !
Haha amazing, it's like a Chris Morris spoof.
Of course no such goings-on would have been seen through the "square" window.
It's not very surprisingly, really. People started getting television sets after World War Two, didn't they? My mum always told me what it was like during World War Two. She stuffed her shoes with newspapers. I think she stuffed her bed with newspapers. I can't remember everything she said. Still says. They had no central heating at all. Food was all rationed. Everything was rationed. They go from austere life during World War Two, straight into the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s. People are going to think, "Wars are stupid, we want to just live." So, that's what they all tried to do as much as possible.
Are you reading the same story?.....What are you going on about?
appropriate name mr stoner ;-)
Theres a thing i thought i would never read !! bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahhaaaa
Nothing new - where do you think tales like Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz , Hobbit and Lord of the Rings etc etc came from !
Nothing new really is it - where do you think tales like Alice in Wonderland , The Wizard of Oz ,The Hobbit etc etc came from !
"...reveals that the BBC was a hot bed of sex" I lol'd
Judging by some of the programmes they churn out today, they're still stoned............
Didn't we all know this? I mean, there was: - Crystal Tipps, who, quite apart from the name, had rainbow-coloured hair and flew around in the sky; - Bill & Ben, the Flowerpot Men (and their Weed); - Mr Benn, who used to take a pill in someone's back room, then step into a psychedelic wonderland; - The Magic Roundabout, with a rabbit called Dylan who played the guitar; I mean, you could go on all day...