Emu’s Wide World S2E4 (1987) – FULL EPISODE

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Grotbags is brewing a potion that will make the drinker invincible, but when a package arrives in the post addressed to her, Croc and Redford are perhaps a little too curious…

The opening song, Proud Mary (a.k.a. Rolling on/down the River, originally by Creedence Clearwater Revival and famously covered by Ike and Tina Turner), may just take the biscuit for most energetic routine ever performed by the Pink Windmill Kids. There are rolls, tumbles, cartwheels, leapfrogs, high kicks and splits all over the place, but perhaps the highlight is the “guest” vocalist on the second verse. If you don’t have a big stupid grin on your face between 1:31 and 1:43, I may just have to send someone round to check for a pulse! (The other song, by the way, sees Redford and Croc singing I Fear Nothing from the Abbott and Costello film Jack and the Beanstalk.)

Speaking of guest appearances, there’s a visit from Terry Hall and Lennie the Lion in this episode. I’ve just searched YouTube, and there’s not much footage of them out there, so it’s nice to see them here. Meanwhile, King Boggle’s “misunderstandings” with the taxman are finally resolved in the last instalment of that particular storyline. I still haven’t got to the bottom of whether this was a reflection of real life or if there’s a sort of tragic irony to it. As it is, Rod sadly didn’t get an ending as happy as Boggle’s.

This episode was originally broadcast on Tuesday, 24th November, 1987, and there’s the usual Bargain Basement, Grotto games, Post Office, a Report on fast food (that sees Rod and Emu serving burgers in a Wimpy), plus a nice retelling of the classic story of Aladdin. Or Emuladdin.

(Please remember that this is an off-air VHS recording, so don’t go expecting 1080p HD quality. I’m fairly certain that this video isn’t commercially available, and I’ve uploaded it for its historic interest only. That said, if you are a copyright holder and object, please don’t hesitate to contact me.)

16 Comments

  1. The first Emu's Wide World? Yes – in fact, I've got the first four from the spring 1987 series, courtesy of Lindsay again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Yep. ๐Ÿ™‚ Though if I'm absolutely honest, the first series isn't as good as the second. It took a while for them to get into the new format, I think. Still some great moments, though!

  3. No, as there were eight episodes this series instead of six. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ep6 (with Ken Dodd) is the one in which they sing Greased Lighntin' and is complete; Ep7 (Dancing in the Moonlight) I uploaded months ago because that's one I had on my own tape; it's Ep8 that's incomplete.

  4. Episode 7 (Dancing in the Moonlight) had a festive theme but wasn't a Christmas special as such – it was broadcast on regular Children's ITV on 15/12/87. Episode 8 went out on 4/1/88, but was part of the same series and was shot in 1987. Slightly odd to have a three week break before coming back for only one episode, but that's the way it worked out.

  5. Oooh, a Ladybird Aladdin! I've a copy or two of that knocking about. Nice to see that Emu had decent taste in literature, anyway.

    Emualaddin. I see what he did there.

  6. I remember this episode as a child! At the time I only watched these shows for Grotbags & Emu; nothing else really appealed to me. Looking back as an adult though, I understand Rod Hull had tried to make a children's show that had "something for everyone". And while the singing/dancing segments were not my thing (not a fan of Fame or Grease back then either), I now appreciate the fitness level, skill and practice that went into creating them. It's a shame Rod Hull was unable to transfer these skills to the world of adult light entertainment, either as a presenter or writer.

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