4th May 2007

Here Come the Double Deckers!

The Double Deckers opening & ending credits

I saw this posted on Eye of the Goof last week, and it’s too cool not to share… but I hesitate, because the theme song you’ll hear is so catchy that I can’t help but wonder if I could have legitimate legal claims filed against me for subjecting you to it. So, DISCLAIMER: WATCH AT YOUR OWN RISK. If you find yourself tossing and turning at night, unable to get to sleep because of an urgent need to dance violently and find a ticket for a double decker London bus… well, you asked for it.

Here Come the Double Deckers was a kids’ show from 1970-71, co-produced by the BBC and 20th Century Fox and filmed in England. Seventeen episodes were created, and it aired both in the UK and here in the States. The show stars seven young kids who know their way around a Watusi, and have nicknames that scream “packaged product”: Scooper, Spring, Billie (it’s a boy’s name, but it’s really a girl!), Brains (he wears glasses! he’s so smart!), Doughnut (he’s overweight! he can’t stop eating!), Sticks (he plays the drums! so hip!) and Tiger (that’s the name of the littlest girl, and her stuffed animal! so wacky!).

It didn’t sink in for me until the second viewing that their hangout is a junkyard clubhouse (!). I was distracted the first time ’round by the flailing dance moves of the kids. You can tell that the director had been yelling all morning, “Bigger! Bigger! More movement! More action! I want to see wild arm swings!” These kids make the Barney’s kids look like lumps. Lumps with lame dance moves.

There are currently 5 responses to “Here Come the Double Deckers!”

  1. 1 On May 5th, 2007, Rum Midget said:

    Ha! I figured you’d pick up on the junkyard clubhouse angle sooner or later.

  2. 2 On May 5th, 2007, atomictonytiki said:

    “Spring” played by Brinsley Forde would later go on to be the lead singer in Aswad and has a BBC radio 6 show.

  3. 3 On May 7th, 2007, ChadSpacey said:

    I’m now creeped out… Thanks!

  4. 4 On May 8th, 2007, Monica said:

    Can you believe I have a coloring book at my parents house of this show!!!

  5. 5 On May 9th, 2007, Humuhumu said:

    Wow, that’s crazy… I’d love to see a scan or two if you find yourself with extra time and an itch to scan random things!