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CITV's "Old Skool" weekend to celebrate its 30th birthday

Matthew with Sooty. Photo: YouTube

Children’s television channel CITV is continuing its 30th birthday celebrations this weekend by presenting a selection of "Old Skool" shows.

Today the channel is broadcasting several of its iconic programmes including Sooty and Co and Rosie and Jim.

Here are some of the day's highlights

11.15am: Rosie and Jim

Puppets Rosie and Jim would meander around the British countryside on a narrowboat, singing songs and rhymes as they went.

12pm: Sooty & Co

Matthew Corbett ran a shop in Manchester with the help of puppets Sooty, Sweep, Soo and Little Cousin Scampi.

2.30pm: Fraggle Rock

The puppet television show created by Jim Henson with the central characters being a set of 'Muppet' creatures called Fraggles.

We are very proud of CITV’s heritage, and look forward to bringing back all the old favourites for this one-off, not to be missed event and show the kids what their parents watched when they were young!

– Jamila Metran, CITV head of programming

Here were some of Saturday's highlights

Count Duckula

From Cosgrove Hall, Count Duckula was one of CITV’s best loved home-grown animations.

Art Attack

This art show, hosted by Neil Buchanan, ran for 19 series. Best remembered for the Big Art Attacks where Neil would create a big picture out of everyday materials.

Fun House

Pat Sharp hosted this messy soft-play game show, with two teams battling to avoid the gunge, answer all the questions and make it through to the Fun Run.

Knightmare

A real first in terms of gameshows using what was state of the art computer animation to bring to life a fantasy world.

Not only was it revolutionary in terms of graphics, but it was also one of the first gameshows where winning wasn’t easy. More often than not, teams were defeated.

4.30pm: Press Gang

A drama that gave us the likes of Julia Sawalaha, Dexter Fletcher, Lucy Benjamin and launched the writing career of Steven Moffat.

Over five years, it had some of the hardest hitting storylines on CITV.

  • Watch CITV on Freeview channel 75, Sky channel 621, or 734 on Virgin Media.