To kick off 2016 with a start, this week's show is going to be about one of the scariest things to ever come out of the late 1970s/early 1980s - the Public Information Films.
Many is the traumatised child that sat through these mini horror movies, designed not to inform kids of the dangers of the world around them, but to make them actively fear EVERYTHING.
Which PIFs do YOU remember? Which ones scared you as a kid? Which ones scare you even now? Did any of them actually work and deter you from injuring yourself? Let us know below and we'll read them out on this week's show!
Meanwhile, here's some examples. And remember, don't have nightmares.
I remember the one with the guy up the pylon, and the little girl screaming when she picks up the discarded sparkler. I've never done either, so maybe they had the desired effect? I don't know about keeping me in line through fear though, as I also remember not to try and cross the road from behind a bus thanks to Superted stopping Spotty from doing it, which wasn't exactly traumatic to watch.
Do they still do them? I don't think I watch enough broadcast TV these days to catch them. Based on adverts I do see, something about the dangers of gambling addiction might be a good idea...
Post by mylittleponfarr on Jan 17, 2016 14:42:00 GMT
Being a 40-something telly addict, I can probably quote most of these PI films word-for-word! My favourites were the Dave Prowse Green Cross Code films- hey, when DARTH frickin' VADER tells you to "Stop, Look, Listen!", you do as you're told! Not all of them were as effective, though. As much as I love Jon Pertwee, the whole S.P.L.I.N.K. Thing was hard to remember bollocks, and the less said about being strapped in by Jimmy Saville, the better. As cheesy as they seem nowadays, they did the job. I never went to look at puppies with a stranger when I was a kid, scary ponds were a 100% no-go areas, I kept my bike nice & clean (got myself seen!), I never stepped out when I was close to the edge, and I never, EVER, mixed cross-ply & radial tyres. Oh, and the best satire of the public information films were the Harry Enfield "Mr Chormondley-Warner" sketches. Pure class.
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