Hey you, get down to 73

No. 73

If the No 73 isn’t familiar to you as anything other than just a number then you probably aren’t a Brit who grew up in the 80’s. This Saturday morning TV show aired between 1982 and 1988 and was a staple of my weekend viewing. The show was essentially a shell for a broad range of children’s entertainment including comedy sketches, animated series, competitions, music and interviews with celebrities.

Here is the introduction trailer that ran a week earlier to show viewers what was coming next week:

And here is the intro to the show when it first started, followed by the much better update that started less than a year later:

The show featured some classic parodies, most notably for me, The Z-Team which expertly mocked The A-Team with a group who were convicted as toddlers of a crime they did not commit. The parody featured Corporal Tom “Cannibal” Stiff, Dimpleton ‘Skates’ Wreck, Marginally Mental Murky and Mr. P as B.A. Brat who were on the run from the Parks Department.

Sadly I can find no footage of the Z-Team so I’ve had to settle with a 1985 montage of clips from “The Sandwich Quiz” which is entirely as crazy as it sounds!

British fashion in the 80’s was brilliant, wasn’t it!

Hayden Yale

Child of the 80's. Born, raised and living in the Cheshire countryside, England.Lover of fan art, especially if it is based on my childhood heroes from Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, Transformers and TMNT. Penchant for almost anything retro, especially movies, games and art.

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4 thoughts on “Hey you, get down to 73

  1. Max Power says:

    Reminds me of a British show called “Everybody Here” that PBS ran in the mid to late 1980s

  2. Absolutely loved No.73. Kickstarted several careers including Sandi Toksvig and Neil Buchanan. What cartoons did they have again? I seem to remember they might have had DangerMouse on there but I can’t remember. But I had totally forgotten about that Sandwich Quiz! A classic.

  3. I can’t remember the exact cartoons they had on the show but I ‘m almost certain they had the Gummi Bears for a time. I have a vague memory of watching it on both Saturday AND Sunday for a while too, with Black Beauty as part of the schedule.

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