Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Open wide, come inside

Silly John

I was excited today to learn that John Hamblin, aka "Silly John" from Play School, has just released a biography, "Open wide, come inside" (written by Peter Richman).

Play School was such a massive part of my childhood. I adored it. I loved Silly John and Noni Hazlehurst the most, closely followed by "Good John" (John Waters) and Benita Collings, and then all the others - Don Spencer, Alister Smart, Jan Kingsbury, etc.

Benita and Good John

My favourite episodes involved Silly John and Noni - they were always hilarious, and even as a child I knew that Silly John was being a little bit rude... Years later, I've watched old episodes and have seen how he appealed equally to children and adults.

Silly John and Noni

My favourite Play School memory is Noni reading "The Elephant and the Bad Baby". My sisters and I loved that book, and the way Noni read it with funny voices was genious. I wish I could find a clip of it.

Rumpeta, rumpeta, rumpeta...

I've seen more recent episodes of the show, and it continues to be wonderful, even though it's been modernised of course. With hosts like Rhys Muldoon and Justine Clarke, it'll never be dull.

Justine and Rhys

Hopefully I can introduce my kids to the joy of Play School some day, and read them "The Elephant and the Bad Baby", complete with funny voices...


erica said...

so many memories i just one blog entry. I loved silly john, and benita.

And i had totally forgotten about Noni and that book until i saw it!

"rumpeta rumpeta rumpeta!"

Nicole said...

I have just come across your blog after doing my own post abouht the John Hamblin book. Wasn't he a classic.

KT said...

Thanks for the comment Nicole. I enjoyed your blog post. I must say that though I enjoyed the content of Hamblin's biography, I thought it was really poorly written by Peter Richman. Oh well. The photos were great and he has had an interesting life.