Play Away was a sister programme to Play School in the United Kingdom, aimed at slightly older children. It ran from 1971 until 1984.
While Play School had a more gentle, intimate feel, featuring just two presenters in a studio with the usual collection of toys and pets, Play Away was much more lively, including songs, games and many jokes.
The first eight series were shot in a studio, usually at BBC Television Centre, London, although certain episodes were recorded in Bristol or Manchester. Later episodes were recorded in front of a live studio audience. The format was a little like a music-hall variety show or 'end-of-the-pier' show.
The Musical Director was Jonathan Cohen on piano, with Spike Heatley on double bass and Alan Rushton on drums, often with accomplished guest musicians. Presenters throughout the thirteen-year run included familiar Play School presenters such as Brian Cant, Toni Arthur, Derek Griffiths, Floella Benjamin, Chloe Ashcroft, Johnny Ball, and Julie Stevens, as well as lesser known presenters including Janine Sharp, Roger Martin and Carol Chell.
Side One:- 1) The Party Is About To Begin (Ding Dong) / All Change 2) Superstition 3) Say When 4) Umbarbarumba 5) Captain Kipper's Clipper 6) If I Had A Hammer 7) Stops & Starts
Side Two:- 1) Rabbit & Pork 2) The Rain Makes All Things Beautiful 3) Words, Words, Words 4) Sitting By The River 5) The Hokey Cokey 6) The Hippo Song 7) The Train To Glasgow 8) First Things 9) Singalong
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