The first episode of Captain Pugwash aired on 22 October 1957. The children's animation was written, illustrated and produced by John Ryan. The bumbling Captain was brought to life by Peter Hawkins, who provided all the voices. The simple but beautifully crafted cartoon, with cut-out figures moved by cardboard levers, contributed to the overall charm of the programme, which is still fondly remembered years after it was last shown.
Many girls could juggle 2 or 3 balls at a time against a wall. Their complex games involved high speed bouncing moves and when that became too tame they would toss the ball between their legs or twirl around before catching the ball. All of this was accompanied by singing of various rhymes.
The Woodentops ran concurrently with Andy Pandy in the Watch With Mother slot. I remember nothing of the show, other than I liked Spot the dog. It's perhaps not surprising I remember do little: I was probably only three when I watched these shows.