Wednesday 21 November 2018

Yabadabadoo! 'The Flintstones' is our favourite childhood TV programme

The Flintsones cartoon series
The Flintsones cartoon series

By Alan O'Keeffe

The Flintstones has been voted the favourite childhood television programme in a survey of Irish adults.

Happy memories of watching cartoon characters Fred, Wilma, baby Pebbles and their Stone Age shenanigans with pet dinosaurs and pals like Barney Rubble, were recalled by Irish men and women when asked about the television shows they loved the most in childhood.

Bosco was the only Irish-made programme in the top five favourites, claiming fourth place in the survey of more than 1,000 adults.

US shows Sesame Street and The Muppet Show were ranked second and third and Worzel Gummidge claimed fifth place.

The nostalgia-laden survey on behalf of DoneDeal, the classified adverts website, revealed the remaining shows to make into the top 10 were The Simpsons, Pokemon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Fraggle Rock.

Respondents were also asked about their favourite school textbook and voted 'Busy At Maths' into the number one spot, with strong support coming from those aged between 25 and 34.

Soundings

Ann and Barry claimed second place, followed by New Treasury of English with Irish classic Peig in fourth place. Other books near the top of the list were Siamsa, Spraoi, Soundings, Away With Words, and Tara and Ben.

Covering schoolbooks with paper to protect them was a widespread practice. Some 44pc of adults said their schoolbooks were covered with brown paper, 29pc said books were covered with leftover wallpaper, and 26pc used contact paper. The survey revealed that half of all Irish adults claim to still have old school books at home. Those who have finished school more recently (16-24s) are most likely to have old school books at home (73pc).

John Warburton, chief executive officer of DoneDeal said: "What's surprising about this survey is the number of people in Ireland holding onto old schoolbooks.

"If they're holding onto old schoolbooks for this long, imagine what other items they have stored away and forgotten about."

Maths was voted favourite school subject by men while women voted art as their favourite class.

aokeeffe@herald.ie

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