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Chalkie

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Joe and Petunia
« on: September 28, 2019, 07:48:30 PM »


Joe and Petunia
I loved these Public Information Films (PIF).[/font]
The Joe and Petunia PIFs were hilarious and were made by Nicholas Cartoons, also responsible for the 1978 television series “Willo the Wisp.”  The films were animated and featured Joe, a tiny little man in pinstripes, and Petunia, his enormous wife who wore a hat and sunglasses and could often be seen licking an ice cream noisily.  Voices were provided by Peter Hawkins as Joe and Wendy Craig as Petunia, later replaced by Brigit Forsyth for the last film.  In each film, they caused danger with their unbelievable stupidity, advising the public on what not to do in a similar situation.  Their first PIF was “Coastguard.”  Joe and Petunia sit on a cliff top enjoying the sunshine.  Joe has a handkerchief on his head and Petunia, a big fat woman, licks an ice-cream.  A man is out at sea in his boat and begins shouting to Joe and Petunia to get him some help.  He is clearly distressed as his boat is about to capsize.  But Joe and Petunia mistake his cries of help for friendly waves, and so they merrily wave back.  Then Joe looks through his binoculars and the man's speech balloon can be seen which reads: “HELP!  DIAL 999 AND ASK FOR THE COASTGUARD.”[/font]
Joe and Petunia also starred in PIFs for water safety (flags), the Country Code, and worn tyres.  In “Water Safety (Flags)” Joe and Petunia are sitting on a beach beside a red Danger sign.  Joe is looking out to sea through his binoculars and spots a mermaid.  He is busting to go for a swim but Petunia, again licking an ice-cream, cautions Joe against swimming where red flags or warning signs are present. She allows him to go for a dip where there's a coastguard, but the coastguard makes off with the mermaid himself. [/font]
In “Acceptance of the Country Code” Joe and Petunia are having a picnic and litter a field belonging to a farmer.  They have a dog with them this time and he chases after the farmer’s sheep.  The angry farmer marches towards them, his face purple with rage.  Realising that the farmer is not too happy, they scarper.[/font]
In “Worn Tyres”, Joe and Petunia are out for a drive in their red Mini. Petunia sees a sign reading "Worn Tyres Kill" and repeatedly asks Joe if he's checked their tyres.  Joe replies: "Not worn, Petunia, they're a bit smooth."  The Mini then skids off the road and crashes into a tree and at this moment the cartoon film cuts to an identically-composed photograph of a crashed car.   With Joe’s car halfway up the tree he says: “Nice view from up here, Petunia."[/font]
If you haven’t seen Joe and Petunia before, then you are in for a treat as these PIFs can be found on the internet. [/font]
Try this link to enjoy once again.[/font]
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=joe+ad+petunia+public+informaion+filsm+youtube&view=detail&mid=7BAE0DC15FDFE3678D4C7BAE0DC15FDFE3678D4C&FORM=VIRE[/font]
Splink[/font]
In 1976, Jon Pertwee, who up until 1974 had played Doctor Who, featured in a PIF promoting ‘The Green Cross Code.’  In the television ad we see three young children (2 boys and a girl) buying ice cream from an ice cream van at the side of a busy road.  When the children approach the edge of the pavement, Pertwee's voiceover commences:[/font]
“Here's how to remember the Green Cross Code. First find a Safe place to stop.”[/font]
(The letter ‘S’ appears on screen)[/font]
“Stand on the Pavement near the kerb.”[/font]
(‘P’ appears)[/font]
 “Look all around for traffic, and listen.”[/font]
(‘L’ appears, as children look both ways)[/font]
 “If traffic is coming, then let it pass.”[/font]
(‘I’ for ‘if’ appears)[/font]
“When there is no traffic near, walk straight across the road.”[/font]
(‘N’ for ‘no’)[/font]
“Keep looking and listening for traffic while you cross.”[/font]
(‘K’ appears as the children, who are now safely on other pavement, turn round and shout the completed word "Splink!")[/font]
Pertwee turns to the camera and says: ‘Well now we'll all remember the Green Cross Code, and use it.  Splink!”[/font]
The Nation’s Favourite Public Information Film[/font]
In March 2006, the BBC’s online magazine “Stop, Look, Listen” published the results of a poll it had conducted to find the nation’s favourite Public Information Film (PIF).  Almost 25,000 visitors to the website voted in the poll, which was organised to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Central Office of Information, the Government Department which is responsible for PIFs. The following list shows the Top 20 from the poll with seven of the Top 10 (No’s 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9 & 10) from the 1970s:[/font]
1. Charley Says[/font]
2. Tufty[/font]
3. Joe and Petunia[/font]
4. Dark and Lonely Water[/font]
5. Green Cross Man[/font]
6. Reginald Molehusband[/font]
7. Protect and Survive[/font]
8. Learn to Swim - Rolf Harris[/font]
9. Clunk Click [/font]
10. Teenagers learn to swim[/font]
11. Think Bike[/font]
12. Play Safe - Frisbee[/font]
=13. Fireworks - Hale and Pace [/font]
=13. Bullying - Tell Someone[/font]
15. Splink - Jon Pertwee[/font]
16. Close to the Edge[/font]
17. Jobs for Girls[/font]
18. TV Licence - Columbo[/font]
19. Disused fridges[/font]
20. Rabies warnings[/font]
Just two of my childhood memories I have written about in my book about growing up in Belfast during the Troubles -  “Kicking Through The Troubles- How Manchester United Helped To Heal A Divided Community.”[/font]
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http://empire-uk.com/kicking[/font][/font][/size]

HarryHippo

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Re: Joe and Petunia
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2019, 08:04:20 PM »

Joe and Petunia
I loved these Public Information Films (PIF).[/font]
The Joe and Petunia PIFs were hilarious and were made by Nicholas Cartoons, also responsible for the 1978 television series “Willo the Wisp.”  The films were animated and featured Joe, a tiny little man in pinstripes, and Petunia, his enormous wife who wore a hat and sunglasses and could often be seen licking an ice cream noisily.  Voices were provided by Peter Hawkins as Joe and Wendy Craig as Petunia, later replaced by Brigit Forsyth for the last film.  In each film, they caused danger with their unbelievable stupidity, advising the public on what not to do in a similar situation.  Their first PIF was “Coastguard.”  Joe and Petunia sit on a cliff top enjoying the sunshine.  Joe has a handkerchief on his head and Petunia, a big fat woman, licks an ice-cream.  A man is out at sea in his boat and begins shouting to Joe and Petunia to get him some help.  He is clearly distressed as his boat is about to capsize.  But Joe and Petunia mistake his cries of help for friendly waves, and so they merrily wave back.  Then Joe looks through his binoculars and the man's speech balloon can be seen which reads: “HELP!  DIAL 999 AND ASK FOR THE COASTGUARD.”[/font]
Joe and Petunia also starred in PIFs for water safety (flags), the Country Code, and worn tyres.  In “Water Safety (Flags)”Joe and Petunia are sitting on a beach beside a red Danger sign.  Joe is looking out to sea through his binoculars and spots a mermaid.  He is busting to go for a swim but Petunia, again licking an ice-cream, cautions Joe against swimming where red flags or warning signs are present. She allows him to go for a dip where there's a coastguard, but the coastguard makes off with the mermaid himself. [/font]
In “Acceptance of the Country Code” Joe and Petunia are having a picnic and litter a field belonging to a farmer.  They have a dog with them this time and he chases after the farmer’s sheep.  The angry farmer marches towards them, his face purple with rage.  Realising that the farmer is not too happy, they scarper.[/font]
In “Worn Tyres”,Joe and Petunia are out for a drive in their red Mini. Petunia sees a sign reading "Worn Tyres Kill" and repeatedly asks Joe if he's checked their tyres.  Joe replies: "Not worn, Petunia, they're a bit smooth."  The Mini then skids off the road and crashes into a tree and at this moment the cartoon film cuts to an identically-composed photograph of a crashed car.   With Joe’s car halfway up the tree he says: “Nice view from up here, Petunia."[/font]
If you haven’t seen Joe and Petunia before, then you are in for a treat as these PIFs can be found on the internet. [/font]
Try this link to enjoy once again.[/font]
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=joe+ad+petunia+public+informaion+filsm+youtube&view=detail&mid=7BAE0DC15FDFE3678D4C7BAE0DC15FDFE3678D4C&FORM=VIRE[/font]
Splink[/font]
In 1976, Jon Pertwee, who up until 1974 had played Doctor Who, featured in a PIF promoting ‘The Green Cross Code.’  In the television ad we see three young children (2 boys and a girl) buying ice cream from an ice cream van at the side of a busy road.  When the children approach the edge of the pavement, Pertwee's voiceover commences:[/font]
“Here's how to remember the Green Cross Code. First find a Safe place to stop.”[/font]
(The letter ‘S’ appears on screen)[/font]
“Stand on the Pavement near the kerb.”[/font]
(‘P’ appears)[/font]
 “Look all around for traffic, and listen.”[/font]
(‘L’ appears, as children look both ways)[/font]
 “If traffic is coming, then let it pass.”[/font]
(‘I’ for ‘if’ appears)[/font]
“When there is no traffic near, walk straight across the road.”[/font]
(‘N’ for ‘no’)[/font]
“Keep looking and listening for traffic while you cross.”[/font]
(‘K’ appears as the children, who are now safely on other pavement, turn round and shout the completed word "Splink!")[/font]
Pertwee turns to the camera and says: ‘Well now we'll all remember the Green Cross Code, and use it.  Splink!”[/font]
The Nation’s Favourite Public Information Film[/font]
In March 2006, the BBC’s online magazine “Stop, Look, Listen” published the results of a poll it had conducted to find the nation’s favourite Public Information Film (PIF).  Almost 25,000 visitors to the website voted in the poll, which was organised to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Central Office of Information, the Government Department which is responsible for PIFs. The following list shows the Top 20 from the poll with seven of the Top 10 (No’s 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9 & 10) from the 1970s:[/font]
1. Charley Says[/font]
2. Tufty[/font]
3. Joe and Petunia[/font]
4. Dark and Lonely Water[/font]
5. Green Cross Man[/font]
6. Reginald Molehusband[/font]
7. Protect and Survive[/font]
8. Learn to Swim - Rolf Harris[/font]
9. Clunk Click [/font]
10. Teenagers learn to swim[/font]
11. Think Bike[/font]
12. Play Safe - Frisbee[/font]
=13. Fireworks - Hale and Pace [/font]
=13. Bullying - Tell Someone[/font]
15. Splink - Jon Pertwee[/font]
16. Close to the Edge[/font]
17. Jobs for Girls[/font]
18. TV Licence - Columbo[/font]
19. Disused fridges[/font]
20. Rabies warnings[/font]
Just two of my childhood memories I have written about in my book about growing up in Belfast during the Troubles -  “Kicking Through The Troubles- How Manchester United Helped To Heal A Divided Community.”[/font]
 [/font]
http://empire-uk.com/kicking[/font][/font][/size]

remember it well ...the coastguard one... " Hello ! lovely day aint it "   :)
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