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Chip’s Comic

Posted by Big Boo on June 22nd, 2011

Chips ComicNow, first of all this entry has nothing to do with the old British comic book Whizzer and Chips, though it does unsurprisingly have something to do with a comic, and also a TV show.

Cast your minds back to when Channel 4 first started airing (if you can remember that far back of course). When it first started it only aired from around 4pm in the afternoon, which meant it didn’t do a whole lot of children’s programming to start off with. At the weekends however Channel 4 was on during the day, so this is when it’s kids shows were shown.

Aside from Pob’s Programme, the only other Channel 4 kids programme I have any memories of was Chip’s Comic. It was a programme for younger kids which was about a computer, named Chip, that put together a weekly comic book with the aid of some human assistants (Gordon Griffin, who played a character called Inky, Elsa O’Toole) and a dog named Rover (who was actually Sir Harry Secombe’s son Andrew in a dog suit).

The show consisted of the Chip’s Comic gang putting together the latest issue of the comic, with a few madcap japes thrown in for good measure.

To be honest I remember little of the main programme itself other than the “Rover’s Roving Report” section, which saw Rover set off (on a quad bike no less, the obvious transport choice for dogs) and go and investigate how some everyday task was carried out. I seem to recall one which I found quite interesting at the time about how the mail got from post box to letter box.

Once all the articles for the comic had been put together they were fed into Chip who then proceeded to print the comic book itself, which you, the viewer could actually go to the newsagents and buy for real.

The fact you could buy the actual comic put together on screen seemed quite magical at the time, but probably explains why the show didn’t last all that long (I think it probably only lasted one series, possibly two, but I may be wrong on that) since producing a real comic book each week and a TV programme was probably a bit of a tall order to keep on doing.