Downtown was a genius segment to rival anything Alan Partridge could dream up. The premise, should you need reminding, was that viewers sent in photographs of themselves and their mates (involving a trip to Boots, a stamp and an envelope in those days) while they were, wait for it, down town.
The pictures would then be shown in a CBBC slide-show, as in the above video courtesy of this tremendous Broom Cupboard website) accompanied by the dulcet tones of Petula Clark’s titular song. There was also an accompanying campaign to get the Clark song to number one, using a three-prong marketing campaign of repeated exposure, felt-tip pen banners, and pleas from Phillip Schofield.
5. A Tribe Of Toffs – John Kettley Is A Weatherman
Technically, this clip is from Children’s BBC summer holiday spin-off, But First This (later known as BFT), but it all began in the Broom Cupboard.
In 1988, Sunderland-based band, A Tribe Of Toffs, sent a cassette tape of their novelty song, John Kettley Is A Weatherman, to Andy Crane. Crane played it to the producer of BFT, who invited the group down to record a video featuring Kettley himself, and the result is above. The song reached Number 21 in the UK singles chart.
According to his official website, John Kettley is still a weather presenter, and appeared on Celebrity Eggheads in 2013.