Saturday, 7 February 2015
83 The White Horses
First watched : Uncertain
The Easter fortnight in 1972 was the first holiday period where the BBC put on a full schedule of child-friendly programmes to entertain the kids in a morning. They were all repeats but that was better than nothing.
The White Horses was originally made in 1965, a joint German-Yugoslavian production. It was first broadcast with English over-dubbing in 1968 and frequently repeated but the 1972 holiday showing was the most likely time for me to have caught it.
It concerned a teenage girl Julia ( Helga Anders ) who goes to work for a summer on a stud farm for Lipizanner horses owned by her uncle in Austria. Mild adventures ensue. I must confess that , having no great feeling for the beasts, my recollections of this , Follyfoot * and Black Beauty tend to merge into one equestrian melange of disinterest.
The series is most celebrated for Jackie Lee's breezy theme tune, a top 10 hit in 1968 and much feted by the "shambling" scene of 1986. Unfortunately that was also the year that Helga Anders succumbed to a short lifetime of debauchery and passed away at just 38.
* I'm not 100% certain I ever watched an episode of Follyfoot but it was on around this time and makes me sound less thick than mixing up just the other two.