According to a new documentary, Play School presenters were completely stoned on aired children's television broadcasts in the 1970s.

Veteran children's television presenter, Johnny Ball  has revealed in a BBC 4 documentary called Lights! Camera! Action! Tales of Television Centre, the extent to which drugs were prevalent in the making of shows.

Referring to a nativity scene in Play School, Ball reported fellow presenters Lionel Morton and Rick Jones as having smoked a huge joint before recording and described them as being altogether stoned.

73 year old Ball hastened to add that he himself did not indulge in the drug taking and found it intolerable to work with.

Even David Attenborough was rather unamused at the smell of pot in the corridors of the BBC albeit with reference to musicians from pop groups smoking the class B drug.

But smoking cannabis was not the only sign of a generation hell bent on drug experimentation in the BBC television centre, there was also free love.

Katy Manning, who was an actress on Doctor Who, said there was casual sex all over the BBC building.

Editorial comment:

I will never be able to watch old episodes of the Open University again without looking to see if the chap in the brown suit with paisley tie has red eyes.

The subliminal inflections on my generation growing up watching stoned television presenters must have had a negative effect on us.

Joint By Psychonaught

Joint By Psychonaught

Image by Psychonaught (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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