We love Muffin the Mule

Children’s Hour, first broadcast 90 years ago, was one of the earliest radio programmes.

Saturday, 8th September 2012, 12:47 pm

And in 1946, after the end of the Second World War, a live Sunday afternoon TV transmission, also known as Children’s Hour, or For The Children, began.

The show featured presenter Annette Mills and the famous puppet Muffin the Mule, pictured above.

Children’s Hour was at the height of its popularity when it was broadcast from Luton in March 1951.

Young fans are pictured, left, with Annette and one of the programme’s puppets at the Carnegie Library on the corner of George Street and Williamson Street.

The library opened in 1910 and was replaced in 1962 by Luton Central Library, which was visited by the Queen shortly after it opened.

Can Luton News readers remember Children’s Hour on radio?

It had many popular features, with much-loved presenters like ‘Uncle Mac’ and long-running series such as Norman and Henry Bones, boy detectives; Jennings at school; Toytown; and Romany.

Young listeners also enjoyed some great dramas, including The Swish of the Curtain and John Masefield’s Midnight Folk and Box of Delights.

Around the time Children’s Hour came to Luton, other TV programmes for youngsters included Whirlygig, which featured among others Sooty and Rolf Harris.