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3rd July 1970 - 10th September 1971

Liverpool poet Roger McGough, singer Mike McCartney (McGear) and writer/actor John Gorman had made their debut on ABC's late night magazine show Gazette back in 1964 and subsequently made themselves useful to Light Entertainment producers with their cheeky, witty, literature take on modern culture, and after several pop hits they were finally offered their own series.

Tea time was probably the best place they could have landed as kids loved them. They played clowns, but they were really storytellers, either in poetry, songs or acting, they did it all. They invited guests who would talk to the kids about things that matters to them like ecology for Spike Milligan, plus other familiar favourites like Fanny and Johnny Craddock, Willie Rushton, Moira Lister etc. Fellow Scousers The Fourmost were the backing band.

Described as "a zany zig-zag of puzzles and quizzes, a fun magazine programme with an emphasis on involving viewers at home", the show also featured a weekly whodunit cartoon insert Inspector Boniface Investigates. There was also a tie in with the Radio Times who would set a poser each week.

The show changed format for the second series which began 6th August 1971. It now became a contest between two teams of children and helping out the Scaffold this time was former Doctor Who sidekick Wendy Padbury. Talking to The Stage about the new series producer Stan Parkinson "Children are entitled to a show like this. They're innocent adults - we don't fall into the trap of talking down to them."