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Bil and Ben bomb

When a reporter needs an expert opinion on children’s matters, who should they turn to? Their kids, of course!

But despite the Exeter Express and Echo’s Anne Byrne enthusing about the good old days of Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men, her daughter dismissed them as “sad”.

Bill, Ben and Little Weed are back on TV – minus their strings – for a new 26-part series.

So Anne, who can remember the original shows, sat with her daughter to Watch with Mother.

Jennifer, 11, wrote for the paper: “I think it’s really sad that people are trying to re-animate some 50-year-old programme rather than coming up with a new one.

“My dad said it was better in black and white when Bill and Ben were on strings. That’s sad too.”

She’s now fearful that Andy Pandy and the Woodentops could be about to return…

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