Button Moon, 1980
Yes it’s Friday lunchtime and time to wind back the clock to another classic lunchtime kids TV show.
Button Moon was kids TV show shown on ITV at lunchtimes. Beginning in 1980 the show ran for 7 series until 1988, clocking up an impressive 91 episodes along the way. Each episode lasted 10 minutes.
Originally conceived as a stage show by creator Ian Alen for Playboard Puppets in 1978, it was adapted it into a TV series for Thames two years later in 1988. The show did eventually make it to the stage with a live tour during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.
Button Moon hung in a “blanket sky”. The characters along with many of the props were kitchen untensils.
The theme music was composed by Peter Davison and his then wife Sandra Dickinson. Eagle eyed readers may recognise narrator Robin Parkinson he played Monsieur Leclerc in the later episodes of hit sitcom Allo! Allo!
Button Moon follows the adventures of Mr. Spoon who, in each episode, travels to Button Moon in his homemade rocket ship. Also featuring in the episodes were Mr Spoon’s wife Mrs Spoon, their daughter Tina Tea-Spoon and her friend Eggbert.
Once on Button Moon they have an adventure, and look through Mr. Spoon’s telescope at someone else. Then it’s back home to the Junk Planet.
Created By: Ian Allen
Adapted For TV By: Ian Allen
Produced By: Thames Television
Original Transmission Dates: 8th December 1980 – 1st December 1988