If you were at school in the late 80s and early 90s you will\nno doubt have rushed home at the end of the day and switched on CBBC or CITV,\nwaiting for your favourite shows.\n\n\n\nWhilst most of those shows will have been your typical muscles and guns cartoons like He-Man, Thundercats or Bucky O\u2019Hare there were other, more wholesome, shows that we loved as well.\n\n\n\nRemember Greenclaws?\n\n\n\nNow, a lot of people may not remember Greenclaws by name but\nwill no doubt remember by the time they\u2019ve finished reading.\n\n\n\nGreenclaws ran between 1989 and 1990 on BBC2 at lunchtimes\nalthough it was repeated several times throughout the early 90\u2019s on CBBC.\n\n\n\nWho were the characters?\n\n\n\nGreenclaws - The\ntitle character was a big green Monster who spent his time gardening in a big\ngreenhouse. He grew magical plants that\nwould often help out with various situations.\n\n\n\nIris \u2013 A girl\nthat used to visit Greenclaws to hear his stories and to help with his gardening.\n\n\n\nOwlma \u2013 A\nmechanical owl that would tell riddles to Greenclaws and Iris which allowed\nthem to find out each episodes theme.\n\n\n\nPercy \u2013\nGreenclaws\u2019 pet Macaw who would join them for their stories.\n\n\n\nThe Riddle Tree \u2013 Perhaps\nnot really a character as such but an important part of the show none the less.\nThe Riddle Tree grew Greenclaws\u2019 magical seeds and was also a home to Owlma.\n\n\n\nThis Is Ringing A Bell But What Was Greenclaws About?\n\n\n\nIn each episode Iris would come to visit the greenhouse and they would plant hislatest seed creation.\n\n\n\nThe seeds often looked like giant Easter eggs and would be highly decorated. \n\n\n\nThey would plant the seeds and place them inside the Riddle Tree until they had grown.\n\n\n\nThe Riddles\n\n\n\nOnce the seeds had grown Owlma would ask them a riddle in\nher own language, called Owlmaese, which usually consisted of her saying Twoo\nTwoo Twit Twit Twoo.\n\n\n\nIris would then translate the riddle for Greenclaws who couldn\u2019t speak the language.\n\n\n\nIf they answered the riddle correctly, which they always did of course, then they could take the new plant from the tree.\n\n\n\nTrumpet Fruit\n\n\n\nThe plant would always be growing some bizarre fruit that would give hint towards this week\u2019s story. \n\n\n\nThings such as trumpets, cricket balls and swimming arm bands could be growing on them, always to the surprise of Greenclaws and Iris.\n\n\n\nGreenclaws would then sit down with iris and Percy to tell a\nstory about his family that was linked to the plant.\n\n\n\nThe stories would be accompanied with animation whilst\nGreenclaws narrated. In addition to the animation there was a lip-synced song\nin every episode too.\n\n\n\nGreenclaws was written by Ursula Jones and was produced by Christine Hewitt, who would go on to Produce Bodger & Badger (Mash Potato!) for many years.\n\n\n\nNow Greenclaws was certainly a bit twee and was by no means the coolest programme on TV.\n\n\n\nIt was aimed at the preschool market rather than the older kids, but that doesn\u2019t mean we don\u2019t have a huge amount of affection for it.\n\n\n\nIt\u2019s the sort of show that just wouldn\u2019t be made anymore and is very much a throw back to when childhood still had its innocence fully intact and that makes it all the more memorable for it.\n\n\n\nFeeling Nostalgic?\n\n\n\nWe hope you\u2019ve enjoyed this throw back to your early years as much as we enjoyed getting to know this old classic again. \n\n\n\nThere seems to be plenty of old episodes on YouTube for you to check out too and maybe show your kids what you used to watch.\n\n\n\nWhat do you remember about Greenclaws?