Ask Aspel

BBC (ended 1970)


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Ask Aspel is a weekly children's series that originally aired one BBC 1 in the United Kingdom. It was broadcast weekly and ran from October 9, 1970 to July 21, 1981. The episodes are 30 minutes in length and have the format of a children's magazine show. The directors for this series include Iain Johnstone, Granville Jenkins, Will Wytt and Frances Whitaker. The host is Michael Aspel, a well-known television presenter on BBC since the 1960s. The main feature of the shows consists of Aspel reading letters from young viewers, who typically request to see clips from shows that have already aired on BBC. This feature provided the viewers a rare opportunity to see clips they had missed in the days before VCRs and DVD players. The show also includes standard features of a talk show such as interviews of celebrities. One the most popular episodes is an interview of Mark Hamil in 1980, who is best-known as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars trilogy.