When I grew up in the country called USSR that still existed, I remember myself together with my grandfather watching only educational programs on the national television. There was an educational program of any type to satisfy all different tastes: documentaries, all soccer and ice-hockey matches, Nu Pogodi – the most popular Soviet cartoon, Budilnik (Alarm Clock) – 30 min educational morning program on a selected topic, Travelers’ club, About Animals – a program that would tell children about different species, Master-Flamaster – a program that would teach you how to make different things manually, to sew, make good pictures etc., and Morning Post – educational talk program with music.
The last but no the least, the favourite program of all children brought up in the Soviet Union “Spokoinoi nochi, malishi” (Good night, little ones). This program aired since 1964 would gather ALL children in front the television every day at 20.30 p.m untill 21.00 p.m. The presenter, a well-known figure, accompanied by five puppet charachters Stepashka(a hare), Filya(a dog), Mishutka (a bear), Karkusha (a crow) and Khrusha(a piglet) would help the puppets to engage in a very good, from the educational point of view, activity like helping a stranger or cleaning one’s own mess to teach them a moral lesson and show them an example of a good behaviour. After five minutes the presenter would introduce and show a short educational cartoon. After the cartoon, the presenter and the puppets would tell the audience “Good night, little ones…sleep tight” and would close the program with a lullaby “Spyat ystalie Igrushki…”(Tired toys are going to sleep) that every child would sing together with them before going to bed at 21.00 p.m.