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Miss Helen was the friend who never let you down... the wonder she inspired survives her passing

Gail Walker



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TV magic: Helen Madden will be fondly remembered

TV magic: Helen Madden will be fondly remembered

TV magic: Helen Madden will be fondly remembered

It's strange how something from the past can take you completely unawares, unleashing a depth of feeling you wouldn't have believed possible. The death of Helen Madden, known to a generation of children simply as 'Miss Helen' from UTV's Romper Room, has prompted an outpouring of affection and memories.

Many in their 50s and 60s were instantly transported back nearly half a century to lost living rooms where it's always early afternoon and a black and white television set is flickering in the corner. Where they're just in from school and sitting on the floor, watching rapt as Miss Helen goes through the familiar format.

She was like a cross between a favourite primary school teacher and your mum in an exceptionally good mood. She was a bit posh too, but that never really mattered because gathered round about her would be a gaggle of children - the envied few who made it onto the show - and most of them talked just like you.


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