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100 Shows Every '90s British Kid Will Remember

Who can forget Goosebumps, Tots TV, and Reboot?

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Rosie and Jim

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The story of two rag dolls "chugging along on the old Ragdoll" equipped with a bag, a drawing book and a plastic duck. Good thing John steers that boat!

Bodger and Badger

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Simon Bodger is joined by his sidekick, a talking badger who has a love for mashed potatoes!

Playdays

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CBBC show that was the successor of Play School. The three main characters were puppets known as Why Bird, Peggy Patch and Poppy, a cat.

The Smurfs

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This Belgian television franchise centres on a group of Smurfs: small, blue fictional creatures that live in mushrooms. Gargamel, the Evil Wizard, is the sworn enemy of the Smurfs and always tries to capture them.

Alvin & The Chipmunks

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This TV show focused on three, high-pitched singing chipmunks: Alvin, Simon and Theodore. The trio are managed by their human adoptive father David.

Tots TV

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Ragdolls Tilly, Tom and Tiny go on adventures and teach kids French words along the way.

William's Wish Wellingtons

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BBC show about William putting on magical boots that can take him anywhere he wants to go or anything he wants to have.

Dennis The Menace and Gnasher

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Adapted from a comic strip in the British children's comic The Beano, this show follows the adventures of Dennis the Menace and his dog Gnasher.

The Famous Five

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Enid Blyton's famous children's series is brought to life in this television show. Although filmed in the 1970s reruns allowed a new generation to see Julian, Dick, Anne, Georgina and their dog Timmy solve crimes during the Summer.

Where's Wally? (aka Where's Waldo?)

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Children everywhere have tried to find Wally (Waldo in North America) in books for years. This show only ran for one series but was the ultimate Saturday morning cartoon.

The Riddlers

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Series surrounds two Riddlers (small, humanoid creatures) named Mossop and Tiddler who inhabit Marjorie's garden.

Rainbow

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Each episode revolved around a particular activity or situation that would arise in Rainbow House, where the main characters lived. Everyone will remember Zippy for sure!

Brum

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Show about the adventures of a radio controlled car called Brum. Voiced over by the singer Toyah Wilcox.

Noddy

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A little wooden boy who lives in his own little House-for-One in Toyland. Another famous book series by Enid Blyton Noddy would cheer up children from the 1950s to present day.

Spider!

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Follows the adventures of a spider, the protagonist, and a young boy. The stories were told through song. Most famous song is "Spider In The Bath".

Arthur

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Everyone's favourite aardvark is brought to life in this show. Still adored by many of the world, Arthur Read emphasizes the importance of education and good relationships. Having fun isn't hard when you've....

Zzzap

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This comedy show incorporated many different characters including Smarty Arty (played by Neil Buchanan).

Art Attack

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Neil Buchanan hosted this art show allowing children to have step-to-step knowledge on how to create masterpieces. For years PVA glue must have been the number one thing bought by parents for their kids.

Grange Hill

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Following the students of a fictional comprehensive school and their progress. It was essentially a TV soap for children and tackled tough topics such as bullying, racism, illiteracy and domestic violence.

Byker Grove

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Set in a youth club in the Byker district of Newcastle upon Tyne, this show gave an insight look into the lives of Geordie teenagers. This show brought Ant & Dec together- what's better than that?

Bernard's Watch

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This television show follows Bernard who has a magic watch that can stop time. The only twist is he's not allowed to use it to commit crimes or hurt anyone (bit boring)! He ends up using it to get the better of his bullying schoolteacher Ms. Savage and a popular girl called Nicolette.

Live & Kicking

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BBC Saturday morning children's magazine programme that ran from 1993 to 2001. John Barrowman hosted from 1993 to 1995 but the best hosts were by far Jamie Theakston and Zoe Ball.

SM:tv Live

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A Saturday morning children's television programme that went from 1998 to 2003. Ant, Dec and Cat Deeley brought this show to life for an adult audience with their thinly-veiled comedic innuendos. Wonky Donkey was the best game on there!

Oakie Doke

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Follows Oakie Doke, a character who lived in an oak tree and wore an acorn on his head. Throw in families of moles, mice, frogs, hedgehogs and squirrels and you've got yourself a hit!

The Adventures of Rupert Bear

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Originally a comic strip character who first appeared in the Daily Express newspaper in November 1920. Rupert is a bear who lives with his family in a house in Nutwood, a fictional idyllic English village. He always wears a red sweater, bright yellow checked trousers and a matching yellow scarf.

Hey Arnold!

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Follows a nine-year-old Arnold and his neighbourhood friends. Also features Helga, a girl who acts cruelly towards Arnold in order to cover up her secret crush on him. He lives with his loving but eccentric grandparents. Has a head shaped like an American football.

Rugrats

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Nickelodeon show following a group of toddlers named Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil and Angelica and their day-to-day lives. Check out the "Rugrats theory" on Google. It's definitely not true but it's creepy.

The Secret World of Alex Mack

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Alex is an ordinary teenage girl, living with her parents and older sister.As she is walking home from her first day of junior high school she is nearly hit by a truck from a chemical plant. During the incident she is drenched with a top-secret chemical which gives her strange powers. Larisa Oleynik, who plays Alex, can be seen in "10 Things I Hate About You".

Goosebumps

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A series of children's horror fiction novels written by American R. L. Stine. The stories follow child characters who find themselves in scary situation.

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

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A Canadian horror/fantasy-themed television series. The show was filmed in Richmond, British Columbia and Montreal, Quebec.

The Magic School Bus

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Centres on Ms. Frizzle and her class who takes them on field trips and impossible locations such as the solar system, clouds and the human body on an anthropomorphic Type A school bus. Many children learned fascinating details from this TV show, back when they were educational!

Ducktales

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Disney created this show to feature the adventures of Scooge McDuck and his great-nephews. The nephews, who were originally living with their uncle Donald, are left in Scrooge's care when Donald joins the Navy.

Pepper Ann

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It stars adolescents and charts their ups and downs at Hazelnut Middle School.

Doug

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This TV show focused on the exploits of its title character, Doug, who experiences common predicaments while attending school such as puppy love, bullying and rumours.

The Weekenders

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Follows Tino, Lor, Carver and Tish's adventures on the weekends in Bahia Bay, California.

The Busy World Of Richard Scarry

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Canadian/French animated TV series focuses on the fictional city of Busytown in which a conflict normally takes place but is solved by the end of the show.

The Moomins

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Swedish-Finn show about a family of white, roundish fairy tale characters with large snouts that make them resemble hippopotamuses. There is a theme park called Moomin World in Naantali, Finland.

Recess

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Focuses on six elementary school students and their interaction with other classmates and teachers. The title refers to their free time out of class.

Angela Anaconda

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Ah, yes. This Canadian cutout animation television series centres on the adventures of an eight-year-old who lives in the fictional town of Tapwater Springs.

Reboot

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This Canadian CGI-animated action-adventure cartoon series is set in the inner world of a computer system known by its inhabitants as Mainframe.

Inspector Gadget

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An animated television series that revolves around the adventures of a clumsy, dim-witted cyborg detective named Inspector Gadget- a human being with various bionic gadgets built into his body.

Clarissa Explains It All

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Clarissa, played by Melissa Joan Hart, is a teen girl who addresses the audience directly to describe the things that are happening in her life such as school, boys, pimples and her annoying little brother.

Sabrina The Teenage Witch

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Yet again, Melissa Joan Hart is featured in another famous teen show. The story is about an American teenage half-witch who, on her 16th birthday, discovers she has magical powers.

Babar

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Canadian/French/Japanese animated television series about a young elephant who undergoes many challenges and adventures.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Follows turtle brothers Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael who live in a sewer with their rat friend Hamato Yoshi.

Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers

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A story focused on teenagers with superpowers. Parents were so worried that this would make their children violent. A far cry from today's Call Of Duty!

Pingu

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This British-Swiss stop-motion clay-mated TV series centres on a family of penguins living in the South Pole with Pingu getting into trouble regularly.

The New Adventures of Winnie The Pooh

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Follows the adventures of Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Rabbit, Eeyore and Christopher Robin.

Teletubbies

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A BBC children's TV series focuses on four strange multi-coloured toddlers of a mythological species known as "Teletubbies". The baby in the sun was played by Jessica Smith from the MTV show "Laguna Beach".

Tweenies

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The programme is set in a playschool attended by the four Tweenies themselves: Bella, Milo, Fizz and Jake. They are in the care of two adults, Max and Judy, and two dogs- Doodles & Izzles.

Bananas In Pyjamas

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An Australian children's show that follows two anthropomorphic bananas named B1 and B2.

Animaniacs

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Distributed by Warner Bros. Television, this comedy was a broad mix of old-fashioned wit, slapstick, pop culture references and cartoon violence.

Johnny Bravo

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Stars a muscular beefcake young man named Johnny Bravo who dons a personality and hairstyle like Elvis Presley.

Pinky and The Brain

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Pinky and Brain are genetically enhanced laboratory mice who reside in a cage in the Acme Labs research facility. Brain is constantly scheming to take over the world while Pinky is good-natured and feebleminded.

Taz-Mania

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Follows the ill-tempered, frequently hungry tasmanian devil Taz.

Captain Caveman

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A prehistoric caveman who has been discovered and thawed from a block of ice.

Batman: The Animated Series

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Based on the DC Comics superhero, Warner Bros. produced this series that allowed little boys to imagine going up against criminals like The Joker and The Riddler.

Come Outside

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A BBC educational series that included Auntie Mable and her dog Pippin.

Sooty & Co.

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Matthew Corbett runs a shop in Manchester, with puppets Sooty, Sweep, Soo and Little Cousin Scampi.

Old Bear And Friends

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The animals at the playroom have remembered that Old Bear disappeared long ago. He has been put in the loft. They rescue him and bring him back to the playroom. Old Bear then guides the others in their many adventures.

Postman Pat

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Pat Clifton, a friendly country postman, and his "black and white cat" Jess, delivers the post through the valley of Greendale.

Fireman Sam

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A Welsh animated TV show about a fireman called Sam who, along with his fellow firefights, looks after the townspeople of the fictional Welsh rural town of Pontypandy.

Fun House

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A children's game show produced by Scottish Television hosted by Pat Sharp and his mullet.

Hurricanes

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Series focuses on a fictional football team, The Hurricanes, who travel around the world and come across their rivals The Gorgons on exotic pitches.

The Queen's Nose

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A 10 year old girl who wants an animal of her own is not allowed by her parents who think they are dirty. Her Uncle Ginger gives her a magic coin that grants her seven wishes.

The Worst Witch

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Follows protagonist Mildred, who is constantly getting in trouble at a school for witches. Almost like an all-girls Hogwarts!

The Demon Headmaster

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A strange being with the powers of hypnosis turns out to be the headmaster of a school where children are acting brainwashed.

Round The Twist

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An Australian show about three children and their father who live in a lighthouse and become involved in many bizarre magical adventures.

Kenan & Kel

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An American teen comedy sitcom starring two mischievous teenagers.

Sonic the Hedgehog

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Based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series. It gained a loyal cult following.

Sister Sister

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A show starring identical twins Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry who are brought together in a similar way to the movie The Parent Trap.

Short Change

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A consumer affairs programme that allowed children to understand how to download music legally, take something back to a shop and find things for a cheaper price.

Wacky Races

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Inspired by the 1965 slapstick comedy film The Great Race, this show features 11 different cars racing against each other in various road rallies througout North America.

Finders Keepers

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Two teams of two had to trash eight rooms in two rounds to find hidden objects to obtain points.

The Animals of Farthing Wood

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Follows the animals of Farthing Wood, who were forced to flee their homes after humans started destroying the wood in order to build houses.

Earth Warp

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A story produced by the BBC as part of their Look and Read programme. It is a story of how one hundred years ago, aliens sent a probe to Earth. The purpose of this probe was to monitor the pollution levels of the Earth. Many children watched this in school.

Spywatch

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An education look at World War II and part of the Look and Read series. Follows Norman Starkey in the modern day going back to the Shropshire village where he was evacuated to during the Second World War.

Skyhunter

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Three children uncover a crime ring involved in the illegal bird trade. Again, part of the Look and Read series.

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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Will Smith plays a fictionalized version of himself where he gets in trouble in West Philadelphia and has to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle in their wealthy Bel-Air mansion.

Saved By The Bell

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Following principal Mr. Belding and Bayside High School students.

Pokémon

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After he turns 10 years old, Ash Ketchum, who has wanted all his life to become a Pokémon Master, is allowed to start his journey in the world of Pokémon.

The Wild Thornberrys

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Nickelodeon had another hit with a show about a family of documentary filmmakers famous for their televised wildlife studies. Eliza, the daughter, has a secret gift of being able to communicate with animals.

Noah's Island

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This series focuses on the adventures of a community of animals on a floating island that was originally part of the Canadian Coastline before being struck by a flaming meteorite. Their leader is a polar bear named Noah.

Funnybones

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A Welsh children's TV series focusing on a family of skeletons.

The Adventures of Spot

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Spot, a yellow puppy with a brown spot on each side of his body and brown tip on his tail, is full of wonder and mischief, as well as helpfulness.

TaleSpin

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A bunch of airplane flying bears that I'm pretty sure comes from the same place as The Jungle Book.

Fudge

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Executive producer brought these two series to life about a little boy always getting into trouble.

Albert The Fifth Musketeer

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Centres around the antics of Albert de Parmagnan, a new member of the Musketeers. The lady with the duck tattoo is the most memorable part.

Smart Guy

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Centres around the exploits of child genius T. J. Henderson, who moves from being an elementary school student in the fourth grade to a high school student in the tenth grade. He ends up attending the same school as his two elder siblings Yvette and Marcus.

Kipper

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Warm-hearted, friendly, curious but a bit of a hoarder Kipper is the perfect dog.

Spider-Man

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Following the escapades of Peter Parker aka Spider-Man.

Budgie The Little Helicopter

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Budgie is a small blue helicopter, who with his friends, help lift people to safety.

The Simpsons

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A satirical parody of a middle class American lifestyle focused around Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield.

Moesha

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Moesha is a high school student living with her family in South Central Los Angeles.

ChuckleVision

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A British comedy television series focused around Barry and Paul Chuckle.

Home Farm Twins

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Follows the adventures of twins Hannah and Helen around the local countryside in this series.

X-Men

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An American-Canadian animated television series based on the Marvel Comics' mutants The X-Men.

Garfield and Friends

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Follows fat, lazy orange tabby, Garfield, who wants nothing more in life than to eat lasagna and sleep.

The Raccoons

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Canadian animated television series followed a group of raccoons that went against the greedy aardvark Cyril Sneer. Pretty straight forward if you ask me!

Mr. Blobby

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Not really a TV show but Mr. Blobby was part of Noel Edmonds' show Noel's House Party. What would a British kid's childhood be without "Blobby Blobby Blobby"?

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