I used to hate Carole Hersee in the 1970s. I couldn’t stand it every time she would appear on the TV. And she was on such a lot. Practically all the time some days. I hated her long, golden hair; and I hated her pretty, simpering smile; and her annoying clown, Bubbles.
Of course, at the time, I didn’t know her name was Carole Hersee. I only knew her as the face of the BBC Test Card.
What the BBC Test Card represented for me was my favourite TV programmes off air and, at a time when transmission was prone to more technical glitches than it is today, this was a fairly regular occurrence, and so out would be wheeled Carole, still smiling away, accompanied by a whiny background sound of static interference, until such time as normal service was resumed.
On the very few occasions that I tuned to BBC2, Carole appeared an almost constant fixture; her omnipresence only broken by the occasional intrusion of something even worse: a programme from the Open University.
© Beery Sue
Berry Sue reckons there’s not much to this Test Card gig.