1979. If you are in your 30s you may remember a bizarre American children's tv programme called The Red Hand Gang. It had a somewhat whimsical opening title sequence, involving children bouncing up and down on a trampoline from various angles, with the lyrics "la la la - la la la". The programme was about these five kids who solved mysteries (usually involving kidnappers or smugglers). They were: Frankie - the eldest one and the leader; JR (the athletic one), Joanne (the girl), Doc (the clever black kid) and Lil Bill (the youngest one). There was also a dog. They were like Enid Blyton's Famous Five, except they were American and much cooler. As soon as I saw the Red Hand Gang I wanted to be American too.
This website lets you download the (rather blurred) opening and closing credits. The closing credits contain the grooviest sassiest music ever written - featuring a cliff-hanger which segues (rather badly) into a mad, urgent 1970s woodwind ensemble, while the gang hang out, chat and then saunter off into the distance. I don't remember much about the show, except that for a 7 year old, it was quite scary - that picture with a man's hand on Frankie's shoulder absolutely terrified me. And there was an episode with a deaf girl and a chimp.
The show was rather less popular in the US and it was never released on video or DVD, a real shame. TV Cream has a short article about it, and here's a site on Matthew Labyorteaux who played Frankie (and went on to be in Little House on the Prarie. Bring back the Red Hand Gang!