In the early 90's, when I was a child, I regularly saw a live-action (not animated) TV show with children that did something good (solve problems or chase away bad guys, I'm not sure). It was on Dutch television, but I think the show was not originally Dutch.

The thing I was most impressed with and remember most vividly is their computer. They had a big talking computer screen that could show all kinds of stuff in green-on-black on it. I also remember a lens of some sort mounted somewhere around the screen that would be the computer's eye. The computer had a slot into which data sticks could be inserted.

I think the computer may have been in a barn, but that sounds silly and I'm not sure.

None of my search attempts have yielded any results. Does anyone know the name of this show?

The name may have included Mission, but I keep thinking about Mission Impossible, and that's obviously not the show I meant.

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The show you're thinking of is Mission Top Secret. An Australian kids spy show, I remember it, and the books very well.

This Australian TV series is about an organization known as the Centauri Network, it is a network of children from around the planet who fight crime, & solve mysteries with the help of gadgets, which were quite advanced for the time.


Well, I don't remember a Data slot, and it's VERY old (from my childhood, and I'm 41), but what you are describing has a lot in common with 'Read All About It!'. Otto & Theta (intelligent computers; Theta is the talking monitor, Otto is a printer), it takes place in a Coach House, the kids do various good things, etc. And it was on PBS.

Does this look at all familiar:
Otto & Theta

If so, take a look here; that may confirm it with more info and images.

This is a bit of a stretch, timewise, but since it was originally in English, it may have shown on Dutch Television years later.

  • Dunno how long it will stay up, but here's a video link to the first episode. VERY low quality, but it might help to confirm things.
    – K-H-W
    Commented Mar 5, 2013 at 17:30
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    I'm sorry but this is also not what I was looking for. I remember the screen being a whole lot bigger (the size of a small wall). It seems that this show is for a little bit younger children than how I remember my show. Commented Mar 5, 2013 at 21:14
  • No problem; that's why we toss out ideas -- The more of us that get it wrong, the better a chance someone else has of getting it right. :)
    – K-H-W
    Commented Mar 6, 2013 at 0:20

Could it be the 90s version of The Tomorrow People?

  • My search also turned up The Tomorrow People, but it is in no way familiar. It can't be it. Commented Mar 5, 2013 at 22:57

Is this what you mean? Children of the Dog Star.


I believe it’s Crash Zone. I remember watching it on Saturday Disney early 90s. Back when shelley was hosting

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