Wasn’t the Magic Roundabout supposedly dreamed up as a result of LSD trips? Great characters, I always loved Zebedee and Ermenteude. But then, have you ever seen In the Night Garden? That’s got mental characters in it. It’s also got lovely Derek Jacobi narrating.
The Magic Roundabout that we knew and loved was entirely down to the narrator, Eric Thompson (Emma Thompson’s dad). He thought the French stories were too simplistic, so he created his own stories to match the character’s actions.
There were three other children on the roundabout with Florence, but they didn’t feature in the stories very much. I also remember a character called Mr Rusty, who zipped around on a tricycle.
Back in the 70s, there were arguments between Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso owners over which breed was represented by Dougal. It turns out that he was just a hairy dog that ran on wheels because it saved on animation. The man who created him was none other than Ivor Wood, who went on to create Postman Pat!
I’ve seen some topic drift in my time. Going from flushing to children’s programmes takes the biscuit.
When I was very young one of my favourite programmes was The Herb Garden. Parsley the lion, Dill the dog, Bayleaf the gardener, to name just a few of the characters. It was one of the lunchtime Watch With Mother programmes in the late 60s - 70s.
Please can we have a mention of Hartley Hare and the rest of the animals on Pipkins? I can still hear in my head the voices of Hartley and Pig, but I don’t remember a single story line or what in earth it was all about.