BBC (ended 1969)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 13

    A Present For Lord Belborough

    Aired 12/29/69

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    Willie Munn

    Aired 12/22/69

  • S 1 : Ep 11

    Apples Galore

    Aired 12/15/69

  • S 1 : Ep 10

    Trouble With The Crane

    Aired 12/8/69

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    Clay For Mr Farthing

    Aired 12/1/69

  • Cast & Crew
  • Brian Cant


  • Gordon Murray

  • Freddie Phillips

  • Bob Bura

  • John Hardwick

  • show Description
  • Chigley is the third and final stop-motion British children's television series in Gordon Murray's Trumptonshire trilogy, following Camberwick Green and Trumpton. The action takes place in a small hamlet near Trumpton and Camberwick Green. Chigley is more of an industrial area, and according to Gordon Murray, the three communities are at the corners of an equilateral triangle. Chigley consisted mainly of Winkstead Hall, Treddles Wharf, the Biscuit Factory, and the Chigley Pottery, all of which are linked by a private railway. In most episodes, Lord Belborough's steam engine Bessie would put in an appearance, accompanied buy "The Little Steam Engine" song. The main characters in Chigley are: Lord Belborough (Owner of Winkstead Hall) Brackett (Lord B's butler) Mr Bilton (Lord B's gardener) Mr Cresswell (Biscuit factory owner) Mr Fletcher (Biscuit factory manager) Harry Farthing & Winnie (Chigley Pottery) Mr Swallow (the Wharfinger at Treddles Wharf) Mr Rumpling (the barge owner) Mr Clutterbuck (the builder) Mr Gubbins & Mr Sneed (the dustmen) WIllie Munn (Biscuit factory worker) Chigley included many guest appearances by characters from the previous two series, including Windy Miller of Camberwick Green, and the Trumpton Fire Brigade. This was at least partly for economic reasons, as it allowed the existing characters' theme songs to be re-used, saving money on recording. The programme began with one of the characters being asked: "Are you going to Trumpton? Camberwick Green? Chigley? Can we come with you ?" At the end of each episode, any problems have been solved, the the 6 O'Clock whistle at the biscuit factory blows and Lord Belborough invites everyone to the gardens of Winkstead Hall, where he and Brackett play his vintage Dutch organ while the locals dance. Freddie Phillips' songs and music were very important to the programmes as virtually every character had his or her own song. Unfortunately, the original masters seem to have been lost, and the surviving versions of most episodes are extremely grainy and scratched.moreless

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  • Notes (12)

    • The original Chigley proposal, the biscuit factory was a doughnut factory - Duncan's Delicious Doughnuts.

    • Gordon Murray has reportedly burnt all of the puppets, but there may be 1 or 2 soldier boys from Pippin Fort remaining.

    • The smoke that comes out of Bessie the steam train's chimney was created using cotton wool.

    • Each 15 minute episode took about 4 hours to film.

    • The filming took place in a converted church in Wormersley Road, Crouch End, London.

    • Most of the time, none of the puppets have mouths, they move their heads and arms to show they are talking. This was because it was too time consuming and not cost effective at the time. However, in the few occasions where the characters shout or whistle, they do have mouths.

    • Each puppet was about 6" tall with ping-pong balls for heads and bodies made of foam latex and felt. During filming, the animators adapted them with wire inserts to make them more pliable.

    • The initial showing of Chigley coincided with the BBC's change to colour, so this is the only of the 3 Trumptonshire series to have always been tranmitted in colour.

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    Trivia (25)

    • Cast: Lord Belborough Brackett Harry Farthing Winnie Farthing Mr Swallow Mr Rumpling. Guest Stars: Dr. Mopp (Camberwick Green) Mrs Honeyman (Camberwick Green)

    • Songs: Doctor Mopp The Little Steam Engine Barge Song

    • Songs: Jonathan Bell Efficiency Crane Song

    • Cast: Lord Belborough Brackett Mr Cresswell Mr Fletcher Mr Swallow Winnie Farthing Guest Stars Jonathan Bell (Camberwick Green) Chippy Minton (Trumpton) Nibbs Minton (Trumpton)

    • Songs: The Little Steam Engine Mr Dagenham Balloon Song

    • Cast: Lord Belborough Brackett Harry Farthing Winnie Farthing Guest Stars: The Mayor of Trumpton (Trumpton) Philby (Trumpton) Mr Dagenham (Camberwick Green) Mrs Cobbit (Trumpton)

    • Songs: PC McGarry The Little Steam Engine Mechanical Digger

    • Cast: Lord Belborough Brackett Mr Cresswell Mr Fletcher Harry Farthing Winnie Farthing Mr Swallow Mr Clutterbuck Guest Stars: Jonathan Bell (Camberwick Green) PC McGarry (Camberwick Green) The Mayor of Trumpton (Trumpton)

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