Ivor the Engine

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Ivor the Engine

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"...Not very long ago, in the top left-hand corner of Wales, there was a railway. It wasn't a very long railway or a very important railway, but it was called The Merioneth and Llantisilly Rail Traction Company Limited, and it was all there was. And in a shed, in a siding at the end of the railway, lives the Locomotive of the Merioneth and Llantisilly Rail Traction Company Limited, which was a long name for a little engine so his friends just called him Ivor..."

...And that was how it began, back in 1959: one of Oliver Postgate's most loved creations, Ivor the Engine. It was a series about the Welsh adventures of a little green railway engine and his many friends. But Ivor wasn't an ordinary steam engine. He pretty much wished he was a person and ended up doing things like singing in a choir and swimming in the sea!

One season of six, 10 minute, Black and White films was made for and screened by Associated-Redefusion. These were told entirely by Postgate, showing how Ivor got his famous pipes and got to sing with the Grumbly and District Choral Society.

There followed another two 13-episode seasons for Associated-Redefusion (also in black and white) in 1962 and 1963. These told the further adventures of Ivor, introducing the Dragons and Alice the Elephant. In 1975, Smallfilms got the rights to stories back and remade the previous two seasons, along with some new stories, in colour. These were screened by the BBC in two 20-episode seasons, between 1976 and 1982.

Repeats of Ivor have recently been screened on Channel 4 and Nick Jr. Unfortunately the first six episodes are never shown, but were released on a video some years ago - this has now been deleted. The good news is a video containing all 40 colour episodes is available from Universal.

This guide lists the first six black and white episodes and the two colour BBC seasons.moreless

Oliver Postgate

Oliver Postgate

Narrator / Voices of Ivor / Alice the Elephant / Jones The Steam

Anthony Jackson

Anthony Jackson

Voices of Dai Station / Evans the Song / Mr. Dinwiddy (Season 2 -)

Olwen Griffiths

Olwen Griffiths

Voice of Mrs. Porty / Idris the Dragon / Mrs. Griffiths (Season 2 -)

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  • This is a classic series that people of all ages should be able to enjoy.

    10
    When Oliver Postgate, and Peter Firmin started making their first children's series about forty years ago they could never have imagined what they were going to inspire. Using simple, slightly crude, but heartwarming animation, they brought to life that little area in the top left hand corner of Wales that so many of us love and know so well. Each episode tells the tales of the little green engine Ivor, who sings in the choir with his friend Idris the Dragon. Life is often far from usual, what with an elephant staying in the gasworks, or seeing an invasion of alien ships in the sky, but Ivor always manages to persevere- even if it means powering a volcanoe with gas, or finding a mother bird a new home.moreless
  • Not very long ago, in the top left-hand corner of Wales, there was a railway.

    9.0
    It wasn't a very long railway or a very important railway, but it was called The Merioneth and Llantisilly Rail Traction Company Limited, and it was all there was.

    And in a shed, in a siding at the end of the railway, lives the Locomotive of the Merioneth and Llantisilly Rail Traction Company Limited, which was a long name for a little engine so his friends just called him Ivor..."



    So began, in 1959, the first episode of the first series of a set of television films which were to become part of the mainstream of Children's television for the next thirty years.



    I remember this program so vividly with Jones the Steam, Dai Station, Mrs Porty, Mr Dinwiddy, Bani Moukerjee and Alice the Elephant plus Idris the Dragon.moreless
  • Ivor the engine is a wonderful childrens series about a small welsh train and his adventures. This was one of my favourite childrens shows as a child and I will never forget it. Another masterpiece by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin and I hope it is nevemoreless

    9.2
    This cult TV show brought children in to the welsh valleys of Merioneth and Llantisilly. The show took you on Ivor's adventures with his Driver, Jones the Steam. With its very simple plotline, fantastic narration, and steady place, Ivor the Engine is a show that children can easily follow. It contains many bright and colourful characters which give the show its edge over any other children’s TV show of past and present. With funny and gripping characters, that’s what really made the show for me. I first watched Ivor on the late 80's reruns of the show and was gripped from the very start. Its simple animation gave it charm and its heart warming tales made it a pleasure to watch as a child and an adult. A personal favourite I will never forget.moreless
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