The Wind in the Willows

Season 5 Episode 6

Mr. Toad of 'The Times'

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Mr. Toad of 'The Times'
Toad is currently less than pleased with the state of The Times, as it doesn't mention a word of the speech he gave at the 57th annual River Bankers' flower show. He decides to start his own newspaper, The Toad Hall Times, guaranteeing that anyone mentioned in the papar (himself especially) will be famous. Unfortunately, little news is to be found in the community, and he is constantly forced to devise his own stories based around his failings to find real ones. His efforts include reports of Alfred the carthorse denying involvement in haystack fires (which have never happened); of the destruction of a famous writer's work (his own notes getting stuck in Mole's syrup); and of "Lord Toad" being injured in a riding accident (when the weasels steal the handlebar clamp from his bicycle). Eventually, Toad has enough creations to bring out the newspaper's first issue on his new printing press. Naturally, however, he fails to set the printer up correctly, and the paper ends up being printed backwards. In his rage, Toad accidentally sends the press into overdrive, and masses of backwards copies of the paper are printed and blown across the countryside for all to see. And this happens to include reporters from a certain national paper...moreless

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