The Wind in the Willows

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  • Fancy Dress

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    S 2 : Ep 13 -

    Although Christmas itself has passed, the festivities are still underway, and Toad has invited his friends to a fancy dress party at Toad Hall. Badger dresses as an Indian Raja, having once received a set of robes as a gift from a real Raja on his Indian travels. Mole, meanwhile, dons the costume of a Red Indian chief; Ratty decides to be an Admiral; and Otter attends the party as a fishmonger, complete with baskets of real fish. The weasels have also been invited, and decide to use their invitation to pull off yet another thieving scheme. All the weasels dress as burglars (with the exception of the Chief, who dresses as a policeman for secret reasons), and throughout the party evening, they pilfer jewellery, wallets, watches and cutlery from the other guests - actions that they can explain, if necessary, as a charade of burgling. All the while, the guests suspect nothing, but are puzzled by the disappearance of their possessions, and also by the curious absence of Toad, who promised to make a surprise appearance at the party. The weasels also receive some surprises during the evening, as the suit of armour in which they deposit their swagg seems to be haunted. But when they finally try to make their escape with the laden armour, all the mysteries of the evening are unfurled at once, including even that of the Chief Weasel's policeman disguise!moreless
  • May Day

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    S 2 : Ep 12 -

    It is the first of May, and the River Bank and Wild Wood are unusually quiet and deserted. The reason? Toad Hall is hosting a May Day fair, and everyone is gathered for the festivities. Mole has his photo taken in a face-frame of Napoleon, Badger breaks the test-your-strength record (not to mention the machine itself), and Toad has his fortune told by "Madam Pastelengro." Toad is told that fame may come his way if he plays his cards right, but little does he know that there is villainy afoot amidst the innocence of the fair.moreless
  • Gadget Mad

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    S 2 : Ep 11 -

  • The Great Golfing Gamble

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    S 2 : Ep 10 -

    Furious after being legally beaten at croquet, Toad determines to find a game that he can win more easily...like golf. Unfortunately, his own conceit and the weasels' flattery lead to him agreeing to gamble Toad Hall on a game with the weasels. Toad is convinced he can win, but regularly fails to select the right club, or even to hit the ball. However, just as he gains some lead over the weasels, his ball goes missing. As he and his horror-stricken friends look on, the weasels seem set to win Toad Hall, until Badger realises that this game has been...well, not cricket.moreless
  • Auberon's Return

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    S 2 : Ep 9 -

    Mole is hard at work baking one day when, much to his delight, he receives an unexpected visit from his cousin Auberon. It transpires that his cousin has not been having a very successful life lately, especially since his latest play has been the object of much negative comment in the press. His aunt's attempts to console him haven't helped either, so his visit is an attempt to escape from everything and seek some further inspiration. Mole makes constant efforts to ensure his cousin gets plenty of peace, but is constantly defeated as Rat, Badger and Toad each come to visit Auberon on consecutive days. However, one of these visits turns out to be just the inspiration that Auberon has been looking for!moreless
  • Harvest

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    S 2 : Ep 8 -

    Badger suggests to his friends that they should gather in as much of the autumn fruits and vegetables as possible, in preparation for the approaching winter. They set out together on an early morning harvest expedition, but are constantly held up by Toad's antics. Toad even convinces himself that he is dying after eating some supposedly poisonous fruit, until Rat discovers that what Toad ate were merely elderberries. Unfortunately the weasels want a share in the harvest too, and the whole thing might have ended in disaster if Toad hadn't stopped for a nap beside the weasels' hiding place...moreless
  • The Labyrinth

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    S 2 : Ep 7 -

  • Patient: Toad

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    S 2 : Ep 6 -

    Winter has brought its usual spate of colds to the community, and Toad is among the sufferers. Examining the statues and portraits of his ancestors, he is shocked to learn that many of them died relatively young, and fears that he may be doomed to the same fate. Consulting what he believes to be medical publications in the library, he reads up on several fatal diseases and mistakenly believes that he is contracting some of the described symptoms. Thus, when the vigorously healthy Rat and Mole arrive to take Toad on a river outing, they are surprised to find that their friend has taken to a wheelchair in miserable resignation. Taking pity on Toad, Rat and Mole patiently wait on him for several days, and discover that his appetite, at least, is none the worse for his condition. Even when Toad's cold starts to lift, he remains convinced that the end is near. Rat and Mole eventually consult Badger, who examines the volumes in which Toad read up on his supposed illnesses. Badger gravely informs Toad of the only possible hope for sufferers of these scurges: the infected parts must be removed! This revelation works quicker than any medicine on Toad, and only then does Badger explain the real dangers of Toad's "illnesses"...moreless
  • The Storm

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    S 2 : Ep 5 -

    It is the first day of Spring, and it is also Badger's birthday. Unfortunately, a fierce storm is blowing, and as Rat makes his way through the Wild Wood to Badger's party, a lightning-struck tree falls on him, pinning him to the ground. As time goes by, most of the others at the party believe he has had more sense than to venture out in the storm. Mole, however, becomes worried that something is wrong, and secretly sets out into the Wild Wood himself. He eventually finds Rat, but is unable to free his injured friend, and does not know the Wild Wood well enough to find his way to Badger's house again. All they can do is wait for help...but will help come in time?moreless
  • Bankruptcy

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    S 2 : Ep 4 -

    The weasels intercept Billy Rabbit on his paper round one Autumn morning, hoping to steal Toad's Sporting Times and get ahead of him on betting. In this they are disappointed, as Billy is only delivering financial news to Toad Hall. However, after eavesdropping on a conversation between Toad, Mole and Rat, the weasels learn how keen Toad has become on buying shares in companies. Disguised as stockbrokers from the mythical firm Ballsfoot, Ballsfoot and Carbuncle, they talk and flatter Toad into buying a substantial number of shares in the "Arctic Pineapple Corporation". Suspecting nothing, Toad gives up his Rolls-Royce to the phony stockbrokers as a "temporary" token, and then the real trouble begins. The weasels continue to visit Toad with news of other ridiculous companies and projects, in which Toad invests his other valuables. However, the companies rather conveniently go bankrupt, and Toad is told to hand over the deeds of Toad Hall to pay the creditors. Has his naivety finally proved his ultimate undoing?moreless
  • The Rescue

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    S 2 : Ep 3 -

    One day, in the middle of a very hard winter, Mole arrives at Rat's house with the news that Ernest, a young shrew, is missing in the snow. A search party is organised among the field-mice, and Toad volunteers to help too, in the role of "Toad of the Antarctic." Rat and Mole quickly discover a trail of Ernest's footprints leading into the Wild Wood, while Toad only succeeds in being robbed of his supplies and getting lost. It soon becomes clear that Ernest has been taken off by the weasels, but is this the ruthless kidnapping it appears to be?moreless
  • Toad, Photographer

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    Toad thinks that Toad Hall ought to have a portrait of himself on the wall, especially since all his ancestors have their pictures up there. During a discussion with his friends, a chance remark of Mole's sets him off on a craze for photography. He orders a supply of cameras and photographic equipment from London, but in all his arrogance, he cannot be bothered to follow the instructions. His attempts to photograph himself, his house or his friends lead to constant disaster, but Toad is not discouraged. When finally developed, his "masterpieces" provide an excellent evening of entertainment for his friends.moreless
  • Winter Sports

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    S 2 : Ep 1 -

    One night, Toad senses that it is growing colder and realises that it is snowing. He immediately develops a passion for the Winter Sports, and invites all his friends to join in. While Badger, Rat and Mole supervise the children's competitions, a thrilling downhill race is organised - the weasels on their bobsleigh vs. Toad on his skis. The weasels naturally decide to cheat, but the day still ends well, even for the unfortunate Toad.moreless
  • The Yuletide Entertainment

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    S 1 : Ep 13 -

    With Christmas fast approaching, Toad Hall is hosting a festive evening of entertainment. Otter renders "We'll Go Boating", rather painfully, on the piano; Ratty sings "Ducks' Ditty," accompanying himself on his trusty squeeze-box; and Badger provides a slide-show of his international travels. Toad proposes to sing selections from the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, but when he tries to affix a moustache to his face while preparing for his turn, he gets more than he bargained for. Fortunately, an unlikely performer is on hand to save the evening...moreless
  • The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

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    S 1 : Ep 12 -

    One blazing summer day, Rat and Otter are fishing by the River Bank, but Otter's son Portly eventually grows bored and wanders away by himself. Then, soon after Rat and Otter pack up their fishing tackle, an otter hunt comes charging along the River Bank, changing their concern for Portly into terror. An emergency meeting is held at Rat's house to discuss what to do, and even the weasels are genuinely happy to join the search for the little otter. The search continues well into the night along the River Bank and through the Wild Wood, but Portly is not found. The distraught Otter proposes to keep watch at the landing stage where he taught his son to swim, and Rat and Mole decide to take the boat further upstream to continue their search. They approach a mysterious island, and find themselves following first some strange music, and then a soothing voice. They eventually find Portly, asleep and unharmed, on the island - but who has rescued him from the otter hunt? And could the voice really have come from the Piper at the Gates of Dawn?moreless
  • Burglary at Toad Hall

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    S 1 : Ep 11 -

    Toad is holding an Open Day at Toad Hall - an excellent opportunity to show off its splendour and magnificence. Badger, disapproving greatly of Toad's egotistic behaviour, takes himself away from the crowds with his paints. Meanwhile, some of Toad's visitors are highly taken with the Hall's many treasures, and very soon it is the treasures themselves that are being taken. But no-one has seen the culprits leave through the front or back doors. Where have the treasures been taken, and who will stop the thieves before Toad loses everything?moreless
  • The Weasels' Trap

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    S 1 : Ep 10 -

    During his usual morning stroll, the Badger discovers the weasels attempting to rob Billy Rabbit, and soon foils their plans. The Chief Weasel is furious at Badger's interference and determines to take his revenge somehow. Then the henchman narrowly avoids stepping into an old hunter's trap, and this gives him just the idea he has been looking for. The weasels set the trap up in exactly the path that Badger always walks along every morning, and wait for him to be caught in the trap's jaws. However, the next morning, Badger is diverted from his usual route by another disturbance, so the henchman relocates the trap...only for the Chief to walk straight into it! With the trap biting into the Chief's leg, the henchman seeks help from Mole and Rat to get him free, but the trap is too powerful for them to open. There may be only one person in the Wild Wood that can help now...moreless
  • Wayfarers All

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    S 1 : Ep 9 -

    All the animals along the River Bank seem to be obsessed with preparing early for winter, despite summer still being apparently at its height. Even Mole seems to find it too late in the year to picnic on the river, and Rat is at a loss to understand the restlessness around him. However, with so many people on the move, he also begins to dream of what lies beyond the horizons of his own world. Then another Rat - a seafarer - strolls along the Riverbank, and tells Rat of the enchanting adventures he has experienced on the oceans. Seemingly in a trance, Rat follows the sea rat down the country road with the aim of joining him on his next voyage. Mole is puzzled to discover Ratty's absence, and becomes alarmed when Otter reports seeing their friend in a trance-like state and talking to himself of going south to Constantinople. With Badger already asleep for the winter, Mole seeks the unlikely help of Toad, and together they drive to the sea in pursuit of the Rat. Will they be in time to stop him leaving the River Bank and his friends for ever?moreless
  • The Open Road Again

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    S 1 : Ep 8 -

  • The Grand Annual Show

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    S 1 : Ep 7 -

    It's an ordinary summer morning by the River Bank and in the Wild Wood, when Mole, Toad, Badger and Rat all receive letters informing them that it is nearly time for the local Grand Annual Show. Mole decides to make blackcurrant jelly for the show, Rat sets about finding walnuts for a walnut cake, Badger proposes to enter his pickled walnuts, and Toad tries his hand at making elderflower wine. But one of them decides to cheat his way to the silver cup, offered to "the best of show in any class". And the weasels are left feeling rather deflated, too...moreless
  • Mole's Cousin

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    S 1 : Ep 6 -

    Mole is amazed when he learns that his cousin Auberon, whom he has never met, is coming to stay with him, as he is due to attend a literary soiree at Toad Hall. Because Auberon is apparently a reputed playwright, Mole's friends believe he should make every effort to be stylish and meet the standards of high society. Badger gives Mole books from which to quote Latin and Greek phrases, while Toad offers to send caviar and other delicacies to Mole End for meals, and even provides Mole with a dinner jacket. However, Mole refuses to put on any kind of charade, and simply acts himself when his cousin arrives. He is delighted to find that Auberon's whole object is to escape from high society and enjoy some simple comforts. When Auberon attends the literary soiree, Toad is none too pleased to meet Auberon's chauffeur...moreless
  • Buried Treasure

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    S 1 : Ep 5 -

    Badger receives a gloating visit from the Chief Weasel, who announces that the weasels have bought a large area of land in the Wild Wood, including the land where Badger's home is. The matter is taken to court, but the weasels' purchase is apparently legal, meaning that Badger will have to leave his home, the Wild Wood and his friends. Refusing to fight against the law that he has followed all his life, he packs up his prized belongings as the weasels prepare to take over. However, Mole, who is reluctantly helping Badger, comes across a strange document, hidden in a chest in the labyrinths of tunnels around Badger's home. Badger quickly translates the Latin on the document, and is overjoyed when it reveals some important information about the land the weasels have bought...moreless
  • The Great Steamer

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    S 1 : Ep 4 -

    Spring has come to the River Bank, and the field mice are having the time of their lives playing around Rat's house. They drive Rat to distraction so much that he sends them home, but one field mouse, Billy, leaves his scarf in Rat's boat. Rat and Mole are later shocked when a steam boat suddenly comes charging down the river, nearly flooding Rat's house. They are even more shocked when they learn from the field mice that Billy, while attempting to retrieve his scarf, has been thrown into the river by the steamer's wake. Rat and Mole set out in the boat to rescue him, but danger lies ahead in the ominous form of the weir. Can Rat and Mole save Billy without being swept to their deaths?moreless
  • The Ghost at Mole End

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    While waking up from hibernation, Mole begins to hear inexplicable sounds in his home. His friends scoff at the idea of Mole End being haunted, until the ceiling falls in...
  • The Kidnapping of Toad

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    S 1 : Ep 2 -

    Toad is taken prisoner by the Weasels while giving a talk at their Literary Evening. Badger refuses to pay pay the ransome.
  • The Further Adventures of Toad

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    S 1 : Ep 1 -

    The series begins just after Toad Hall has been won back from the weasels, with Toad hosting a celebratory dinner at the Hall. Full of his usual conceit, he not only recounts (and remembers differently) the events of the battle itself, but also tells his friends the entire story of his adventures prior to the battle. His story includes an encounter with a barge-woman, whose horse he stole after she forced him to do some washing for her (believing him to be a washerwoman), and how he sold the horse to a gypsy in exchange for food. However, he is outraged when Badger calls the barge-woman "that unfortunate woman" and orders him to send her "a handsome gift of money" to compensate for her horse. Will this be the night when Toad's pride drives his friends out of his life forever?moreless
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