BBC (ended 1967)




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Welcome to the Trumpton guide at Here is the clock, the Trumpton clock. Telling the time steadily, sensibly. Never too quickly, never too slowly. Telling the time for Trumpton. Gordon Murray's 1967 series for the BBC, Camberwick Green, was an immediate success and an instant classic, and naturally he was asked to produce a second run of episodes. But, feeling that he had exhausted the possibilities for the village setting of that series, he instead came up with a sequel. Trumpton carried on the style of Camberwick Green, but this time the setting was a busy market town, complete with town hall and resident mayor. There was a whole new cast of characters, including Mrs Lovelace (and her yappy dogs), Chippy Minton the carpenter and, most famously of all, the town fire brigade, whose roll-call ("Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb!") became the series' catchphrase. But the main theme remained: whether in a small village or a bustling market town, the residents always helped each other out and a problem shared was a problem solved. Unlike Camberwick Green, Gordon Murray didn't pen his own screenplays for Trumpton. Instead, children's author Alison Prince was drafted in to turn Murray's stories into scripts, and added a lot of ideas (and humour) of her own. Freddie Phillips wrote a brand new batch of songs to introduce the characters, and once again Brian Cant provided all the voices. The result was a sequel that more than lived up to its predecessor and, like Camberwick Green, would be repeated over and over for more than twenty years.moreless