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Trumpton Riots



FILE9385On Christmas Day 1995, BBC Radio 4 broadcast a short documentary on Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin (pictured above), entitled Trumpton Riots.

Presumably intended as a Christmas filler, it turned out to be one of the best radio documentaries of the year.

FILE9386Over the next five days, they continued to broadcast these beautifully produced programmes, presented by such luminaries as Brian Cant, Sally James and Fred Harris, discussing the history of TV shows including Crackerjack, Blue Peter, Vision On, The Clangers, Camberwick Green, Pogle’s Wood and Magpie. Two more programmes followed in 1997.

Here is the opportunity to once more hear these wonderful programs, which are a credit to the production team involved. If you haven’t yet heard them, download them now and wallow in nostalgia.


Nogs, Togs & Clangers
Brian Cant meets Oliver Postgate & Peter FirminFILE761Produced by Laura Druce
Transmitted 25 December 1995
2.6MB MP3 file
Today Is Saturday
Caron Keating on TiswasFILE763Produced by Laura Druce
Transmitted 26 December 1995
2.6MB MP3 file



Through The Arched Window
Maggie Philbin on Play SchoolFILE762Produced by Laura Druce
Transmitted 27 December 1995
2.6MB MP3 file
Val or Sue, John or Tommy?
Sally James on Blue Peter & MagpieFILE760Produced by Laura Druce
Transmitted 28 December 1995
2.6MB MP3 file



Pugwash, Windy & Barney McGrew
Presented by Fred HarrisFILE764Produced by Laura Druce
Transmitted 29 December 1995
2.6MB MP3 file
We Cannot Return Your Paintings
Fred Harris examines Vision Oncracker_trumpProduced by Laura Parfitt
Transmitted 25 December 1997
2.8MB MP3 file

It’s Friday, it’s Five to Five, It’s…
Jenny Handley on Crackerjack


Produced by Laura Parfitt
Transmitted 26 December 1997

2.8MB MP3 file