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Some of the earliest British children’s TV programmes featuring puppets were ambitious. Gordon Murray, who worked in the BBC Children’s Department in the early 1950s, created a fantasy series called A Rubovian Legend.
It consisted of original plays performed by the BBC Puppet Theatre with titles like ‘Clocks and Blocks’, ‘Zara Knows All’, ‘Knight For A Day’ and ‘Something In The Air’ (pictured below).
Derek Nimmo frequently appeared in the cast as one of the voices.
Gordon Murray’s team also adapted a number of well-known stories for puppet plays, including Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s Nightingale (1958) and John Ruskin’s The King of The Golden River (1959).