1 9 7 3 – 1 9 7 7 (UK)
129 x 15 minute episodes
Initially with Alan Rothwell and Amanda Barrie, Hickory House was Granada TV’s 12:10 pre-school offering.
The series also starred a number of ordinary household objects including “Humphrey Cushion” (a sleepy grey cushion with a fondness for bananas, pictured above) and “Dusty Mop” (a bad-tempered kitchen mop with a long red nose, pictured below right).
The Handle family were four lovable characters who lived on a large dresser in the living room.
Dusty was obsessed with keeping everything neat and tidy and complained when things were left lying about.
The puppetry was provided by Barry Smith’s Theatre of Puppets and the intricate set was designed by Colin Pocock.