"This is the clock, the Trumpton clock, telling the time, never too quickly, never too slowly..." These are the words that introduced Gordon Murray's stop-motion puppet series sequel to Camberwick Green.
Set in the larger town of Trumpton the series mainly featured Captain Flack and his intrepid crew of fire-fighters, Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grubb. Each episode began with the roll call (the Fire Brigade appeared in every episode) and finished with the Brigade's Thursday night band concert recital.
In 2011 the episodes were digitally restored after William Mollett, son-in-law of Gordon Murray, found original footage in an attic. Further material was found in the BBC Archive. Trumpton was narrated by Brian Cant, animation was by Bob Bura, John Hardwick and Pasquale Ferrari.
Shown as part of Watch With Mother, Trumpton survived for 13 episodes before moving on to tales of the next town in Trumptonshire, Chigley.
Published on February 9th, 2019. Written by Laurence Marcus for Television Heaven.