Main DetailsTransmitted: BBC, 03 January 1966 - 28 March 1966
Episodes/Length: 13 x 15m
Repeated: Mid 1960s - Mid 1980s
Production: Gordon Murray Puppets and BBC
Transmitted as part of Watch with Mother
see also Chigley and Trumpton
Cast and CrewWritten by: Gordon Murray
Produced by: Gordon Murray
Directed by: Bob Bura and John Hardwick
Music by: Freddie Phillips
Principal Cast: Brian Cant
The Trumptonshire Web
The Trumptonshire Trilogy
Off the Telly: Here is Box, a Musical Box
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- In chronological order, the characters we are introduced to are (1) Peter Hazel the Postman, (2) Windy Miller, (3) Mr Crockett the Garage Man, (4) Doctor Mopp, (5) Farmer Jonathan Bell, (6) Captain Snort, (7) Paddy Murphy, (8) Roger Varley the Sweep, (9) PC McGarry (Number 452), (10) Mr Dagenham the Salesman, (11) Mr Carraway the Fishmonger (12) Mickey Murphy the Baker, (13) Mrs Honeyman and her Baby.
- Each episode begins with a musical box rotating and opening, to reveal the character that is featured in that episode.
- Camberwick Green is a village in Trumptonshire.
- Many of the characters have their own theme songs.
- The clown who winds the caption roller at the end of each episode is not named and does not appear in the main episodes.
- Creator Gordon Murray destroyed all the original puppets and sets in a bonfire during the late 1980s, to avoid them being mis-used or sold.
- The series was developed as Candlewick Green, but a spelling mistake on the contract from the BBC led Murray to change the title to Camberwick!
- Anarchic shorts of the series were made with Murray and Brian Cant to advertise a product called 'Windmill Bread'. These included Mrs Honeyman's head falling off, and someone getting stuck naked on Windy Miller's sails. Unfortunately, the product was discontinued shortly after transmission and the adverts never made it to air nationally!
- Windy Miller always managed to perfectly time the walk through the windmill sails so that he wouldn't get hit, much to some children's dismay!
- Gordon Murray would often use the phone book to come up with character names.
- About 2 and a half minutes of stop-motion animation were typically shot every week by animators Bob Bura and John Hardwick.
- Camberwick Green was shot simultaneously in both black & white and colour, by using two cameras side-by-side.
- The puppets were not given mouths due to the length of time this would consume in animating them.
- The puppets were made out of ping-pong balls, foam latex and felt.
- The soldiers from Pippin Fort were Captain Snort, Sergeant-Major Grout and Privates Armitage, Featherby, Hopwood, Higgins, Lumley and Meek.
- Gordon Murray had considered making a fourth Trumptonshire series set in a location by the seaside, but felt that the series had run its course.
Titles and Theme TuneYouTube - Opening Titles
Opening or Closing Lyrics
Last reviewed: 02/06/2008
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