This is a great British show from the 70’s, made by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin of Smallfilms. Only 13 episodes were ever made, but it seems like every British kid from the 70’s until now grew up watching it. The beginning and ending of each episode is the same, and it’s always very gentle, calm, and creative. Each episode, the characters fix something that has been found broken, and tell stories about it. The art is beautiful and varied. The music is a great collection of English folk revival songs, some traditional, and some written for the show. Initially we were sad to learn that there are only 13 episodes, but M. loves the first two episodes that he watched, Ship in a Bottle and The Mouse Mill, so much that we just end up watching them over and over again, and have hardly seen any of the others! We still enjoy watching these episodes, but are looking forward to when M. will let us see some of the others as well!

Age: 1+
Child rating: 10/10
Parent rating: 10/10
Running time: 15-minute episodes
Most episodes are available free on youtube


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