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British TV series

Wimpole Village

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   Wimpole Village    (1987)
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producers: Videola Ltd / Cameron
                      Thomson Entertainment
animatic animation
      episodes: 5min episodes

  spacer      "Hold a little Wimpole in your heart
      and you'll get through..."


     A gentle little series of stories starring the inhabitants of Wimpole Village,
     a friendly bunch, always looking out for each other. All the Wimpole Village
     characters had names akin to their employment. Hence we had Dennis
     Letterleaver (postman) and his dog Stamp, Horace Hayseeder (farmer),
     Ted Dripping (butcher), PC Crooknabber (policeman) with his dog Bill etc.
     The Wimpole menfolk all looked rather similar with white hair, big
     seagull-wing moustaches and little round glasses...

     Stories included the unfortunate visit of Nigel Notetaker, a Big Town writer
     keen to report on the village for his magazine. Then there was the adventure
     on the beach, when the Breadsnapper Twins were almost washed away onto
     the rocks, or the day Major Stickwielder was called upon to act as ringmaster
     in Cyril Sideshow's circus. Each episode featured two stories back-to-back,
     with end credits after the second story...

     Wimpole Villagers

    PC Crooknabber
    Mayor Chambers
    Major Stickwielder
    Dennis Letterleaver
    Horace Hayseeder
    The Breadsnapper Twins
    Father Away
    Hilda Halfpint
    Ethel Doughkneader
    Captain Mainmast     
    Ernie Porterline   
    Ted Dripping
    Cyril Sideshow    

The Wimpole Villagers...

     Wimpole Village was originally animated by Videola Ltd, using simple 'animatic'
     techniques. Artwork was panned over to create movement,or cut-outs married
     on to backgrounds giving the illusion of action. It was a technique used regularly
     in the advertising industry at the time for creating test commercials. Regular
     Wimpole Village viewers will se the repetitive use of shots to save further costs,
     like the action of Captain Mainmast 'hurrying' up and down his lighthouse...

     Narrator 'Timbo' is in fact Tim Lloyd, a radio dj and presenter who still
     broadcasts regularly today...

       Series Dennis and Book Dennis...

     True Blue Wimpole-ites should track down the Wimpole Village books from
     Studio Publications, written and illustrated by creator Peter Kingston. Interesting
     to see the differences between books and series. For example, postman Dennis
     Letterleaver is depicted as a typical wing-moustached Wimpole in the books,
     but in the series he is much younger, without a moustache or glasses...

     The rights to Wimpole Village have recently been acquired by Cameron Thomson
     Entertainment who are now licensing the series to terrestrial television and cable
     operators in North America and Europe - which means Dennis, Horace, Ted and
     the gang should be back on our screens in the very near future. What's more the
     company is rather keen to exploit the tie-in possibilities too. Imagine, you could
     soon be
holding a Wimpole in your hand as well as your heart!...

     As anyone from Cambridgeshire can tell you, there is a very real English
     village of Wimpole out there. Is the series connected in any way? - possibly
     not, because Toonhound visitor Graham Westrope recently passed on some
     intrigiung info:

    "...Years ago I recall a fellow primary school kid who, in assembly,
     brought his dad in, who happened to be the creator of Wimpole
     Village. In fact the kid (can't remember his name unfortunately)
     wrote one of the books. He lived only down the road from where
     I live, in a house called - wait for it - Wimpole House. It still has
     that name today..."

     And that particular property stands in Essex, which rather deflates that
     first association of mine. But regardless of the series origins I can still leave
     you with a perplexing question. If Wimpole is supposed to be a village - real
     or imagined - why do the series logo and opening credits only feature one
     single house by a woody copse...?


      written and created by Peter Kingston

       Ross Cameron
       Tom Morrish
     Peter & Lisa Kingston
      music:               Tony Kinsey
Mark Cookman
                           Jason Yardley
John Woods Studios
Gavin Cookman
Videola Ltd
      and voices:   


     On the web

Cameron Thomson Entertainment

     They hold the rights to this series.

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