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This is a real blast from the past and was a strange one as it never made it to prime time BBC television at 15:55 onwards. For some reason it was always on at around 13:30-13:45 weekly on BBC1 or BBC2. The end credits show a David Yates Ltd. copyright of 1976 so it was probably first shown on TV around that year or 1977 as my Radiotimes magazines from that era have it listed as. Surprisingly, there were only 13 episodes made, a bit like Mr. Benn really, when it seems there were many more. This superb little series was created & written by Julie Holder and narrated by the talented Gay Soper. Gays Soper's wonderful voice, especially when singing the little songs brings back very vivid memories of this series. Each episode lasted in excess of 13+ minutes and centred around the Flump family. The Flumps were small ball shaped puppets filmed using a stop motion camera.
The family was headed by Father Flump who was very clever and often invented things. Mother Flump spent most of her time tidying and did the cooking and often read to the young Flumps, stories from the big book. Perkin Flump was the eldest of the children and often wore a yellow and blue hat. Posie was the only girl and she always wore a bright blue ribbon on her head. Pootle was the youngest member of the Flump family, he often got things confused and he sometimes wore a white hat. Grandfather Flump was the oldest Flump and spent most of his time either in the garden playing with the younger Flumps or playing his Flumpet (musical instrument). If Grandfather was not doing any of the above then he would sometimes be found sitting in the comfy chair reading his paper or sleeping under it as was often the case. He always woke up for tea though, especially if Mother Flump had been baking. Each episode also contained a story or pictures from Mother Flumps big book. The lack of detailed movement with their eyes was more than made up for with the delicate movements and action of their hands. They certainly don't make them like this anymore.
Only 13 episodes were made all of which have been released on VHS or DVD at sometime. All the episodes may be found below by clicking on the corresponding images.
The 13 episodes were as follows: 1. Secrets 2. the Cloud 3. the Magnet 4. Get Your Skates On 5. Moon Shot 6. Balloons 7. Keep Fit 8. Something Different 9. Lend A Hand 10. Quiet Please 11. Grandfather's Birthday 12. What a Carrot! 13. Where's Grandfather
|Narrated and Sung by||Gay Soper|
|Created and Written by||Julie Holder|
|Music by||Paul Reade|
|Dubbing by||Lou Hanks|
|Graphics by||Alan Rogers|
|Decor by||Ruth Collier|
|Animation and Puppets by||David Kellehar|
|Production by||David Yates|
|The Flumps copyright||David Yates Ltd. 1976|